Designer spotlight: Timothy Corrigan Part I

Good morning….so how do you like my “new look”? I love my new blog and want to thank Shari over at littlebluedeer (www.littlebluedeer.com)…..she is fantastic and I highly recommend her to anyone considering a “blog makeover”. I am off to the New York gift show, which I always look forward to! And, of course will be sure to take my camera and snap away at anything that is inspirational and worth sharing here. Hopefully I will have a lot to show you tomorrow! 

 I have long admired the work of Timothy Corrigan and think he is most definitely one of the most talented and gifted designers out there, hence the reason Architectural Digest named him one of the 100 most talented designers in the world! The post I did yesterday on the two incredible French chateaus that he restored, speaks for themselves. I am going to divide this post into two parts because I have a lot of pictures to share and its too many for one day (don’t want to overwhelm the senses).

 So for today I am featuring front entry and living room pictures. Tomorrow we will check out his dining rooms and bedrooms. I find his work so inspirational and I can look at these pictures over and over and not get tired of them. I love how timeless his rooms feel, that they have an “old new look” where not everything has to be perfect and sparkly…there is a lot of character to each of these rooms. His rooms are the kind of rooms that keep you wanting to dissect and study every little detail, absorb the beauty and make it your own. I would love to hear what you think and of course, if you have a favorite…..

Fabulous foyer…love how he arranged the console table, lantern and that mirror is gorgeous!

How beautiful is the paneling color here….so soothing to the eye, and that rug!

Fabulous barrel ceiling in a grand hallway

Beautiful center hall table in a luxurious wood paneled foyer

This must be a foyer in a grand country home…with all the antlers, so French!

Muted blues in an opulent front hall

Love the rich warm walnut colored woods used here

A beautiful study with lots of rich colors, love that blue velvet bench…love the art on the
library wall

Soft ivories and blues create a quiet muted feel here

I love this ultra long sofa, beautiful in blue!

No this is not a hotel, its a residence in the middle east

Understated elegance at its best

Absolutely love this living room

Fabulous french doors in a huge living room…notice all the tables he used

Love the blue and white accents in this creamy palette

A opulent view from Timothy’s own living room

Beautiful paneling make a cozy backdrop to this elegant room

Love the rich colors here….those walls are to die for!

I am not generally a huge red fan but its done beautifully here with a toned down red…

A peek into a grand salon in Paris

Soft apricot and greens in an otherwise neutral living room (he uses this combination a lot)

Another view of Timothy’s own living room

Rich blues look so elegant here, love all the art

A cheery room with lots of green..interesting mix of styles here

Look at that gorgeous scalloped velvet tufted ottoman

What do you think of the lattice work on the walls here?

Another view of the “latticewalled” living room

An elegant neutral living room high in the sky

A fabulous French salon

Beautiful center table in an opulent room

Blue and white always adds the perfect finishing touch
Hope you will visit tomorrow as I will feature some spectacular dining rooms and bedrooms by this very talented designer. Hope you have an enchanting day! Let me know if you had a favorite room…..for me it would be a toss up between Timothy’s own living room, the living room that I wrote “I absolutely love” with all the books, and the foyer with the antlers. All beautiful!


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Designer spotlight: Timothy Corrigan Part I

Good morning….so how do you like my “new look”? I love my new blog and want to thank Shari over at littlebluedeer (www.littlebluedeer.com)…..she is fantastic and I highly recommend her to anyone considering a “blog makeover”. I am off to the New York gift show, which I always look forward to! And, of course will be sure to take my camera and snap away at anything that is inspirational and worth sharing here. Hopefully I will have a lot to show you tomorrow!?



?I have long admired the work of Timothy Corrigan and think he is most definitely one of the most talented and gifted designers out there, hence the reason Architectural Digest named him one of the 100 most talented designers in the world! The post I did yesterday on the two incredible French chateaus that he restored, speaks for themselves. I am going to divide this post into two parts because I have a lot of pictures to share and its too many for one day (don’t want to overwhelm the senses).



?So for today I am featuring front entry and living room pictures. Tomorrow we will check out his dining rooms and bedrooms. I find his work so inspirational and I can look at these pictures over and over and not get tired of them. I love how timeless his rooms feel, that they have an “old new look” where not everything has to be perfect and sparkly…there is a lot of character to each of these rooms. His rooms are the kind of rooms that keep you wanting to dissect and study every little detail, absorb the beauty and make it your own. I would love to hear what you think and of course, if you have a favorite…..



Fabulous foyer…love how he arranged the console table, lantern and that mirror is gorgeous!

How beautiful is the paneling color here….so soothing to the eye, and that rug!

Fabulous barrel ceiling in a grand hallway

Beautiful center hall table in a luxurious wood paneled foyer

This must be a foyer in a grand country home…with all the antlers, so French!

Muted blues in an opulent front hall

Love the rich warm walnut colored woods used here

A beautiful study with lots of rich colors, love that blue velvet bench…love the art on the
library wall

Soft ivories and blues create a quiet muted feel here

I love this ultra long sofa, beautiful in blue!

No this is not a hotel, its a residence in the middle east

Understated elegance at its best

Absolutely love this living room

Fabulous french doors in a huge living room…notice all the tables he used

Love the blue and white accents in this creamy palette

A opulent view from Timothy’s own living room

Beautiful paneling make a cozy backdrop to this elegant room

Love the rich colors here….those walls are to die for!

