Tango to Dinner

One of my favorite things to do is to make new friends!  To cook dinner for them makes me happy, to honor them and their gift of friendship by sitting down at my table to laughs and conversation, by the time the meal is over, I hope they feel special and it was time well spent!

I met my new friend Sandra back in November when she asked me to be the Willow House Design Consultant at her Open House Benefit.   Sandra is a professional stager, interior designer, and she helped assist Nate Berkus!  How cool is that?  Sandra is such a sweet southern soul and I am honored to call her friend! 

Then there is Wendy, equally amazing and so very sweet, it’s a sincere sweet too.  I met Wendy about 2 years ago at my friend and neighbor Pam’s.  Being new to the area, Wendy made me feel comfortable and welcomed right from the start at Pam’s soirée.   That always means a lot to me, when you reach out to a stranger who doesn’t know the rest of the guests and you make them feel like they matter!  I knew she was one friendship that I’d like to expand on.   

With Pantone’s Tangerine Tango, Color of the Year release, and coming off of Holiday Season, I knew I wanted a tablescapes that was fresh and lively.  I visited some of my favorite stores for inspiration and finally at Pier One, I stumbled upon the Orange napkin ring, with a bit of turquoise.  Perfect combination, made my wheels start to turn!  I picked up the napkins at Pier One too!


Look at how those invigorating colors pop off of the black tablecloth. 


With that bit of turquoise in the napkin ring, I knew that I’d be using my Willow House Athena Crackle Vase.  Isn’t she a stunner, splendid in her turquoise with splashes of charcoal gray showing up to give a weathered vintage look?  I knew that orange Gerber daisies would be just the flower to really help make a statement.    With a play on words, I brought the orange down in the tangerines! 


Here is a shot of the table during the daytime, I did add orange candles to the tablescapes and at night it looked spectacular.  Using my Willow House Villa Stoneware dinner plate, I pulled the green out of the striped napkin with the Willow House Verde Accent Plate and placed the Riverstone Cafe bowl on top.  Using my Willow House Emerson Stemware and the Amelia Thimble Domes, the glass keeps the look clean and lets the focus stay on the Orange and Turquoise.  How about the beautiful Willow House Adelaide Flatware, have your fallen for the pattern? 


Well that about wraps up this tablescapes, a little side note, something that I would have done differently would be to add a piece of cardstock to the bottom of the Amelia Thimble Dome in a bright orange.  It would have played off of the tablecloth and the truffle would have been highlighted!  A project for the future is to make some slip covers for my dining chairs in a neutral cream, the napkins and the chairs are really fighting in this pictures! 

 Thanks for reading my blog, care to share your thoughts, I love to hear!



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Scented Dreams


We all know that the smell of lavender evokes the calm and readiness to enter a peaceful sleep.   I think with your favorite flower on your bedside table in a scent that you favor, you’ll have that restful night sleep.


 Right now I have a lovely Willow House Cinnabar vase full by my bedside of a favorite flower of mine, the Dianthus purchased from Costco.  Their fragrance is lite and peppery.


 I have always loved the scent of these flowers and in the summer time I have “Pinks” in my yard.   What I also love about these flowers besides their amazing fragrance is their staying power, as long lasting cut flowers. 

Here is what Better Homes and Gardens has to say from their Gardening book.  “The quintessential cottage flower, pinks are treasured for their grasslike blue-green foliage and abundant starry flowers, which are often spicily fragrant. Depending on the type of pink, flowers appear in spring or summer and tend to be pink, red, white, rose, or lavender, but come in nearly all shades except true blue. Plants range from tiny creeping groundcovers to 30-inch-tall cut flowers, which are a favorite with florists. Foliage is blue-green.  


I look forward to closing my eyes taking a deep, deep breath and filling my dreams of sweet scents sprinkled with some spice tonight! 

What your favorite flower scent?

Care to share, I’d love to hear, your thoughts on Scented Dreams!



Images and pictures: Linda Burt and Bing

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Keeping Scale in Mind!

Okay friends, how many of you thought I was talking about the bathroom scale? Yeah, I’m with you on that dirty little word but in this case I am talking more about the décor scale.

