I’m craving  a hot bath with scented candles, salt scrub, and a glass of champagne.  The reality is I live in a rental with a tub not worthy or functional, a bar of dove soap and I’m too sick to drink.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

Wishing you a beautiful and tranquil day amongst all the craziness!


A Little Twist on Southern Traditional

I have been sick for the last week.  Between the tissues, Nyquil, Advil sinus pills and coughing, sniffling, and sore throat, I have gone into hibernation.  It’s very rare, even when I’m sick to stay away from email, even for work but this has knocked me on my behind.  Today was the first day, I had the energy to pick up something to read.  I came across this article in Southern Living on designer Angie Hranowsky and a house she did in Charleston – I found it refreshing.  Southern interiors are not unusually my personal style.  I can appreciate them for the high quality furniture, textiles, etc., but it is usually a little more stiff for my personal taste.  What stood out for me in Angie’s design for a couple in Charleston is her traditional style with a little twist.

There is nothing like a porch.  I don’t understand people who have them and never sit on them.  I drink my coffee on mine, read books, or just want to enjoy the silence of the morning.   I love Southern porches especially this one with it’s high ceiling and oversized shutters with pillars.  Looks heavenly.  I could imagine growing old here. Porch

The living room below says classy and timeless with it’s formal look lightened up with interesting art which tied into the colors of the traditional carpet.  I love the quiet elegance of this room.  Formal without being over the top.

 Living Room

This was exciting for me to see a traditional table that you would normally see with matching chairs paired with Chinese Chippendale bamboo styled chairs.    Great use of color on the walls paired with abstract art breaks up the room that could normally feel stale.

 Dining Room

An unexpected embroidered suzani found on eBay adds art, texture, and a pop of color to the bed.


Well it’s time for a dose of Nyquil.  Hope you all have a great night.


Anthropologie & Weddings

Everyone is jumping on the wedding bandwagon. J Crew has opened a new wedding flagship store in New York and now Anthropologie  is  launching their new BHLDN collection of wedding dresses, gowns, shoes, and jewelry. In true Anthropologie style, the photos are beautifully done and look very elegant.  Unfortunately, the styles don’t fit my body style. I’m more a Carolyn Bissette Kennedy dress girl.  I was just surprised at the price points.  Take a look for yourself at some of the dresses they are offering.  What’s your take?  I feel like everyone is copying J Crew, the best form of flattery I guess.

The collection below:


To view Anthropologie's new BHLDN Collection click here.   It’s very dreamy to scroll through the pictures.  What are your thoughts on the new collection?


Wonderful Sentiments


“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."   - Author Unknown-


Photo Credits:  We Heart It

   Have a beautiful day!


Valentines Day is for Everyone

Valentines Day for me always feels forced unless you are a bit creative.  Most people race out to a get card, guys order flowers and then your off to dinner..don’t get me wrong, I love all those things including lovely gifts….I’m really a simple girl.  For me gift giving is really thinking about your gift or doing something creative.  It’s not about the amount of the gift or how luxurious it is, it’s more about the thought or intention behind it. My all time favorite Valentines Day both giving and receiving was one of creativity, thought and attention to detail on both sides.  It’s one that’s hard to top.  I encourage all of you to go out on a limb and do something creative.  Instead of having flowers delivered…leave a single rose on your loved ones car and wish them a beautiful day, write a beautiful letter to your loved one and tell them all the things you love about them, for those of you that live in LA…head to the beach at sunset with a blanket, bottle of wine, and some snacks and enjoy the lovely winter sunset, etc.

Whether you are single, in a relationship, married or divorced.  I believe Valentines Day is for everyone.   Creativity can be for the singles as well…grab your girlfriends and a bottle of Champagne, chocolates and watch your favorite movie.  If your home by yourself, light a beautiful scented candle, take a bubble bath, get into a cozy robe and repeat above (champagne and chocolates).  Whatever, your plans I hope you have a fabulous Valentines Day! 

My favorite Rose Champagne.


These Edge Flutes from Crate and Barrel are sleek, sexy and affordable.EdgeFlute5ozLLF10R

The best truffles EVER!  Champagne truffles from Charbonnel & Walker which can be purchased at Neiman Marcus.

I’ve never been a red rose person.  I love pink roses…why not bottle them up in a candle.  Diptyque Pink Rose Candle

I’m dying to hear from all of you. What was your best Valentines Day EVER?  What was the most creative thing you ever did for someone?


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