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Tropical Summer Table

July 24, 2017

This was the first weekend in ages that we didn’t have anything going on and it was glorious!  It feels so great to be back in Charleston, even for a short while, and we had a weekend of catching up on everything: friends, work, play, sleep, etc.  We had dinner with friends both nights and managed to exercise Sunday so feeling back in the game!  On Friday we went out but Saturday was in and we set a lovely little…

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Setting A Coastal Table

June 23, 2017

One of the things I love about being in Europe is the culture of long, leisurely lunches.  When we go to the beach lunch is the main event, lasting anywhere from 2-4 hours, keeping us away from the hottest hours of sun.   It was fun for us to break up days at home with a similarly festive lunch after a morning at the pool.  We even took home from the beach club the tradition of the basket of crudité — a…

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5 Guest Room Essentials

June 22, 2017

We love having friends and family to stay.   Charleston is such a destination city, we have attracted many visitors and there are periods in the year when our house is full every weekend!   There are a few things I always like to have on hand to make sure that our guest room is very comfortable and feels a touch luxurious.   These items are easy to find and don’t have to be expensive, and the extra effort is…

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Evening Cocktails

June 12, 2017

We’ve had great friends to stay with us the last ten days in France.   My childhood best friend Lizzy and her fiancé Adam, as well as two of our close friends from Charleston, Augusta and Brandon, were in the first round off arrivals.   They were incredible guests — they noticed that we had a lot to manage with the baby and really ended up hosting us which was so spoiling! One evening Augusta set up a cocktail hour…

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Lilac Mother’s Day Inspiration

May 8, 2017

I am so grateful to be invited to contribute to Gal Meets Glam and to kick off the contributor series with a Mother’s Day celebration. I feel lucky to count Thomas and Julia as close friends. Setting the table has long been a hobby of mine and I consider it to be one of my great loves. It has been my thing since childhood – my first ‘business’ was party planning for children. I was 13 and I would set elaborate,…

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