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December 18, 2018

Is it really better to give than to receive? At the end of the day, don't we give to make ourselves feel better about ourselves? Isn't the best gift we can give the joy of letting someone else feel good about getting us exactly what we want? So I'm giving you that gift...

December 11, 2018

Every year I pick out ornaments for everyone who is going to be at my house Christmas morning. There is always some kind of theme and they are usually personalized to each guest. For the past few years, in a bid for expediency in completing my pre-Christmas "to-do" lis...

December 9, 2018

Pomanders were a big part of the holiday season for me as a kid. These clove studded oranges found their origin in the French Pomme d'Ambre of the 13th century. Originally made of solid perfume like ambergris or civet, these balls were worn, carried or set in vases to...

December 2, 2018

Every year we try to get on top of Christmas, but Christmas inevitably tops us! With anxious stalking of the UPS man; frantic runs to the store on December 24th; dozens of cookies left unbaked; multiple holiday recipes left untried; and Christmas cards mailed out in Ja...

November 28, 2018

I've spent a large part of this summer reveling in the wonders of my brand new kitchen. Most mornings you'll catch me, just in from the garden with a haul of tomatoes, laying my sweaty cheek on the icy cold marble. Late at night, you'll find my husband with the fridge...

August 7, 2018

My kitchen project is finally in the home stretch with the cabinets delivered and appliances on their way. Last week I spent a literally fevered few days trying to settle on countertops and faucets in the midst of a bad flu. 

I had been going back and forth between marb...

April 24, 2018

The waiting game is almost over and I'm eagerly anticipating the arrival of the cabinets. After moving walls, putting in ceilings, measuring and re-measuring, selecting and re-selecting, we finally placed our cabinet order about a month ago. For the past four weeks, we...

March 13, 2018

By far and away the hardest decision in this whole kitchen renovation process has been choosing cabinets. Problem numero uno...kitchen cabinets are hella' 'spensive!!! Like really, unfathomably costly. And my cabinet dreams weren't even that extreme. Just some
plain ol...

February 22, 2018

The stove is the workhorse of the kitchen and one of the toughest choices to be made during renovation. I had my heart set on a semi-professional range for the reliability and high btus, so checked out both Wolf and Viking.

Wolf and Viking offered similar styling and fu...

February 20, 2018

About a week ago, I woke up to a call from the back gate. After hastily throwing on some clothes, I went out to let in our construction team. Jesus, our contractor, arrived with with a co-worker and immediately got to work tearing out the countertops, sink and walls. B...

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