Waiting for Spring……..

Spring…what does spring mean to you?

For me, spring marks then end of my deep winter sleep! A time to come of out hibernation. I get itchy to leave the confines of the house and move into our outdoor living space. My tastebuds are ready for bbq´s and sipping my favorite vino on the patio.
Unfortunately….mother nature does not share my views as she is letting us wait and is sharing with us cold and rain instead of blue skies and sunshine. So, to make that wait not seem so long, I have brought spring into our indoor living space, by creating a spring tablescape. I am very honored to share this tablescape with Chloe Crabtreechloe
Chloe contacted me recently and asked if I would like to take part in a Spring Tablescape Blog Hop! Of course I said yes! I can´t wait to see what the other bloggers have created.


One of the perks of living in Germany? Flowers are very inexpensive. I can get 2 bunches of tulips at the grocery store for less than 5 Euros!

Back in January, I was in Cloppenburg visiting family and managed a stop at one of my favorite stores there….Depot The Outlet Store.. OMG….I could go crazy there everytime! My Spring sign as well as the little bird and table runner come from Depot.

Another one of my favorite stores is ACTION…a dutch based company. Until recently I could only enjoy this store when I was in Cloppenburg, but now Berlin has  one too! That is where I purchased the candlestick holder that you see in the picture above…(i regret not buying two!)

My yellow charger plates are from Ikea!
The napkin rings are from my sister Heidi
The wine glasses were a gift from a my friends Irene and Chris

 I always try to have some edible decorations on the table…..
Found these cute chocolates at TJ Maxx
Happy Spring Everyone!

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Love is in the air………

Happy Thursday morning Everyone.. and Happy Ground Hog Day! I had to chuckle this morning….I was in the car on the way home from my early swim when the radio announcer mentioned that today is Ground Hog Day in America (I live in Germany, so you can imagine my surprise). Here I am living in Germany and it takes a German radio announcer to remind me that today is Ground Hog Day!!! Since there is 6 hour time difference, I will have to wait a few hours to see what the ground hog will tell us. I am seriously hoping that winter is on its way out…. I am done with it!  As I am sure all of you are too!

Now, many of you know, that I am not the big Valentine’s Day Fan…..too much sapiness for me, but I do love setting a Valentine’s Day Tablescape!



This little guy was a gift from Marajean…she was my mom’s best friend
and loved my sisters and I as if we were her own children.



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Ringing in a golden year

Happy Friday Everyone,

todays tablescape was one I threw together for New Year’s Eve…..

Even though we did not have a large celebration, I just could not resist creating just one more gold table. My favorite part of my holiday tables are all the bulbs I can use…..I do believe I have just about every color there is!

Happy Weekend Everyone

Table with Gold Bulbs


closeup Candlestick crystal


Golden Christmas Bulbs


New Year's Eve Tablescape Gold
Place setting Tablescape Gold
Tables cape Gold Place Setting Closeup
Golden Christmas Bulbs
Napkin Ring Tablescape Gold
Angel Tablescape Gold
Middle View Tablescape Gold
across the Tablescape Gold

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Shades of Green

Color of the Year 2017 is PANTONE…..a pretty shade of green!!

You betcha…this inspired me to create a tablescape with green being the primary color! How lucky am I, that I just happen to have a beautiful green tablecloth and of course my lovely green dishes.

Green Tablescape log centerpiece See the birch logs? My husband and I went out in the 10 minute snow storm to find those!!  Not really sure why I couldn’t wait…but once I get an idea in my head,
I tend not to be able to wait! 😁Green Tablescape butter knife with plateFor this tablescape, I decided to set out butter/roll plates with a small knife.
The plate is actually the saucer for the soup bowl, but I think it works
just fine as a butter/roll plate !Green Tablescape candlelight glowGreen Tablescape top view
a view from above Green Tablescape Place card
The Charger Plates are beautiful crystal chargers from Nachtmann…
The White Dinner Plates are from Rosenthal
Green tablescape birch logs
Green Tablescape full view
Green Tablescape full view with candles
Green Tablescape close up pacesetting
green Tablescape place settings


Hope Everyone is having a great Wednesday Evening……..

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Let it Snow…Let it Snow

It is snowing in Kleinmachnow…..yes we are finally getting some snow. Now for my fellow germans, we got a lot of snow, but for this Illinois Girl it was a nice start…but by far not enough!!!!!

On days like this, I tend to sit at my desk and surf the web…….Facebook, PeopleMag, Yahoo News and of course Pinterest! Everytime I open Pinterest, I find so many ideas that I want to try out……just not enough time in a day. Recently I stumbled on Arhaus.com…..wow what cool a site. Seeing as tablescapes are my thing, I of course checked out their dining room tables and dishes and stemware.. all the fun stuff!

But for now, grab that cup of coffee and enjoy my snowy tablescape!


Once again….cricut explore to the rescue……Love my light blue snow flakes






















Wishing everyone a happy day!

