Step out of your comfort zone and into the living room of Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” that premiered this weekend and runs through June 28. This hilarious comedy by playwright Christopher Durang won the 2013 Tony award for best play. The scene for this play is set in the morning room of a farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania overlooking a pond. Mix in sibling rivalry, a costume party, a clairvoyant housekeeper and a twenty-something boy toy, who’s shirtless more of the time, and it’s sure to make you laugh.

The venue of the theatre is small and intimate (about 172 seats) so there are no bad seats in the house, but more importantly the seats starts from the stage floor and up about 10 cozy levels, so you’ll be up close to all the actors. The cast of just five is superb and makes your appreciate the talent of being able to preform to a live audience and to memorized and articulated all those fabulous lines and antics that are sure to make you laugh.

Tickets and more information go to www.horizontheatre.com.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Top row (left to right): Denise Arribas as Nina, Edward McCreary as Spike and Tess Malis Kincaid as Masha. Bottom row (left to right): William S. Murphey as Vanya and Lala Cochran as Sonia.

The Atlanta Symphony presents the 45th Annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens. Tour this year’s 14-square-foot mansion that includes six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, three family rooms, 16-foot ceilings and 28 decorators. Open through May 10, 2015 at 4701 Northside Drive, Atlanta. Tickets $30 and benefits Atlanta Symphony’s outreach and education programs. For more information click here.

Here’s a sneak peek of the home after I toured recently for an exclusive media event. There’s so much to see that it can’t be capture in one post so plan to visit yourself.

 

Decorators' Show House Front

 

Decorators Show House & Garden 2015 - Front Terrace

The front terrace of this year’s show house & gardens by Chip Wade and Alexandra Hernandez, Chip Wade Creative, working with Frontgate invites you to sit a spell before getting mesmerized by the 14,000 square-foot home decorated from floor to ceiling by some of Atlanta’s most talented designers.

 

Dining Room

Dinner is Served. The dining room designed by Boxwoods Gardens & Gift was one of my favorite rooms in the house. Its clean blue and white palette was soothing and inviting. I was awaiting the dinner bell to be rung. “The room itself emotes timeless elegance, which we have enhanced by adding a modern flair,” say Randy Korando and Dan Belman, Boxwoods owners and designers. The painting is by New Orleans’ artist Jason Horton. His work is available through Boxwood.

 

Dining Room Floral Arrangement

The breathtaking orchid arrangement in a dining room accentuates the room’s elegance. This is an excellent example of one of Boxwoods Gardens’ creative floral compositions.

 

 

Grand Staircase

The landing area in the foyer and the grand staircase was designed by Douglas W. Hilton, DWH Interior. Douglas shared that when he saw this space that he knew it needed a large-scale art piece. He worked with TEW Galleries to feature this 2015 oil and acrylic on canvas piece by America Martin, called Maid and Maiden Sail Away that’s 67″ x 108.” The sculpture on the landing is by Dave Wertz and his work is also available at the TEW Galleries in Atlanta.

 

Every house needs four powder rooms, right? This is just one of the three powder rooms on the main level designed by Beth Kooby, Beth Kooby Design. She wanted a fresh, joyful space with classic and sophisticated elements.

Every house needs ten bathrooms, right? This is just one of the three powder rooms on the main level, this one designed by Beth Kooby, Beth Kooby Design. She wanted a fresh, joyful space with classic and sophisticated elements. The curvature in the vanity opens up the space making it  more airy. All the elements worked beautifully and I feel that Beth achieved her goal of an elegant bathroom.

 

Guest Bedroom 1

This guest bedroom designed by Bryan Alan Kirkland and Lesia D. King, Kirkland & King Design Associates, was inspired by a Parisian bedroom from the 1940s and highlights Pantone’s 2015 color of the year, Marsala. To me, the room felt like you were in a fabulous high-end boutique hotel. I was ready to check in.

 

Kimberly Grigg, Knotting Hill Interiors, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., designed the nursery and bath (not pictured) that's fit a courture princess. A vintage christening gown is framed and hung to the left of the crib.

