As I have mentioned in other articles, I am not typically a fan of monograms. Unless… there is something unusual and interesting about them. I want to introduce you to Cindy Nouri, whose product line repeatedly caught my eye on social media. She is a historian of typography and of monograms, with a fascinating background in porcelain and gold- would you believe- via DENTISTRY. She now applies her expertise in these elements to a bigger “canvas”, creating beautiful custom dinnerware for her company Sasha Nicholas, named for her two children. Cindy’s professional journey might inspire us all to take our dreams seriously and follow our passions. [Read more…]
Jolie Berndt is legendary for her creative and high-spirited parties. The love and thoughtful attention to detail that go into the planning are palpable. Everybody feels like the guest of honor at a Berndt party- the vibe is upbeat and there is usually a surprise injection of humor somewhere along the way. The food and drink are as flawless as the execution of her parties, leaving guests discussing her events long after they have ended. Jolie will modestly admit that she grew up in a family that entertained often, and believe me when I say she got the hostess gene in spades. As a child, she watched her mother throw seated dinners for 200 without batting an eyelash, always setting elegant tables. Jolie and her sisters Jenifer Gutmann and Judy Barnes carry forward their mother’s creative hospitality, joining forces in their company Central Productions to create themes, design clever invitations, share dishes, and make that next party as uniques and fun as the last. These ladies are a force of talent, style and fun. Today Jolie is sharing entertaining tips you won’t want to miss:
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.
Honored to be a contributor to the latest Traditional Home Great Kitchens issue, where I share TWO inspired table settings by stylish Texan Jolie Berndt. See how she entertains and you’ll understand why she is in demand to plan parties internationally. Head over to Traditional Home to check out the incredible kitchens, food and entertaining~
Today I want to share and recommend a gorgeous oversized book which shares an energetic wave of nostalgia that is all too easy to get lost in… The Beatles On the Road 1964-1966. Harry Benson captured endless images of The Beatles on the road, landmark moments of music history. These photographs are PHENOMENAL… often candid, sharing the contagious fun and upbeat spirit that surrounded The Beatles. The book alone is a treasure to own, and for you die hards who want even MORE of this good thing, the limited edition images for some of these photos are also available through [Read more…]