End of the week musings….

Boy this week flew! Hard to believe its the weekend, we have a busy one ahead, having friends over for drinks tonight, a dinner tomorrow night and a graduation party on Sunday and in between a two day lacrosse tournament and a heck of a lot of driving back and forth. Better get my coffee maker cranked up and ready to do battle.? No rest for the weary….our summer has been full of parties, more than usual,? we had 5 within 4 weeks…kind of glad that “string of events” is over for now, I am looking forward to a slower pace (call me an old lady but I love a chunk of time with nothing on the agenda).? We are planning on going away for a few days for a? little rest and relaxation and I am looking forward.

Part of the fun of summer to me, is not having to adhere to any kind of schedule and just “winging it”. I see lobster rolls, coastal shorelines and lazy afternoons in my future:)
When we near July 4th, that is when I realize just how fast summer is flying! I saw my first “back to school” item in a pharmacy the other day and nearly fainted. No no and no. We need to stop and savor summer for a bit before we can digest anything having to do with fall and back to school!

Finally so happy you enjoyed my recap on The charm of Charlottesville, oh yes…I will be back and will be including several other southern cities in the next tour!? Click here if you missed it.

Ironically this was originally going to be one of my shorter random musings post…but as I always do I start it in the beginning of the week then add on as I am inspired to do so….and it ended up being a long one afterall (surprise surprise). So take a seat and an extra five or ten minutes……..let’s get started!

My house projects. Yea, yea, yea…I know I say it all the time how I am getting back, really I am this time! Two rooms, actually three I really really want to complete are my dining room, living room and bedroom. Actually make it four, we finally finished the tiny powder rooms floor off of the library and I am finalizing the wallpaper for that room to be done once and for all with it! My bedroom is held up because of wall to wall carpet, I will not budge and nothing is happening until the carpet is there. Period. The dining room..finally our chairs are almost here, another two weeks! Once they come then I think I will feel motivated to work on window treatments and go back to the chinoiserie drawing board and the room will be complete. Seems doable. Living room…..we are all over the place, so I think I will stop now with the bedroom and dining room. Here are some of the latest samples for my bedroom (I have not swayed) and living room pillow ideas…….

Funny my master bedroom ideas have not changed one iota since we moved here over a year ago! Here is a mood board I had created, still loving it…..

And these handpainted tole lamps just have to be incorporated somehow…….

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

I cannot wait to use my gorgeous monogrammed bedding…and look at these scrumptious trims!

?And for small powder room,? still love this wallpaper, so that is what I have decided on!

?And up to my ears in trims for pillows for living room

A gorgeous tablescape. By now you know this totally “floats my boat”. Almost makes me want to have another party. Almost 🙂 But boy is this pretty……

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

White jeans. Thought this post on white jeans and the psychology behind it was right on the mark and so interesting, I have always thought white pants or white clothing for that matter to be so chic…

Click here to read the article on Tory Burch’s blog……

Pretty crudite idea. Went to an event at the Safavieh store last night and loved this crudite idea. It was in a wicker “trunk”….so cute and fun! Reminds me to stay creative when thinking of ways to display even something as mundane as a crudite platter!


Best flank steak. You know I like to share recipes when I love something. Have been making this flank recipe forever but its soooo good, easy and worth sharing. If you like to BBQ and have flank steak lovers in your household. This is a must try. The key is marinating for at least 8 hours preferably overnight and the ginger is a big part of the tenderizing process.

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

1 flank steak
1 ziplock bag
about 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bunch scallions
about 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
about 1/4 cup oil
about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (if you don’t have ginger spice is OK but fresh is preferred)

Simply place all ingredients in bag, shake well. Then season your steak with sea salt and pepper generously. Put in bag, seal well and “massage’ it so the marinade has covered the entire steak. Lay flat in your fridge, and turn over at some point mid way. That’s it! When you are ready to grill, remove and throw on hot grill. It is DELISH! The ginger helps to soften/marinate the meat and its absolutely wonderful!?

