Category Archives: Entertaining

Current Projects: Seating for 10


We recently photorgraphed this dining room, with a rustic dining table and seating for 10 – our client’s can’t wait to host a dinner party.  Enjoy this simply stated space.


images by Design Lines.

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Cary Kitchen Remodel is Featured in Cary Magazine



Within this month’s pages of Cary Magazine, Brittany and our client Terri talk about the 1st floor renovation that transformed this once 1980’s builder grade home into a modern living oasis, suitable for casual entertaining.

Brittany also partnered with Robert Taylor of Taylor Build , who served as the General Contractor on the project. Robert knows first hand what it feels like to live in your space while a kitchen renovation is happening.

To read the complete Cary Magazine “Home Tour” article and see the “Before & After’s” click here.



images 1. DLL

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Turkey Day Giveaway: And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Jennifer for winning our first giveaway!!  We’ll be contacting you shortly to get the book to you.  And Kathryn Greeley offered to send a signed copy!   

Jennifer shared, “I’m looking forward to spending the weekend with our dear friends out of town, and meeting their new little baby girl!”  We hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Thanks to all who entered!  We’ll be doing another giveaway next Monday – check back then for details!


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Turkey Day Giveaway!

In the spirit of the holiday season, we’d like to announce our very first giveaway!!  And we couldn’t think of a better gift than The Collected Tabletop by Kathryn Crisp Greeley – the perfect read as you plan to host and entertain your family and friends!


It is full of inspired ideas from table settings to invitations, recipes, favors, floral arrangements, and more!  The book has recieved nothing but 5 star reviews on Amazon.  It covers 12 events, everything from an intimate martini party to a Thanksgiving extravaganza!

Judy and Kathy have been friends for years – we love running into her at ASID events and furniture market!  Kathy’s interior design firm is located in the mountains of North Carolina, which she started around the same time Judy founded Design Lines.  She has the most welcoming spirit and is known for hosting fabulous events, which led her to writing this book.


1. Leave a comment on this post letting us know what you’re most looking forward to this Thanksgiving!  (Simply click on the comment link in the taupe box just under the title of this post.)

2. Share this contest via Facebook!  Be sure to mention Design Lines Limited in the post so that it shows up on our page as well.

3. Share this contest via Twitter by tweeting: RT to enter the Turkey Day Giveaway from @DesignLinesLtd for a chance to win through 11/27! Details – http://www.designlinesltd.com

Doing any of these will enter you in the contest, and completing all three will give you three chances to win!   The winner will be announced on our blog at noon on Monday, November 28th.  You have until midnight on the 27th to get your entry in!  We will select the winner at random and contact you to send the book your way!

And if entertaining isn’t your thing, we’re planning to host several more giveaways in the coming months.  Good luck!

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Springtime Drinks for Your Weekend!

Warmer temperatures and the gift of an extra hour of sunshine from Daylight Savings time has led to all kinds of excuses to plan a picnic or play hostess to a weekend soiree. With that, we’ll share some of our favorite recipes for springtime sipping! Even round up the kids, as these are easy and fun to make together.

Brittany’s Cucumber Punch is a favorite from College

0621_cucumber from the Kitchn


2 liters of Sprite
One can of limeade concentrate
One large cucumber, sliced


Mix together and allow to sit for 45 minutes before serving.

Lauren made this delicious Peach Punch for a baby shower she recently hosted.

Freedomtreefarms peaches


White peach juice
One package of raspberries frozen (to serve as ice cubes)
Ginger ale to taste

Hilaire found this tart Ginger Grapefruit Lime juice post and we can’t wait to make it!

Syle with Grace Ginger Grapfruit & Lime Juice


1 1/2 tablespoons Truvia (zero calorie sweetener) – or use regular sugar
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled then grated
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lime juice – about 3 limes
1 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice – 4 grapefruits


In a small saucepan, on medium heat, mix together sugar, ginger, and water. Simmer for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a glass cup or bowl – place in the fridge or freezer to cool.

In a pitcher, combine grapefruit and lime juices. Remove the ginger mixture from the fridge/freezer and strain into the grapefruit juices. If you don’t want pulp, you can strain the grapefruit juices. I like the pulp. Stir the ingredients and taste. Feel free to add more sugar or juices. I like it strong and ginergy so this was perfect for me. Serve chilled with ice or add sparkling water to give it some bubbles.

Makes about 2 cups of juice.

Which one will you try this weekend?

images & recipes: 1. The Kitchn 2. Freedom Tree Farms 3. With Style & Grace

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Judy & Molly’s Top 6 Wine Recommendations for New Year’s Eve

Need some good wines to ring in the New Year?! Look no further, Judy and Molly recommend some of their favorite wines. These wines are great with any meal or appetizer, so enjoy!

1. Meiomi

meiomi wine

2. David Bruce


3. Martin Ray

Martin Ray Wine

4. Sonoma Coutrer

sonoma Cutrer

5. La Crema Chardonnay

la crema winery

6. Conundrum


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12 Days of Christmas: Lauren’s Goat Cheese & Honey Stuffed Fig Muffins

While on summer vacation this year, Lauren made these goat cheese and honey stuffed fig muffins. YUMMY! They were an immediate hit with her husband.These muffins can be a great addition to any holiday brunch or appitizer spread. We hope you enjoy them.

Goat Cheese & Honey Fig Muffins

Goat Cheese & Honey Stuffed Fig Muffins

3/4 cup crumbled soft goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 cups whole-wheat flour (I used half wheat/white)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups chopped dried figs
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 425.

Combine goat cheese, honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and and lemon juice until thoroughly mixed.

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, then add brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.

Add wet ingredients to dry. Don’t over mix. Fold in figs.

Fill each muffin tin halfway. Top with a teaspoon of the goat cheese mixture. Add more batter on top. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.


(Recipe: From EatingWell & Picture: HowSweetEats Blog)

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My Carolina Today: Brittany’s Top 3 Recommendations for Holiday Gift Wrapping

Need some suggestions on how to wrap those last minute gifts?! As Brittany makes her television debut on My Carolina Today, enjoy her three wonderful ideas for gift wrapping this holiday season. What do you do for festive holiday wrapping? We would love to hear.

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12 Days of Christmas: Brittany’s Sausage Bites

martha stewart wreath image

The past few weeks, these Sausage Bites have been a quick & easy go-to when agreeing to make a savory appetizer for holiday parties. People even believed I was from the South when these arrived! For the perfect soundtrack while waiting for these to cook- some classic tunes for you:

Alabama’s Christmas in Dixie

The Jackson Five’s I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Elvis’ Blue Christmas

Bon Appetite!


  • 1 pound spicy ground pork sausage
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix (you may also try Virgina’s Best Biscuit mix)
  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, finely shredded


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, combine sausage, biscuit baking mix and cheese.  Mix well.  If it looks a little dry add a tbsp of water to the mix.  It also helps to have sausage at room temperature.

Form into walnut size balls and place on baking sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and the center is done.

You may also prepare these and freeze them before baking.  Thaw and bake as recommended.  You may also add garlic powder/onion powder to taste to the dry mix. 


image: Martha Stewart

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My Carolina Today TV Show: Segment 9 Will Air 12/17

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It is time to wrap all the gifts! On December 17th, tune in to  My Carolina Today at 11:00am as Brittany makes her television debut. Brittany shares our wrapping recommendations and a few tricks for making those gifts look their best this holiday. Don’t worry we will also give you a full recap on Monday. So stay tuned!

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