Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Guests.............

 The bittersweet wreath on my front door welcoming our guests for a long Thanksgiving weekend..........

It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only four days away.  Our guests will be arriving on Tuesday and you know what that means.  Because it is so important to me that everyone feels at home, I really go the "extra mile"  making sure rooms are comfortable and cozy, guest baths fresh with soft fragrant towels and extravagant soaps, candles in each room reminiscent of the holiday season and a fresh floral bouquet at bedside.   A little wrapped gift always awaits my guests as well.  A very dear family of four arrive from Houston on Tuesday as well as our daughter who lives in Minneapolis.  Dinner will await them all..............and as of today, my table is festively set with a hushed
                                                                                     ............ ELEGANCE. 


My dining room console with a collection of my vintage cake plates

My dining room table set for brunch


The fish plates I have used on the table were a gift from one of my daughters
on one of her trips to France.  They are fairly rare and I have a set of
eight.  Four images repeat themselves twice.



A guest room..........all ready.

White silk drapes, vintage chair gone wild, an old
Peacock Alley display bed dressed in white mattlasse,
antique European shams from England and a yummy,
fluffy duvet.  Wall color is Benjamin Moore, Desert Twilight


The toile loft bedroom all ready for the teenager of the family visiting.  She loves
anything having to do with the Wizard of Oz.  When I saw these legs, I knew I
had to have them to place under her bed while visiting!  When I walked out of her
room and looked back, even I smiled!

One of our guests bathrooms.


Another "guest ready" bedroom.  The chaise lounge is from Summerhill

The foyer gently dressed for the Thanksgiving holiday.  The French commode was a
'find' from one of my trips to England.........yes, talk about a traveling road show. Dealers
travel about just as we do in the states.  The top hand colored egg prints are French and quite
rare, c.1750.  The bottom row of egg prints are from England, c. 1835.  As the owner of
Robins Egg Blue, I collected egg prints and these are among my favorites.

It was a holiday open house at Stems and Twigs in downtown
Western Springs, Illinois and I was caught up with the beautiful arrangement
that had just been made for the event...........the touch of crystal beads
gives the pumpkin arrangement a new look.  I loved it!

It is Thanksgiving Eve and our guests are waiting.  The fire is in the fireplace,
the men have gone to bed and the women are having a cup of pumpkin spice tea.
So, I must go.  I wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Thanksgiving and
for those of you that do not celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you PEACE.

HELP!!!!!!!!  I guess I still don't have this system set up right for those that wish to sorry.  I promise to get this resolved today if "my coach" can
assist me.  So dear friends, go down to the white bar at the bottom of this post and
run the mouse along the white bar until 'comments' pop up.  Then click and go to comments.
I would be so happy to hear from you.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Mary Anne, this is a fantastic post! I want to come to your house....

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.


Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Mom! We are thankful for your beautiful talents and gifts of creativity! And our midnite tea drinking full of laughs! We love you and all you do for us.
Sara Mad and Kim (:
PS Dad says hi

Anonymous said...

Mary Anne, this post is fabulous. Absolutely beautiful images of your home!