I am not generally a huge red fan but its done beautifully here with a toned down red…

A peek into a grand salon in Paris

Soft apricot and greens in an otherwise neutral living room (he uses this combination a lot)

Another view of Timothy’s own living room

Rich blues look so elegant here, love all the art

A cheery room with lots of green..interesting mix of styles here

Look at that gorgeous scalloped velvet tufted ottoman

What do you think of the lattice work on the walls here?

Another view of the “latticewalled” living room

An elegant neutral living room high in the sky

A fabulous French salon

Beautiful center table in an opulent room

Blue and white always adds the perfect finishing touch
Hope you will visit tomorrow as I will feature some spectacular dining rooms and bedrooms by this very talented designer. Hope you have an enchanting day! Let me know if you had a favorite room…..for me it would be a toss up between Timothy’s own living room, the living room that I wrote “I absolutely love” with all the books, and the foyer with the antlers. All beautiful!



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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
 The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors 

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005,  to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!


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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
?The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors?

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005, ?to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Come with me on a magic carpet ride…and go wallpaper shopping!

Ok finally coming off my high from Paris..not easily though and so not by choice! Back to reality and the drawing board of getting my house business in high gear. I thought (emphasis on the word thought) I knew what I wanted for the carpeting for the bedrooms. This AFTER I won the argument with my husband to put  in wall to wall carpeting (so much cozier and prettier in a bedroom in my opinion and remember we live in New York where we get very cold winters, case in point the 10 degrees it is right now) so carpeting to me, makes oodles of sense for all our bedrooms. So….I have started looking, though its one of the last things we will be putting in, some take 6 weeks and after waiting over two and a half years, I sure am not going to delay my move for, of all things…….carpeting! Let me know if one below is screaming out “master bedroom” or “boys room” or “guest room”…would love to know what all you tastemakers think!


Well I have discovered the wonderful world of carpeting by Patterson, Flynn and Martin (a Schumacher brand) and they nearly knocked my socks off. They are so amazing looking, I couldn’t even begin to decide. I think I want a soft palette for my master, think pales gray/blues and pale greens with a creme, many of the carpets below would work beautifully. Its always easier to start with the carpet and work my way up. I THOUGHT I knew what I wanted and now I am at a total loss for all the bedrooms, though some of the ones below I think scream “young mans room”….so please tell me what you think, and which is your favorite!




Then I move on to the wonderful world of wallpapers……way too many choices. I am just starting to scratch the surface, but have included some pretty standouts below as well as some great paint hues from Zoffany….I love to know what you think, so please let me know!









































































As if those aren’t breathtaking enough..onto walls, I am also really loving Farrow and Ball’s wallpapers and paints. What do you think about these papers and colors? So pretty and inspiring! The colors (the last 3 are just so pretty, soft quiet, putty gray/blue/greens which I think could be gorgeous for a master bedroom)

Love this pattern…..colors are gorgeous too, would be pretty in a bathroom





Love this color..so regal!


This would be sooo opulent, can see it in a dark room with rich woods…


This is such a great color, neutral with just a hint of blue (parma gray)


A beautiful gray/green (light blue- don’t get the colors’ name either)


Beautiful soft gray (skylight)





Zoffany has long been one of my favorite sources for papers and paint….they do have some beautiful papers. Here are some beautiful pictures of some of their papers, hard to pick a favorite…do you have one?

Looove this pattern and of course it looks smashing with the blue and white!





Beautiful color and pattern

A close up

Love how old fashioned looking this is….
This would look great in a gentleman’s study or small cozy office or a masculine closet/dressing room







And of course there is the fabulous house of Scalamandre….I used them for a few rooms in my old home and never tired of walking into the rooms I put them in….always so beautiful, here is some Scalamandre inspiration………….(all pictures from Scalamandre)

A classic (pattern Neptunes)

So cheery and happy (pattern winegrowers)

Fresh and clean (pattern Kilkenny cats)

Love the colors (pattern Orientaux)
Always liked brown and blue together (pattern Precious cargo)

Anything green is a winner in my book (pattern Hampton court)
Beautiful colorways (pattern Edwin’s Covey)




Well that’s enough inspiration for one day…my head is spinning. Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing and enchanted weekend!


Come with me on a magic carpet ride…and go wallpaper shopping!

Ok finally coming off my high from Paris..not easily though and so not by choice! Back to reality and the drawing board of getting my house business in high gear.?I thought (emphasis on the word thought) I knew what I wanted for the carpeting for the bedrooms. This AFTER I won the argument with my husband to put ?in wall to wall carpeting (so much cozier and prettier in a bedroom in my opinion and remember we live in New York where we get very cold winters, case in point the 10 degrees it is right now) so carpeting to me, makes oodles of sense for all our bedrooms. So….I have started looking, though its one of the last things we will be putting in, some take 6 weeks and after waiting over two and a half years, I sure am not going to delay my move for, of all things…….carpeting! Let me know if one below is screaming out “master bedroom” or “boys room” or “guest room”…would love to know what all you tastemakers think!


Well I have discovered the wonderful world of carpeting by Patterson, Flynn and Martin (a Schumacher brand) and they nearly knocked my socks off. They are so amazing looking, I couldn’t even begin to decide. I think I want a soft palette for my master, think pales gray/blues and pale greens with a creme, many of the carpets below would work beautifully. Its always easier to start with the carpet and work my way up. I THOUGHT I knew what I wanted and now I am at a total loss for all the bedrooms, though some of the ones below I think scream “young mans room”….so please tell me what you think, and which is your favorite!