As you may have read in an earlier post, the hunt was on for new master bedroom furniture. I’m delighted to share with you that we received it a couple of days ago and are thrilled with our choice. Take a look!

Arrival day took on some thoughts that I hadn’t had when we started the search. The morning of, we took down the old bed and placed it in our new guest room.

Since I had the room torn apart I thought it might be a grand opportunity to wash the wall where the bed would be place. My husband suggested that our rug be rotated and moved closer to the fireplace, hence leaving only a little of the rug under and anchored by the bed. Okay I admit it, he does have some good ideas, but shhhhhh!

With walls washed, the rug moved, the windows cleaned, the wood molding oiled, silk plants washed and the hardwood floor mopped, the room was ready for the bed.

The two delivery guys from Thomasville Furniture did a great job of bringing the furniture up the front steps and setting up the bed, which took about an hour. Those side rails are bolted in place and that bed isn’t moving! I am thrilled that I got the wall washed.

Once the bedding was in placed I was able to return the plants to their corners, and the chairs back to their spots, that is when it hit me and I had to laugh.

One of the many things we love about our home of 3 years, is the incredibly high ceilings. With my husband 6’3” frame, he really wanted tall ceilings in our new home. Even the downstairs has taller ceilings, than any of our other homes. With tall ceilings and an open floor plan, the furniture needs to be a bit bigger in appearance to fill the space and not be dwarfed.

 With the other bedroom furniture it wasn’t noticeable and the scale matched up, but with the new bed and chest of drawers I’m using as nightstands, wow the chairs look miniature now.

Oh how one thing leads to another and now I have a master bedroom that is a work in progress. This chair has a mate and they too will soon grace the new guest room and that makes me happy as I do love these chairs. Would it surprise you to know that we’ve had these chairs (although they have been recovered) since we were married over 30 years ago! Yes, there is a bit of history with these chairs.

In the meantime they will stay put as I begin a search for chairs, keeping my options open I will search some consignments stores and if I find the right size and look, I’ll purchase them and have them recovered. Another option would be to move an amazing chair from my office and one from the downstairs family to the master, but they too would need to be recovered. Any way you look at it, I will need a couple of new chairs.

 Who knew!

 Care to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear!

Enjoy! Linda

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It’s But a Dream, 2012 HGTV Dream Home

 Are you entering the Sweepstakes for the HGTV Dream Home 2012?  Recently I read a blog posting on Facebook from a fellow blogger and she exclaimed that she started every New Year with a posting on the HGTV Dream Home, and well, this year she felt as though she was being a “Negative Nellie” because she didn’t like it.   I shared my thoughts with her and I’d like to share my take on this year’s HGTV Dream Home 2012 with you!


Imagine my excitement when I heard that the HGTV Dream Home 2012 was to be in my home town of Park City!  As I followed the posting on HGTV and John Gidding on Facebook, the excitement to catch a glimpse grew!  I down load the app to my Ipad2 and I waited until I received the email that stated it now ready for viewing on the HGTV website. 


I quickly clicked on it and saw the first picture I thought to myself, “Okay, not bad”!  When I click on the picture that took me around and inside, I too was less than impressed  So once I did the click on every picture in my thirst to see more of the 2012 Dream Home, I decided to go back through and read each description to understand their vision and once I did that, it all made sense.  Here is what I took away and what I remember hearing last year. 

First the Dream Home is actually in Midway, Utah and not Park City.   Park City is just minutes away by car, but the area from this girl who loves nature is lovely!  There is so much to do from hiking and mountain biking in the summer where the air is fresh and crisp to breath taking snowfall which leads to snowshoeing, cross country skiing and the Sundance Film Festival!  I’d say if you are a city girl, then winning and moving here might not be your cup of tea!

How I understand the vision for this house was a Modern Ranch home that through the years was added onto for a growing family, hence the look.   I’m not loving the boardwalk that surrounds the outdoors, but considering how close you are to the Provo River.  Is the ground wet?


When you step inside, you are greeted by to very modern pictures.  I seem to recall that Linda Woodrum stated in last year’s Stowe Vermont Dream Home video that she liked to get local artwork that reflected the area of the Dream Home.  Hum………  Well if you are going to do a Modern take on interior and not the expected vision of a mountain home interior, than shopping at Ethan Allen would be the place to do it, but NEW YORK?  


