This past weekend my husband and I hosted a festive Christmas Party at our house! Since we both have our own businesses, and can be a little MIA when it comes to social functions, we decided early in November that we wanted to have a little get together for our family and friends. It is so easy to get caught up in day to day life and we don’t get to see our family and friends nearly enough, so we were both thrilled about the party! We wanted it to be a dressy and festive evening so the first step was designing an invitation that went a long with that theme. I called my friend Danielle Nance, who owns Noteworthy Concepts and has a plethora of amazing invitation lines including Arzberger and Haute Papier. I opted for classic ivory card stock with gold letter pressed foiled and a very fun lime green lining. They arrived packaged so beautifully I almost hated to open the box!
I wanted to keep the decorations for my house simple! I used a lot of smilax on the mantles and had candles everywhere! I love the ambiance a candlelight room creates!
We had a local restaurant, Starfire, cater and they did a fabulous job. Our favorite was the sesame seared tuna. Needless to say, there wasn’t a bit left at the end of the night!
All in all, it was a wonderful evening with the people that mean the most to us! Out sweet pup, Deacon, didn’t get to join in on the fun but once the party was over I brought him out for one last photo opt! Merry Christmas everyone!!
Several days ago, we posted about the amazing Trina Turk Frea pant. It features a beautiful Fall floral that has the most perfect color combination of gray, fuchsia, and orange! I started really thinking about this color palette and how drawn to it I was. When it comes to my house, I tend to sway towards a more neutral palette. However, I love to bring color in with my rugs. I realized after writing the blog, that my favorite rug in my house has this color combination!! I immediately jumped on Pinterest to see what interiors I could find that featured this vivid yet amazing color combo. I was blown away at the creative and unique ways people had incorporated these colors into their homes. Here a just a small selection of the ones I found that I love.
Some of the rooms featured a clean crisp background with pops of orange and fuchsia while others decked the rooms out head to toe in these bright colors. I loved them all! Anyone that knows me well, knows that I have a bit of a pillow problem. My husband claims I am a “pillow addict”, and I can’t really disagree! I love pillows and think they are a great way to bring in color without over doing it!
If you are skeptical or using bright colors in your home, another great way besides pillows is a great rug or an accent wall covered in awesome wallpaper. I absolutely love a great turkish rug and think they can do wonders for brightening up a room. If you live in South Carolina or close by, there is an amazing place called Scarlett’s that has beautiful antiques and an unbelievable rug room. That’s right, I said ROOM! I have found some really cool turkish rugs for my house there and for great prices!
I also stumbled across some gorgeous table settings using these colors. Tell me you wouldn’t want to sit and stay a while at this table!!
Y’all can check out our Pinterest page for all of the great examples I found for using these colors and how to incorporate them into your own homes!
A couple of weeks ago I gave y’all a recap of my recent time in Raleigh and at the School of Styling. During our time there, Emily March Payne (an extremely talented and sweet photographer), captured all of the details of the workshop including our own personal creations. They included our floral bouquet and our table setting. I just received these pictures back and had to share with you all!! Also, at the end of this post you will see the 2 dates and locations for the School of Styling events in 2015. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone!! It was such an amazing experience! You can find out more information here. Thanks Emily for capturing our work in such a beautiful way!
Woo hoo!! Today is not only Friday, but also the start of Labor Day weekend! Hopefully you have fun things planned for you holiday weekend. Whether you’re at the beach, lake, or just staying home I have found a great cocktail recipe that will be sure to impress any of your guests. Its called a Pear and Thyme Fizz and its oh so delicious. I found this fabulous drink on one of my favorite bloggers sites, Camille Styles. She created this recipe thinking that something herbal might strike the perfect balance between summer and fall since its that time of year. The ingredients are simple and perfect to make a large batch for your parties this weekend.
2 cups good-quality apple juice
1 ripe but firm pear, very thinly sliced
12 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (I like grand marnier)
Combine the apple juice, pears, thyme and liqueur in a large pitcher. Stir together, then refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to allow the pears and thyme to infuse the juice with flavor. Letting this sit for awhile allows for maximum flavor for this drink. To serve this fill each glass about halfway with the mixture and then add the champagne. Remember to remove the thyme that has been sitting in it and replace with a garnish of fresh thyme. This recipe will make about 6 servings. Hope you all have a wonderful long holiday weekend and Cheers!!!
