MZ WALLACE GIVEAWAY, click to expand

MZ WALLACE GIVEAWAY

Just in time to get a little something for yourself this holidays season!

This is the very first giveaway on GADABOUT and I could not be more excited! The wonderful MZ WALLACE has graciously agreed to gift the winner a Metro Tote of their choice! I snagged my first bag a few months ago and have totally fallen in love with it. I use mine weekly for the gym, my computer kit, and even for little overnights and weekend excursions.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

AND THE WINNER IS… No. 63! CONGRATULATIONS JACKIE! I WILL BE IN TOUCH VIA EMAIL TO GET YOU THAT METRO TOTE! YAY! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED!

 

 

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST WITH KATE SPADE NEW YORK, click to expand

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST WITH KATE SPADE NEW YORK

There is little I like more than an easy weekend morning spent at home. This past Saturday was one of the better ones I have had in quite some time. Nelson and my schedule allowed us to visit with our families a little earlier than usual this year, and with my parents being a quick trip up the coastline we decided to spend the weekend at the beach.

My mother always has Christmas decorations up by December 1st so from the minute we walked through the door we were in the holiday spirit. Right when I smelled the Frasier Fir candle, I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to use my Kate Spade New York Wickford Collection and Allison Avenue flatware. I had been waiting for the perfect place to style the two sets for the blog and thought what better way to break it in than a big holiday breakfast. A recent ambition of mine has been to teach myself a bit of photography and styling so I jumped at the chance to capture the moment.

The Wickford pattern is a personal favorite from Kate Spade.  I personally believe that a set of white china is a must for any kitchen. It is just so clean and classic. What I loved most about the Wickford, was that the look could go coastal or country with that bright white bead work around their edges. Though the design is not jazzy, it looks so sophisticated when it is all laid out. The detail work on the serve-ware and dinnerware is just different enough to add interest, and the varying bowl heights take your eye easily around the table.

I paired the Wickford with the Allison Avenue flatware and Abington hostess and serving set because the line work was so similar. Though it was difficult for me to select a place setting (I also loved the clean lines of the Todd Hill) I loved how the two looked online and was so excited to finally see them paired together Saturday morning.

After a too-fun Friday night, we mustered up the strength to wake early. With the rest of my family still asleep, we decided to get to work in the kitchen, pulling out my new Kate Spade Collection, some coffee and the recipe for Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast. Though we had never made the toast before, we went with a familiar syrup recipe that calls for fresh cranberry and orange zest to keep things surefooted. You can find the recipe we used here. While I placed dishes, styled the winterberry and gathered ingredients, Nelson snagged an old, unfinished crossword and began calling out the clues one by one. It honestly was so much fun, him writing away, me chiming in answer while I cooked.

You should of seen me in the kitchen though. It went something like I clicked, he mixed, I snapped, then stirred, he poured, and I shot as many photos as I could without ruining the moment. By the time the toast was ready and the crossword was all but complete, I had snapped nearly seventy photos and put powdered sugar all over the place. It really was a great time and the toast was so delicious. Styling all the beautiful Kate Spade pieces and learning the light with my aperature setting was the perfect way to start my day off. I am just so excited to be figuring my camera out!

To see the Kate Spade New York Wickford CollectionAllison Avenue flatware sets from the shoot see below!


DECK THEIR HALLS / RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, click to expand

DECK THEIR HALLS / RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

While flipping back through an older Veranda (July/August 2013), a lovely light-filled kitchen caught my eye. After revisiting this Richmond project, I knew I wanted to use it for today’s post. Designer Suellen Gregory, balances her long-time client’s love of adventure and respect for tradition in this 1920’s Georgian manor. Pops of contemporary pieces and shocking color play against a palette of cream, gold, and gray in a way that makes this home feel happy, sensible and surprising.  It was so much fun to imagine it all dressed up for the holidays.