Taking Cues from Lisbon’s Cafe Spaces

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For the coffee shop addict, Lisbon cafe spaces offer an acute cultural experience as well as an abundance of visual eye candy, interior design inspiration, and of course delicious treats and coffee. Lisbon cafes fall into three categories for me: new wave, modern Portuguese, and traditional pastelarias. Today, I want to share a few of my favorite modern Portuguese spaces. These spaces blend the traditional pasteleria elements like marble, dark wood, and ornate woodwork, juxtaposed with modern elements and unexpected details. To me, these spaces offer the best of old and new aspects of Portuguese design. After all, there’s something so exciting about blending tradition and history with a bit of innovation. If you are looking for the full experience of good food and good design, in a quiet spot, don’t miss these charming spaces when you visit Lisbon. But for now, I’ll share a visual tour and perhaps you’ll find some ideas for your own space.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thoroughly enjoyed this article from NPR about today’s holiday. Brilliant thoughts are included for everyone. I always remember how encouraging it was filling out the Valentine’s Day cards at the flower shop. It was such a great reminder of how much love is floating around this world! Here are some posts that might be helpful for you today:

All About Love
A Last-Minute Valentine
How to Buy Valentine’s Day Flowers
How to Make Your Fresh Flowers Last
How to Bring Wilted Flowers Back to Life
A Fragrant Valentine’s Day Bouquet Recipe
Winter Flower Ideas

Have a beautiful day!

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Give the Gift of Flower Arranging

If you know someone who has always loved flowers and has an interest in learning the basics or more about floristry, consider gifting our online flower arranging class. We have both a 101 course and a Weddings course. Read more about the classes and background here. We’d love to have you in the course!

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Favorite Kilim Rugs

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Today I am partnering with Fine Rug Collection to share my favorite kilim rugs from their website. I love the comfort and coziness a woven rug can bring to a space. It adds layering, helps divide a room, and can add texture and color. Below, are a few of my favorites from the kilim section at Fine Rug Collection.

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Hosting a Christmas Tea

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In my family we have a long tradition of holding a Christmas tea party, and in particular my mom always made Christmas Eve morning special with platters of lemon bread, jars of lemon curd, hot tea, brioche, and an array of homemade sweets. The Christmas dishes were saved for dinner. I love the idea of making an early morning tea party on Christmas Eve or on the days before, with friends. And the colors don’t have to be traditionally festive. Here, I’ve gathered some of my favorite china bits, in preparation for a holiday tea party. It feels like the daily china has just been taken up a notch with a slight holiday twist, using bits of olive on tea lights, and citrus and greens for table decorations. Candles in the morning make the day feel so special and cozy!

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