We wanted to share with you how we styled a look for a Modern Christmas. There are a lot of different styles incorporated into our designs at Wisteria. From modern to eclectic we love to create looks and styles with one simple meaning: beautiful …
Transform a modern room that works from holiday to everyday!
Our gilt coffee table atop a cowhide rug adds texture and shine that works all year long.
Metallic accessories add brightness to your room. Mix with modern wall art for a well rounded room. Shop the look here.
Looking for that perfect centerpiece or decor to decorate a children’s table for Christmas? Start with our Holly & Jolly collection which was inspired by our love of candy canes! The fun red and white decor is the perfect setting for a memorable table. Next, add our Handmade Felt Nativity Scene that will help keep children’s imaginations entertained. Snacks are a necessity and our festive French Country Bowls are the perfect bowls to hold a variety from salty to sweet!
Designers will tell you, the best way to create drama and interest in a room is to display your items in varying heights. Luckily, our risers make it easy. They let you elevate items so that they can stand out in a crowd.
Add varying heights in a group of items.
Use multiple risers to create drama.
Help smaller items stand out.
Most people who know me, know that there is one thing that I cannot pass up and that is a good slice of cake…not just any cake. It has to be really good for me to consume calories, fat and of course, all the guilt that comes with it! Yes, I am a cake snob…
You can imagine my surprise when I went into the kitchen of our Dallas store the other morning to find this staring at me under some overdone tower of foil. DIE. Who is this for (Margo) and when are they cutting into this? Came to find out that our Director of Retail is not only a whiz at her job, but apparently at baking too. She went on to explain how she made it, what tools she used, how many pounds of butter and sugar she used to the point where I was thinking I would be crazy not to dive into this!
This is where the story gets sad…I had to leave before they cut into it. I know! DIE a second time! I might of left out obsession when speaking of my love of cake earlier…because on my way home, I happened to drive by the store (coincidence, perhaps) and as I drove by literally made a sudden right turn from the center lane into the parking lot. Ob-sessed! This is where it gets good. Not only was there plenty of cake left, but I got to take a big chunk home! Destiny is what I call that…
Fast forward and now I feel satisfied, guilty and like I should go on a late night 10 mile run! I did go on the run the next day (only 3 miles) and yes, I threw away the leftover cake…cannot have temptation lying around!
Below is the recipe for all to enjoy!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened, cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1-2 oz. red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar
- ½ cup of prepared plain hot coffee (don’t skip this ingredient)
- Preheat oven to 325.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vegetable oil.
- Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and red food coloring until combined.
- Stir in the coffee and white vinegar.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients a little at time, mixing after each addition, just until combined.
- Generously grease and flour two round cake pans with shortening and flour.
- Pour the batter evenly into each pan.
- Bake in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not over bake as cake will continue to cook as it cools.
- Let cool on a cooling rack until the pans are warm to the touch.
- Slide a knife or offset spatula around the inside of the pans to loosen the cake from the pan.
- Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool.
- Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting when the cakes have cooled completely.
Summer in Dallas … while we have had a great start to summer with cooler than normal temperatures, dare I say, it has been like living in California … ok, maybe not quite, but I am not complaining!
With that said, the temperatures are slowly rising once again and we have to get in our last bit of outdoor fun before we are all banished indoors due to triple digit temperatures and extra large mosquitoes. Therefore, with some creativity, friends and of course, a strong man to help get it all in place, Jamie and her team were able to pull together a backyard movie night featuring Rushmore.
Be sure to pick up a copy of D Moms Magazine to read the full story this fall!
Larry worked hard to "urn" a break!
Rugs and flea market finds make for great seating!
Fresh fruit and vegetables were steps away from the Wisteria urns (a Warehouse Sale find)
Friday night movie
Hot dog anyone?
Mingling before showtime
Wisteria French Directoires spotted inside...