Design Inspiration


Hi beautiful friends!

When I went to write this post I got complete writer’s block. My goal was to transform our dining room into a warm and cozy gathering place. But I had no idea how to put that into words, as I struggled to come up with content I realized something was missing. I knew we’d never sit at our newly decorated dining table and truly enjoy the space. My husband and I work incredibly hard. I co-run my own business and work a full-time job… to be clear I’m not here to complain. I absolutely love what I do but I’m not going to sugar coat it; I’m tired. It’s not easy, I make sure to plan and use my time as wisely as possible without working myself to death. That’s where home decor comes in! It’s my sanity hobby. It’s what makes all the hard work worth it. It’s what I do to bring inspiration and relaxation back into my life. Some might not understand because it seems like extra work to them. For me, it’s liberating time I can use to be as creative as I want.

But to get to my point my warm and inviting dining room… what it’s missing is family time and people around it to share the space with. I found myself lost for words when I went to describe the space because the truth is I wish my husband and I didn’t work 50 to 60+ hours a week. I wish we had more time to sit around our table and chat instead of always rushing around and only having time to plop on the couch and relax for an hour every other day before we go to bed and do it all over again.

I want to say sorry for getting so personal in this post I’ve really tried to keep my blog as professional as possible but I felt the need to share this struggle. I can’t be alone and I want you to know if you can relate you’re not alone. We create such beautiful spaces with the intent of sharing them with our loved ones. For me, the truth is I very rarely have the time to do that. Life has a funny way of moving fast and as much as I would like to work more home time into our lifestyle we just don’t have the time.

To create this simple fall tablescape I started off by adding antique amber bottles that I got at a local antique mall inspired by Liz Marie of course. To add texture to the space I added some green fluffy stems (I’m not sure what they’re called) that I found growing in our neighborhood. Yep, that’s right free decor from my local neighborhood ditch. For more warm tones, I added an old wood banister that had been cut down into candlesticks from a local shop. But you can use any wood candlestick to add a warm fall touch. Next, I added a pillow and a blanket, more greenery, and pears to give the space more warm fall vibes. I took my pictures later in the day because that’s when I found the time to do it and although I was worried they’d be too dark; I think the evening light gives them the perfect amount of warmth and cozy vibes I was going for.

The truth is decorating brings me so much joy. I love taking an idea and bring it to life. I want to thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and coming on this journey with me. My late twenties have been a struggle. I’m not exactly where I thought I’d be and what I’m realizing is that’s completely okay. We all move at different paces. A quote that really resonates with me lately is “we won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with a purpose” by Bob Goff. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to others and feel unsure about where we are but the truth is don’t. Reach and drive yourself with captivated purpose and you’ll find no need to compare or get down on yourself because you’ll be working too hard for your purpose to worry.

I’m a true believer that we all have a purpose! Follow your dreams take a leap of faith and put them to action because believe me when I say it won’t be easy but it’s so so worth it. Believe in yourself and know you have what it takes so even though our lives aren’t perfect… because whose is?! Keep going, do you and don’t be distracted by comparison or regrets, live life with purpose and you will find it to be much more satisfying and fruitful.


Lisa Tornabene

“Reach and drive yourself with captivated purpose.”



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