Tour of a Relaxing Master Bedroom

I thought you might like a little tour of one of my favorite spaces in my home – the master bedroom. I know sleep experts say you should only use the bedroom for sleep and sex, but I treat my bedroom as a living space. I enjoy spending time in my room sipping coffee, reading, watching television, studying, writing, and creating just like I do in other rooms in my home. I recently enlisted the help of Sarah Calk with SadlsDesigns to make new pillow coverings to freshen up my space – since we are apparently going to be spending A LOT of time at home. I spied a beautiful antelope fabric on her Instagram feed and reached out to see if she could make some Euro shams and a long bolster pillow with leftover fabric from a reupholstery project. I am so happy with how it turned out. Sarah … Continue reading “Tour of a Relaxing Master Bedroom”

What Would Holley Wear: Live Like a Local

You’ve seen the signs when visiting a picturesque resort town…. “Live like a Local!”  But did you ever think you would be longing to experience that in your own home town?  For me…that’s Fort Worth, Texas. Famous on the Northside is Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant.  Three things you need to know…they only take cash, people go there for the margaritas, and their beautiful patio is where the action is!  Ft. Worth designer, Sheridan French, is the queen of colorful and spirited prints.  Her stunning dresses, skirts, and tunics are perfect for this famous hometown patio….keeping it local y’all!      The Kimbell, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and  The Modern Museum of Art are world-class art museums…an incredible gift to our community.  From the classics to contemporary, Fort Worth offers art that speaks to everyone.   So what would Holley suggest you wear to a world-class art museum?  She’s loving … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Live Like a Local”

Master of Your Grill – The Best BBQ Dry Rub

Mr. Bee has perfected the best BBQ dry rub and we want to share his recipe with you!  It’s especially good on pork ribs and brisket.  We keep a jar full of it for the moment we are in the mood to smoke meat. To save money, purchase your spices in bulk at Whole Foods or Central Market. If you by them already bottled in the grocery store you are paying for the container and labor, rather if you buy them in bulk, your spices are probably at their freshest. Let’s your ribs rule! Mr. Bee’s Best BBQ Rub: 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup kosher salt 1/2 black pepper 1/4 cup chili powder 1/4 cup paprika 3 TBL Tumeric 1 TBL Garlic Powder 1 TBL Onion Powder *optional add 1-2 tsp of Cayenne pepper to kick it up a notch. Mix thorough and store … Continue reading “Master of Your Grill – The Best BBQ Dry Rub”

What Would Holley Wear: Vacation Outfits That Require Zero Travel

Hey there….is that a little umbrella I see in your drink?  Good for you!  Because that tells me you are in vacation-mode!  Though most of our trips have been canceled, that doesn’t mean our vacation style has to be.  Right? The first trip we had to cancel was our annual summer trip to Aspen.  We were so looking forward to mountain views and a cooler climate.  Since it tends to be very cool in early June in Aspen, for me, that means wearing jeans day and night.  I like to wear mine with a blazer and my orange Robert Zur loafers.  Veja sneakers paired with jeans and a J Crew linen blazer are ideal for a mountain town stroll. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to our NYC summer trip.  Though, I do have a New Yorker insider tip to share:  To “live like the locals”.…a weekend brunch is a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Vacation Outfits That Require Zero Travel”

Summer Salad: Avocado Lump Crab Salad

It feels like it’s 120 degrees in Texas during the months of July and August.  A cold salad for dinner is a great option to keep you and your house cool.  But sometimes I get tired of the usual “lettuce and tomato” cast of characters.  After a day by the pool try this refreshing seafood salad.  It is perfectly filling. I have had Gina Homolka’s SkinnyTaste recipe for Avocado and Lump Crab salad pinned on my Pinterest salad board for a while.  It is very easy to make and keeps in the refrigerator for next-day leftovers. AVOCADO AND LUMP CRAB SALAD INGREDIENTS: 1 medium Hass avocado (about 5 oz avocado) 4 oz lump crab meat 2 tbsp chopped red onion 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice (from 1 lime) 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 2 grape tomatoes, diced 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp salt and fresh black pepper 2 leaves … Continue reading “Summer Salad: Avocado Lump Crab Salad”

