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Inspiration for a Venetian Christmas Tablescape

December 6, 2017 • By

It’s time for part two of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.

 Seven talented bloggers, seven amazing holiday home tours!

If you’ve found your way here from Green With Decor, welcome! Wasn’t Meg’s home lovely?

Today I’m showing you my dining room and Christmas table settings, inspired by one of my favorite places in the world – Venice, Italy. If you missed part one of my home tour, take a look at my Christmas sun room.

Gather inspiration for a venetian Christmas table with this home tour, the Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour part 2. Sponsored by Amara Living & SmithHönig

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.


Experiences, Food & Drink

Top 5 Foodie Travel Experiences

September 7, 2015 • By
Els Pescadors in Barcelona

Els Pescadors in Barcelona

I admit it. I’m a foodie. Travel is really just a means to an end – with the end being a fabulous meal. Seriously, the best thing about traveling must surely be eating. Nothing else brings you closer to the true culture of a place or a people than their food. Am I right?  And no matter how many monuments, museums, beaches, shopping streets or festivals you visit – you still “gotta eat”.

Last night, Mr. H and I were enjoying a scrumptious meal together.  Sometimes, eating good food inspires talk of past meals in far off places.  So while tasting (and toasting) our way through the evening, we decided to come up with the Top 5 Foodie Travel Experiences we’ve shared on our travels together.  Here’s what we remembered, in the order that we remembered them:


Experiences, Food & Drink

Travel Tips for Coffee Drinkers

September 11, 2015 • By

I’ve been thinking a lot about coffee lately. (Ok, let’s rephrase that. I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee lately…)

I like having a quiet half hour every morning all to myself. No company, no conversation, no reading or checking emails. I like to become fully aware of the day on my own terms, as I enjoy a Cup of Joe.

Lately, as I sip, I’ve been remembering travel moments that relate to coffee.

Coffee is a seriously universal thing – but the rituals surrounding it change from place to place.

Take cappuccino, for instance.


I love it when they make cool designs in the froth of my cappuccino – how DO they do it?


Unique Banana Cream Recipe
Art & Design, Food & Drink

My (Vietnamese) Royal Rose Snow Day

February 12, 2014 • By

I suppose, since I’m traveling less at the moment, I’m cooking more – and snow days always make me want to experiment in the kitchen.  Today I felt like making something different, satisfying and reminiscent of one of my favorite foodie destinations, Vietnam.  The obvious choice, on a snowy afternoon, was soup.


Characters, City, Food & Drink

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadowing

August 3, 2013 • By

This is one of my favorite photos – I just wish I’d been shooting at a higher resolution at the time.  This is a kitchen shot of the chef and his assistants at Otel Variete in Florence, Italy.  The only thing it really foreshadowed was a fantastic dinner of regional Italian food, in large quantities…and a fun performance on the restaurant’s stage.