When In Doubt . . . Put an Orchid Out

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how to style a coffee table, what to put on a console table, mantel, desk, etc.  While there is no precise formula, you can’t go wrong with the combination of books, flowers and a decorative object.  Of all flowers, orchids are my favorite to use.  I like them because they add height to a vignette and can add a much-needed pop of color.

The other bonus is that they are relatively inexpensive.  My local Trader Joe’s sells decent sized ones for $9.99 and they last forever.  No, I have not figured out how to regrow them, but if anyone has any tips, I am all ears.  While many in the design world are over them, I think they are a timeless and exotic beauty and I can’t get enough of them!

Don’t you love how they are used in the spaces below?

Orchid 16

Style Theories

Orchid 9

 Michael Garland for Traditional Home

Orchid 10

Bess Friday

Orchid 15

Orchid 6

Waiting on Martha

Orchid 14

James R. Salamon

Orchid 13

A Decorator’s Notebook

Orchid 12


Orchid 11

Country Living

Orchid 8

 Jack Thompson and Jenny Antill

Orchid 7

Caroline Lima

Orchid 5

Design Maifest

Orchid 4

Orchid 3

Bliss at Home

Orchid 2


Orchid 1

JK Kling and Associates

Do you decorate with orchids?  They are definitely my flower splurge for myself.  I have tons in the house and even mix in a few faux orchids and people can never tell which ones are real and which are faux!

If you have a tried and tested method for keeping them alive and/or getting them to re-bloom, please tell in the comments!!



Chic Thanksgiving Centerpieces

I am very lucky that I have both my parents and in-laws very close by, so I never have to host Thanksgiving!  I am sure that one day it will fall on my shoulders, but until then I can dream of  Thanksgiving tables that I never have to put together in reality! The roundup of centerpieces below all have something in common.  In my opinion, they are rustic and showcase the bounty life has to offer.  Definitely things to be appreciated at Thanksgiving.  This first centerpiece is my favorite.  It is so natural and the colors so beautiful. Thanksgiving centerpiece 2

 The Daily Basics

Thanksgiving centerpiece 6 Martha Stewart

thanksgiving centerpiece 4 Better Homes and Gardens

thanksgiving centerpiece 5 Better Homes and Gardens

thanksgiving centerpiece 3 Better Homes and Gardens

Thanksgiving centerpiecce 2

Thanksgiving centerpiece 1 The City Sage

What do you think?  Do you ever decorate your table with natural elements such as fruit, vegetables or feathers?