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Home Accents | Adding Flair Without Breaking the Bank

As the winter months fade to spring, I find myself itching to nest in a brand new way. I’ve been known to change paint colors, move around furniture, and swap a dining room table for another one a neighbor is giving away…just for a smidge of newness in the changing season.

Today, I am sharing a few tips I’ve used in our home. After spending the first several years of our marriage in about 800 square feet, buying our first single family home was a bit daunting. Thankfully, my mother saved all of the furniture from my grandparents’ home, and we used much of it in our new house – of course, mixed in with our furniture from college days…freshly painted to transform the space.

Some of my favorite tricks include changing out the cases on my decorative pillows and adding a new throw atop my white couch. I’ve even gone so far as to sew up different types of fabric for decorative pillows, just so I can have a warm and cozy knit pillow during the winter and a light and airy linen pillow in the summer! (By storing these cases among my extra sheets and towels, I save space and money)! Below are a few photos from our sweet abode – and the tips to go along with them! Share your decorating details with me in the comment section below.

Stay cozy,


Varied shades of white can be difficult to match, but adding in neutral woods and soft colors ties everything together. I found this dining room table at a small shop in South Carolina. When I saw it – I knew! It was our future family table, and I simply had to snag it. I found a friend to build us a coordinating bench on one side and purchased these bright blue chairs for $100 total. I found the cotton stems at an antique shop and added metal jars purchased for $20 total. I topped off the space with a wooden light pendant found at a clearance sale…and voila. Done!

Consider unique pieces to transform a room, and neutral larger pieces around which to build. Because our downstairs is one large living space, I chose to carry the white and blue tones into our living room. Here, I have added neutral pillows and light throws to our white couches with pops of blue in the antique trunk (a steal at $25!) and the glass end table (another sidewalk find at $15).  If you have a narrow living space as we do, open up the space by having the couches face one another. This also makes for easy entertaining and great play space for little ones.

Make old pieces work with the simple addition of fabric. Our bedroom is our sanctuary. If you haven’t noticed, I adore soft neutral shades with small pops of color. When Thomas and I got married, we had fairly different taste in furniture. Somehow – in this room – it all came together. With natural wood and varied textures in both the bed and curtains, I opted for a solid color rug and coordinating shades of tan and grey before bringing in some color with our throw pillows. While I wish I could take full credit for this space, the vision and execution belongs to one of my best and most talented friends, Whitney Walker of Farrington Lane. Sometimes…you just need a little help to bring it all together!

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Warming Up with Hot Tea

For the last four weeks, the Wilson home has experienced the plague to end all plagues….y’all. Cold season is HERE!

Beginning around our Thanksgiving holiday, I could sense the sniffles. By the time Christmas arrived, I was relegated to the bedroom with a severe cough and non stop tissue usage. Especially given that we are pregnant with our first child, I was limited in what I could consume for any kind of relief. Thankfully, we are big fans of hot tea – and these particular ones came to the rescue in my time of need!

Click on the links below for specific hot tea recipes, and share your favorites with me in the comment section below!

Stay warm (and well),




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New Year, New Treats!

Hello friends! Welcome to my kitchen. Yes – you’re sitting in the middle of my favorite part of our home….our sweet, beachy kitchen with the best stovetop I could dream of (Jenn-Air, I love you!) I’m thrilled to invite you into my home today and share even more New Year’s recipes.

Last week, we talked one pot easy cooking for the year ahead. Today, I’m veering into the land of sweets once more…because no big, bold southern dinner is complete without a scrumptious dessert.

A beautiful parfait makes for an elegant table, while a baked cobbler remains a North Carolina (and Wilson family) staple. Between crisp fruits of upcoming seasons and lingering flavors of winter, these treats will have your mouth watering and table plentiful all season long.

Click on the images below for the full recipe, and share your favorite treats in the comment section below!

With love and sugar,


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Christmas Tunes | The Ultimate List

In full transparency, I hold off on playing Christmas music until the week of Thanksgiving. Yes, I am that kind of cheesy holiday gal that relishes everything from St. Patrick’s Day to Halloween – so I refuse to jump ahead in the musical world until the time is right!

This year, I’ve tuned my radio to traditional holiday music including Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. To supplement my holiday galavants, I’ve added Country Christmas to the mix as well, which includes holiday favorites “reimagined” by Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and many more.

Below is my “top 10 Christmas list.” What are some of your favorite Christmas tunes? Share what you love in the comment section below.

Cheers to being merry and bright,


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Winter Crisps: Sweet Treats for the Season


This week, my calendar is full of Christmas gatherings around town. On Thursday, we’re off to see the Christmas lights in a nearby town – famous for an extravagant and festive annual display. Friday night, it’s a neighborhood gathering at one house with a follow up party across the street the next night. In between? Girls’ brunch with a dear friend – and loads of holiday treats I am sure!

