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AN ALL-NATURAL TABLE SETTING FOR CHRISTMAS

This week on Instagram, I joined a fabulously talented group of ladies to share some entertaining and decorating tips for the holidays with everything from a Christmas-inspired cocktail to mantle decor, cookie recipes, a beautiful floral arrangement and, of course, a table setting by yours truly! (You can find all the photos and videos in…

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SHOP SMALL: HIGH STREET MARKET

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are off to a great start with your holiday shopping! I took a little social media break to spend some much-needed time with family but today I’m kicking off my return to the blog with some goodies from one of my favorite small businesses, High Street…

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GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE HOST /HOSTESS /ENTERTAINER

One of my favorite things about shopping for friends and family members at Christmas is buying something special that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves; after the year that we’ve all had, every one of us deserves a little something luxurious, right?! Whether you’re shopping for a little something to bring for your host or…

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BEAUTIFUL NEW DESIGN BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST

There is nothing I get more excited about arriving in the mail than a beautiful new design or coffee table book; they are the ultimate decorative accessory because they add so much color and interest and really tell a lot about the people who own them! I also love to give them to friends or…

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GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE GUY WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Every year, I promise myself that I’m going to get all my Christmas shopping done by 1 December and every year, I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off, shopping for gifts well into the month, lol! This year, with every single retail and online store gently warning us about shipping delays…

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christmas table setting

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying these marvelously lazy days in between then and New Year’s lounging in pj’s, in blissful unawareness of what day or date it is (with a cocktail somewhere in there, as well!)  That’s exactly how we are spending ours and, after a ridiculously chaotic Christmas…

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diy: painted christmas balls

My idea of the perfect craft project is one that takes less than ten minutes and doesn’t make much of a mess.  These painted Christmas balls check all those boxes and then some!  I’ve wanted to try these for years but never got around to it for one reason or another; this year, while searching…

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blogger christmas home tour: most lovely things

I’m so excited to share the home of my dear friend, Annie, from the blog Most Lovely Things today!  Annie’s blog was one of the very first I started reading more than a decade ago and I actually got to meet her last year when we stopped into the Serena and Lily in Westport, Connecticut, on our…

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gift guide: for the guy who has everything

If you’re looking for some ideas for those special guys in your life, today is your day!  I am especially excited about this gift guide because I always have the hardest time coming up with ideas for my hubby, whether it’s something special or stocking stuffers but this year I think I’ve hit the jackpot…

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gifts for the hostess/foodie/entertainer

The most wonderful time of the year is in full swing and so is party season!  The dinners, get togethers, cocktail hours and parties have started with a vengeance, so I thought it would be fun to put together a roundup of gift ideas for the hostess or friend/family member who loves to entertain (and…

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coastal christmas

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year and I am so excited to FINALLY be decking my halls!!! The older I get, the more I crave simplicity in all aspects of my life and while I love to go all out with my Christmas decor, I like to take a much more natural…

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thankful

Happy Thanksgiving from my little turkeys to yours!  I’d like to say a big THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart to everyone who reads this little blog of mine and who follows me over on Instagram! It’s been so much fun getting to know so many of you through your comments, emails and…