Flower power. Went to my local Italian specialty shop and they had the most spectacular hydrangeas in bloom! Looks like a late summer show of flowers to me…..(snapped these with my iPhone)

And my own white flowers are really lasting and standing the test of time….love white on green!

A favorite jewelry line. Are you familiar with Jose and Maria Barerra? Their line is sold at Neiman Marcus and other sites..and their things are exquisite. I splurged on a gorgeous turquoise necklace (first one) and have been hooked on their line ever since. Total statement pieces…va va voom kind of pieces! I wore the turquoise necklace with a gorgeous red chiffon gown to a wedding held at a yacht club two years ago and have to say I looooooved my outfi, it ranks right up there as one of my all time faves. Turquoise and red together…oh yes! Here’s a sampling of the beautiful pieces they create…..

?Pretty amazing huh? Granted you aren’t wearing this bling to the market or a school meeting but for a special occasion or night out..these pieces are soooo gorgeous. Love their style…Jose and Maria, if you are reading this, and need someone to “test out” your pieces…I am willing able and will do it for free:)

My outdoor pillows. Several of you asked about the pattern. I am going to do a post on my pillows and the selection process. But for the record the gorgeous fabric is Chiang Mai by Schumacher…its a stunning pattern!

And here they are, this is still being “tweaked” but I am officially in love with these pillows!!

Dough bowls! A new batch of dough bowls after a long dry spell. I am getting in some rounds (about 18″ round) a hard to get size, and a handful of 20-24″ and then one really big one, about 34″. As usual if you have been waiting on one, just email me, they go really fast and are exceptionally beautiful! Due here next week….woo hoo.

A great new movie…The Wolf of Wall Street.? I am itching for a great movie..haven’t seen one in ages. Come on Hollywood…you are slacking! So The Wolf of Wall Street is coming out soon and this is particularly fun for me because both of the main houses in the movie incidentally belong to two of my friends! I got to see the filming at one of them but was sworn to secrecy at the time. It was so exciting to “be on set” and see Leo who was totally in character and adorable cute little Martin Scorsese. It was quite a production and the movie looks like its going be one heck of an? entertaining story……..then you factor in? that its based on a true story and it really makes it one to watch! Here is the trailer…….

White love. Remember my post on my love of all things white? Well take a look at this stunning dinner table that a reader sent me. How beautiful!! Thank you Nancy for sharing……

A new favorite nail polish. I am obsessed with this color, Go Ginza by good ol Essie. Its on my toes and fingernails (and I don’t usually wear polish on my fingers because its such maintenance)! But I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Essie color..its so perfect for summer. It is the perfect blend of a pale lilac, light pink and white…….hello Ginza:)

A great new book! Calling all readers! I need a great book pronto. I am talking one I just cannot put down. I am itching to read a great book. Last two I read was The Burgess boys and Rules of Civility, both I loved. Please leave your suggestions in the comment box!!

Bill Gates for President. It is likely that most if not all of you have seen this circulated but boy is it ever true. And so good that it warrants getting passed around some more…Bill Gates, I would vote for you for President in a heartbeat!! Common sense goes a long long way:) It really is worth reading the entire way through…..

~ Bill Gates ~
This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!

?
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.






Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,
so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent’s generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..

Shop news. Some exciting new additions this week. Finally scored the gorgeous line of hand etched hurricanes. They are exquisite and the perfect crowning touch to any vignette, whether it be a console, coffee table or dining table. Just gorgeous! They are now officially on my online shop, click here to see them. Limited quantities of each style. (scroll to bottom of page on new additions)

And these beautiful new porcelain pieces and my top two selling ginger jars are officially back in stock!

Last these stunning new trays are back and getting put up in the online shop. Super heavy, magnificent heirloom quality NO POLISH REQUIRED trays! That in itself is worth its weight in gold!! Comes in silver and ant. brass….truly exquisite and possibly my favorite tray ever! Email me if you are interested, otherwise they will be up under silver in the next day or two. Measures 23 x 19.5 x 2.5.

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


Calling all Enchanted customers!!!! I love getting pictures from you of your homes with my products! Please send me your pictures…take it with your phone and send it over. Such fun for all of us to see your stunning homes and how you are using the products purchased from my shop…email me here. Pretty please????

