The Friday Five: Family Trees

I have been working on my family tree on and off for at least five years now. It’s nowhere near complete. It keeps growing as I meet more family members (which is always nice) who can provide more information about relatives. Sometime in the future I need to go to the small Italian villages where my parents were born to learn more about my family history. For now, I’m happy to fill in names and dates as I learn them. My family tree is in very rough form and I never have a paper that’s large enough to fit all the info so I keep taping on paper extensions…

my family tree: this is only my mother’s side…I have another paper roll for my father’s side.

Maybe one day I’ll work it out so that my family tree is as pretty as one of these…

Diamonds Family Tree by Martha Stewart

Family tree by Melinda Beck via Martha Stewart

Inspired Goodness

family tree, Martha Stewart

How about you? Have you ever worked on your family tree? Any tips?


Fashion: Speedy Sneakers

Oh man…these sneakers are the sweetest! Never mind my nephews…I kind of want them for myself!

via A Merry Mishap‘s Instagram


The Friday Five: Table Settings

I don’t know about you but I love a beautifully set table. I think my appreciation of table settings may have started when I was a 16 year old exchange student in France. In the family that I lived with it was the responsibility of the youngest son to set the table each evening. I think he was 9 years old at the time and I remember being surprised at how he took such care in setting each place. The cutlery was where it was supposed to be and each family member had a designated cloth napkin which he would arrange thoughtfully at each place. (I’m pretty sure when I was 9, I didn’t care much about how the table was set – even though it was one of my chores too.)

While I can’t say that my own table is perfectly set for each meal, I can say that I love setting a pretty table to welcome guests. The four table settings featured today are beautiful because, while they do differ, they are all inviting, well-presented, and – best of all – they are simple enough to recreate in my own home! The last image of a table setting how-to (for anyone who still can’t figure out the salad fork from the meat fork) completes today’s Friday Five.

via From Me To You

via Black Eiffel

via Pinterest

via Ritzy Bee

via Say Yes to Hoboken

More table setting ideas here, here, and here.

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you enjoy a delicious meal or two!


The Friday Five: Fashion

As you may or may not already know, I write about fashion on Mondays over at Johanne’s blog, Fashion in Motion. But every once in a while I love to bring some fashion elements over to White Cabana – in white of course. Here are some looks that are currently inspiring me.

1. I love this delicate necklace by DIYer and blogger extraordinaire, Geneva (of a pair and a spare). I think the white background is perfect for it.

DIY necklace, a pair and a spare

2. This looks like a really warm sweater. I can just imagine how soft it is.

Burberry sweater, via Pinterest

3. It’s still winter. This calls for some more winter white.

Brooklyn Blonde

4. Gwyneth Paltrow. In my opinion she always looks good but she looked especially gorgeous dressed in white at the Oscars.

Gwyneth Paltrow

5. I’m already looking forward to summer…and I’m definitely going to be wearing an outfit like Hanneli‘s. My Cole Haan is just waiting to be paired with summer whites.

Hanneli Mustaparta

Happy Friday everyone! I wish you all a fabulous (and fashionable) weekend!


DIY: Painting Pottery

Have you ever been to a pottery painting studio? A while ago Mackenzie and I went to Bisque it! and we had such a fun time. This is how I painted the inside of a bowl:

photo by Jordana

Does it make your eyes hurt?


The Friday Five: Oscar Night

This Sunday is Oscar night. Who will be watching?

invitation via Twig & Thistle

Oscar bingo via How About Orange

Oscar ballot via How About Orange

DIY ballot booklet via Twig & Thistle

DIY Oscar statuette via Twig & Thistle

Learn everything you need to know about Oscar night here.


DIY: Felt Ornaments

These DIY felt ornaments are some of the prettiest I’ve seen. Time to get crafty!

via The Purl Bee

Many thanks to Adrienne & Kate for sending these photos my way.