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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

8 Comments 12 April 2015

Enjoy this Fantastic Fuchsia Table on Shavuot !!!

For al of you design junkies, the Kips Bay Deorators Showhouse in New York is a must see.  This years spectacular show has a  fabulous room decorated by Amanda Nisbet. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created a name for herself with her glamorous yet comfortable style.”I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love for hot pink and has inspired me to put together this fantastic fuchsia table for Shavuot. Happy Holiday!


  1. Named tea towel (also comes in a runner) $19
  2. Aurora vase $273
  3. Hot Pink Tray $18
  4. Green tumbler$10
  5. Bowl $40
  6. Green beaded napking rings set of 4 $31
  7. Dishes start at $113
  8. Green Charger $16
  9. Napkins set of six $226
  10. Pea pod salt and pepper shaker $4
  11. Flatware $105 available at Addy and Co.

by Elizabeth Braha

Simple Dwellings Interior Design Services

Email simpledwellings@gmail.com


Shop HERE for holiday gifts and tableware at Addy’s.

Click HERE for gorgeous lingerie gifts and shopping.

Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!


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Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains With Regal Purim Decor!

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Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains With Regal Purim Decor!

No Comments 17 December 2011


The Queen Reigns & Entertains!


Why not go all out this Purim for your special guests? Details, details, details– that’s what it’s all about! Pull out your finest wines and most creative ideas, and share the celebration with special friends and loved ones.
Your guests’ eyes deserve a feast as well! Achieve a regal and festive effect through antique golden dishware with matching glasses and utensils. The bright gold carving on each contrast and mirror blood red tablecloth with intricate details of its own.
Stained glass lanterns and candles provide a warm, inviting glow, beckoning to your guests to sit and enjoy each other’s company in front of the flickering light. A variety of masquerade masks and handmade Hamentashen help lighten the mood and bolster the festive atmosphere. Happy Purim!

Lanterns and masks from Pier1 Imports (pier1imports.com)
Design by Salut Event Planning (
Hamentashen by One More Bite Signature Desserts, 646 207 7019
Photography by Morris Antebi Photography (http://www.morrisantebi.com/


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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

5 Comments 19 June 2011

Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

“Hi Marlene!
Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
All the best and continued success,
Shabbat Shalom,


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How to Transform  Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

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How to Transform Holiday Centerpiece Snapshots Into Art

4 Comments 31 May 2011

Did you ever wish you could capture all of those gorgeous memories of your centerpieces during holidays past? Consider photographing them using interesting camera angles. Besides having a tangible visual reference that you can refer to, you may surprise yourself and create a work of art worthy to be enlarged and printed on plexi-glassto be hung on your walls.

During Passover, I hired Bettie Esses to create my flower arrangements. They were absolutely gorgeous and a few days later, I took the opportunity to practice my photography skills on these organic floral spring centerpieces.

Below are the centerpieces that were in the center of each square table. Simple trapezoid vases held orchid buds resting on a bed of colored rocks and stones. In trapezoid  vase # 1, I  arranged them in a row and photographed the vases in an angle to practice an interesting depth of field using a small aperture. For point and shoot users, the portrait setting may help create a similar affect of gradual blurring in the background. I photographed trapezoid vase # 2 from above using a small aperture. Again, point and shoot cameras on the portrait setting may give you that blurring effect.


Trapezoid vase photo #1 (above)




Trapezoid vase photo #2

Cylinder  photo # 3 is a simple photograph of what the two main centerpieces on my dining room table looked like. Each two foot long cylinder vase held a lone orchid stem completely immersed in water.  I took the photograph up a notch by standing on a chair to capture the circular shape of the mouth of the vase for an interesting perspective (cylinder photo # 2). Cylinder photo # 1 shows a closer perspective of the buds inside the vases.

Cylinder photo # 1 (above)

Simply shifting your position and photographing your centerpieces from different perspectives  may wow you with an image your certainly proud of . Plus, don’t forget to play with your camera settings (like portrait setting or smaller apertures) for added interest.

Cylinder vase photo #2

(above) Cylinder  Phot0 # 3

Gladys Hedaya loves to capture the extraordinary details in the everyday, awesome vacations, and special moments, through writing, photography and digital coffee table book creations.

Gladys graduated NYU and majored in English with a minor in fiction writing.
She taught scrapbook lessons for about four years and creates premium coffee table books and family legacy books.

Gladys currently contributes to the crafting section of the Alphabet Kids monthly newsletter.

Photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, SLR camera, and 50 mm 1.4 lens.


Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880’s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.

7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com



10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
Party by the Pool

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Party by the Pool

No Comments 29 June 2010

Hot summer days and cool summer nights lure us  to entertain poolside. Even your teeniest guests can’t break these gorgeous yet sturdy dishes and serving pieces. Your guests will never believe that they are melamine!

Use them for barbecues, lazy day picnics, and parties on the beach.

They are so well priced- you can buy a set for dairy, AND meat and you still wont break the bank.

Treat yourself !!!

1-Bamboo Inspired Drinkware

2- Winchester Mandala

3- Rainbow Acrylics

4-Polka Dot Fun

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Candle Stick Round Up- A Perfect Gift- For Yourself!

