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Highlights of Savannah, Georgia

12 Apr

You can say Savannah had me at hello. I feel like every experience I had during my day trip from Charleston last summer was a touch of magic. Savannah filled me with wonder.

Our first stop was SCAD Museum of Art and I was sold. The words that come to mind are multisensory. Rashaad Newsome’s exhibit was auditory while visual while Ling Hongbo’s was visual and tactile. SCAD Museum of Art Colorful Rainbow Paper Guns and Bullets Exhibit

Looking to support some SCAD students? Shop SCAD is a cute boutique with student-filled works.

I am not exaggerating when I say that Chocolate by Adam Turoni is one of my favorite shops in the world.  Each shop is like a room in a fantastical house, the first I visited was a library, a chocolate library. Imagine: glass enclosed bookcases full of chocolate. The staff hands you trays reminiscent of old card catalog drawers. Each truffle or bar variety is labeled, in typewritten font, on library cards.  After visiting the first shop, I knew I had to also visit their second location.The second shop I visited was a dining room, that made you feel as if you had been personally invited to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The chocolates themselves are no less whimsical. From a George Milies Trip To The Moon chocolate to a made to order creme brulee truffle, each piece is a handmade delight.

Adam Turoni Dining Room

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The Best of Gusto & Grace: 2014 Edition

5 Jan

At the beginning of the new year, I love taking a little time  to reflect on everything the previous year held for me. Here are a handful of Gusto & Grace’s 2014 Highlights

The Popcorn Hydrangeas from the Circus Baby Shower I hosted for my friends and godson remains the most pinned image from the blog.

Popcorn Hydrangeas for Circus Baby Shower www.gustoandgraceblog.com

If you didn’t earlier this year, don’t forgot to bookmark this life-altering Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  

World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe https://gustoandgrace.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/worlds-best-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe

When our box of ticket stubs started overflowing, I got creative and started using our bedside lamps to store our ever-growing collection of stubs. Read all about them here.

Ticket Stub Filled Lamps https://gustoandgrace.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/ticket-filled-lamps/

In February I was asked to appear on Good Day Austin. With a squeal of delight, I accepted, and had the time of my life showcasing my DIYed wedding invitations. I even earned an invitation back!

FOX 7 | Good Day Austin: Make it Monday | DIY Wedding Invitations www.gustoandgraceblog.com

My home finally got some art on the wall and it all started with the Prada Marfa watercolour print I created. You can print out the full sized version for FREE here.

Free Printable Watercolor Prada Marfa Print www.gustoandgraceblog.com

I fell in love with the fact that San Antonio is only an hour away after an exploratory day trip.


Gusto & Grace got a Home Tour page, which I am now realizing is in dire need of new photos. Grab a cup of something warm and a soft throw, and take a look around!

Black & White Entryway Inspiration

I made my first visit to Round Top, and came home empty handed. I still kick myself for not buying this gorgeous, vintage, lucite beauty:

Round Top Antique Fair | Gusto & Grace

For a grand total of $17 I turned my neighbors trash into my gaudy, golden treasure. Spoiler alert: The upstairs bathroom is in the middle of an update.

ornate gold frame mirror

On our one year anniversary, wedding photos hit the blog.

Bridal Party Socks Groomsment Photo Ideas

Jeremy & Kristin Photography

After our incredible one year anniversary trip, a.k.a. second honeymoon, to Paris, I may be on the road to becoming a Francophile. If you’re planning or trip, or simply obsessed with the City of Lights, you can read about my favorites sites (museums and monuments), shops and eats in Paris and oogle over Chateau Versailles.

Laudree Paris | Champs Eylsees

I may have gained status of Best Wife Ever by playing on my husbands weaknesses and planning Pizza Week: nightly dates with local pizza. Bufalina, however, won the award for best pizza we ate all week.

Via 313 Austin

In July, the console we commissioned our friend to build finally made it to Austin. I have talented friends, folks. It is a such a handsome piece of furniture.

White Modern Geometric Console

In July, my mom and stepdad, and sister and brother-in-law came down and the guys installed crown moulding in our kitchen and dining room.

Dining Room Crown Moulding

This fall, furniture made of dreams arrived on my doorstop, or, as my dad refers to them, thrones.

Neutral Living Room Hooded Balloon Porters Versailles Chairs

This holiday season I hosted our first annual Christmas party

Christmas Snow Globe Cake

…and learned my lesson about glitter wrapping paper.

Gifts with Glitter and Tartan

My love of Christmas has not diminished, as evidenced by my growing ornament collection. Read up for tips on hunting down the best traditional European glass ornaments!

