Motivational Monday: Holiday Cheer …

Edna Ferber Quote

I was talking with a few friends and they all agree that for some reason Christmas this year just does not “feel” typical.  It’s like putting on your favorite cashmere sweater only to find out that it’s too small, itchy & uncomfortable.  Something seems to be off and I am determined to figure out what it is.  This week, I have given myself a mandate – find your joy.  Find your bliss.  Find your inner Santa.

Whether it’s with families and friends or at the bottom of a mug of spiked egg nog, the mission is simple – get out of my head and get into the season.  I need the “holiday magic” – it’s better than any anti-depressant.  I am in desperate need of some “Christmas Prozac”.  So I am putting on my PJs, cranking up the holiday tunes and immersing myself in babies, baking and boozing. I figure one of the three should make this Scrooge McGrinch smile…..

[photo credit:  aubrie pick]

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Looks Who’s “Dabbling” With Halloween Tablescaping …

If you follow me on on Insta.gram (CourtneyOutLoud) you would have seen some  random shots of local-based photographer Samantha Cooper as she strained, craned and contorted herself while taking photographs at the house.  I can finally say she was taking shots on behalf of Dabble Magazine’s October/November issue of a Halloween tablescape I created exclusively for the magazine inspired by wine country …..

 

There is me surrounded by all my “spooky glory” for the magazine.  Check out pages 22-23 for my take on a Halloween tablescape.  And yes, you will see some recycling of last year’s tablescape — I never said I wasn’t thrifty on occasion!  Later this week I will be posting additional shots from the shoot and explaining how you can get the same look for your home.

Until then I am trying to get my body clock back into a normal sleep cycle, slog through all furniture options I found on my trips to Boston and New York last week and wrap up some work for clients.

So how was your weekend?

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Easter Table Revisited……

I am a bad tablescaper.

I have had my head down and nose to the grindstone as of late.  It wasn’t until The Partner asked me what I was going to do for this year’s Easter table that I even realized that the holiday was around the corner.  I leisurely went to the calendar to see what my time-table was and BOOM – the cold hard bitch slap of reality hit.  Easter is early this year – like by 3 weeks.

CRAP.

I panicked and ran around the house for a good 2 minutes babbling.  Then I stopped and said my mantra “Sh*t Happens.  Let It Go..” and that is what I did.  I didn’t want to slap something together for the sake of having an Easter post.  I would rather opt not to do a tablescape than do a bad one.  Unfortunately that means that there won’t be an Easter tablescape this year but I have a great Spring tablescape I am working on that I plan on debuting soon for y’all.

However, until then, I thought it may be nice to take a stroll down memory line and look at the table I created last year…..

I think this one is my favorite tablescape I did – its bold, colorful and full of pattern.  I adore it.  Hopefully it gives you some inspiration to go out and do your own for this weekend……

I am off to sketch some stuff for a client!  Have a great one…..

Quick note about the Joyus competition – You can vote for my room multiple times and each time you vote, you are entered to win a $1500 shopping spree from Joyus, so it pays to click especially in light that none of us won the mega lotto…..

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