Then I move on to the wonderful world of wallpapers……way too many choices. I am just starting to scratch the surface, but have included some pretty standouts below as well as some great paint hues from Zoffany….I love to know what you think, so please let me know!









































































As if those aren’t breathtaking enough..onto walls, I am also really loving Farrow and Ball’s wallpapers and paints. What do you think about these papers and colors? So pretty and inspiring! The colors (the last 3 are just so pretty, soft quiet, putty gray/blue/greens which I think could be gorgeous for a master bedroom)

Love this pattern…..colors are gorgeous too, would be pretty in a bathroom





Love this color..so regal!


This would be sooo opulent, can see it in a dark room with rich woods…


This is such a great color, neutral with just a hint of blue (parma gray)


A beautiful gray/green (light blue- don’t get the colors’ name either)


Beautiful soft gray (skylight)





Zoffany has long been one of my favorite sources for papers and paint….they do have some beautiful papers. Here are some beautiful pictures of some of their papers, hard to pick a favorite…do you have one?

Looove this pattern and of course it looks smashing with the blue and white!





Beautiful color and pattern

A close up

Love how old fashioned looking this is….
This would look great in a gentleman’s study or small cozy office or a masculine closet/dressing room







And of course there is the fabulous house of Scalamandre….I used them for a few rooms in my old home and never tired of walking into the rooms I put them in….always so beautiful, here is some Scalamandre inspiration………….(all pictures from Scalamandre)

A classic (pattern Neptunes)

So cheery and happy (pattern winegrowers)

Fresh and clean (pattern Kilkenny cats)

Love the colors (pattern Orientaux)
Always liked brown and blue together (pattern Precious cargo)

Anything green is a winner in my book (pattern Hampton court)
Beautiful colorways (pattern Edwin’s Covey)




Well that’s enough inspiration for one day…my head is spinning. Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing and enchanted weekend!


Escape with me to fabulous Paris part II

Ok, this is getting downright ridiculous. Woke up to another 15 inches of snow..its unbelievable. I had to enclose some pictures because seeing is believing. Feel like we are drowning in the white stuff! Still very much on my high from my wonderful trip…what an inspirational city! In keeping that French feeling alive, I decided to spend the day making something I have not made in many years, Beef Bourguignon. This is a fabulous recipe I have had for years and was passed onto me by a family member, then while in Paris I obtained another recipe, which was quite similar so I combined the two and the result was pure magic! I cannot tell you how this was literally devoured by my entire family, throw in a few loaves of crusty french bread and a nice bottle of wine…and you are in for a real treat!


So I have included the recipe below the pictures. Anyway as promised, more visual stimulation from the fabulous city of Paris. Today’s pictures are various shots I took of the architectural wonders that seem to grace every city block as well as some of the incredible antiques we came across while drooling in the antique district! Let me know if you have a favorite. No matter how many times you go to Paris, I can’t imagine that you ever tire of seeing all the splendor that makes this city truly the most beautiful in the world!



                                         The famous sign outside Bistro Lipp



                                        A gorgeous cathedral


              One of the corner buildings at the Louvre along the Seine

Love the black that is used in abundance in French decor
You can only imagine how wonderful this smelled!

Took lots of “cartouche” pictures since we are fine tuning the design for our own homes cartouche detailing over the front window

Stunning ceiling medallion…love the scalloping

Now this is what I call molding!

A quaint lovely little French bistro

At every turn, something delicious was calling my name……

All these are chocolates..even the purse!

This is what I would call a mouth watering window display

A typical Parisian street

Love the narrow alleys

A pretty corner at every turn

Love both the cartouche and the railing…got all kinds of inspiration

Different view same window

The limestone detailing on every building is so spectacular

One magnificent corner of the Louvre

A corner building at the Louvre

Having lunch at popular Angelines

A beautiful bakery/patisserie

Oooh, those look good!

The infamous Eiffel tower against a cloudy gray sky looks so majestic

In the Jardin des Tulleries in the winter…still beautiful

Walking along the Seine admiring the view

The beautiful apartment buildings along the Seine river

The magnificent Musee d’ Orsay 

Love the symmetry in French architecture

Another gorgeous cartouche

One of the antique mantles we are considering…..love the marble

A 80 year old antique mantle that we are hoping will fit for our dining room

Another view of the same mantle

So many beautiful sconces everywhere I looked, this one plated in 22kt gold

Even the pedestrian bridges are spectacular!

Every entry to every building is breathtaking

The level of detail astounds me every time

Hey, I know now where my architect got his “divine inspiration” for the cupola

Building at the Lourve

The stunning Musee D’ Orsay on a drizzly afternoon

The courtyard in front of the Lourve 

Typical cute little bistro

Another pretty corner….

Another bistro….

Fell in love with this spectacular window and the limestone that adorns it

Is this stunning or what? I am obsessed…..

Loooove the color of this door!

The macaroons oh the macaroons….

They look like little jewels…

Such pretty displays

Got some of these lovely toiletry products for my mom!

The famous Bistro Lipp

And then back to New York and the snow….makes my patio table look like a wedding cake!
Mother Nature’s latest “gift” (at least I am trying to stay positive)

It is majestic looking- have to admit!

