Holiday

Setting Your Easter Table: A Collaboration with The Coastal Table Magazine + Simon Pearce by charity buchika

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Happy Easter!

Are you hosting breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner this year? Regardless of the meal, you can set the happiest of Easter tables in a million different ways, just by changing out one little thing here and another little thing there. 

We got together with a few of my favorite brands,  The Coastal Table magazine and Simon Pearce, makers of all things glass, tabletop, lighting, and home decor, to prove that point. 

Watch this!

Here's our fantastic Easter table setting with silver flatware, Teaselwood pottery plates, Simon Pearce wine glasses, and Pottery Barn napkins in Wisteria.

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And here it is with gold flatware (both sets are from Crate and Barrel).

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Now here it is with 3 white plates and a black napkin from Target's Smith and Hawken line...

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... and with the middle plate swapped out for something a little snazzier and a green napkin. 

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With the snazzy plate moved on top of the Wisteria napkin...

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... and with the green napkin.

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Isn't it amazing how simple it is to make a table setting look so different?! So fun!

With those little tricks up your sleeve, you could host breakfast, brunch, lunch, AND dinner and never have the same table setting twice!

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Don't you love these hurricanes from Simon Pearce?

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I'll be sharing the recipe for that spring salad in an upcoming post (that is, if it's fair to call the instructions for throwing a salad together a 'recipe'!). The black salad bowl is from Target's Magnolia Home collection. 

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We're currently featured in the spring issue of The Coastal Table. In the magazine, we talk design trends for 2018 (don't worry - we'll share some trends with you in an upcoming post right here on The Farmhouse Blog!). 

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If you don't yet subscribe to The Coastal Table, you must! It's a gorgeous quarterly magazine with a mission to "capture the true essence of the coast" using beautiful photography and storytelling. It's a total breakout star on the indie publishing scene. They've just won the IACP Publication of the year for 2018, along with multiple other awards since their inception in 2016. Whether you live on the coast or not, see where you can grab up a copy here or learn how to subscribe to the print edition here and the digital edition here

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The pewter platter is from Pottery Barn. It's technically called a 'Cookie Platter' but it's just right for a loaf of crusty bread.

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These lovely flowers really set the mood for a cheerful spring celebration.

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Are you inspired to change things up on your table for Easter? Snap a pic and tag us @teaselwooddesign on Instagram!

 

Teaselwood Stocking Stuffers Guide + 20% off the shop by charity buchika

A Guide for the Foodie, Chef and Farmhouse Lover in All of Us

Favors for the foodie, clever kitchen companions, heartwarming handmade home goods. Teaselwood’s Stocking Stuffer Guide includes an assortment of all of these and more to create a truly inspired, not-your-average-stocking stocking.

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First things first – before you go stuffing anything, why not switch it up this year and give your mantel a fresh new (yet ironically vintage) look? Our recommendation: Vintage European Grain Sack Stockings. ( Made from vintage grain sacks popular in Europe, these are some incredibly unique holiday pieces that add a charming, rustic farmhouse feel to your mantel. They’re sure to become an instant family heirloom (an oxymoron in most cases, no?)

Now that the stockings are hung with the utmost of care (and style), let us begin piling in the goodies. Some of our shop  favorites include:

Holiday Collection Hand Poured Beeswax Candle Inhale the sweet scent of the holidays (Christmas Orange, Holiday at the Cape, or Highland Forest) with one of our small batched hand-poured candles made with pure local bees wax, sustainable palm oil and wicks of 100% all natural ring-spun cotton. No zinc, no lead, no metals – no smelly chemical nonsense, just pure holiday cheer.

French Rolling Pin Understated elegance plus a design that allows for easy circular rotation means this little ditty will not only look sweet in your kitchen, but it will deliver on the goods – the bakery goods, like the most perfect pie crust you’ve ever laid eyes (and taste buds) on.

