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Garden District stunners shine bright this holiday season

PRC New Orleans Holiday Home Tour, Photo Courtesy Sarah Essex Bradley It's baaaaaack!  Each year, one of my favorite New Orleans events is the Preservation Resource Center's Holiday Home Tour.

This weekend, tourists and locals alike will grab their lattes and get their exercise, walking through the historic Garden District neighborhood, where 8 homes open their doors to the public.

If you're looking for a taste of the good life, the mansions decked out in holiday decor, will have you daydreaming in no time!

Money raised from ticket sales benefits the PRC's wide range of community programs.

Glowing with gold: My Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving Table This year I decided to go golden for my Thanksgiving table!

The centerpiece is comprised of two shimmering leaf garlands from a local decor shop called Gordon's of Metairie.  I placed a small wreath around my glass hurricane and wove burlap ribbon between it all.

Here's a tip: get a thick roll of burlap, ribbon or fabric.  Roughly every two feet, tie a bow, until you have a long garland.  Then, weave that in an out of whatever is on your table.  It adds some great dimension and depth!  The finishing touch for the centerpiece was the addition of some golden pine cones and grapes.

For the table setting, I broke out my Wedgwood 'Golden Bird' china and toned down the formal look with rustic woven chargers and mismatched napkins from Pottery Barn.

The finished table is warm, inviting and ready for a feast!

Giving thanks...for Pinterest

Feather garland, Simple Stylings This Thanksgiving, I have a lot to be thankful for.... a loving family, a precious baby, two rambunctious beagles, a warm home, a fulfilling career... and of course... Pinterest!

Gosh darn it, it's the best thing since sliced bread.

As I scoured the site for Thanksgiving table ideas, I came across some great ones.  Here are just a few.