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sunday in bed



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It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.

Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.




enjoy your saturday

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church on sunday


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Whether a church is
simple or ornate, large or small,
old or new, wooden or stone...
it is most likely always a beautiful sight to behold.






Today, I share this beautiful image of a church with you
in hopes that it will bring
a little peace, a little joy
and a lot of love.


Lord, as I walk through this World,
Let Your Grace Light my Path,
Your Mercy Shelter my Soul
and Your Love Heal my Heart.


enjoy your saturday

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sunday in bed



Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!



It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.

Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.




enjoy your saturday

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!



church on sunday


Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

Whether a church is
simple or ornate, large or small,
old or new, wooden or stone...
it is most likely always a beautiful sight to behold.






Today, I share this beautiful image of a church with you
in hopes that it will bring
a little peace, a little joy
and a lot of love.


Lord, as I walk through this World,
Let Your Grace Light my Path,
Your Mercy Shelter my Soul
and Your Love Heal my Heart.


enjoy your saturday

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!



november 22nd


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sunday in bed



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It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.

Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.




enjoy your saturday

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november 11th


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fall back


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october 31st


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church on sunday


Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

Whether a church is
simple or ornate, large or small,
old or new, wooden or stone...
it is most likely always a beautiful sight to behold.





Today, I share this beautiful image of a church with you
in hopes that it will bring
a little peace, a little joy
and a lot of love.


Lord, as I walk through this World,
Let Your Grace Light my Path,
Your Mercy Shelter my Soul
and Your Love Heal my Heart.


enjoy your saturday

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!



from a restaurant supply store

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If I could be anybody at 70 years old, I would want to be Ina Garten. Actually, scratch that — I'd want to be her at any age (and anyone who knows me, can attest to that). Just a little side note sharing here – bet you can hear me screaming now as you read this – I have tickets for my daughter and me to go see Ina (as us close friends call her) in Atlanta, November 13than evening with Ina… I mean…. seriously…. I just can’t………………


Sorry, I fainted (again)

Ok, back to this post, I want her Hamptons house and her $15,000 French stove, and I want to smile all the time and look 25 years younger than I am — just like she does. The last part I'm still optimistic for, but the Hamptons house (not to mention her garden, her barn – and oh yes, she actually calls this The Barn - and then there’s that breathtaking Paris apartmentI mean…. seriously…. I just can’t……………… AGAIN) and her oven are things I might just have to be content with by watching Ina on TV. She has beautiful things, beautiful taste and OK, I’ll say it, she has beautiful friends. But you know what... I do, too!


It's obvious from watching Ina's shows and Instagram that she has beautiful taste, but in the end, what she really cares about is quality. "You don't need a lot of equipment, but you do need good equipment," she is quoted as saying in a recent interview with Food & Wine.

Ina's list of must-have cooking equipment includes sheet pans — a lot of sheet pans — and a good set of knives. A person doesn't need to have a dozen specialty knives, she says, but a few good, sharp, useful knives are great. She also says a person should have a good set of sturdy, hard-working pots that will last a lifetime (but they don't need to be expensive).

"If you can't afford a good set of pots, you can go to a restaurant supply store," Garten said. "Simple, really good equipment that you can have forever is really the best."

Going to a restaurant supply store for cooking equipment is great. The cooks at your favorite high-end anniversary restaurant may turn out exquisite steaks and souffles, but they're not using thousand dollar casserole dishes. Restaurants put their cookware through the wringer, and they operate on tight margins and don't want to spend money where they don't have to.

Some might find restaurant supply stores unattractive and utilitarian, but I can't pass by one without going in. If I happen to pass one on the road, I scream, "Turn around. I want to go in!" Sure, there aren't any items with pretty packaging or cutesy gadgets vying for my attention, but I just love wandering up and down the aisles and seeing what restaurants use to efficiently get food out to their guests. Of course, I love to eat, I love to cook, I love a beautiful kitchen… I love it all. So, yes, I love a whole store filled with affordable, reliable cooking equipment.


There are so many things to choose from in restaurant supply stores, and usually at such great prices. So, what's worth getting there for the home kitchen, especially if you're on a budget? 



