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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web-manager and friend here again bringing you your last minute Mother’s Day gift guide for any last minute shopping. Just in case you’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but with quick shipping, there’s still time to get her something special.

When it comes to shopping this week, think about places you can either pick-up a gift (I love the “pick-up in store” options so many places have now), or have shipped to you (or mom!) quickly. And of course, you can’t go wrong with flowers!

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1. This/That & Bits/Bobs pouches: Anthropologie always has such a great selection of little gifts and things. These pouches would be perfect for traveling abroad to collect loose change and foreign currency.

2. Photography Workshop: What mom wouldn’t love a trip of a lifetime to learn how to use her camera and explore Italy at the same time? Go in with your siblings (and maybe your dad, too) to gift mom one of Annette’s style+photo workshops!

3. Copper Tea Kettle: There’s something about sipping hot tea in the spring and summer that’s so refreshing. This copper tea kettle is gorgeous and can be kept out on the stove for extra kitchen pizzazz.

4. Pool House Candle: Candles are fun to gift because they’re something people rarely buy for themselves. These Lafco candles are large, so they make a great piece for a coffee table, but their size also means they burn for 90 hours!

5. Polish Set + Mani/Pedi Date: Give mom a mani/pedi with you along with a stunning collection of summer polishes to keep her toes beach ready all season.

6. Straw hat: A wide brim straw hat is perfect for the mom who loves to be outdoors. She can use it in her garden, at the beach, or anywhere else she’d like!

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms and moms-to-be out there!

xo, Nicole

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Mother’s Day Book Bundle Giveaway!

Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that I look forward to every year; not just because I’m a mom and my kids love to spoil me, but because it’s incredibly important to honor the women that have made the biggest impact in our lives, our Moms. You know by now I love giving gifts, so here’s my chance to give the ultimate book selection to one of you deserving Moms out there. I am honored to call all of these talented authors my friends; I am a lucky girl!

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Here’s what you’ll win: 4 signed books from some of the most amazing tastemakers in the country. And here’s the winner’s tasty selection: my book Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY. You will also win an advance copy of Hugh Acheson’s latest book, The Broad Fork Clarkson Potter (May 12, 2015), Eddie Ross’ yet-to-be-released book, Modern Mix Gibbs Smith (September 1, 2015) and Barbara Westbrook’s newly released book Gracious Rooms Rizzoli NY .This book bundle giveaway is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for you or that special Mom in your life. I hope you win!

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About the Authors:

HUGH ACHESON is the author of the James Beard Award Winning cookbook A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen and chef/owner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five & Ten and The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South, and the Savannah restaurant The Florence. Hugh’s cookbook titled A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen published by Clarkson Potter in 2011 won the award for Best Cookbook in the field of “American Cooking” by the James Beard Foundation in 2012. His second cookbook is Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks. Food & Wine Magazine named him Best New Chef in 2002 and the James Beard Foundation awarded him Best Chef Southeast in 2012. Hugh competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and starred as a judge on Top Chef, Seasons 9, 10, 11, and 12. He lives in Athens with his family.

EDDIE ROSS is the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens, producing home, decorating, DIY and entertaining stories for print, digital and video. He has been a design, decorating and food editor for House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living and Food Network. A trained chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Eddie has styled parties and table settings featured in Southern Living,Lonny and InStyle. His design work has been published in Domino,Vanity FairCountry Living and the New York Times. He also appeared in Bravo’s interior design competition series Top Design and entertaining specials for HGTV. His first book Modern Mix:Curating Personal Style with Chic and Accessible Finds will be publishedon September 1, 2015 by Gibbs Smith.

BARBARA WESTBROOK launched Atlanta-based interiors design firm Westbrook Interiors in 1992 after designing under the tutelage of Southern greats Nancy Braithwaite and Gandy-Peace. her proejcts – homes, second homes, showhouses, large-scale renovations, spas, and her persona homes have been widely published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Garden & Gun, Better Homes & Gardens, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Barbara also publishes a quarterly online mini-magazine, www.workbookbywestbrook.com.

*Note You will be getting Eddie Ross’s book in late July as it releases in Sept, but you will be getting your copy before anyone else.

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Make it Fresh for Spring with Staples :: Celebrate the Holidays

Mother's Day Staples When you have a small business like mother daughter business partners Gail and Jessica of Urban Cottage Atlanta, your customers are like friends. You want to make everyone feel welcomed and appreciated, and giving gifts and throwing parties is all part of the plan. When looking for customized special occasion signage and beautiful branded collateral that celebrate the holidays, Urban Cottage looks no further than the online shop of  Staples Copy & Print.

