Back in August, I received an email from The Atlantan‘s very lovely editor-in-chief, Lauren Finney Harden, asking if I’d like to contribute a holiday tablescape for an upcoming feature entitled Master of Ceremonies. Immediately, visions of clementine trees danced in my head and I excitedly accepted.
There’s nothing like incessant Atlanta humidity and a calendar bubbling over with obligations to make you run for the hills or, more appropriately, the Teton Range! A recent trip to Jackson, Wyoming provided a much-needed respite from the proverbial hamster wheel that reaches a fever pitch right around autumn. I had a hunch that the majestic mountain air and fabulous accommodations awaiting my husband and I would be incredible but Jackson Hole very much exceeded my expectations.
In a world of fast assembly and fleeting trends, a company that honors craftsmanship and elegant details is such a welcome reprieve. Pared Lighting is just that, a sophisticated line of sconces that are hand-forged in Charleston, South Carolina and hand-painted by co-founder Julie Lawrence. I was first introduced to Pared in its infancy by co-founder Amy Johnson and was at once taken by the sconces’ antique tôle inspiration and flattering forms.
Early on in my marriage, I accidentally sentenced myself to a life of making salad dressings. One evening, I whipped together a salad bathed in shallot dressing that my husband was absolutely taken with. He said his palate could not go back to store-bought and so long went the days of cruising the condiment aisle for convenience in a bottle.