Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Le O Cinq Neuf Suite


Happy holidays!
This fall table setting for 4 was arranged in suite 905 at the Ritz Carlton hotel in San Francisco, California.

I spent the Thanksgiving holiday here with Papa and Little Daniel. It's the first Thanksgiving we've spent away from both of our families in a very long time.

Although we enjoy spending the holidays with our extended families, this year, we wanted to celebrate with just the two of us and our little guy.
However, instead of slaving over the stove, we decided to pamper ourselves and let someone else prepare the Turkey. Who better to ask than a world renown chef?
In this case, Chef Ron Siegel .

We actually had the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings for lunch instead of dinner. The hotel offered a delicious buffet from 11am-5pm. Our reservations were at 12pm.

This setting was arranged for our evening room service dinner.

I know, you're probably wondering, "What nut packs table accessories and linens to take to a hotel?" Uh, that would be me.

Since I knew ahead of time that we would be spending one night ordering room service, I thought it would be a great opportunity to set a table and turn an ordinary room service meal into an extraordinary and intimate post-Thanksgiving celebration for 3. I created the 4th place setting for the shrimp cocktail appetizer.

The table cloth is burlap. I layered the table using a chocolate brown runner, then I added a cream plaid fabric to lighten up the table's color palette.

I also brought the chargers,napkins and candlestick holders from home. If you want to make the most out of your holiday travels with your loved ones, it makes sense to make every moment memorable. It's a reflection of how much you thought about your loved ones and the importance of capturing those moments eloquently. So, for me its well worth the effort.

I purchased the flowers for my arrangement from the locally famous Cable Car flower stand in front of Neiman Marcus in Union Square.

The hotel is located 3 short blocks from the square which made for a convenient stroll.

Our post Thanksgiving dinner arrived with a delicious bottle of Duck Horn.

Here is The Little American at the dessert station at the hotel's Thanksgiving buffet. Please visit his blog at The Little American's Travel in the coming days to read about his holiday trip to the Ritz Carlton. Below is a short trailer of that trip:

As always, thank you for stopping by visiting. For more unique and creative table settings, please visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. Finally, stay tuned for my next Tablescape Thursdays contribution as I share with you our upcoming December 4th Christmas dinner for six. Happy Holidays!







Wednesday, November 24, 2010

House Hunters Northern California


After months of searching for the ideal vacation home, we finally decided this home might be the one. Our Realtor will be submitting an offer after the Thanksgiving holiday. I will keep you posted.

This Austin Creek frontage property is located in Cazadero, California. A 2 hours drive from Sacramento and 1 1/2 hours drive from San Francisco. We were attracted to the open living concept and the floor to ceiling windows offering great views of the redwood trees and creek.

The home has 1 large master bedroom and 1 full bathroom.
It also has a detached guest cabana that can be used as a 2nd bedroom. However, there is plenty of room for growth and as usual, we have great ambitions to optimize the home.

Another great feature is the large wrap around porch nestled in the redwoods and looking onto the creek.


The home has beautiful wood floors throughout with a vintage brick wall showcasing the fireplace.

The master bedroom door is just to the left of the glass sliding doors(shown left)which lead out to the deck.

The spacious bedroom, with more glass doors at the foot of the bed, opens onto the deck.

The Kitchen area which includes a refrigerator and electric cook top and wall oven.

Kitchen area looking out towards the creek

A Jacuzzi with an outdoor shower

Detached cabana about 20 feet away from the Master bedroom.

Inside the cabana.


The next photos were taken with my phone camera the first time we visited the home.

Papa Dan with Brian, our Realtor at the home's front entrance.

A view from the porch in front of the living room windows looking out onto the creek.

What's also great about the location of the property is that aside from the close access to the Russian River, it is only 10 miles from the Pacific coast hwy 1 lined with several beaches along the way to Bodega Bay. A breathtaking coastal drive.

In addition to the water options, it is located in Sonoma County and there are plenty of wineries to visit.


A pathway from the house leading to the creek. When the creek dries up in mid August, it makes for a great stroll down to a private beach on the river.

There is even a large tree deck equipped with power. Little Daniel immediately fell in love with the deck and did not want to come down. I began imagining him growing up with wonderful childhood memories sitting there looking out onto the creek.



A view of the creek

I love this view. I can see us sitting there in the morning with a cup of coffee or even at dawn with a glass of wine.

I hope you enjoyed the brief tour of this property and will visit again for updates. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dining In The Crows Nest


Happy Tablescape Thursday!!!


This table for 4 was set at the bay window next to Dan's home office. Although Halloween is no doubt one of my favorite holidays, unfortunately its also one of my most challenging when it comes to decorating.

For me, the challenge is trying to add elegance to horror and whimsy.

Another challenge is capturing the setting with dim lighting...especially since I use a lot of dark colors. In this case, the darkest...black. In an attempt to meet the challenge, I incorporated white with the black as an alternative to my original black table cover. I thought the black and white color would be in keeping with the "haunting" appeal.

The black valance and drapes are simply yards of unlined and un-hemmed fabric that I arranged to tie the window into to the table's primary color theme.

The black and white check table topper is a picnic blanket.

Vintage etched stemware. Ironically, the milkmaid oil painting was a garage sale find which I purchased about 16 years ago for a haunted mansion theme party. However, I liked it so much that I decided to hang it all year. Dan strongly dislikes it because he thinks it looks too amateur.

I cut some of the same black fabric to make sashes for the sconces to tie them, like the valances, to the table's color palette.

I added books on the window sill for a little haunted library/study touch.

Here are the artificial white peonies which I spray painted some in a glossy black.

We purchased the used wrought iron cage chandelier for our outdoor decorations. I thought it worked well in this setting as it lent to the spooky ambiance.

The following images are of the first setting I created. I decided to change the table after looking at these photos. It just looked too too messy. The funny thing is that Dan liked it better because he thought it was spookier and insisted I include them in the post for you to decide.
The black birds were all purchased from Target 5 years ago. They are definitely my favorite Halloween decorations.

I just took black tulle and artificial spider webbing and went crazy.
I purposely left the wrinkles in the tablecloth to add to the creepy chaos.

The stone gargoyle candle pillar holders were a great find from Home Goods.


Finally, 2 images in color.


I hope you enjoyed the photos. Thank you for visiting and please don't forget to stop over at Between Naps On The Porch to see unique and creative tablescapes.