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books for everyone on your christmas list

Well, that was a hot blogging minute, wasn't it?  If the next two weeks fly as fast as the last month did for me, I'm in trouble, as I've still got quite a few gifts to cross off my list!  I had high hopes for sharing my Christmas decor today but the weather has been so crappy lately, making it impossible to get decent pictures, so instead, I thought I'd kick off the week with some gift ideas - books!!    Whenever I'm in a jam for gift ideas for someone, I try to think of things I would love to receive and, nine times out of ten, I end up going with a beautiful book.  Who doesn't love a gorgeous coffee table book or a delectable new cookbook?  I don't think you can go wrong.  There are a ton of new ones out lately that would make for a gorgeous gift (Mark D. Sikes' Beautiful and Ina Garten's Cooking for Jeffrey are among my latest favorites), so I rounded up a bunch here that I'm loving lately; you're sure to find something for that special someone on your list who is IMPOSSIBLE to shop for:

Beautiful - Mark D. Sikes / Beaches - Gray Malin / Domino

Cooking for Jeffrey - Ina Garten / Shake / The Southerner's Cookbook

Monograms for the Home / Meat.  Everything You Need to Know / A House in the Country

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities / A House by the Sea - Bunny Williams / The History of Surfing - Matt Warshaw


beautiful books for mother's day

Mother's Day is less than two weeks away and for the first time in what seriously feels like forever, I've already bought, wrapped and shipped my own momma's gifts out way ahead of time! For any birthday or holiday, beautiful coffee table books are always at the top of my list of gifts to give (and get, for that matter!) and right now, there is a bevy of beautiful books out that would make for a gorgeous gift to celebrate your mother (or to add to your own personal collection!)  Here are a few lovely tomes, from gardening, monogramming and cooking to interior design, entertaining and flower arranging, that any momma would love:

At Home in the Garden / Bunny Williams On Garden Style / A Boat, A Whale and a Walrus / Monograms for the Home / Linens: For Every Room and Occasion / The Book of PalmsPret-a-Party:Great Ideas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining / The Southerner's CookbookCharlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations / The Romance of Flowers / Mrs. Howard Room By Room /

What are some of your favorite books to give or to get??


shopping small: three favorite online home boutiques

I love shopping small any chance I can get; sure, there are times when Amazon just can't be beat but nine times out of ten, I would much rather buy from a local or small business.  If you've been following along here for a while, you know I definitely have my favorite online home boutiques, as I tend to include items from the same shops over and over in design boards, gift guides and even sourcing for clients (because you can never have too much of a good thing).  Here are three of my favorite online home boutiques that I turn to time and time again for gifts, home accessories and entertaining; with Valentine's Day right around the corner, you'd be hard pressed NOT to find something amazing for your bestie, your momma or even yourself!


Whenever I'm in need for a gift for a friend or client this is usually the first place I stop.  The Philadelphia-based shop is chock full of beautiful vases, woven trays, serving pieces, barware, candles and small decorative accessories with a vintage, nautical feel.  I never stop by their site without buying something.  My favorite place for small but thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gift ideas at amazing price points.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Bamboo vase / Round woven serving trays / Leopard lumbar pillow / Fish bottle opener /

Framed racing boat / Iron anchor paperweight / Blue and white ginger jar / Brass fox door knocker

Marble and brass serving tray / Brass turtle shell dish / Volcano candle / Silver mint julep cup

White porcelain star vase


There is so much to love here that I had a hard time limiting it to one design board!  From bamboo picture frames, gold dipped serveware, copper measuring cups and gorgeous, vintage-inspired tortoise covered books to chalkboard nesting ramekins and petite personalized trinket dishes, I always end up finding something lovely, unique and interesting!  Here are some of my favorites:

Bamboo picture frames / Maritime soap dish / Framed sea fan / Gold pitcher / Copper measuring cups /

Gold ring dish / Designer vintage book set / Chalkboard nesting ramekins / Gold dipped spoons

Squeeze juicer / Tortoise shell bound books / Personlized petite plates


I read owner Jaime Meares' blog long before she ever opened her flagship boutique in Raleigh and I've loved the eclectic roundup of goodies she's offered ever since she opened up shop!  Blue and white and tortoise shell reign supreme for me (the ice bucket is one of my favorite entertaining pieces I own!) and are at the top of my list of goodies she offers.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Antigua lumbar pillow / Tortoise shell ice bucket / Blue swirl taper vases / Tortoise tray table /

Double happiness ginger jar / Mini Cabinet of Natural Curiosities / Raja blue tablecloth

Teil Duncan art / Greek key trim pillow / Blue and white bud vases

Where are some of your favorite places to shop online?


