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A Dine-Around Dinner

Feb 22, 2020 |

Justin and I were honored to host a small group at our home during the YPO Dine Around last week.  The event included the 100 members of Justin’s YPO Chapter.  The members were divided among several members homes for a cocktail hour and then a seated dinner.  We served salad and main courses and then…

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An Evening with Architectural Digest

Feb 3, 2020 |

I was  honored to be included in a beautiful dinner party hosted by Architectural Digest and The Container Store at the home of Michelle and Bernard Nussbaumer last week.  Michelle is the brilliant designer behind Ceylon et Cie and her projects have been featured in countless magazines but my favorite is her own get-a-way in…

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Carnation Dinnerware

Jan 21, 2020 |

  As a tabletop fanatic, I have so many patterns that I love to track down and piece together into larger, usable sets.  One of those is more special to me than many others as I started collecting it because my husband has fond memories of his mother setting the table with it when he…

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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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A Classic Trench

Is it possible to make a comeback if you have never left?  The classic trench coat seems to be claiming it's rightful place on the throne of Fall fashions this year and I'm thrilled!  They are one of those wardrobe staples that never seem to go out of style.   There ...
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Tobacco Leaf

I'm dreaming up a new tablescape for an upcoming project and I'm having so much fun playing with my collection of Tobacco Leaf.  Although I love to mix and match all of my china, because it has over 27 colors in it, Tobacco Leaf is a favorite!  There are so ...
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My Picks from the Matches Fashion Sale!

There are so many great pieces in the Matches Fashion Sale!  Check out my picks!  I'm having a hard time narrowing my own cart down and knowing that my selections will arrive in their signature marbled boxes makes the shopping even more fun! What will you pick? Turn on your ...
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