Gracious Living

Miles Redd's Tips for Decorating

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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[...]

Big Game Tailgate Cocktails

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There's nothing like good tailgate cocktails! The biggest game of the season is just days away! Today we will share two tasty drinks guaranteed to score big with your family and friends. Enjoy! - - - - - Cranberry Mint Julep 1 oz. cranberry juice 2 oz. your favorite Bourbon - mine is Bulleit 2 sprigs of mint 1 oz. lime flavored club soda 1. [...]

For Festive Floral Occasions

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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

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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[...]

An Apple A Day...

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Now, I know you didn't overindulge over the holidays darling, so this post is not for you... but you may want to have this in your archive just in case someone ever takes over your body and lives life like Riley! David Kirsch 48 Hour Super Charged Cleanse I love a good cleanse to flush my body and kickstart my metabolism after any (shall we say) excessiv[...]

Last Minute Holiday Gifts under $50

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It's getting close to the big day & you know what that means! Normally, I am a very well planned in advance kind of gift giver but this year I have dropped my peppermint ball! I have pulled together 50 of my favorite gift giving ideas under $50 & hope that keeps me off the naughty list!!! 1. For the hostess with the mostess on your holiday list – My boo[...]

Great Escapes: Holiday Travel

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“I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” always seems so far-fetched when you’re from the South. Immediately after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, the big tree goes up in Rockefeller Plaza and it’s officially holiday travel time in New York! Nothing puts me in the holiday mood more than a visit to the Big Apple, and I can start humming that famous Bing Crosby Chr[...]

Thanks to The Salonniere for Naming Me to Their Top 100 List Again!

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This article was written by Cindy Young Vanhoutte and originally posted on The Salonniere. After six months of querying more than 1,000 in-the-know influencers from Aspen and Charlotte to St. Louis and Washington, D.C., it’s time to raise a glass to the honorees on 2017’s The Salonniere 100, our annual list of America’s 100 best party hosts. From LA’s[...]

It's Time For An Authentic Comfort Meal!

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I love to take advantage of the last little bits of fall and enjoy a beautiful meal outside. The leaves set the most spectacular scene for dinner in my backyard, and the waiters were serving delicious food and cozy blankets to keep everyone warm from the inside out! Weather in late fall can be unpredictable, so while I waited until the last minute to deci[...]

Blood Orange Old-Fashioned Cocktail

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The Old-Fashioned makes a great wintertime drink. Richly flavorful, but not overly strong, it works equally well during cocktail hour or as an after-dinner sipper. Like Martinis, Old-Fashioneds are one of those drinks that’ve been around long enough to have developed more than a few variations. I want to share with you my version of this fantastic cocktail. [...]

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