Gracious Living

The Twelve Gifted Days of Christmas

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 With the holiday upon us I thought it would be a fun diversion to find gifts inspired by the perennial classic holiday song.  Hope you can find something here for your true love! Embroidered Valentino Gown Wear your partridge on a tulle tree?  Sure to dazzle at any holiday soiree in this confection. Hermes Silk Tie A pair of doves for the one you lo[...]

Liz Lapidus' Tips for Your Chanukah Celebration

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My dear friend, Liz Lapidus, shared her personal touches to a Chanukah Celebration! Enjoy! In sustenance and ceremony,  we honor Chanukah with traditions. As with all holidays – I like to stick with tradition and add my own personal touch. The first call I make is to my fabulous florist John McDonald at Twelve. He always brings the "WOW" factor to any event[...]

Great 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[...]

Gracious Living: Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

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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[...]

Beauty Meets Luxury

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"Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic." – Rosalind Russell I strive to surround myself with beauty and joy—it encourages, in me, a creative state of mind. So imagine my delight when I discovered a luxurious, yet natural skin care regimen that works as beautifully as it looks. Sapelo (SAP a LOW) is based on my own lifestyle philosophy – beau[...]

Mark D. Sikes: Land's End Background

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The following post "Land's End Background" is from Mark D. Sikes: Chic People, Glamorous Places, Stylish Things, originally posted on on July 29, 2017. DR: One of my favorite things about the design industry is the incredible support from fellow designers, like my good friend Mark D Sikes! My last post was on land’s end, the magnificent summer home Of[...]

Join Me For "Love It or Hate It" at LCDQ Legends 2017

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I am so excited to be participating in the fun & funny game of Love It or Hate It during the LCDQ Blogger Breakfast, at Hollyhock on Wednesday, May 10. Chairish Co-Founder, Anna Brockway, will be leading the game along with the fabulous Nate Berkus! Grab your coffee for an early morning laughter filled wake up session! Learn more about the event and r[...]