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Looking for a good stud!

Now I've gone and done it.  I have a racy post title, a double entendre if you will, which means now we will probably come up in all kinds of icky searches.  Oh well!  It was worth it, ha! (Sorry Kristin!)  But seriously, I truly do love a good piece of studded furniture.  Maybe its the channeling of my inner rock star, or my love for those chunky leather cuff bracelets I was really into a few years back, but I often gravitate towards studded pieces.  Plus a studded treatment can amplify a boring ol'...

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A Fresh Coat of Paint in the Living Room

Today is the last day to enter our wall quotes/decal giveaway! Is the time change affecting everyone as much as it is me?  My clock is officially off and come 11 am, I'm starving!  This weekend the change was an added bonus since we decided to tackle the paint job in our living room.  We definitely took advantage of that extra hour in the day! My vision for this room has always been to create a serene and elegant space where I can read and relax or sit with a friend and laugh over drinks.  Basically a...

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Caprese Salad Gets A Makeover

Caprese Salad

This weekend my Mom was visiting (Yay! Things always feel so much better she's around!). On Sunday I woke up and came downstairs to find her looking through a cookbook that Kristin sent me a while ago that's all about entertaining. We started looking at it together and found this cute way to serve caprese salad, and since tomatoes are in abundance right now, we decided to stop at a farm stand and pick a few up to give it a whirl.  We both thought it would be a cute appetizer for a nice summer...

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Modern Bird Studios, A Great Way To Cherish Memories

Ever feel like you have great photos and just don't know what do with them (other than show them off to all your Facebook friends of course)?  Or maybe you have a photo that evokes strong memories of a special day.  What now?  Well our friends over at Modern Bird Studios, who also recently participated in our big giveaway week, have a great solution.  Let them turn that photo into meaningful art! When you send them your favorite photo, what you receive is a special unique painting to grace your walls.  A great way to...

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A Sneak Peek at a Stunning Southern Home

Don't forget to enter our Kate Spade and House of Harlow giveaways! When I was in Florida a few weeks ago I was able to visit with a friend of my Mom's, Paulette.  She is one of those great women who are so warm and nurturing that you instantly want to pull up a chair on her back porch with a glass of lemonade and swap stories.  In addition to being all around fabulous herself, she also happens to have a home that would make any southern girl drool and she generously offered up photos to...

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Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts, a Delightful Ladies Lunch

Nothing feels better after a few weeks of late nights of frozen foods and take-out, then going to the grocery store to stock up and get my hands dirty in the kitchen. So that's just what I did a few weeks ago when I had a friend who was up for making the 30 mile trek to my house to hang out. Trust me, in the DC area coming from Virginia to Annapolis is like crossing the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon! Between dodging protests and construction it is not an easy task what-so-ever.  So why not greet...

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Guest Post: Sangria Packs a Sweet Punch

One of my closest friends and all around partners-in-crime, Kate, is amazing in the kitchen. Often when I host dinner parties, she's my go-to for coming early and getting the place in order with apps and cocktails. Today she's here to tell us all about how to make an ol' classic, Sangria, and just in time for summer! I was the recipient of this Sangria last weekend and let me tell you, it's crazy good! So without further adieu...

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Discovering Decals

A few months back I had mentioned to my friend Angie that I wanted to wall paper a single wall in my bedroom. I told her that while I wanted to tackle the wall I was too nervous because now that we live in what I affectionately call the "Forever House" I knew that in 5 years when I could no longer stand the sight of the wall paper I would be the one scraping it off the walls. Oh I know it would probably be worth it but the mental image alone has kept...

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