28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 22

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win! Can’t get enough copper? Add Wayfair’s Old Dutch Hammered Four Piece Canister Set in Copper ($55.50) to your collection of copper pots and Moscow Mule mugs, and let […]

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Cottage Makeover: The Transformation Begins

Some exciting progress has occurred! Outside the old vinyl siding has been removed and the new brick facade is going up nicely. This is going to give the house a much nicer, more solid look.   My plan is to paint the brick for a monochromatic, more contemporary feel. Since the brick will be painted, I didn’t worry about the color […]

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28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 21

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win! Yes, you’ve read this right–we’re giving away another Calphalon Contemporary Non-Stick 11 Piece Cookware Set! ($399.95) Try your luck, and answer this question for another shot at […]

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Favorite “Oscar” Quotes

Many memorable speeches have been given at The Academy Awards. Here are a few of my favorite Oscar night quotes ~ as well as quotes from some other famous “Oscars.” Don’t bang on my can! Go away. – Oscar the Grouch Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down? – Sandra Bullock on her Oscar win for Best Actress, […]

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28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 20

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win! Pine Cone Hill’s Mingled Denim Placemats (set of four; $55) are easy to clean and will pair beautifully with bold patterned napkins. How to Enter: When readying for […]

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Can a Texas Pitmaster Win a James Beard Award?

Yesterday, the list of semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards was released, and I did a double-take when I scanned the nominees for Best Chef: Southwest. Right there between Omar Flores (of the Dallas tapas restaurant Casa Rubia) and Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner (who offer five- and eight-course tasting menus at The Pass in Houston) was a name […]

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Grumpy Is Back! How’s Your Elephant?

Faithful readers, Grumpy has returned from his perilous diplomatic mission to Asia safe and sound! He knows you were terribly worried about his welfare, but assures you that aside from a little Confucius Revenge, he is fine. Thanks to everyone who entered Crepe Murder 2015. Judging will commence immediately and the results will make at least 10 of you famous.

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Cottage Makeover: The Demolition!

Hello again! Well, there’s no turning back now. Demolition of my little house is well underway, and now the only direction to go is forward. So here’s the plan. Outside, as I said before, the vinyl siding has to go. While vinyl is a long-lasting and low-maintenance choice for a home exterior, one of my primary goals in this project […]

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28 Days of Kitchen Giveaways: Day 19

Every day in February, we’re giving away the essentials you need to stock and update your kitchen. Check in each day to see what it is, and enter for a chance to win! We love our friends at Bevolo and for good reason. Their electric Square Hanging Light ($375) would fit perfectly over a kitchen island, or let it cast a glow in […]

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Four Ways with Curtains

Decorator Brannan Geary echoed, but didn’t replicate, her New Orleans home’s original window treatments. She fit them to each room’s specific decor and function. In a Child’s Room: These sweet balloon shades are lined to provide blackout abilities. In the Guest Room: A ruffled edge gives dressmaker detail to linen curtains In the Living Room: A valance tops silk taffeta panels […]

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