The holidays may be over, but that's no reason to stop giving—or celebrating! Attention Atlanta-area bloggers (and readers too!): This Saturday the 9th, instead of wallowing in the winter blues, why not put on something pretty, give the kids to the sitter, and join us for a dazzling tea party and framing extravaganza, sponsored by Larson-Juhl? It's free for bloggers and just $10 general admission. Simply email
( for a spot. Now to entice you even more, here's my inspiration for the spread we're doing, a fully catered array of tasty tea sandwiches, gourmet teas, chilled Sauvignon Blanc, and delectable miniature desserts.


After nibbling on brownie bites and lingering over linzer torte, we'll start the program! When it comes to art and framing, I have plenty of delicious eye-candy in my collection to inspire your creativity. To start, here's a page out of Living with an orderly grouping of seaweed specimens hung from a picture rail. I love the idea of framing non-traditional objects—here, a cool, colorful collection of natural curiosities—in more traditional ways. The look feels fresh, sophisticated and modern.


This grouping, on the other hand, is more chaos than order. It's a view into Thomas O'Brien's Manhattan apartment, as seen in House & Garden. Thomas I've known for years, ever since my days at House Beautiful. This wall of images I love for his deft use of color—black, white and navy—together with a curated collection of graphic and figural art. What could easily unravel in chaos comes together in beauty.


Now for those beholding beauty at lower heights, I love the idea of a shallow shelf kids can see (and rearrange) themselves. It's a rotating gallery where artwork is stacked and shuffled, layered and overlapped.         


Then, once the little ones have grown up a bit, trade in the toys for a look that's elegant and fresh. Here's a room out of House Beautiful that designer Mary McDonald created for a little girl with big girl appeal. A symmetrical grouping of images, framed minimally with vivid green mating, feels done but not overdone. I love the way uniform matting can create instant collections.   


Here's another page out of Living I styled myself. Thinking inside the box, I turned sterling and silverplate flatware from the flea market into works of art perfect for a kitchen or dining room. The shadowboxes I customized with pretty yellow paper for another instant collection.


So I hope you've enjoyed a sampling of what's to come at Saturday's event enough to join us if you're in the area! There's plenty more in the works including door prizes as well as custom-built room vignettes I designed with Larson-Juhl frames in every shape, style, and color.


Finally, the part you've been waiting for, especially for those of you in far and distant places from Atlanta! To enter a giveaway for one fantastic framing of your choice, courtesy of our generous friends at Larson-Juhl, simply leave a comment describing the object or artwork and why it's meaningful to you. Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you in Atlanta!     

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