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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I just came from visiting your lovely tour, as well. I’d call it Farmhouse Elegance. Just great!! Merry Christmas to you too, my friend… 🙂

  1. I applaud you for downsizing once you became empty nesters, two very big life changes! Our nest also became empty last year and we attempted to downsize but it didn’t happen and we find at Christmastime to be so glad we aren’t dealing with figuring out a new house! ? enormous undertaking on your part. Your tables are stunning and thank you for explaining the intention behind each as I always find that very helpful. Hope your new home envelops you and yours with gratitude, love and peace this first Christmas.

    1. Pamela, thank you so much for your lovely comment! The funny thing is, while we did move to a townhouse, we didn’t exactly downsize… 😉 In fact, my new home is actually bigger than the old one… (I have secret hopes of luring the kids back as often as possible, and eventually with their own families! Ok, it’s actually not so secret… ;-)). We wound up with a home that has an open flow, which seems to work well for entertaining and parties, so hopefully there will be plenty of that. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I wish you the Merriest Christmas!!

  2. Lory, Everything is done up so beautifully! Love how you mixed your patterns and colors on your table so pretty and elegant!

    1. Thank you so much, Tammy! I enjoyed your tour as well… 🙂 I’m so grateful for the opportunity to join up with you gals!! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Lori, your table setting is gorgeous – tartan is one of my favorites and you have it displayed so perfectly for this season. I love your soft touch – so elegant. Cathy

    1. Thanks so much, Cathy! I just came from enjoying your tour, as well… 🙂 Isn’t it fun how perfectly tartan works for the holidays? I see you’ve used plaids in your gift wrap decor and it just adds so much to the room. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

  4. bobbi duncan says:

    Where do I start since I love EVERYTHING??? Please come be my table setter…you come up with such gorgeous ideas. I am soooo crushing on those silver candlesticks. I save all your design ideas in my Lory folder and, sometimes, just to look at something lovely, pull them out and drool. You really are blessed with such a great decorating imagination.

    1. Bobbi, that is such a wonderful comment!! I’m so delighted to hear about your Lory folder… 🙂 I do the same with visuals I enjoy and I am chuffed and honored to know that I am inspiring to someone else! Thanks for reading and always leaving delightful comments! I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!!

  5. I so agree with you about the problems inherent to a white tablecloth; I’m all about a full table, too. Your Christmas table is lovely, and I think that you nailed all your goals for the look. The RL goblets are gorgeous. My daughter attended IU School of Music…quite the school…beautiful campus. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  6. Maria José Martins Mendes says:

    Enorme beleza, requinte e bom gosto… Parabéns e um feliz Natal!!!

  7. Love this table setting! Can you tell me how tall your garden cherub is? I would love to recreate it in my home next Christmas.
    Thank you

  8. May I ask why ,you set the lovely table with the utensils incorrectly? A salad fork,a dinner fork go on The left side of the plate,on the right side of the plate ,the knife,with cutting blade placed toward the plate, with the spoon or spoons to the right of knife! I’m old school,this is how Emily Post teaches it! ,Martha Stewart too! Is it a European thing?

    1. Sure, you may ask… 🙂 I do it that way because it’s prettier. It leaves room for a full napkin all fluffed up in a napkin ring on the other side of the plate. I’d hate to cover the lovely china plate with a napkin.

      The purpose of my posts is to inspire you with ideas that I hope are beautiful, but of course you will take from them what works for you. If you prefer the traditional layout of flatware, you can still be inspired by the colors and patterns.

      Btw, as a huge fan of etiquette books, I have found that even the traditionalists are updating their advice on all sorts of topics. I learned this when I was a calligrapher and found that the old school way of addressing envelopes has been updated to accommodate new social norms.

      But then again, I also wear white after Labor Day… 😉

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