Stunning!

Teddy doesn’t know what to make of it

Its a heavy snow so it hugs each and every branch

Should I stay or should I go (in case you are curious he opted to come back into the warmth of the house)
Hope you enjoyed this visual vacation to Paris..it was such a treat, coming home was a bit of a letdown, but as my husband likes to remind me “that’s why they call it a vacation”. So until next time, I have these wonderful pictures to reflect back on. Here is the recipe for the Beef Bourguignon which I promise you is worth the cooking time…you will absolutely love it, I promise!


BEEF BOURGUIGNON

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied  red wine (ideally like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  •  2 cups beef broth (I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds  beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French!  Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper)  one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon. 


Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol) 


Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove. 


After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!
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  • And a few picture highlights from my little cooking adventure yesterday……


 BON APPETIT!







Escape with me to fabulous Paris part II

Ok, this is getting downright ridiculous. Woke up to another 15 inches of snow..its unbelievable. I had to enclose some pictures because seeing is believing. Feel like we are drowning in the white stuff! Still very much on my high from my wonderful trip…what an inspirational city! In keeping that French feeling alive, I decided to spend the day making something I have not made in many years, Beef Bourguignon. This is a fabulous recipe I have had for years and was passed onto me by a family member, then while in Paris I obtained another recipe, which was quite similar so I combined the two and the result was pure magic! I cannot tell you how this was literally devoured by my entire family, throw in a few loaves of crusty french bread and a nice bottle of wine…and you are in for a real treat!


So I have included the recipe below the pictures. Anyway as promised, more visual stimulation from the fabulous city of Paris. Today’s pictures are various shots I took of the architectural wonders that seem to grace every city block as well as some of the incredible antiques we came across while drooling in the antique district! Let me know if you have a favorite. No matter how many times you go to Paris, I can’t imagine that you ever tire of seeing all the splendor that makes this city truly the most beautiful in the world!



?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? The famous sign outside Bistro Lipp



?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?A gorgeous cathedral


?? ? ? ? ? ? ?One of the corner buildings at the Louvre along the Seine

Love the black that is used in abundance in French decor
You can only imagine how wonderful this smelled!

Took lots of “cartouche” pictures since we are fine tuning the design for our own homes cartouche detailing over the front window

Stunning ceiling medallion…love the scalloping

Now this is what I call molding!

A quaint lovely little French bistro

At every turn, something delicious was calling my name……

All these are chocolates..even the purse!

This is what I would call a mouth watering window display

A typical Parisian street

Love the narrow alleys

A pretty corner at every turn

Love both the cartouche and the railing…got all kinds of inspiration

Different view same window

The limestone detailing on every building is so spectacular

One magnificent?corner of the Louvre

A corner building at the Louvre

Having lunch at popular Angelines

A beautiful bakery/patisserie

Oooh, those look good!

The infamous Eiffel tower against a cloudy gray sky looks so majestic

In the Jardin des Tulleries in the winter…still beautiful

Walking along the Seine admiring the view

The beautiful apartment buildings along the Seine river

The magnificent Musee d’ Orsay?

Love the symmetry in French architecture

Another?gorgeous cartouche

One of the antique mantles we are considering…..love the marble

A 80 year old antique mantle that we are hoping will fit for our dining room

Another view of the same mantle

So many beautiful sconces everywhere I looked, this one plated in 22kt gold

Even the pedestrian bridges are spectacular!

Every entry to every building is breathtaking

The level of detail astounds me every time

Hey, I know now where my architect got his “divine inspiration” for the cupola

Building at the Lourve

The stunning Musee D’ Orsay on a drizzly afternoon

The courtyard in front of the Lourve?

Typical cute little bistro

Another pretty corner….

Another bistro….

Fell in love with this spectacular window and the limestone that adorns it

Is this stunning or what? I am obsessed…..

Loooove the color of this door!

The macaroons oh the macaroons….

They look like little jewels…

Such pretty displays

Got some of these lovely toiletry products for my mom!

The famous Bistro Lipp

And then back to New York and the snow….makes my patio table look like a wedding cake!
Mother Nature’s latest “gift” (at least I am trying to stay positive)

It is majestic looking- have to admit!

Stunning!

Teddy doesn’t know what to make of it

Its a heavy snow so it hugs each and every branch

Should I stay or should I go (in case you are curious he opted to come back into the warmth of the house)
Hope you enjoyed this visual vacation to Paris..it was such a treat, coming home was a bit of a letdown, but as my husband likes to remind me “that’s why they call it a vacation”. So until next time, I have these wonderful pictures to reflect back on. Here is the recipe for the Beef Bourguignon which I promise you is worth the cooking time…you will absolutely love it, I promise!


BEEF BOURGUIGNON

  • About 3-4 tablespoons light virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped (1/2 a package)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic cloves, large chopped pieces (not too fine)
  • 1/2 cup?Cognac
  • 1 bottle of good full bodied ?red wine (ideally?like Beaujolais, Cabernet or Burgundy)
  • ?2 cups beef?broth?(I used Emerils box of beef stock which is a 32 oz box)
  • 1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-2 1/2 pounds??beef cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh pepper
  • 1 pound carrots, cut to 1 inch (don’t use baby carrots, they are too soft)
  • 2 med.onions- thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh?thyme?leaves (1/2 teaspoon dried) I used a bit more than the recipe called for
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature, melted
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (cut off stems and discard)
If you have a nice heavy dutch oven, that is preferable otherwise a good stock pot is fine. I used my Le Cruset “weighs a ton” pot but it was perfect for this dish plus its French! ?Heat the olive oil and add the bacon, cook on medium until fairly crispy. Remove and drain bacon. Add cubed beef (after they have been rinsed, patted dry and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper) ?one layer at a time and sear the meat, this will take about 4-5 minutes, make sure its seared on all sides. Set aside with the bacon.?


