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Holiday Entertaining : Tips and Tidbits!

Elizabeth Tobin

Rhode Island Project

Rhode Island Project


Holiday hosting can and should be fun!

There’s a process. Plop down the gifts, take your guests coats, escort them to the appetizers and drinks, finish the final touches, wrangle your family for help setting the table, get this person that, help uncle Mike find the pint glasses, refill the nuts jar, try not to burn the gravy, get grandma at the table first.. Whatever your process or tradition, the holidays can feel like a lot, especially if you are hosting. But it shouldn’t be!

Having your style essentials at hand can help keep things simple and organized. I love to make use of trays and tableware when we host at home. Even if our holiday gatherings are on the smaller side (we like to keep it simple, and quiet!) hosting is still a great feat. Here’s a few holiday spaces I pulled from our portfolio to keep you inspired to take on the season!

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Sudbury Project

Sudbury Project


Let your guests do the work and keep your stations separate.

Setting the stage is 70% of the work. I love to have my holiday entertaining set up interactive and inclusive. Stacking plates for self serving can still have style! Even in a traditional dining room like the one in our Sudbury project above.

Make use of your space. Have a gorgeous hutch that sits outside the dining room? Save it for dessert space. Keeping your serving stations separate can make the house feel bigger. The holidays are a time to get everyone together to share a meal and admittedly indulge in the spirit of the season! So keep the bar seperate, plus its such a fun space to style!

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Design Details : Backsplashes

Elizabeth Tobin

Ann Sacks, Hexagon Tile

Ann Sacks, Hexagon Tile


A place to play with texture..

Whether exciting or subtle, a backsplash is a cornerstone element of a well designed kitchen. We’ve been able to play with a few different styles in recent projects that are subtle, textured, and unique.

A smaller size tile is great for a larger surface area. When you have a bright white kitchen that brings in a lot of natural light it can be fun to take advantage of that sunshine. In a few spaces we chose a backsplash option that has a bit of shine in its finish to draw attention to the heart of a kitchen / dining space : the stove and bar!

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New Ravenna Scallop, Mother of Pearl

New Ravenna Scallop, Mother of Pearl

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Ann Sacks, Custom Ombre Pattern by Pinney Designs

Ann Sacks, Custom Ombre Pattern by Pinney Designs


Trying something new..

Our city farmhouse kitchen was an exciting design. There were so many daring design decisions that make this kitchen a defining space for me. We worked with contrast here to give the idea of a kitchen backsplash an industrial but modern life. And to introduce a kitchen with no cabinets above the sink or stove, was a total risk!

Our client wanted to implement an industrial look and feel. So, our goal became adding history to a newly constructed home without making it feel like it was confusing new and old. We white washed the brick to complement the white walls in the kitchen and furthered the industrial feel by painting the wood framed window black to appear like iron.

Want to see more of these projects? Take a look at our portfolio!

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A Project Evolves, Chestnut Hill Kitchen Reveal!

Elizabeth Tobin

This is a project that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been working with this client since the start of Pinney Designs (almost 8 years)! You know you’ve done your best by a client when they keep coming back to you time and again.

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this kitchen since we first met these clients. When we first met they had mentioned that they had redone the kitchen after they bought the house (10 years prior) and were happy with it. So, although the kitchen was off the list for now, we worked on other rooms in the house, like this gorgeous living room.

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What makes working on this Royal Berry Willis house so fun is that the interior is constantly evolving. And when our client reached out last summer wanting a bigger kitchen sink, one idea led to another, we ended up doing an entire kitchen renovation. We're so excited to reveal the newest project update here on the blog!

It really warms my soul and makes me feel that even though I am not saving the world like my sister I am doing good work and making people happy in the homes that I’ve created for them. Take a look through the before and after comparisons below to see the transformation! For a closer look at the project, scroll through our gallery wall below.




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