The Dream House dream team delivered and was spot on with this Modern take of a Ranch House, as you look at the HGTV Dream Home you’ll see the clean lines of the furniture, the cabinet handles, the pattern of the fabric used throughout the home and more.  When you understand the look they were trying to accomplish and chose to look at it through their eyes and vision, you can see that they did just that.   It works whether you like this style, it works.   Will you enter or just pass it by because it’s not your style?  Remember a couple of things, first you have to be the winning entry and secondly, should you win you can change it up and make it more you!   With that in mind, why not try a different look after all it’s a New Year with new adventures, let the HGTV Dream Home 2012 be one of your new adventures! 


What are your thoughts on the 2012 HGTV Dream Home Park City?

If you care to share, I’d like to hear!



Photos from; HGTV and found on Bing

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Be Vivid and Vivacious in Tangerine Tango


 Pantone a world renowned authority on color for the last 45 years has selected Tangerine Tango as their Color of the Year 2012!   Here is what they have to say about their color selection;  “The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.”

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Doesn’t that just sound delish!  They go on to suggest ways to incorporate this into our homes;  “Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.”

Orange is a great color if you are slightly conservative!  Since Orange is made up of Red and Yellow, here Is a little bit of info on both that makes Tangerine Tango so yummy!   Red is hot, represents the element of fire and will bring into your home the energy of joy and excitement.  Red is the Chinese color of luck and happiness. Red is symbolic of love, courage and passion.  Yellow on the other hand is fun, represent fire and earth.  It invokes sunlight, is cheerful and uplifting. Yellow creates a cozy welcoming feeling and energy into our homes! 

You may not be aware of how much orange is on the market and like any color there are varying shades, find one that works for you and bring that touch of orange into your home.  Think about it, who doesn’t want to have more energy, to feel great about their start of each day, to be uplifted, passionate and happy?  So how will you bring Tangerine Tango into your home?  Will it be through pillows, a glass bowl of oranges and tangerines for your kitchen counter, fresh flowers, a throw blanket, perhaps a rug?   Or will you dare enough to paint a wall of this vivacious color?  After all it’s just paint!   Check out these pictures and for more on an Orange room, check out my Pin Board on Pinterest!   You’ll find me here; http://Pinterest.com/Linda_Burt

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Care to Share, loved to hear, your thoughts on Tangerine Tango!



Pictures from: Pantone, Pinterest and Willow House.

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Giddy over a Master Bedroom Redo!

The time has come when the last one flew the nest!  It’s true, we are now empty nesters with a brand new guestroom to do!  The question was asked by my darling as to my plans for the room and not understanding where he was going with it, the movie Failure to Launch sprung to mind.  However I don’t think that is what he had in mind so I quickly pushed that idea to the curb!   As I pressed for an explanation, he asked me, do I want new Master bedroom furniture or buy something new for the newly acquired guest room! 

My, oh my, what to do, what to do!  New Master furniture could mean new bedding, and of course no matter what I decided the New Guest room would need bedding!  Which I’ll share in a later post!  Just the thought of new furniture is enough to make this girl giddy!


As you can see the bedroom furniture I currently have, well I liked it and I think it works quite well, but my darling had a different vision, one of dark wood.  Who am I to stand in the way of a new bedroom suite?   Let the hunt begin and I knew exactly where it should begin, at Thomasville Furniture. 

 I found an almost black bed with a similar head board as I currently have.  Remember it wasn’t the style but the color of wood he was after.   I showed the picture to my darling and it was too dark for him, nonetheless I had him take a look in person and it was when I saw my husband standing next to the headboard, I knew it would be way too tall for the wall in which the bed had to be placed, due to the two windows that would be almost covered up.  Sorry I don’t have a picture of this bed as it was very dramatic with its height and color.


It’s a good thing that I found at least two more beds for him to look at. Both of the beds are from the Ernest Hemingway Collection.  The first I showed him was a dark brown leather sleigh bed (below).  With carving on the side rail and the other one was a four poster bed,  with the headboard in Rattan (above).  Both were equally stunning but the rattan was not his style and the posts were a firm no!


