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Getting Organized for the New Year

Dec 29, 2019 |

Is anyone else in the mood to get organized toady!?!  I’m not ready to take down the Christmas decorations yet but I am ready to start making progress on goals and plans for 2020!  I’m starting with lists instead of diving head-first into a new project.  What is your plan of attack to stay organized…

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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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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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Partner’s Card Shopping for a Cause

It is time for Partner's Card again, one of my favorite ways to help an amazing organization, The Family Place.  The Family Place provides shelter, education, legal aid and so much more to women, children and men who are victims of domestic abuse.  Partner's Card is a great way to ...
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Exploding Jack-O-Lantern Cake

Millie's baking passion continues and this time she has created a Jack-O-Lantern cake designed to burst with candy corn when it is cut into! We started by making two chocolate cakes in bundt pans using a dense cake cake recipe so that they could be firmly stacked, one on top ...
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Friday Favorites

I'm ready for the weekend!  Millie and I have a baking experiment planned and we are looking forward to spending some time with friends.  I hope you have a nice relaxing time planned! -Loved hearing Laura Linney speak at the Texas Trailblazers Award Luncheon benefitting The Family Place today and ...
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Friday Favorites – It’s Fall!

I'm so happy that it is officially Fall even though it still feels like we are in the middle of the summer in this Texas heat!  Fall means the release of so many wonderful new books too!  I have a long list of new book on my list but I ...
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Tulip Mania

Although uncommon today, tulipieres were massively popular among wealthy Europeans in the 17th century.  They were designed to hold one tulip bulb per spout.  Once placed inside in water, the bulbs would be forced to grow through the nearest opening, therefore, they are sometimes called "forcing bowls."  Tulips, at the ...
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A Feast for the Senses

I was thrilled when the team at NorthPark asked me to create a tablescape for the September Issue of their magazine.  Tablescaping is one of favorite things to do!  They challenged me to come up with a look that would suit the Fall and Holiday entertaining style of a host ...
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