It hardly seems anywhere NEAR time to even think about the holidays with the summer temps we have in Dallas, but this wonderful thing we have called Partners Card is all the catalyst Dallasites need to roust themselves out of the office or house to start–> and complete holiday preparations. Partners Card offers 20% off at multiple retail locations, benefitting The Family Place to help victims of family violence, for ten days of shopping on sale. The city goes mad. The smart head straight to Mecox to complete their gift shopping and freshen up their homes before their guests arrive.
One of the best things about being from New Orleans is growing up with arguably some of the best food in the world. When you hone your taste buds with the finest ingredients and flavor combinations, you quickly learn the difference between “good food” and pure excellence — with the bar set high. Which means if you move away from New Orleans, you might have to eat at home more to satisfy the expectations of your palette. With holidays around the corner, many of us are thinking of what we will serve our guests. If a quick trip to New Orleans to try Galatoire’s famous Bread Pudding in person is not in the cards, you can always bring this memorable dose of NOLA cuisine to your dinner table. This is not a make ahead dish, but it is well worth factoring good timing into your meal. Galatoires says of this famous dessert: [Read more...]
You may recall the piece I photographed and wrote for Traditional Home’s Great Kitchens Issue earlier this year, featuring tablescapes of the legendary Texas entertainer Jolie Berndt. Not one, but two table themes Berndt concocted. No two parties are alike for Berndt. Each one has a way of outdoing the last. She is always dreaming, conspiring and stocking up for the next party. This is why people hire Berndt and her sisters– to help them to dream, purchase and execute the details of memorable entertaining. [Read more...]
You may recall Clair Tompkins and Julie Lloyd, the talented duo of Tompkins Lloyd Interiors, from my Huffington Post piece earlier this year. Recently I sat down with these two stylish designers for an interview about their interior design work. If you have seen their work you will be all eyes and ears as to what inspires them. The projects of Tompkins Lloyd Interiors are interwoven with mystery, discovery and contradiction- as you walk through any home that they have designed, you might find yourself stopping to slowly take in and deconstruct the room in which you stand. Their design vibe is reflective of their upbeat panache – their willingness to take risks is a refreshing rebellion against convention. The best way I can describe their look is to compare it to Lenny Kravitz’s design. I mean that as high praise. Their look is always fresh, inspired, and promises to surprise in some unexpected way… [Read more...]