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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Touches of Love at Storybook Cottage

Our dining table is decorated with all of my favorites. Red transfer ware, embroidered linens and lavender roses…LOVE!

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I created place cards for the dining table as my cousins are visiting this week from Minnesota. While place cards may seem old fashioned it gives your guest the feeling that they really matter to you…that you were excited about their arrival. Since place cards make it possible to avoid the “where am I sitting” discomfort and make guests feel extra special what’s not to love?

I found the above label on Pinterest then simply downloaded it to Picasa, added each persons name and hit print. I turned it upside down so that the back verse would read correctly when folded over but I think it still works.


In the kitchen a row of cheerful aprons in pink and red make my heart happy every time I see them.

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While the shelf is topped with the French inspired candy boxes from a few years ago.


Across from the shelf is our kitchen table. A few red carnations create a cheerful scene. You also have a sneak peek of the linen kitchen curtains I just finished making.

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Have you added any Valentine touches to your home?



Kelley said...

Lovely times you've had with The Cousins. We're in Tucson and the Li'l Dutchgirl is undergoing a 40-point check-up before we hit the road. We'll minister in Phoenix tonight and Dave's playing golf Thursday at Ocatillo. I'll be hitting the thrift stores!

The Valentine's Day touches in our home will be our bodies in the Li'l Dutchgirl, hitched to the new Expedition. "On the road again..."


Auntie Em said...

Your home must have been the best welcome your guests have ever received! So many sweet and thoughtful touches. I love the place cards and the beautiful bouquets. Every meal must have been like a feast for royalty, even if it was just toast and tea. :)
Thank you for sharing! :)

Linda said...

That all looks lovely! :)
Yes, I've had my home fully decorated for Valentine's Day (one of my lifelong favorites) since the past month. Everything will come promptly down the day after and then I'll work on St. Patrick's Day decor. I love my seasonal decor. ;)

Rita C. said...

Sweet touches, Laura. I hope you're enjoying your time with your cousins. Our weekend will be quiet, a nice dinner out at our favorite restaurant. A few hearts are scattered in the home decor, but we each know our hearts are always there for each other. :)

Katie Mansfield said...

So cute. I will have to try that trick with Picasa. I didn't know you could do that. I love the Valentines boxes.

Karena Albert said...

Your cousins will feel so welcome visiting your new home Laura, so many lovely touches!

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Cranberry Morning said...

How beautiful! And I think place cards are a lovely idea. My mom used to put place cards at each setting on Sundays when we had company for dinner (which was often). I thought it was so much fun, and usually got to make them for her. Enjoy your Minnesota cousins!

Vel Criste said...

Yes, just super simple doily crafts for me. Love the place card Laura, and all your little touches of V day!

Terri Steffes said...

I have a darling Valentine Heart on our house, a sweet little garland sent to me as a gift, and Valentine cards from friends decorating our home this year. So sweet and special.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your pretty aprons and fresh flowers! Happy Valentine's Day my friend! xox, Diane