friday finds.
by victoria comment


white fireplace and mantel with ceramic vase collection. / sfgirlbybay

i can’t believe that as i write this, Thanksgiving is just a week away. where did another year go? and whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or lucky enough to be a guest this year, i thought this week’s friday finds should perhaps provide you with a few helpful holiday suggestions. we’ll be around next week until Wednesday and then we’ll be off celebrating, too. cheers to that!

xo, victoria

  1. first up, it always helps to get your home houseguest-ready in baby steps rather than tackling it all at once. this weekend, perhaps it’s time to spruce up the fireplace mantel and give it a little love. i’m not one for a lot of traditional holiday decor — just some candles and greenery go a long way.
  2. i really love the idea of creating a cheese plate extraordinaire like this beauty from stylist pearl jones. it doesn’t have to stay this way, but creating a beautiful sculptural piece with artisanal cheeses and fall fruits can almost double as a centerpiece. get creative with it.
  3. if you’re doing a floral centerpiece, it doesn’t have to get expensive, and keeping it simple can be both elegant and stunning. these single stem poppies in various re-purposed glass jars and vases looks so pretty and let’s your delicious food do all the talking.
  4. or should you find yourself with some time on your hands, decide to get a little exotic with your floral centerpiece this year with a trip to the local flower mart or florist (or even trader joe’s) for a few of your favorite branches and then blend them together. or, if you’re heading out, a pretty vase and florals make a thoughtful hostess gift, too.
  5. depending on where you live, it might be warm enough to eat outdoors (hello, Californians!) i love this lighting installation hung from a gorgeous old tree, but you can bring the outdoor lights inside, too and string them across your dining room for a lovely and festive lighting effect.
  6. heading home for the holidays? got an extended family that doesn’t always get along? may i suggest reading a david sedaris novel before arriving? you can go home again, but his collection of comical personal essays will help ease the pain and awkward moments of families that don’t always see eye to eye, whether it’s politics or other current affairs. no family says dysfunctional as loudly as his does, so it might help to laugh it off.
  7. and be sure to get your bar cart ready! nothing smoothes things over like a signature holiday cocktail. you might like to check my cocktail pinboard for recipe ideas, or spend this weekend practicing and creating your own!
  8. when all else fails, escape. there are so many dreamy cabins available to rent on airbnb these days, so why not get away from it all and start your own holiday tradition? at least every other year if you can get away with it!

minimalist modern cheeseplate. / sfgirlbybay

wild poppies in single stem vases on rustic wood dining table. / sfgirlbybay

exotic floral arrangement in modern ceramic vase. / sfgirlbybay

string lights hanging from large tree branch over outdoor dining table. / sfgirlbybay

david sedaris' novel dress your family in corduroy and denim. / sfgirlbybay

vintage wood bar cart against dark green wall. / sfgirlbybay

a-frame cabin in the woods. / sfgirlbybay

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