Friday, December 21, 2012


The city around the holidays; it's extra sparkly. There is something quite magical about it. 
And I can't help but snap photos at every chance I get.
We hope everyone has a wonderful official start to the holidays. 
Celebrations are under way. Enjoy!

Images from Cassandra Cole

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Desserts

With all of the holiday parties and family gatherings, it is wonderful to have a festive Christmas dessert to finish off your holiday meal.
The red color of velvet cake was made for Christmas and the holidays. Simply add white or green and you have Christmas! From cakes to cupcakes to souffle, red velvet plays a part in these desserts.
The cakes that finish up the line up are peppermint and chocolate mint cake. 

Recipes can all be found at Southern Living.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Elise Allen Art & Paris Finds

This weekend I am heading to New Orleans for a party 
featuring Elise Allen artwork and the newest additions
to the Paris Finds Collection! I cannot wait to see the pieces
in person, both artwork and antique furniture! 

Have a great weekend and if you're in New Orleans, 
be sure to stop by! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jewels for the Holidays

I have been seeing a lot of great jewels
online lately, and I would just love to 
be wearing any of these over Christmas
and New Years! Which are your favorite?

Kate Spade Pink Stud Earrings // Kate Spade Skinny Bow Ring // Lulu Frost for JCrew Earrings
Kate Spade Scallop Ring // Dannijo William Earrings // Urban Outfitters Love Studs
BaubleBar Stackable Rings //  Kate Spade Ritz Ring // BaubleBar Ice Floral Drop Earrings
Tory Burch Small Logo Earrings // Kate Spade Gemstone Cocktail Ring  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Apartment Style

We wanted to put together a little selection of furniture for a first time apartment. 
This is always such a struggle to have a stylish setting and grouping of furniture within 
a great price point. When selecting furniture for a first time apartment,
 you always want to have in mind that the furniture should be versatile 
for different spaces as life goes on. The bed or sofa you have in your first apartment may 
some day be in a guest room or den in years to come. This is why we turned to Broyhill 
for selection and style. These are some of the base pieces that could work so 
well with different style of rugs, lamps and mirror that one can choose to add. 
These are great basic pieces that will accessorize beautifully.

*Images Compliments of: Broyhill Furniture

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bay Area Adventures

A walk through our "backyard" The Presidio. It's only a few blocks away and we love being able to enjoy it at a moments notice!
And looking back on San Francisco after driving over the Golden Gate Bridge on our way to Healdsburg. Never tire of that view. 
While shopping at Quadrille for a project, I happened upon their merchandise. Would love to have any of their pillows or makeup cases. Perfect gift ideas too. 
Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things about the holidays. I love the simple way Diptqyue wraps their candles, just two colors of tissue paper folded over. 
The perfect lunch (or dinner) spot in Healdsburg. Barndiva in Healdsburg was so beautiful.
Looking forward to sharing about our Healdsburg getaway next week.

Have a great weekend!

*Photos from Cassandra's Instagram 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ann Foster Designs

Ann Foster Designs are stunning pieces of jewelry. She designs pieces that combine aesthetic and spiritual qualities. Her jewelry are pieces of art . The combination of pearls and semi precious stone are some of our favorites. This first piece is an example of her lovely work. To have one of these beautiful necklaces as a gift for the holidays would certainly make one happy!

Images Compliments of: Ann Foster Designs

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gift Guide {For Her}

one - Turquoise Jewelry Box  //  two - Birchbox Subscription
three - JCrew Polka Dot Backup Battery  //  four - Plush Fleece Lined Tights
five - Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Cream  //  six -  Diptyque Scented Oval
seven - Hedgehog Measuring Cups  //  eight - Clarisonic Mia Sonic
nine - Lafco Duchess Peony Candle  //  ten - Three Jane Map Necklace

Friday, November 30, 2012

Party Attire

This dress is perfect. I love the color and how it has a touch of sparkle.
It's going to be fabulous for holiday parties, just need to pick some accessories!

Oasis Paloma Embellished Dress
Kendra Scott Evan Earrings // Kendra Scott Laine Earrings
Banana Republic Teal Stone Bracelet // Kendall Conrad Bell Bangle
Enzo Angolini Infiniti Pump // Ivanka Trump Aryella Pump

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kuhl Linscomb Picks

When my mom was in Houston visiting me, back in early November, 
we did a lot of of our favorite spots we discovered was 
Kuhl Linscomb, a home goods store that spans over 70,000 square feet
and in 5 buildings, houses anything and everything one might need for their home. 
My favorite items they were selling were the Lafco Candles (I took home a Duchess Peony -
the glass is Portuguese blown glass and can be used long after the candle is all burned)
 and the Dhurrie area rugs in beautiful geometric patterns. 
It was safe to say, mom and I got lost among the gorgeous items!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Styling

Deck the Halls with evergreen everywhere!
 What a wonderful time of year to be able to bring all of this fresh evergreen
 into the house on staircases, mantels, the Christmas tree, wreaths, throughout the house. 
The senses are filled with the scents of Christmas, all the fresh fur balsam. 
We cannot wait to get decorating for the season!

*Images Compliments of Canadian House and Home, Southern Living

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving for us is getting together and baking. With our star Leslie in the kitchen, we usually let her take the reins. We turn the music up loud and dance around, Dad popping his head in once and a while.

There is one recipe that is tried and true in the Cole house, and that's Ina Garten's Graham Cracker Pie Crust. With only three ingredients it's easy and fun to make, the hardest part is crushing the graham crackers!

Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (10 crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

*We like to add a dash of cinnamon (1/4) teaspoon, depending on the type of pie you are making.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl. Press into a 9-inch pie pan, making sure the sides and the bottom are an even thickness. Bake 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

We hope everyone has a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving! We'll see you on Monday. xo The Coles

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

When planning for Thanksgiving we always want to set a pretty table. 
So we have been looking for inspiration for our table. 
The idea of using fruit and nuts is very appealing. 
It gives a really nice fall color tone for decorating and wonderful texture to the table.
We are thinking that the grapes and pears in the centerpieces 
is the direction we are going to go with our table, with large pillar candles.
Are you using any fruit and nuts on your Thanksgiving centerpiece?

*Images Compliments of: Martha Stewart Living