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Memory Lane

Have you seen the new special issue on organizing from Martha Stewart? I was surprised to find two projects I produced years ago as the Senior Style Editor at Living. For a bathroom without shelves in an apartment above Martha's carriage barn in Bedford, I had six brass shelf brackets nickel-plated, then paired them with lightweight lacquered trays for extra storage.…
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Join me in D.C. and Atlanta

If you want to go treasure hunting with me in D.C. or Atlanta, we still have a few spots left! I always love sharing my secrets on how to find (and reimagine!) the very best things at the flea market, including china, silver, linens, furniture, fabric and art. We're doing two trips to the Big D.C. Flea this weekend and…
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Black & White

Two colors I adore with pink: black and white. And who better to expound on the virtues of this iconic combination than celebrated interior designer Celerie Kemble? Celerie I've known for years, ever since my days as a decorating editor at House Beautiful. Charming, sweet and supremely talented, she's a bright star who's refreshingly down to earth. Jaithan and I…
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Pink Ombre Cake

Here's a cake sure to sweeten up the Valentines in your life. Pick up three boxes of your favorite white cake mix—or work from scratch if you have the time—along with a bottle of Wilton's Icing Color in petal pink. Split each box into two batches for a total of six, then add increasing amounts of dye little by little until…
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Join me in Nashville, Washington and Atlanta

Last summer's treasure hunt through the World's Longest Yard Sale has just inspired two more shopping expeditions in March, and I hope you'll join me! Our first stop will be on Sunday, March 4th in Chantilly, Virginia for one my favorite flea markets, the Big D.C. Flea, where I'll show you how to find (and style!) the very best things, including…
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A Rejuvenated Bedroom for Southern Living

Under a cerulean blue sky, on the outer banks of North Carolina and about a million miles away from her busy life in High Point, Elizabeth Harris sat quietly alone, listening to the sea, when a call for entries I’d posted to Facebook and Twitter popped up on her phone. Summer had just begun, and I was on the hunt, this…
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White Out

I've always loved white. It soothes and stirs the soul, and I never grow tired of its infinite subtlety. In my catering days, I cultivated a voracious appetite for ironstone platters, layering one upon other in precarious stacks that have since followed me from city to country. For inspiration and delight all about white, click here. Now, to you: How do…
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A Birthday Cake for Jaithan’s Mother

We were in California last week, where Jaithan's mother Rani celebrated a birthday in the rose garden of their home north of San Diego. She was the mastermind behind the menu of Jaithan's party in July, so I decided to bake her a decadent birthday cake of her own. Her favorite, she said, was either an Italian almond or a…
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