Just a suggestion to you when planning your first trip: Go with a Shopping List.







Here are my five top picks of the best values from restaurant supply stores:


1. Baking Sheets

Also known in the restaurant industry as sheet pans, these are the pans that can do it all: bake cookies, roast vegetables, or even act as jelly roll pans. You want heavy-duty baking sheets that won't buckle or warp, and restaurant supply stores have never failed to offer good quality at great values. Make sure you stock up on half-sheet pans, which fit in standard ovens, as well as quarter-sheet pans, which are great for toasting nuts or other little baking or prep projects.



2. Chef's Knives

If you can't afford a more expensive designer knife, restaurant supply stores have lightweight but sharp chef's knives with plastic handles, usually around $10 to $15.



3. Frying Pans

Not everyone can buy a set of All-Clad pans, and neither do most restaurants. Instead, they rely on strong aluminum pans that can take the high heat and high-stress cooking that goes on in restaurant kitchens. These pans get a lot of use yet still do a great job of searing and sautéing, and they can do the same thing in a home kitchen for a fraction of the cost of name-brand pans.



4. Plastic Cutting Boards

A good set of plain, plastic cutting boards is always needed in the kitchen. Even if you have a great butcher block, plastic boards are good for cutting meat and are also easier to maneuver in the kitchen. Plus, they are a breeze on clean-up. Restaurant supply stores have a wide range of boards in multiple sizes that will hold up for years.



5. Mixing Bowls

Restaurant supply stores are great for getting a sturdy set of metal or glass mixing bowls. I find that I always need two big bowls for mixing salad or for the wet and dry ingredients in baking, and a few smaller ones don't hurt for whisking up salad dressings or beating eggs. The ones from the restaurant supply stores are inexpensive, can be used as makeshift double boilers, and are virtually indestructible.

That's also true of glassware. I was discussing stemware with my favorite local bartender recently, and he suggested I buy them from a restaurant supply store.


Ok, I can't help myself and just because I can... 
                             one more Ina kitchen photo for good measure 
(get it? Measure, kitchen supplies.)



low country charm

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I am a Gulf Coast person, through and through… a 30A kind of gal, but there are two other areas of the country that seem to call to me on a regular basis:
1.    New England – specifically that Atlantic Ocean coast line
2.   The low country of the South Carolina coast.
I actually feel guilty at times for not being loyal to my Gulf Coast love… but a girl can have more than one love in her life, right?

Now one of the best, and I mean BEST, areas of South Carolina is an enchanting community in its Low country and one of Coastal Living’s 20 Best Places to Live in 2017, Palmetto Bluff. This little community includes some of the best places to eat, drink, play, and stay in the country. Why the breathtaking architecture alone makes me swoon! I am a sucker for the style seen there… you just wait. Plus, bonus points, my all-time favorite architect abounds here, Historical Concepts. I admit it, I am in love.


The romance begins, in this Low country community near the Georgia border, with those emblematic live oaks and Spanish moss. They grace the winding avenues here, where life combines a passion for nature with Southern civility, plus a sweet dose of sports (golf, fishing, equestrian, and shooting); yachting on the May River and beyond; and culinary pleasures (including the annual Music festival). Along with the charming commerce of food, drink, and shopping, the Montage Inn at Palmetto Bluff (which opened in 2016) has added a shimmering new center to this best-kept secret on the Southern coast.

Palmetto Bluff by the Numbers

Population: 200
 - I mean, com’on, how quaint, right?
Average July temperature high: 90
 - absolute perfection
Average January low: 39
 – I can live with that (but probably won’t winter there)
Median home price: $1.2 million
 – a girl can dream, right?
Average commute time: 24 minutes
 – that’s nothing compared to an Atlanta commute
Number of sunny days: 217
 – duh!


Palmetto Bluff offers everyone a beach gift twice a day, at low tide. That’s when the May River Sandbar emerges, smooth and silky, from the water and becomes a slender beach playground for locals and visitors alike. And if you are a shell or drift wood collection, hold onto your hats… it’s a treasure trove!


