Fall Entertaining


Pumpkin Spice Lattes (PSL) are in Starbucks stores across the country. Do you know what that means? It's fall! Yes, the PSL is what determines it's autumn in my world. I already have my pumpkin candle burning, and I'm ready to put on my boots. Who cares if it's 114 degrees still? haha! I always seem to host more gatherings in the fall. The cooler weather is an invitation to create soups in crockpots, bake with cinnamon and drink red wine. Of course, you also have big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas that put your china to use. I thought I would share a fall tablescape that I put together with Malori from Hoot and Holler to get your wheels spinning about your fall decor.

Ikea has an amazing selection of dinnerware, home accents and linens. I found a set of white dishes that included six place settings for only $35. I've been wanting some plain white plates for a long time now, and I was thrilled to find such a large set for a minimal price.


I also fell in love with these woven placemats and linen napkins. They will go with almost anything.

Malori found an incredible piece of wood at the flower market the other day.  She chose it as the focal point of the table design along with two geometric terrariums from West Elm. The all posses a modern quality the fits with the graphic wallpaper by Chasing Paper I installed (read post here).


She chose sage, wheat and other simple greens to keep the design easy for anyone to do. The sage was the perfect fall touch and made my house smell divine.


Deep reds and blues filled in the gaps. It's a different approach to fall that your typical rust and goldenrod colors.

So, now that I'm ready for fall entertaining, who wants to come over for dinner?!

Photos by Amy Frances Photography Florals by Hoot and Holler Additional styling by AVE Styles

CB2 - Contemporary Furniture

cb231Even before I began working with architects I have loved contemporary interior design. Like mother, like daughter they say...Growing up my mom has always incorporated contemporary furniture into our living spaces. When Ryan and I got married we got a load of amazing furniture from my parents because they couldn't fit it all in their new place, so naturally we have decorated our apartment accordingly. I wish CB2 had been around when we got married because we are in love with this store! Crate & Barrel started CB2 - a line of furnishings that's affordable and contemporary - two years ago. It's not as affordable as Ikea on some things, but the quality is definitely better and it's comparable to West Elm.

Make sure to sign up for their free catalogs if you like this style. Their sale prices are pretty good and we haven't had an issue with anything we've ordered (there isn't a CB2 in Phoenix). Here are some photos from their recent catalog and some items I love.moviesofaboothchairagrasu091teepeediningtableslimchairsc091