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Hope you are having a great weekend. Ours has been quite nice, went to a beautiful fundraiser on Friday that I was a part of, had dinner plans with friends and today we are supposed to meet all our boys in the city for dinner (my youngest came home from college).

I was in the city yesterday and the city bug bit me again, started daydreaming about living there again. But then I come home and see nature and all the pretty grass and revel in the quiet and say why change a good thing:)  Moving on…..



1 ONE GORGEOUS HOME! Thought this beautiful Buckhead home was stunning. Recently redone, I really loved the aesthetic which feels crisp and elegant still traditional with a twist. I also love of course that blue an white had a role in many areas of the home! Click here to read more about this beautiful home.


2 NEW MELAMINE DESIGNS. So as crazy as it might sound (except to anyone who has worked in retail) I am already fast and furiously planning out spring. That includes a new line of GORGEOUS spring giftwrap, new Provence planters, and some exquisite new blue and white spring pieces (will let you know on those as soon as my samples are back).

When I think of warmer weather I immediately think of outdoor dining and of course my beautiful pagoda melamine. It was a major hit and I am already working on two new colorways. Love Imari and the combination of orange, navy and white. After a lot of going back and forth to the design board finally got it right and have narrowed it down to these two designs…I actually love them both but would love your input. So torn…..but can only choose one.

They will include a dinner plate, salad, soup bowl and a few serving pieces. This all works beautifully with the existing blue and white, which could make it fun to mix and match. I will then be working on a blue, green and white set as well:)





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3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Always love to share these with you on a weekly basis, this is like a mini awards show of the best I have seen all week! Always hard to narrow it down but here are this weeks picks!

My favorite this week is this one because this totally melted my heart and almost made me consider getting another “Teddy”…..

4 ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLY INSPIRING STORIES I HAVE EVER HEARD..  Next time you say you can’t do anything, please refer to this story (and I will take my own advice)! Heard about this veteran who lost both legs, Rob Jones  and was instantly so moved by his story. I had to learn more, I have read a number of articles and watched a few videos on this incredible mans journey to run 31 marathons in 31 days WITH PROSTHETICS.

To think that he overcame his obvious handicap to raise money just leaves me in awe and inspires me to be a better person….these are the kinds of people who we all need to use as a role model for ourselves and our children. Awe inspiring to say the least! Just really moved by his story, courage and strength.

5 AN AMAZING AND EASY SOUP RECIPE. I made this for the first time last year and it was an instant hit, especially wonderful during the colder months. It is really easy and so delicious and hearty. With a loaf of crusty french bread this is easily a meal, and a really good meal at that:)

3-4 baby eggplant

4 large ripe tomatoes

1 large onion

4 garlic cloves

1 lb bag of carrots

All rinses and diced to about a 1″ size. Coat a baking sheet with olive oil place all the above on baking sheet and add salt and pepper. Place in prelit oven (350) and bake about 40-45 min until totally tender. Remove and in a stock or soup pot, add everything including the drippings then add 6 cups of vegetable stock/broth and 2 cups of water. Cook for about 20 min then in batches, start to puree. Once fully pureed add 1/4 cup of heavy cream. The original calls for 3/4 cup but 1/4 gives it just enough richness without going overboard. Garnish with croutons and fresh cut basil….bon appetit!

Croutons- Dice a loaf of french bread about 1″ square. Ina. small sauce pan sautee olive oil and 5 large cloves of garlic until soft. Gently mash the garlic with a fork and remove lrge pieces. Add cut bread and coat well. Bake in oven for about 10 min or less. Remove and add to soup as a garnish with the fresh cut basil

6. DEALS, DEALS DEALS AT DECOR MARKET.  I am working with a few edseign clients and for two of them we found some fabulous rugs and a few accent pieces of furniture over at Decor Market that are simply gorgeous!

But the real thrill were the prices, just incredible. Their early Black Friday sale is one to take advantage of. Be sure to check out all the deals and use code click here to visit Decor Market.

