Friday, July 25, 2014

Cheers to the Weekend


It's not every day that a girl gets Dom Perignon, so when friends brought some to dinner it was indeed a special treat!! Normally, I fill my glass with Veuve, but even I had to admit that this bottle tasted especially delicious. 

Since every weekend is cause for celebration, I think offering a glass to your guests is always a great way to start a party. Straight up. Garnished with berries. Perhaps a pretty straw (more for decoration). In a vintage coupe. With a sprig of lavender. You really don't have to do much to champagne to make it appear festive and celebratory. Regardless of the brand.
So, here's to you and the weekend ahead! May it be one to remember.

Cheers!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today's Tip - Mail Models

There are some things are just too much fun to keep to myself. Mail Models is one of those. I started stalking Erika's creative take on stationery via Instagram. She shares my love of snail mail and the ability of a professional stylist. Mix the two and you have a fresh approach that will have you begging for crisp, new writing materials! 

Here's a snippet of her sassy eye....but check out her site for suggestions and leads on where to find stationery, notes and cards that will have you loading down your local mailman before summer is over!
Let's toast to staying in touch the old fashioned way!

images: mail models

Sunday, July 20, 2014

S B Long Interiors

A short while back, I had the privilege of touring a friend's recently completed new home. Her previous home had been beautifully done, so I knew this would be fun. I had no idea. I. Was. Blown. Away. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this photo of the mudroom, which is where I entered. Wow!
The tour continued, with my jaw firmly affixed to the ground. Every room stunning. Transitions from room to room seamless. Thoughtful details throughout. And I was immediately intrigued about the interior designer, Susan Bednar Long. Little did I realize that I had seen her award winning designs in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful,  Luxe Magazine and D Magazine. Susan has left the East Coast for my hometown of Dallas, Texas and she is racking up the accolades.
Like witnessing a perfectly choreographed ballet, there is a combination of excitement and awe that comes over you when you walk through a home that is so incredibly designed. The perfect blend of livable comfort and artistic delight. A designer like Susan makes it look so easy. You and I both know it is not.

How do you strike the balance between comfort and aesthetics?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Breakfast for Two in the Garden

The oppressive heat finally broke yesterday, and it made me think how nice it would be to enjoy breakfast in the garden this weekend. Sometimes it's fun to make a trial run before you entertain...kind of like putting together an outfit for an evening out, trading one accessory for another, until you decide what looks best. 

In this case, I mixed old with new. My mother's Gold Florentine china (gold dragons flank the rim), Maria Daage chargers in pink, vintage pink glasses and pitcher from my pal, Eddie Ross, these new dragon-motif napkins from Number Four Eleven in Savannah (they originally appeared in Southern Living in 2010) and my new, wipeable linen Parentesi placemats from La Gallina Matta.
The colors coordinate with the mandevilla growing on my back steps. I love looking out at them every day!
I'm thinking coffee, fresh squeezed OJ, home made biscuits and scrambled eggs with herbs. With a little Chet Baker playing in the background. Now, that's a good start to the weekend!

What are you planning for the weekend ahead?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shine the Light on Giving

It's no secret that I am a fan and a collector of glassybaby. Over the years, I have added to my collection as a color spoke to me and have received gifts from friends. 

When I want to give something meaningful to someone, it is often what I turn to. For something so small, it packs a big illuminating punch. It's one of the few gifts that is handmade, goes with any decor, is pretty as is and even prettier all lit up. And, I love that it is a gift that doesn't diminish with use. How many things can you say that about? Not many.
As the main tenet of glassybaby is that they give back for every one that is purchased, I often like to find one that fits a charity that would be meaningful to the recipient. Do any of these resonate with you?
The world seems to have a lot of pockets of darkness….it can't hurt to create more light!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Let's Play Dress Up - Your Table

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We had the perfect mix of summer party + parent/child golf tournament (my husband, not me) + relaxation. The summer ideal.

Over the weekend, I was also excited to see that chic monogram company, Lettermade, debuted their series of dinner napkins. So, treat yourself to a fresh set of napkins for your table. Just like we change out our clothing for each season (you wouldn't wear a leather jacket to the pool), we need to change out our table linens. And, we don't need to wait for company. 
Dress up isn't just for little girls....and it isn't restricted to our closets!

Let's play and make things pretty!

images: lettermade

Friday, July 11, 2014

Outdoor Entertaining Decor - Paper Lanterns


This is the perfect time of year to host an outdoor party! And, paper lanterns are the perfect way to add whimsy and light to your trees or tents. I especially love the simplicity of tying on colored ribbons to add movement and color. 

Another way to add interest is to hang them at different levels and use different sizes.
Leave it to the folks at Martha Stewart to come up with a butterfly motif that takes flight.
For options in every color, go here!

These summer days will be fleeting, so whether you want to host a party or just create a magical backyard, pick a color and start hanging! 



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