Next, you will add carrots, onions, and either potatoes or turnips if you are using them along with salt and pepper to the fat in the pot and cook for about 15 minutes or until soft and onions are lightly browned. Then add garlic and cook for another minute or two. Next add Cognac…you then should take a match and light it right in the pot…STAND BACK while you do this and stare in awe at your budding creation! (This process burns off the alcohol)?


Next add the meat and bacon into the pot with the juices already in. Add the bottle of wine and beef broth, this mixture should pretty much cover the meat. Next add tomato paste and thyme. Simmer and then cover…at this point you can either cook it on the stove or transfer to a preheated oven (300 degrees) I cooked mine on the stove.?


After about an hour and a half, the meat will be fork tender. On the side, take 2 tbsp of butter and melt then mix with flour and add to stew. In a small saut? pan, melt additional 2 tbsp of butter and saut? mushrooms for about 5-10 minutes or until soft. Add to stew, bring to a brief boil and then simmer and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Season to taste. At the end, I add a few additional stalks of fresh thyme…get that baguette and wine ready and you are in for a divine treat!
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  • And a few picture highlights from my little cooking adventure yesterday……


?BON APPETIT!







Escape with me to fabulous Paris! Part I

Let me preface this long post by saying I have lots of gorgeous pictures following (on the bottom)..but I hope you might take the time to read about my trip, French life and Paris in general as I think it sets the tone…..


Bon Jour! Oh my….we got back late this morning and I am still floating on a cloud from my wonderful short jaunt to Paris. This is the 4th or 5th time I have been…..so certain “rites of passages”  that one normally puts at the top of their must see list have long been checked off mine but there is something so magical even after several visits,  about seeing the buildings of The Louvre, the iconic Eiffel tower and the  Arc de Triomphe time and time again. We spent most of our time at the Maison & Objet show which was overwhelming, beautiful, inspirational,  exciting and totally exhausting (my poor feet even from wearing my most comfortable shoes had to pay the highest price of the miles and miles of walking that we did) So what did we see at the show besides millions of people from all over the world…… The reclaimed wood theme is HUGE and was seen everywhere, saw lots of color everywhere, plenty of modern ( a big reflection of the European market) we got to see the newest Phillipe Starck collection of Baccarat chandeliers, met with the President of the Fendi furniture company. (very much not my style however it is big for the moneyed Russian, Middle Eastern and European set) My husband knew many people there so we got an “insiders take” on many things from trends, to whats new and exciting, to the climate of the home furnishings market which fingers crossed, is improving as hopefully the economy is!  I am writing a lot today, I realize but hope you will take the time to read….I have so much to talk about and in reading this post, will help you get the real feel of our trip!


 I am enclosing lots of pictures from the show since so much time was spent there. We found things to be expensive, particularly with the dollar’s weak exchange but we did order a few fabulous chests from a company we have ordered from before, they make the finest french furniture, replicated from Louis XVI and Louis XV period.We also found (one of the reasons we went) a fabulous Louis XVI antique mantle.  I have also enclosed lots of pictures of those pieces as well. One of my favorites things about being in my favorite city is just getting lost in looking at the most spectacular architecture, the limestone buildings with  details that are mind boggling, the long exaggerated copper roofs, the fabulous light/lanterns and wrought iron detail that seems to decorate every building. So you will see I took liberty to take many pictures of beautiful buildings, perhaps my appreciation has increased since we are going through the building of our own home. My mind cannot wrap itself around the fact that these buildings were done completely by hand hundreds of years ago. It is truly breathtaking.


 Last of course we found plenty of time to enjoy many wonderful meals. People here in the U.S. eat to survive and sustain themselves, people there eat to enjoy and relax and socialize.There really is a difference and its so wonderful and inspiring to watch. I made a few observations that perhaps as I have gotten older, have become more astute to notice and these are my observations:

