October 2, 2015



This weekend is your last opportunity to tour the 2015 Serenbe Designer Showhouse so you better get moving!

After viewing the showhouse with Erika last month, I fell in love with the vignettes in each designer’s room. Not only was I able to spot the up and coming trends, but I was also inspired to redecorate certain areas of my home.

Now that fall has arrived, I’m certain that you too are in the mood for some redecorating. Instead of redecorating an entire room try creating vignettes, or scenes, that reflect the style of the season. Here are 5 home styling tips to get you started:


Whether you use one lamp, or two for symmetry, illuminate dark corners of your room and shine the spotlight on special collections.


Fall is one of the best times to add more greenery and other natural elements from outdoors. Have a family heirloom that doesn’t fit into your space? Give it a new purpose. In the home office, designer Jason Mitchell of SmithBoyd Interiors used his grandmother’s sewing machine as a bar. Brilliant!


Use colors from artwork to give your room a pulled together look. Select a color from a painting for the wall color. Incorporate other colors throughout with the use of fabrics. In this terrace level media room, upholstered bar stools extends the painting’s color story into the room’s furnishings.


Place smaller objects on pedestals or books to elevate them. This adds dimension to your vignette and allows your eye to focus on each item both separately and collectively.


Mix hard, soft, rough and natural elements. Combining these unexpected pieces is the designer’s secret to creating a vignette with textural interest.

For more decorating advice and tips on getting the most out of your showhouse visit, take a moment to read How to Tour A Decorator Showhouse!

What ideas have used in your home after touring a showhouse?

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September 15, 2015



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If you are like me, then you are ecstatic that football season is finally here! Go ahead and put on your lucky game day jersey and dust off last season’s paraphernalia. No matter who you’re rooting for, we all share the excitement of gathering with family and friends to celebrate our love for football and food!

To kick off the season, we’re having our own tailgating party and you’re invited!

We love displaying our creativity in decor, however it also shows in our recipes. Many of our party guests are surprised to learn that Coca-Cola is the secret ingredient that keeps them licking their fingers as they chow down on game day fare. I know some of you are thinking, “No Way!” But yes, Coca-Cola allows for so much versatility!

Allow me to give you a peek into the process of creating the tablescape and recipes for your next tailgating party.

STEP 1: Layer! Layer! Layer!

In decorating, layering is the key to an attractive spread. For our football tailgating party we used turf grass create a faux “football field.” We hung a banner to reinforce the team spirit. As a bonus, allow the tablecloth underneath to represent your favorite team’s colors.

STEP 2: Utilize the items you have at home.

Ideally, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on party decor; therefore, keep basics on hand like platters, cake stands, and white plates that you can use for any party. Other examples of party essentials are, tablecloths, mason jars, trays, and bowls. Create an interesting tablescape by using items with assorted shapes, colors, and sizes. Be sure to include items of varying heights to give your table depth and dimension.

Once you know the number of food items you are serving, you can decide which serving ware to use. Play with various arrangements until it feels right to you.

STEP 3: Create an Interesting Centerpiece

In my opinion the most important part, besides the food, is the centerpiece. This brings everything together and it’s the focal point of your table. For this party, we wanted to get creative. By taking empty Coke cans and a can opener, we created a simple yet eye catching centerpiece with flowers. The only objects needed for this fun project would be a:

  • Manual can opener
  • An empty Coke can
  • Beautiful assortment of flowers


1. Empty a Coke can
2. Use a can opener remove the top
3. Cut flower stems to size
4. Add water
5. Place the flowers inside of the Coke can

STEP 4: Don’t forget to accessorize

Accessories make a huge difference in your presentation and really help to drive home the theme of the party. From the mini yarn pom-poms and footballs to the decorative straws, we captured the essence of a football tailgate party party!

Want to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen? Keep the menu simple and easy. Our featured beverage, the Coca-Cola Ice Cream Float, is not only simple to make but is also kid friendly!

Serves 6
The featured beverage is the classic Coca Cola Ice Cream Float. Not only is simple to make but it is kid friendly and anyone can enjoy!
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  1. 6 Cherries
  2. 1 Can of Whipped Topping
  3. 14 oz. of Coca-Cola
  4. 12 scoops of ice cream
  1. Add two scoops of ice cream into a glass
  2. Slowly pour 4oz. of Coca-Cola until the glass is full.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and a cherry.
  4. Serve with a decorative straw and a smile.
  1. Recipe: (Vegetarian* Gluten Free)
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Add a twist of lime to Coke and Diet Coke for a little variety!


You can also find the secret ingredient in the Coach’s Best Wings. Made with Coke, soy sauce, and scallions they’ve got a savory taste that goes well with any side items of your choice.

