Proper Table Setting
With the upcoming spring holidays, I thought I’d share about how to properly set a table. Perhaps you need a reminder of where the cutlery should be placed around the tableware. With our casual lifestyles it’s easy to forget how a proper set table should look. Here’s a refresher showing how to set a table. If your hosting a holiday dinner or you just want to throw a spring garden party this information will be helpful.
FORMAL TABLE SETTING:
Dessert spoon can be placed above the plate (facing left) with the dessert fork – with the tines pointing right
Salad bowl or dish can be placed to the left with bread plate above fork
Glass above the knife – glasses to be used first go on the outside – glasses line up from the first one
INFORMAL TABLE SETTING:
BREAKFAST TABLE SETTING:
Remember…Left for eating, Right for Drinking. Start at the outside and work in.
It depends on your preference and there are many folding variations that can be created. There are napkin folding books that can teach you how. As a default, the napkin can be placed in the water glass, folded on the dinner plate, or beside the flatware on the left. You may not want to use all of the tableware pieces shown in the above diagrams, they are optional and it also depends on what you are serving.
I have a napkin folding book and I like to put my creation on top of the plate.
There are so many decorative and fun napkin rings that can adorn a folded napkin if you’re not up to learning the napkin folds.
If you’re going to be serving buffet style (I serve buffet style a lot) the plates are not put on the table. They are piled on the buffet serving table. Put the napkin in the center (where the plate would otherwise go).
Easter Table Setting
Elegant and Colorful Table Setting
Modern Table Setting
Simplistic Table Setting
Tea Party Table Setting
Dinner for Two Table Setting
Natural Table Setting
Outdoor / Casual Table Setting
Creating a beautiful table setting doesn’t have to be difficult nor do you need to have fancy expensive tableware or silverware.
Creativity is “key” to a pretty place setting.
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Spring’s warm breezes and blooming flowers indicate that the warm weather is near and it’s time to “Spring Clean”.
Many people get the urge this time of the year to give the house a good cleaning and re-organize their closets and cabinets.
Spring is a time for renewal and the perfect time to bring “new life” to your living spaces.
Below are some of my favorite tips from Martha Stewart.
SPRING CLEANING AND STORAGE TIPS:
BAKING PAN ORGANIZER
Retrieving a jar or bottle from the back of a crowded cabinet can be awkward. For a simple fix, gather the pantry supplies you store on the shelf into a spare baking pan, then treat it like a drawer, carefully sliding it in and out for easy access. The pan will also catch drips, speeding cleanup. I love this idea since I love to bake.
CORRAL YOUR MAGAZINES
I use Magazine holders all the time but I never thought to attach a sash lift to them. Magazine holders are good for keeping old issues in order, but their handleless backs make it difficult to access them when you need to. For a permanent fix, position a sash lift on the back of a holder, and mark screw holes with a pen. With a hand drill, make two holes in holder to accommodate small bolts. Secure the lift to the holder with bolts and matching nuts.
Great Idea for Spring Cleaning! For easier spring-cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the rim to dry.
Wonderful Storage Tip. Well-organized closets, storage areas, and office spaces can help you save time, open up your living quarters, and restore beauty and order to your home. Follow our easy ideas for storing anything and everything in your home.
Don’t let your matching sheets get lost in the linen closet. Use this simple trick: Tuck a sheet set inside one of its pillowcases, and then stack according to size (twin, full, queen, king) or by the room you use the sheets in (master bedroom, guest room.)
These are a MUST for me! Bathroom drawers are second only to junk drawers in their potential for messiness. It’s too easy to toss grooming products in there pell-mell. Wooden boxes and trays help categorize the items and are available in various sizes and materials, so they can be mixed and matched to fit any sort of drawer.
Bedrooms are where we go to rest and relax. That can be hard to do if your clothes are strewn all over and your jewelry is tangled. Restore order while maintaining a beautiful space with our easy organizing solutions.
Some of your heels are works of art, so why not display them as such? Line the walls of a walk-in closet or a dressing area with picture-rail molding to make a tidy yet visually arresting display.
Buy preprimed pieces, and have them cut to length at the store. Paint before installing, either the color of the wall or a bold accent shade. Space the rails a foot apart, and attach them to the wall with construction adhesive. Hammer finishing nails every 18 inches (you don’t have to hit studs), countersink nails, spackle, and touch up with paint.