In preparation for these gatherings, I’m building up my repertoire of sweet treats and trying my hand at a couple new recipes! Click on the images (both above and below) to see what I’ll be making this week. Do you have any tried and true recipes to share? Please comment below with the full recipe. You’ll definitely help me impress “one and all” in my Christmas galavants this week!

Happy baking,





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Warm Sips for Winter


This week, the Carolinas have seen cloudy mornings and rainy afternoons – and the damp chill of winter has settled in for the months ahead. While strolling through our neighborhood recently, I turned to my husband and said “This is the best time for hot chocolate.”

I find comfort in mixing up a warm beverage and plopping down on our cozy couch, backlit by the twinkle of our Christmas tree. To top it off, I love the aromas of a warm beverage coming from my crock pot. Below are a few recipes to enjoy this season. Simply click on the image for the recipe! (And enjoy the mint tea hot or iced – just in case you’re a California Christmas kind of person!)

What are your favorite recipes for this season? Share them with me in the comment section below – and Happy Christmas!






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Dressing for the Holidays


If you’re anything like the Wilson family, you’ve already received a couple invitations to “stop by for food and fun” sometime in December. ‘Tis the season for holiday gatherings, festive evenings with friends, and beautiful home decor to celebrate Christmas.

I rely on one fail proof outfit for my holiday galavants: the simple black dress, and loads of accessories. I can dress this look up or down, according to the occasion and time of day. By swapping out flats for heels or simple earrings for dramatic ones – I can change the entire look without buying a full new wardrobe!

Click on the image below to shop this dress, and see additional images for accessorizing ideas. Please share your accessorizing tips with me in the comment section below. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas this season!

Happy month of festivities,



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Warm Up with Winter Meals

Indian food specialities

In coming back from the cool mountain air in Blowing Rock, I find myself craving hearty meals that warm me up from the inside out. With winter vegetables readily available at our local farmer’s market…and a good ol’ handy crockpot…I am enjoying cooking up the tastes of the season!

Today, I am sharing a few of my favorite recipes for the winter season. Between Thai Veggie Curry and Buffalo Chicken Chili – there is something for everyone!

What are some of your favorite recipes for the season? Share them with me in the comment section below.

Happy cooking,





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Staying Healthy in the Cold


The temperature is dropping and the layers are building – cold weather is upon us! I am especially convinced of this given the recent increased sniffles in our home and at the office. Changing seasons mean changing environments, a reality for which our bodies often need time and extra TLC!

During the cold weather season, I begin to ramp up my self-care rituals in hopes of warding off anything that might arise from a weakened immune system. Today, I am sharing four tips on staying healthy this winter season. Read on below for more information!

  1. Layer up (socks included)! When you travel especially, it is important to keep your circulation moving and support overall health with layers of warmth. Keep a pair of socks handy, and of course – gloves if you are in extreme cold outside!
  2. Wash your hands (and add in some lotion). Cold weather means frequent hand washing. Carry antibacterial gel and/or wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. Make sure to find a great lotion to add – increased washing can minimize moisture!
  3. Drink up! To support your overall immune system (and flush out the bad) increase your water intake during the winter season.
  4. Stay moving, and fuel up. Continued exercise is a great way to warm up the body and increase overall blood flow. Supplement your movement with fruits and vegetables for overall health support.

What are your go-to strategies for great health? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.

Stay warm,

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Shoes for the Season


The fall morning chill wakes me up before my alarm – inspiring me to take a step outside and breathe in the fresh air of a new season. I love being outside in the fall, and I am preparing my closet to join me in the jaunt!

When the weather begins to cool, I opt for closed toe and closed heel shoes with great tread for tricky terrain. Today, I am sharing a few shoe styles to support the changing of seasons. Between casual walkers, active tennis shoes, all weather boots, and dressy clogs – you’re sure to find an array of options for fall. Click on the images below to read more about our options!

What are your favorite shoe styles for the season? Do you have brands for which you search? Share what you love in the comment section below. Our designers are eagerly awaiting your feedback!

Walk on,




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I am Parker. My mom, Lynda, is the owner and President of National Wholesale. We are a woman’s apparel company that I’m hoping you know about but if not, you’ll be inspired to learn. We’ve been around since 1952. And the business was started by my entrepreneurial grandfather, “Georgie” with the support of my grandmother, GaGa. I’ve been surrounded by clothing and hosiery since the day I was born. I've also been surrounded by the drive to stay in business, which means connecting with our customers.

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