Spring is an ideal time to lighten and brighten the look of your fireplace mantel display. Some years, I completely remake the look of my mantel at the start of each new season. And others, I keep the same basic display in place the whole year through, then add just a few seasonal touches here [...]

One of my favorite things to do in spring is to spy on the birds that live in the canopy of the trees in my backyard. I enjoy watching them hop about the garden, gathering twigs or bits of grass to build their nests. But most of all, I love to watch them torment our [...]


I love a good shower. Not the soap and hot water kind. The kind where you gather with friends to celebrate an exciting new beginning in a loved one’s life, whether it’s the arrival of a baby or an upcoming wedding. Do you have any friends or family celebrating a milestone event this year? If [...]

I got an icy welcome when I arrived at the huge Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in January. You probably remember the news — Atlanta was covered in a sheet of ice that grounded flights, held up shipments of merchandise and left restaurants and hotels near the convention center without the supplies they [...]