Anatomy of a Hutch – Holiday Edition

Yesterday, I shared four holiday hutches with you, and I referenced some tried and true rules I tend to follow when styling a hutch (pro tip: these rules also work great for bookshelves). As promised, Here’s those rules for your reference! Happy styling. Visually Divide Your Space Think of the hutch as several smaller spaces in which you can design vignettes. My hutch is split down the middle, so that gives me six easy vignettes to consider. Add … Then Edit, Edit, Edit This is very similar to the fashion rule that you should always remove the last accessory you […]

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The Hot Cocoa That Nearly Shut Down My Christmas Party

Whew, it has been a cold start to winter here in Atlanta! So, what better time to share my hot cocoa recipe? But, first, let me tell you about the near riot this caused when I debuted it at my Christmas party a few years ago. I was standing at the slow cooker stirring the next batch (yes – this is one of those easy slow cooker recipes!) When a group of children and adults came charging in with cups in hands and chocolate on faces (I’ll let you decide whether it was the children or adults with chocolate on […]

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4 Ways to Design a Holiday Hutch

This week was a busy one. I live in Atlanta and work in D.C., so you can imagine I spend a lot of time on planes. On the flight home Friday night, my mind began to drift to the hutch in my kitchen. There is a lot of decorating real estate on that hutch that I have yet to take full advantage of for the holidays, so I decided (somewhere over North Carolina) that I simply couldn’t get two full days into December without switching over to a holiday hutch. After stripping my hutch of its usual decor, I layered […]

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Drop-in Gifts for Everyone

Hey Y’all! Can you believe we are already into the holiday season? It seems like 2017 has flown by. But, the older I get, the faster time feels like it is moving double speed – probably because my body is moving at half speed. One thing that always gives me anxiety this time of year is getting caught without a gift for someone. Let’s be honest, there is always some well-meaning, lovely person who throws the game off with her extension of a kind token of holiday cheer. How DARE her for being so dang kind! Or, I’ll be heads […]

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Milk, Red Wine and Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I’ve just started a two-day detox. No joke – I literally need to hit the reset button and try to salvage what’s left of my gastrointestinal tract. So, what better day than today to think about cookies. Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you know I ate cookies last night, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them today. As I was pouring my milk last night, my eyes shifted to the bottle of Pinot on the counter and I had a moment where I had to decide if it were a […]

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Merry and Bright

I am someone who needs brightness in my life. I like open curtains with beams of sunshine bursting through, and I love color. But, I also love a bright white and simply decorated room. Chris and I have an interesting house with what we affectionately call “The Lady Room” serving as the main living space (this is an addition to the house) and “The Man Room” serving as Chris’ sacred, untouched place to find his own manly inspiration (this was the original living room). From my perspective, the biggest difference between the two is I have no say in how […]

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My True Love

On a November day, my Dad checked into the hospital for surgery. My parents arrived a bit early and popped into the gift shop where Mom found this Santa that says “My One True Love” on it. She wanted it badly, and Dad knew it. Skipping ahead – Dad spent Thanksgiving in a coma as well as their anniversary on Nov. 30 as things didn’t go so well. But, he had the foresight to ask my brother to make sure, no matter what, my mom got this on their anniversary. After all, through 35+ years of ups and downs, she […]

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