What Would Holley Wear: Beach Bags and Cover Ups

Even if your beach vacation was canceled, that’s no reason to ditch your cute beach style.  Don’t you agree?  And here’s some good news…the bags and cover-ups we’re featuring are perfect for staycations and running errands! I’m all about a pool party-look that doesn’t require a bathing suit!  You too?  We are featuring an amazing selection of tunic tops on our Pinterest board.  Roller Rabbit’s white floral tunic exudes romantic boho charm and pairs perfectly with white cropped pants.  Know what you call a mini tunic worn over a swimsuit or by itself?  A “beach dress.”  That being said, we think Anthropologie’s bold floral mini is the ideal pool party/beach dress. Like tunic tops, a maxi dress will take you from a backyard pool party to running errands around town.  Don’t you think a white maxi complemented with a straw hat gives a cool vibe?  How cute does the “Fashion … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Beach Bags and Cover Ups”

Our Book Club Welcomes Author Sue Monk Kidd

We are in for such a treat this month – best-selling author, Sue Monk Kidd, will be joining us virtually on July 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss The Book of Longings, our selection for this month’s read. You will not want to miss this. So, pick up your copy and start now – it’s really good. In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything. Their marriage … Continue reading “Our Book Club Welcomes Author Sue Monk Kidd”

School of Gracious Living – Let’s Meet for Cocktails

Let’s have cocktails!  I am excited to partner with Sledge Distillery for a fun cocktail class. Sledge Distillery is a local family-owned business in Tolar, Texas.  Mark’s father, John Walter (Dub) Sledge, grew up in Hood County on Fall Creek. He was the second oldest boy in a family of eleven. When the uncles got together on the creek, Dub would help make moonshine. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Dub and his uncle were drafted and he was sent to Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific. It wasn’t long before Dub put his learnin’ to good use. He accumulated materials to make a still and used mess hall scraps and fresh fruit to concoct high demand shine allowing him to sell or trade for anything they needed. When Dub returned from war, he married Kathryn Massey who didn’t put up with drinking, dancing, or smoking. She agreed to marry him … Continue reading “School of Gracious Living – Let’s Meet for Cocktails”

What Would Holley Wear: Summer Porch Style

Who doesn’t love to gossip with friends on their front porch on a lazy summer day?  Add a tray of pimento cheese sandwiches and a pitcher of iced tea….and I’m all in! So the way I see it…one of the good things that have come from the pandemic is visiting with neighbors from our front porches.  Which makes me wonder….what’s your porch style?  We think a ruffled gingham midi or maxi skirt is ideal for hanging out on the porch!  And could there be anything cuter than coordinating mommy/daughter dresses?  We don’t think so.…and perfect for sipping lemonade!  Be sure to “check out” our Pinterest board!   Don’t you think a porch is the idyllic setting for entertaining…especially a screened-in porch?  The Trellis House B&B in Ogunquit, Maine serves breakfast and happy hour on their inviting screened-in porch….and you can count on Bentley, the house dog, to join you!  For … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Summer Porch Style”

Summer Self-Care: Buzzworthy Manicure Supplies

Self-care is so important, but especially during these strange, surreal times of COVID.  Here is a helpful article from the Mayo Clinic with coping tips and strategies. I have not entered a hair or nail salon since March, so I am trying to provide my own full-service experience. I wanted to share with you two products I’ve recently discovered that have changed my life and put a smile on my face! First, Color Street nail strips. Someone gave me a sample about a year ago and I was impressed with the long-lasting results. When a friend hosted an on-line “nail bar” recently, I thought I’d order a few sets. Color Street is 100% nail polish strips that provide base color, and topcoat in every strip with the bonus of no drying time. The colors are vibrant, the finishes glossy, and they easily adhere to the nail instantly. The nail polish … Continue reading “Summer Self-Care: Buzzworthy Manicure Supplies”