Serves 4
Chicken wings with a savory blend of soy sauce, scallions, and with Coke as the surprise ingredient!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 12 chicken wings, just the middle section
  2. 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  3. ½ cups dark soy sauce
  4. 1 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola
  1. Heat a small-medium sized pot, add the oil.
  2. When the oil is hot, brown the wings on both sides. Do this in batches if necessary.
  3. When all the wings are browned and add the soy sauce and Coke into the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn to medium/low-medium heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until meat falls of the bone easily.
  5. Taste the sauce to see if it is needs more soy sauce. If not, turn heat back on high for a few minutes to let the sauce thicken.
  6. Make sure the wings are covered with the Coke/soy sauce mixture.
  7. Add more sauce according to taste.
  8. Serve.
Adapted from Una Yu of New York
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Our featured dessert, the Beat-the-Buzzer Brownies, are decadent and moist thanks to the 1/4 cup of Coke added to the box mix.

Try these ideas when you host the next game day event. Your guest will be begging for a repeat next week.

This game day tablescape was easy and entertaining. From the Coca-Cola-inspired recipes to the eye-catching décor this party was a gamechanger!

Majority of the party items were found at Sam’s Club, including the 28 can pack of Coca-Cola which can be found on the soft drinks aisle, right next to the Diet Coke.

Make sure to try out the classic Coke float and try experimenting with different garnishes such as chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and caramel to name a few. Let this be one of the beverages of choice for your next gathering.

Don’t forget to stop by Sam’s Club for your next family gathering, birthday party, or even office party. Sam’s Club has made party planning much easier by allowing you to order online and being able to pick it up instantly.

I’d love to hear how you plan your next tailgating party. Share with me below!

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September 7, 2015



The best way to gain experience and knowledge in an industry is becoming an assistant to one of the best in that industry. Being an assistant means you are someone’s right hand man / go to girl.

Although it may seem like a lot of pressure, it can also be an extremely rewarding job. Let’s take a look at my top 10 things that design assistants should know:

1. There is a thin line between being persistent and being aggravating.

When reaching out to your potential employer, you must realize they are extremely busy. Not only are they focusing on building their empire, they have lives outside of their careers which must be given the same amount of attention. Therefore, if you reach out to someone and they do not automatically respond, then DO NOT send another message saying, “Hello! Did you receive my message?” Politely reach out again by sending a reminder that you are available to help out in any capacity.

2. Understand that you must be organized.

When you are organized this creates less stress for not only yourself, but for your boss. Allowing things to get out of hand lowers the chances of you becoming productive throughout the day. You must stay on top of things so that you are able to make your deadlines. Some ways to stay organized would be by keeping your calendar nearby, having separate folders for different clients, and write down everything. This brings me to my next point.

3. Write down everything.

There is nothing worse than ordering the wrong sofa color for a client simply because you didn’t write it down. You may believe you can remember everything, but there will be times you just may forget. Therefore, to be on the safe side and write it down!

4. Figure out things on your own.

If your boss sends you on the quest to find that specific pillow, by any means, go find it. They may send you to West Elm, but if they are out of stock, DO NOT tell your boss, “West Elm is out of stock, now what should I do?” Let your boss know that West Elm is out of stock, but Home Goods and Williams Sonoma is right down street and you will check there. This allows your boss to see your critical thinking skills and shows them that you do not give up easily.

5. Be happy.

It sounds simple doesn’t it? DO NOT complain about how tired you are, because more likely; your boss is more exhausted than you are. Push through and keep smiling. If you are feeling moody and grumpy keep it to yourself because this brings negative energy into the workplace.

6. Have a work ethic.

As the assistant, your job is to help your boss and make their lives easier. Go above and beyond what you are expected to do. Which means stay late if you need to and ALWAYS be on time. You don’t have to always wait to be told what to do, sometimes taking the initiative is the better approach.

7. Volunteer for everything.

As the newest member to the team, there is always something to be done. From organizing the office supplies room to getting a head start on next week’s blog post; you should never be just sitting around. This shows you are willing to put the necessary steps in order to help the business become more successful.

8. Be efficient.

Multitasking is a must. While you’re in the Starbucks line, go ahead and call Pottery Barn to make sure they have that 8×10 rug; If you’re unfamiliar with a term, Google it. Always think ahead and be ready for what may be next.

9. DO NOT give unsolicited negative advice.

If you are assisting in a master bedroom project and your boss places a leopard print pillow on the bed, then you should not say, “Well I don’t like that one.” You job is to assist in the vision in which your boss has and not to create your own. It’s always better to give positive unsolicited advice instead.


Listen when your boss is giving instructions to the next project. Listen to the client when they tell you they aren’t too fond of the pattern on the chair. Listen to your boss when they tell you to order the grey sectional and not the blue one. It is extremely important to listen and ask questions if you need further direction.
I believe that applying these tools will allow your boss to see that you are valuable and worth keeping. Learn as much as you can while being an assistant. The knowledge and experience that is gained will forever be with you. Wouldn’t you agree?

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