Kitchen Gadget of the Month: Williams Sonoma Smart Thermometer 2

This month’s kitchen gadget is a must for those upcoming big holiday meals. This smart thermometer from Williams Sonoma connects to your Apple or Android device over WiFi and keeps you up to date on cook times and the temperature of your food. You can even separate timers for different dishes and set alerts for things like basting a turkey.

wine-corksIt allows the user to select various doneness, so whether you like your steak medium-rare or well-done, it will be cooked perfectly. I think that this gadget would be wonderful to use around the holidays so that you are not glued to the kitchen all day. The alerts on your mobile device give you the freedom to mix and mingle with your guests without the fear of forgetting about what’s in the oven.

The Williams Sonoma Smart thermometer 2 is available for purchase here.


Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Art in Interior Design: Warren Cullar

Warren is a part of Business Over Breakfast, a networking organization here in Austin of which I am a proud member. I met him at one of our meetings and immediately loved the edgy and vibrant nature of his artwork. Using any of his art as inspiration will always result in a room that is dramatic, and no way could the space his art occupies be boring.
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Hurricane Harvey: We Are Here To Help

Our firm understands that the recovery process for many areas in Houston that were hit by Hurricane Harvey might feel like an overwhelming task, as hundreds of decisions will need to be made in order to replace what was tragically lost (everything from selecting new flooring to new window coverings and furniture).

Our firm would like to make this special offer to any of you who feel you would benefit from working with an interior designer to get all of the pieces put back together and help you get back to normal:

  • 50% off of our firm’s design service rate to help with building material selections.
  • 50% off of our firm’s digital design and design support rates.
  • Complimentary design consultation for interior furnishing specification on any furniture, drapery, home accessories or other interior products purchased through our firm.

All products purchased through our firm are held in a complete inventory list, with photos associated with each item, for easy submission to insurance companies to ensure that you have the right amount of coverage. While we hope that something like this never happens again, it is always a good idea to be prepared and this list could prove invaluable should you ever need to seek reimbursement in the future.

Please give us a call at (512) 358-7200, or email at to set up your complimentary consultation. We would love the opportunity to help take some of the weight off of this task for you so that you can focus on what really matters; your family, friends, loved ones, pets, and getting a sense of normalcy back into your life as quickly as possible.

Wishing you love, light, and blessings always,

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Art in Interior Design: Gwen Dennis

I met Gwen shortly after I started my business, around 2004 or 2005. I just love her diversity. She is able to come up with something as lovely and feminine as this floral piece, and then also produce funky contemporary cat paintings that pack personality (stop by our office if you want to see what I’m talking about). She is also versatile with the mediums she uses. Continue reading

One Pan Pasta with Sausage

Those of you who have followed our blog for any length of time know that I am a huge fan of one pot meals. After all, who wants to spend the whole night washing pans in the kitchen? Certainly not me.

Printable Recipe Card: One Pan Pasta with Sausage

This one is also a great way for me to get my son to eat collard greens. I have to sneak vegetables in with him any way I can. I am convinced that one day he will magically love eating vegetables, but until that actually happens I will just keep living in fantasy land. Maybe after he takes nutrition at school this next semester he will get more on board with eating veggies. He actually asked me to freeze some the other day for him so that he can make a quick after school snack, and I nearly fell over and fainted right there on the spot. When it comes to getting our kids to eat their veggies, my motto is persist, persist, sneak them in and then persist some more. Other than that… I’ve got nothing.

If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Art in Interior Design: Bryan Pudder

I met Bryan Pudder through my longtime realtor friend and business associate, Audrey Pudder. Bryan is a super creative person who was in the advertising arena for many years, having been responsible for a lot of the creative advertising for Southwest Airlines.

His first love, though, has always been his creative artwork. He loves to be inspired by the outdoors and will literally seek out a place where he feels inspired and then use natural objects in the area as his tools with which to paint. The results are always unique, and often times vibrant and contemporary pieces. Bryan is an all-around creative person who has vision to expand his work to interior products like shower curtains.
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Kitchen Gadget of the Month: Rabbit Automatic Electric Corkscrew

If you enjoy wine like I do, then an electric corkscrew is a great investment.  This electric corkscrew makes opening any wine bottle easy.

capture2According to the Wine Enthusiast Catalog, this electric corkscrew,

  • Automatically removes cork from bottle upon contact
  • Automatically ejects removed cork from corkscrew
  • Works with all cork types, including synthetic cork, rechargeable
  • Single charge opens 30+ bottles of wine.

This would make a great gift for the wine fanatic in your life! It can be purchased through the link here.

Life is better with good food, good wine and great design,

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Art in Interior Design: Dawn Winter

I met Dawn in 2012 and had her create a piece of artwork for the HBA Parade of Homes I was involved with that year. She created a masculine, textured piece for a study and the room took first place in that category.

I love the depth and texture of Dawn’s work. If you are interested in checking out her gallery or hiring her for a commissioned piece learn more at: Continue reading