Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hostess Gifts

Now that everyone is writing lovely handwritten thank you notes, let’s consider some great little luxurious gifts to present your hostess upon arrival at either a small intimate dinner party or a large gathering. Continue reading

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Notecards and Thank You Cards

As one who entertains frequently, I am always amazed how some guests never bother to thank their host/hostess for the time and special attention given to any entertaining effort Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Entertaining

One of the favorite design projects of my career, is a small cottage belonging to George and Dodie Ragsdale from Raleigh, N.C. Their second home is a little cottage nestled in the mountains of Waynesville, N.C. and Dodie does “think pink”!! The cottage is a study in pink and green , surrounded by a sweet white picket fence, pink roses and peonies and beautiful viburnum. The design of this cottage is so “happy” and it feels like spring even sitting by the fire in the middle of winter, wrapped in a soft pink throw.
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For those of you that don’t know me very well, I must admit that I never miss an opportunity to go to a culinary school when I travel. And my trip to the desert of Arizona is no exception! Continue reading

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Desert “Palette” or Desert “Palate”

As a designer, it is always enjoyable to see different architecture, landscape, lifestyle, and culinary trends. On this trip, I was particularly interested in design and culinary trends. Continue reading

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