MY FAVORITE SHOE AND HANDBAG STORAGE TIP:
I place my shoes on the shelf with one shoe toe first and the other heel first. This way here I can see the heel size and toe style at the same time. It also allows more room to fit more shoes per shelf.
Since I store my handbags in cloth bags I can’t see what handbag is in there. So I take picture of the handbag, print it and cut it to fit in a plastic baggy. I tape the baggy shut, make a little hole in the top with a hole puncher and I attach it to the string of the cloth bag. Now I know which handbag is in there.
And don’t forget to allow some time to enjoy the beautiful weather.
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Green, Global and Glamour
While many of you have been hearing about the up and coming green design it’s in full force for 2009. The prediction for Arizona is that 10% of all new home construction in 2010 will be constructed green and equating to a $20 billion market share. Due to our “red” economy many may not be able to build a completely green home but consumers will still be seeking green products for sure. Many are becoming environmentally conscious so you’ll be seeing more and more green products on the market for 2009 and beyond. Green has had a strong focus on appliances, solar energy, lighting, heating and cooling. But for 2009 green goes LUXE. Be on the lookout for luxurious eco-linens that will feel and look like silk. Bedding and other high-end accessories will be getting the GREEN treatment.
For 2009 there will be a merging of multi-cultural designs. We will still be inspired by the Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Adding to them will be a fresh focus on Russia, India, Morocco and Latin America culture.
Fashionista Couture – where glamour and beauty from the fashion runways inspire your home. You’ll see lots of embellishments on accessories. Pillows will be dressed with belts, sequence, Swarovski crystals and flowers. Window treatments will have dressmaker details and trims. Upholstered headboards will be glamour inspired using velvet fabrics with silver – leaf finish accented with metallic trim.
Cheryl’s Top Ten Trends for 2009:
- The color Purple is back! Soft is out and loud is in. Colors that say “look at me” will be getting the attention. Red and blue will still be important while herbal green joins the scene. Due to Asian inspired design, gold and yellow will be shouting out. White is also making a comeback especially in kitchen design. And neon colors will be shinning through. There is power in color and I feel every room should have a shout of it.
- The “New Look” is Traditional with an Edge. What I mean by edge is a fresh modern look, a fusion of the two. Old World and Tuscan design are out and Traditional and Contemporary are in. Modern, minimalism, green with a touch of glamour has got my attention this year. This will be the year to mix it up – juxtaposition design done right can be very striking.
- Home furnishings will be getting scaled down as will room sizes. So the furniture must fit the scale of the room so you’ll be seeing a “back to basics” approach in furniture. Distressed wood will still be popular in 2009 but the shades and stains will get a little lighter. You’ll also see a fusion of shades being used such a chocolate brown and white.
- Fabrics will be larger in scale, bold and bright with added glitz. Metallics will still make a statement as they are fun to work with and always add a spark of interest to the piece.
- Popular Patterns of paisleys, geometrics botanicals, mosaics and patchwork will be seen on fabrics and wallpaper. Texture will also play a major role in décor. Using the layered look creates visual interest. I enjoy designing a painted wall with a layer of moldings – it creates architectural interest for the room. Tile patterns in bathrooms are the rave especially brick glass tiles.
- Lifestyle – a new trend of homeowner is emerging and will be living in their homes longer. Making a long-term commitment to stay in their homes will be paramount when making decisions on home design and building. The recent down turn in the housing market will play a part in how they design for the future. These homes will be custom tailored to their lifestyles and they will be smart about what they want such as flexible floor plans, emphasis on green building and living, and multi–purpose rooms.
- Remodeling and Expansions will be huge in 2009 and beyond. Homeowners are now in a nesting mode and are willing to update their existing homes to conform to their current lifestyles and personalities.
- Custom Home Building will continue to grow in Arizona and will continue to be one of the fastest growing states over the next two decades. The emphasis for custom home building will be on “practical building”. The new homes erected will be a tad smaller in size but without compromising quality. With a strong focus on energy efficiency, individuality, practical floor plans, multi-purpose room, modern style, high technology and great curb appeal.
- Watch for local, state and federal government programs that will offer homeowners incentives to build green. There will be tax credits and rebates offered. Many new websites will be available for information as well.
- Express Yourself! Designing and building your home should be about your personal preferences not on what’s the hottest new trend. It’s fun and exciting to hear and read about what is new and up and coming but if the trend doesn’t suit you and your lifestyle then it shouldn’t go into your home. Design with “you” in mind.
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Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor. They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html
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