Posts by: Alyssa Hawkins

Black: Design on the “Dark Side”

From the starless skies of an urban landscape to the menacing raven in Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, the color black inspires vivid thoughts and emotions. And I, for one, am obsessed with it! This shade immortalized the characteristics of…

Orange: from Bright to Warm And Cozy

The time for beach vacations and warm sunny weather has come and gone. Comfy sweaters have hit the racks and a bowl of hot, steamy soup is starting to look more and more appetizing. Fall is here and orange hues…

Labor Day Sweetness for Any Shindig

What will you be celebrating this Labor Day? Probably the most versatile of holidays, Labor Day really does offer something for everyone. Whether you’re kicking off the Fall season,  planning a summer sendoff, kick starting Fall football or simply supporting…

Sweet Summertime Dessert Treats

Finally, we’ve hit the heart of summer here in the south, and the heat and humidity are in full force! And while this heat has slowed me down in some areas, the kitchen is certainly not one of them. Most…

Weekend Project: Succulent Dish Gardening

Noticed lately all the impossibly gorgeous pics of succulents and cactus gardens and terrariums popping up in DIY blogs and home décor magazines? I certainly did and was intrigued by the idea of a DIY “gardening” project that called for…

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift I’ve never had an issue finding dad’s sweet spot when it comes to the perfect Father’s Day gift.  The man is always in the process of restoring a vintage muscle car or another, and he…

Regal Purples

Seductive and deep, shades of purple from soft lilacs to regal amethysts are popping up everywhere. Traditionally associated with spirituality, wisdom, luxury and wealth, tones of purple will amp up any décor with sophisticated flair. Here are some great examples…

Happy (Easy) Cinco de Mayo!

Margaritas, tortilla chips, salsa; what’s there not to like about a holiday that celebrates spicy Mexican food, warm weather and military conquest (over France, btw). If you’re planning on feasting with your amigos this weekend, and have been just too…

Beautiful Spring Gardens in 3 Easy Steps

Spring is officially here! That means it’s time to rediscover your garden and put those green-fingers to good use. Don’t know where to start? Try these 3 easy steps to a beautiful spring garden. 1.    Expert knowledge at your…