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A Christmas Dinner

Dec 13, 2019 |

Earlier this week, Justin and I had the honor of hosting his business forum and their spouses in our home for a Christmas Dinner.  Because we were twenty people, I had a chance to try a set up that I hadn’t attempted before!  We moved all of the furniture out of our living room and…

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December Notes

Dec 11, 2019 |

I’m crazy about these amazing planners and journals that I received.  They would make a great gift and what a wonderful treat for yourself to get the new decade started off right!  The design and aesthetic are so elegant and fresh and the quality is really impressive.  I’m thrilled to have them and they will…

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A Personalized Kick Off to a Special Birthday Weekend

Dec 9, 2019 |

My father was honored on Thursday night by some of his dearest friends with a birthday weekend kick off dinner in Palm Beach at Bice. Our friend Lucy had these incredible plates made for each of the settings using favorite black and white photographs of my father throughout his life.  Down the centers of the…

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Advent Calendar Time

My family loves the countdown to Christmas,  We returned from our Thanksgiving trip to see family in California today, just in time for the children to dive right into day 1!  Our son uses the tree advent and our daughter uses the nativity scene.  Filling them up is getting trickier ...
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Tartan Time

Thanksgiving is officially over and it is time to pull out your tartan!  Just pulling out my plaid classics puts me in the holiday season. I've gathered together some of my favorite on-line tartan finds for this holiday season and there is something for everyone from your pets to your ...
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November Notes

A few years ago I purchased Nancy Regan's Leron table linens at auction with rust and beige embroidery that are a perfect match to my Herend Dinner Plates. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'm looking forward to having time with my children on their school break and ...
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Sister’s First with Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

I was honored to be asked to host a "conversation" with former First Daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager on Sunday at The Bush Center to celebrate the release of their new children's book, Sister's First.  The stories they share are so heartwarming and encouraging and the afternoon made ...
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Top Ten New Books for this Holiday Season

Books make such wonderful gifts.  I love to open a book and find an inscription from a friend inside before I flip through the pages.  Here are the top ten books that I'll be gifting this holiday season. Turn on your JavaScript to view content
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A Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration

Are you thinking about your Tablescape for Thanksgiving yet?  I'm sure you are being bombarded by plans for the menu but don't leave the table to the last minute!  A little bit of planning ahead can make a big difference.  Several years ago, I was asked to contribute a Thanksgiving ...
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Come on in!

I've been wanting to share photos of our house with you after our renovation for so long but I've had to wait for the release of the November/December issue of Veranda Magazine to hit the news stands!  Finally, I can share!  Click here to see the on-line article and a ...
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Personalized Presents

My Gift Guide for the holidays will be posted very soon but, in the meantime, I didn't want the early birds to miss out on a chance to order some personalized presents - I think they are the best kind!  Check out my boutique below to see fifty of my ...
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The Party Closet

My party closet! I have so much fun creating tablescapes in here. Photo by David Tsay for Veranda What fun to read Veranda Editor-in-Chief, Steele Marcoux's article about The Party Closet.  She calls it the most indispensable room you have never heard of!  Click here to read her story and ...
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Holiday Candle Round-Up

I have resisted the urge to start pulling out holiday decorations but, after catching a glimpse of a Christmas movie on Hallmark while I was switching channels, I could not resist lighting a new holiday candle this weekend.  As much as I love my pumpkin spice candles in the Fall, ...
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