All My Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes



The older I get, the more I LOVE Thanksgiving. Somehow the holiday always sort of expands and stretches the whole length of the week, and other than the food prep and maybe some lightweight decorating, there are absolutely no strings attached. Just a lot of relaxing and sleeping and moving-watching and sweater-wearing. And the eating, of course.

We take our Thanksgiving meals pretty seriously around here and I think we have a pretty perfect menu nailed down. We’re heading up to my parents’ on Thursday but we got to host Michael’s family for Thanksgiving part one last Sunday and here’s what we served:

  1. Brined and roasted turkey
  2. Mashed potatoes and gravy
  3. Stuffing
  4. Sweet Potato Pecan Crumble
  5. Beet, apple and pistachio salad
  6. Maple glazed carrots
  7. Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus
  8. Pumpkin pie

It’s a ton of food, yes, but the mix is so nice. And the leftovers alone are worth every hour spent in the kitchen for this special meal! I feel like I finally have all my favorite and best recipes gathered up and I’m excited to share them with you below. Feel free to leave comments with any questions or suggestions – I promise to be open-minded, but it’s pretty hard to imagine this meal tasting any better! :) READ MORE »

New Living Room Rug!


So, is it refreshingly honest or just sort of a bummer when you finally realize you can’t have kids/a dog and perfectly clean rugs? t was about 50/50 for me.  The last two rugs we had in our living room had entirely too much white in the pattern, which is to say ANY AMOUNT OF WHITE. I feel like we’re pretty clean people but it seems like even the tiniest bit of white was getting dingy so fast. It just wasn’t a great look and I knew it was time for an easier solution.


So I tossed up my white-rug white flag and took my own advice that I often give to clients with kids and pets: if little feet touch it, make it the color of dirt.



I had selected this beautiful, well-priced and ENORMOUS rug for a client recently and when we ended up going sans-rug in her space, I happily picked up this beauty for myself to replace the white moroccan style we’ve had in the living room for the last 8 months or so. I’ve been using eSaleRugs for my own home and clients for years and their rugs are consistently even better in person than in the photos (and I’ve found the opposite to be true with eBay rugs!).




A few things I love about this rug:

  • While it’s not exactly the color of dirt, there are no sections of the pattern that are white. :) In general though it’s still light and airy – just what this shadowy room needs!
  • The rug straight up camouflages dog prints and kid mess alike – I’m thinking of a couple recent tragic lego+bare foot incidents. Ouch!
  • That pop of hot pink makes my heart skip a beat every time I walk in the room, but you wouldn’t really call it a pink rug, you know? It’s not at all overly girlie.
  • It layers with my cheap IKEA sisal like a CHAMPION.
  • I suddenly love my white coffee table again after months of considering getting a new one! Sometimes it just takes a new backdrop to love your furniture again.

Pretty thrilled with our new rug and how it’s holding up! Here are a couple more from eSaleRugs that I had saved in my cart for consideration. It looks like they’re having a Black Friday preview sale today and everything’s 50-60% off, too! Happy shopping!


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Making Holiday Gifts More Personal

I’m surprised at how many emails and comments I get requesting more holiday ideas and gift guides every year! I’ve had so much fun working on these types of lifestyle posts in the past, I can’t wait to jump back in. Gifting is one of my stronger love languages, and I especially love figuring out ways to make the gifts feel personalized and unique. That said (confession time), the holidays snuck up on me last year and my gifts were a little/a lot flat. I waited too long to figure out presents and ended up at the last minute over-spending on presents that were pretty meaningless. You know, gifts like a light-up magnifying vanity mirror and some boring dress socks. :) Not a highlight of my gift-giving career.


Shutterfly has been one of my go-to sources for unique gifts in years past and I was thrilled when they invited me to share some of my favorite personalized home decor and gift items with you! Their beautiful products are easy to customize and come so quickly in the mail. I made a few things for our house recently and I can’t wait to round out my Christmas-giving list with a few other Shutterfly items in the coming weeks!


A few weeks ago I had this photo of Margot printed on canvas and framed for the playroom (inspiration here). It was super easy to upload one of my photos and they have this cool option where your image can be automatically cropped and split between two frames. I love the bright pink background against our white walls! Every time I see that sweet face, I think of how much she loves her big sisters. They make her laugh harder than I ever can! :)

I was really excited to make a custom plush fleece blanket for the playroom as well. I scanned in the fabric from one of my grandmother’s dresses and uploaded the file here.


The fleece is silky soft and I was super impressed with the print quality. The girls LOVE this blanket for the comfort and the sentiment.



My little sister, Heather, got married a few months ago (I just remembered I still haven’t shared the reception photos here! Coming soon!). Heather’s flowers were out of this world. We had a really fun time decking out the house and yard with garden roses and peonies galore. I used one of the images of her wedding bouquet to make her a paper weight for a little gift recently. She is a junior high teacher now and I know she loves having a little reminder of her special day on her desk at work.



I also had this photo of the girls at Heather’s wedding printed for their little hall landing area by their bedrooms.


Isn’t the heart shaped frame sweet? Sure love these babies! I think I’ll get another one made for my parents.



Shutterfly makes these ADORABLE embroidered tote bags now in the cutest colors and patterns. I had a cute diaper pouch and tote bag made for Margot and I love how they turned out! (The gold leather!! The stripes!)




I also got an extra large olive colored canvas tote for hauling around samples to job sites and design presentations. Isn’t the script font great? And you know how obsessed I am with green anything, but especially olive tones right now. Major heart eyes for this tote! I’m hoping to grab a few more for the ladies that work with me.




What personalized gifts are you giving this year? And can you believe the holidays are already upon us?! I’ve been told by my girls that they can’t wait ANY LONGER and we’re pulling out the Christmas tree this weekend. :)

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(An Overdue) Update on Life Lately

Hi friends!! I didn’t mean to stay away for so long. Forgive me? Things have been busy, busy with work travel and family trips the past few months especially. It’s been a crazy whirlwind of airports and road trips, complete with all the intense post-trip catch up, but I’m back home now with no more trips planned through the new year and I’m not one bit sad about it! I’m feeling energized and excited to wrap up some of these really fun client projects we’ve been working on, but I’m most excited to start blogging regularly again! I have an enormous amount of photos and finished client projects to catch you up on. Also Michael and I are tackling the next phase of reno projects here at the house this fall/winter and I can’t wait to document the process!



The last trip I just got home from was a fast and furious long weekend in NYC. I had two quick work meetings that happily lined up with a girls weekend to celebrate my friend, Angie’s 40th. Angie is an amazing stylist and personal shopper now living in the Bay Area, but she was one of my dearest friends when we all lived in New York a few years ago. That was such a crazy time of my life. Looking back, it’s hard to wrap my mind around how we all survived. Many of us were launching our careers at the time and all of us were raising little ones in a city that can be tricky for kids, with spouses working at law firms or banks that required completely insane hours. We relied on each other for almost everything during those most precious, most intense years. Some of these ladies still live in the city, but many of us have moved away. It was SO fun to all meet up together and pick up right where we left off years ago. We ate all sorts of delicious food, danced our hearts out and slept WAY less than we should have. Love these sweet friends and love this beautiful city. READ MORE »