Pink Lattice Walls

Clairebella Wallpaper

It’s no secret that I love bright cheery colors. Our cottage compound here at Marsh Rabbit Run is filled with the happiest shades of pink – hot and soft subdued shades, green – crisp apple and spring, blues – vivid aquas and lovely periwinkles, and yellows – pale and peachy. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a home more than our bungalow style cottage. Without question, it’s all because of the decor. I say this […]

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Dressing Up the Holiday Table

Nothing says the holidays like a festive table dressed for your favorite guests.  Even better is when it’s set al fresco.  That was our plan for Thanksgiving, however Mother Nature had other plans.  I knew from the weather report that it was going to rain on turkey day, but I wanted to play table-dress-up anyway.  So the day before Thanksgiving, my daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and I staged our table – as we had dreamed.   It […]

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How to Dress the Bedside Table

Cottage life is charming, and challenging. Since 2014, Mr. Dasch-ing and I have made our home in Winter Park Florida. Having moved here from our now get-away home on the Gulf side of Florida, we are happily at home in our cluster of cottages on the Chain of Lakes that we call Marsh Rabbit Run. Making this our primary residence, meant decorating in a more purposeful fashion. Our cottage has turned out to be my […]

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Five Things I Love about “The Art of Southern Charm”

Five Things I Love about "The Art of Southern Charm"

I’ve just finished the last pages of The Art of Southern Charm, by Patricia Altschul. An enchanting summer read, it’s filled with snippets of her glamorous life mixed with tidbits of etiquette and advice. There are many things I found delightful about Patricia. Below I’m sharing my favorite takeaways, but be sure to grab a copy as there are so many gems to devour. 1. She encourages hosting cocktail parties… If you haven’t guessed, I […]

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Earth Friendly = Earth Pretty

Earth Friendly = Earth Pretty

If you’re reading this, you’re like me in that we like to surround ourselves with prettiness. In our homes, our gardens, in what we wear, and what we create. So I’ve decided to re-commit to keeping our earth pretty too! I’ve always been a recycler, and yet there’s more to maintaining a healthy planet than just separating out out the Champagne bottles. So I’m sharing with you the ways that I strive to keep our […]

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Five Things I’m Loving Lately: May 2, 2017

Brynn Hudson Jewelry

Happy May!  I’m starting this month off surrounded by things I love…and sharing them with you!  From baubles to bulbs, I know you’ll be inspired to share your favorite things with me.  Leave me a comment with what you’re loving lately too.  I’m excited to hear from you.   1. Brynn Hudson Jewelry I recently purchased a couple of pieces from Brynn Hudson Jewelry’s Gumball Collection and discovered my latest jewelry crush! Her elegant, eye-catching, and […]

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Bar Cart Dress Up

Bar Car Dress Up 1

I’ve recently noticed the hashtag #barcartbeautiful trending on Instagram and have found myself looking to make my bar cart, well…beautiful! The bar cart has always been one of my favorite home accessories, likely due to my love of celebrations and entertaining. Plus, they give us at-home decorators another spot to fancy up.       And the bar car trend extends beyond Instagram, in areas like home decor and restoration. Trendsetter Lilly Pulitzer recently offered a […]

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Dressing Your Table

Dress for Cocktails 8

I still refer to revered “authority on etiquette” Amy Vanderbilt when setting tables, even though I’ve probably set thousands of them in my lifetime. Not wanting the desert spoon in the wrong direction or some other etiquette faux pas, I like to double check my handiwork. So, I thought it would be an excellent refresher to show you–step-by-step–how to create a pretty, yet proper, table setting:       1. First, select linens, flatware, and dinnerware […]

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Hopping into Springtime at Marsh Rabbit Run

Rabbit Decor 1

As Easter approaches, bunny-themed decor highlight the season. But here at Winter Park’s Marsh Rabbit Run, we enjoy the company of live and decorative bunnies all year round. Ever since I was a little girl reading author Beatrix Potter’s whimsical animal stories like “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, I’ve loved bunnies.  And when we first moved into our cottages on the lake, we were delighted by the abundance of rabbits running across the lawn.  We […]

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Three Tips for Staying Organized in Small Spaces

Keeping your home in order, on a daily basis, makes for easy entertaining on the fly. Yesterday, Mr. Dasch-ing and I went out to our favorite flea market. Renninger’s in Mt. Dora, Florida is a feast for all things vintage, unusual, and eclectic. We never know what we’ll find there.   So naturally, my husband and I got lost in our adventure and time flew by. We had almost forgotten that our friends were coming […]

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