meaningful holiday touches

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Some of my favorite holiday decor is simple and natural and can carry you through the winter months.  In other words, I like touches that are more wintry than “Christmasy”.  I think that holiday decor should also be something personal and meaningful.

Perhaps my favorite decoration in my home this year is my living room “bar” that features a vignette of meaningful items sprinkled with some burlap ribbon and a touch of greenery:

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  • my Grandmother’s typewriter is incredibly sentimental.  She was a typing teacher and it so I have many memories of her teaching me to type at her home on this machine.  Next to the typewriter is a silver framed photo of my grandparents taken on my wedding day, which was also their 60th wedding anniversary.
  • a few favorite bourbon bottles (of course, it includes Pappy and a lovely bottle of Rock Hill Farms—these are separate from my husband’s bar cart that showcases his extensive bourbon collection)
  • a Blackberry Farm wooden spoon (where we spent our honeymoon and vacation each year).  The beautiful wood is rustic and charming.
  •  a gorgeous set of monogrammed Moscow Mule copper mugs (my current favorite drinking glass).

All of these items are on top of my husband’s childhood dresser, which we have used (with new hardware) to store tablecloths or other linens for entertaining.  By grouping these small items together, they have a greater impact on the room.  I think that it is a sweet focal point in the room that tells a lot about our family.

What are your favorite holiday decorations?  Any ornaments or chatychkes with special meaning?

katherine Greene

summer simplicity

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 Polyvore set by dhoskins 

When it comes to summer dressing, simplicity is your friend.  One-layer pieces are sure to keep you cool during the stifling summer months.  If your weather has been anything like the bluegrass, these past few weeks have been hot and humid!

What are your favorite style tips for keeping cool in the summer months (that don’t include wearing your swimsuit to the grocery store)?

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summer style

Despite this cooler bluegrass weather, Memorial Day is around the corner.  It’s time to break out summer wardrobes!  Summer clothes should be simple and easy—no time for fussy layers when you are headed outside!

Here are a few of our favorite looks for summer:

Nautical

striped tees, deck shoes and sundresses are classics that you can wear again and again

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Maxi dresses

easy and breezy, maxi dresses can be dressed up or down with heels, flip flops or a cropped denim jacket

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Black & White

a striking color duo, sure to make you look chic in the heat

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What are your favorite summer trends?  Are there go-to styles you return to again and again?

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holiday favorites ’13

These are a few of our favorite holiday things:

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  • Love these yummy cheese balls.  So easy and perfect for any holiday fete!
  • Our favorite holiday looks involve glitter and drama.
  • Adorable diy sheet-music pinwheels would make a festive holiday table.
  • Cute diy snow globes are adorable holiday touches in a bathroom or windowsill.
  • Yummy black cherry salad is a great pre-plated salad for your holiday dinner.
  • Red lips add a festive flair to any holiday look.

What are your favorite holiday things?

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