Bringing 2018 Pantone purple to life with tablescapes at Robyn Story Designs

I am thrilled to have met Robyn Story at Robyn Story Designs in Tampa. I have always been a fan of hers and her gorgeous shop, and I am so glad to find out what a warm and kind person she is.

We finally had the chance to spend a couple hours together working on two  little tablescapes at the amazing Robyn Story Designs in Tampa.

We wanted to highlight The Pantone 2018 color of the year – Ultra Violet- and show how you can use purple in your entertaining and decorating.

She carved out a special space for our vignettes.

The plates and linens are from my collection and the darling wood tables and gorgeous florals and accessories are from Robyn.

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Nebraska friend shares gorgeous Christmas dining room

Sharing the beautiful table and dining room of my friend Mary Jane Ingram, who lives in Nebraska, and who is the sister in law of my local friend, Linda Ingram.

I love her Lenox Winter Greetings china and the candelabras.

Doesn’t she have a gorgeous table and dining room! And two trees!

Thanks for letting me share, Mary Jane!

Love Never Dies, Part Deux of The Phantom of the Opera: Opening night at Straz Center

I received two tickets to Love Never Dies due to my relationship with The Tampa Bay Bloggers and theirs with the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. However, all opinions are my own. 

In Love Never Dies, it had been 10 long years since the Phantom has seen his beloved Christine. For us, it is 20 long years.

The Phantom has lived in my mind replaying the brooding, mysterious obsessive love and those incredible songs. I have only seen the movie and downloaded the music but the music is so incredible I feel as though it has been a part of me.

I had never had the chance to see the musical. So I was. So. Happy to see “part deux” to the Phantom: Love Never Dies.

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Visiting New Orleans-inspired Roux in South Tampa

I finally visited Roux Tampa yesterday for a holiday/birthday party for Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

I loved the decor and couldn’t stop taking photos. It was lovely to be there during the holidays with the gold and rich colors.

We were seated in a private room for our holiday/birthday party, and had great service. Such a fun time!

My absolute favorite? The cornbread! It must be the best I’ve ever had!

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Annual St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital Foundation’s luncheon, epic fashion show rings in the holidays

I had the opportunity to attend the 29th Annual St. Joseph’s Woman’s Hospital Foundation luncheon and fashion show. What a show!  The fashions are from Georgette’s Boutique in South Tampa and they were extraordinary!

Models include many Tampa Bay media personalities, which makes for a fun show. This is a great kick off to the holiday season and sells out every year due to the great venue, auction, planning and dancers!

Here is a peek at the gorgeous tables!

I can’t wait to go back next year!

 

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Laura Katz Home filled with elegant treasures from the sea

Once again, I’m smitten with another shop at The Alley in Belleair. Locally, this little jewel is probably known to many, but I’ve just been introduced to it lately, and I’m so happy to find several treasures here.

In addition to Petal & Vine, Lemon Tree Vintage Market and dozens of others, I visited Laura Katz Home this weekend.

Although they are treasures from the sea, the items she hosts here are all elegant, from the textures of the gorgeous wing chair to gleaming metals, it’s a lovely place to look at exquisite details.

Take a look around at some her store on this November day. And if you love the ocean, stop by and treat yourself.

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Setting a happy yellow and green farmhouse table at Lemon Tree Vintage Market

I met  Amy Lemons McDermott, owner of Lemon Tree Vintage Market  out at Safety Harbor’s Market on Main several months ago. I loved her fresh take on blending the old with the new, her whimsical designs using vintage silver plate pieces such and cups and creamers, and the use of lemons. I have  eagerly been waiting for her to open her shop, which was in the works.

I loved that her maiden name is ‘Lemons’ and that she uses lemons to honor her mother, who recently passed.

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Renaissance Tampa Hotel a jewel in the midst of the city

Today I had a meeting at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for a planning meeting of the upcoming Dress for Success Tampa Bay luncheon and fashion show. One of the committee members works there, so we decided to have lunch there as well.

Nestled to the side of International Plaza in Tampa, just on the cusp of Tampa International Airport, a newcomer to Tampa wouldn’t realize they are in for a treat. It’s a small Mediterranean jewel that’s delightful to visit.

I’ve been to the hotel twice for business reasons, but for some reason I did not have the opportunity to explore.

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Take a trip to The Bungaleaux on Central for hot decorating ideas

I always want to take the time to visit Central Avenue in St. Petersburg but it seems I never have the time to go. Recently, I was headed to a couple places (like China Finders and The Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe), and decided to drive around a bit and see what I could find on Central. And I stumbled upon The Bungaleaux on Central

I was intrigued by the elaborate and decorative cursive sign outside and figured I should venture in.

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