7 of my many observations while in Paris



1. I observed over and over,  french people greet each other (lets say in a restaurant someone is waiting for their friend to join them) they really give the most genuine hugs and kisses, you can see they really mean how happy they are to see the other person..no air kisses, no fake greetings.
2. I love that they really do posses the “joie de vivre” or key to life. I loved watching them dine, they sit there for hours, enjoying good wine, fine foods, linger over their Dixie cup sized cup of coffee, revel in their decadent desserts, no scraping off the cream, no ordering a salad with dressing on the side, you would be looked at like an alien if you did! Then when you think they are getting ready to get up and go after completing their meal…..they order another glass of wine! Gotta love it!
3. They really are just that much more sophisticated, I hate to admit it. So while en route to the show one day, I took notice of  our taxi driver. Here is what he was wearing, chic orange corduroy pants, a plaid dress shirt underneath,  a Barbour type jacket, a scarf, a beret ( of course) and he was playing opera music……only in Paris!
4. I have never encountered the “rude Parisian” who doesn’t like  Americans. I am sure they exist but believe me every one we encountered couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful
5. Your money will not go as far as it does in other countries, but its such a memorable trip always and a true visual feast for the senses in all the beauty that envelopes you when you are there
6. You almost rarely see French women in jeans (at least not in our hotel and where we went about town) I asked someone about this who we talked to over dinner one night and she explained that they don’t feel its refined to be out on the street in jeans (exception younger people in their 20’s and under) Having grown up with a mom who never ever wore jeans, and I rarely do too….I appreciated this nod to ladylike dressing.
7. Over lunch one day, we were seated next to a young  twenty something year old girl and her mother, I am nearly certain. They had been there long before we got there and I wish I could have understood what they were saying. It was such an animated conversation punctuated with lots of laughter, holding each others hands and every few minutes, the young one would whip out her iPhone camera and put her head close to her moms and snap away taking pictures of them smiling, hugging, holding each others hand, marveling at a dessert,etc…… It was so sweet and endearing….I enjoyed watching them so much, they were oblivious to anyone around there, just so happy to be together. It was so sweet  to watch that it brought tears to my eyes (happy tears) and reminded me to cherish those you love and enjoy the days we have together. 


I could go on and on and I am sure I will bring up Paris in some way or another in the next few days to come but here are some highlights.  So today I will share some hotel photos (yes I did over obsess over the small details but since we are building a french home, we wanted to “take note” of every little detail plus the hotel was so fabulous…Le Meurice. I also include photos from the Maison & Objet show, tomorrow will share my architectural wonder pictures and our about town photos. Enough talking, now its time for showing…….so many pictures. Too many for one day!~  Now time to go “sample” (aka devour)  my macaroons that beckon…….au revoir!

Stunning view of the inlaid marble floor in the lobby of the Le Meurice hotel
A room with a view, from my perch at breakfast…..throw in a cup of espresso and a chocolate croissant and its perfection!

The columns and murals were spectacular as was the low wattage lighting

The oh so fabulous bar, even prettier in person…tres magnifique!


Gorgeous main restaurant of the hotel, restaurant Le Meurice
Lobby of the hotel…so opulent and decadent.

The breakfast and salon off the main foyer
Not a bad fireplace to have dinner in front of……..




On to the room and the details…..
I am choosing my doors now so focused a lot on the doors in the hotel! The three panel looks like its winning…

Close up view…they trimmed this in gold, pretty but a little too formal for our house

Want an egg shaped knob with a backplate, similar to the hotel’s door

Entering the room, they did a lot of faux painting in pretty small corners, no space was untouched

Love the stair rail in one of the hotels’ hallways- we too are putting in iron

The iron detailing on one of the doors, in the interior

How gorgeous are these doors? I was obsessing over them!

We are putting in very similar sconces, loved the mirrored paneling

Looking downstairs from mezzanine to breakfast salon

Fabulous chandeliers were everywhere, they were all antique..of course!
Love this marble tub….

All walls were encased in limestone

Beautiful limestone detailing going up the stair

Another balcony shot

I fell in love with this mirrored “window” above the door going to the bathroom
Part of our beautiful room with its 16 foot ceilings

Entrance to the spa, the walls were the palest celadon green in high gloss…so beautiful

Love orchids, always adds such an elegant touch to an already ridiculously elegant hotel

Moving onto the show…..
A beautiful setting over at Christopher Guy


Christoper Guy’s showroom, though I am not a huge fan of his line, the booth was quite magnificent!

Beautiful blue and white

Love the color of these stunning velvet green couches
Lots of reclaimed wood mixed in with the antiques

Found this fabulous line of French made marble mantels to replicate the antiques

Ordered these lanterns, they are about 4 feet tall and amazing!

A line of antiques and antique reproductions

Even the booths had french paneling on the walls!

 More of the reclaimed wood is being used in much of the French furniture as well

This was one of our favorite vendors, makers of fine french furniture

Another masterpiece,  it takes about 45 days to make this start to finish, all by hand

The stunning mantles made of antique marble is just fabulous!

Lots of super over sized coffee tables in the reclaimed woods

Trying to figure out where I can use this piece, fell in love with it….kitchen? Butlers pantry? Any ideas?

I want an outdoor porch with this very setting..so chic!

Lots of creative displays, so inspirational and so many talented people!

This line from Scotland was so fabulous, I want a ski house just so I can furnish it with their things!

Another view of their pretty showroom
Antique fabulous collection of french chests

Beautiful little reproduction black and walnut table

That blue and white always gets my attention!

Another view from Scotland”s finest!

This was a 20 foot wall of all blue and white plates….so pretty

Love the neutral palette with the blue and white

This was a such a visual treat!

Colorful kilims were everywhere
These furniture pieces were made of kilims and were a popular line at the show….a lot of fun!

A vibrant collection of kilim covered pieces

This was a pretty kilim chair in various shades of pinks and blues

Another great collection of pillows…this booth was bustling!

A nice line of pillows artfully displayed

Love this chest..made by one of Paris’s finest producers of fine reproduction French furniture, they do this in 14 different colors!

Gorgeous desk from the same company

Lots of huge colorful planters were everywhere

Another gorgeous chest

Love this  massive black library cabinet, it was about 14 feet high and so stunning!

This gorgeous booth was done in the darkest green, almost black and loaded with fabulous lighting and furniture

Even the fake flowers were unreal!