7 fab christmas gift ideas that won't break the bank

I had high hopes for posting a bunch of holiday gift guides but I've been so overwhelmed with trying to figure out what I'm getting my own family and friends that it's just not going to happen this year.  I think Christmas is the perfect time to get carried away wasting money on things that you normally would never buy someone just to have a gift to give, which is why I'm always freaking out over trying to find unique, meaningful items for everyone.  It's exhausting.  This year, I've decided to keep it simple and so, instead of gift guides I am posting some of my favorite items to give friends and family - some of these I've given time and time again.  Most are on sale right now and all of them are super affordable!

My Atlantis clam shell is my favorite decorative accessory, going on almost a decade now!  It's on sale right now over at ZGallerie and I think it would make an amazing gift for the home decor afficionado, lover of the beach or anyone who appreciates pretty things!  I've used mine to hold everything from fishing floats and pine cones to Christmas ornaments and, this year, clementines, and it makes an equally lovely statement on its own.  One of my favorite gifts to give (and get, of course!)

I love, love, LOVE a preserved boxwood wreath but they can be pretty pricey.  This 22 incher by Smith and Hawken stopped me in my tracks on a jaunt to Target a few weeks ago and at $45 you just can't beat the price OR the size! I hung mine by a navy and white striped grosgrain ribbon in my entry and it will be a welcome pop of color and interest once all the Christmas decorations are put away!  It also comes in a smaller size for $20 here.

A Boat, A Whale and a Walrus is one of the most beautiful cookbooks EVER; I included it in one of my holiday gift guides last year and it's become of one of my favorite gifts to give since!  The photos are absolutely gorgeous, the recipes delectable, but what I love most is that it reads like a story by chef and restauranteur Renee Erickson.  This is THE perfect gift for the hostess or cook in your family or circle of friends!

A tortoise ice bucket is my latest obsession for hosting during the holidays; I use it to chill wine or as a makeshift vase and it even looks chic on its own on a bar cart or tray.  I found mine at Furbish Studio; I've had it out on my kitchen counter in a little bar setup for the holidays and and it makes me giddy every time I look at it! 

I don't think you can ever go wrong giving a beautiful coffee table book; whenever I'm in doubt as to what to get someone, nine times out of ten this is what I end up giving.  With Amazon Prime, you can have them delivered to your door in less than 48 hours, making this the perfect last-minute gift idea!

I love to give barware essentials because, let's face it, the holidays are all about celebrating and having fun with family and friends and, for most of us, that includes a cocktail or two!  Gold-rimmed stemless champagne flutes, a brass anchor bottle opener and Drunken Sailor coasters are lovely, witty and classic!

A set of beautiful, blue and white Chinese bud vases makes a great stocking stuffer or, pair it with a gardening or entertaining book for your loved one who enjoys having fresh blooms in the house.  I found mine at TJ Maxx, but Wisteria has a gorgeous set of four for $35 with an additional 25% off with code DECEMBER25.

What are some of your favorite gifts to give again and again??


christmas gift guide: fab finds for less than $50

Gift giving is one of my absolute favorite things, but with the list of people to buy for seemingly increasing every year, it can be tricky trying to find great gift ideas on a budget.  While I personally think it's way more challenging finding a gift on a small budget, I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a fortune in order to give a fabulous and thoughtful gift.  If you missed Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, there are still a ton of great options for gifts for everyone on your list.  Today, I'm highlighting some of my favorite gift ideas for less than $50 and each one is as fabulous as the next!  Here are my picks for less than $50:

This tortoise ice bucket is the perfect accessory for the holiday bar.

A bay leaf wreath smells as fabulous as it looks and can be used for cooking throughout the rest of the winter!

Who wouldn't love an oversize clam shell to fill with ornaments or clementines?

A black and white buffalo check cookie jar with gold detailing?  Yes, please!

A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus is my latest obsession.  Filled with stories of chef Renee Erickson's restaurants, seasonal menus and cooking, baking and entertaining tips, this is a FABULOUS read that should be on everyone's wishlist this year! (And the cover is absolutely adorable, too!)

A gold monogram wine stopper is a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift.

These honeycomb vases are stunning in person and so ridiculously well priced!  They look equally amazing filled with your favorite blooms as they do glowing with candles.

Colorful linen satin stitch coasters make a holiday party even more fun!

These gold and plated glass ornaments are a simple, stunning addition to your holiday decor.

You can never go wrong with a rosemary topiary!

This gold anchor looks fabulous on a stack of books, a coffee table or a bookshelf. 

Blue and white ginger jars are always a big, fat YES!

These colorblock mugs come in a bunch of color options and are a beautiful gift idea for the coffee lover in your life!

What are some of your favorite gift ideas for less than $50??