Thankful Tables

I am down to just a handful of boxes, but otherwise my new place is starting to feel like home. It took traveling out of town for Thanksgiving yesterday to make me actually realize that it is Thanksgiving! How? I don’t know. I have been so buried in boxes and masking tape, that it took the  occasional instagram stroll to get a shot of inspiration for Thanksgiving tablescapes. I feel each year everyone finds ways to make their tablescape more creative, more aesthetically oriented, and even more chic! Right now, I am taking a breath and leaving the tablescaping to family. Here are just a few of my favorites that I love from this week and always. Now, back to family time….

One last thing, I am SO thankful for all of you!

Cotton and Quill holiday tablescape

A Cotton and Quill Holiday Tablescape. Between the blue and white and the foo dogs, how can this not make you smile. Also, I love an octagon shaped plate atop a round charger. I think it brings great dimension.

JoPhoto Thanksgiving Tablescape via Town and Country

Rustically romantic in shades of white, cream, and green. If your weather permits, take it outdoors like the pilgrims. If not, take this inside. By JoPhoto via Town & Country.

Meg Braff tablescape

Meg Braff places autumn inspired flowers on a light and airy blue & white table top. The shades of green are the perfect segway to connect the different palettes.

Relished Roost Pumpkins at home in Atlanta via The Potted Boxwood

This photo that I took at a family friend’s home last autumn. This is the ultimate inspiration for a thankful tabletop setting. These exquisite pumpkins are by The Relished Roost.

Tartan Tablescape via Danielle Rollins

Danielle Rollins is always keeping me captive with her witty remarks and stunning taste. This tartan tabletop with potted arrangements would be festive on any occasion.

Camille Styles Tablescape for Town and Country

Camille Styles set up a lovely Thanksgiving feast that is simple and sophisticated. More photos in Town & Country

Thanksgiving tablescape from the Lettered Cottage via Town and Country

I love the dimension of this place setting. There is height, texture, and plenty of color. It blends together seamlessly. Via The Lettered Cottage

The Enchanted Home Thanksgiving Tablescape

Tina of The Enchanted Home is always wowing us in her stellar home. Her tablescapes are no exception. I would eat every meal in here if possible. Oh so beautiful! (Btw- those planters are everything!!!)Vibrant tablescape via Parker Kennedy Living

A little vibrant Thanksgiving fun. For my fellow Floridians (even though I am not there), this is for you! Via Parker Kennedy Living

Gift Guide: Puppy Love

We can’t ever forget our furry friends

They may give us unconditional love, but we have to make sure that our love is displayed in excellent condition.



A pagoda dog bed finished out in blue and white is essentially everything I represent (and in turn, my dog does represent it too). These chic creations are available for pre-order by emailing Available in black and white & blue and white.

Bark Box

While Emmie is obsessed with her bark box, I am thankful for it. I never have to buy treats, toys, or bones. Each month they are delivered straight to my door. A great gift!

Found Leash

Found makes remarkably well made pet products. There leashes are a favorite of mine!!

Indogo Home Dog Bowls

Hand painted dog bowls by Dana Mahnke make you want to show off those dog bowls, not hide them away! A select few will be available for purchase on blog soon. You can order them now from Indigo Home Shop.Lucky Puppy Adventures Monogram Lucky Puppy Adventures

A lucky puppy indeed. These collars are colorfully crafted and playfully patterned. By Lucky Puppy AdventuresMark and Graham Enamel Dog Tags

Enamel dog tags. It is hard to find a way to make important information styliish, but Mark and Graham pulled it off seamlessly.

Martha Stewart Present Harness on dog Martha Stewart Present Harness

If you don’t get many presents under the tree, you can remind yourself about the gift of love for your pretty pup.

Amy Berry Dog Bed

Excellent and vibrant patterns for your pooch by Amy Berry.

Society Social Dog Bowl

If Chinoiserie isn’t for you (questionable….) these are great alternatives for a stylish puppy feast. Society Social 

Gift Guide: Little Sweet Peeps

Let’s treat our sweet little peeps….


Restoration Hardwre bbed set

Now this a bunk bed I would gladly sleep in today! Restoration Hardware does children’s rooms right.

