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Romantic Cafe’ Deck Lighting

When we had the deck built way back in April, I was determined to create a vibe that was relaxing.  A vibe that just beckoned for a glass of wine and some good conversation.  I fell madly in love with the idea of using cafe' lights to cast a romantic glow overhead.  I love when restaurants do this and thought that it couldn't be too hard.  So, after searching around a bit I settled on two strands of glass string lights from World Market, similar to these. After a little nudging, we managed to get them...

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A Breathtaking Online Magazine

I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite online publications, VERTICAL Tampa Bay. Its lovely creator, Leslie Ickowitz, and I initially bonded via Twitter and Facebook over our mutual love of local designer k. hendrix. We eventually decided that a coffee date was in order and an instant friendship was formed.  I am truly in awe of how Leslie has brought her vision to life. VERTICAL, aptly described as a work of art, is the type of publication that makes you marvel at the beauty Tampa Bay has to offer...

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Champagne Saturday: She Works Hard For Her Money

I might have mentioned that I'm hitting the road for two weeks on Monday. So far, 2011 has been pretty crazy with work including, even today, Champagne Saturday.  I've spent a lot of time here in my home office with a Diet Coke at my side (Katie this one's for you!).  But never fear, I'm squeezing in some fun time too! My home office is a room I don't show you guys very often because honestly, I'm not a huge fan of this accent wall.  Its not the accent wall itself I don't like but the...

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Kicking off the Holiday Decorating

After the whirlwind of family that hit our house this past weekend, the poor girl is looking a little rough.  And while we had a blast playing games and stuffing ourselves, the reality of laundry and dishes looms large.  Bleh.  So until I get my act together and get organized I can't really get all the decorations out.  However, I did pick up a few things at Michaels (with the help of two lovely ladies) to kick start the holiday season.  Here's what I've got so far. This champagne colored garland we all fell in love...

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One Glass Jar, Two Easy Holiday Centerpieces

I love entertaining and these easy holiday centerpieces are a perfect way to make the holidays so much easier for me!  With just a few simple adjustments, they go from Thanksgiving to Christmas in no time at all!  In fact, they are versatile enough you could use them or any number of holidays year round! I'm in a bit of a frenzy at the last minute every year trying to clean and make everything all warm and inviting for our house full of guests on their way.  Like all things I do in life, leaving things...

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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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