A pie for giving thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving! Despite the troubles in the world today, we all can find something to be thankful for. I am thankful for my friends and family, work colleagues and blogging buddies – we’ve formed a wonderful and supportive network and I value all of your blog posts and comments more than I can say! My … Read more

Opt For Outside Living

Contributed byLori Dolnick. Check out VixenHill.com where you can design your own eat-in porch, right online. The online porch builder is a brand new feature of their website that also lets you build shutters and gazebos online. These are fine wood products that are crafted in Pennsylvania. The design is modular so you can build … Read more

Alan, The Gallant

Okay – first off – how cool is the name Alan, The Gallant? It conjures up chivalrous images of raincoats laid over puddles, doors held and gentlemen standing to great a lady. Sigh… ok, am back from my daydream. But, seriously – how pretty are these graphics designed by, yes – Alan, The Gallant – … Read more

Madame Butterfly at the Met!

Patricia Racette and Roberto Aronica, October 2008 productionSara Krulwich/The New York Times I’m so excited as tomorrow I’m heading off to NYC with my friend Rob to hear Madama Butterfly at the Met! Several years ago I played in the orchestra for a local production. But… The Met! I wrote about the newly refurbished Swarovski … Read more

Top Design Chandi Challenge – And the Winner Is…

A big congratulations to Sheila O’Meara – you are the winner of the Blogging Top Design Swarovski Crystal Palace Chandelier Design Challenge! Our esteemed judge, Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Elle Decor magazine and Top Design judge, says of your design: “I’ve chosen Sheila O’Meara’s formal dining room with the Light Sock chandelier as the winner … Read more

Spoonflower – Custom printed fabric

Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s this great service where you can design your own fabric and they will print short runs at an incredibly low price! They are currently printing on 100% cotton fabric by Moda which is great for quilters and crafters. I am hoping that at some point, they will release a … Read more

Sponsor Love: Welcome, Tracy Glover Studio

I am so thrilled to welcome Tracy Glover Studio as a new sponsor of ::Surroundings::!As a young girl Tracy Glover saw a photo of a woman blowing glass and found the image so intriguing she was inspired to try it herself. She fell in love with the challenge of working with the material and realized … Read more

Merci to Fifi!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have been selected to receive a packet of Fifi Flowers fabulous note cards. Aren’t these so pretty! I am a big believer in the power of the handwritten note and I particularly love ones like these with original art. I am especially impressed that each card … Read more

Color Q: Gray and Yellow

As seen on DominoMagazine.com Over the last year, we’ve seen a lot of the gray and yellow color combination. I know several of my fellow bloggers have done posts about this combo as well. And yet… I just can’t wrap my head around it. I thought if I pulled together several images and really immersed … Read more

BTD Chandelier Challenge! Finalists named

Click on image for larger view. The BTD team – Laura K, Tbone, The Scarlett and Linda Merrill have confabbed and we have selected Fifi Flowers Francoise McAree Sheila O’Meara Anne Payne Annilee B. Ramirez Kimberly Saquing as our finalists in our Swarovski Chandi Challenge. We were originally going to pick five finalists, but couldn’t … Read more