I realized something important the other day.  In the busyness of this ‘the microwave generation’ I’ve been forgetting to carry out some of the traditions that have been passed down to me from my grandmothers.  Both of my grandmothers were very elegant.  One was quite wealthy (Milldred) , one was very middle class (Dorothy), but both of them had a true elegance about them.  One of the things I will always remember about my Grandma Dorothy Ludeman is that every evening, even when it was just for her and my grampa only, she served dinner on fine china. My Grama and Grampa Ludeman lived in a little studio apartment above our garage for many years while I was growing up. Although the accommodations were very simple and rather rustic, my grandmother decorated it beautifully with items that had been in her family for generations… even many that had come over from Germany with her when she was a child.

This last Christmas I had the opportunity to host a small luncheon for some special business colleagues of mine.  I really enjoyed it.  I got out my mother’s china and her special red wine classes that we had at every Holiday dinner while I was growing up.  I created a simple favor out the of wood boxes that had our company logo on it.

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Although the meal was simple, I realized a special feeling came over me when I brought out that china.  I realized I missed the elegance my grandmothers had–that kind of Jackie O. elegance–and that I wanted to cultivate it more in myself and my home.

I’m grateful for the simple beauties in life that bring me so much joy.  I would rather have a few truly beautiful, meaningful things than an entire auditorium of expensive, hallow items that have no meaning.

2015 will be devoted to cultivating more elegance in my life.  I’m excited to share these thoughts with you in Lifestyle by Katherine.

Wishing you all a truly Happy New Year,

Katherine 🙂









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