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Loving This Color

January 4, 2012
Heather Garrett Design contemporary living room
contemporary living room design by raleigh interior designer Heather Garrett Design

My husband and I visited some model homes yesterday. We’re looking to downsize and looking forward to one-floor living. The color on the walls in these photos is very close to the color in the great room of one of the models we saw. You know I didn’t leave without asking the Realtor for the paint color. It was Sherwin Williams’ Griffin-SW7026. They had paired it with an interesting gold color (also Sherwin Williams) Mannered Gold-SW6130. I wish I’d snapped some shots. I’m going to lose my blogging credentials if I don’t watch out.

Salon with Custom Plaster Ceiling traditional living room
traditional living room design by chicago architect dSPACE Studio Ltd


December 30, 2011

Just when I think I could go all neutral I see a room like this. There’s something about color, especially tomato red/coral tones, that makes me feel all comfy inside, and then there’s that small-medium-large pattern thing that I thought I got out of my system in the nineties.

A small-scale circle pattern dots the window draperies, while a medium pattern is found on the Roman shades, and a large-scale circular pattern covers the bedding.BHG

How to Sew a French Seam

December 30, 2011

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Eating Well’s Top 50 Recipes of 2011

December 27, 2011

The New Year is on the horizon, and that means it’s time for clean slates and low-cal plates. Eating Well is sharing 50 of their most popular recipes of 2011. The following are a few of my favorites; be sure to check out all 50 to find your favorites.

Creamy Avocado and White Bean Wrap

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

I posted this Chicken Divan recipe earlier this year.



8 New Hanukkah Classics

December 18, 2011

What is a new classic? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Maybe not. Check out all 8 New Classic recipes at Food 52, and add a twist to your holiday.

Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives by Micki Barzilay

Ima’s Challah by Rivka


Kitchen Gadgets

December 14, 2011

Don’t you love kitchen gadgets? I do, as long as they are truly useful and easy to store. I found these fun and interesting time-saving tools for the kitchen at Real Simple.  My faves:

Cuisipro Food Decorating PenGreat for kids. Fill the syringe with icing and decorate cakes and cookies. Remove the tip for fine lines. To buy: $12.95,

Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker

A modern day mortar and pestle: This sleek canister holds a ceramic ball that grinds spices, crushes garlic, and mixes marinades and vinaigrettes with just a few quick shakes. To buy: $29.95,

OXO Good Grips Potato RicerCreate light, fluffy mashed potatoes in minutes with this sturdy, easy-to-clean tool. Just fill it with cooked potatoes—or parsnips, celery root, or carrots—and squeeze. To buy: $20,


White Christmas Desserts!

December 14, 2011

Look at these beauties – fourteen delicious and festive desserts just in time for the holidays. White and fluffy or silky smooth. You choose, but they are all perfect for the season. Enjoy!

Snowflake Shortbread

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas/ Styling: Buffy Hargett/ Food Styling: Rebecca Kracke Gordon

Layered Peppermint Cheesecake

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Lemon Coconut Cake~

White Chocolate Panna Cotta With Dark Chocolate Sauce

Get all fourteen “White Christmas Desserts” at Southern Living!