We got this 8 x 10 rug for one person dining room for under $400!

And this beauty for a bedroom for under $300!

Would you believe that a PAIR of these lamps were under $100!!!! Could not get over it….

7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY.  So I am curious about when and how you start wrapping your holiday presents. Do you wrap them as you buy them? Or do you do this in one fell swoop? I normally don’t start wrapping until around mid December however that is because we normally put up the tree later than many.

This year will be putting it up sooner as we are having a Christmas party so I imagine I will start wrapping gifts as early as first week of Dec which coincides with my much anticipated holiday gift wrap coming in that week! I cannot wait. So what do you have to say on the matter?


Well that’s a wrap for this weekend. Hope you are enjoying a great weekend, can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I made the tragic mistake of going to a mall last Sunday and literally never made it in, I took one look at the crazy parking lot and headed back home…no thanks. Reminded me of the holiday fenzy about to ensue. Really hoping to stay on top of my holidays plan and organization this year and avoid that last minute stress. Wishing you a wonderful day, until next week…..



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Good Morning, love all the pictures you posted today. I have already started wrapping presents and can hardly wait to use the gift wrap I ordered during the pre-sale. I wrap as I purchase and log gifts purchased for each recipient. It helps keep me in line with my budget and helps me not repeat any gifts to my family and friends. Hope you have a wonderful dinner with your family. I also loved your Thanksgiving place settings on your table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Another beautiful post Tina. I just love those new melamine patterns, I can’t believe they are melamine. Great color combination.

Love the story about the vet, what an inspiration. I will share this with my kids.

I am a last minute wrapper I normally wrap everything about a week before Christmas right up to Christmas eve. I can’t wait to see your table for Thanksgiving and hope your planning goes well. Are you making that soup? It looks so good!

Wishing you a very lovely Thanksgiving, as I’m sure it will be.

Beautiful as always, and the House in Atlanta Homes is so fresh and pretty! What is the name of your soup? “Roasted Vegetable?” Happy Thanksgiving

Atlanta Homes always knocks it out of the ballpark with their photos 🙂 love your SEVENS too! Enjoy the week ahead Tina!

Tina I live near Buckhead and the homes there are always so interesting and pretty. What a great post today – something for all parts of life! Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving! Julie L

Soup looks so good, going to give that a try. I have gotten lots of good recipes from you. And the melamine is just gorgeous I can see that on my summer table:-)

So being a planner and wrapping gifts as I get them, I’m getting way behind! When do the wrapping paper orders ship?

You have so much love to give I hope you consider adopting another puppy. There is always room in our heart for 1 more ! What a lucky puppy it would be to have you to love and care for it.

I’m a soup person! I’ve copied and filed your recipe to whip up next week, thank you! Hope your Thanksgiving is fabulous!

Hi Tina. Always enjoy your Seven on Sunday posts and was so buoyed by the wonderful story of the Vet as our gorgeous 20 year old grandson had his leg amputated in August. He is recovering well and has maintained a very positive attitude but knows he has a lot of challenges ahead and so I will share this Vet’s story with him. Thank you for posting it.

After the holidays you should seriously consider getting another Golden Retriever! You won’t be replacing Teddy, you’ll just be filling a void that was left behind when he passed. Also, think about a Golden rescue. Rescue dogs are not damaged. Many are just in need of homes due to unfortunate circumstances. There is always room in one’s heart for another dog!

I make several soups like this, and instead of pureeing in batches, it is easy-peesy to use a hand immersion blender right in the pot. The ingredients are all soft enough, and the clean up/time is far less.

Tina, thanks so much for featuring Rob Jones. My son served with Rob in Afghanistan and was within fifty feet of him at the time of his accident. Our family met Rob, his beautiful new bride and Mother in Atlanta near the end of his thirty one days. What an incredible and inspiring young man!!! My prayers and gratitude to all our veterans and the men and women currently serving through out the world. I pray for all of you daily.

Did I win the LG Mint Julep giveaway? I have been so busy and not on the computer much!

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