For Memorial Day Urban Cottage Atlanta decided to treat their customers to a BBQ. Because Urban Cottage is located in the urban Atlanta neighborhood of Virginia Highlands, a BBQ with burgers and sodas for Memorial Day seemed perfect. They ordered a banner and brought the grill right outside their front door. It’s no surprise that the neighborhood loved it. Add a little bluegrass band, and they had a party!

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Gail says, “Celebrating with customers is not only good business, but it’s fun.” Smart small business owners can use banners and offer customized discount cards. It’s easy to make your customers feel special with some affordable giveaways like these can covers from Staples Copy & Print.

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“Since Urban Cottage is a mother & daughter business, Mother’s Day is something we love to celebrate every year,” explains Jessica. “This year we ordered this custom banner and some beautiful customized journals to gift our customers from Staples Copy & Print.

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Mother's Day Staples The selection at Staples Copy & Print is great, and the graphics are beautiful. Any Mom would love to have one of these pretty and useful journals. Gail says, “Putting together in-store promotions has become a pleasure using the Staples Copy & Print department.”

Thanks to Gail and Jessica! It was fun hanging out in your beautiful store, and I treated myself to a few goodies while I was there. What can I say? I was feeling festive.

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1. Mother’s Day Banner 2. Mother’s Day Journal 3. BBQ Can Coolers 4. BBQ Banner

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $49.99 (for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.

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Offer valid 3/29-6/27/15
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*Get 50% off custom invitations and announcements
Offer valid 3/29-6/27/15
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Photos by : Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn and Annette Joseph

 

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day :: Wedding Season :: DIY flowers 2 ways.

IMG_2456 Hello Spring! Flowers are blooming all over Atlanta, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

In the spirit of wedding season and Mother’s Day I thought it would be the perfect week for all things floral. Megan Dunlap from Victory Blooms will also join me later in the week with her own spin on a romantic wedding bouquet. It’s easier than you think to arrange your own flowers. So if you’re hands-on and your event isn’t too overwhelming then this post is for you! If you have too much on your plate for your big day… do the smart thing and call a pro like Megan.

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Nothing gives me more pleasure than to arrange flowers for my own events and for some special people in my life who ask me to help with their weddings. Here are two beautiful and easy bouquets to decorate your spring gatherings. These would also make lovely tabletop arrangements at a wedding.

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Let’s get started! When beginning the design process I start with spring stems, then pick a strong color theme like pink and lavender with touches of pale yellow. I am absolutely crazy about the idea of using a navy and white windowpane fabric as tablecloths. It’s fresh, bold, and chic.

For this arrangement you will need:
– Lavender
– Ranunculus
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Baby’s Breath
– Hyacinth
– Chalkboard garden markers DIY 
– Enamel Pitcher

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Step one: clean the bottom of the stems, and make a fresh cut.

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Step two: place all the fillers in the pitcher. The fillers in this case are Queen Anne’s Lace and Baby’s Breath.

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Step three: add in the Ranunculus and the Hyacinth, working your way around the vase or pitcher.

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Step four: place the chalkboard garden markers into the pitcher and place on your reception tables.

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The second arrangement is a little more tailored and formal. While the loose wildflowers and enamel pitcher in the first bouquet would be perfect for a free-spirited bride or party, this bouquet is a little more dressed up and classic. It’s amazing how the same flowers can be transformed with a different vessel and technique.

For this arrangement you will need:

– Lavender
– Ranunculus
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Hyacinth
– Pink Roses

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Step one: this bouquet begins with hand arranging.* Start by gathering a few flowers in a spiral pattern in one hand, adding one flower at a time. Continue to go around and around alternating flowers until you have a nice half dome arrangement (about 6-8 inches in diameter).

Note* This is the same technique you would use to create a wedding bouquet as well.

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Step two: cut the bottom of the stems so that they are even. I like to leave about 6-8 inches. If you were making a hand bouquet this is where you would use a rubber band to secure them and then finish with a beautiful silk ribbon (more on that later this week!). Otherwise, place the arrangement into a glass vase* filled with water (as shown above).

Note* make sure you measure the height of the stems before you trim them if you’re placing this arrangement into a vase

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Step three: add more flowers once your bouquet is placed into the vase to add dimension and texture. Be careful not to overload your vase… just a couple stems will do. That’s it!

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Speaking of flowers… one of my dear friends and blogger/author Holly Becker, was kind enough to send over her newly released book from Chronicle Books , Decorate with Flowers  as a giveaway to one of of my sweet readers!

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Hope you win it! And I really hope this has helped all you brides out there, of course all these tips are perfect for all your gatherings and celebrations. For more flower arranging DIY buy my book Picture Perfect Parties, there are so many great party flower ideas throughout the book. Good luck and US residents only please!

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