Elaine Parisi | 1010 Park Place

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Outdoor living areas are extensions of your home. It’s now October, and for those of us up north, it’s time to put away our outdoor furniture and move indoors for the colder months. Brenda Coffee–of 1010 Park Place–is lucky to live in Texas where she still has time to enjoy outdoor living. If you haven’t had the opportunity to tour Brenda’s new house, click here. One of my favorite parts of her house is her courtyard! She isn’t sure what she wants to do with it yet, so I thought I would share some inspiration.

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Who would have thought you can use your grandmother’s silver in the bathroom? Yes, the bathroom.

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Yes, you read the headline right. Wallpaper is not only back, but back in a big way. I recently toured my local Parade of Homes and saw first-hand how wallpaper’s made a comeback.

The one thing I like about wallpaper is it gives a big pop of design! I always like to include something a little unpredictable in my decorating. A little WOW factor.

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When I first moved to my neighborhood, the women used to host an annual Fall Coffee. This casual get together was a great way to connect with both old and new neighbors. The hostess made an effort to call and invite any new women that had moved into the neighborhood in the last year.

What I love about a fall coffee is that it’s so easy to host. The menu is simple. Coffee and dessert. It doesn’t get any easier.

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Recently I was at a party where a friend was taking pictures. She had a tip for us on how to pose for the photo. Stick your neck out slightly, and then tilt your head slightly down. Out and down were all I needed to hear. I gave it a try and actually liked the results.

It reminded me of the recent sequel to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” When the mother and aunt were having their pictures taken, the aunt said, “I will hold your neck, you hold mine,” It was one of my favorite lines.

I’ve gathered some other tips from the pros on how to pose in pictures. Be sure to click on each link for additional tips.

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Summer is rolling by, and we are just a few weeks from Labor Day.

It’s a transition period from the end of summer barbecues and on to football and tailgating.

Here’s a roundup from my blog on summer entertaining for one last celebration.

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Recently on my blog I shared how I have evergreens growing up the side of my house.

The climbing evergreens add so much character and charm to what could have been a plain brick wall. Continue Reading

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I don’t know about you but I am extremely sentimental.

It warms my heart to see something that reminds me of a loved one.

Have you inherited some favorite items of your loved ones but don’t know what to do with them? Here are some creative ways to frame those items and display them in your home.

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I love coffee but my non-coffee loving friends have taught me that you don’t have to be a coffee drinker to love coffee desserts. That said, keep these three coffee desserts in mind for your next summer dinner party.

 You can keep it simple by serving Affogato or make a more elaborate ice cream bar or cake.

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My husband and I just returned from a lovely vacation at our friends’ lake house in South Carolina. It prompted some daydreaming about retirement and where we would want to live when that time comes.

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