||"Tea Customs and Holiday Decorating Tips" at Circa Home and
As part of Circa's ongoing free seminars and events, I will
present a program on tea customs and holiday decorating tips, Sunday
November 11th at 3 p.m. Learn how easily a traditional tea can be adapted
to your style of entertaining and get holiday decorating and tablescaping
ideas. I'll share tips on having tea parties from casual get togethers
with friends to a formal tea for forty or more. See how clever use of
furnishings and accessories plus updated sweets, savories and beverages
can make this THE outstanding holiday party to have this
Refreshments and special shopping hours will be offered
immediately following the program. Come and join us to get a head start on
your holiday shopping and entertaining plans.
Space is limited and
pre-registration is required. To sign up for this exciting free event
please contact Circa via phone or email.
adventure has its rewards, the expedition through the parking lot will
lead you to wonderful holiday treasures! During the downtown construction
parking is available across the street in the Old Town Village parking
garage. Access garage via Chain Bridge Road or University Drive to level
P4 or park adjacent to Old Town Hall on North Street and University in the
Circa Home and Garden
Fairfax, VA 22032
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-5
For many, the
Thanksgiving image of a family gathered around a table ladened with food
is merely a dream. Consider donating time, contributions or gifts of food
to local charities throughout the holidays. Make it a family or business
project. Below are two national charities. For more organizations, contact
your church, schools, and your local city/county government offices for
ideas and information on how you can share the abundance, not just for
Thanksgiving but throughout the holidays.
Others Might Eat
||Dinner Party Design Tips
Countdown has begun. Whether you look forward to entertaining or dread it
may depend on how prepared you are. The following general rules apply to
any dinner party so keep them handy throughout the year:
dining table, allow 24" per place setting along the sides of a table and
15-18 inches at each end.
Avoid seating a few dinner guests at an
overflow table, the adult version of the "children's table". Divide the
seating arrangement as evenly as possible between two equally (not
necessarily identically) decorated and appointed tables. Better to
distribute 10 guests between two tables of 5 than to seat 4 at a card
table while the rest sit at the dining room table.
If your living
room and dining room are connected or adjacent, set up your living room as
a second dining room to contribute to the feeling of
Folding chairs aren't the only answer when extra
seating is needed. Wing chairs and other occasional arm chairs may be used
at each end of the table. Outdoor chairs and benches may also work
depending on the look you are designing and the ages of your guests.
When food is the main reason for gathering, let your presentation
of each course or dish be the main attraction. Keep your tablescaping
simple and uncluttered.
Lighting helps set the mood. Keep in mind
the possible glare from nearby windows or the lack of lighting on a cloudy
day or at night. Too little or too much light can make you and your guests
Speaking of uncomfortable, consider how much time
will be spent sitting around the table. Allow enough time for leisurely
dining and conversation, then suggest moving into another room to relax
and continue the conversation. Changing the momentum can revitalize a
conversation-and it offers you a chance to quietly remove dishes and start
coffee and tea to go along with dessert.
Start now and take time to
plan your holiday meal through from start to finish. Need a little help?
Contact me for a little Party Coaching and you can feel like a guest at
your own party.
||Interior Redesign-A Narrow Living Room
living rooms can give a small area a feeling of spaciousness, but they can
be difficult to furnish and arrange. The challenge is greater when the
space is narrow.
Because this room
was the main area for entertaining, having enough seating was a priority.
With so many pieces of furniture, the room seemed smaller than it really
was. Removing a chair, casual coffee table and small settee was the first
step, even though that would seem counterproductive when seating was
needed. The house was then "shopped" for other furnishings to complete the
||The Redesigned Living Room
The sofa was moved
to opened up the long wall. The freestanding fireplace was taken out of
the corner where it was hidden and was placed in the center of the room,
creating a focal point. Outdoor metal plant sconces, mounted low like
miniature demi lune tables, hold tall arrangements to help fill the wall
expanse. Upholstered benches in each corner, the small gold one shown in
the previous picture and one longer green bench from the master bedroom,
can be pulled up into the conversation area on either side of the
fireplace as needed. The new arrangement makes it easy to add at least two
armchairs from the dining room when needed.
The result is a
attractive, spacious and welcoming room that will now accommodate more
guests than previously possible.
||Tree of Thanks
Would you like to
create a meaningful Thanksgiving tradition for your family and friends?
Try making a Tree of Thanks this year. Ask everyone to write on leaf-
shaped paper cut-out the things they are thankful for, and include this
year's date. Then hang them from a tree form or branches arranged in a
vase. You could also include messages of thanks, quotations, blessings,
and other things that have meaning for yourself and your family. Saving
these and adding to them over time will become a tradition that family and
guests will appreciate for years to come. ~ Barbi Ford,
||Savory Soup-Sweet Potato Bisque
Soups have come
off the dinner table and are being served as appetizer soup shots or
tastings at parties, accompanied by the tiniest of puff pastries or
Fine Living online has a lively assortment of
savory soups to serve traditionally as a course for your holiday meals or
to adapt as appetizers. Sweet Potato Bisque is a colorful and interesting
change of pace from the usual sweet potato recipes. Vary the toppings or
garnishes to compliment your menu and your guests' tastes. Soups are easy
to prepare in advance and lend themselves to attractive presentations for
your next party.
||Home for the Holidays
Are you ready for your easiest holiday ever? Do you want to give your home a new look for the holidays without spending a fortune? Would you like a seasonal change in your rooms but you haven't found what you like? Have you run out of room to store seasonal decorations? If you've answered yes to any of these questions then my new Home for the Holidays Decorating Class is for
you. More in depth and hands-on than a Redesign Party, the class shows you
how to design and create custom decorations to compliment your style and
Like Redesign Parties, the class comes to you! Hosting a
class for you and your friends couldn't be easier or more convenient. Each
class is designed to address your particular decorating needs and comes
with a holiday decorating guide full of decorating tips and information to
make this your best holiday ever.
How can you get
"in the know"? Call or email me now for information about Home for the
Holidays Classes at 703-689-9886, FaulknerRedesign@aol.com, or simply click on the link below.
Class availability is limited so please reserve yours
Redesigner's Notebook is devoted to tips and articles relating to
interior redesign, decorating, entertaining, organizing and related
subjects, and will include contributions from members of the Interior
Redesign Industry Specialists association, I.R.I.S., listed below.
If you have an interest or question that you would like to see
addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included that
relates to our subjects of decorating, real estate staging, entertaining
and organizing please contact me. Your comments and suggestions are always
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House Interior
Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House, Oak Hill,
Interior Redesign Industry
Barbi Ford, Roomspinners, Covington,
Juliana Hind, Roomspinners, Maple Valley,
Lori Brasseur, L B Designs,Salisbury,
Irene Woodworth, One Day Redesigns,