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so? much for stopping in, I love to hear what you are up to, whats new in your world and if there is anything you have discovered, that you love, are enjoying, cooking or reading!! Do tell……hope you have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. Crazy that it’s July 4th next week, isn”t it? This summer is flying by…take time to watch the fireflies, smell the ocean and breath in that unmistakable summer air….I know I am:)

Two days left for the giveaway!! Click here to enter over at Art by Karena!

End of the week musings….

Boy this week flew! Hard to believe its the weekend, we have a busy one ahead, having friends over for drinks tonight, a dinner tomorrow night and a graduation party on Sunday and in between a two day lacrosse tournament and a heck of a lot of driving back and forth. Better get my coffee maker cranked up and ready to do battle.  No rest for the weary….our summer has been full of parties, more than usual,  we had 5 within 4 weeks…kind of glad that “string of events” is over for now, I am looking forward to a slower pace (call me an old lady but I love a chunk of time with nothing on the agenda).  We are planning on going away for a few days for a  little rest and relaxation and I am looking forward.

Part of the fun of summer to me, is not having to adhere to any kind of schedule and just “winging it”. I see lobster rolls, coastal shorelines and lazy afternoons in my future:)
When we near July 4th, that is when I realize just how fast summer is flying! I saw my first “back to school” item in a pharmacy the other day and nearly fainted. No no and no. We need to stop and savor summer for a bit before we can digest anything having to do with fall and back to school!

Finally so happy you enjoyed my recap on The charm of Charlottesville, oh yes…I will be back and will be including several other southern cities in the next tour!  Click here if you missed it.

Ironically this was originally going to be one of my shorter random musings post…but as I always do I start it in the beginning of the week then add on as I am inspired to do so….and it ended up being a long one afterall (surprise surprise). So take a seat and an extra five or ten minutes……..let’s get started!

My house projects. Yea, yea, yea…I know I say it all the time how I am getting back, really I am this time! Two rooms, actually three I really really want to complete are my dining room, living room and bedroom. Actually make it four, we finally finished the tiny powder rooms floor off of the library and I am finalizing the wallpaper for that room to be done once and for all with it! My bedroom is held up because of wall to wall carpet, I will not budge and nothing is happening until the carpet is there. Period. The dining room..finally our chairs are almost here, another two weeks! Once they come then I think I will feel motivated to work on window treatments and go back to the chinoiserie drawing board and the room will be complete. Seems doable. Living room…..we are all over the place, so I think I will stop now with the bedroom and dining room. Here are some of the latest samples for my bedroom (I have not swayed) and living room pillow ideas…….

Funny my master bedroom ideas have not changed one iota since we moved here over a year ago! Here is a mood board I had created, still loving it…..

And these handpainted tole lamps just have to be incorporated somehow…….

Some of the pretty fabrics up for consideration…….

I cannot wait to use my gorgeous monogrammed bedding…and look at these scrumptious trims!

 And for small powder room,  still love this wallpaper, so that is what I have decided on!

 And up to my ears in trims for pillows for living room

A gorgeous tablescape. By now you know this totally “floats my boat”. Almost makes me want to have another party. Almost 🙂 But boy is this pretty……

Carolyne Roehm working her magic…again!

White jeans. Thought this post on white jeans and the psychology behind it was right on the mark and so interesting, I have always thought white pants or white clothing for that matter to be so chic…

Click here to read the article on Tory Burch’s blog……

Pretty crudite idea. Went to an event at the Safavieh store last night and loved this crudite idea. It was in a wicker “trunk”….so cute and fun! Reminds me to stay creative when thinking of ways to display even something as mundane as a crudite platter!


Best flank steak. You know I like to share recipes when I love something. Have been making this flank recipe forever but its soooo good, easy and worth sharing. If you like to BBQ and have flank steak lovers in your household. This is a must try. The key is marinating for at least 8 hours preferably overnight and the ginger is a big part of the tenderizing process.

Here it is “doing its thing”…..

