Friday, February 23, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Happy Valentine's Day!
Hard to believe it has been a week since the Philadelphia EAGLES won the Super Bowl! What an exciting game and wonderful win. Our Valentine wreath was covered with Eagle signs and now finally can be revealed again. I love to decorate for each holiday - and even though we downsized to an apartment and got rid of a lot of our "stuff", I made sure to hang onto the decorations I love...limited myself to one plastic tote for most holidays...a bright, hot pink one for Valentine decor so it is easy to spot and pull out of our storage unit.
This is our new console table from Pier 1. We love it! Something was needed for this area of our great room...and this fit the bill. I was so happy to find this "anywhere" line of furniture at Pier 1, and happy to learn that it was also on sale. Love that you can choose your shade of wood, and also choose either knobs or pulls. We chose the knob feature to go with other furniture in the room...and then changed them to a silver tone to coordinate with the brushed chrome fixtures in the area. The two shelve provide lots of display space, and the drawers are handy catchalls for little used remotes, coasters, and the wind up key to the grandfather clock.
This was the little table we originally purchased for the area in front of the window. While it was the perfect height - it came right to the windowsill - it was not big enough to fill the space and looked out of place. I was SO pleased to find that it fit perfectly in the foyer...right between the powder room and guest closet. The wood colors go perfectly with the frame on Starry Night.
There is no outlet on that wall ( that is the issue with getting this unit at the last minute after the wiring was already done...) so I put a battery operated set of tiny lights in the mercury glass vase and that provides enough glow in the evening. The lights are on a timer so I don't need to fuss with them. And across the hallway, near the entry we have another table...
This chest has been with us for more than 20 years and we keep finding a place for it no matter where we move. I love to have a place to set my keys ( the chest has 3 drawers) and a place to quickly check my hair to make sure I am presentable when the doorbell rings!
The LOVE plate is a purchase from Ross a few years ago...and the little heart garland is a Christmas decoration from K-Mart I found at the end of the season this year.
The dining room server that stands in as a sofa table has a few Valentine touches, too.
Last evening we hosted a dinner for two couples in our building. We are making so many new friends and are enjoying getting to know people a little better at small dinners. Being of Slovak descent and my sweet husband of Ukrainian heritage we love all the Eastern European foods such as pirogi, halupki, etc. One of our new neighbors also has Easter European roots and made fresh, homemade kielbasa at the holidays and gifted us with a ring. I put it in the freezer until my sister-in-law delivered pierogi and halupki (stuffed cabbage) made at her church food sale. With the kielbasa, peas, applesauce, and wonderful Ukrainian bread from a store bakery we enjoyed a feast that reminded us of our childhood dinners. Another couple brought homemade Kolachy - or nut roll - for dessert and it was wonderful. It reminded me of my mother's!
Speaking of my mother...this Quaker Lace tablecloth was a wedding gift to my parents in 1939...It was always used for special dinners in our home and I am lucky enough to have it to cherish...and to use. It is showing some wear, but I keep stitching it in worn spots as I notice them. I loved using it last night, along with our wedding china, my mother's cut glass dish, and having good friends around the table.
I love to have a little "take home" gift for each guest....last night I used these little silver hearts tied with heart ribbon on each napkin. The hearts were Christmas ornaments I bought at the end of the season at Dollar Tree thinking I would find a use for them...and I did. We had a wonderful evening with our friends...and look forward to many more. Now onto Valentine's Day...
Please comment below and let me know how you celebrate Valentine's Day...or any family treasures you use when you entertain! Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day!
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