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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

~ Dining At Mary Carol's ~

This past Saturday my girlfriend and I headed to Atchison for Mary Carol Garrity's Annual Fall Open House, author extraordinaire and owner of 3 stores, Nell Hill. I took a lot of pictures and will share with you over many posts. I was surprised to discover the outside of her home was decorated for Fall and the inside for Christmas. She has another big event in November, I'm sure it will be easier for her to transform just the outside of the house for Christmas.

Her dining room painted in Twilight and trimmed in white is a gorgeous welcoming room. The first thing that caught my eye were the beautiful crystal vases full of white hydrangeas, greenery and a small rose here and there.
The use of the  bone flatware mixed with silver flatware puts an interesting twist on the table.. Always the hostess she's left a small gift at each setting.
 Don't you love these dishes? They were gorgeous!!
A marble top table dressed full of fine desserts, silver based crystal dish held fresh fruit. Having it's own centerpiece of a small crystal vase full of hydrangeas and Christmas greenery. I love the sweet angel playing the flute. Forgot to look for it in the stores. :-(
The tree in the corner was full of vines and silver color curly ribbon. You can see a hint of it at the top of the windows. ( The silver curly ribbon should be in the shop next week. Yes, I'm starting to pull out the Christmas decor).
I love the way she has the buffet set up, all in layers and again "lots" of silver.
The clear vases were quite tall reaching into the chandelier. I loved the over the top feeling it gave. Notice the small clear dish full of roses in the center of the crystal candle holders? While dining the taller vases would come off leaving the smaller centerpiece. Great presentation!
Gorgeous!! Yes, that would be me in the reflection of this beautiful warming tray. lol

A look at her chandelier all dressed up. Lots of curly ribbon used once again.

It was difficult to get good pictures. The room was constantly full, crowded at times. I hope you enjoyed seeing part of Mary Carol's home.. I have more to share in the next few posts. If you ever get a chance to visit Atchison and one of Mary Carol's Open Houses, you won't be disappointed. She is one of the most gracious people I know to open her home to thousands each year.
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If you're like I am, once you go to an Open House or an event of that sort you come home inspired and all fired up. I've pulled out more silver pieces and have worked over many vignettes in my home. I'm loving the timeless feeling it creates, can't wait to share them with you, so please stay tuned. lol
Susan, thank you for hosting this great party each week.