Hand Balm  Handcrafted from local beeswax and high quality essential oils right here in Skaneateles, NY, this is best described as a multi-purpose, slather it here, there and everywhere beauty balm. It’s a lifesaver in crack-your-skin-cold wintry temperatures, too.

Farmhouse Spice Crock and Syracuse Salt Company Gift Set Artisanal sea salts (Roasted Garlic, Lemon Rose, White Truffle… mmm) made by Syracuse Salt Company in Teaselwood’s adorable farmhouse stoneware spice crock? Match. Made. In. Foodie. Heaven.

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Teaselwood Farm Maple Syrup Our luscious, natural syrup is exclusively packaged for us from a family-owned and operated maple tree farm in Vermont, the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup, by the way. Your lazy Saturday morning pancake breakfasts will never be the same.

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Goldenrod Honey to It’s the bees’ knees, an oh so tasty and healthy sugar substitute. Our raw honey is produced for us at a small local apiary located in Upstate NY using a blend of late summer flowers – golden rod, purple asters and basswood.

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Modern Farm Collection Petite Cutting Board  Hand carved just for you, this board is perfect for slicing and dicing, serving up a pretty appetizer or as a breakfast plate for your peanut butter-and-honey covered toast.

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Well, there you have it, stocking stuffing inspiration from your elf friends here at Teaselwood. Remember, we also offer gift certificates that fit nicely in those sacks, and we’d be delighted to create a custom holiday gift basket if you’re looking for something larger than stocking-size.

Because we are feeling very Merry this year we are going to do an unexpected 20% off everything in the shop on purchases over $100.00 till Friday night with the code <<STOCKING>>.

Here’s to a very merry one! Happy stocking stuffing, everyone!

Cheers,

Charity

Teaselwood Style ~ Home for the Holidays Tour by charity buchika

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Home for the holidays – is there any place better? But, when it comes to decorating that home, it can be a real doozy.

There is oh so much hustle and bustle swirling around our lives like a flurry of angry snowflakes this time of year, why not skip the fuss of over-doing your home décor and just keep it simple and cozy? That’s our mission at Teaselwood, anyway. We deck the family farmhouse halls in simple Scandinavian inspired holiday accents and target certain areas to dress up more than others. Less is more. And the more the merrier. And the goal of this season is to be merry after all, is it not?

This year, to simplify even further, we are keeping things neutral and organic (read: calm and relaxing after all of the other holiday hub bub; just what the doctor, or yogi perhaps, ordered) and incorporating inspiration from our Nordic friends, such as beautiful combinations of White, plaid, silverwith hints of red, and a pop of natural greens and pinecones wherever they fit.

How about a little tour through our home to see exactly what we’re talking about? Fabulous. Come along on our bHome for the Holiday Tour.

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In our  house, more specifically the dining room, we create a holiday focal point with a stunning table scape. In keeping with our theme of farmhouse-simplicity-meets-Scandinavian-design, we stick to a neutral scheme with hints of red. We pair a red-and-white grain sack runner with super soft linens plus our exclusive stoneware small dishes that are paired with plaid plates and fun rustic silverware for pure holiday perfection. Add to that a mantel dressed in simple greens and star garland and you have one charmingly cozy space for gathering and feasting with your family all season long.

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Fresh flowers as a centerpiece is always a must and do not have to cost a lot of money. I have used simple grocery store roses , a simple white serving bowl and evergreen clippings, from our yard. Taking a walk and clipping evergreens is always feels great when decorating to take a breather and breath fresh air. The sled adds a great bit of fun to the holiday table.

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Little clippings of pine with a velvet ribbon wrapped around it adds additional color to the place settings.

Lastly candle light is always perfection at this time of year. Votives  that are mercury glass add a bit of sparkle and the birch pillars tie into bringing nature inside.

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Next on Santa's decorators list? The place where the major magic happens, the living room. Our is small because of being an old farmhouse so we concentrate all of our holly jolly on a few accents pieces and the tree. We start the Christmas process after thanksgiving by adding a few holiday pillows and throws. Our big tree decorating day comes a few weeks later. Layering textures,  with plaids and velvets give a coziness to the room to make you want to snuggle up and watch your favorite Holiday show.

