Three Cheers for COFFEE!

Coffee is the best friend who greets me every single morning when I wake up.  My alarm goes off, I lay there for a few minutes, I read my devotion for the day and as soon as my feet hit the ground my first thought is coffee.  A hot, steaming and perfect cup of coffee.

I am very specific about my coffee and I truly don't start my day until I have consumed the first cup. When my husband began traveling five days a week I bought an extra Keurig and created a coffee bar in our master bathroom.  If I was going to be both parents during the week I definitely needed some help to do so. Truly it may have been the smartest thing I have ever done.  Not having to run downstairs to grab coffee while I am getting ready in the morning is a big deal.

For me the perfect cup of coffee is a dark roast blend with a splash of cream.  I like it hot and the minute it changes temperature it changes flavor for me.  I have been known to wash out a cup with a little left in the bottom for a fresh cup.  My favorite coffee at home is Starbucks French Roast and I use the individual servings of CoffeeMate creamer.  Since my creamer doesn't require refrigeration I can put a bunch of them in a blue and white bowl on my coffee tray in the bathroom.  I pour my creamer in before the coffee brews and then I don't even need a spoon.  Yes, I have thought through the details to make coffee as easy as possible in the morning.  The only down side, sometimes I forget to take my cup up when I head to bed.  #oops

I have linked all my favorites for the perfect cup of coffee below.  I am definitely a Keurig girl.  The clean up is worth every single cent and the coffee is exactly the same every single time.  I have a larger Keurig for the kitchen and the smaller color version upstairs and in the guest suite.  And I am a confessed coffee cup addict.  I love to grab a cup or two when I am traveling and then use them at home and remember my fabulous adventure.  My go to cups are my Ashley Brooke cups I linked below and my Kate Spade travel cups.  I mean who doesn't love a cup that greets them every morning calling them Mrs. Fancy Pants.  Umm ... #yesplease!!

Here's to hot coffee and a easy Monday!!  I will be enjoying my second cup in a few with some amazing morning tunes!!

Happy Monday!


Bar Cart Series ... No. 3 Mallory Mathison

Happy Friday!  I am back with another fabulous bar cart from another amazing creative.  This week's bar cart is from Atlanta Interior Designer Mallory Mathison Glenn.  Mallory created this bar cart for the 2015 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays and I love every single thing about it.


Bar for Dad ...

Our home is just that ... ours, but I do notice that my husband speaks a lot of a space that is just his.  I think sharing a home with five other people can be a lot and after a long day at work he probably would love a space to retreat for some time to himself.  I truly need to make that happy for our sweet Daddy.

In the mean time I did create a place that is all him, well, sort of.  To celebrate Father's Day and the amazing Daddy we have I created a bar area just for him!  Top to bottom all his favorites including his favorite drinks, glasses just for him and all the necessities he would need to create a drink after work and relax for some much needed down time.

I came up with the idea while shopping recently in At Home.  I spotted these amazing ebony Fitz & Floyd glasses and my wheels started turning.  They were so manly and fabulous and I knew the Hubs would love them and he needed them immediately.  I snatched up the glasses and added them to his Father's Day gifts and then truly started thinking.  The idea for the Bar for Dad was born.

My husband is a bourbon drinker and easy to please so I just purchased a bunch of his favorite things to combine for a bar area that is all him.  His favorite bourbon, some amazing decanters from At Home and a quality ginger beer for when he decides that a mixed bourbon is more his taste.  

I ordered the monogrammed decanter from Emily McCarthy as one of his Father's Day happies and it pairs perfectly with the two At Home decanters in the back.  And of course, it is filled with his favorite Woodford Reserve.  Isn't the bamboo monogram incredible?

I also scored the tray while shopping for the decanters.  I love how it keeps it all tidy and then when he slides out the tray to be able to access all of his supplies I can easily slide it back and keep it all tidy.  I mean, he is cute and super sweet but he does leave things out all the time and a plan is always smart on my part.  

Since I am very traditional when it comes to monogramming the bar area and all of his bar glasses will have his monogram.  My first step was the monogram decanter and monogram swizzle sticks from Emily.  

All of the glasses now housed in the bar area are for him and all of his friends and family that come to visit.  Vintage beer glasses, ebony Fitz & Floyd glasses and amazing heavy old fashioned glasses. I plan to add an etched monogram to the old fashioned bar glasses.  The vintage beer glasses were ours but both the F & F and the new old fashioned glasses were purchased on my return trip to At Home. I was thrilled to be able to snag almost every single thing I needed to make this a reality in one place. 

To round out the area created just for him I added in a coffee table book on Whiskey and our collection of Palm Beach books.  I also snatched up the Professional Mixing Guide for him.  I like how it is basic, no nonsense and contains a number of classic cocktails which are something we both fancy. The amazing set of vintage tortoise cocktail tools is from the amazing girls at Indigo Market in Charleston.  They have a bunch of fabulous things!  And of course all the Palm Beach books are perfect for our wallpapered bar area.  The Meg Braff Sampan wallpaper is so happy in this space. I am not sure I ever met such a fabulous print ... I mean pink and bamboo?  #perfection

I have to say I am super proud of myself for this fun little idea.  He does need a space just for him and this is a great start.  Plus with all of the fun bar carts I own I can easily create a space for the rest of my amazing glasses and bottles.

I am thrilled with the outcome of the area ... it is just what I was hoping to create for him!

bourbon, bitters and a fabulous glass ... the makings of an Old Fashioned

And clearly he loves it as well.  Cheers Shug ... we love you!!

Happy Thursday ... I can see the weekend from here! xo


Gin Lessons with Eric Ross

I am a creature of habit.  I like the same clothes, I am drawn to the same flowers and I order basically the same thing from my favorite restaurants.  The same can be said for my taste in cocktails.  I am a girl who loves her bourbon and champagne and is known to order a vodka and never passes up a fabulous margarita.  One drink I know very little about is gin.  I don't drink it and don't think I have ever served it in our home.  But there is someone rather summery about the idea of a gin and tonic and when I decided to try this new drink I knew exactly who to ask about where to begin and how to purchase a good gin.


TPC Travels ... #savannah


Lawyer and I snuck away for a quiet weekend for two on Friday to one of our favorite destinations, Savannah.  With his crazy travel schedule over the last two years our travel together was at a minimum.  The last thing he wanted to do after being gone for five days a week was head off for another city and yet another hotel.  Now that he is home for the time being I am doing my best to make sure we get some quality time together squeezed into the busy lives we all lead.
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