A Realtor’s Stylish Ranch Renovation

When I met Carly, she was running a Paleo meal delivery company called Carlinary Cuisine, and we immediately connected over our mutual love of food. The first time I visited her Brookhaven (Atlanta) home, I was shocked to see a gorgeous, spacious interior in an unassuming ranch house. I was even more impressed when I found out that she and her husband, Zach, renovated and decorated it themselves from the studs out.

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Year in Review

In spite of the personal, national, and global turmoil, there was still a lot of good in 2016. It was one hell of a travel year for us, including awe-inspiring hikes, beautiful golf courses, and some incredible meals. We were overwhelmed with love and support from friends and family. I continued to find my way professionally as a photographer, cooking class teacher, and blogger. And I launched this new blog! Those are the parts I want to focus on and remember, so I’ve put together this “year in review” to record some of the highlights. I mostly did this for myself as a practice in gratitude, but I’ll also consider it my Christmas card substitute. Lord knows I don’t have my life together enough to get real ones in the mail.

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How to Build a Better Cheese Board

There are few better ways to get a dinner party off to a good start than with a cheese board. Since guests rarely arrive at the same time, it’s nice to have something for guests to eat right away. Fortunately, a beautiful spread of cheese doesn’t take a ton of prep like a lot of bite-sized appetizers do.

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Magnolia Leaf Thanksgiving Centerpiece

One of my favorite parts of teaching entertaining classes is showing people how to set and decorate the table. A lot of people are intimidated by it, but doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive affair. With Thanksgiving later this week, I thought it’d be a good time to share a few of my favorite pointers:

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Quit Apologizing to Your Guests

A couple weeks ago, I went over to a friend’s house to have lunch with her and two other girlfriends. As she prepared our lunch, she jokingly told me to close my eyes as she pulled a bagged salad kit out of the fridge. She apologized for it not being made from scratch; the other girls asked in jest if I was going to take pictures of our lunch for my blog. Obviously they were making light of the fact that they didn’t (or wouldn’t) prepare lunch the same way that I would.

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Celebrating in Sorrow

Thirty-six years ago, today, my parents took their wedding vows in Raleigh, North Carolina. Like me, they were just 21 years old when they got married. And like me, they had just finished their junior year at UNC.

I always loved hearing the story of how they met in freshman volleyball class, and how my mom was the first to ask my dad on a date in April of their second semester. I know that they took the traditional vows that many of us have, to love each other “in plenty and in want; in sickness and in health; in joy and in sorrow.” But it wasn’t until I was a freshman in college that I really saw what that meant.

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DIY Fruit Fly Catcher

How do I get rid of fruit flies? That’s a question I’ve asked myself many times while on the verge of hysteria. Fruit flies love warm, summer weather and fermenting things, like vinegar/beer/wine and rotting fruit. They even find a way into my 12th floor condo (most likely in my produce. I know… gross).

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