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Recipe for a Grandmillennial Summer Table

Silverplate and glass candle hurricane with dahlias for summer table centerpiece

Follow my recipe for a grandmillennial summer table that is sure to please your guests and create memorable moments under the stars! When the cicadas start humming and the fireflies flickering, it’s time to head out of doors to partake in dinners al fresco. For summer is here and evenings are long, with cool beverages …

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A Rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving Table

Al fresco Thanksgiving in Blue Ridge Mountains on Christmas tree farm. Set a rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving table for 2019 with toile, colorful china, dahlias, and brass.

Embrace bold. Embrace vintage. Embrace color this year with a rustic Chinoiserie Thanksgiving table set amidst the rolling fields. Thanksgiving has always been a working holiday in my family given that we own a Christmas tree farm. There are trees to sell as families romp in to roam the fields, tractor trailers to load, and …

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How to Get the Perfect Ginger Jar Floral Arrangement

Blue and white ginger jar floral arrangement with dahlias and fern on antique sideboard with books

An easy 5 step tutorial to create the perfect ginger jar floral arrangement with expert tricks to make it stunning and lush! Ok ladies, I have a pet peeve to confess today: teeny tiny florals in classic ginger jars. You know the ones I’m talking about where the flowers just barely peek above the opening …

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Dahlias Don’t Multitask

Blonde woman in white dress and hat smells purple dahlias

A lesson from a dahlia: thoughts on time management, the power of singular concentration, and the pitfalls of multitasking. Dahlias have no fragrance. Did you know that? I wandered through a field of them and there was absolutely no scent. No cloyingly sweet smell like a lily. No bright effervescence like a gardenia nor exotic …

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