to be or not to be: open shelving.

the thing about buying an old house is that there are always renovations to make. you want your house to suit you perfectly, so it’s difficult to not look around constantly thinking how you might go about upgrading. sigh. now that i’ve finished my bathroom remodel, next comes the kitchen, and ouch does it get expensive. i’ve got ikea cabinetry in my current... 
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a margarita for an english garden.

ready for a lovely twist on the traditional margarita? i think you’re going to love the taste of this one! Patrón has searched the world for refreshing new margarita recipes to contend for a place in history: Margarita of the Year, and i was invited to recreate one of the seven artisanal contenders — the english garden margarita. Patrón is showcasing the versatility... 
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sneak peek of sunset.

sunset magazine shoot / via sfgirlbybay

A couple of months ago I attended a styled event at Sunset Magazine’s gorgeous Test Gardens located at Cornerstone Sonoma in Northern California’s wine region. It was an opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes of a photoshoot for a Fall 2017 issue. I was beyond amazed by the beautiful settings, the great number of staff and talent to pull off this shoot and by the sheer... 
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vintage kitchen accouterment.

one of my favorite things to collect is vintage kitchen accouterment. wooden bowls, bread & cheese boards, white ironstone, crockware, pitchers and pottery — it all looks really great together when displayed on kitchen countertops and open shelving. i always keep my eye out for vintage treasures, but when i can’t get to the flea market i go hunting on chairish... 
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steppin’ up your valentine setting.

time to set a romantic table for two! i love it best when dishes are mismatched and these fit the bill for a perfect valentine-inspired dinner setting. try pairing vintage finds from thrift shops, or even renting casa de perrin’s pale pink & gold florentine chargers, goa brushed gold & white flatware and serve cocktails in their chloe gold-rimmed lowball tumblers... 
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