I’d like to think I’m a Southern girl at heart even though I was born north of the Mason Dixon line. My mom cooks with leftover bacon grease when she makes her fried rice and she makes the best fried chicken sans the waffles. For awhile, I had this hankering for grits even though I’ve [...]
“Happiness? The color of it must be spring green…” – Frances Mayes, American memoirist Under the cold, wet blanket of snow lies the birth of spring. Mother Nature’s tiny bulbs pushing up through the cold, dark soil. I saw them the other day before our latest coastal storm. Delicate and green, yearning for the sun [...]
Spring has supposedly sprung. The clock has moved forward and the calendar already announced the first day of Spring, yet behind the walls of my house I wait. By the end of February, I am usually crawling out of my skin, anticipating stormy days and crisp fresh air, which inevitably brings sunny skies and new [...]
I am a very instant-gratification type of person. I see it, I like it, I accomplish it. Incompletion and disarray make my head spin and my blood boil, but sometimes there is no way to avoid destiny. Some projects just aren’t meant to be completed quickly. After weeks (months…) of drooling over master bedroom inspiration, [...]
I’m notorious for overloading my guests with mass quantities of food whenever I host a holiday festivity. My menu can rival any 20 course meal served at a royal function. I over-stuff my expectant company with little bites to tide them over until the actual meal is served. This is the kink in my armor [...]
Some girls go crazy for make up, while others obsess over shoes and bags (a la Carrie Bradshaw). Some girls adore jewelry, like my mother, who has a vast collection of baubles and trinkets. I don’t seem to fit into any of these categories. My interest is slightly different, and what I collect is larger. [...]
I found an old book published in the 1930’s at my grandmother’s house. The tattered ends and fading cover shined out from the stack of well-loved literature. I was giddy with excitement to bring it home, but hesitated displaying it , wondering if the book would compliment our décor. Reasoning that I did not have [...]
The beauty of home renovation and redecorating is also a curse, as it almost never seems to go to plan. In the midst of designing our dreamy master bedroom, our water heater decided to take a run for the hills, leaving us with no choice but to “invest” in a new one (and spend 24 [...]
Recently, my husband, Bill, and I sat down and talked out all of the dreams we individually had for our home and made a list of what we want to do. To say I was shocked that our goals and dreams did not align is an understatement. Bill is a person with exceptional style; however, [...]
My old photos are in a box under my bed. Not very inventive, but true nonetheless. The box always gets dusty, too, and every time I go looking for something specific, I brush off the dust (seriously, how does it get under there?) before taking the top off. I have the contents memorized, but I always [...]
Nourishment. There are several levels in which I keep myself physically, spiritually and mentally healthy. I consider self-care and spiritual nourishment to be at the top of my list and tend to neglect being flexible in one area when conditions aren’t perfect. Sustenance. Last month, I scoured my cook book library for savory dinners and [...]
With the changing of the season, I always see this time as an opportunity to alter my hair color. Like the turning of the leaves, so is the chemical transformation of my hair follicles. In my mid-20’s, I looked forward to maintaining my body and look. It was a fun project; one which was never [...]
If you’re like me, when you start something new you have all these ideas of how it’s going to be. Where you are going to do this and how you’re going to feel about that. Maybe it’s the idea that you will wake up early and do yoga before going to work or sit on [...]
I entered my home through the front door yesterday and was appalled and the sight of my threshold. I usually enter the house through the garage and into the mudroom. Distracted by my busy schedule over the summer, I failed to take in what my guests see when they visit my abode. A worn welcome [...]
My name is Brandi. I’m a photographer who is passionate about memories – making them, capturing them, and most importantly, living them. I recently sat down to make an album of photos from Christmas 2011. Not only was I proud of myself for doing so, I was proud that it didn’t take me until 2021 [...]
I remember when all I had to care for was myself. Be-bopping around a college campus, eating whenever and whatever I wanted. My 20-something self was easygoing and relaxed. I treated myself often to perks, like manicures and fresh cosmetics, after a stressful project like writing a 15-page paper or working 20 hours while studying [...]
When I first “met” Anna Quindlen, we were young women in the throes of raising our children, nurturing our marriages, making our homes, and somehow fitting in our careers. Her wit and humor were tinged with just the right amount of self-deprecation so that I knew she understood what it was like to juggle everything [...]
Arriving at the conclusion that perfection is impossible, I have accepted the fact that only I can decide what will make me truly happy in life. The sense of urgency society demands of women to be domestically refined and flawless is unrealistic. Yes, I am a domestic woman, in every sense of the classic definition. [...]
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