More reclaimed wood

Beautiful faux book wall of cabinets

Another view

There was a lot of all white too…reminds me of the beach

The colors, orange and turquoise were seen quite a bit

A beautiful wall of walnut cabinets

Fabulous faux orchids

More floral splendor

This was a 30 foot high wall of plates..so creative and dramatic!

This was just too unreal to not take picture of! At almost $12,000 it can be yours!

I loved the orange interior of this antique reproduction Secretary

Another view of this exquisite little desk

Fabulous black chest, from the rolls Royce of small french furniture makers

The Phillipe Starck signature chandelier for Baccarat (the pink/red you see are red crystals randomly inserted amongst the clear crystals..in person it was quite stunning)
Hope you enjoyed this visual getaway…..it was such a treat. I will share more pictures tomorrow……au revoir!


Escape with me to fabulous Paris! Part I

Let me preface this long post by saying I have lots of gorgeous pictures following (on the bottom)..but I hope you might take the time to read about my trip, French life and Paris in general as I think it sets the tone…..


Bon Jour! Oh my….we got back late this morning and I am still floating on a cloud from my wonderful short jaunt to Paris. This is the 4th or 5th time I have been…..so certain “rites of passages” ?that one normally puts at the top of their must see list have long been checked off mine but there is something so magical even after several visits, ?about seeing the buildings of The Louvre, the iconic Eiffel tower and the ?Arc de Triomphe?time and time again.?We spent most of our time at the?Maison & Objet?show?which was overwhelming, beautiful, inspirational, ?exciting and totally exhausting (my poor feet even from wearing my most comfortable?shoes had to pay the highest price of the miles and miles of walking that we did) So what did we see at the show besides millions of people from all over the world…… The reclaimed wood theme is HUGE and was seen everywhere, saw lots of color everywhere, plenty of modern ( a big reflection of the European market) we got to see the newest Phillipe Starck collection of Baccarat chandeliers, met with the President of the Fendi furniture company. (very much not my style however it is big for the moneyed Russian, Middle Eastern and European set) My husband knew many people there so we got an “insiders take” on many things from trends, to whats new and exciting, to the climate of the home furnishings market which fingers crossed, is improving as hopefully the economy is! ?I am writing a lot today, I realize but hope you will take the time to read….I have so much to talk about and in reading this post, will help you get the real feel of our trip!


?I am enclosing lots of pictures from the show since so much time was spent there. We found things to be expensive, particularly with the dollar’s weak exchange but we did order a few fabulous chests from a company we have ordered from before, they make the finest french furniture, replicated from Louis XVI?and Louis XV period.We also found (one of the reasons we went) a fabulous Louis XVI antique mantle. ?I have also enclosed lots of pictures of those pieces as well. One of my favorites things about being in my favorite city is just getting lost in looking at the most spectacular architecture, the limestone buildings with ?details?that are mind boggling, the long exaggerated copper roofs, the fabulous light/lanterns and wrought iron detail that seems to decorate every building. So you will see I took liberty to take many pictures of beautiful buildings, perhaps my appreciation has increased since we are going through the building of our own home.?My mind cannot wrap itself around the fact that these buildings were done completely by hand hundreds of years ago. It is truly breathtaking.


?Last of course we found plenty of time to enjoy many wonderful meals. People here in the U.S. eat to survive and sustain themselves, people there eat to enjoy and relax and socialize.There really is a difference and its so wonderful and inspiring to watch. I made a few observations that perhaps as I have gotten older, have become more astute to notice and these are my observations:

7 of my many observations while in Paris



1. I observed over and over, ?french people greet each other (lets say in a restaurant someone is waiting for their friend to join them) they really give the most genuine hugs and kisses, you can see they really mean how happy they are to see the other person..no air kisses, no fake greetings.
2. I love that they really do posses the “joie de vivre” or key to life. I loved watching them dine, they sit there for hours, enjoying good wine, fine foods, linger over their Dixie cup sized cup of coffee, revel in their decadent desserts, no scraping off the cream, no ordering a salad with dressing on the side, you would be looked at like an alien if you did! Then when you think they are getting ready to get up and go after completing their meal…..they order another glass of wine! Gotta love it!
3. They really are just that much more sophisticated, I hate to admit it. So while en route to the show one day, I took notice of ?our taxi driver. Here is what he was wearing, chic orange corduroy pants, a plaid dress shirt underneath, ?a Barbour type jacket, a scarf, a beret ( of course) and he was playing opera music……only in Paris!
4. I have never encountered the “rude Parisian” who doesn’t like ?Americans. I am sure they exist but believe me every one we encountered couldn’t have been friendlier or more helpful
5. Your money will not go as far as it does in other countries, but its such a memorable trip always and a true visual feast for the senses in all the beauty that envelopes you when you are there
6. You almost rarely see French women in jeans (at least not in our hotel and where we went about town) I asked someone about this who we talked to over dinner one night and she explained that they don’t feel its refined to be out on the street in jeans (exception younger people in their 20’s and under) Having grown up with a mom who never ever wore jeans, and I rarely do too….I appreciated this nod to ladylike dressing.
7. Over lunch one day, we were seated next to a young ?twenty something year old girl and her mother, I am nearly certain. They had been there long before we got there and I wish I could have understood what they were saying. It was such an animated conversation punctuated with lots of laughter, holding each others hands and every few minutes, the young one would whip out her iPhone camera and put her head close to her moms and snap away taking pictures of them smiling, hugging, holding each others hand, marveling at a dessert,etc…… It was so sweet and endearing….I enjoyed watching them so much, they were oblivious to anyone around there, just so happy to be together. It was so sweet ?to watch that it brought tears to my eyes (happy tears) and reminded me to cherish those you love and enjoy the days we have together.?