Elizabeth Heard Barettes

Elizabeth Heard Barettes are incredibly chic and unique for all ages.

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An up close view of the chic stone barrettes.

Florence Eiseman Bathingsuit Florence Eiseman Boys Jumper

When you want to play the Kennedys without the curse, Florence Eiseman will have your little ones dressing to John John and Caroline perfection.

Gummy Bear Nght Light Blue via Land of Nod Gummy Bear Night Light Blue via Land of Nod

How fun are these gummy bear night lights?! I don’t know one little person that wouldn’t want the comfort of a gummy to guide them to the bathroom and down the hall. Via The Land of Nod

J Crew Kids Pajamas

J. Crew string light PJs. A perfect photo op for Christmas morning and a reliable wash for all year round.

Light Up Legos

Light up legos. If you are shopping for a young boy, you are welcome.

Lion Jonathan Adler Nightlight

While the gummies are cute, this Jonathan Adler lion nightlight is a great element of decor that will surely last a lifetime. A playful touch!

May Design Notebook  May Designs Notebooks

May Design Notebooks are a fabulous and practical gift for all students and college goers (and adults alike). They can be personalized to taste, functional for use, and always easy to identify.

Me and Re Design Bluetooth Speaker

Monogrammed bluetooth speakers. There is no doubt these would be put to use from 12 to 24, and all monogram fans beyond. From Me & Re Design

Monogram Insulated Lunch Box

Speaking of monograms, these insulated and colorful lunch boxes make for a  playful cubby conversation starter.


If you haven’t heard about these yet, you are a little late. SO many children are riding around on these “segway without the handle” motorized moving machines. They are called monorovers. I don’t recommend trying these unless you have a good sense of balance and a house that is completely free of valuables.

Ocean Book Safari Book

These books are stunning. Holographic pictures transport you deep under the ocean or far into the wild life wilderness. Kids just love them!

Pottery Barn Monogrammed Basket

A great gift for any child. Personalized baskets from Pottery Barn Kids can be filled with onesies, burp cloths, or toys for your tots.

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Oilily. A brand that I grew up wearing and that I still love today. Whimsy, creative, and incredibly cute!


Gift Guide: Him

Let’s just get straight into it…



Pouring shouldn’t be boring

Mark and Graham Monogrammed Decanter

Personalized Mark & Graham decanter. A fabulous bar cart accessory or man cave must have.

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

Tovolo Ice Maker from Crate and Barrell is an ideal accessory for any drink of choice.

Pappy Van winkle Whiskey

Speaking of a cocktail, this enviable  Pappy Van Winkle whiskey is a coveted addition to any bar or backdrop.


Mr. Chef

Cook up something special


Allen Brothers Steak

Allen Brothers Steaks make a phenomenal gift to any man with a sophisticated palette. Apparently , these are sourced from the same company that supplies Dallas’ famous steakhouse Al Bernaits.


Maybe I have lived in Texas for too long, but I can see any guy getting an ego kick out of branding his meat with his initials…From Texas Irons



This is universal for men and woman, but I have had multiple people (including by friend Jennifer at Belcaire House Blog) rave about the Sansaire. It cooks food to perfection and it is incredibly simple to use. Can’t beat that for a first class meal.

Yeti Rambler

This is also universal, but men love all things Yeti. It keeps it hot for 12 hours and cold for 24. It will be the best money you have ever spent, and something you will use everyday. Regular coffee cups will just not do…


Well Groomed And Accessorized

Clean up nicely


Beard Soap from Dr K

For any bearded boy that you know, they will forever be in your debt with this all natural Irish cleaner. It makes sense it needs it’s own soap! From Dr. K Soap Company

Harrys Shave Club

A chic shave is better than any other type of shave,. Harry’s products give you just that, plus it is delivered straight to your door.

Samsung Curved TV via Best Buy

Curved TV is the way of the future. It will make it seem like you are actually at the game. Plus, you can arrange your living room whatever way you like (he can see if from any angle). From Samsung

Everyday Carry Kit Keychain from Huckberry

This key can basically do everything you could possibly ask for and carries everything you need to survive. Lighter, screw driver, fire starter, knife, paracord and so much more. Available at Huckberry

J Crew Cedar Shoe Trees

Cedar Shoe Trees from J. Crew always make a superb gift for any man. They make a closet smell yummy and are universally pleasing to every gentleman.

