Gracious Living is about creating a warm and welcoming space to gather with the people you love. A lovely top-note of the freshest scent adds yet another layer of comfort.

The Evans Guest House Candle Collection introduces our five fabulous colors for spring and arrive with a specially crafted scent for a total immersion in the glory of spring. Our candles are hand poured in the United States by specialty candlemaker, Annapolis Candle.

Orchid is a lovely bouquet of wild lavender gathered with green cucumber and sage, with delicate touches of chamomile. As welcoming as fresh cut flowers in a guest room, entry hall or powder room.

Navy’s rich and woody notes serve as a base to a clean crisp fusion of herb and amber. It is at ease in your living room. You know, so your ship don’t stink.

Grass calls to mind the aroma of freshly cut grass intermingled with orange and sandalwood. Perfect for the sunroom or porch. Warm carefree summer days are just a bare foot away.

Mineral is your daily dose of salty sea spray, ocean elements and fresh water lily. Good for the body and soul. Soothing therapy for the bed or the bath.

Persimmon invokes tropical notes of papaya, peach and creamy coconut paired with the unexpected ingredient of this bright fruit. Let it simmer in the kitchen or breakfast room to refresh after a meal.


raspberry granola bars | a way to their heart

From our Creative Director Katherine

Every Valentine's Day my mother would cut out our toast in the shape of a heart and smear it with butter and strawberry jelly.  I do the same for my boys now, but they don't like jelly on toast. (Weird, I know.)  Melty butter just does not quite do it.  So, this year I thought I'd try something a little different.  I will *hide* the jelly beneath a layer of buttery, oaty, nutty goodness.  I heart fooling my boys into eating more adventurously.  I heart my boys.  I heart brown sugar and oats mixed up together.  

1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
1 cup raspberry preserves

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. Spread the chopped pecans in a pie plate and toast for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the rolled oats, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and pecans. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the melted butter until the oat mixture is thoroughly combined.
Press two-thirds of the oat mixture in an even layer on the bottom of the prepared baking pan and top with the raspberry preserves. Sprinkle the preserves with the remaining oat mixture.
Bake the bars for about 45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the top is golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the granola bars cool completely, about 3 hours. Cut into squares (or hearts!) and serve.


A Gracious Guest

pink and white hostess apron

         As a once, and hopefully future, resident of Hawaii, I have a special affinity for the pineapple. Colonial dame decor aside, I know how beautifully it symbolizes hospitality. It was a staple of my everyday…  the chunks of , fresh, slightly tart bites I cut up for my children each morning, the outlandish cocktails I served my mainlander visitors, the unexpected ingredient for a savory dish.

        Summer is in full swing and these days I am more often a guest of friends and family in beach-y locations.  Whether host or guest, to be gracious is  always welcome.  And my favorite hostess gift? Well… the pineapple I find at my grocers in Maryland leaves much to be desired, so I bring along a little something in our popular pattern that features a pineapple, which (not coincidentally) is called Gracious.

Here are some gracious gift ideas for your next trip:

green and white potholders and oven mitts

  • potholders or oven mitts for your foodie friend
  • cocktail napkins for the consummate entertainer
  • cocktail apron for the girl’s weekend get-a-way
  • guest towels to spruce up your brother’s dream place on the sand (That’s where I’ll be!  Thanks Brother.)


brown green and pink cocktail napkins brown and green patterned guest towels three series cocktail party napkins in green and blue copy