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Good evening everyone. Oh boy,  I am starting to feel the madness of the holidays creep in ever so slyly. And you?  I am just taking deep breaths and keep reminding myself that I am doing the best that I can, and that it does always get done. This is me, who starts wrapping and buying gifts normally mid December:)

As I periodically do I share with you recent happenings in my life as seen through the trusty lens of my iPhone. Its a fun way to keep track of what I am up to and of course I only post the good, pretty and inspiring. No one (trust me on this) wants to see my bad days, tantrums while stuck in traffic or burnt dinner (yes happened on Sunday) lol

Anyway moving onto happenings in the last week to ten days, a bit more to share than usual……..


The above gifts were wrapped up for a special customer (think a Southern Charm star), the icing on the cake were the adorable gift toppers

And how fabulous are these new arrivals! Our cherry blossom Staffordshire dogs are on their way, these were the sample. Can’t wait to get them in about a week!


Gorgeous stocking scheming

Got in our fabulous chinoiserie container…the navy planters and pagoda pet beds have me swooning!

The stuff NYC library dreams are made of….LOVE this navy lacquered library. We are almost done in there, waiting on lighting, a chair and to hang prints

Look at this festive residence in NYC

Really liked this place, Dr. Smood, I would go everyday if it was near me. Totally healthy with a great variety and small salads easy to eat on the run!

Anyone else out there get a secret thrill when polishing silver? I love Wrights silver polish, my fave.

These items are always in my cart when I go to Whole Foods

Have you tried these bites? They are soooo good and guilt free!


Finally just 2 days ago took down my pumpkin table setting and started bringing out my beautiful Christmas china (Sasha Nicolas), chargers, flatware and mint julep from my shop (click here to see all silver) all subcategories are on left

Definitely using an abundance of white roses and eucalyptus this holiday season!

Palmetto Bluff flowers, made these for someone whose house we were going to for drinks

The next 9-10 (and above) pictures are highlights from a special fundraiser/evening to honor the life of a dear friends son who passed away far too soon. It was an honor to help with the event and honor his life with this beautiful evening, filled with company of about 130 people, along with world class opera singers, amazing raffles, great food and spirits!

We were fortunate to have so many incredible sponsors from Ferragamo, Nest candles, London Jewelers, Scout totes and so many more.

If you spy ginger jars to the right…yes those were my donation:)

This is only a third of what we had….so many amazing prizes!

The opera singers were sensational!

How pretty are these fabulous antique frames for my design customer? She is starting a collection

Having such fun working on this nursery, how precious is this darling toile! This is going to be good!

Warehouse candle craziness and getting out tons of orders:) It is our happy chaos!

And look what I saw the other day as I was getting out of the shower!

Hot off the presses, would you stop and admire how fabulous these new custom Scalamandre (fabric is Colony La Perouse) stockings are!! Made for a special customer and I couldn’t resist ordering a few for myself:) With the day I had I needed something pretty and uplifting!


And that is a wrap this week. Lots of pretty things, very busy times with a fair amount of stress thrown in! Its survival of the fittest at this time of the year:)  Hope this finds you well and managing the pace that inevitably picks up for all of us. Hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for stopping in and hope you have a great night. Until next time……

PS Last day of the Antcica Farmacista sale is tomorrow. So many beautiful holiday gift items and yes that includes to yourself:) Click here to see the sale

PPS Its not too late to enter the Holiday Love contest, but we are filling up really fast. Details are below- (click here to see the entire post on the contest)


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Kristen on

I secretly LOVE to polish silver… it is instant gratification to see it get clean so quickly!!!

Elizabeth on

Looks like a beautiful and very busy week. Love seeing all of your photos, have a great week.

Lucy Porter on

I used Wright’s for years. Now I love Twinkle. Give it a try. I’m done with Hagarty.

Lucy Porter on

I used Wright’s for years. Now I love Twinkle. Give it a try. I’m done with Hagarty.

Karen Markovich on

Any chance that you will have the Pagoda Dog Bed in Hot Pink. For our little Princesses!! Or can we spray the white to pink?

Lisa on

These are the best posts! So much to admire and drool over! Love all your new products, your clients beautiful library and oh Tina those stockings I NEED in my life? will you sell them? We started also making Açai bowls in our household and my kids love them. Super healthy and satisfies the sweet tooth. Nice post as always

franki on

Your table setting is divine!! franki

Jeanie on

I always love your posts, but I am seriously over the moon with this one – those navy planters!!! – that carpet in the lacquered library!!! – the absolutely perfect and darling nursery textiles!!! Would someone please come polish my silver?! I should remember to do it earlier than just before a party. Merry Merry!

Karen Schaubhut on

Loved the antique frames. Your customer is so lucky to have you guide her….where can you find something like that?.I just adore your posts Have a wonderful holiday season! I know you are very busy, but take some time to enjoy the magic with your family and friends.

Charlene on

Oh my goodness! There’s so much to adore in this post. The Julip cups are fabulous and the Staffordshire pups on gift ties???

Liane on

Just love, love, love your pics.

Donna DeMarino on

I tend to find joy in squirting on the Tarn-x, now that is a thrill but you always give me something to think about!

Kelly on

So many wonderful images! First, let me thank you for recommending a silver polish. I have bought several of your items now in need of polishing and I have already ordered Wright’s to help with the job! Thank you! Also, the toile for the nursery….I choose that toile for my son’s nursery 13 years ago! Different color way, but I fell in love with the story book characters and never tired of it! I hope your client loves it as much as I did! Lastly, that fundraiser looks amazing! Such a beautiful venue and decor. Looks like a successful evening aNd for a good cause. Thanks for sharing!!!

Faith Boggio on

I am going to order one of those Staffordshire dogs in cherry blossom blue & white when they come in! I love them.

Mary Alice Taylor on

You take gift wrapping to a new level!
Agree Wright’s Silver Polish is the best for protecting previous antique silver.

Marilyn Holliday on

I just polished the tea lights last night. I like the way Wright’s makes things shine. I am getting ready to have my Garden Club at my home for our Christmas dinner. Enjoying the Advent season looking toward Christmas.

Anne Marie O'Connor on

I too love polishing silver. I especially like to use “TWINKLE” Silver Polish Kit with sponge. Gentle, Anti-tarnish Cream. 1. Rub Twinkle over Silver 2. Rinse promptly with water 3. Polish dry with soft cloth. This is an amazing product, I have been using it for years. ENJOY! ?

Vicki on

So glad to see a picture of your sweet baby at the end of your blog. I did not see him on a couple of your posts and was worried that you had decided to stop adding his picture at the end.

Tricia on

That nursery is going to be gorgeous! That’s just my style!

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