thank you note

The Lost Art of the Thank You Note

Or, "Do I really have to write that?" I always talk about entertaining at home but what about when you’ve…

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Flower Market or Farmer’s Market?

The best places to get the freshest flowers for your home. I love how fresh flowers look in my home. …

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Help! I’m Having a Party – How Much Wine do I Need?

Do the Wine Math: It’ll save your party every time. I get asked a lot about how much wine is…

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Sophisticated Living – What is it?

More important, how to I obtain it? I often talk about sophisticated living and how everyone can live their lives…

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summer spritzer

What’s the Best Summer Beverage in this Heat?

The simplest spritzer to help keep you cool in this heat. It’s summer. It’s hot, even in the evening. You…

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storing and serving wine

Tips on Storing and Serving Wine

How do you know if you’re doing it right? Picture it:  You’re at a good restaurant with friends and one…

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A place for coffee in your kitchen

How to set up a hot beverage station for your morning ‘brew’.

It’s so easy to create a place for coffee or tea in your kitchen. We all have our routines that…

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Fran Berger and friends in Napa.

Napa is my favorite place to disappear.

Thinking about Napa. It’s so much more than just a place to drink wine. One of the best things I…

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How to replace ‘pack and move’ with ‘purge and love’.

Use Your Move to Declutter your Entertaining Spaces

How to replace ‘pack and move’ with a little ‘edit and love’. I love my clients and I love my…

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Fran shows us things we didn't know about placemats.

Dress up your table with just the right placemats!

For every meal you host, there’s a place setting that’s perfect to celebrate the event and mood. When I think…

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coffee service

The Making of a Beautiful Morning Coffee Service

How to make your morning more beautiful with the perfect way to serve coffee. I’d love to share a food…

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Pre-party Check: Favorite soap in the powder room?

Often overlooked by you, but not by your guests. As my mom used to say, “A little soap goes a…

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