Limited Time Only!

December 17th, 2013

If you’re one of the people that haven’t ventured across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge lately, then this is what you’re missing!


Trinity Groves is quickly becoming the hot destination for foodies and those always seeking to try something new.  Phil Romano and his investing team picked the cream of the crop of hundreds that applied to open a concept restaurant for this incubator.  Find an interview about this new venture here.


One of my favorites among the bunch is Kitchen LTO.  It’s a permanent pop-up kitchen that operates for a limited time only and changes on a quarterly basis.  Not only do they have a different chef every quarter, but they also completely change the design of the restaurant, giving young up and coming chefs and interior design talent a great opportunity to showcase their skills!


Sunday I had the honor of sitting at the judge’s table joining many exceptional members of Dallas’ restaurant society at the 2nd Round Chef Tasting Day One at Kitchen LTO.  Each chef still in the running presented a dish that represented a premier selection on the menu that they would build, if chosen, and answered questions from the panel.


I can’t give you much information about the candidates (or I’d have to kill you…never a good option) but I can assure you that we’re in for a treat!  I will tell you that my favorite dish of the day was an oyster pot pie that was packed full of seafood.  Delish!


Thank you, owner and hostess extraordinaire, Casie Caldwell, for choosing me to join you guys on Sunday!  I’m looking forward to hearing the announcement of the next chef and visiting soon for delicious bites!!


My advise?  Get to Trinity Groves soon and check out Kitchen LTO!

Images 1, 2 via Trinity Groves, Kitchen LTO; 3,4,5,6 via Claire McCormick Photography

Grapes of Rad

September 5th, 2013

Love this idea from The Paper Mama!  Replace grapes for ice cubes!


Party perfection!

Cook A Book

July 28th, 2013

Now writing your own cookbook is just a website away!  Cookbook Create allows you to turn your favorite recipes into a printed cookbook for yourself or a lucky friend or family member!

Don’t you love it?

I Like It A Latte! – latte art

March 22nd, 2013

There’s just nothing better than sharing a latte with your besties and when you get a talented barista that makes your latte a sip-able work of art, it’s even more special!


Please allow me to brag and tell you that I’ve mastered the ability to stir and sip my latte while keeping the foamy design in tact  throughout the entire drinking experience…*curtsy*… so perhaps I’ll share my technique via video soon!

My favorite local spot to grab a latte is Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District.  This laid-back restaurant has all of the things that make brunch a favorite part of my weekend…a patio, exceptional lattes, migas, asiago cheese grits and plenty of hipsters and dogs to keep your view interesting.  Grab your sunnies and join in the fun!


I’ve recently heard about a barista in Fort Worth that makes fun latte art and I’m ready to make a special trip to try it!  These designs are done by Coffee Katie at Caffe di Angeli.  It’s interesting that they don’t have anything on their website or FB page about these artistic lattes, but Coffee Katie has quiet a gallery here of her work at the cafe.


How much fun is this grumpy cat?!  Coffee Katie, I’m heading west to check out your brew soon!

Where is your favorite place to grab a latte?  What would you want to see on your latte?  Have you mastered the stir and sip without destroying the design?

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Spend Thrift – Whole Foods Community Giving Day

March 13th, 2013

Dallas-area friends,

Hold off on that monster grocery shopping trip until March 19th!  Whole Foods Market Lakewood will be giving 5% of the days net sales to Dwell With Dignity!



Find location and hours of operation here.  Be sure and stop by the Dwell With Dignity table and say hi!

Funds will go to support the upcoming Thrift Studio on April 18th through May 18th.



Shopping and giving at it’s best!  Now I’m off to make my grocery list!

Private Bloggers Luncheon – April 1

March 12th, 2013

I have another great opportunity for all of my blogging buddies!  It’s time for another inspiring Bloggers Luncheon at Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, Texas!


I’m so excited that this luncheon will feature my precious friend, Carley Seale, owner of The Gypsy Wagon in Dallas.  You’ll love her story about how she grew-up going on adventures to Round Top with her beloved mom and how it influenced her life today.  I adore Carley and you will too!


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This event will be the third Round Top blogging event and it just keeps getting better!  We always look forward to Bud Royer‘s delicious fare with the highlight being Bud’s world-renowned piece of decadent pie for dessert!

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I would love to see some of the bloggers that attended the first event at Rachel Ashwell’s beautiful residence and B&B, The Prairie.  Let’s have a reunion, lovelies!

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As you know, space is limited so please secure your space here quickly!  I can’t wait to see you there!  Let’s make another memory!!

Design Bloggers Conference 2013

March 11th, 2013

My third trip to the Design Bloggers Conference was the best!  I’m delighted to finally sit down and tell you about my time there this year!


My soul sister, Amy Lee, of House of Wentworth and I kicked off the week with a dining experience we’ll never forget!  Having dinner with Adam Japko, founder of the Design Bloggers Conference and writer of WineZag wine blog, is always a treat, but this time it was extra special!  We were joined by one of the speakers at the conference, Richard Auffrey, The Passionate Foodie, who happens to be a Certified Sake Professional…a dream dinner companion when you’re headed to LA’s hottest Japanese restaurant, n/naka.


I knew when we walked in the door and Richard started speaking Japanese to the waitstaff that we were in for a treat!  We enjoyed a 3.5 hour tasting menu that was visually stimulating and full of taste and texture combinations. Simply splendid!  A night to remember, for sure!

Find Richard’s review of the night here.


