It never fails. The minute February rolls around I start to crave some serious vitamin D like nobody's business. Yes, even me, the certified snow queen needs an escape to the warm weather in the depths of winter. I just like to remember what it feels like to wear flip flops again, to not have ten layers on at all times and to twirl around in a dress again. It's really the little things.
So here is my dilemma in life; I love things to look beautiful, but I hate being inefficient. For instance, I would love to have an amazing cocktail at every gathering, but I know for a fact I would be miserable trying to make them all evening. So I've learned a few go-tos that seem impressive, but really anyone could knock them out in a few mere minutes before the party begins. These are so easy in fact, they don't even need a recipe.
You know how Oprah always tells you to put things out into the universe so they are attracted back to you? Well universe, I want this house on Nantucket. That doesn't seem to be asking too much, now does it? As I've mentioned before, I love real estate. And dreamy real estate over looking the Atlantic Ocean in my favorite little town of 'Sconset on the sweetest island (that just so happens to be outfitted by all things Nantucket Looms) might be as good as it gets if you ask me. Well, I got to decorate it for Christmas during a shoot for the fabulous ladies at Nantucket Looms (they are my fav) and call it my job, and I thought I would share it with you. Welcome to my (dream) home.
Ok folks, I've been teasing a peek into our little Vermont cabin for an entire year, and it's about time finally live up to my word. It seems like the perfect time, because I'm joining forces with Talbots to encourage people to #sharethemoments this holiday season - and our favorite holiday moments are always the simple ones spent with each other. Bonus if we happen to be in Vermont surrounded by friends or family. So It's time to finally open the big red door to our little sanity saving getaway thanks to these gorgeous images from my new bestie, Meg, at Rodeo & Co (she's honestly amazing).
As much as I love hosting, I realize it has a reputation for being a bit overwhelming. And I so get it. If you are anything like me, you start with a simple idea of gathering a group of friends together - and by the end of the process you have a party planned in your head that would make both Martha and Ina proud (we are on first name basis, obvs). I have a tendency to bite off more than I want to chew, I'll admit it.
I really, truly love the holidays. I've been blessed with years of good memories around this time, and I don't take it for granted. Instead I try to embrace every little moment. And the moments i love most are all about the gatherings (not the gifts). I love the crazy conversations that happen around a dinner table. It's free entertainment, and even better when the table is decked to the nines. So I thought I would share a simple yet statement-worthy table setting I styled up for Nantucket Looms for your holiday decor inspiration. It's a little New England, a lot classic and really easy to whip up. The perfect combination, no?
“The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours; it’s what you gather and shine back. And it gets more power from reflectiveness; if you sit still and take it in, it fills your cup, and then you can give it off yourself.” ✨ - Anne Lamott
I have such a love affair with the seasons. I suppose it's because I love how they force us to change perspective. They give me something to look forward to, to drum up nostalgia, and to build memories around. In my youth, I would have said I was a summer person through and through, but fall has been growing on me in a big way over the past few years.
I love Nantucket. It's really hard not to love that sweet little island. And although the summer is magic, I think the off season might be my favorite time to visit. The crowds have gone back to their busy lives, and the island slows down a bit. Back to real island time. And I love that.