Gracious Living: At Home

Maintain a Pristine Landscape With ForeverLawn

Recently, Danielle sat down with Debbie Thompson from ForeverLawn to discuss how her company has helped shape the landscape of lawns across the North and Central Georgia areas. ForeverLawn of North Central Georgia transforms a tired yard into a landscaped paradise that looks lush year-round. Imagine, no more watering, mowing, fertilizing, sodding, or mud tra[...]

Paint It Pretty

This article was originally posted on Diamonds Unleashed. I am a designer known for my absolute unadulterated, unabashed sheer and utter love of color and paint. Peppered throughout my well followed Instagram feed you’ll find my coined phrases #paintitpretty and #colormehappy in the editorial of my photo feed and now reused all over in the unofficially acce[...]

Miles Redd's Tips for Decorating

Miles Redd, my dear friend, the most amazing interior designer and author of “The Big Book of Chic”, is known for bold color combinations tempered by old world antiques with a touch of Alice in Wonderland magic.  So we asked him to share with us his top 12 decorating tips for adding a dash of glamour to any room.  P.S. - To my fellow Piscean and man that sha[...]

For Festive Floral Occasions

What do you get when you are blessed with the incredible talent of Veranda Magazine, floral decor in honor of The New York Botanical Garden, a bevy of exclusive design houses and creative entrepreneurs at the top of their game? The Star of the Party Being a part of the Veranda New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner is always a thrill. It is an exciting [...]

Essentials for a Great Guest Room

My experiences as a houseguest - positive and negative - have caused me to rethink having guests in my  own house. Note: if you have so graciously put my tired weary little bones up for a night, please know this is all a good faith learning experiment ... NOT a critique!! MAKE THE BED COMFORTABLE. If it is an older mattress transferred to the guest room aft[...]

Host a Stunning Soiree and Enjoy It!

When you throw a party, do you spend the entire time worrying about every little detail rather than enjoying the gathering itself? When you see Martha Stewart gliding through her perfectly light-filled spaces gently placing “a simple tray of handmade pasta purses stuffed with gorgonzola and pear in a buerre blanc” on the outrageously complicated tablescape s[...]

Gracious Living: Hostess Gifts

Need a creative thank-you idea for the gracious host? These fantastic gifts are a few of my picks that are sure to encourage a return invitation. For more ideas, please visit my Pinterest page! Hexagonal Mint Julep from Mark and Graham This handmade nickel-plated brass cup is the traditional vessel for serving a classic mint julep. If Southern hospitalit[...]

Dorm Room Decor: Gifting Your Grads

I have quite a few high school graduates in my world this May. My son, Emerson, my god-daughter, Carolina and my very own intern, Kakki, are headed to Bucknell, Davidson and SMU respectively!  I'm so proud of all of you and I can't wait to come visit! The first thing my son said to me upon seeing the dorm at Bucknell, "Mom, I would never deny you the joy of [...]

The Amazing Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn is a TV producer-turned-interior-designer. He is one of's leading writer-producer-designers and served as design producer for two seasons of the reality-competition series HGTV Design Star. Brian currently runs interior design businesses in Atlanta and Los Angeles, talks a million miles a minute, has a small dog that looks like a[...]

An Interview with Designer Allison Cosmos

I absolutely LOVED the cheerful Miles Redd designed room on the cover of December's Veranda. I was thrilled to see one of my favorite artist Allison Cosmos art featured which really made that room sing! I love to share my treasures with my readers & hope you love her as much as I do! What is one thing that people might not know about you? I’ve been w[...]



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