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Holiday Drinks: Pom-Germain Champagne Cocktail.

Any special occasion [especially one with a big meal attached to it] isn't complete until you have the perfect cocktail to complement it. This Thanksgiving, I went with a simple, straightforward cocktail, with a bit of a twist. I combined pomegranate juice and prosecco [but any sparkling wine works well] and added a splash of St. Germain liqueur to the mix.

St. Germain is a French liqueur made from elderflower berries found in the alps.  It's described as having notes of pear, lemon, orange, and passionfruit.  I definitely taste the pear, but I actually find it tastes more like a late harvest dessert  wine I'd brought back from Napa a few years ago.  

Long story short...it's delicious! The combination was nice and bright, and not terribly sweet, so it cut through the heaping mounds of mashed potatoes and turkey on my plate. Here's the recipe- I highly recommend it!

Pom-Germain Champagne [or prosecco!] Cocktail

1/2-1oz. St. Germain Liqueur
2oz. 100% Pomegranate Juice
6oz. Champagne [I used prosecco, but any good sparkling wine will do]
Sliced Orange

Add the St. Germain and pomegranate juice to the glass and swirl. Top with champagne and garnish with a slice of orange.

My Living Room was selected for a color contest!

I'm excited to share here that my living room was selected for a contest on Apartment Therapy: Room for Color 2012!! I only found out late last night, and already I'm in third place in my category!  I shared this with my friends + family, but I would love to get the blog world involved too!

Check it out my room here!

If you already have an Apartment Therapy account, then voting is super simple, just click the 'favorite' button towards the bottom of my room's page [see photo below].  If you don't have an account, I know it can be a hassle to sign up, but I would be forever grateful and send you good thoughts [and cookies if you're convenient enough!].  All you need to do is click where it says 'Need an account? Sign up for free in minutes' [see below] and follow the directions.

I feel so lucky that I was picked right around the time I decide to really forge into the interior design world, and I would truly appreciate your support!  Wish me luck!

Meet my living room.

I'm going to slowly introduce my little house to you.  It's constantly changing, since I'm always buying and selling furniture and moving things around.  My friends always comment about how they never know what to expect when they come over, since it's evolving weekly.

First, meet my living room.  It's the third most used room in my house [after my kitchen and screened porch], and it actually used to be a dining room.   One day I'll post the before and afters [if I can find those old photos!]. 

I initially painted this room when it was actually a dining room, so it's a little intense at times, but it photographs well and feels warm.  I used to have a rug in here, but it didn't coordinate well with everything, so I'm currently on the hunt for a good [affordable] one. The ottomans are actually a really great choice instead of a coffee table, since they're great for additional seating or just putting your feet up and relaxing. 

At the bottom, there's a rundown of where everything in my living room came from.  I bought all these things over several years and some come from my childhood home, so the total cost didn't seem too daunting. 

Sofa: Ikea [Kivik sofa + chaise, $698]
Ottomans: Home Goods [$30 each]
Side Table: Highland Row Antiques [$45]
Typewriter: Chamblee Antique Mall [$30]
Table Lamp: Pottery Barn [$99 + $25 coupon = $74]
Floor Lamp: Pottery Barn [$249 + $25 copuon = $224]
Round Pillows: Urban Outfitters [$34 each - 20% = $27 each]
Other Pillows: Pottery Barn [$75]
Double Curtain Rods: Ikea [$79]
Picture Frames: Pottery Barn [$220]
Paint: Behr Ultra Premium Plus [$60]
Drink Cart: My Favorite Place [$5] The BEST deal of all!
Paintings: Sandra Torrijos [My aunt = free!]

Total: $1624