Happy Monday!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to relax and enjoy time with family and friends!

We’re gearing up for an exciting week here at PARISH and AGID, with our holiday open house and book signing happening on Thursday! If you haven’t already, make plans to stop by the shoppe this Thursday from 5PM TO 8 PM to meet Frances Schultz, author of The Bee Cottage!


Frances Schultz has built a career writing about all things beautiful. A tastemaker and worldtraveler, she has a refined sense of style and understands the power of making life pretty. In THE BEE COTTAGE STORY, she combines this expertise with life lessons gleaned from her journey to rebuild her life—and the rundown Bee Cottage—after a broken engagement, cancer, and a series of devastating losses, left her struggling. Caught in the space between who she was and who she wanted to be, the renovation of Bee Cottage became a metaphor and a means of In the book, Frances discusses the kinds of useful, commonsense design issues that professionals take for granted and the rest of us just may not think of such as:

  • Before you do anything to a house, decide how you’re going to live in it;
  • Be open to using furniture or objects in unexpected ways;
  • Create contrast with color, tone, texture, art, and objects;
  • Experiment and don’t be afraid to change;
  • Don’t be afraid of using big pieces in small rooms;
  • Crown molding and wainscoting enhance a room’s dimension and scale;
  • Small rooms seem bigger the more you put in them;
  • High-gloss paint enhances the light and adds subtle pizzazz;
  • Lighting is key.

Part memoir, part home decorating guide THE BEE COTTAGE STORY, includes 125 beautiful full-color photographs to illustrate Schultz’s journey and to inspire readers traipsing through their own “Great Muddle” to examine and discover their own “truth” in decorating—and life.

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I am in the middle of reading The Bee Cottage and I cannot put the book down! It is such a sweet and inspiring story, and I cannot wait to meet Frances and have her sign my copy! If you would like to reserve a copy for Thursday, feel free to call the shoppe or stop by and pick up a copy before the book signing!

We can’t wait to see all of you!


Meagan B.