Mark D. Sikes

What is the color combination that comes to mind when you think of classic, timeless style?  For me, it has and will always be blue and white.  Whether it is the perfect shirting stripe, ticking stripe or solid linen, the combo of blue and white will forever be my favorite in my closet and in my home.  Mark D. Sikes, an interior and clothing designer has captured the essence of blue and white in his new book Beautiful and his line, MDS Stripes. Lets just say, so long paycheck, hello cute stripes.


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We’re moving!

If you have been reading this blog since 2010, you may have noticed by now we have moved A LOT in the last 5 years. After working out alot of details that I won’t bore you with, we found a house and are moving! Thankfully, this time we are only moving 10 minutes down the road.  We are so excited for our new place, and to finally feel settled and to make Dallas feel like home.

We officially get the keys on Sunday, so in the meantime I will be packing up all of our odds and ends and you will have to wait for pictures.

Stay tuned for lots of home and design inspiration headed your way. I have been pinning ideas for the last two years so to say I am excited to see plan to come to life is an understatement.

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Friendsgiving was a success!

Last night I hosted our first ever Friendsgiving complete with turkey and side dishes galore. Today definitely calls for extra cups of coffee.  I may or may not have had a few too many glasses of wine, but who was counting.  If you follow me on Snapchat (AliLeighB) you may have seen my 14 pound turkey masterpiece! I credit the perfectly cooked turkey to beginners luck, but mostly this recipe.

It was such a great night with great friends! I will remember my first run at the Thanksgiving meal for a lifetime.  I am by no means a Martha Stewart in the kitchen, but by some miracle I didn’t spill, burn or overcook anything.  That was the biggest win in my book.

I wish I could have captured pictures of the food, but when it comes to hosting I like to put my phone away and enjoy the company.  I had so much fun setting the table with our wedding gifts (the best thing: everything was dishwasher safe!). I decided to keep the decor simple so we could serve the food family-style. This slate board served as a great centerpiece for the turkey.   Our table also only seats 6, so we added another table for extra seating.  I also took away the chairs on the back and added this bench to fit three people comfortably.

I hope to make Friendsgiving a reoccuring event at our house, but I will be taking a break from cooking the rest of the week and enjoying leftovers! Let’s just hope I am not sick of turkey by next Thursday ;)


Vietri Dinnerware / Ikea Round Chargers / Pottery Barn Stripe Placemats / Luna Flatware and Serving Pieces / Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Tumblers / Williams-Sonoma Reserve Grand Cru Wine Glasses / Water Pitcher / Slate Serving Board 


Lucite Chairs / Bench / Table (made by my husband) / Gray Malin, Prada Marfa / Ballard Design Chairs / Chandelier  

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You may have noticed the lack of home or interior posts on A Dash of Details as of late.  When we moved to Dallas, I decided I would just use what we had and make it work since we are currently renting and saving our pennies for a house of our own. We knew we would only be here for 2 years and I didn’t want to buy something that might not work in a new place. Was it the smart idea? Probably, but I have a serious itch to make this house really feel like home. Maybe it is all of Mackenzie’s talk about her One Room Challenge or just that time of the year when things start to slow down and we are spending more time at home but all I know is I want all of the things.

One of those things is a bar cart.  If you remember our dining room (see our old house tour here), we have a set of lucite chairs at our kitchen table.  The lucite bar cart would compliment them perfectly and will never go out of style.

Here are a few favorites for the perfectly stocked bar cart:

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I have something to confess:

I have been terrible at cooking at home.  I was totally burnt out since moving from Ohio over a year ago, where I was constantly at the grocery store and having to make every meal at home seven days a week. So I decided to take a little break when moving to Dallas, but it has seemed to spiral out of control.  Having Whole Foods within walking distance from our house, it is so hard to not just pick up a quick salad or their prepared food even though I could make these things for half the price.   Does anyone have this problem?  I guess it is not really a problem but there is just something so good about cooking at home.

My late 20-something self is trying to figure out how to get back on track. Thanks to all of our family and friends for outfitting our kitchen with the latest and best products, I feel like I have no excuse to not be cooking at home at least 5 days a week.  So, I am coming here for your help? What are your grocery store secrets? Do you meal plan? How do you not let your groceries sit in your fridge until they go bad?  Guys, I need major help…



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Morning are kinda my thing.

It’s my time of the day where the house is still quiet, the dogs are running around in our backyard and I can enjoy my coffee without interruption.  Without fail, my morning routine is consistent to say the least. I wake up between 6:30-7:00, depending on if I hit the snooze a few times, hop in the shower, and head straight to the kitchen to make my first cup of coffee.  I head to my desk to press publish on my post for the day (or let’s be honest: I sit on the couch with the TODAY show in the background), check social media, and sip my coffee while I check out my favorite sites and respond to emails.  After cup number one, I continue to get ready for the rest of my day.

I would say I am somewhat of a coffee snob, I always have been, because life’s too short to drink bad coffee, right? So when my friends at Nespresso sent me over their new Nespresso VertuoLine, I couldn’t wait to try their new American full cup of coffee + authentic espresso maker. I am normally a latte kind of girl, but sometimes I just want to be able to sip on a cup of regular coffee, so needless to say I am completely obsessed.  Did I mention I am on my 2nd cup already? It is perfect for a little extra energy at about 2pm (or 10am if you are like me), especially because you can make a single cup in an instant.

