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

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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

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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

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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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Do You Flute or Coupe?

Just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean champagne is off the menu. Now, more than ever, bubbly–whether sparkling wine or French Champagne–is the drink of choice. The question, now, becomes: flute or coupe?     Champagne is typically served in two types of glassware: the long, tall flute or the low-profile, wide-rimmed coupe. Both glasses, as well as champagne itself, come from France.     On volume alone, the average champagne flute carries […]

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Loveliness, Elegance and Whimsy – the Perfect Mix

Imagine a cocktail mixed with loveliness, elegance, whimsy, color and fun – that’s what we delighted in on our West Virginia trip.  Last minute vacations can be the most fun. Mr. Dasch-ing had business to tend to in DC, so I flew up last minute to join him for a trip through the Blue Ridge mountains. I never knew why they were named such, but do now – there is a glorious blue glow along the […]

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