One of Palmetto Bluff’s most distinctive offerings is its sporting life, particularly for the hard-core competitor, the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club (above) features two pristine croquet lawns (do not scoff—croquet players are among the most fiercely competitive. I grew up playing croquet in my back yard and my father was the cut throat player of all time!). Finally, locals will tell you that this community is the best trifecta at Palmetto Bluff: sitting on the chapel dock and swinging your feet over the May River, hanging out at summer concerts under the live oaks on the Village Green, and grabbing a drink at the Octagon Bar.


Where to Eat and Drink

If you ever get a chance to visit this beautiful utopia, Palmetto Bluff pours an excellent locally roasted King Bean coffee at all its restaurants, so good coffee is to be found everywhere in the community! You had me at ‘coffee’. Hit Buffalo’s corner café (above) in Wilson Village for a cup with breakfast, or grab it with your morning paper at RT’s Market.


Where to Stay

Surrounded by Low country rivers and marshes, and blending seamlessly with the community edged with a nature preserve and webbed with hiking trails, the Montage Palmetto Bluff (above & below) enchants with charming lagoon- and river-view cottages and a spa. The resort is awash in activities — hitting the links on the May River Golf Course, shooting clays at the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, tennis, yachting, and trail rides on horseback, to name but a few.


And if you are not a ‘resort’ kind of person, there are plenty of VRBO Palmetto Bluff SC or Air BnB choices in this beautiful and charming village.


What to Do

Upon arrival at Palmetto Bluff, you are greeted by century-old live oaks and hiking trails, lazy winding rivers, spectacular sunny skies, and 20,000 acres of natural splendor. So, if you fancy yourself an outdoor enthusiast, you have come to the right place. Palmetto Bluff’s waterways are teeming with memorable experiences just waiting to be had. Grab a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe and take in the native wildlife and serene, verdant landscape as you meander along the May River. Or journey to the May River Sandbar, a location that is usually kept hidden by Mother Nature, except for twice a day when the tide recedes to reveal a beautiful silky beach. Now, personally I am not an outdoor type of person, but when it comes to sitting in a beautiful setting in an Adirondack chair, enjoying the peace and quiet of the day, count me in!


Interested in dropping a line or just an anchor and enjoying a beautiful summer day? Head to one of Palmetto Bluff’s ponds or lakes for a chance to catch largemouth bass and bream. Or stick with the saltwater May or Cooper rivers for tarpon, cobia, redfish, and sea trout. Either way, your day will be filled with quiet relaxation the way nature intended.


For those who have a passion for other outdoor activities like golf, bocce, and tennis, Palmetto Bluff will more than meet your expectations. The May River Golf Course has an acclaimed 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club is ladened with bocce and tennis courts, courtside respites, and croquet lawns. And if you want to get out and test your aim, there is the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, which features 13 sporting clays stations, spread out through an expansive 40 verdant acres.


Another way to experience Palmetto Bluff is to bike around the Low country and its preserve paths, take a nature hike through maritime forest trails, or follow a guide who will be able to tell you the storied history of Palmetto Bluff and its dedication to conservation versus development.

The downtown area offers wonderful boutiques and shops for the avid shopper. You can find just about anything and everything you would every want within just a few steps of each other. It is the best way to spend a lazy afternoon there.


And at the end of the day, unwind from your adventures at Montage Palmetto Bluff, the centerpiece of Palmetto Bluff hospitality. It is an elegant collection of 220 rooms, suites, cottages, and vacation homes designed with the sophisticated charm of Southern style. Vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplaces, sumptuous baths, verandas with breathtaking views, and refined decor offer an authentic glimpse at Low country living.

And just to tease you a bit more, check out some of these amazing home exteriors...





What did I tell you, swoon, right?

Now, I know this may seem like a ‘paid advertisement’ for the Palmetto Bluff Welcome Center and maybe they should pay me! I love this area of the country and could/would easily ‘sell’ the charm right out of Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, but trust me, one visit and you will be hooked too. 


Yes, I AM IN LOVE.


Are you ready for a beautiful get-away (and Fall is totally breathtaking there, trust me!)?