Style For Less and Company Ready!

Home Goods in San Mateo, CA has a lot of blue and white china (I like to duck in there when coming back from clients on the Peninsula).
That vase in the back center is misshaped though…you have to select carefully.

 Great prices!

And while out shopping last week,  I noticed Target has some cute end tables.

These could be used as seating or as ottomans.  They are sturdy.

We are going to our family's house in San Diego for Christmas.  Afterwards, friends and family are coming back to San Francisco for A New Years Eve Party.

 I'm putting out fresh linens and other little details for our guests.
This soap smells heavenly with rosemary and patchouli.  Gives a nice subtle scent to the guest room.
I replenished the coffee station using vintage copper that I polished with Barkeeper's Friend.  Just picked up that linen towel while I was at Home Goods along with a couple other things for our New Years party.

I still have a few Christmas cards to get out.  Our photos choices were not so hot.  I had a cracked tooth pulled the day before :(  

Tiny Prints even called twice to make sure we were ok with the photo quality (nice service).  I enjoy getting cards from people so much, I figured it was better than nothing.

Many people I know are sick with colds and the flu right now.  It's easy to overdo it during this season.  We are keeping it simple (although you wouldn't believe my husband's fancy Christmas menu--but that's fun for him).  

Anyway,  give yourself permission to take it easy a bit.  You've done enough.  Bundle up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.   Thanks for being here!  Merry Christmas!


  1. Merry Merry Christmas Mary Ann, enjoy your family time in San Diego!! Always a joy to visit your blog, thank you for sharing your part of the world with all of us

  2. Hi all great things happening over there......love the rattan/wicker stools. And of course never ever such a thing as too much blue and white:) Love your cards, this is the first year in many many years I couldn't' get that together....just too much happening and uncooperative kids in too many directions:) But thinking of sending a New Years card. Next year I will do it in October!! Enjoy all your festivities, love your little coffee station.

  3. and merry christmas to you!
    after all our holiday decorating for others i am ready to sit & enjoy the season. but since i am heading out to shop, home goods has been added to my day!

  4. Everything perfect as always! Love your new vintage copper! xo annie

  5. Merry Christmas Mary Ann. Relax and have fun!

  6. Dear Mary Ann, It sounds like you will have a wonderful Holiday Season and I wish you all the best in the year ahead! Thank you for being such a great friend all year round!

    Tis the Sunday before Christmas

  7. My husband is coughing away right now, the second bout since Thanksgiving. Let's just hope I don't get it! Our Christmas is very quiet which is just how we like it!
    All best wishes to you and your family and hoping you have a lovely time. Enjoy!

  8. Merry Christmas Mary Ann- enjoy the time with your family! xoxo

  9. Mary Ann,
    Have a jolly Christmas in San Diego...it's supposed to be fairly warm.
    I love the guest bath details and the clever coffee station with the copper pieces.
    I have truly tried to breathe this Christmas and as a result I feel more relaxed for the 22nd than I have in years. Age and possible wisdom in some areas is helpful! :-)

  10. I have a similar rattan stool like that but from TJ Maxx and I love it! Happy Holidays!

  11. Merry Christmas my friend!
    I am about to pick up our son who is flying home from NY. Haven't seen him for 6 long months!!! Christmas starts now!!!

    1. Oh my gosh. Terry...don't squeeze him too tightly!!!

  12. Merry Christmas Mary Ann...I hope yours will be filled with the love of family and friends and those memories you hold dear.
    Your so right we've done enough!
    Thank you for visiting this year and I hope you be by again soon!

  13. Merry Christmas, Mary Ann! I love Blue and White china and should get to Home Goods, to check it out. Do you know who makes the Saltwater Soap line? I've been looking for a nice soap line for the shop. Blessings to you and your family, in the coming year!

  14. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and stay healthy! My HG's had a ton of blue and white also....I am always tempted to buy more....but my closets and under my beds are just way to full:)

  15. I am loving your coffee station and thank you for sharing the pretty finds from Home Goods, if only our HG had pretty products like that for sale. Happy Holidays to you and your family! I am looking forward to reading your posts in 2015!

  16. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year! Your coffee station and greeting card are beautiful!


  17. Always love blue and white! Have a Merry Christmas, Mary Ann! Enjoy your family and friends. Warm greetings, L

  18. Great blue and white pieces! We are getting ready for our annual Christmas Eve dinner and excited for getting together with family for the holidays. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and all the best in the new year!!

  19. Great advice as always, Mary Ann. I feel a cold coming on and I'm exhausted. Glad the holiday is almost here! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  20. that homegoods is better than mine! I need that double happiness garden stool stat!!!! hope you had a lovely Christmas!


  21. Love your coffee bar and thoughtful items you put out for guests. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for a fabulous new year!



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