Gift Guide: Her & Home

It will be here before you know it. The tree will come up, the garland will be added, the lights will be lit, the presents will be open, the chaos will be here very soon. It is a shame that a time that calls for great joy and rejoicing makes us all crazy and frantic. Well, not to worry friends, I am here to help. I even did a little research, calling upon some of my very close friends to tell me their favorite purchases of the season. This is basically a glorified list of everything I want (family take note)  and everything I have. This list could very easily be endless….. I am sure I will have follow up posts in the weeks ahead. Honestly, it would be 500 pages if I didn’t cut it off somewhere. As always, look at last years gift guide for some inspiration as well!

Today, I am featuring all things for her and for the home. Each day this week I will be showcasing fabulous gifts for a certain person (or pup) on your list. Happy Shopping!!


Spread chic

Inslee Calendar

Inslee makes a phenomenal calendar. Can’t help but love a little blue and white wonder.


Buy your exclusive Dana Mahnke ornament for The Potted Boxwood while they still last!!

NEST Candles

It isn’t the holidays without a Nest holiday candle. Period. End of Discussion.

Paper Source NotepadsPaper Source Personalized Notepads

Paper Source makes affordable and easy personalized note pads. You really can’t ever have too many notepads.

August Morgan Cocktail Napkins 2August Morgan Cocktail Napkins 3

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Are these not the most whimsy and adorable cocktail napkins you have ever seen. I would post all of them if I could! By August Morgan

Mrs John L Strong Lions Head Gift Tag

Mrs. John L. Strong makes the most sophisticated gift tags perfect for any type of gift. I adore the lion’s head.

Swell Python Water Bottle

I am obsessed with my S’well. it keeps things cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. My ice from the morning is still in tact by the end of the day. From work to my workout, it is the ideal gift for anyone of any age. It also works well with my essential oils….

Young Living Essential Oils

Speaking of essential oils, I  may have become a bit obsessed. I heard about these from a friend who then told me all about the amazing benefits of essential oils. Instantly, I sleep better with a mix of the lavender and R.C. oil. I must tell you, the lavender is a true french lavender. I infuse lemon and tangerine in my water for energy, as well as a multitude of other benefits. Young Living are the only type of essential oils to buy, since they are in the purest form and have a very admirable reputation.

Marble Condiment Board via Williams Sonoma

Marble condiment tray from Wiliams Sonoma. White marble always looks good in any kitchen. No one can turn this down.

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Don’t forget about the Pop- Up Shop! There are still select items left straight from Asian estate sales into your home.



Simply adorned


Piko Long Sleeve Top

I live in these daily. Piko is made from the softest organic cotton, in a variety of colors, with a flattering fit. Tight in the arms (to make you look skinny minny) with a flowy drape. They feel incredible.

Poppy London Fur Hat Poppy London Fur Hood Jacket

As seen on Ladies Of London (I either just discouraged you or made an instant sell). Very reasonable fur lined jackets and caps. Can’t help but love a fur pom that gives even the best top knot crazy competition.

Newport Slicker from Monkees

I am sure you all have seen the competitive and pricier look of this jacket, but my favorite North Carolina boutique, Monkee’s,  carries similar and well made versions of the jacket. Perfect for a rainy and windy day, not to mention incredibly stylish.


Always travel first class

Steamline Luggage

I WANT NOW. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Brics. This is a whole other level of chic. I feel like I would automatically  become a snobbier traveler (which would be REALLY hard to do) with this Steamline Luggage.  This just screams- get out of my way I am cute and important.

Monogram Home Weekender Bag

Can you ever have too many weekender tote bags? The answer is no. So the answer to this purchase is a resounding yes. From The Monogrammed Home

Charmajesty Boudouir Love PillowCharmajesty Boudouir Pillows

Charmajesty boudoir pillows are a perfect duffle bag accompaniment for any long car ride or long haul flight. If you are like my mother, you will even pack them in the suitcase to  avoid potential hotel bugs (if you think you can get them, you are clearly at the wrong hotel).

