December 3, 2016

The Good - The Interesting - The Sadness- Week In Review

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It's been a busy week, a productive week, an interesting week and yet a very sad week for me. Busy with lots of photo shoots for upcoming blog posts. Did I tell you that I have received 3 amazing Christmas trees from three incredible sponsors? I shared the first of those in THIS POST the other day and I'm so grateful for the love that it's received in blog land:-). I'll be sharing the other trees with you soon and much more holiday decor with tips for entertaining too.

December 2, 2016

How To Easily Build And Paint A Table With No Nails

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I know, I know...you are expecting another holiday post today...right? Well taking a mini break from that and if you are a DIY type of woodworking and constructing person...we have an updated post today on making your own table with a twist. The twist will mean that you can easily move it, easily paint it and take it apart with virtually no tools! So let's get started and if you aren't into doing furniture things from scratch you might want to move on in to another one of my posts instead...

December 1, 2016

Elegant and Simple Christmas Living Room in White

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I'll admit...I just love decorating and designing rooms for the seasons and Christmas offers so many possibilities that it's hands down my very favorite! Today I'm sharing my living room done in a snowy elegant and simple white theme and that's how I get the feeling of it being cold outside baby, even though I live in South Florida where snow would be an anomaly. I'm sitting in the air conditioned comfort of this room as I pen the post today...and it's probably one of my favorite Christmas looks to date in here! Let me give you a few tips and ideas as well as

November 30, 2016

Festive and Thrifty Homemade Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas



Did you shop the Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday or Cyber Monday sales my friends? Ayye, I have a headache from all of the emails that I received selling things and after awhile I just had to stop looking! I generally do my shopping early and as soon as Target came out with their line of Christmas goodies I was in the store for some Sugar Paper wrapping. This isn't sponsored or any of that...I just love their paper, boxes and ribbon and have been buying it for several seasons now. I was IN LOVE when I saw the shelves being stocked this year with PINK and GOLD. Not just any pink, but BLUSH PINK. I hope that the men in my life won't mind receiving gifts tied up in decidedly...

November 29, 2016

Elegant Vintage Christmas Entertaining On The Coast



A preview of things to come or a dress rehearsal as I like to call it. These photos were shot last year at Christmas time for a magazine feature and I've not yet shown them on the blog. So here we go!

This year we are looking forward to spending time with our little family and friends at our sweet beach spot along the coast of Florida for Christmas. I do coastal in my own way that maybe isn't all starfish and seahorses...so let me invite you in for a look around and get you thinking (and pinning:-) for some future coastal themes that YOU can use in other seasons.

November 28, 2016

How To Force Peonies To Open And Bloom Quickly

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As an avid lover of flowers and as someone who lives where the varieties available are so limited, I'm very frustrated! Sure we have every possible kind of orchid known to man/woman here in South FL, but those are out in my garden and rarely do I cut some to bring inside for photo shoots. Grocery store flowers are dismal and florist shops seem to come and go as quickly as restaurants around here. The flowers above are from several months ago on my desk in my French style home office and are my favorite. PEONIES. Peonies are akin to elusive butterflies and they don't grow at all in the tropical south. So I'm forced to find them at florists and occasionally at...