I could go on and on and I am sure I will bring up Paris in some way or another in the next few days to come but here are some highlights. ?So today I will share some hotel photos (yes I did over obsess over the small details but since we are building a french home, we wanted to “take note” of every little detail plus the hotel was so fabulous…Le Meurice. I also include photos from the Maison & Objet show, tomorrow will share my architectural wonder pictures and our about town photos. Enough talking, now its time for showing…….so many pictures. Too many for one day!~ ?Now time to go “sample” (aka devour) ?my macaroons that beckon…….au revoir!

Stunning view of the inlaid marble floor in the lobby of the Le Meurice hotel
A room with a view, from my perch at breakfast…..throw in a cup of espresso and a chocolate croissant and its perfection!

The columns and murals were spectacular as was the low wattage lighting

The oh so fabulous bar, even prettier in person…tres magnifique!


Gorgeous main restaurant of the hotel, restaurant Le Meurice
Lobby of the hotel…so opulent and decadent.

The breakfast and salon off the main foyer
Not a bad fireplace to have dinner in front of……..




On to the room and the details…..
I am choosing my doors now so focused a lot on the doors in the hotel! The three panel looks like its winning…

Close up view…they trimmed this in gold, pretty but a little too formal for our house

Want an egg shaped knob with a backplate, similar to the hotel’s door

Entering the room, they did a lot of faux painting in pretty small corners, no space was untouched

Love the stair rail in one of the hotels’ hallways- we too are putting in iron

The iron detailing on one of the doors, in the interior

How gorgeous are these doors? I was obsessing over them!

We are putting in very similar sconces, loved the mirrored paneling

Looking downstairs from mezzanine to breakfast salon

Fabulous chandeliers were everywhere, they were all antique..of course!
Love this marble tub….

All walls were encased in limestone

Beautiful limestone detailing going up the stair

Another balcony shot

I fell in love with this mirrored “window” above the door going to the bathroom
Part of our beautiful room with its 16 foot ceilings

Entrance to the spa, the walls were the palest celadon green in high gloss…so beautiful

Love orchids, always adds such an elegant touch to an already ridiculously elegant hotel

Moving onto the show…..
A beautiful setting over at Christopher Guy


Christoper Guy’s showroom, though I am not a huge fan of his line, the booth was quite magnificent!

Beautiful blue and white

Love the color of these stunning velvet green couches
Lots of reclaimed wood mixed in with the antiques

Found this fabulous line of French made marble mantels to replicate the antiques

Ordered these lanterns, they are about 4 feet tall and amazing!

A line of antiques and antique reproductions

Even the booths had french paneling on the walls!

?More of the reclaimed wood is being used in much of the French furniture as well

This was one of our favorite vendors, makers of fine french furniture

Another masterpiece, ?it takes about 45 days to make this start to finish, all by hand

The stunning mantles made of antique marble is just fabulous!

Lots of super over sized coffee tables in the reclaimed woods

Trying to figure out where I can use this piece, fell in love with it….kitchen? Butlers pantry? Any ideas?

I want an outdoor porch with this very setting..so chic!

Lots of creative displays, so inspirational and so many talented people!

This line from Scotland was so fabulous, I want a ski house just so I can furnish it with their things!

Another view of their pretty showroom
Antique fabulous collection of french chests

Beautiful little reproduction black and walnut table

That blue and white always gets my attention!

Another view from Scotland”s finest!

This was a 20 foot wall of all blue and white plates….so pretty

Love the neutral palette with the blue and white

This was a such a visual treat!

Colorful kilims were everywhere
These furniture pieces were made of kilims and were a popular line at the show….a lot of fun!

A vibrant collection of kilim covered pieces

This was a pretty kilim chair in various shades of pinks and blues

Another great collection of pillows…this booth was bustling!

A nice line of pillows artfully displayed

Love this chest..made by one of Paris’s finest producers of fine reproduction French furniture, they do this in 14 different colors!

Gorgeous desk from the same company

Lots of huge colorful planters were everywhere

Another gorgeous chest

Love this ?massive black library cabinet, it was about 14 feet high and so stunning!

This gorgeous booth was done in the darkest green, almost black and loaded with fabulous lighting and furniture

Even the fake flowers were unreal!

More reclaimed wood

Beautiful faux book wall of cabinets

Another view

There was a lot of all white too…reminds me of the beach

The colors, orange and turquoise were seen quite a bit

A beautiful wall of walnut cabinets

Fabulous faux orchids

More floral splendor

This was a 30 foot high wall of plates..so creative and dramatic!

This was just too unreal to not take picture of! At almost $12,000 it can be yours!

I loved the orange interior of this antique reproduction Secretary

Another view of this exquisite little desk

Fabulous black chest, from the rolls Royce of small french furniture makers

The Phillipe Starck signature chandelier for Baccarat (the pink/red you see are red crystals randomly inserted amongst the clear crystals..in person it was quite stunning)
Hope you enjoyed this visual getaway…..it was such a treat. I will share more pictures tomorrow……au revoir!