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When my girlfriends and I were in Laguna Beach a couple of weeks ago, we thought the idea of spending an entire day cooking a big meal, sipping wine and listening to good music sounded like an excellent way to spend a Saturday. So this past weekend we decided to try it out by inviting family & friends to help prepare an Italian feast.

The Menu:

Cheese & meat platter

Ravioli with sausage filling

Sausage Carbonara 

Caprese salad

Mix green salad

Grilled zucchini

Tuscan steak

Limoncello Cake

Even though my house wasn’t perfect, and I should have spent half the day doing laundry, I’m glad I decided not pay attention to any of that and just enjoy an afternoon with family, friends and really good food. Cheers to taking more time out of our daily duties to enjoy long meals with family & friends!

Happy Thursday!

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 From beautiful bowls and cutting boards, to plants & pottery, there are some fabulous ways to organize your countertop clutter and add style at the same time. Below, are some of my favorite examples.

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I love how Heather Bullard stacks her collection of cutting boards and displays her silverware & linen napkins in pottery and platters.

Adding a painting or piece of artwork can add a touch of personality, as well as connect the kitchen to the rest of the home.

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Jean Stoffer’s use of plants in the kitchen brings a lovely polished greenhouse feel to it — very nice!

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Above, Beth Kirby’s beautiful kitchen with all sorts of fabulous objects in it.

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SOME OF MY FAVORITE OBJECTS TO USE IN A KITCHEN…

1 .cutting board   2.Earthenware Pan  3.Copper Jug,
4. Jar  5.Triangle Cutting Board 6.Marble Bowls
7.Painting 8.Porcelain Cup  9.Marble Objects
10.Platter 11.Footed Plates 12. Marble Vase

Have a great day!!

~Shannon

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If you’re like me you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, you’ve shopped for everyone and your home is full of Christmas Cheer — HAHA! If I’m being totally honest, as of this moment, I still have Thanksgiving decorations up. So, today I’m listing my top 5 go-to websites to help get us in the Christmas spirit!

1.I love this shop, Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop in Lexington, Kentucky. They offer gorgeous trees, garlands, wreaths and a barn full of animals that kids can pet and enjoy.

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2. Home decor magazines like Atlanta Homes, Southern Living and Veranda are also great sources!

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3. Another website that has tons of great ideas is Apartment Therapy

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4. I also recommend visiting your local garden store to see what kind of gorgeous seasonal products they have in stock. Some of my favorites are Thompson & Hanson in Houston, TX, Petersham Nurseries in London and Rolling Greens here in Los Angeles.

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5. Also, One Kings Lane, has wonderful decor for your tree, mantel and table this holiday season.

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 I don’t want to make anyone nervous, including myself, but there are only 20 days until Christmas!

xoxo,

Shannon

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FOR A LITTLE INSPIRATION ON THIS TUESDAY, I’M SHARING THE EXTERIOR OF THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME. LOVE HOW THE EXTERIOR MARRIES MODERN WITH TRADITIONAL — GORGEOUS!

 

EXTERIOR HARDWARE BY SUN VALLEY BRONZE

THE MIX OF SIDING AND BRICK ADDS GREAT TEXTURE!

BLACK DOWNSPOUTS AND GUTTERS IN ZINC LOOK GREAT WITH THE WOOD SHINGLED ROOF AND WHITE EXTERIOR.

 BEAUTIFUL EXTERIOR FRENCH STEEL DOORS BY RIVIERA BRONZE

ARCHITECTURE BY BRANDON ARCHITECTS

BUILT BY PATTERSON CUSTOM HOMES

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LOVE THE FONT AND SIMPLICITY OF THE ADDRESS — IT WORKS WITH BOTH MODERN AND TRADITIONAL STYLES.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

xoxo,

~SHANNON

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I love this woven trend going on — from light fixtures to rugs and chairs — it’s all gorgeous.

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On my recent trip to Mallorca I noticed a lot of woven influences. I saw tons of gorgeous light fixtures, rugs and baskets. I feel adding some natural fiber accents can work for anyone’s home and love how it can evoke a sense of vacation and relaxed style of living.

 

 All my favorite woven accents from Serena & Lily

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If you’re looking to add a pop of color or that little something that will give your dining room new life, consider adding two wingback chairs. Not only are they incredibly comfortable but they also add a wonderful layer of interest.

d0faa82fe763abb22fc1f5f7e032de15Above, gorgeous green wingback chairs that add a lovely pop of color to this dining room.

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Love these white crisp ones flanking a rustic farm table. Image from Maison 

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Beautiful wingback chairs & color palette. Image from Veranda

reesewitherspoonelledecor4Above, a fun mix of chairs. Image from Elle Decor

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Or, how about this gorgeous set up — which can be easily translated to a dining room setting.

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Another beautiful example. Image from Jessica Conner Design

Some of my favorite wingback chairs on the market….

1. Anthropologie | 2.  Ethan Allen | 3.  Restoration Hardware

 

If you are working with a tight space, you can use any upholstered chair (as in the photo below). The idea is just to add a bit of interest and in this case, something comfortable as well.

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Good to Know…

Make sure that you know the height of your table before purchasing, as well as double-check durability of the fabric — especially if you have kids or pets 🙂

Have a great Thursday!

~ Shannon

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After taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends I’m back at work. And, I’ve got several posts in the pipeline that I’m excited to share with you.

First off, I have the final photos from my last project. Below, the kitchen being worked on —  tomorrow I’ll be sharing the after photos.

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North Hills Kitchen

 I have a really fun post coming up on pub houses.

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The Wild Rabbit

 I’m also doing a post where I  talk about my favorite item for the garden.

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 And, I’ll be sharing one of the most dramatic renovations to date.

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Townhouse Remodel

Lastly, I have a post coming up on how to put together a gallery wall.

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So stay tuned and Cheers to 2017!

~ Shannon

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