OK…enough about food…I’m suppose to be telling you about the Design Bloggers Conference, right?  *focus*

Oh, shoot…One more diversion…

Before the conference kicked off, I paid a visit to the flea market on Melrose with Kim Turner of Dwell With Dignity.  This year I went more to people-watch than purchase and I wasn’t disappointed.


This year’s conference kicked off at HD Buttercup, LA’s brick and mortar emporium full of goodies from around the globe…both modern and classic…all displayed in the old Helm’s Bakery building.  As wonderful as HD Buttercup’s collections are, we were all distracted by reuniting with friends that we had met at past DBC gatherings or were meeting for the first time, yet virtually visit daily on their blogs.  Imagine the chatter!

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For the next two days we heard from some of the world’s most admired design industry influencers, social media experts, world-reknown bloggers, prominent published designers and editor in cheif’s of some of the nation’s most read magazines.  The biggest highlight was seeing my precious friend, Amy, share of her recent success in seeing her chair designs come to fruition through her collaboration with Plexi-Craft.  Find out more info about these beautiful chairs here.



Look what happened for two days during the conference on Twitter!  #DBC2013 trended No. 1!  Very cool, no?


I’ll never forget the words that flowed from Barbara Barry , one of my favorite speaker, as we all sat mesmerized by her melodious voice and inspiring thoughts on beauty.  There’s no doubt that she has us all viewing the world in a different way…


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Amy and I had lunch at The Ivy after the conference was over and Barbara’s influence had me finding beauty in the seeds and grain of the roll on my plate…bread-seeds-the-ivy-The-Hidden-List

…and finding much more vibrance in the roses on the table…  Thank you Barbara!


Another highlight was having the privilege to meet Grammy winner, Patti Austin.  I have such fond memories of listening to her music as a teenager and young adult.  She has one of those voices that causes rememberance to resurface and sends chills down your spine.


I was delighted to find that her gorgeous voice is second to her warm spirit and generous heart as I learned of her non-profit, Over My Shoulder Foundation.  Founded by Patti and Dawn Carroll, lyricist and Executive Director of OMSF, their mission is to promote mentoring and “mentorology” (the art and science of mentoring) through music and design.  Find out more about this non-profit here and see the video she shared of a 2011 performance of Dawn’s song performed at a Martin Luther King Celebration in Boston.  Warning:  Could induce goosebumps!

It was a trip to remember.  New friendships formed…reunions happened…and inspiration flourished…


I now have a new soul-sister…Irene Turner.  What a delight to give her a physical hug instead of communicating online!


We adore Andrew Joseph


and fellow-Texan, Clinton Smith, Editor of Atlanta Home and Lifestyle mag.



(l to r) Mitzi Beach, me, Amy Lambert Lee, Elle Cole, Shelly Mabry Rosenburg

The connections are strong at DBC and I’m so thankful that I was able to go back for the 3rd time!  Next year we all head to Atlanta and I can’t wait to see what is in store!


This photo kind-of sums up the week…  As we were leaving a fabulous party at the Harbinger showroom in West Hollywood we requested the photography skills of Bethanne Matari, PR Maven at Currey & Company, to get a party pic of Amy, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and this was the result.  Complete and utter BLISS!



Round The Block

November 13th, 2012

I’m a bit obsessed with the design of this Giotto block filled with Schmidt Brother knives that are made exclusively for West Elm!

giotto block for west elm

Just in time for the holidays!!

Giotto block for West Elm

Find it here.  Schmidt Brothers 14 pc. milled steel set with Giotto block, $349

That’s A Wrap

November 9th, 2012

Thank you for all of your well wishes after my health scare last week!  Those of you that communicate with me keep me going and encourage me to continue to bring you my favorite finds!

French pharmacy

At the top of my list of favorite links this week is a list of “must have” beauty products to grab one your new trip to the French Pharmacy…my second favorite place to shop in Paris only to the flea market!

A thank you from Marilyn…

This iPhone cover would look great on a hot guy!

macaroon linen trinket box

Oh, my!  The cutest little linen macaroon shaped trinket box ever!  I’ll take a baker’s dozen!  At $10 each, these should be found in all stocking on Christmas morning!

Have you planned your Thanksgiving table?

monogram ornament

Potterybarn inspired monogram ornament DIY


I want a bowl full of these little yarn ball bookmarks!  Let’s make some together!

Let sleeping dogs lie on the cutest dog portrait pillows ever!

This sliced applesauce in the slow cooker recipe sounds perfect for a fall weekend!

Happy Friday, ya’ll!  Who’s starting to think about holiday cooking?  I would love to hear about your favorite Thanksgiving tradition or recipe! Let’s share!

XO!  Kel

That’s A Wrap!

October 5th, 2012

Wow!  This week flashed by quickly for me!  Today I’m headed to Orlando for the weekend for work…  Hopefully you won’t be working this weekend!  Anyone have any fun plans?

Here’s a few links that I found sharable this week…

wicked pumpkins

Wicked pumpkins

Paris vs New York

Phone cable and tripod in one!

A great pesto recipe!

modern daybed

This modern daybed needs to live in my house!

I heard Frankie’s olive oil is divine!  What a great hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season!

Why did I not know about Housing Works?

portrait tote

I love the portrait tote bag I picked up at Fishs Eddy on my last trip to NYC.  Now they’re only $2.98!  Great grocery tote!

Oh, how I wish COS was in the states!

Have a great weekend, ya’ll!  XO!