2014 Christmas Tree

On the personal front, 2014 was a big year for Anthony and I. I finally found a job in Austin in January 2014. Anthony got his CPA, we bought a used car, removed PMI from our mortgage, and later re-financed our house. We welcomed a new newphew and a godson in March. In May, welcomed my sister and her husband home from New York City and bid adieu to Anthony’s brother and his family when they moved to a new wintry land. In October, paid a short visit to them in Minnesota to see their new digs. Last month, we took my first trip to Anthony’s happy place, Disney World (pictures to come).

If you missed last year’s recap, you can find it here.

Happy New Year!

♥ Dominique

The Best of Gusto and Grace 2013 Edition

31 Dec

As 2013 comes to a close, I’d like to reflect back through this year, and celebrate not only a new beginning accompanying the calendar change, but this year’s growth and accomplishments. I hope you take time to not only set new goals for 2014, but to pat yourself on the back for the ones you reached in 2013.

The best part of blogging, or perhaps the most challenging, is the commitment to do it regularly. Midway through this year, I committed to posting twice a week, and other than a slip up or two, I have kept that commitment. Maybe the content is not quite the quality that I hoped. Maybe I’m not feeling too inspired and it is hard. Maybe, but I do it anyway.

Looking back on blog posts over the year, it is evident that the highlights in my personal life were wedding planning, my honeymoon, moving into and nesting in a new home and city, and adopting Nola.

DIY is my M.O. and can be seen through various themes and categories of the Gusto & Grace. I hope that some of my favorites posts, listed below, inspired or helped you in some way.

To see my wedding at a glance, watch our video.  You can also check out what I did to follow the “Something Old” wedding tradition. Some of my favorite DIY projects from the big day were my invitation suite, the floral shutter decor, and the gilded cotton boll boutonnieres.

Something Blue 6 Steps for DIYing Your Wedding Invitation SuiteDetails-128DIY Gilded Cotton Boll Bouttoniere

My bridesmaids hosted some amazing parties to celebrate. Peek at my Hot Air Balloon themed Bridal Shower and my French Lingerie themed Bachelorette Soiree.

Bridal Shower Wish TreeFrench Lingerie Bachelorette Party

Moving to Austin has been an adventure-filled adjustment. I am excitedly decorating my husband’s former bachelor pad, that I’ve lovingly dubbed The Estate. Besides filling it with the many blessing we received from our registry, I think the biggest impact projects were painting the faux canopy in the master, repainting the kitchen cabinets, restoring the patio furniture, and the simple project of striping the dining room archway.

Master_Bedroom_After_Gusto_and_GraceKitchen After www.gustoandgraceblog.comRefinished Patio Furniture *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Anthony and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively this year. The husband’s parents really blessed us by sending us on a Mediterranean Cruise for our Honeymoon. You can find a link to the slideshow above, and I wrote a bit about Rome too. We also enjoyed multiple trips back to Fort Wort-Dallas, and explored new additions to the metroplex like Sprinkles Ice Cream and ATM and the G. Dubya Bush Presidential Library. We took a road trip, Nola in tow, to Marfa, Texas where we stayed in a tepee and had a drink where James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor filmed Giant.

Liberty of the SeasSprinkles Cupcake ATUM Dallas www.gustoandgraceblog.comPrada, Marfa www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Holidays have been a little extra magical my first year of marriage.  I loved hosting a large portion of both of our families for Thanksgiving. The menu was a huge success and my miniature-loving-self was thrilled to find some tiny gravy boats for the feast. I’ve really enjoyed decorating for Christmas, and making new traditions in Austin. My favorite Christmas DIY was easily the $4 nutcracker stocking holders I made.

Thanksgiving Menu 2013 www.gustoandgraceblog.comPainting Ceramics: Rose Gold Handled Mini Gravy Boats www.gustoandgraceblog.comAustin Christmas GrafittiDIY Nutcracker Stocking HoldersCooking dinners for two, I have made a lot of savory meals, but my blogging doesn’t reflect that. When I was reviewing recipes I posted on the blog, I realized the best of them were sweets. In 2014 I hope to share some favorite classics and party recipes, meals I think everyone should have in their cooking repertoire. Until then, the Potato Chip Macaroons with Pop Rock Ganache, Tiramisu, and Hazelnut Chocolate Ice Cream remain my favorite blogged-about treats.

Potato Chip Macarons with Pop Rock Ganache *www.gustoandgraceblog.com*Tiramisu Recipe www.gustoandgraceblog.comGusto and Grace Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Thanks you for reading. I look forward to another year of blogging. Happy New Year!

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