What I learned at The Southern Coterie in Round Top, Texas

Oct 1, 2022 |

  The Southern Coterie is an amazing community of creative female entrepreneurs.  It really has become the “virtual front porch” that founders Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long set out to create when they founded the community in 2011. The Southern C Summit in Round Top, Texas last week was another one of their successful gatherings…

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NorthPark Ambassador Jan Showers and Dwell with Dignity

Aug 26, 2022 |

Our fifth year of NorthPark Ambassadors is filled to the brim with style and substance.  I was thrilled when one of my dearest friends, Jan Showers, joined the Ambassador program representing Dwell with Dignity Jan is a world renowned designer, the author of three books featuring her work and a dedicated supporter of Dwell with…

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Five Favorites You Didn’t Know You Needed For Your Kitchen

Aug 25, 2022 |

I have a few kitchen faves that friends and family turned me on to that I really can’t imagine not having on hand!  I wanted to share them with you and ask you what you didn’t know you needed but now can’t live without in the kitchen? 1.  A Bowl Cozy – These covers are…

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Twenty Four Days of Tablescapes – Day 8

Famille Verte is a popular pattern with a rich history.  Click here to learn more about it.  It is known as a spring pattern but I love it paired with tartans, jolly reds and rich greens around the holidays.  Our wipe-clean linen placemats are so popular for both their elegant ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablescapes – Day 7

I had the vision for this table when Caroline's Cakes asked me to be a part of their Holiday collaborations.  I didn't realize how tricky it was going to be to get the ribbons right though!  It took a yard stick, a box or strait pins and loads of patience ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablescapes – Day 6!

  I created this tablescape last Christmas for a collaboration with Meri Meri.  I used their wonderful wooden advent calendar pieces in the center of the table, their "crackers" at each place setting and their charming nutcracker gift tags as place cards tied to each napkin.  It was so much ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablesacpes – Day 5

I have always loved mixing and matching China patterns.  This table is a great example of that. I used Herend Rust Bouquet tureens to hold flowers in the center of the table and layered Bernadaud Chargers, Herend's Livia Dinner Plates and Rust Bouquet Crescent Salad Plates.  The crystal is one ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablesacpes – Day 4

Why not invest in a classic Canton Blue and White Pattern and pair it with green linens for a magical holiday look!  These pieces by Mottahedeh can be used all year long! I also love the special pieces available in this pattern, like the salt cellars included here or the ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablescapes – Day 3

This tablescape is inspired by a collection that my mother and I have assembled over many Christmas's. Every year, Versace designs and releases a new Christmas Themed Service Plate and my mother, every year, puts one under the tree for me.  I have collection going back to 1998 and this seemed like ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablescapes – Day Two

I just adore all of these entertaining staples mixed together to form a holiday tablescape! Ginori's Oriente Italiano in Albus (black and white) looks amazing paired with Malachite (green and navy), especially when they are placed on top of our popular wipe clean placemats in red!  It doesn't get much ...
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Twenty Four Days of Tablescapes – Day One!

This holiday season, as I look forward to spending wonderful meals with family and friends around a table, I thought I would count down to Christmas with twenty four days of tablescapes. Let's start with this very special pattern by Rosenthal. It was designed by Bjorn Wiinblad based on the ...
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Gratitude – A Thank You Note a Day!

  It is the time of year to gather together and share our gratitude for all of the things we have to be grateful for.  My family has always made a point to go around the table and share a few things that we are thankful for at Thanksgiving but ...
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Heritage Auctions Tablescapes

It was such a treat to return to the studios at Heritage Auction House to style some of the amazing china services in their upcoming Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale.  The sale is on December 7th and features a section called "The Holiday Table."  The only difficult thing about ...
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