Alyssa Cole

Recipe: Mexican-style Street Corn

Having just returned from a spectacular 4-day trip to/from Napa Valley a lil’ over a week ago, I am still basking in the post vacation giddiness that comes with  thinking back on the inside jokes that sprang from too much delicious wine or scrolling through the ton of captured Instagram pics. Gorgeous wineries, invigorating hikes, …

Distressed Painting for Any DIY Level

I am currently in LOVE the distressed/vintage/aged look of things these days. Doesn’t matter what it is – from dressers and buffets to photo frames and magazine baskets. I am totally and undeniably addicted to Pinterest and have tons of favorite craft and DIY blogs that I follow on a daily basis. There is one problem – …

Black: Design on the “Dark Side”

From the starless skies of an urban landscape to the menacing raven in Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, the color black inspires vivid thoughts and emotions. And I, for one, am obsessed with it! This shade immortalized the characteristics of classic and cool with the iconic “little black dress” and the rebellious black leather jacket. …

Orange: from Bright to Warm And Cozy

The time for beach vacations and warm sunny weather has come and gone. Comfy sweaters have hit the racks and a bowl of hot, steamy soup is starting to look more and more appetizing. Fall is here and orange hues from rich auburn-colored leaves to whimsical carved pumpkins begin to steal the spotlight. Why not …

Labor Day Sweetness for Any Shindig

What will you be celebrating this Labor Day? Probably the most versatile of holidays, Labor Day really does offer something for everyone. Whether you’re kicking off the Fall season,  planning a summer sendoff, kick starting Fall football or simply supporting the American labor movement, chances are Labor Day has the celebration for you! Leaving us …

Sweet Summertime Dessert Treats

Finally, we’ve hit the heart of summer here in the south, and the heat and humidity are in full force! And while this heat has slowed me down in some areas, the kitchen is certainly not one of them. Most weekends my extended family gets together at my Granddaddy’s for Sunday lunch after church. We …

Weekend Project: Succulent Dish Gardening

Noticed lately all the impossibly gorgeous pics of succulents and cactus gardens and terrariums popping up in DIY blogs and home décor magazines? I certainly did and was intrigued by the idea of a DIY “gardening” project that called for little to no gardening skills or knowledge. Sure, you can find ready-made ones at your …

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift I’ve never had an issue finding dad’s sweet spot when it comes to the perfect Father’s Day gift.  The man is always in the process of restoring a vintage muscle car or another, and he delights in gifts that justify his need for speed. So needless to say, dad has …

Regal Purples

Seductive and deep, shades of purple from soft lilacs to regal amethysts are popping up everywhere. Traditionally associated with spirituality, wisdom, luxury and wealth, tones of purple will amp up any décor with sophisticated flair. Here are some great examples of rooms that incorporate shades of purple for just the right amount of intensity. Purple …

Happy (Easy) Cinco de Mayo!

Margaritas, tortilla chips, salsa; what’s there not to like about a holiday that celebrates spicy Mexican food, warm weather and military conquest (over France, btw). If you’re planning on feasting with your amigos this weekend, and have been just too busy to actually plan anything here are some easy tips and treats for an impressing …

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