SPRING THINGS, PART II

March 28, 2022

As is typical here in the south, we have a couple of weeks of spring-like temps,if we’re lucky, and then it’s on to blazing heat and humidity while my northeastern friends are still donning sweaters and jeans. So, while I’m craving lots of fresh greenery (see Spring Things, Part I here), I’m already gravitating toward…

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GARDEN-INSPIRED FINDS FOR SPRING

March 22, 2022

Blue and white may be my all-time favorite color pairing, but fresh spring green and rattan, wicker and everything woven is a very close second. I’ve found myself gravitating toward the house plant section of the grocery store and grabbing another bird’s nest or stag horn fern every time I go in there lately, just…

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SHOP SMALL: LOVING LATELY FROM PALOMA AND CO

September 29, 2021

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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LONG LIVE DAHLIA SEASON

September 16, 2021

The only upside to the close of summer is that my back-to-school blues are assuaged by lots and lots of dahlias! My friend Sarah started her own sustainable flower farm last February and I couldn’t wait to sign up for her fall subscription for all the dahlias, zinnias and cosmos my little heart could wish…

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6 TIPS FOR SCORING AT THRIFT AND CONSIGNMENT SHOPS

July 16, 2021

I was recently having a poolside conversation with a friend who was looking for some end tables for her living room and about fell off my Adirondack chair when she said she had never set foot inside a consignment shop! Most of the furniture in my house is from antique/thrift/consignment shops; I LOVE the thrill…

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VASE ROUNDUP

July 13, 2021

Nothing screams summer louder than an armful of beautiful blooms in an equally amazing vessel. Whether snipped from your own garden or bought from the grocery store, there’s just something about a summery arrangement of fluffy hydrangeas or wildflowers that make a space seem that much more cheery and bright! Over the years, I’ve amassed…

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RECENT ETSY FAVORITES

July 13, 2021

I’ve been purchasing and sourcing so much from Etsy over the last year and it continues to be one of my go-to sources for everything from entertaining, tableware and barware to hostess gifts, French market totes and antique finds. There really is a treasure trove of beautiful items at such great price points with a…

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BUDGET-FRIENDLY PRETTIES FOR THE KITCHEN

May 25, 2021

Over the past couple months, I’ve been slowly clearing out closets, cabinets and pantries and getting rid of/donating quite a lot of junk that I just don’t need anymore. Making space has improved my whole outlook toward my home and how I am able to function in it and it’s been so therapeutic tossing things…

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TO PAINT OR NOT TO PAINT? NEW COUNTER STOOLS FROM ONE KINGS LANE

May 17, 2021

The past few months I’ve been beating feet and FINALLY getting to all the little cosmetic updates I’ve been wanting to tackle around here the past year and, for someone who is constantly starting projects but rarely finishing them, I can’t tell you how good it feels every time I cross another one off my…

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FOUR NON-FLORAL, EVERY DAY CENTERPIECE IDEAS FOR THE TABLE

February 22, 2021

Setting a beautiful table is a simple luxury that brings me so much joy and that I look forward to every day-especially now that my little miss is so into helping – but this time of year when it’s slim pickings in the floral section of almost every grocery store (yes, even you, Trader Joe’s),…

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