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  1. Somehow I missed this it..looks so cozy. We are having some warm weather today, so my goal is to eat on the deck tonight with a pretty tableset and candles..we will I love your red dishes, too..and a clever idea for the muffin tins..Thank you for brightening this “social distancing” world each day. Sincerely.

  2. Your dishes are beautiful. They brightened our day, too. Keep warm, healthy, and happy.

  3. Lovely, Brenda. I do love the dishes and the curtains. That settingbwould make even a sandwich look festive.

  4. So cheery! I agree that you should set a nice place setting even just for yourself. I eat many meals alone, as Brian works long hours. I never eat off paper plates (well, I don’t even have any in the house, as I stopped buy disposable items like that many years ago)…I always use a nice plate and a cloth napkin. Sometimes I even light a candle. 🙂

  5. My husband has a man cave in the basement. And I decorated with red and white..He loves the color red. Maybe because I am a natural redhead.

    Your table looks so pretty and homey. Great idea for a post .Thank you.

    I have been reading your blog since you lived in Texas.

  6. Brenda, please tell us again where you found the pretty red curtains at your patio doors. Just beautiful!

  7. It looks so cozy, Brenda. I love your cute salt and pepper shakers. It’s even more important in these times to make your home cozy and create special moments to enjoy even if you live alone. Create some beauty to enjoy. Your special too!

  8. So pretty, Brenda. A pity we can’t all get together and have tea together! Wouldn’t that be something? Of course, we solitary types wouldn’t be at ease with that large a group so we’d have to do two or three of us at a time. I wonder how many readers you have, do you know? Could take a year to get through the whole group!

    The plates you used in the table scape have almost made me a red-lover! They are so, so lovely. Do I remember you mentioning that they are no longer available to buy, that is, out of production? Do they have any info on the backs, like the company that made them? I like the idea of the votives in the cupcake tin, too. Those and the plates would be pretty at holiday time.

    I have yet to do much decorating here at my house. I’ve been trying to clear clutter, though, especially in my bedroom, the one place I might have a place for some decorating. It’s slow going but it feels really good when I make a little progress. Maybe by the time this crisis ends I will have it the way I want it.

    Take care, stay well, you and the fur babies.

    1. I was talking about the blue and white checked with flowers dishes from Marshalls I gifted to a reader in TX who drove here to get them. The red and white ones I showed today say on the back they’re from Country Living. I don’t know if they still have them.

  9. I love red and white together. The dishes are so pretty and what a nice gift that was! Cheery tablescape for a rainy dull day. Perks you up!

  10. Your tablescape looks very inviting, especially nice on a gloomy day. It’s raining here too, quite a lot.

  11. It looks so you. Brenda. So cozy, and so pretty. Having to isolate has made it just that much more important to have our spaces feel like home. xo Laura

  12. Thanks for the lovely pictures today Brenda. I have those same dishes in my hutch and it always makes me feel happy to look at them. I LOVE red too. Such a heartwarming color! Cozy! ❤️

    1. I can’t recall who sent those red and white flowered ones to me, but I cherish them. I’ve given away most of my dishes, but those are a keeper.

  13. I just love the candles in the muffin tin! I live out in the country in WV on a dead end road. There is no traffic coming by my house, the only thing coming by is a coal train, so the train engineer is the only person seeing how I decorate my house. I don’t care, I put up my seasonal flags and decorate for all occasions! Like you said you have to please yourself !

  14. Thank you Brenda for this post. Home is so important. It can be a hovel or a mansion. You have made your small dwelling a real home full of love and beauty. A true haven in our turbulent and uncertain time.

    1. And if I had a home I hated I would be so unhappy now that we’re having to stay at home. So everyone, get to decorating!

  15. I used to have an oilcloth tablecloth just like that! I guess I lost it in the divorce, what else is new.

    I’m enjoying these days working from home, but I now understand why you folks who are home all the time have the urge to change things up so often. I was always happy once I got things the way I like them to leave them like that for quite some time. Now, one week in, I’m ready to change out curtains and touch up paint! Maybe I’ll finally get to some of the many projects that have been building on my to do list for years!

  16. Red is my very most favorite color and I love your tablescape. Looks so cozy…wish I could drop in for tea and conversation. Would be a little far from the coast of northwest Florida!! Blessings, Carolyn

    1. Like minds! I was thinking the same. A tad bit far from SW Ohio! Nice thought though.

      1. I am another person in SW Ohio who likes your tablescape and surroundings. Hellp, Chris! I am near Dayton.

        1. Hi Jan,
          I am in Fairborn, Ohio! You have to love the connections made on favorite blogs.
          Brenda your apartment is very charming and your blog is aptly named!
          Becky R

  17. That is just lovely. Your red accents with the yellow and all the other colors look so cheerful. I love the muffin tin. I have a really old one that I use in decorating.

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