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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Paper Chase

I kind of have a thing for paper.

Stationery of all kinds—note cards, correspondence cards, letter paper. Invitations—oh yes! They are irresistible, at times.

Don’t even get me started on paper cocktail napkins; I can’t help myself. The poor Mister simply shakes his head. He used to ask how many napkins I could really use in one lifetime especially since we use cloth for every meal. He gave up when he discovered I’d given over an entire kitchen drawer to my stash. They’re organized chronologically, if you will, by season or by holiday. Of course, some can work year round, like the pineapple on lime green ground. I actually bought the Pierre Frey ocean-themed ones to take to the beach this summer. The Christmas ones aren’t even in this drawer.

And just so you know, I can stop buying them anytime I want to.


  1. And I thought I was alone in this addiction. Cocktail napkins are irresistible: works of art, blasts of color, cheer on a gloomy day,and always bring a smile. And to top it off they're affordable esp. after holiday sales.

  2. I adore cocktail napkins! I also love to give them as little gifts for no reason whatsoever. And they make lovely hostess gifts with a nice bottle of wine... I do love them so!

  3. That drawer is FAB! I LOVE fun cocktail napkins!!!

  4. I've been slowly cleaning out closets and catch all drawers around our home. I have a drawer just like that ~ I always tell my husband that we "need" them ;)

    Have a great weekend~

    1. My beloved used to say 'when are you going to make something' (out of everything I purchased) - and then he finally said "I realize *you* don't have to make anything - you just need to have ... and you don't have to make anything - you just have to never quit!"

  5. My paternal grandmother had a drawer like that - my mother has an entire pantry shelf. It must skip a generation because my maternal grandmother and I have no such collection. ;)

  6. You are too cute! I just love your napkin drawer, I can't get enough of them myself either! At least I know I am in good company!

  7. I have a hard time resisting paper napkins and especially monogramed paper hand towels. Just seems that a cocktail party or a casual dinner is more fun or at least festive with a decorative napkin. Clean up is much more delightful than with linens too.

  8. Congrats! You have been awarded the Sunshine Award! You can pick it up at my blog here

  9. We are one in the same! I SPED to Homegoods when I found out they had Capsari...mother and I bought everything they had in two states. Your drawer looks very similar to mine!!

  10. How did you get into my house and take the photo of my napkin drawer?? Glad to know it's just not me. :) xoxo

  11. I so understand the cocktail napkin addiction. I have it too, but it is over-the-top when you have to buy a years' worth in advance. In Delhi everything is linen and they are gorgeous, but nothing is like the Caspari ones!


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