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A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

A dear friend brought me with her to visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens this week, and it was a treat! Lake Forest is a lovely leafy suburb about an hour’s drive north of Chicago. The home being used as the showhouse was built in 1922 and is an arts and crafts style estate designed by…… Continue reading A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

Design · Flowers · Gardening · Inspiration

Ideas for Spring Container Gardens

It is still too cold in Chicago to plant spring flowers in containers outside, but that should change in the next couple of weeks. After a long winter, containers of spring flowers by the front doors of homes are a welcome and cheerful sight! Since we live in a high-rise apartment building, I sadly don’t…… Continue reading Ideas for Spring Container Gardens

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Naked Cakes for Spring

I have started noticing photos of beautiful layer cakes that are unfrosted on the sides. Apparently they are called naked cakes and have become popular over the last couple of years as wedding cakes. Here are some examples of these simple and natural looking wedding cakes: I love the addition of fresh flowers on a…… Continue reading Naked Cakes for Spring

Dining Room · Flowers · Holidays · Inspiration · Our House · Table Settings

A Spring or Easter Table Setting

Today, I am sharing a table setting that I created for spring. I used what I had on hand with the addition of some fresh Forsythia branches from the grocery store and some bird nests that I picked up at Michaels. I like to have a color scheme in mind before I start planning a…… Continue reading A Spring or Easter Table Setting

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A Dining Room Table Setting

Yesterday, I shared our formal dining room with you. Today, I am going to share photos of a table setting that I created for the space when I hosted a ladies’ luncheon during the holiday season. My favorite part of entertaining is arranging the flowers and the table. I enjoy cooking, but cooking for company…… Continue reading A Dining Room Table Setting