holidays

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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…

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my thanksgiving table

Despite the fact that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my Christmas decor out from storage since pretty much the day after Halloween, I can’t wait to have everyone together for Thanksgiving!  Any time we can get family and friends around our table is pretty much my favorite thing in the whole wide…

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$20 grocery store centerpiece

When it comes to floral arranging, I am so far from knowing what I’m doing, it’s actually quite comical.  My attempts at creating a floral centerpiece usually look more like my three year old arranged it, despite my best efforts, so I tend to stick with white hydrangeas en masse in beautiful, woven vases for…

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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…

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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…

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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! …