Kimberly Grigg, Knotting Hill Interiors, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., designed the nursery and bath (not pictured) fit for a couture princess. A vintage christening gown is framed and hung to the left of the crib.

 

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The pool deck and gardens designed by Ed Castro and Hannah Seaton of Ed Castro Landscape was timeless. The large yard, pool, deck and gardens were so unexpected but then again expected after touring such a large home. The space was relaxing, soothing and elegant, and the chaises called me to sit and soak up the sunshine.

 

 

 

Woodford Reserve 2015 $1,000 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep CupWoodford Reserve unveiled this week the 2015 edition of its beloved $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby and benefiting the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program. Now in its 10th year, the 2015 iteration was designed in partnership with fashion designer Billy Reid® and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, resulting in a mint julep that’s distinctly modern.

The signature mint julep cups were designed by Billy Reid and handcrafted at Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault. The cups pay tribute to Derbies past, while at the same time looking to the future of this iconic event.

Consumers ages 21 years and older can log on to www.woodfordreservemintjulep.com to purchase one of the Victory Cups or Winner’s Circle Cups. Each cup is presented in an oak box designed by Nashville-woodworker Christian Fecht, and lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Alabama-based lifestyle brand Billy Reid. Online sale closes on April 30, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Making mint juleps for an upcoming Derby party? Here’s the Woodford Reserve 2015 Kentucky Derby mint julep recipe. It’s a mint julep with a twist.

Woodford Reserve® 2015 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep 

  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
  • .75 oz Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup
  • 6-8 Chocolate Mint Sprigs
  • Candied Orange and Lemon Slices for garnish
  • Powdered SugarCombine ingredients and shake with the mint. In the Julep glass, place 3 sprigs of the mint at the bottom and top with crushed ice. Strain over crushed ice into a julep glass, insert metal spoon straw. Top it with a mint sprig and candied orange/lemon slice and powdered sugar.
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Valentine’s Day is this coming Saturday and in addition to candy, flowers and gift items, more than 145 million Valentine’s Day cards will be mailed or given out on February 14. From family to friends to a crush or spouse, PAPYRUS has a card for each and every person on your list. With close to 200 PAPYRUS locations nationwide, including Target and Whole Food, as well as online shopping, it’s even easier to find the perfect card. Choose from a wide assortment of ways to say everything from “Be Mine” to “I Love You.” I’ve always found PAPYRUS cards to be creatively artful in its designs. Here are a few fun one for the valentine in your life. www.papyrusonline.com

Bella Pilar Red Heart Fashion Girl

Bella Pilar Red Heart Fashion Girl
A fabulous gal dressed in a black gown adorns a glittered red heart in her hair. From artist Bella Pilar, this Valentine’s Day card is complete with a red satin ribbon, a heart charm, glitter accents and sparkly clear gems. Front: [Blank],
Inside: Beauty, glamour, style… You’re always amazing / Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Black Lace & Red Gems

Black Lace & Red Gems
Black floral lace and big, bold red gems create this eye-catching Valentine complete with a greeting printed in red foil stamping. Front: [Blank], Inside: be mine now and forever / happy valentine’s day

 

Shakie Holographic Heart

Shakie Holographic Heart
On a shimmery silver diamond backdrop, the letters “XOXO,” gem hearts and micro-beads move around inside the heart-shaped shakie of this Valentine’s Day card. Front: [Blank], Inside: love to you on valentine’s day

 

Sweet Couple Booth

Sweet Couple Booth
Say Happy Valentine’s Day with this cute handmade card of a diner booth and a milkshake for two. Front: One milkshake, two straws… Inside: I love sharing everything with you / Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Beaded Heart Lollipop A beaded heart lollipop complete with an attached popsicle stick and red satin ribbon bow creates this adorably sweet Valentine's Day greeting card. Front: [Blank], Inside: wishing you the sweetest valentine's day ever

Beaded Heart Lollipop
A beaded heart lollipop complete with an attached popsicle stick and red satin ribbon bow creates this adorably sweet Valentine’s Day greeting card. Front: [Blank], Inside: wishing you the sweetest valentine’s day ever

 

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.