What’s your morning routine look like?



J.Crew Chambray Shirt / 7 For All Mankind Skinny Jeans / Cleo Suede Loafers (on sale!) / Catbird Rings / Anthropologie Initial Mug / Rebecca Atwood ‘Wave’ Pillow / Buffalo Check Pillows (custom from Nell Hills in Kansas City) / Restoration Hardware Sofa / Gold Flatware / West Elm White Bowl / Nespresso VetuoLine (c/o) / Peakaboo Clear Coffee Table

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photography by PRS for  A Dash of Details


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The unexplainable feeling of a dog’s love makes my heart so full.

Meet Miss Zoey and Miss Molls, our two lovable and sassy Goldendoodle pups.  You have seen them make an appearance a time or two on the blog, but today is their first real modeling debut. Life is quite the adventure with these two, and I would not have it any other way. They spend their days playing, digging holes out in the yard (which may be the bane of my existence), sleeping on my favorite blanket, snuggling up under my feet at my computer, and in constant need of head rubs. And on special days, they are allowed in the bed for nighttime snuggles (if dogs could talk, I know they would tell me this is their favorite thing).

With active pups, comes a few interesting smells around the house, so in order to keep the house smelling fresh , SNIFF sent us a few candles and room sprays to try. Not only do I just love the kitschy names, like Fart and Away and Field of Dreams, but each scent is specifically made for your pup’s well being. The best part for me is for each SNIFF purchase a portion of the proceeds go to put shelter animals into lifelong homes.

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Growing up I was constantly redecorating my space. Thank goodness for my mom’s patience, she repeatedly moved my twin trundle beds from one side of the room to the next. Not to mention the countless hours we spent at Bed Bath and Beyond and the Container Store.

‘Till this day I still love redecorating my space, however it is a little different when it is your own money.  So when I heard, Whitney and Amanda Fox started a company to transform a room on a budget, I was sold.  Whitney and Amanda grew up moving around the US; so making their space feel like home was very important. After college, the girls were searching the web for affordable items for their New York apartments. They couldn’t find a site that was a destination for young adults. That is where the idea for Remodo was born.

Remodo carries everything from bedding to desk accessories, and the best part is that everything is reasonably priced.  The site includes a one-stop shop for all of your design needs, so if you don’t have time to search for items, or really just don’t have the eye for interior design, Remodo will design your room for you in three easy steps.  All you do is pick your package, fill out a questionnaire and then view your room and purchase the items you like. If you want to do the decorating yourself, they have amazing items like this moroccan pouf and this embroidered pillow.

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This post is sponsored by Remodo, but all opinions about the company and the products are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible! 



We all have those Mondays (especially during the holiday season) where the start of the week comes just a little too soon. Maybe you’re still feeling the side effects of that Holiday party last night or just didn’t get quite enough sleep the entire weekend.  Thankfully my friends from Nespresso are here to help with the Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) blues. So too beat those tired eyes one lucky winner will receive a Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and an Aeorcino Milk Frother.

With snow filled mornings, coffee is essential for those early wake up calls (my day normally starts before 6:00am). I know I am not alone when I say that being busy during the holidays is an understatement, so when the folks at Nespresso sent me the Pixie to try, I was so excited to share with you their amazing 21 flavors of Grand Cru coffee. I can make a “better than the coffee shop” espresso in less than a minute, which is key for rushed mornings.

In order to take a deep breath during the Holiday season, one of our favorite things is to have a relaxing Sunday morning in bed. Sleeping in, cuddling with our two Goldendoodles (Molly and Zoey) and breakfast in bed are a few of our favorite things. It is so nice to enjoy some quiet time before the hustle and bustle of shopping for last minute holiday gifts.

So whether you are rushing around or just need a moment of peace, Nespresso and I want you to enjoy a Tasteful Holiday season.  All you have to do is fill out the Raffelcopter below to win a Nespresso Pixie for you (or even to give as a gift!).  The giveaway ends next Monday, so be sure to enter!
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Nespresso Pixie Aluminum and Aerocino Milk Frother / Anthropologie Initial Mug / Anthropologie Bowls (one sale!) / Napkin Set (on sale!) / Essie Lollipop Nailpolish / Catbird Threadbare Rings / Cable Sweater from Chicwish (c/o)

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Photography by ALB and PRS for A Dash of Details

This post is sponsored by Nespresso, but all opinions are my own about this amazing product. Thank you for supporting the brands that make A Dash of Details possible!



I wanted to share with you an exciting project that some of you may already know about, my friend Erin just launched her new company Grandiflora today.  It is a well curated and designed home decor website.  The difference between Grandiflora and other companies is that Erin designed almost every piece in the shop.  Each item was created from the very beginning. Being somewhat of an expert in the product development field, Erin has come up with creative, inspired products that can be used in almost every room in the home.  My favorites are the Asta Rug, the Mercury Glass vases (perfect for Holiday centerpieces), and the Cowhide Stool.  So hop on over and check out the first collection today! Also, do not miss the Lookbook, it is definitely Pin-worthy! 

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images all from Grandiflora