Warm Up to the Modern Fireplace

Neiman Marcus, Fern NYC, Ignis Products, Angela Adams, All Modern, BDDW

Neiman Marcus, Fern NYC, Ignis Products, Angela Adams, All Modern, BDDW

During winter, fireplaces are hot properties for obvious reasons. Now designers are turning up the heat on these traditional sources for warmth and transforming them into haute spots for contemporary style year-round.  Continue reading

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This Easter’s Sweetest Treat? Lemon Mini-Pavlovas with Fresh Blueberries

Alexandra DeFurio, gibbs-smith.com

Alexandra DeFurio, gibbs-smith.com

When hosting Easter dinner, I always like to finish the meal with a wow dessert. These lemon mini-pavlovas from “Meringue” by Linda K. Jackson and Jennifer Evans Gardner are that, and then some. While the authors dub their recipe as ideal for summer, I think it’s also just right for Easter, too. The mix of flavors are springtime fresh. And who wouldn’t want to indulge in one of these pretty little pavlovas while sipping tea in the shade as kids hunt for eggs on the lawn? Continue reading

Hey, Cookie!

Anthropologie.com

Anthropologie.com

Santa’s not the only one who’s into cookies. That’s why cookie jars are the perfect gift, especially this year. Why? Because designers have put a stylish spin on these snack keepers that’s witty, whimsical and downright fun. Continue reading

Double-Duty Pumpkin Pleasers

 

NeimanMarcus.com

NeimanMarcus.com

While friends around me are channeling their inner Munsters and focused on All Hallow’s Eve, I’m hunting for pumpkin decor that works for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Why? Because double-duty decor saves time and makes smart money sense. Continue reading

At Home with Robert Edsel of The Monuments Men

MonumentsMenFoundation.org

MonumentsMenFoundation.org

I’ve called Dallas home for over two decades.  I’m drawn to its bigger-than-life swagger and can-do spirit.  Yet, much as I adore this city’s focus on the future, I’ve also lamented its tendency to replace the old with new faster than you can say, “How do I get to Neiman Marcus from here?” Although I like shiny, bright as much as the next person, there’s much to be said for homes with history because of the stories they tell and the design integrity they reveal.  Continue reading

Guy Gifts We Girls Want, Too

Tria Giovan, CountryLiving.com

Tria Giovan, CountryLiving.com

Guys, it’s time to shop for your wife (or girlfriend) and mom.  If you dread the mall crawl, take heart.  Here’s a place to shop you may not have considered (and from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy recliner, no less!).  It’s the “Gifts for Men” section on websites.  Continue reading

This Mother’s Day, Get Clever

Mother’s Day is nearly here, so get cracking.  Candles and books–she’s got enough of them to open a fragrance-filled book store.  This year,  think outside the box. Give Mom something to chirp about. Continue reading