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Aesthetically, I've never been a big fan of colored plastic Easter grass. Even as a child it was simply at odds with my personality (and I may have wondered why the Easter bunny couldn't just tone it down a bit).... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Urban Comfort
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After a busy weekend of too many parties, I found I wasn't quite up to creating Easter projects yesterday, so I settled for the bi-annual purging and organizing of my son's room. Something mindless but productive. It's all good in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Urban Comfort
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I've done exactly nothing for Easter so far, but first up on my agenda this weekend are these striped eggs from the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. The technique is so simple I can't believe I never thought of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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"Who needs another book of paper flowers?" you may ask. You do, because Livia Cetti's gorgeous interpretation of this timeless craft is not to be missed! The materials are humble - mostly tissue paper, bleach, and green paper, but the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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The orange blossoms are nearly spent now, the courtyard awash in a cascade of yellowing petals, the pungent aroma lingering, slowly stealing up through the decay. When inhalation isn't enough to sate the senses, it's time to move on to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've got spring fever in my veins and the slightest signs of its appearance make my heart swell with delight. On top of that, I've been aching to jump into some projects with a decidedly springtime feel, but I don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've gotten lost in the rabbit hole of Carnival these last few weeks, something that is nearly impossible to explain to anyone who hasn't lived in New Orleans. Fat Tuesday isn't so much a single day of celebration as it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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It's all about Mardi Gras now. My dining room table is littered with masks in process, the marching bands pass in front of my house for daily practice, filling the air with a palpable electricity. The bleachers have cropped up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I've never been one to hang out with the girls, instinctively preferring the company of boys. The boys, they liked me, I liked them, and it was pretty easy to crack their code. Girls on the other hand, they were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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If I were brainstorming gifts for my son it's unlikely that a pencil holder would come to mind, but that's exactly what he's getting from me this Valentine's Day and I think he's going to love it. It all started... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I didn't mean to disappear for a month. It was an avalanche. Easter eggs, a spring party, and finally, a Halloween photo shoot. There was so much crafting, the more leisurely pace of February is a welcome relief. A relief... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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As I've mentioned before, I'm a complete Pinterest addict. Being a visual person, it works for me on all kinds of levels. But with more than 7,000 pins on my boards, I thought it was time to start unearthing the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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I finally got it right this holiday season, finding that fine line between enjoyment and overload, slowing down just enough to feel hopeful in the new year rather than drained. In the quiet spaces, I found myself thinking about the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Urban Comfort
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Wishing you the merriest of Christmases! Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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I like wrapping Christmas gifts almost as much as I like giving the gifts themselves. It's my time to experiment, to indulge my many different decorating personalities. I can go whimsical, masculine, feminine, elegant, modern...for that moment I get to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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It feels good to finally have the tree decorated. I went all white, with touches of silver, which just works in my living room with the wall color and the quality of light. Admittedly, I was having a moment with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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I'm finally getting around to trimming the tree, two weeks before Christmas. After last year's performance, things are looking up! But this year has been a first. It's the first time in my entire life that I haven't even stopped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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This week has just flown by. Seriously, where are the elves when you need them?! I spent most of my week prepping for the holiday workshop at Anthropologie last night, which was a lot of fun. I had all kinds... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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Deer, antlers, Christmas, Christmas decor, Christmas finds, reindeer Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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In my world, the turkeys are handled by the men. When I was young, my grandfather would spend several days smoking and tending the birds, the delicious smokiness following him indoors. It was the only Thanksiving turkey I can remember,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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We're at the point now where you either have your Thanksgiving decor and menu mapped out in detail or you're running around a little bit stressed (or you haven't thought about it even one bit, in which case you're probably... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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I've all but given up on Thanksgiving around here. This year my family is scattered here and there, relieving me of any and all formal commitments, pleasurable or otherwise. I'm beginning to relish the spontaneity of this Thanksgiving, it being... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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Are you in the NOLA area? Anthropologie has invited me back to cohost a holiday workshop on December 5. If you haven't had a chance to participate in one of Anthropologie's workshops, then you're missing out! They're a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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I'm a bit obsessed with mistletoe as a holiday design element, ironic since I've never even seen the real thing (how sad is that?!). But for the last year I've had a bag of velvet and felted balls sitting in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Urban Comfort
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I've been making my grandmother's (reworked) fig cake recipe for several years now. It's quick and easy to make and it's a crowd pleaser. Usually I make it and leave it on the counter and the pieces disappear one by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Urban Comfort