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curtain+trick+4

shower curtain trick

I finally got around to hanging some art in the upstairs guest room bathroom over the weekend (for those asking, it’s a nautical chart that my hubby used to navigate the Intracoastal years ago that I framed!)  I’ve always loved this bathroom but it never ceases to amaze me how even a single piece of…

zhush+butlers+4

get the look: navy lacquered butler’s pantry

I’m officially adding “navy lacquered butler’s pantry” to the list of must-haves for our forever home, thanks to this breathtaking little jewel box off the kitchen in blogger Sue DeChiara’s Connecticut home.  I’ve followed Sue’s blog for years and have obsessed over every inch of her butler’s pantry since they moved in a few years back…

pb+placemats+3

a new favorite entertaining staple

If you follow me on Instagram you proably have seen I’ve added a new favorite to my collection of entertaining staples – these gorgeous rectangular water hyacinth placemats from Pottery Barn that Santa left under my tree for Christmas!  Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Ina Garten and these placemats remind me so much of the ones she uses…

advent+diy+5

homemade advent calendar

When my brothers and I were little, we always looked forward to 1 December because my mother would bring out our Advent calendar, all stuffed with little goodies for each of us.  This is the first year I think Lydia is old enough to really understand the purpose of an Advent calendar and all the…

xmas+table+tbt+2

throwback thursday: christmas table setting

This week has been so incredibly long that I feel like a little throwback is in order to bring a little Christmas spirit to the old blog here.  And what better way to do it than with a table setting I did last year for the holiday season!  Red is definitely not a color that…

thx+2018+1

getting ready for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in two days!!!  I’m not quite sure which I’m more excited about – eating my weight in turkey and fixings or setting my table.  This year I’m keeping it simple on both counts; the older I get the more I crave simplicity in every aspect of my life and that most certainly includes entertaining! …

tis+the+seas+2018

’tis the season!

Ready or not, the holiday season is officially upon us and I, for one, couldn’t be happier!  If I had my way, I’d get our tree on 1 November, but since I’ve been vetoed on that one, I’m playing Christmas music and am slowly, but surely, working on dressing up my table settings for the season! …

luca+grasscloth+7

before + after: luca’s grass cloth bookshelf

FINALLY sharing a little before and after of Luca’s room today and it happens to be one of my favorite DIY/furniture transformations yet!! Luca’s room has become somewhat of a dump-all for toys in rotation, the hubby’s work bags and just about anything and everything else that I don’t want to lay eyes on in the living…

mlt+8

blogger home tour: most lovely things

One of the best things about blogging and social media is the people you get to “meet”.  Annie Diamond from Most Lovely Things is one of my favorites to follow; I’ve been reading and taking inspiration from her beautiful blog and Instagram feed for years now; I love her style and her gorgeous home!  After following each other for…

fall+ent+2018

adding fall touches to your entertaining basics

I’m probably the only person on the planet that isn’t high fiving fall’s impending arrival (I’m always holding on to the end of summer with both hands), but this year, despite the steady 90 degree temps, I’ve already started to introduce little touches of fall to my daily dinnerware and serving pieces.  I always keep my entertaining basics…

new+sod+8

all your questions about our pool (and some new sod!)

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’re probably tired of seeing photos of our pool in my feed and my stories, but since I’m in complete denial that summer is officially/technically coming to a close here very soon (and since it’s going to be a while before it starts to feel like Fall here in…

diy+topiary+3

diy myrtle topiary

I love, love, LOVE myrtle topiary; I think they may, quite possibly, be the chicest house plant, as much for the texture as the shape and pop of green, but despite my best efforts (or the $$$ I’ve spent buying them in the first place), I’ve never been able to keep one alive for more…