Ingredients-

1 flank steak
1 ziplock bag
about 1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bunch scallions
about 4 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
1 heaping Tbsp sugar
about 1/4 cup oil
about 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (if you don’t have ginger spice is OK but fresh is preferred)

Simply place all ingredients in bag, shake well. Then season your steak with sea salt and pepper generously. Put in bag, seal well and “massage’ it so the marinade has covered the entire steak. Lay flat in your fridge, and turn over at some point mid way. That’s it! When you are ready to grill, remove and throw on hot grill. It is DELISH! The ginger helps to soften/marinate the meat and its absolutely wonderful! 

Flower power. Went to my local Italian specialty shop and they had the most spectacular hydrangeas in bloom! Looks like a late summer show of flowers to me…..(snapped these with my iPhone)

And my own white flowers are really lasting and standing the test of time….love white on green!

A favorite jewelry line. Are you familiar with Jose and Maria Barerra? Their line is sold at Neiman Marcus and other sites..and their things are exquisite. I splurged on a gorgeous turquoise necklace (first one) and have been hooked on their line ever since. Total statement pieces…va va voom kind of pieces! I wore the turquoise necklace with a gorgeous red chiffon gown to a wedding held at a yacht club two years ago and have to say I looooooved my outfi, it ranks right up there as one of my all time faves. Turquoise and red together…oh yes! Here’s a sampling of the beautiful pieces they create…..

 Pretty amazing huh? Granted you aren’t wearing this bling to the market or a school meeting but for a special occasion or night out..these pieces are soooo gorgeous. Love their style…Jose and Maria, if you are reading this, and need someone to “test out” your pieces…I am willing able and will do it for free:)

My outdoor pillows. Several of you asked about the pattern. I am going to do a post on my pillows and the selection process. But for the record the gorgeous fabric is Chiang Mai by Schumacher…its a stunning pattern!

And here they are, this is still being “tweaked” but I am officially in love with these pillows!!

Dough bowls! A new batch of dough bowls after a long dry spell. I am getting in some rounds (about 18″ round) a hard to get size, and a handful of 20-24″ and then one really big one, about 34″. As usual if you have been waiting on one, just email me, they go really fast and are exceptionally beautiful! Due here next week….woo hoo.

A great new movie…The Wolf of Wall Street.  I am itching for a great movie..haven’t seen one in ages. Come on Hollywood…you are slacking! So The Wolf of Wall Street is coming out soon and this is particularly fun for me because both of the main houses in the movie incidentally belong to two of my friends! I got to see the filming at one of them but was sworn to secrecy at the time. It was so exciting to “be on set” and see Leo who was totally in character and adorable cute little Martin Scorsese. It was quite a production and the movie looks like its going be one heck of an  entertaining story……..then you factor in  that its based on a true story and it really makes it one to watch! Here is the trailer…….

White love. Remember my post on my love of all things white? Well take a look at this stunning dinner table that a reader sent me. How beautiful!! Thank you Nancy for sharing……

A new favorite nail polish. I am obsessed with this color, Go Ginza by good ol Essie. Its on my toes and fingernails (and I don’t usually wear polish on my fingers because its such maintenance)! But I am seriously in love with this gorgeous Essie color..its so perfect for summer. It is the perfect blend of a pale lilac, light pink and white…….hello Ginza:)

A great new book! Calling all readers! I need a great book pronto. I am talking one I just cannot put down. I am itching to read a great book. Last two I read was The Burgess boys and Rules of Civility, both I loved. Please leave your suggestions in the comment box!!

Bill Gates for President. It is likely that most if not all of you have seen this circulated but boy is it ever true. And so good that it warrants getting passed around some more…Bill Gates, I would vote for you for President in a heartbeat!! Common sense goes a long long way:) It really is worth reading the entire way through…..

~ Bill Gates ~
This should be posted in every school or kid’s bedroom.
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this.!!!

 
Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about
eleven (11) things they did not and will not learn in school.
He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings
created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and
how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.






Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something
BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss
Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping:
They called it opportunity.
Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault,
so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring
as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you
talk about how cool you thought you were:
So before you save the rain forest
from the parasites of your parent’s generation,
try delousing the closet in your own room..
Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers,
but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades
and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.
*This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers
are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.
*Do that on your own time.
Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one..

Shop news. Some exciting new additions this week. Finally scored the gorgeous line of hand etched hurricanes. They are exquisite and the perfect crowning touch to any vignette, whether it be a console, coffee table or dining table. Just gorgeous! They are now officially on my online shop, click here to see them. Limited quantities of each style. (scroll to bottom of page on new additions)

And these beautiful new porcelain pieces and my top two selling ginger jars are officially back in stock!

Last these stunning new trays are back and getting put up in the online shop. Super heavy, magnificent heirloom quality NO POLISH REQUIRED trays! That in itself is worth its weight in gold!! Comes in silver and ant. brass….truly exquisite and possibly my favorite tray ever! Email me if you are interested, otherwise they will be up under silver in the next day or two. Measures 23 x 19.5 x 2.5.

And equally gorgeous in antique brass..


Calling all Enchanted customers!!!! I love getting pictures from you of your homes with my products! Please send me your pictures…take it with your phone and send it over. Such fun for all of us to see your stunning homes and how you are using the products purchased from my shop…email me here. Pretty please????

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so  much for stopping in, I love to hear what you are up to, whats new in your world and if there is anything you have discovered, that you love, are enjoying, cooking or reading!! Do tell……hope you have a fabulous Friday and wonderful weekend. Crazy that it’s July 4th next week, isn”t it? This summer is flying by…take time to watch the fireflies, smell the ocean and breath in that unmistakable summer air….I know I am:)

Two days left for the giveaway!! Click here to enter over at Art by Karena!

Random weekend musings…..

Hi and happy Saturday to you.  I have had one heck of a busy week…..and am gearing up for a big family party tomorrow, plus have family in town so not many minutes to spare! I was going to do a big post on my birthday lunch that I threw for my dear friend but will put it together for one day early next week and include highlights from tomorrow too which will make one whopper of a post:)

Thankfully the weather is supposed to be sunny, warm and wonderful after days and days of torrential rains so no complaints! I will,  as always try to capture some of the highlights and share them with you next week. Today is just a bunch of fun randomness and I am really glad I had worked on this last week and have it ready to go minus a little tweaking.  Hope you are doing well and wishing all the Fathers out there a very happy and relaxing Fathers Day! Here we go….

Table manners! Thought this was rather nifty as we can all use a refresher course here and there on table settings and what to put where, don’t you think?

Blue and white anything! You know I love it, one of my favorite summer looks is a pair of white pants, a white t and a great scarf. I have tons of scarves and wear them year round. How great is this one! I love it no matter the price but how about if I told you its $14.00 at Tarjay? Yep! Click here to grab one…..

                             

Chinoiserie.…..Can you believe this is melamine? I am in love! I love the bamboo detailing and don’t even get me started on the chinoiserie and then that its blue and white just slays it out of the park! Gorgeous, right? If I didn’t’ have my own set from my own shop (which I also love and it does work so well on my patio) I would be all over this. If you want to see it,  go to Newportstyle.net.…..


The Hamptons! The gorgeous Hamptons, one of my favorite places especially off season or during the week. The traffic on weekends is craaaazy and really frustrating but it’s always a beautiful picturesque place to visit traffic or no traffic.  More pictures from my jaunt there last week that I wanted to share……….

A windmill is a sure sign you are in the Hamptons!

We love eating at The Palm and have had many wonderful dinners there through the years…..

The beautiful pond leading into East Hampton…….

This house was dubbed “the perfect house” by my boys when they were very young and funny, they still as young men refer to it as that!

Signs of Americana are everywhere and just add to the charm
The Perfect house again……it really is perfect!

All of the charming bed and breakfasts right in town are just the perfect weekend getaway…..

The newest full service luxury hotel, Topping Rose House…..heard it’s gorgeous!