This past Friday night, we headed to the magical Moore Farms Botanical Gardens for MuscaDine! It was MuscaDine’s second event and all the proceeds go to the Lake City Beautification Committee. Each year this event features a different organization and the traditional Southern fruit, muscadine grapes. From the decor to the menu muscadine grapes are the star of the night. Table 118, a local restaurant here in Lake City created a three course dinner that put muscadine grapes in the spotlight. We sipped on fabulous wines and enjoyed a lovely evening in the beautiful gardens. This garden is a hidden gem in Lake City. They use innovational horticultural practices combined with rural gardening traditions to reinterpret what it means to be a Southern garden. We would definitely recommend visiting this awesome place if you’re in the area. Click here for more information.
When choosing our outfits for the evening we were surprised to see that we both chose a Mara Hoffman dress. I shouldn’t say we were that surprised, her pieces are so unique and eye catching that you can’t help but be drawn to them. After we decided on our dresses we thought it would be fun to pair them with Megan Park’s bold statement bib necklaces. These necklaces are hand crafted in Australia like works of art.
I have found the perfect quick and easy dinner recipe that will impress anyone. Earlier this summer a friend of mine served Chicken Pesto Pasta for dinner one night and I had to ask her for the recipe. I was amazed at how simple it was to make and how delicious it was! I tweaked her recipe some by adding some tomatoes and red pepper flakes, so feel free to add anything you like to spice it up!
What you’ll need:
10oz Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breast
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 cup Linguine Pasta
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
Gourmet Pesto Sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
I prepped the chicken breasts by coating them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes. Season the chicken to your liking and feel free to add any other spices you like.
Fill a pot with water and set it to boil. Once boiling place the linguine or any pasta of your choice into the water and cook till al dente. Check the pasta’s package for more precise cooking instructions.
Place the chicken breasts into a skillet on medium heat and cook on one side for about 5 minutes and then flip to cook the other side for another 5 minutes. The cooking time will vary with the thickness of the chicken breasts. I used thinner breasts so you may need to cook yours longer the thicker they are.
Once the chicken is finished cooking set it aside for a minute to rest and then slice it up into smaller pieces.
Drain the pasta once its finished cooking and place it into a big bowl. Combine the chicken, tomatoes, pasta, and pesto sauce all together in the bowl so that everything is coated with the sauce. Add parmesan cheese shavings on top to garnish and voilà you’re done!
Looking at this dish no one will believe how simple it is to make. This would be great to make for a date night or dinner party to impress your friends. You can make it your own by adding other ingredients like olives, roasted red peppers, broccoli, etc. You can also make it healthier by switching out the pasta for zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
This past weekend my husband and I hosted our supper club. Through out the year a different couple hosts every month. I was thrilled when I found out we would be hosting in May because the weather is still mild and flowers are in full bloom. We decided early on we would set up the dinner table on our back porch because it is one of our favorite areas in the house. I wanted the dinner to be casual and comfortable but special at the same time. With hydrangeas in full bloom, I knew I wanted them to be the centerpieces of my table. Luckily, I have a very gracious mother-in-law who has a yard full and told me to help myself.
When I saw all of the gorgeous full blooms in her yard I was in heaven! It was like I was in the garden of never ending hydrangeas. Even after I filled the back of my car it looked like I hadn’t touched the bushes.
Needless to say, I got more than I needed for just the table but I knew of many many places through out my house where they would look perfect! I had a blast prepping the flowers and getting them into arrangements. Side note – Some of you may know this already but for those of you who don’t it will change your life. My mom taught me an amazing trick on how to get flowers to sit perfectly in a vase. You wrap a rubber band around the base of the flowers and it holds them perfectly in place! Try it next time you make an arrangement!
Another great tip for all you Nest candle lovers out there…after you burn a candle all the way down clean the remaining wax out with some very hot water and soap and you will be left with a beautiful vase. I have been saving mine for a while now and they come in very handy for a dinner party.
Now that I had all of the flowers ready to go it was time to figure out where all I could put them in my house. I found about every available spot and stuck a pretty arrangement! I probably went a little overboard but when it comes to hydrangeas, more is always better!
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