Archive for the ‘entertaining’ Category


StyleBlueprint

  Online magazine StyleBlueprint just featured my new book, Past Present, with a piece featuring 10 new tips about living with heirlooms and antiques. Previously unpublished photographs add a fun twist to this article by Lauren Helmer. You can read the article below or find it at http://bluepr.in/29LhUSt. And please, if you have any photos […]

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If the dish fits…part 2

    Tip 22, part 2:  If the dish fits…USE it     This late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement tea service is one of my favorite possessions, partly because it belonged to my beloved grandmother, who had eccentric taste, and partly because I share her taste. I try to keep it in sight all the time, […]

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If the dish fits…

    Tip 22 part 1:  If the dish fits….     If the candy dish fits…or any other infrequently trotted out piece of silver, cut glass, porcelain, or whatever….USE it.     I moved into my Charleston house in December, so discovering what flowers bloom in the garden each season is an unfolding delight. […]

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Bring your imagination to the table

  Well, I thought 20 tips about living with heirlooms and antiques would suffice, but I’ve got so many more ideas! My readers are telling me they want more, too, so here we go with another 20 ideas about beautiful and unusual ways to use the things you love.   Tip 21: Bring your imagination to […]

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Lecture at The Charleston Library Society

  Please join me for the inaugural event celebrating Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques         Lecture and Booksigning on Thursday, May 5, 6:00 PM The Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street Charleston, South Carolina (843) 723-9912         Providing a sneak peak inside my new book, the lecture […]

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Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

      Not everyone knows how to live comfortably with antiques and heirlooms—especially more formal ones. We are tempted to treat them with awe and even anxiety—don’t use the “real” china…it might get chipped. Don’t sit in that chair…it’s a hundred years old…and it’s French! Don’t put that Directoire armchair next to the Danish […]

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Design Destinations: Savannah Style (Part I)

  I first visited Savannah one April nearly twenty years ago with my husband Thomas for our first wedding anniversary. I still remember waking up and walking through the courtyard of our inn, the Eliza Thompson House [elizathompsonhouse.com]and being charmed by cascades of Lady Banksia roses, the sound of bells, and the scent of spring. […]

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The Southern Cosmopolitan Travels

Join me as I travel to East Hampton, New York, for an exhibition of Dominy furniture  and a Southern expatriate supper I recently spent the weekend at the East Hampton home of voracious and omnivorous collectors Glenn Purcell and Charles Keller. During the last several years, they have developed an obsession with furniture made in […]

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Southern Cosmopolitan Garden Party

Being a Southern Cosmopolitan (or a Cosmopolite Southernista, which I was delighted to be dubbed by Veranda magazine in their July/August book pages) is not only about decorating with style. It is also about living with charm, elegance, a lot of individuality, and a little bit of humor. To celebrate the launch of this online […]

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