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It is no secret that Valentine’s Day is geared towards a specific group of people—those who are happily paired off into units of two. It is also no secret that Valentine’s Day tends to have negative connotations for anyone left standing in the other group—single, party of one. Having occupied both of these groups at one point or another, I can understand the desire to celebrate your mutual attraction with someone with chocolate and flowers and heart-shaped everything else while also being able to sympathize with those who feel gipped by a holiday that is as unavoidable as it is exclusive—no way in, no way out.

My solution is simple: Make Valentine’s Day about all kinds of love, not just the romantic kind. Sure, if you’ve got it, go for it, but if not, don’t let that stop you! The whole reason I started “14 Days of Love” on Facebook was to inspire new traditions for Valentine’s Day that leave no man, or woman, behind. Why not celebrate everyone you love on a holiday specifically about love? It just makes sense! That being said, today’s post is all about the ladies—married, single, or divorced. The inspiration for this “Galentine’s Day” brunch came from the lovely ladies at Design Love Fest but Pinterest has endless ideas for hosting your own.

Step One: Select Your Sweets

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Top to Bottom: Heart Waffle Sandwiches, Nutella Banana Muffins, Mini Pancake Kabobs

Step Two: Pick Your Poison

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Top to Bottom: Love Punch, The Golden Girl Cocktail, Classic Mimosas

Step Three: Build Your Booth

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Top to Bottom: Heart Backdrop, DIY Polaroid Frame, Pink & Gold Party Backdrop

Step Four: Find Your Favors

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Top to Bottom: Pom Pom Flower Bouquet, Single Stems for Single Ladies, DIY Flower Crowns

Step Five: Grab Your Gals

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Illustrations: Laura Kay of Diary Sketches

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You are probably familiar with the old saying that suggests the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While I do believe this to be of some truth, what about us women? We like to eat too! Don’t get me wrong, diamonds and pearls are much appreciated, but a girl has got to eat. Am I right, ladies? And breakfast in bed—that might just be our favorite way to get our fuel for the day. So, there you have it, gentlemen: the best way to reserve a special spot in your ladies heart—start at the stomach. But don’t forget the flowers! Flowers come in at a very close second in the race for your woman’s heart; especially, for yours truly.

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The countdown for Valentine’s Day continues! Only eight days left so make them count. For fun gift ideas, be sure to follow me on Facebook to see my daily suggestions for “14 Days of Love.”

Special Thanks:
the lovely Haley Sheffield for her impeccable photography;
the handsome duo at Dynes Media for their mad videography skills;
and the ever-so-stylish Kaylee Daily for making pajamas look good.

The holiday season is in full swing! Thanksgiving was a huge success and now it’s time to shift gears and to start making preparations for Christmas. That means picking out the perfect tree, staggering stockings on the mantle, turning your front yard into whimsical wonderland of lights, and filling every nook and cranny with Christmas goodies galore from milk-chocolate peppermint bark to salty pecan toffee. (For even more mouth-watering treats check out Southern Living’s complete list of holiday candy here.)

There is so much work that goes into making this season sparkle which is why this Sunday’s table is a simple sideboard centerpiece that will look absolutely charming in the midst of all your holiday décor. This little set-up is great for whatever occasion your hostess’ heart desires. All you need to make this look happen is sage, rosemary, kale, sedum, cool wave pansy, agujua, thyme, and then whatever serving dishes you choose. After your guests have returned home for the night, these plants can do the same. They will last about a week inside and after that, they are ready to be replanted.

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Happy Hosting!

Thanksgiving is only a few days away so for today’s table I could not help but be inspired by the upcoming holiday. Thanksgiving Day is like the ultimate Sunday dinner even though it’s on a Thursday. The entire day is dedicated to spending time with family and friends, around the dinner table, with an outrageous amount food, and at my house, a festive tablescape is also a must.

Now, just because there is an abundance of food on this day it doesn’t mean that your decorations have to also be over the top. A simple display of glassware and bitter sweet is all you need to set your table, and the tone, for this special time with family and friends. For added fun, we placed pumpkins around the base of our display and just like that—your Thanksgiving tablescape is complete!

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Happy Early Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey and give lots of hugs!

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile”
-William Cullen Bryant

Fall is most definitely a magical season, with a unique allure all of it’s own. It’s as if there are all of these treasures, hidden throughout the year, that suddenly come to life in the fall. The way in which the warm sun and cool breeze work together in perfect harmony; the need to bundle up in over-sized sweaters, tall boots, and even taller socks; the sudden urge to build fires, make s’mores, and drink endless amounts of hot cocoa and apple cider—this is what fall is made of.

When one thinks of fall, the colors orange, red, yellow, and brown are usually close behind. This is a natural connection to make considering how these colors work so beautifully together in the trees above and on the ground below. This fall, however, I find myself inspired by a completely different color palette. Soft peach, mustard yellow, sage green, and copper are a mesmerizing quartet of colors that have me singing a brand new love song for this season. These colors look absolutely stunning together, inside the garden and out.

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  1. To Dress: This fabulous look, found at J. Crew, has fall fashion written all over it! Although this color palette is more common in the spring, I find the mix of soft neutrals with a bright, pop of color a refreshing look during this cooler season.
  2. To Display: This gorgeous photograph, taken by the talented Haley Sheffield, showcases a breathtaking bouquet by Juli Vaughn Designs. Again, the softness of these flowers are not typically found in the fall, however, I could not help but find inspiration in the overall beauty of this display.
  3. To Dine: I am absolutely smitten with these vintage, copper pots found at One Kings Lane. This amazing display of pots create an irresistible shine that will add interest to any classic, fall decor and will also maintain its appeal throughout the year.
  4. To Desire: If you find this color scheme as stunning as we do, here are some darling items to add to your fall wish list: A Rifle Paper Co. Peach Floral iPhone Case and this Leather Fossil Watch in Sage.
  5. To Decorate: A plate too pretty to eat off of! The exquisite artistry displayed on this plate captures the inspiration for my fall color scheme perfectly. You can find this lovely Watercolor Petals Dinner Plate over at Anthropolgie.

Sunday, in a biblical sense, is meant to be a day of rest. For some, Sunday means waking up early for church followed by a relaxing afternoon, enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. For others, Sunday means sleeping-in one last time before Monday morning sounds its inevitable alarm. Some people have to work on Sundays and other people view Sunday as nothing more than another day of the week. However, for me, Sundays are a significant day—the beginning of one week and the end of another. In my opinion, Sundays should most definitely be spent relaxing but also spent reflecting on all of the accomplishments from the week before and the goals and aspirations for the week ahead. It’s important to take inventory of your life, to celebrate the good and to improve upon the bad.

I also enjoy having a big, Sunday dinner with family and friends. Sundays are the perfect excuse to get together with loved ones, celebrating each other’s lives. For me, this means finding new ways to decorate my table each week. I know what you’re thinking—There is no way I am going to spend time and money on a different tablescape every single week! While I thoroughly enjoy the time spent designing centerpieces and arranging tablescapes, I understand that not everyone shares this passion. My goal is to show you a variety of simple, cost-effective ways to create tablescapes for those rare, special occasions or, if you’re feeling ambitious, for your very own Sunday’s table.

Sometimes, a simple centerpiece makes all the difference and this Sunday’s Table is about as simple as it gets. Find a container, something you already have lying around the house, and then fill it with heirloom pumpkins and tomatoes from your garden. Don’t let words like “decorate” or “design” fool you; sometimes it’s just that easy! Now you have a simply stunning centerpiece for any and every occasion this fall.