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Party Checklist

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PARTY CHECKLIST

As I mentioned, I am not hosting Thanksgiving this year (perhaps next). However, when I am entertaining at home, I have my checklist to do before company arrives.

1. Burn lots of unscented candles.

2. Create enough space for guests to hang their coats and enough hangers.

3. Display fresh flowers that have plenty of water and are perfectly groomed. (l remove lily stamens as they can stain guests clothes and noses if they get too close.)

4. Play great music—but not too loud.

5. Provide ample guest towels in the powder room.

6. Have plenty of ice and drinks, including non-alcoholic, for guest to help themselves.

7. For children, have lots of great toys and videos on hand. I love anything from Disney, National Geographic or Crayola.

8. Cameras are an absolute must. I love having pictures to remember the occasion.

9. Design place cards.

10. I always designate a friend to make introductions if I am not around.

These are my must-dos. What are yours? Let me know.

Happy holiday and see you on Monday.

Same Time Next Year

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As many of you know who read my blog regularly, my clothes are currently on garment racks and in bins in my dining room.  Exhibit A.  Not the intended use for the room.

1 As many of you know who read my blog regularly, my clothes are currently on garment racks and in bins in my dining room. Exhibit A. Not the intended use for the room.

Stacks of bins hold off season clothing and shoes.  Exhibit B.  Would somebody please pass me a polo shirt?

2 Stacks of bins hold off season clothing and shoes. Exhibit B. Would somebody please pass me a polo shirt?

A while ago, Martha and I went to Moss Gallery, an antiques shop in Maine.  Unfortunately, the shop has since burned down in a fire in Northeast Harbor but fortunately, Martha convinced me to buy this dining table.

3 A while ago, Martha and I went to Moss Gallery, an antiques shop in Maine. Unfortunately, the shop has since burned down in a fire in Northeast Harbor but fortunately, Martha convinced me to buy this dining table.

I love its shape and proportions.  It's 72

4 I love its shape and proportions. It's 72"l x 42"w (at the center) x 28 3/8"h. However, I think it would look much better in a darker color.

The table has two leaves that measure 20

5 The table has two leaves that measure 20" w x 42"l. They'll be great for expanding the table when I have guests.

My friend, Christophe Pourny, an artist and expert furniture re-finisher in Brooklyn, NY, was the best person for the job. I knew he would be able to transform the table and make it perfect for the apartment.  Be sure to check out his website:  christophepourny.com

6 My friend, Christophe Pourny, an artist and expert furniture re-finisher in Brooklyn, NY, was the best person for the job. I knew he would be able to transform the table and make it perfect for the apartment. Be sure to check out his website: christophepourny.com

After a few short weeks, the table was transformed.  I absolutely love it.  It fits the space nicely without the leaves and there's still plenty of room to open it up to it's full size when I entertain.

7 After a few short weeks, the table was transformed. I absolutely love it. It fits the space nicely without the leaves and there's still plenty of room to open it up to it's full size when I entertain.

A close up of the new darker color and curved leg.   Christophe had the idea of adding the silver detail.  Genius!

8 A close up of the new darker color and curved leg. Christophe had the idea of adding the silver detail. Genius!

My next project will be the dining chairs. Martha gave me 12 of these Warren McArthur chairs.  I think they'll look great with the table.

9 My next project will be the dining chairs. Martha gave me 12 of these Warren McArthur chairs. I think they'll look great with the table.

I'm still undecided as to how I will upholster them.  Horsehair is a very strong contender.  Any other suggestions?

10 I'm still undecided as to how I will upholster them. Horsehair is a very strong contender. Any other suggestions?

This year, as usual,  I'll be spending Thanksgiving day with Martha and Alexis at one of their houses, probably Martha's. Next year however, they both have an invitation to come to my apartment for dinner. I'll definitely need some help with the cooking though, unless they're both okay with scrambled eggs instead of turkey. Since my apartment is not quite ready and my cooking skills are still coming along, I thought it was best not to extend the invitation this year.  My dining room is slowly beginning to come together and by this time next year, I look forward to sitting in it and sharing a Thanksgiving meal with friends.

Soho Shopping Trip: Part 2

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Do you have that one special shop that you go to for inspiration? It’s a
place where you will see the most unusual and gorgeous objet d’art that no
one else will have, and a destination for the best of the best that inspires
desires.

Mine is de Vera, a quirky, eccentric and divine little shop on Crosby
Street, in Soho. The rare objects from around the work are displayed more
like a museum than retail space, and I am always in awe of the merchandise.
The dark walls and eclectic mix make me feel like I could stumble upon
anything from a Renaissance pendant to a Greco-Roman statue. From jewelry to
books, art to furniture, proprietor Federico de Vera expresses a refined
vision in what he chooses to show at the shop.

This is a must-stop for Manhattan visitors and, I hear his San Francisco
shop on Maiden Lane is just as divine.

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This paperweight really caught my eye

1 This paperweight really caught my eye

This is actually a set of paste buckles that were made into a bracelet

2 This is actually a set of paste buckles that were made into a bracelet

I love these sake cups resting on top of intaglios-such a graphic presentation

3 I love these sake cups resting on top of intaglios-such a graphic presentation

The gallery like space of the store is very glamorous and exciting

4 The gallery like space of the store is very glamorous and exciting

This beautiful glass jar is going on my Christmas list!

5 This beautiful glass jar is going on my Christmas list!