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Many people seem to steer away from using silver because they think it is too time consuming to polish. But there is nothing like a table with silver pieces on to help make your table glow and look beautiful. Frequent use of silver actually means it has to polished less. Don’t save your sterling flatware for twice a year use it often.
Sterling is best washed by hand but if you must use a dishwasher, do not mix silver with stainless steel, as the interaction between the two metals will cause unremovable black spots. The luster and fine lines that come with frequent use are desirable and that is called patina. When you do polish use a cream substance rather than a clear liquid dip. Polishing is hard on silver but the dip is much harsher even though it may seem faster to get the job done.
After use always wash the silver implements immediately to avoid the tarnish and corrosion caused by salt and sulfur. I personally love antique silver as there are so many beautiful designs and reminds me of how elegant dining use to be and still can be!!
A friend was telling me about a piece of furniture she had refinished and how wonderful it turned out. I have to admit I never heard of chalk paint. Milk paint yes but not chalk paint. Well Annie Sloan out of the UK developed this paint in 30 different decorative and historical colors. It is made to work on furniture, floors and wall with a gorgeous matte finish.
Chalk Paint is a very special paint for very many reasons:
1. It’s the one of the best paints for painting furniture by a long way
2. No need to prime or prepare
3.Extremely low VOCs so it is good for the environment
4. You can use it on any surface, indoors and out ( the outside of our shop was painted in it- perfect!)
5. You can use the paint by diluting it with water to make a wash to show the wood grain
6. The colors are mixed intelligently and the web site shows how you can adapt your colors for your use
7. It’s a girls’ paint, but boys can use it too.
8. It’s flexible so you can be creative and change your mind
9. It allows your walls to breathe so it is perfect for cottage walls
10. You can use it as an impasto ( thickly) – leave the lid off to thicken
11. We’ve been making it since 1990 so it’s tried and tested
It is available locally so please go to www.anniesloan.com for more information!!
Get your creative side to work and have fun!
These gorgeous pumpkins are made with velvet and have real pumpkin stems on them and weighed down with rice on the inside. They are fabulous as a centerpiece or place card holder, mantel decoration …just anywhere…gotta have them…I love ’em. Culinary Connection at the Shops of Legacy sells them in my neck of the wood.
So fun to see something different and so creative as well.
Make plans to get tickets to the annual Kappa Tablescapes event held at the newly renovated Dallas Country Club. This is a wonderfully creative event with over 50 tables being design by top designers in the Dallas area. If you are at all into entertaining you won’t want to miss this delightful experience.
The event is being held Monday October15th with a Tablescapes by Candlelight, a cocktail party in the evening and Tuesday, October 16th is a Luncheon with a guest speaker Bryan Batt from the popular series Mad Men and co-owner of Hazelnut a home decor shop in New Orleans.The above table was done by The Garden Gate in Dallas at last years event.
Look for my table that will be under the pergola where we will be dining Alfresco in wine country. Christopher Potts and I are doing a table on behalf of Pottery Barn Galleria with centerpieces from Dr. Delphinium Florals and Events. A new showroom in Dallas for gorgeous linens is La Tavola, from Napa Valley and we will be showcasing some of their amazing linens.
Please go to http://www.kappadallas.org/KappaTablescapes.aspx for information.