get the look: and george

December 11, 2013

I have been in love with the Christmas decor of Christy Ford, owner of antiques shop And George in Charlottesville, Virginia, since it was featured in the Washington Post and on Christy’s blog years ago.  Dressed in light blues, lime green and golds and using citrus as accents is such a refreshing change from traditional…

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that’s a wrap!

December 10, 2013

I had high hopes yesterday and today of posting some pics of my nursery progress as well as some simple Christmas decor around the house, but the weather has been so gray and rainy, making it impossible to get any pictures, so I thought I’d post some awesome gift wrap ideas for the holidays, instead!…

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gift guide: for the guy who has everything

November 29, 2013

If you’re braving the crowds today to knock out some Christmas shopping, my hat’s off to you.  This year, I’m planning on getting all of my gifting done on Cyber Monday, but if Black Friday is your thing and you need some ideas for the men in your life, here are my picks for the…

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take a seat

November 26, 2013

As much as I love decorating for the holidays, when I host Thanksgiving dinner it’s always all about the food.  I’d love to say that I lay out a beautiful, decorative spread, complete with gilded pumpkins, artfully tied bundles of wheat, napkins wrapped with fragrant sprigs of rosemary and place cards hand written in perfect…

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holiday wreath roundup: 10 best

November 19, 2013

Nothing gets me more excited this time of year than decorating for Christmas and second behind a tree, my holiday decor must-have is a bevy of fabulous wreaths!  Fresh evergreen wreaths are always the best, but when you live in a part of the country where you never know what the weather is going to…

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plaid perfection

November 18, 2013

Despite having grown up in a Greek/Italian household, my mother had these amazing wedgewood china accent plates in the most fabulous tartan plaid that she broke out every year for Christmas.  Fast forward all these years later and it still doesn’t feel like Christmas for me until I’m eating off those beauties. After reading Emily’s…

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honeycomb studio

November 15, 2013

There’s nothing I love more than giving a unique, handmade gift for Christmas (except maybe receiving one, of course!) and this year I happen to be head over heels OBSESSED with the work of Atlanta-based small batch ceramicist Courtney Hamill of Honeycomb Studio!  Each of her pieces is handmade, either on the wheel or cast…

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obsessed: boxwood wreaths

October 30, 2013

Is it too early to start talking Christmas decorations?  Considering there are less than ten weeks until the big day, as well as the fact that I’ve seen commercials on TV and decorations in shopping malls since August, I’m thinking that’s a negative.  The last few years, I’ve been keeping my Christmas decorations neutral and…

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memorial day bash must-haves

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is finally here!  The weather is beautiful, the pool is open, the fridge and pantry are stocked…the Stivers’ are ready to burn it down over the three-day!  Whether you’re hosting a barbeque, attending a party or just relaxing over the long weekend, here are a few essentials that will come in handy…

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valentine’s day gift ideas for less than $50!

February 12, 2013

Valentine’s Day is two days away, and if you’re like me and wait until the eleventh hour to purchase gifts for holidays and birthdays, OR if you’re just looking for something nice for yourself without breaking the bank, here are some goodies for less than $50! How adorable is this burlap monogrammed tote?  And for…

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