Category Archives: Tablescape

Portland Blogger Summer Social Recap


I’m back from beautiful Seattle and I finally had a moment to upload my photos from our Portland Blogger Summer Social last week. It was a lovely evening, and I’m so grateful I had an opportunity to meet so many wonderful and creative women!

Again, the event was at a fabulous boutique in Portland called Seek the Unique. This store has everything, including a massive dining table that Jenn and I could not wait to decorate! It’s even prettier in person, and when paired with an eclectic group of chairs, it’s a piece that you can’t get out of your mind. The goal for this event was to eat, drink and chat. No silly games, just quality time spent with inspiring women. What better venue for this than an antique 20 foot dining table?

We wanted to keep things simple and costs down, so Jenn handmade the table runners and napkins and I created the menus, place cards and flower arrangements. We ran with bright colors and let the table be the star of the show…

And in true Kirsten fashion, once the event began I forgot to take photos. I get so distracted once guests arrive – such a bad habit of mine! I did snap a few more photos of the food and guests, but not nearly enough to do this event justice.

Now, let’s chat about the most important part of the evening. The ladies! Here’s a quick list of the wonderful bloggers that partied the night away with us…

Inspired Whims

Newcomb Home

Wanna Redo

Story Piece

Ciao Darling

Distinctly M

A Home In the Making

Restored Style


Rose City Bungalow 1913

Tate Creates

Two Lovely Spaces + Lyn’s wedding featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

Rindy Mae

Lydia Lauer

Mysterious Objects

I’m positive each one of these blogs has a few fun projects to share, so stop on by and say hello.

Cheers to a great week, friends!

Spring has sprung!

Morning, friends. Hope everyone had a happy weekend! Our days revolved around organizing, scrubbing, and cleaning our little abode. Getting ready to put a home on the market is no joke. And the hard part isn’t even here yet. Chaos.

On a lighter note, I *think* spring has finally sprung in the Pacific Northwest. At last! The tulips bloomed in our backyard and I was able to snip a few to place around the house. What is it about these flowers that bring loads of joy to a room?

Little bundles of tulips can be found in a few of our rooms and I can’t get enough of them…

And, I have a mini new spring tablescape going on with a little fern I grabbed at our local garden store. It’s quite a charming plant, and I love the life it brings to the table.

I also have a new man in my life. I picked up this little giraffe with a West Elm gift card I had and I’m in love. Who would’ve thought a cast aluminium object could steal my heart?

Ain’t he cute?

Last but not least, I’ll be on KATU’s morning show AMNW tomorrow at 9 a.m. giving tips on throwing a successful garage sale. If you don’t live in Oregon, I’ll also be posting my 10 tips here too:).


Simple Winter Tablescape

Friends! Good morning! Before we dive into today’s post, I want to thank you for all the wonderful New York suggestions. My little head is full of ideas and excitement thanks to all of your hotel, restaurant and shopping tips – a million thank you’s for your expert advice. Don’t think I could be any more excited for a trip than I am now…bring it on!

Us Oregonians need a little life in our homes during these cold and dreary January days. Every time I look out the window, I see grey skies. It’s certainly not good for one soul’s (or complexion – I’m as white as a ghost) so this weekend I tried to bring a little life into our home. I picked up some beautiful white hydrangeas in hopes of making a very simple, yet cheerful winter tablescape. There’s something about the color white that freshens a room and brightens up spirits. To keep it simple, I just bought three large flowers, kept my clear-glasses-turned-candle-holders from my holiday tablescape and BAM! A simple winter table was born…

winter tablescape

winter tablescape

winter tablescape

winter tablescape


winter tablescape

winter tablescape

Or, I could have just kept them on the mantel too…

winter tablescape

It’s amazing what three fresh flowers can do to a room. Let the spring countdown begin!

Stick with me for the rest of this week – I have some super fun things up my sleeve, including a FREE, downloadable Valentine’s Day goodie that will knock your socks off for Friday’s TGIDIYFriday craft. Here’s to hoping the work week zooms by…


Holiday Tablescape

Or rather, I think this is more of a festive tablescape? With the absence of green and red, this table might actually be a better fit for New Year’s, but whatever the case, it’s sparkly and simple.

I gathered up a number of clear glass bottles, stuck some white Ikea candles in them, and carefully wrapped  gold mesh netting around them and called it a day. I accented the table with gold chargers I already owned, short gold candle holders as well as gold napkin holders and white plates and napkins. Again, it’s simple, but a fairly stunning statement, especially when the candles are lit.

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

holiday tablescape

Again, it’s a quick and low-budget tablescape – the candles certainly do most of the work. It’s quite the contrast from last year’s table…

christmas decor

More on that tablescape here.

Believe it or not, I think I’m done chatting about the holidays around our house. Tomorrow, I’m changing my tune and we’re talking about my hair. Sounds thrilling, right? Happy Monday, friends!