Friends, Food, and Fun

This past weekend, we had a few friends over for a small dinner party. We enjoy seeing old (and new) friends on a regular basis and are always happy to host events to get everyone together.

I decided to celebrate fall a bit and decorate our table with a few autumnal accents. The centerpieces are just popcorn kernels layered on the bottom, with mini pumpkins layered on top. I also knit little acorn ornaments as gifts for our guests and learned a new napkin fold to accent the acorns. After this tutorial from The Wood Grain Cottage, I was inspired to make burlap placements with our initial. My goal was to highlight the season, but not overwhelm the table.

We had a great time, after all what’s better than good friends, good food, and good wine?!




Sweet Dreams

This weekend, my husband and I had friends visiting from out of town. Since we recently moved into our new home, I realized that I needed to make sure that our guest room had all of the necessary supplies. I find that the best way to see what is missing is to “live” in the room for one day. So, I slept in our guest room and was able to easily identify what was lacking.

We realized that the mattress in our guest room was so uncomfortable that I barely got any sleep! Therefore, after a bit of research we decided to head over to IKEA to pick up a new mattress. Their selection was not bad, and we were able to score a brand new spring mattress for under $200! Best of all, the mattress comes rolled up, so it was a breeze to fit in the car. I tried taking a cat nap on it, and it was very comfortable for me. Our guests didn’t have any complaints either. This is the mattress we finally agreed upon!

I also made sure that I had toiletires, bathrobes, closet space, and etnernaintment needs (tv, dvds, books, magazines) covered. We had a few vintage postcards left from our wedding, so I also stashed those away in the guest room. Now that our guest room is ready, I am inviting everyone to stay with us!

A pair of bathrobes is a necessity:


I like these vintage postcards of San Francisco! Also, a little candle makes the room a bit more homey. Finally, I have a little bowl and tag for charging cell phones and tablets. Our WiFi passcode is on the back for convenience.