What a treat I have for you today, dear readers. We are joined by Charleston-based food stylist, recipe developer, and author of The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook, Ashley Strickland Freeman. You’ve likely seen her work in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and on the Food Network. Her simple, flavorful dishes ranging from properly Southern to internationally touted provide kitchen inspiration in spades. I was first introduced to Ashley’s culinary talents six years ago at my sister-in-law’s baby shower (they are lifelong friends) where a chance encounter with a tray of fruit tarts left me weak in the knees.
Well as the proverbial saying goes, “better late than never” no? My little lady turned three not too long ago and before we swapped her crib for a big girl bed, I figured we may as well have the nursery photographed to remember it fondly and document each source. If this piques your interest, read along for the inspiration behind the decorating and where to procure every last detail.
Happy Thanksgiving week, dear readers! ‘Tis the season for turkey and tracking down a terrific surprise for everyone on your nice list. In the spirit of supporting smaller brands, I wanted to publish a list of places I personally patronize year-round. This isn’t your typical gift guide, rather an old-fashioned rolodex of clever and very chic outposts organized by category. Two categories to be exact: Ladies and babies. Whether you’re browsing for the haute hostess in your life or your prickly niece, there’s an online shop for that.