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Rustic Refined

 Tablescaping has truly become a passion of mine. This year I hoping to publish my first book of tablescapes. Since I live in Germany, the book will be written in german by a friend of mine.

 This past week I tackeled the task of putting away all the Christmas Decorations….WOW, what a job and I think, no I know, my Christmas Decoration Collection has expanded has I had to go to Ikea to get more storage boxes(DARN!!!!) Now that the holidays are over I am trying out some new ideas for winter tablescapes.

 Here is the first one…….

Thank you Mr. Ikea…..the votives are perfect for this table design
The blue dishes are from my mother in law…I think they go quite well with this design

Ah, my two fellows. They were my splurge for the Christmas Season 2016. Although they were bought for Christmas, I feel they work in this table setting as well.

love his eyes

I took my pine cones and pimped them with a little silver spray

Wishing you all a happy Sunday Evening….be sure to stop by later this week for my second winter setting.

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Christmas Tablescape……Take 2

The Christmas 2016 Season maybe over, but I still have some tablescapes to share with you. This one was co-created with my son Mike. He is our up and coming cinematographer and has a great eye for color. This whole tablescape began with a Santa Hat as the centerpiece… my son suggested some black bulbs and well to make a long story short….my santa table turned into a Mickey Mouse Table! And may I say we all were truly happy with the outcome.

Mickey Mouse….the star of this tablescape. Mickey was a gift from my girlfriend Kirstina who lives in Florida.
I live in Germany, so finding Mickey Mouse Confetti is not easy….but no worries I have a Cricut Cutting Machine.

Since this tablescape was for a Christmas Breakfast, I of course had to use my Christmas Egg Warmers……. I bought a set years ago at Butlers.

The Tablecloth came from Ikea…it is actually a bed sheet! Ikea has bed sheets in all colors and various sizes..a great and inexpensive tablecloth.
I really do love my set of white dishes. We got a the whole set as wedding gifts…27 years ago!

These little santas are a part of a set that my nieces and nephew made for me when they were little

Can you spot the hidden Mickey?

Wishing you all a happy week…..

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Christmas is coming…………Tablescape Nr. 1

        Christmas is coming………….

        Happy Holidays from Cook Bake Love…….. the christmas cards are written, the gifts are wrapped, the tree is trimmed and the cookies are baked. Time to get creative with my Christmas Holiday Tablescapes 2016.

        Last year in December I was in Illinois and of course a trip to HOme Goods was on my schedule. I found a Christmas Tablecloth with matching napkins that I just had to have!

Yes…the laterns and most of the Christmas Bulbs come from IKEA!
The red stemware comes from STrauss INovations and from Ebay Classifieds

The Table runner……simply red wrapping paper and red “gauze” like material

My dinner dishes……the pride and joy of my table….shout out to my niece and nephew for this gift

Now we are just waiting for the guests to arrive.

Happy Holidays Everyone.

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HAPPY Halloween!

Halloween 2016 ist upon us? When did that happen? I seriously feel like I just took down the easter decorations.

This tablescape popped into my head when I was at the Metro(german version of Sams Club) and I found the skelton hands…… And you all know me by now….I had to have those..

While putting it all together….I thought to myself some red stemware would be just what the table needed to be TOTALLY COOL….

…hence my dilema when I checked my cabinet and saw that I only have 4 red wine glasses. EBAY CLASSIFIEDS here I come…is what I screamed! AND…success was mine to be had.

Wishing you all a very happy halloween…..The holiday season is now upon us…..anyone up for some Christmas Shopping?

Happy Halloween!
Check on Between Naps on the Porch    for more wonderful tablescapes and go to rustic-refined
for some great ideas!

Leaving…..on jet plane….

Living in Berlin has its perks………one of them is I get to know a lot of fellow americans, or Expats as one calls them. Over the years I have met some wonderful families and some very special women, who have become some of my closest friends…..The downside is that Expats are here on borrowed time…usually 3 years. So, in the past 15 years I have said good bye ALOT! And let me tell you, it does not get easier…..

On June 2nd….it was time for Regina and Mike to pack their bags and leave Berlin. As I write they are on the first leg of their great travel adventure……hence the inspiration for the tablescape.

The globe comes from my husband Klaus….he had it in his childhood home
The blue globe/paper wieght was my dad´s. My son now has it sitting on his desk…

The first cut outs with my Cricut Explore Air!

The Northwest Airplane…….sat for many many years in the office of Adventure Tours and Travel…..my dad´s travel agency. When my son was small he would play for hours with the planes. So happy we were able to bring it back to Germany with us. 

My pride and joy….the Concord….I got the plane from the Air France Representiv that planned a group tour for my dad. If I remember correctly his name was Fritz Hoffein……

The Sabena Airplanes……MIke and I flew home many times with Sabena……

Wishing my friends Regina and Mike safe travels……….

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