Island Living…

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Annie Schlechter Photography Steven Gambrel Design

Good morning, our wonderful friends! We are counting down the days until the family gathers and we are surrounded by people we love.

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Steven Gambrel Design via Architectural Digest

Until then, it’s time to get cooking!

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Carolyne Roehm via One Kings Lane

 

When it comes to cooking and prepping and organizing, few things are as useful as a beautiful kitchen island.

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Pam Pierce Interior Design

It’s where we’ll prepare Christmas Eve dinner, our traditional “Company Chicken,” brown rice (the kind with the butter and consumme, not the healthy kind), biscuits, marinated asparagus and yummy rocky road fudge.

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Jean Randazzo Photography

It’s where we’ll prep breakfast casseroles to pop in the fridge for cooking Christmas morning.

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Kelly Wearstler Design

It’s where we’ll decorate gingerbread houses that are far from masterpieces but full of memories.

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Williams-Sonoma

It’s where we’ll sit and have a morning cup of coffee when Santa arrives far too early…

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Williams-Sonoma

And where we’ll finish off Christmas Day with a heaping helping of whatever leftovers we can find.

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Shop Terrain

Maybe most fun of all, the island is where we’ll create cookies for Christmas Eve and beyond.

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Simply Suzanne’s

They won’t look at beautiful as these. No doubt about that.

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Simply Suzanne’s

 

But there comes a time when we all have to realize that, sometimes, looking good isn’t the most important thing. To that end I had the pleasure of visiting Your Carolina yesterday to talk about creating a wonderful kids’ table for the holidays. We had the best time! Take a peek!

 


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Setting the Christmas Table

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Photo: Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny

 

Good morning, lovely readers! Can you believe how incredibly close we are getting to Christmas? Is it beginning to look like it at your house?

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Beaufort Dining Room – Smith Cameron Photography

 

This is our holiday table, all set and ready, with Christmas ornaments at every place. (If you peek into the bookcase, you’ll see our favorite Christmas decoration: A felt nativity from Wisteria that is too sweet for words!)

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Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Do you set your table the same way every year? Is it a bit of a tradition?

 

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Pamela Pierce – Milieu Magazine

 

Or do you come up with something new and different every year?

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Suzanne Rheinstein Design

 

Do you fill your table with delicious treats, buffet-style, so that all your guests can mix and mingle?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you set each place full of good things for guests to enjoy?

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Carolyne Roehm via Architectural Digest

 

Do you go all out with the Christmas accessories and decor?

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One Kings Lane

 

Or do you keep the table simple and beautiful, suitable for any season?

One Kings Lane

 

The perfect flourish in a napkin makes each guest feel special. We love a sprig of something fresh at each plate.

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BHG

 

Nothing is more classic at the holiday table than silver and linens. A little dash of something fresh is the icing on the cake!

 

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Cottages & Gardens

This children’s table may be our favorite of all!

We hope that our favorite holiday tables have given you a bit of inspiration for your own. Thanks so much for making us a part of your day!


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