How To Set A Table

I hosted a dinner party this past weekend and since I was using a pop-up table and had an undone bench around it, I decided to make sure the table was set nicely.  My friends would be happy to come over and eat pizza on paper plates, but we were eating a good meal and I wanted it to be nice.  Besides, I am pretty sure they enjoyed it too. :)

photo(5)I had to think for a second on how to do the table settings, so I figured I would share for reference.  There are many ways to set a table, so by all means this is not the only way.  It depends on if you are having soup, salad, red wine, white wine, champagne, dessert that needs a fork, dessert that needs a spoon, you get the picture.

photo 4(15)I did the setting with the napkin on top of the plate, but you could place below the forks or be creative in another way with it.

The Salad Plate is on Top of the Dinner Plate

photo 3(12)Left of Plate – Salad fork on the far left, dinner fork to the right of the salad fork

Right of the Plate – Knife with the sharp edge facing towards the plate (we didn’t need a spoon with our dinner, but normally you would place the spoon to the right of the knife)

Above the Plate – Dessert Spoon or Fork  (we had apple/pear crisp with ice cream, so we needed a spoon)

Glasses-  Placed at the right corner of the plate – Water Glass to the left, wine glass to the right of the water glass.  (I know what kind of wine my friends prefer, so I had a white or red wine glass at each of their settings instead of both).

photo 2(1)Here are some formal table settings:

Too much silverware?  Host a Sushi Dinner!  :)

Table Swoon Now & Zen Table Setting - Set of 4Wishing you a little dinner party inspiration…or just a refresher for what the heck all the forks and spoons mean. :)

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Coffee Talk

Happy National Coffee Day!  Don’t worry, I wouldn’t know if it were not for Social Media, however, it gives good reason to talk coffee.

What’s your favorite coffee?  I would love to know!   We switch it up depending on where we are shopping, but this is the current selection on my counter.

photo(2)If I am getting coffee outside the house, my latest addiction on my sleepy afternoons is the coffee at Le Pain Quotidien.  I actually crave it sometimes, it’s not a good thing.  If you have never tried a Cold Brew Coffee, you need to try it here!!

How do you make your coffee?

Auto Drip, French Press, Keurig, Nespresso, Cold Brew.. there are so many ways to make coffee.  We have always done an auto drip, and then we did a french press for about a year, but it was too much work for me.  Our old coffee maker died when we moved in so I went out and bought a $10 Mr. Coffee 4 Cup Coffee Maker until we figure out what machine we want to buy.  Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel offer a nice selection.

Cuisinart Coffee Plus with Hot Water System

Keurig® 2.0 K550 Coffee Brewing System

Breville Oracle Espresso Maker

Crate & Barrel Nespresso® VertuoLine Chrome Coffee-Espresso Maker BundleLe Creuset Café Stoneware French Press

KitchenAid Pour-Over Coffee BrewerHow do you take your coffee??   I usually take mine with a splash of almond milk.  I try to do decaf in the morning unless I need the caffeine, then I’ll grind half decaf and half regular beans together.

Crate & Barrel Rise and Shine Mug

One of the easiest ways to add a little flavor to plain coffee without all the cream and sugar is using your spices.  Feeling Fall?  Sprinkle some Cinnamon and Nutmeg in with your coffee.  Some people do it after, but I prefer to sprinkle it in with the coffee grinds before brewing.

Wishing you a little Coffee Inspiration :)

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A Dining Bench Gone South

Things are still progressing on our renovation.  Slowly but surely.   If we had more days in the week and less on our plate we would be done by now, but that’s not the case and that’s ok.  At the moment we have bench problems in the RIMABE household.  :)

Mark built us this great built-in bench to create a dining nook.  One of my favorite things about the place was this nook so we could have a large dining table for dinner parties.  A bonus is the added storage for Christmas decor and things we don’t use much.

photo 3(9)photo 4(11)photo 5(8)A fairly easy project with Bentley’s help :)


The hard part was picking out the fabric.  I envisioned a smokey grey with some sheen to it.  For some reason, I could not find the color for the life of me.   We went to the Textile Outlet in Chicago, which I don’t recommend by the way, and the closest we could find was this.

photo 1(11)While it went well with our couch fabrics, Mark wasn’t thrilled with it.  Yes, he does have input on everything and I like that. :)  I could have taken it or left it, in my head I still wanted more gray than taupe so we left.  (Maybe we should have bought it).