Tally Ho Roll-Up Jewelry Case via Bobbins

Why lug a big box of jewelry when you can wrap it up in a timelessly monogrammed pouch. Honestly, every item on the Bobbins website is worthy of a purchase. Good quality and great taste.


Frontgate Cashmere Jersey Travel Set

My friend who works corporately at an airline, swears by this. I trust her completely since she has the enviable position of jet setting at a moments notice. Who wouldn’t love a cashmere jersey travel set under the tree. It is worthy of planning a trip. From Frontgate




Countertime nourishing-cleansing-balm

I complimented a friend on their good skin, then I started using it. Two days later I received two compliments on my skin. I think I am on to something here. It is safe, it is effective, and it feels ridiculously refreshing. From Beauty Counter

Dr Macrene 37 foundation

I can’t say I know much about this. I am trusting the Wall Street Journal, Science, and my Neiman Marcus sales people. Apparently it causes miracles, which for the hefty price tag…it should. At the same time, makeup is never too expensive if it works right. From Dr. Macrene


The only reason I look awake in the morning….Also, a must have facial for all of my Dallasites. By Renee Rouleau


Always invest, never detest


Society Social Gourd Lamp

Blue and White Gourd Lamp from Society Social. My newest bedside addition.

Shades of Light Fretwork Lantern

I discovered this gem online and really think you can’t beat the price for the look. Perfect in a dining room, hallway, or powder room. From Shades of Light

Evo Sleep Mattress

I am pretty devout to my tempurpedic, but I recently discovered this mattress which is made of all natural materials and feels just as heavenly  (if not better- AND a 1/3 of the price!). By Evo Sleep

Horchow Neiman Marcus Monogram Sheets

Horchow is having a monogram sale! I have had lots of sheets by lots of different brands. I really love Charisma. They wash beautifully and get softer with age.

City of Light

If you were able to go on with the weekend in a per-usual fashion, I envy you. As soon as I heard the news break on Friday afternoon about the evil and horrifying attacks in Paris, I felt a knot in my stomach. Dinner cancelled. Eyes glued to the television. Appetite lost. It was, needless to say, a sickening situation that made me mourn for a city that is the epitome of all things chic and a beacon of light. Sadly, the whole world seemed dark.

Today, I feel it fitting to showcase one of my favorite Parisian apartments by Frederic Mechiche photographed by Jean-Francois Jaussaud in Elle Decor. It is a bold apartment, classic in taste and striking in its aesthetic. After all, that is exactly how Paris and the whole world should react against evil- bold and striking. Keep praying for Paris, for peace, and for a world that believes in loving one another above all.

Paris Flag taken by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

My own photo of French flags. Taken in Paris in Spring of 2010.


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Pack Rat

I am up to my ears in boxes, bubble wrap, and to do lists. Moving is a lot more work than I remember. I will be sporadically posting this week and next, but if you ever need any inspiration on a day I am away you can scroll through my instagram, my posts, or my pop-up shop. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better pick me up than Dana Mahnke’s blue and white chinoiserie ornaments or original porcelain antique plates. I have two lanterns left, and I am secretly hoping I get to keep them for myself, but I know how much joy they could bring to any of your beautiful homes.

So scroll back though Carolyne Roehm’s stunning house, or do a little early Christmas shopping. I’ll just be here with permanent marker on my finger tips and bubble wrap stuck to my foot. Pardon my dust….

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The Potted Boxwood Pop-Up Shop

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Roehming Around

I have been glued to my computer these days. I definitely have that mix of dread and excitement when it comes to moving. I am constantly scouring the internet to make sure there isn’t the ideal fabric that I have missed, or that there isn’t a better light fixture to hang in that perfect place. I find myself in a constant monologue that goes something like…”well this a great fixture, but if I put it in the dining room… there will be too much brass if I decide I want those bookshelves… but then where will that painting go?…it would look really good above a console table…I love the marble top console table from Wisteria…but that will be too much If I get a marble top made for my dining table..but that is overly expensive so maybe I should go with soapstone for the top…do soapstone and marble mix?…that reminds me, I need to call about a handyman putting up the light fixtures”….etc. etc. etc.

