My Southern Christmas-15712

My Southern Christmas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Tis the season for yuletide and cheer! Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. But 2016 is a turning point for the holiday in my household because I am now a parent. Growing up, my mom and dad made sure the season was filled with whimsy, warmth, and love. And seeing my 1-year-old daughter wave cheerily to Christmas trees and blow kisses at animatronic Santas, I know that it is now my turn to turn up …

How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party-15688

How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party

Special thanks to Coravin for sponsoring this post! We have all been there. The last party guest has just left the house and you finally have a chance to quickly clean up before you knock out for the night. As you walk through the living room picking up used napkins, dirty appetizer plates, and empty glasses, you come across the dreaded half-drunk bottle of wine. You sigh and silently pray that it is the only one. But then you go into the kitchen. Your prayers were for naught. Not only are there 3 half-empty wine bottles on the counter, there …

Ice Wine Holder for Georges Duboeuf 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau-15580

Ice Wine Holder for Georges Duboeuf 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau

With just a little over a week until Thanksgiving, we are about to be catapulted into the holiday season. Before you know it, your in-laws are going to be pouring into your house like locusts on the eve of the apocalypse. And like those bugs, they are going to decimate everything in their path: The perfectly plated hor d’oeurves, blink and they’re gone. The berry pie that took 16 hours to make, looks like a crumbly murder scene within 5 minutes. The ham you meticulously brushed honey on, carved into inedible scraps of meat and shattered dreams. So do not waste …

The Vintage Suitcase-15215

The Vintage Suitcase

Vintage collectors hold these truths to be self-evident… that all vintage is created superbly. Yes, if you’re a vintage collector then you know that ‘back in the day’ things were often just made better than they are now. Better quality, better craftsmanship, better longevity. That is why I personally prefer an antique mall over a neighborhood mall. The items pre-1970 were made to last and you get more bang for you buck. Plus, vintage items always just look really cool. I’m superficial when it comes to looks, so sue me. That’s why my heart jumped out of my chest when I …

Autumn Entertaining at Home-15071

Autumn Entertaining at Home

The end of Labor Day officially marks the end of summer. And the end of summer means the beginning of the Fall. To which I say, ‘Yahoowee!’ I am an Autumn gal, through and through, so I look forward to this time of year like a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, fresh baked pies, and richly mixed cocktails. Aaah, I cannot contain the squeals! The one thing I am remise to say goodbye to is the unique feel of a patio party. In particular, there is something so romantic about the mood that comes with stringed …

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Crisp Summer Kitchen Renovation

Summer design is synonymous with beachy style. And if you Google “Summer Interior Design”, you’ll get a plethora of turquoise walls, starfish decor, and linen couches. This is a tried and true coastal style, but I wanted to highlight a more simplistic, subtle way to incorporate a warm-weather feel into your interiors. The husband and wife team of Kennedy Development recently renovated this home to give it a coastal feel. So let’s walk through this crisp design and analyze what makes it coastal, shall we? When initially looking at the kitchen, it clearly has a summery ambiance but the reasons aren’t …

LG Limitless Design Contest with HGTV-12408

LG Limitless Design Contest with HGTV

  There’s one thing that has always held true with kitchen design – functionality is just as important as style.  Often the former dictates the latter, but with the ever increasingly competitive housing market, style is leveling the playing field.  Consumers are demanding more stylish appliances with the functionality of a professional grade kitchen.  To which I say, finally!  You shouldn’t have to sacrifice either category to achieve your dream home.  That’s why we are loving LG’s new line of Black Stainless Steel Appliances. Everyone and their mother’s (literally) demand that an updated kitchen feature stainless steel.  Stainless steel oven.  Stainless …

Bella + Chef Jason Roberts-11076

Bella + Chef Jason Roberts

Autumn is right around the corner and with it comes a season of new and improved products.  Fashion houses aren’t the only ones holding Fall previews, appliance companies are as well… and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Personally, I prefer the sexiness of a streamlined toaster over the sultry strut of a supermodel any day!  That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to visit Bella Housewares’ headquarters in New York last week to see their new line of appliances and attend a cooking demo with celebrity chef Jason Roberts.   Upon entering the Bella headquarters, we were treated to cocktails and the …