 Wanting to make sure we check out other options we headed for Hamilton Park where I found this one by Hickory White.  I love the feet of this Hickory White bed without a foot board.  This type of bed seems to be hot right now.  I’ve notice that many stores are sporting this footless bed and I absolutely  love the way the bedding is tucked under the mattress.


We now had options and a 50% off discount coupon from Hamilton Park.  Sweet!  We narrowed it down to two different beds, the Thomasville Ernest Hemingway leather sleigh bed or the Hamilton Park Hickory White bed.   The leather would give my husband the “mountain” home look he was after and the Hickory White bed would give the room a different look without a footboard.  Something I found out about my husband of 32 years is that he actually likes a footboard.  

The winner is the Ernest Hemingway Leather Sleigh Bed!  I loved  the Ernest Hemingway bachelor chests that they used as night stands, they were big not taller but longer and I could use the extra space on top, plus I also love the legs on this nightstand better, with the nightstand raised off of the wood floor.  What is also exciting is that Thomasville honored the 50% off coupon of Hamilton Park!  Plus they gave us 40% off the nightstands instead of their sale price of 30% off.  Lesson here is to ask for a discount, it never hurts and as you’ll learn in a later post, it also pays to shop around, give yourself plenty of options, this way you’ll always get the best deal for you!


I can’t wait to show you how the bed looks in the room, but it is a waiting game as the furniture had to be ordered and although it is in stock, it’s clear across the country and with the holidays, well it may be a week or two. 

 I love reading your comments and hearing what you think!  So which Bed would you have choose and why? 



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Nutty for Trees Tablescapes


Are you ready for my Thanksgiving Tablescapes #2?  Let’s do it then as tablescapes #3 is forming in my mind and I’ll be adding that in the next couple of days!


My inspiration came from my Willow House Amira Candlestands, aren’t these antiqued Candlestands beautiful in Mushroom, Chartreuse and Blue?  I love the rustic look of worn pottery.  I picked up the Birch candles at Pottery Barn and on sale too!  Just the right amount of detail to complement each other! 


If you are looking closely at the leaves in the picture than you recognize them as Oak leaves and not birch!  What they do work with is the acorns and I am nutty about acorns.  Something that I never gave much thought about until recently!  Even though the acorns are brown and the tablecloth I chose to use is brown, there is enough contrast to make it work!


As my centerpiece took on a more masculine look, I decided to add a couple of organic pumpkins for more interest.  What I love about this tablescapes is that I think it is earthy enough for any man to feel comfortable.  I also added three more lanterns with the Willow House Amira Luminaries.  Same great colors and meant for tea lights, I chose to use battery operated lights. 


For one more layer of interest I added the Willow House Amelia Beaded Trio with mixed nuts! You can add a cracker for your guests to actually enjoy the nuts!


For dishes I went with my Willow House Villa Stoneware has been my favorite tabletop dish with the cream and sturdy stoneware that boasts of organic shaping along the edge of beading and a warm hand rubbed glaze.  Mixing and matching is made simple with these dishes!


I added the Willow House green Verde Accent Plates with the gorgeous scallop that is edged with a soft brown and ties in beautifully with the glaze of the Villa. 


To tone down the green, I added the Gail Pittman’s Alfresco Accent Plate with a bit of blue to tie in perfectly with the Amira Candlestands and Luminaires.   Gail Pittman’s Alfresco Collection is exclusive to Willow House.


From there I added the napkins in a wheat color and added the beaded napkin rings for just a bit of bling! The napkins and tablecloth were purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond and the Napkin rings are retired Southern Living at HOME. 


Even though I wasn’t planning on using bowls, I wanted to show you options.  Which bowl speaks to you?

 First the Verde Accent Bowls


The Willow House Tuscan Sage Small Serving Bowl, what I love about this bowl is the blue shading you see, ties in with the blues of the Amira and the Alfresco plates.


The Villa Stoneware Bowl, the wavering rim of the bowl real creates the casual look that men love! 


I decided to keep the glass simple with Emerson Stemware.  For flatware you simply can’t go wrong with the Adelaide Flatware.  Both can be found in my Willow House catalog.   

Want the look?  You can shop for the Willow House pieces now in my online store!   So which bowl would you suggest I use?

 Thanks for reading my blog and I’d love to hear your thoughts, if you care to share!



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