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GIFT GUIDE 2021: FOR HER

For the first time EVER, I’ve actually made my way through more than half my Christmas list well before Thanksgiving, so I’m kicking off the unofficial start of the holiday season today with a gift guide for the ladies in our lives – friends, sisters, mommas and wives who deserve a little something special! For…

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HOW TO DRY LIMELIGHTS AT HOME

I’ve been trying to post more projects in real time, but I’ve failed miserably lately, so bookmark this one for next summer! I’ve always loved limelight hydrangeas and have them on my table all summer and fall, but I’ve never thought to dry them and enjoy them through the winter until now! My neighbor has…

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FALL-INSPIRED ENTERTAINING PIECES TO ADD TO YOUR EVERY DAY BASICS

It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here and it’s a pleasant reminder that the holidays are right around the corner! I’ve already started adding little touches of fall to my every day dinnerware and serving pieces; wood, marble, ironstone, bamboo, unlacquered brass and tortoise go such a long way in adding warmth and…

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AN ENGLISH-INSPIRED HOUSE IN THE VILLAGE

One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is to drive or walk past some of my favorite homes in the area; I actually wouldn’t be surprised if the owners of some of them know me and my car by sight by now with as many times as I’ve stopped to…

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A NEW (OLD) PIECE FOR OUR ENTRY

For someone who has spent the last decade working in an industry that is constantly evolving, I regularly find myself chanting over and over that “change is good” when it comes to my own home. While I love my house, the floor plan simply does not lend itself to rearranging furniture whenever the mood strikes,…

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ON MY RADAR: FALL FAVORITES

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of requests for some fall decor favorites, but when it comes to the change in seasons, instead of “decorating”, per se, I like to add lots of layers and texture – piles of comfy throws, soft candlelight and lots of baskets, trays and natural elements like marble, wood, unlacquered…

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CHARCUTERIE FOR TWO

Lately, we’ve been celebrating the end of another week with a simple cheese plate and a cocktail on the porch while the kids play outside. The weeks just seem to fly by at warp speed, so, come pickup time on Friday afternoons, I’m ready to down shift and enjoy every moment of having my littles…

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GET THE LOOK: INA’S EVERY DAY + ENTERTAINING STYLE

If there’s one person who has influenced my entertaining and design style (as far as kitchen and dining go), it’s Ina Garten. I picked many similar design elements for our kitchen when we built our house, from the black countertops and white glassfront cabinets, right down to the little details like the oversize Anchor Hocking…

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TIPS FROM A PRO: HOW TO KEEP MYRTLE TOPIARY HAPPY AND HEALTHY

If you have been following along here for a while, you know I am mildly obsessed with myrtle topiary; they’re the perfect decorative accessory, in my opinion, because they add so much texture, interest and a pop of fresh color, not to mention the fact that they’re just so beautiful and elegant! As much as…

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SHOP SMALL: LOVING LATELY FROM PALOMA AND CO

La Dolce Vita was one of the very first design blogs I ever followed more than a decade ago, so when designer Paloma Contreras opened Paloma and Co, it was inevitable that I would covet every single curated piece! This is one of my first stops for gifts for friends, hostesses and sometimes even teachers,…

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INSPIRED: HOLLANDER DESIGN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

I’ve been forgoing folding laundry while catching up on the Crown after the littles go to bed lately in favor of hitting up Pinterest pretty hard and I realized a few days ago that not only are the majority of my pins of cedar shake or white clapboard exteriors and landscape architecture, but an overwhelming…

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WORTH THE WAIT: THE WELL LOVED HOUSE BY ASHLEY WHITTAKER

There isn’t much I look forward to more come fall, save for the bevy of beautiful new coffee table and design books that debut this time of year. Ashley Whittaker’s The Well Loved House is the first of my pre-orders to arrive and it does not disappoint! For someone loves tone-on-tone neutrals and subtle patterns,…