Planning a Dinner Party {& Printable}

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I love to plan parties. Anyone who knows me knows that. In fact, I enjoy the planning, staging and getting ready for the party as much as actually being at one. { So, its probably no surprise that a portion of my business revolves around event design?} So, my parties have fallen off a bit in recent … [Read more...]

Star Struck in Warrenton, VA

The Court House (and Clint)

My little town of Warrenton, VA had a huge celebrity sighting today. Clint Eastwood, (Yes, Dirty Harry, baby!!) director and co-producer of  the movie "J. Edgar" was filming a scene on the steps of our old court house today. Big news travels fast, especially in a small town, so the streets were … [Read more...]

Boys’ Red, White, & Blue Nautical Bathroom

Boys red white blue nautical bathroom

Hi all, I am back from my winter hibernation. After some much needed R & R, the warmer weather has definitely gotten me motivate to begin some spring cleaning, yard work and of course decorating.  I promise to share all my fresh spring projects here at 11 Magnolia Lane. As you know I started … [Read more...]

Spring Wedding Invitations

brandy close 1

For my "day" job, I own my own graphic design business, which since the birth of my daughter 2 years ago, I have focused on "lighter" work such as wedding invitations and Christmas cards. I am fortunate enough to be a designer for Envelopments and have all the gorgeous papers and tools they offer at … [Read more...]

Organized Jewelry

Jewelry organization board

  OK, so this is what the top of my dresser used to look like...my jewelry was always overflowing my jewelry box. I admit I like 'clunky' jewelry so it takes up a lot of space!   Inspired by my dear friend Lydia, of BLESS THIS MESS Professional Organizing, I made this jewelry … [Read more...]

Bright and Fun (and Incredibly Easy) Springtime Wreath

Bright and fun--it's that time of year!

It feels like forever since I've posted--thanks to the other gals for picking up the slack.  Our house is officially on the market, and I've been spending FAR too much time online looking at houses in Tennessee.  If you know the Nashville area, let me know if you prefer Brentwood to Franklin.  We're … [Read more...]

What’s for Dinner? Healthy & Delicious!

baked pasta 2

  This recipe is SO good, I can't wait to make it again. I found it in the recent Wegman's magazine (if you don't have Wegman's in your area, its an amazing grocery store, and I am truly sorry you don't). Each quarter they mail out this wonderful full-color magazine filled with fabulous … [Read more...]

Home Tour {Part 1}

pink green girls room

I have been working on photographing each room in my house for the purpose of providing photos to our real estate agent for when we put our house on the market in a few weeks, and more importantly, so we can remember this home by. {We are moving b/c of my husband's job, and its a good thing, but we … [Read more...]

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

DIY burlap table runner

  My kitchen table (that was my grandmother's, which my husband calls the "bomb shelter" due to its weight...{sigh} I totally love it.) has a center opening where the leaves can go in to extend it. Over the last few years, the opening doesn't close tightly and probably could use some … [Read more...]

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