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Candle Stick Round Up- A Perfect Gift- For Yourself!

No Comments 09 May 2010

Who says Shabbat Candlesticks have to be traditional? I did a round up of the most eclectic candlesticks I could find… These are perfect for a Mom that steps outside the box once in a while! They vary in price and in style, so we could find something for everyone. From rustic to modern to elegant we have got you covered!

Are you lucky enough to be invited out to eat on Shavuot? Your Jewish Hostess will love any of these candlesticks as a gift!

Are you exhausted from Mother’s day?

Working hard in the kitchen lately?  Treat Yourself!

1. Agate Candleholders- 125

2.Analiese Taper Holder 24

3. Jonathan Adler lantern candlestick $48

4. Iron Branch Candle holder $250

5. Michael Wainwright Large Turo Candlestick $130

6. Lumi Candleholders $2.95 – $4.95

7.Fashion Forward Taper $18

8. Horn Candlesticks

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

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Mother’s Day- the Pretty Way!

No Comments 01 May 2010

April showers bring May flowers, and there is no better place for those flowers than on your Mother’s Day brunch table. 

Wild bouquets of Peonies, Lilac, Hydrangeas and Hyacynth will have your table smelling as good as it looks!

Vintage floral porcelain is sweet and romantic.

Add natural textures, like this DIY Jute Carafe and horn flatware to soften the look white dishes.

Repurpose vases, layer bowls and vases to create original floral arrangements.

Some of my favorite pieces for pulling together this romantic, eclectic look are:

1. Water Hyacinth Place Mats

2. Victorian Tumbler, Set of 6







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Easy Gourmet Stuffed Chicken Cutlets-Video

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Easy Gourmet Stuffed Chicken Cutlets-Video

1 Comment 27 April 2010

By Mark Bittman

This kosher recipe is elegant enough for a kosher dinner party and  gourmet enough to show your family that they are worth it on weeknight!

No one will guess how easy it really is to pull off a kosher recipe for “Gourmet Stuffed Kosher Chicken Cutlets“, by Mark Bittman, (New York Times)!

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An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids


An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids

No Comments 20 March 2010

Its easy to get wrapped up in Passover planning and forget the real purpose of the holiday. Our kids. The memories we create year by year are what they carry with them forever. So, as I started planning my Passover menu, I put down my pen and said to Sarah, “Lets make a Pesach craft.”  Inspired by Kaboose,we gathered some

    • watercolor paints
    • watercolor paper
    • ribbon or raffia
    • hole punch
    • watecolor pencils
    • stencils
    • kosher salt
  1. Cut  a large piece of watercolor paper into 2 large pieces- about 11×13 inches.
  2. Mix your watercolors paints with water to create the colors of your choice.
  3. Spray or spread a thin layer of water on top of the watercolor paper. Blot it slightly with a paper towel so its not too wet.
  4. Paint and splatter paints onto the watercolor paper to your hearts content, letting the colors bleed onto each other.
  5. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the colors, the effects are fun to watch.
  6. When dry, stencil the words afikoman in English or Hebrew on a separate piece of watercolor paper using watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils are fun to use. After drawing your design, wet the design with a brush and watch a mere colored pencil drawing turn into a watercolor design.

  1. You can also stencil flowers or any other design on a separate paper.
  2. Punch holes approximately 2 inches apart along the perimeters of both pages along 3 sides of the pages in order to leave an opening for the afikoman.
  3. Make sure the holes on both pages line up!
  4. Thread a ribbon or raffia through the holes- its a great sewing lesson for little kids!
  5. Make a knot or bow at the end.
  6. Glue the Afikoman words, and your other stencil embellishments onto one of the painted papers.
  7. Enjoy your child’s masterpiece!
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Fresh Trends For the Holidays

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Fresh Trends For the Holidays

No Comments 15 March 2010

Separates are great

by Marceline Gindi

Passover is around the corner and with all our kitchen duties; we find time to obsess over what to wear…  So whether you are home, or away for the holidays, everyone wants a fresh new look.  Don’t forget spring  (should be) is in the air.

Right now you’re probably confused with all the trends.

I know sometimes I get crazy from all of the choices. My belief is, always be classic but with an element of surprise. For Passover Seder nights separates are great, like printed flirty skirts with solid knits Try adding a trendy chunky necklace, or a beautiful jeweled belt. Structured military style skirts with silk blouses are a cool twist.

Try adding a trendy chunky necklace

So what if u want to wear last years dress?
No worries! BCBG has cool and affordable belts that will quickly update your look. You can even put a structured blazer over any dress for a tailored style, Zara has a bunch in all colors and they look great.

Cinched waist belts by BCBG

White Leather and Lace belt by BCBG

How about going for some gold?  As in shoes of course!   Any Yves Saint Laurent platforms are to die for.   Or Valentino wedge espadrilles go from day to night.

So whatever you choose, have fun, walk tall, because being happy and feeling great is the best fashion DO!

Happy Holidays!

Marceline Gindi

Marcy Gindi is available to assist you in all of you personal shopping needs. For parties,holidays, or just every day cool fashions you can contact her at mailto: marcelinegind@aol.com

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