This constant conversation with myself does not stop. As much as I seemingly complain about how busy and exhausting it is, I secretly love it. I love logistics. I always have, I probably always will. I love figuring out how I am going to get from point A to point Z, I thrive in that situation. It is not just a gift for practicality, but also so relevant in the world of design. How am I going to get a bland room into one that is enviable and enchanting? Let me work the logistics. In the process, I have spent a lot of time on One Kings Lane (more time than anyone should ever spend staring at a screen). They are featuring a Carolyne Roehm inspired sale which you can’t help but adore. She is the queen of blue and white and her taste is beyond chic. She has been a true inspiration for my end results. Take a look at just a few of the pictures of her stunning home here. For more, visit One Kings Lane.

Photos by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

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A classic Georgian home. I love the coloring of the stone and the spheres of boxwood in all sizes.

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This home has so much light, as well as an airy ambience that adds another level of sophistication to a formal home.

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Carolyne always knows how to display her collection of blue and white. PS: If you want any blue and white, don’t forget to shop!

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Carolyne on her timeless sofa with her pup. I love how she put white potted plants throughout. It makes a huge impact in each space.

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Another angle of the room. A play of symmetry and understated elegance.

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Formal antiques pop with the ideal contrast against white walls.

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Could you imagine a breakfast room like this?! This room definitely has a place for everything. The arrangement of potted topiaries makes quite an impact.

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A perfect garden room with an array of potted plants hedged to perfection.

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Pea gravel and a fresh palette of white and green make for an ideal conservatory.

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Formal gardens, clipped and hedged to create a stately manner.    Carolyne Roehm OKL 13

White flowers provide the most splendid contrast of blooms.

Winging It

Before we get to the post, did you check out the pop-up shop? I launched it Friday afternoon!  Look at the tab under the logo, you will find SHOP on the right side, and on that page you will find a delightful collection of true blue and white porcelain pieces that have been uncovered at estate sales all over Asia in the past 20 years. I personally picked out these pieces in Asia (specifically the Philippines) this summer from a source that is truly remarkable and inspiring. I only have a little bit left, but it is a LOT of quality that will last forever. xxoo Hurry while it lasts!

Now to wingback chairs…


Wingback chairs. I can’t stop thinking about them. I feel they would be a perfect addition to my Restoration Hardware sofa (that I practically stole from a warehouse sale here in Dallas- well in some very small and deserted town outside of Dallas). I think wingback chairs bring a great significance to a room. They were first created as fireside chairs to hold the heat in from the sides and backs in order to keep the drafts out. On the other hand, they were also called “the grandfather chair” because that’s where as a child you sit on his knee for a story.

With all their history, they aren’t your typical side chair that blends in the corner. They are commanding, interesting, and beautifully designed. So go ahead, spread your wings.


Anthony Todd_ Livining room with Wingback chair via Veranda

A gorgeous striped wingback chair in a room full of neutrals. Via Veranda

Blue wingback chair

A soft blue wingback chair packs a punch in this classic and contemporary Italianite room.

Dining roomby Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith makes everything feminine and gorgeous, her slipcovered wingback chair in this dining area is no exception.

Wingback Chair Elle Decor

A classical and stately wingback chair is a focal point in this den area. Via AD

Wingback Chair in a navy room via House Beautiful

A supreme navy room compliments accents of white, including this nail head wingback chair. Via House Beautiful

Wingback Chair Traditional Home

Two tone wingback chair featured in Traditional Home. Wingback Chair via AD

A perfect play of light neutral palettes. Via AD

Wingback chairs designed by Jan Showers

A completely clean and chic palette of classic design. Via Jan Showers

Wingback chairs via Elle Decor

A soft and smoky gray adorns these wingback chairs cozy by the fireplace. Via Elle Decor

Wingback Chairs via Thom Filicia

A strong apricot and luggage leather is used in these stately wingback chairs. Via Thom Filicia

Wingback chiar House Beautiful

Soft and subtly adorned, this room has a quiet ambience with plenty of character. Via AD

Wingback dining room via Cape Cod Collegiate

A light and airy dining area full of comfort and graceful attitude. Via Cape Cod COllegiate

Wingbak chiar Pamela Pierce via Veranda

This wingback chair is the ultimate display of timeless accessorizing by Pamela Pierce. Via Veranda



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