I ordered a bunch of fabric swatches from Ballard Design’s.  …and no go.  Our favorite was actually the dark espresso color which looks black here, but it’s a gorgeous dark dark brown.  Since we are creating a back to the bench I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go this dark, but possibly..

photo 3(9)I found this bedroom picture and thought, I love these colors together, let’s go back to Textile Outlet with a new color vision.

photo 2(14)So we came back with this fabric Bentley is sitting on for a bargain price of $48 to cover the whole bench.  Why Textile Outlet is in business – CHEAP prices.  (sorry for the blurry pic)

photo 1(10)I knew as soon as we came home with it, it clashed with our couch too much.  The Textile Outlet is in a darker warehouse = little light and not accurate colors.  At this point, we just wanted to throw it on the bench to cover the foam; the fabric is not returnable either way.

photo 2(12)..And yes, that’s tape you see.  We just cut and taped it on for now as this is not staying. lol

photo 3(8)It looks like a Texan Retreat with our cow rug, jute rug, and cement base.  AAHHHH  Not the look we were going for.  It’s a great color, just not with the mix we have going on.   photo 5(7)So the search for the perfect bench fabric continues.   Not all projects can go smoothly, right?


Wishing you hope when things go South!

Everything always works out, just maybe not how you planned.

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall Everyone!

I love changing seasons and Fall happens to be my favorite.  There are so many good things that come along with Fall.

Pumpkin Coffee Drinks – I already had my quick fix from Starbucks, but home-made is the best.

‘Pump’ Up Your Coffee: Light Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hot Apple Cider – throw it on the stove with cinnamon sticks and your whole house will smell good, not to mention a good drink simmering on the stove.

Crock Pot Hot Spiced Apple Cider, so simple with only four ingredientsPies – Pecan Pie is my favorite – anyone want to make one for me? :)

Pecan Pie Recipes - How To Make Pecan Pie - Country Living

Pumpkins & Fall Décor

Must say, I am excited for Fall! For my covered deck.

Changing Leaves


Fires & Wood Smoke – In the city, you still smell wood smoke, but it’s rare.   We have a gas fireplace so I burn a candle that smells like wood smoke to get my fix.  It’s not the same, but it will do.

If you choose YOUR style ... If you choose YOUR coffee,… YOUR Nespresso coffee machine is like the others? CUSTOMIZE IT!

Plaids, Cable, Knits, Scarfs, Boots – what’s not to love about Fall Clothes

Oversized Plaid Scarf With Blazer- different lines , but similar texture

..and of course there is the fall décor. Who already started decorating?

Halloween Mantel Ideas - Mantel Decorations for Hallowen - Country Living

What is your favorite thing about Fall?

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All Things Peppermint

I have a thing for peppermint lately.  There is nothing like the fresh, tingly feeling and scent.

Here’s some of my favorites at the moment:

S.W. Basics Peppermint Lip Balm –   Cocoa is so good too, but right now my go-to is peppermint.

Organic Lip Balm

ACURE Argan Oil Castile Liquid Soap-   Great refreshing body wash

Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap –   You can use this soap for everything – your body, clothing, cleaning, anything.

Peppermint Castile Liquid Soap - 16 oz.

Sabon Face Polisher in Lemon Mint –  you don’t really smell the lemon, it’s more minty and sooo refreshing!

Deep Steep Foot Cream in Candy Mint –  It’s better when someone else rubs my feet, but I’ll still put it on myself :)

 Wishing you a Mint-tacular Weekend! :)

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