Archive for May, 2011

Extraordinary Wedding Invitations!

Picking out your wedding invitation can be very overwhelming as the choices are endless. This particular calligrapher will design your new monogram and custom the save the date, invitations and thank you notes. The look is absolutely gorgeous!

Please go to to see Danya’s amazing work and learn how you can get this custom one-of-a-kind look.

Global Warming!!

Okay we all know about these rather unattractive globe lights that were used in homes and that can now be found at the thrift stores or even still at a retail stores. A loyal follower Joyce Ann brought this idea to my attention and I think used in pots or a small garden space they look awesome! The price is right as well as all you need is different size glass globes, some mini lights and an extension cord and Voila! you have a attractive custom look for your garden!

Newest Additon to Southern Living Magazine!

My dear friend Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has recently been named Editor-at-Large for Southern Living Magazine, the nations sixth largest monthly magazine with nearly 16 million readers. Go to if you don’t already have a subscription and enjoy Southern Living every month!

Congratulatons Kimberly!!

Kimberly will be on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards on June 10th so don’t miss tuning in to see her.
Her latest book The Party Planner: An Expert Organizing Guide for Entertaining is scheduled for an August release. This guide will have ideas for decor, favors, attire and much, much more.
You can hear Kimberly daily on Dallas’ number one Morning Show, The Gene and Julie Show on KVIL 103.7 Lite FM. Go to to find out more about the show and the hosts.
Kimberly also maintains the RSVP Calendar which is a comprehensive list of Dallas’ finest chartiable events….go to to see the calendar and her blog! This is a wonderful service complimentary to all non-profits!
Kim is a busy, giving and talented woman!!! Congratulations. xo

Crayola Play Sand! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Okay how fun is this for the summer? Crayola along with Pavestone have developed this colored sand perfect for the sandbox, fish bowls, arts and crafts, florals and kids activities. It does not lose it’s color or stain your skin. It is available in four colors blue, pink, purple and green at your local Wal-Mart store!!!
Go to for more info!

Summer Sheets

Time to get those flannel sheets off the bed that were perfect for winter and change things up with a new look for summer. Natural fibers for summer breathe and let air circulate and also wick moisture away, which is, important since the average person gives off one pint of perspiration during an 8 hour sleep!

Cotton is comfortable, durable and affordable. I would recommend getting sheets at least 300 thread count and no less than 175 thread count, the highest I would go is 600 thread count because after that there really is no difference in the feel and durability. There is nothing like fresh pressed sheets and pillow cases to look forward to at the end of a busy day.

These sheets show are from Pottery Barn…go to to view their fantastic selection!

Fresh Air Showers!!

School is coming to a end and the joy of life by the water is about to begin for many families as they pack up and head to the beach house, lake house, cottage or cabin. I lived at the beach for 10 happy years and miss it very much here in land locked Dallas. There is nothing quite as relaxing as the breezy simplicity of shore life! I loved all the family times as well as visiting with our friends. But I do have to say one of the annoying things about living at the beach was the sand coming into the house. We finally put in an outdoor shower and that solved the problem! I never wanted to use the indoor shower once summer came. It is fabulous! These photo’s are a few creative examples of what you could do to have an outdoor shower. Depending on your home you could mimic the the details of the house on your outdoor space as a few of these examples did. You don’t need a beach house to have an outdoor shower…great for taking the chlorine off after the pool or simply just having an outdoor shower for the summer at your home. Provide some robes, seas sponges and aloe vera gel and enjoy!

Lay back and listen to the waves, enjoy the natural light streaming across a sun porch and my favorite…bonfires on the beach. Makes for many happy, memorable memories. Enjoy your summer!

Memorial Weekend! It’s True Meaning.

While Memorial Day weekend has come to mean the beginning of summer, we really do need to take time out to remember it’s real purpose. We need to honor and remember those who have lost their lives while serving our country. So enjoy the weekend and kick off your summer but remember to fly the American flag, go to a Memorial Day parade in your town or to the cememony at the local war memorial and explain to the children and grandchildren in your life why we are so fortunate to enjoy many of the freedoms we have.

Stay safe and have fun!

Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills

Greystone Estate is a 1920’s residence that is usually closed to the public and owned by the City of Beverly Hills. A few years ago they did a Designer Showcase and brought the home back to life and did some restoration, and that is what these photographs are from. I was there several months ago with my girlfriend and I have to say it is very sad to see such a grand manor just left empty now. One imagines the kind of parties that were once held there and the fabulous furnishings, all gone now. Several years ago 28 of the country’s top designers where asked to participate in a benefit to restore this magnificient English gothic revival manor.

Greystone is on a little over 12 acres in the heart of Beverly Hills. It was orignally owned by the Doheny Family who were very successful in the discovering of oil in the Los Angeles area. The gardens are beautifully mantained by the city and are worth the trip to walk around the property which is free to the public.

Fairy Berry Lights

Lighting can make all the difference in your event taking it from mundane to dramatic. Just like lighting in your home or outdoors, lighting is as important of a factor as your furnishings. Think how lighting plays such a huge role in movies, plays and our daily life.
Well I thought you should know about the fairy berries! These can be used in lawns, gardens, trees, shrubs, pools, ponds or fountains. They are a great decorative light and fade off and on like a firefly! Thought these could be lots of fun. A box of 50 is $115.00.