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We hope you enjoyed our Home for the Holidays tour and we wish you the utmost in joyful holiday seasons.

 

More spectacular things lie in wait for you on the bHome for the Holidays Tour!

Be sure to visit my other friends on the tour.

 

~ Now to enter to win the $250 Git Card to Farmhouse Refined ~

 

Simply hop on over to bHome and TAP the star for Farmhouse Refined you will be automatically entered.  

You’ll also get a message confirming you are entered.  Even easier now – only one TAP to enter!

Don’t have bHome yet?  Download it for free to your phone or ipad and then follow the simple step to enter.

Good Luck!

Charity

(USA residents only – winner randomly chosen on 12/9 and notified on app & email )

Teaselwood Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Build a Basket in 5 Easy Steps by charity buchika

Happy (almost) holidays! Before you even begin to feel overwhelmed with shopping, let us give YOU a gift. The gift of a gift-y lesson. A lesson in building the perfect gift basket! Because, let’s face it, whoever invented the gift basket was a genius. A little of this, a touch of that, all personalized and all wrapped up in a super cute, reusable bin of sorts? Like we said, pure genius. And so easy to tailor it right to your friend of choice. Happy. Holidays.

So let’s get down to business. Gift basket business, that is. Let’s talk five basic basket necessities:

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1. Build your base: First, choose a cute basket, box or to hold all your goodies. Strive for something adorable yet functional that your gal pal will want to display in her house or cart around on her shoulder while out and about.

2. Select something to sip: What will it be? Wine, coffee or tea? Think about your giftee’s preferred potable potion and find a nice one. We recommend supporting your local boutiques with this purchase. Besides boosting the local economy, you’ll get better one-on-one attention there as far as selecting the very best treats to suit your special someone. Places we personally recommend around CNY: Recess CoffeeAnyela's Vineyard, Buttonwood Grove Winery Glen Edith Coffee Roaster

3. Trim the table: Taking the goodies in your gift baskets a step further by providing something pretty and practical for your friend’s tablescape. Our table linens for example, add a touch of softness, everyday practicality and elegant simplicity all in one. What’s more, they’re heirloom material. Literally.

4. Add to the ambiance: Fill the air with the sweet smell of the holidays and add a cozy feel to your basket! Our candles do exactly that and without all the nasty additives and chemicals so often found in your average scented votive. Not to mention, ours are hand-poured and use locally sourced ingredients.

5. Pick a platter: We at Teaselwood are head-over-heals for cutting boards. That’s why our shop has so many fantastic ones to choose from – European style, farmhouse style, heart-shaped, the list continues. Picture: Charcuterie. Patisserie. Cheese. Fruits/olives/dips. Anything and everything looks exceptionally appetizing when it’s presented on a cutting board. Ours are especially unique as they’re hand carved and made just for you! (Or, in this case, your friend!)

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Want a little assistance creating the perfect gift basket for someone special? We would be delighted to work with you one-on-one to help you customize it to his or her personality!

For example, a couple ideas…

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The Baker Basket: For That Betty Crocker, House-Always-Smells-Amazing Friend

We recommend the following one-of-a-kind goodies found in our shop: Batter bowls, Rolling pin , Wooden spoon,  Dishtowels, and  Apron.

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The Hostess with the Mostest Gift Basket: A Little Generosity for the Generous Guy & Gal Hosting The Holiday Gathering:

Choose treats like:

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Petite cutting board with limes and gourmet bitters

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Farmhouse mug with tea or coffee

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Teaselwood Farm Maple Syrup and pitcher

What are your favorite items to receive a la holiday gift baskets? Any special touches you add to your own creations for friends?

If you would like to check any of these in person you can find us;  December 1st at The Krebs Ladies night from 6:00-9:00 and also at December 6 at  Emma James Boutique  4:00-8:00 Skaneateles we will have show specials, hope to see you.

Cheers,

Charity