Decorating Leftovers

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and everyone is in a flurry activity. I feel like I have been in a personal whirlwind the entire month of November and I have neglected to post here as I planned. But I have been cooking up content for Apartment Therapy and if you will indulge me, I’d like to serve up the leftovers!

1. Need some new conversation starters when entertaining this season? Even if you are an excellent hostess and have fascinating friends, it’s fun to have some ideas on hand to steer the conversation in new directions. See my Apartment Therapy post:      5 Ways to Set the Table for  Conversation111009_conversationnapkins01

2. Bonus conversation starters and fun finds: Children’s Recipes Disposable Placemats have recipes written from a kid point of view on a rich striped background. Super cute.

I love adding a sprinkle of humor to the table by using vintage or novelty salt and pepper shakers. These can be found on e-bay or at thrift stores, but I have noticed that shaker collecting can be a competitive sport (be warned.)

Vintage Poodle Salt and Pepper Shaker

Vintage Poodle Salt and Pepper Shaker

I found these quote bubble plates at MOMA and thought they would be such a cheeky addition to the dinner table or cocktail party. They practically beg you to fill in the conversation blank.

Chat Plates by Ikuko Nakazawa

Chat Plates by Ikuko Nakazawa

3. My first House Tour on AT was actually a Studio Tour with Leslie Bonnell at the amazing new Stitch Lab.  If you are lucky enough to be in Austin, I highly recommend you pay Leslie and the other teachers a visit. The joyful studio and gorgeous fabrics are excuse enough, but you should really sign up for a class. You know you want to . . . deep down in your crafty heart. The Stitch Lab has classes for making unique, easy Christmas gifts and decor — and best of all, the teachers are fantastic. Even if you weren’t born with a thimble on your finger, they will make you feel like you can sew.111809_stitchdouble01

iPhone App: ColorSnap

iPhone App: ColorSnap

Have you ever spied a color you loved on say, a sweater at that boutique, and then thought it would be a great paint shade for your bedroom? Now you can “snap” up that color and slap it on the walls. Sherwin Williams, one of our favorite paint stores, has an iPhone app called ColorSnap [...]