Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

All throughout Thanksgiving dinner, we were thinking about it. The cake. The gorgeous cake that was on the cover of Southern Living's December issue. The cake that looked delicate and pretty on that cover. The cake that had people on Southern Living's Facebook page saying "we are making this!!!!"

With two layers of cheesecake and three layers of red velvet, you could argue that it was the perfect  cake for Virginia. The red velvet was the nod to the south and the cheesecake was the nod to the north. It was all encased in a frosting that called two bars of white chocolate, an entire stick of butter, and 32 ounces of confectioner's sugar. Do you know what 32 ounces of confectioner's sugar looks like? It's the whole bag.

The cake was a sight to be seen. After letting Thanksgiving dinner settle for a couple hours, we decided to finally cut into that pretty cake. Our first problem was finding a knife that would actually cut the cake. My mother-in-law's longest knife was a bread knife. It would have to work.

Then, we realized that the little dessert plates we had weren't large enough for a slice of the cake, so salad plates came out of the cabinet.

 Now, once the first slab was cut, there wasn't really a way to extract it from the cake. I started to think about whether I had ever seen someone at The Cheesecake Factory cut a cake, but I'm pretty sure their cakes are pre-cut before they hit the bakery case.

After a few attempts to coax the slice out of the cake, my mother-in-law admitted defeat. Access was granted by tearing the first slice out in pieces.

Finally, the slabs of cake started hitting the plates. "Slab" is definitely the appropriate word here.

Was it good? Sure. But, there was just too much of it. I think Southern Living went a little overboard on this one. My mother-in-law said she is not saving this recipe and I'm pretty sure we're going to have a good laugh over this cake for many years to come.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Styled Shoot on Style Me Pretty!

During the chaos that's been going on with our home, I've been taking refuge in planning a styled shoot with an amazing team of wedding professionals. Our location was The Market at Grelen, a stunning place in Somerset, Virginia where you can have a lovely meal, pick berries, and shop at a stunning nursery. It's an amazing place and they are now available for weddings and private events!

The photo shoot is being featured on Style Me Pretty today! I'll share just a few images here. Head over to Style Me Pretty to see more.

Styling and Coordination: Be Loved PR
Specialty Drinks and Barware: Beggar's Banquet
Catering: Real Food
China: L'Objet via Folly Home Furnishings
Napkins: Sferra via Folly Home Furnishings
Papers: tucked
Crystal: Waterford
Shoes: BHLDN
Jewelry supplied via: Lynne Goldman Elements

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Our Vanguard Cleo Bed is Here!

By the title, you'd think I'm announcing something that just got here. In reality, our bed was delivered a few weeks ago, but I've been so busy that I haven't had time to share.

The tufted bed I searched so hard to find is finally set up in the bedroom. I scoured the web for tufted, wingback beds. I found several I liked, but got scared of ordering through a chain that seemed to be importing things from abroad. Then I found a stunning Vanguard bed, debated fabrics, and waded through the wood and nailhead options for it.

The Artful Lodger here in Charlottesville made everything pretty easy. Their delivery guys were quick and efficient. I wasn't sure a king sized bed would make it into our bedroom, but they navigated the tight turns and stairwell with ease.

Once they had the bed set up, they asked me if I wanted them to put the mattress into the frame. It was so nice of them, but we have no mattress. That would have required us to be in the same zip code for more than a day or two in the fall and for us to have the time to go try out some mattresses. So, Cleo sits in the master bedroom, empty. We'll get the mattress selected someday soon, I'm sure.

For now, some pictures...

upholstered king sized tufted bed

We've grown disturbingly comfortable with unfinished rooms around here. There isn't a single space I consider "done" at this point.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Property Brothers and Bob Dylan's Interactive Video

Have you seen the interactive video on Bob Dylan's website? It's a video with the buttons of of a TV set and no matter what channel you watch, the people on the channel are lip synching Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. It's a damn cool video.

Earlier this week, Someone from The Today Show declined to have the hosts participate (this news, delivered on-air, upset them greatly). I played around with the video and found that HGTV got involved. If you find their "channel," you'll see Jonathan and Drew Scott from Property Brothers singing along. They also include some "B" footage at the end.

I just hit replay on the video and they even got the "homeowners" (not sure if they are actors or a real pair that was on the show) involved.

Go check it out. It's pretty cute.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Our Keaton is Here!

I wrote about ordering our Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Keaton sofa a few weeks ago and I'm thrilled to share pictures of the big, beautiful thing. The sofa arrived about a week ago and it's currently sitting in the basement living room, which we had hoped to have primed and painted by now.  

Marc is beyond happy with it. It's long enough that he can lay down on it with room to spare. I wish I had a picture of him testing it out. I think he was envisioning all the naps he was going to take on it.

Now that it's here, we really need to get a move on with painting. I've never painted a room with a fluffy carpet before, so this is going to be interesting. I guess I need to tape the edges down, then put the drop cloths down and tape them in place. This should be interesting.

I haven't given too much thought to paint colors. Marc seriously wants this room to have a Washington Redskins theme. I told him we'll probably paint the room beige and then incorporate gold in hardware and some deep red or maroon in fabric.

I have one cool idea for art, but I don't know if it's going to come through. I don't even want to post about it for fear of jinxing it.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

New Items at Leftover Luxuries (sale ends today!)

Leftover Luxuries, the place where people with wonderful home furnishings to consign sell their goods, now has their own permanant space in Charlottesville. As a result, they were able to run a four-day sale this month without much advanced prep. The sale ends TODAY at 6 PM.

I made a quick trip over on Friday night and was so happy to see a warehouse mostly full of items I didn't recognize from previous sales. I was baffled by the presence of a few items that were from the last sale.

How is this amazing table, from a show house, still there? It's now 30% less than it was the first time around.

This sofa has the most beautiful trim.The price on it is knocked down to $1,200. That's about what it costs to buy a really basic sofa at Pottery Barn. That wouldn't come with pretty trim and you'd also wait 8-10 weeks to get it delivered. This pretty thing is waiting for someone to pick it up in Pantops Shopping Center.

Then there are the textiles. John Robshaw and Matouk textiles. I have to guess that people don't recognize them when they see them? The prices are fantastic. I found this duvet cover selling for $448 online.

There's also an incredible, huge oriental rug. The original price was five figures. I believe it's going for $4,000.

Here's some more...

Pantops Shopping Center
Charlottesville, VA
(sales in GA, NC, and CT, too!)

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