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Wilmington

Are you shopping today?  It's officially Black Friday.  I'm not taking advantage of any sales because I'm off to Wilmington, NC for the day.  We're going to visit my husband's family and enjoy a lunch at Hieronymus Seafood.  Happy shopping!

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Dt1

It's a busy morning at the Angotti household as we get ready for a big Thanksgiving meal.  This was my final interpretation of the table from earlier this week.  We're using the new plates my parents purchased on their  Italian adventure in May (so beautiful!) plus the white pumpkins and mercury glass.  I'm really pleased with the final result and more importantly, my Mom likes it.  Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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Beasleys-ck-&-honey

Ever since my dinner at Poole's Diner last year, I've wanted to visit all of Ashely Christensen's restaurants in downtown Raleigh.  Yesterday, I had lunch at Beasley's Chicken + Honey, her fried chicken joint and it delivered.

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Copy-cat

Photos always inspire me when I'm decorating for the holidays.  For Thanksgiving, I'm recreating the look of this elegant table.  If you want to be a copy cat too, you can pick up these pieces from West Elm and CB2.  

1. silver edged plates 2. glass candle sticks 3. mercury glass vases 4. mercury glass votives

 

 

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riveting rooms

Blue dining roomSince Thanksgiving is Thursday, I thought it'd be apropos to feature a dining room. Isn't this great?  I like the sleek chairs and table.  I'm certain the chandelier would be perfect in my dining room.  Plus those windows!

photo via ae design

 

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are you ready?

White pumpkins

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week.  That means Christmas is around the corner and so is 2014.  Eeks!   I'm sorta ready.  I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping (yes, you can kick my shin next time you see me.  i'm organized like that!) I'm already thinking about how I'm decorating my parent's house for Thanksgiving.  This year, the inspiration is white pumpkins.  Don't you love this table?  Have a great weekend!

photo via lonny

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White-kitchens

Earlier this year, I contemplated changing the kitchen to grey and white.  I fooled around with photoshop and seriously considered making the switch.  In the end, I didn't pull the trigger.  Now I'm day dreaming about a white kitchen.  Why the change of heart?  The look I loved in the grey and white kitchens would require replacing my black and grey granite counter tops.  I'm not sure I want to invest the money in this condo. (always remember there's a return on your investment when you're updating/renovating your home.  will it ultimately be worth it?  that's always in the back of my mind). However, a black and white kitchen is always classic. Although I'm still drawn to the white on white look, I'm not opposed to black and white.  What do you think?

photo left to right clockwise: house to home, design sponge, design sponge, alvhemmakleri.se

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Semihandmade door eh kitchen

If you hadn't guessed, I'm a huge Emily Henderson fan.  Her interior design is right up my alley:  bright, colorful, mid-century modern and comfortable.  I usually want everything she features in a home.  This "House of the Year" renovation of a NJ beach house was no exception.  What really caught my eye was the kitchen. She used Ikea base cabinets and then used Semihandmade Doors to customize the look.  Say what?! I had no idea this was an option and I immediately bookmarked the website.  

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Hood-happenings-nov13

All sorts of new stuff happening in the 'hood.  I love it!

links top to bottom: WCP, POP, Atlantic Plumbing, POP

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riveting rooms

Foyer-lori-grahamI have foyers on my mind since I'm arranging the art in mine.  Isn't this entry way fantastic?  The mirrors and turquoise stools add visual interest and color.  The accessories add more color and the art ties it all together.  Perfect!

image via Lori Graham Interior Design 

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novel novels

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My Dad's family grew up in Clarksburg, WV.  When I started reading Quiet Dell, which I grabbed from the new book section at the library, I had no idea Clarksburg had such a grisly piece of history.  I'd only heard about the Italian Festival and other family stories.  The first half is slow.  Power through it.  The second half moves quickly and tells a twisted story of a serial killer that preyed on unsuspecting widows.

Lee Smith is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are always beautifully written. Guests on Earth is her latest and it addresses the last years of Zelda Fitzgerald's life in Highland Mental Institute in Ashville, NC.  Zelda is a minor character in the scheme of the story but it's the hook that will interest the average reader.  Told from the point of view of Evalina Toussaint, a child piano prodigy who grows up in Highland, it's a glimpse into the world of mental illness.   

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art in the foyer

Hallway-art

A couple of months ago, I decided the art in the foyer needed a revamp.  I wanted to brighten up the area because it felt very "blah" with the new paint job and white squares.  While it's still a work in progress, I'm pleased with the results so far. What do you think?  Better before or after?

Art-before-after

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