Posts Tagged ‘Entertaining’

Which Would You Choose: Pantry or Cupboards?

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I am a neat freak – I like everything to be organized and in its place. That’s especially true in the kitchen, with all of its small appliances, baking items, pots, pans, spices, and not to mention food! This week I’m trying to decide if my kitchen remodel should include a separate pantry, or just cupboards designed for organizing everything.

A separate pantry is perfect for ingredients and small appliances! It allows you to walk in and see everything at once, and to quickly locate what you’re looking for. It also hides a lot of things you may not want your guests to see, like an extra trash can, your stash of Diet Coke, or maybe even large bins of vegetables.

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(Photo from Kenzer Furniture via Houzz)

On the other hand, there are so many unique ideas for cabinetry now! There are drawers for pot-and-pan storage, special bins for flours and other baking needs, hidden compartments for spice jars and oils, and even great pull-out shelves for small appliances. It also keeps everything in the main kitchen area, which can be handy when you’re searching for the item you need.

And one thing you should know is that unlike new construction where I could have both a walk-in pantry and a great pantry in my kitchen cupboards, a remodel like mine means space is limited. So if I choose a walk-in pantry I am using valuable space that could be in my Master Closet. So which would you choose: A fabulous and roomy pantry with lots of shelves for organized bins and baskets (even if it means a smaller Master Closet or Bath), or specialized cupboards to hide all of the baking, cooking and food things?

Let me know your answer below! I think I’m close on this decision, but I’d still love to hear your suggestion! I may even let you know which I choose in tomorrow’s post… Stay tuned!

xo,

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A.W.O.L. Blogger!

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Hello, there!

I’ve been A.W.O.L. for a few days, but I want to give you a quick behind-the-scenes peek at my 12-hour day of shooting yesterday with everyone’s favorite garden guru, P. Allen Smith! We filmed some great conversations for his shows, Garden Style and Garden Home, and we also had a lot of laughs.

I have more to tell you about our shoot coming up soon, but here’s a taste for now!

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More soon!

Xo,

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Traditional Home Fall Feast Photo Shoot: Let Me Take YOU Behind the Scenes

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I recently hosted a dinner party to share with my nearest and dearest all the stories and photos I brought back from my amazing trip to Scotland! Traditional Home joined me for the preparations, and the story is in the magazine this month. They’ve also included photos and recipes of the event on their website.

And, today, I discuss more about the decor for the event (including how YOU can create a Fall Feast that’s vibrant and fresh), over at my friend P. Allen Smith’s blog. Don’t miss it!

In Designer MBA last week, we talked for a moment about how to work smart at a photo shoot, and it occurred to me that YOU might be interested in a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to pull off an event like this, when it’s going to be captured on film. So I pulled together some progress shots for you.

Of course the lighting had to be just right!

And the Palette Catering staff was busting a move in the kitchen! They were fabulous, as always! They helped me re-create this shortbread: a recipe I picked-up on the trip!

And the flan…to die for!

The all-green centerpiece really amped-up the decor!

These favor pouches were a special treat for my guests, and the tag echoes the stagshead motif that’s incorporated throughout the decor!

Whew! These photo shoots take more work than you might think! At least after it was all said and done I had the chance to sit down and enjoy the fine meal and the great company!

Xo,

p.s. For more on styling your home for parties with a keen designer eye, join me at Camp Tobi Fairley for Design A to Z, November 7-9! It’s a 26-step crash course in the basics of design. You won’t want to miss it! See what people are saying about Camp Tobi Fairley events here!

 

 

Ask Tobi: Holiday Guests

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Q:

Tobi,
I have very special guests coming to stay with me this Christmas.  I’m a young new homeowner and this is my first time to entertain overnight guests.  I’m am so NERVOUS!  These guests are very dear to me and I want their stay to be special and memorable!  Can you share your advice?
Toni Ann, Providence, RI

A:

Dear Toni Ann,
Thanks for thinking of me with your dilemma!  I’ve actually posted some great tips on the blog before.  This is the perfect time to share that post again!

I too had a VIP guest stay at my home.  Ronda Carman of All the Best blog fame was my overnight guest of honor.  Head over to my post “How to be the Perfect Holiday Host” and read all of my top tips!

How to be the Perfect Holiday Host: Click Here!

 

 

 

Entertaining Extra

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Did you see this month’s Entertaining feature?  I profiled my mother’s dining room decked out for the holidays.  I promised I’d be back with all the photos of this aqua and kelly holiday scheme and here they are!

The aqua and kelly scheme blends perfectly with the other color stories in the house.  It’s especially perfect with the painting by Jane Booth of Kansas City!

Runners on the table are a custom printed “Bistro Stripe” from Tobi Fairley Home.  Gorgeous lamps strengthen the color story here.

How tempting!  A sideboard filled with all of mom’s holiday treats! 

Satin ribbons and ornaments are “color coded” to enhance the decor.

Inside the china hutch, cake stands and bowls filled with ornaments are simple touches to add to the holiday spirit.

Monogrammed napkins trimmed in satin ribbon complete the look!  Bon appetite!

 All photos by Rett Peek