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Coca-Cola Workshop, a sweet afternoon!


When I was contacted by Coca-Cola to conduct a workshop what can I say? I was thrilled.

We are a Coke family. My kids and my husband only consume Coke products, a true family of the South. I grabbed everything out of my prop stash, headed to a studio in King Plow and brought all sorts of food stuffs and goodies to play with. Coke delivered cans and bottles of Coke.

My group arrived, and we were off and running. I have to say that teaching is really something I love. I love sharing all my years of styling knowledge; I find it exciting and fulfilling. For years I worked as a photo stylist, never imagining myself here teaching and mentoring young stylists.

As you read this, I am in London teaching a tabletop styling class at Summerill and Bishop’s new school. It’s funny where your personal journey takes you, isn’t it?

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My Italian Riviera Style+Photo Workshop will be posting next month, so follow my Style+Workshop Instagram for the registration announcement. Don’t hesitate to sign up once it’s up! I have a feeling it’s going to fill-up fast, since the West Elm Workshop sold out in 48 hours, and Marrakech in record time, too.

See you at the next workshop adventure! xx


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Salted Chocolate Pots de Crème


The first issue of Atlanta Magazine’s Home featured one of my favorite chocolate recipes, Pots de Creme. It’s the perfect Easter dessert and great for Passover as well. Pick up a copy of Atlanta Magazine’s Home on newsstands now. I am so thrilled to be producing all sorts of inspiring parties as Entertaining Editor. Spring is here, and Easter is right around the corner; can you believe it??

Salted Chocolate Pots de Crème
Serves 6-8

You will need:
1 ½ cup whole milk
– 1/2 cup whipping cream
– 5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
– 1 teaspoon sea salt, or flake salt
– 6 large egg yolks
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1 cup whipped cream for topping

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Bring milk and cream just to simmer in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and salt; whisk until melted and smooth. Whisk yolks and sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in hot chocolate mixture. Strain mixture into another bowl. Cool 10 minutes, skimming any foam from surface.

Divide custard mixture among six 3/4-cup custard cups or soufflé dishes. Cover each with foil. Place cups in large baking pan. Add enough hot water to pan to come halfway up sides of cups. Bake until custards are set but centers still move slightly when gently shaken, about 55 minutes. Remove from water. Remove foil. Chill custards until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep chilled.) Top with whip cream, and serve.

Pick up a copy today!

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Photos by Sarah Dorio

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atlanta food/prop styling and photography workshop


We all had the best time Saturday at our Prop/Food Styling workshop at the Scott Lowden Photography Studio. Let me just say the was the perfect venue. What a beautiful place to work all day. Everyone arrived at 9am, and then after proper introductions we got started with 2 slide presentations: one by moi and one by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn (our incredible photographer). I shared styling tips and she talked about photography. We had students of all levels and experience, which made it fun.


Of course there were swag bags, which included my cookbook Picture Perfect Parties, and some amazing lovelies from our sponsors.


We loved hearing everyone’s stories. Once everyone donned their custom Raw Materials Design stylist aprons, we headed over to Highland Row Antiques to do a little prop shopping. This was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another and for me to explain what I look for in a food prop. Needless to say I found a few items for my own prop stash (and maybe my next book project)!

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After our prop shopping field trip we started by shooting a charcuterie platter, then moved to a sangria set up. All the workshop attendees practiced by photographing these sets ups and getting technical advice from Deborah.


We had lunch and then it was one more demo of how to style “ugly” food. Our roasted cauliflower soup was the perfect model.

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The entire afternoon flew by as everyone picked props and food to shoot from out buffet of choices.


Great group, great time! Can’t wait to do it again. We will be hosting our next workshop in Austin, TX. Stay tuned for more details on my workshop page.

Thank you to our sponsors: Annie Selke, Blue Eyed Yonder, Westelm Atlanta, Minted, Staples, Raw Materials Design, Scott Lowden Photography

Thanks to Frank Joseph and Lesley Graham for BTS photography!

Special Thanks to Justin, Rachel, and Dayle for helping with setup and breakdown and everything in between I could have done it without you… Austin here we come (details to come!)


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Prop Stylist Resource :: Inner Pieces

photo 2 What did I say??? Why did I say it? Oh yes… the year of sharing my knowledge. I guess I must come clean about some of my secret resources. I feel like you’ll have to tear this one from my cold dead hands… just kidding (kind of). As you all know I shop for a living, that’s what a prop stylist does. Whenever a another stylist shares a resource publicly I just cringe, and now I am doing it. I know! I’ve lost my mind. photo 5 This year of sharing makes it obligatory don’t cha think? I know what you’re saying “YES YES YES tell me!!!!,” so here you go. I have been going to the Lisa Burnett’s Inner Pieces warehouse for 15 years. I always go when a shipment arrives, not when Lisa is at Scotts. photo 1 photo 3 When I met Lisa we hit it off instantly and she quickly invited me to her “off the beaten path” warehouse in nowhere land. When I walked in for the first time I really had to have a moment to catch my breath. It’s exactly like walking into a big stall in L’Isle sur la Sorgue. It’s truly a mini vaca. Part of the reason I am coming clean is that Lisa just launched a website. It’s true, she’s never had one. That is one of the wonderful things about Lisa, she is so old school and so European. Well not anymore! Am I happy? Well yes… sort of. 😉

Lisa shops in the South of France and picks some of the most gorgeous and outrageous things. She then stacks all of the crunchy goodies in her industrial space right here in Atlanta. As you all know I have shopped the flea markets in the South of France many many times and I am here to tell you she really gets the best stuff from the markets there. Take it from me. photo 6 photo 7 photo 8 Did I mention that Lisa is super clever at re-purposing? She’s awesome at making coffee tables out of found objects, light fixtures and mirrors, her upholstery is stellar, and she’s great at helping you figure out what to do with unique market finds.

I found these amazing oyster baskets they were tough to use for storage so Lisa had liners made for them, cool huh? They are a perfect for my linens collection. LOVE them. photo 9 photo 10 Fun Fact:: Parts of Picture Perfect Parties (my cookbook) was shot in her warehouse. If you look in the fall/winter chapters of my book you’ll see it for yourself. PicturePerfectParties_p167_breadpudding Okay kids check it out let me know what you think and you’re welcome. Yep I’m a giver 🙂 Look for Lisa at Scotts every month or stop by her warehouse I am sharing you Lisa because I love you…..xx 2014-02-23_09-44-18

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Events this week

Annette Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving celebrating with friends and family. I loved having my kids home and our dear friends from Italy flew in to celebrate with us. We took them to all of our favorite spots in Atlanta (you can see some of them on instagram).

After all that relaxing it’s time to get back to my book tour and I am recharged and excited! This week is jam-packed with fabulous events + book signings. Tuesday I will kick things off in Houston for their Design Center’s 6th Annual Deck the Tables Kick-Off Party. On Wednesday I’ll be at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams in Dallas. I will be putting on a table top demonstration with tips for how to entertain during the holidays. On thursday I’ll be back home in Atlanta for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine’s “Holiday House Sip ‘n’ Sign.” Ending the week in the city of angels. Friday night I’ll be mixing and mingling at a cocktail party and book signing sponsored by Adorno Magazine and Egg & Dart Home in LA. Saturday I’ll be hosting a floral workshop from 12-1 with a book signing to follow. More details here! Hope to meet some of you in person.

Looking forward to all of your amazing questions and to chatting about all things food & entertaining! Adorno_NovemberNew_Annete_Joseph_MailChimp_5.1

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