I think we can all agree that nothing says summer quite like listening to the sound of the water, feeling the sand between your toes and watching the dune grass sway in the breeze. I recently returned from a trip to the beach, and I couldn’t let the summer slip by without sharing the details of…

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Lobster for lunch is a summer favorite of mine. Who doesn’t like to indulge in an afternoon seafood feast?  Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s Tablescapes At our lake house, I like to cover the picnic table with a crisp white linen from Porthault. Large white-and-pine chairs are brought from inside to make sure people have plenty of…

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Our dining room is one of my favorite rooms in our house.  When we were house hunting, I kept insisting on finding a dining room I could put a round table in.  We ended up moving a few walls around to help me accomplish my goal but I am so happy with the room.  The…

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Carolyne Roehm is one of my favorite tastemakers.  She is so elegant and has impeccable style.  A career highlight for me was the day that I was able to help her fix her photo-slide show presentation before a speaking engagement.  Her keynote presentation wasn’t working on the country club’s PC computer system so I excitedly…

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When the weather is nice, and I am planning a lunch for friends, I would much rather dine al fresco than at a restaurant! After inviting three friends over for a casual lunch, I picked up a big bunch of sunflowers at the market and set a simple table beside the pool, where we could…

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A rehearsal dinner is an important event for any bride and groom, and especially for a Mother-of-the-Groom, who is traditionally in charge of this celebration. I am lucky to have the chic, stylish and elegant Caroline Whitman as my mother-in-law. She had beautiful ideas for our rehearsal dinner and wanted to make it a night…

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Photo credit: Scott Womack / Kimberly Babcock / C Design / Sweet Southern Charm On an overcast or windy night at our lake house in Ontario, Canada, there is only one spot to eat – but its a great one! A simple and elegant nautical theme is perfect in this house with its pine paneling…

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For me, setting the table is a great creative outlet. I take every opportunity, even brunch with girlfriends, to do just that!  Here is a green and white table that was featured in my book, Tablescapes.  “Tablescapes” To set a ladylike tone,  I began with a simple white cloth and a Lily of the Valley-patterned…

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I was on The TODAY Show this morning showing some last minute ideas for Fourth of July entertaining! Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Mix and match red, white and blue plates and flatware to give your table a patriotic feel! Don’t worry if you don’t have the exact number…

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Throw a Fourth of July party with an outdoor table that will allow you to enjoy the pretty summer weather and move easily to a spot on the lawn to watch the local fireworks! Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s “Tablescapes”  I love square tables, so I took the chance to rent one for our early dinner. I…

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