Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shopping Dallas - Madison

No trip to Dallas is complete for me without a quick trip to Highland Park Village. Beautifully appointed and easily walkable, this curated collection of shops leaves your wallet lighter and your heart pounding faster!
Without a doubt, my favorite shop among them all is Madison. Owned by sisters and interior design partners, Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons, it is a highly edited collection of decor items, gift items and table top. Personalization is available on nearly everything.
These hand blown glass sculptures caught my eye this time. Most of their other lines I'm familiar with, but these were new and different. A little like Chihuly and definitely a conversation piece!
I have lusted after their monogram designs for years. I haven't been able to pick a favorite yet, so I just keep admiring... though the design on the top row, 3rd from the left has me thinking hard!
Baby gifts always make me smile. Anyone out there having a baby?
And, just to give you an idea of the design chops on these ladies, here are just a few images from their portfolio.
There really is a certain glamour to Dallas that I'm drawn to…and Madison captures the best of that!

images: ppt and kirsten kelli

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cattle Baron's Ball - Dallas

How was your weekend? Ours was unusually fun! We're just back from a quick trip to Dallas for the Cattle Baron's Ball

This was the 41st year of this groundbreaking event…the single largest one night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which raised $4 million this year. 

Conceived in 1974, this event is historically held at a local ranch, outdoors, under tents and has a big name country music headliner. Names like: Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, Tricia Yearwood and many more. It is one of the hottest events of the year, with one small problem. It rained almost every year. So, this year, the event was moved indoors to Gilley's Dallas. A brilliant move, I think.

Grant and I were proud to support this amazing cause & support one of my dearest friends who was on the committee of 100 women that make this event happen.
A ball sounds like a formal event, but not this one. Everyone is instructed to leave their tux, ball gowns and stilettos at home. Cowboy boots, cowboy hats and anything that falls in the category is what you'll see. I opted for a cream dress and boots, my Twine and Twig antler necklace, my bespoke Edie Parker for some bling and a little turquoise jewelry (some new, some vintage). 
Guitars owned and played on by some of country music's best!
Loved this ferris wheel at the event…how fun would it be to have one of these at your next soiree?!
After a warm up band and live auction it was time for Kenny Chesney to take the stage. And boy, he delivered!!!
The bonus was spending an evening with longtime friends, dancing the night away for a good cause. And, no….it didn't rain!

Here's to giving cancer the boot!

images: ppt

Friday, October 17, 2014

Elegant Entertaining - The Enchanted Home

Some days are just better than normal. What's even more fun is when you know the day is going to be better than normal! Tuesday was that kind of day. 

Tina, the friendly voice behind the staggeringly popular blog, The Enchanted Home, hosted a group of Northeast blogger friends for lunch at her enchanted home. If you read her blog (and if you don't, you should be), you know that she has spent the past 4 years lovingly and painstakingly planning every inch of this jaw-dropping home. She has the eye of a veteran interior designer, a love of all things blue and white, and the generosity of the most discerning hostess. Enchanted indeed!

Upon arrival, we were escorted to the covered patio for bellinis and crostinis (that sounds like a party right there!). Sorry, no photo of the bellini because I was enjoying it while chatting with this amazing group of women. Trust me…it was delicious!
Next, we lingered over lunch in Tina's elegant dining room. So civilized!!!
 Bloggers are creative and thoughtful people….there were favors galore!

Chanel inspired ghosts graced these illustrated notecards from Jeanne, who flew all the way from Seattle! And, yes, she takes custom orders.
Karolyn painted these chinoiserie inspired blue and white pumpkins with our initials. Amazing and perfectly coordinated with Tina's blue and white collection.
Carolyn and Cynthia of Diane James Home brought gilted holiday delight!
Among the amazing dishes Tina made herself was this velvety smooth autumn soup and a to-die-for chicken salad. I am SO using her recipes and styling. The addition of the green apple slices and pepitas on the salad just say FALL! You can see her prep and get the recipes for all her dishes here.
We gathered in her kitchen once lunch was over, taking it all in. The scale of the home is obviously sizable, but because of Tina's choice of materials, each room exudes a coziness that you would not normally associate with a home of its size. 
Like a group of grown up Cinderellas, we each had to dash back into our real life's for school pickups and work, but the joy of being together and being treated to such a magical day lingers even now.

Wherever friends gather and thought has gone into the event, amazing memories will be made. Here's to making amazing memories of your own!
images: ppt, the enchanted home, the relished roost

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gracious Giving - Julia B

 I've been a huge fan of Julia B ever since she had her shop in Greenwich and helped me with this project. But, yesterday, I made a new connection and realized we share a mutual friend.

With gift giving season around the corner, whether you want something personalized or not, Julia has couture linen items that are sure to please.
 A more recent addition is her vintage collection of porcelain, silver and glass objects. 
Circa 1840, perfect for powder room soaps, jewelry or cocktail condiments
Toast rack, circa 1950
Decanter, Circa 1870

And, there's nothing wrong with gifting yourself! You deserve to live beautifully!

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