Exterior Decoration · Gardening

Summer Flower Planters On The Deck

May is the perfect time for alfresco dining in the Carolinas. The trees have completely leafed out, so the thick layer of sneeze-inducing pollen that covers absolutely everything in the Spring finally can be washed away. And the mornings and evenings are generally cool enough to sit outside without melting into a sweaty puddle. With… Continue reading Summer Flower Planters On The Deck

Floral Arrangements

Arranging Tulips With Flower Arranging Tools & Tulipieres

If you read last week’s post you know how wholly inspired I was by the spectacular display of thousands of multi-hued tulips which I had to opportunity to view during my recent visit to the Biltmore Estate Gardens. I would dearly love to be able to grow these showy bulbs in my yard but have learned, through… Continue reading Arranging Tulips With Flower Arranging Tools & Tulipieres

Travel

A Spring Tour Of The Biltmore Estate Gardens

The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, is one of my favorite places in the country.  Because George Vanderbilt’s massive chateau is only a 2-hour drive from my home in North Carolina, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring property many times. For my birthday this year, my wonderful husband gave me a weekend trip… Continue reading A Spring Tour Of The Biltmore Estate Gardens

Recipes

Burnt Almond & Orange Bread Pudding With Balsamic Strawberry Sauce Inspired By A Favorite Pittsburgh Dessert

Last week my two wonderful sisters, who I rarely get to see, visited me and we all went out to celebrate both my and my youngest sister’s birthdays. Because we were celebrating, we chose to order a couple of desserts to share. After some intense deliberation (as you know, sweets are a serious business), we decided… Continue reading Burnt Almond & Orange Bread Pudding With Balsamic Strawberry Sauce Inspired By A Favorite Pittsburgh Dessert

Holidays · Party/Tablescapes

How To Set A Fresh Fun Farmhouse Easter Table With A Bit Of Gingham

Recently, because I have absolutely no patience to wait for grass to grow, I made a quick and easy Live Grass Centerpiece For Spring. The affordability and immediate gratification of this project were right up my alley. I love the way it turned out so much; I thought I’d build this year’s Easter table around it. I… Continue reading How To Set A Fresh Fun Farmhouse Easter Table With A Bit Of Gingham