Planning a Beach Wedding


  As the spring/summer wedding season approaches, I thought we’d do a series on the perfect beach wedding.   As many of you know, I had a DIY/Etsy Handmade  beach wedding.  I’ve been asked to assist my cousin with her wedding and find myself completing many wedding orders so I thought that it might be […]

Beach House Decor

beach house

I am constantly scouring the internet looking for unique coastal and beach interior design.  Living in Virginia Beach, I’m pretty spoiled – the ocean is practically in my backyard.   You’d think that having the beach so close would be enough…it isn’t. I enjoy finding new ways to bring the beach indoors. Susan Castor Wilson […]

Coastal Cooking – Shrimp Pate

We’re having some folks over for drinks this weekend so I thought that I’d review my cookbooks for something I haven’t tried in a while.  Here’s one of my favorite coastal cuisine recipes for Shrimp Pate. Shrimp Pate 4 (71/2 oz) cans shrimp 1/2 c butter, melted 1/3 c mayonnaise 1 small onion, minced 2 […]

Spa Week and Coastal Bathroom Decor

spa week on

Today marks the beginning of spa week.   I’ve decorated our master bathroom with coastal decor items and a spa-like feel.   My husband hates clutter so we’ve used baskets and sliding trays in cabinets to keep things tidy and out of sight.  We like the idea of incorporating luxury with simple design elements. Here […]

Beach Decor Tablescapes

My Grandmother says that you should always set a table fit for a king.  Even if we eat a casual lunch of “make your own” cold cut sandwiches, Grammy puts the mayonnaise in a serving dish.  She thinks that it is tacky to have a mayonnaise jar on the table!   Well, she passed that […]

Spring Break

I’m going to have a Spring “stay-action” this year.  I’ve begun to see an influx of wedding orders and will be participating in a few conferences, so I will be staying here in Virginia Beach instead of traveling to Savannah, GA.  Virginia Beach is a beautiful tourist destination, so believe me when I tell you […]