A pretty school building in Bridgehampton
One of the many wineries
Charming antique shop of wihch there are many……

A passing glimpse of Pierres a really charming French bistro/cafe that serves excellent food

And then I hit one of my favorite farmstands and my camera got a workout…what is it about photographing fruits and veges that so excites me? Please tell me I am not alone!

Fell madly in love with this Eden climbing rose…..am looking into planting some, they are exquisite!

There they are again? Aren’t they stunning? And sooo fragrant too!

I love green and white together, so crisp and elegant……

A great new recipe. I always try to experiment and add at least one new dish (if not more) when I have any kind of gathering. I like expanding and trying new things. This one is a total winner! A heavenly Spinach, Feta, Roasted bell pepper Greek salad. Made it for my lunch and it was divine!!!!! I was so happy I made a lot because the leftovers were so good the next day, but didn’t last much beyond that! I found this recipe from Instructables. Click here for the recipe!

Topiaries. Love them! Back at home, I planted some new topiaries in some small blue and white containers and put them in my kitchen. Take a look…..

And how beautiful is this large antique blue and white dish I found at a sm. antiques shop in CT? Love it!

Shop news. Lo and behold I found another 3 pair of the very popular white Staffordshire dogs! Anyone who wants them, just email me here. I know several had and I didn’t have anymore, so these three pair are up for grabs.  Email me directly here  as they are no longer on the shop site.

Also I get people asking here and there about the darling Staffordshire dog lamps that I have featured a while back, yes they are for sale and do come in blue and black. People seem to have a hard time finding them, they are under new arrivals but I will soon have to move them to lamps (duh)!. Click here to see them….

And…..finally two long anticipated items (both heirloom quality have arrived! These wonderful chargers are finally here. Literally just unloaded and my first orders will be shipping out on Monday. They are so exquisite. They will be on my online shop by Monday or can email me here if you want to purchase them. They are available i limited quantities and sell very fast. $55 each or if you order 10 or more they are $50. This is heavily discounted as they retail for upwards of $115.00 Just fabulous!

The other amazing item that just arrived is this magnificent tray…truly one of the pretties I have seen. It too, will be added to the online shop on Monday but in the meantime if you want it just email me
Measures 22 x 19.I will be selling it for $395 but it retails for $595 and up. Limited quantity.

Thanks as always for stopping in and I wish everyone a fabulous day, great weekend and for all the fathers out there….a most relaxing and enjoyable day! Speak to you on Monday!

Don’t forget about the gorgeous book giveaway, Soiree by Danielle Rollins. Its a must have for anyone who loves to entertain or just wants to be inspired. You must visit this post by clicking here to be eligible! Good luck. A winner will be announced on Tuesday!

Random weekend musings…..

Hi and happy Saturday to you.? I have had one heck of a busy week…..and am gearing up for a big family party tomorrow, plus have family in town so not many minutes to spare! I was going to do a big post on my birthday lunch that I threw for my dear friend but will put it together for one day early next week and include highlights from tomorrow too which will make one whopper of a post:)

Thankfully the weather is supposed to be sunny, warm and wonderful after days and days of torrential rains so no complaints! I will,? as always try to capture some of the highlights and share them with you next week. Today is just a bunch of fun randomness and I am really glad I had worked on this last week and have it ready to go minus a little tweaking.? Hope you are doing well and wishing all the Fathers out there a very happy and relaxing Fathers Day! Here we go….

Table manners! Thought this was rather nifty as we can all use a refresher course here and there on table settings and what to put where, don’t you think?

Blue and white anything! You know I love it, one of my favorite summer looks is a pair of white pants, a white t and a great scarf. I have tons of scarves and wear them year round. How great is this one! I love it no matter the price but how about if I told you its $14.00 at Tarjay? Yep! Click here to grab one…..

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Chinoiserie.…..Can you believe this is melamine? I am in love! I love the bamboo detailing and don’t even get me started on the chinoiserie and then that its blue and white just slays it out of the park! Gorgeous, right? If I didn’t’ have my own set from my own shop (which I also love and it does work so well on my patio) I would be all over this. If you want to see it,? go to Newportstyle.net.…..


The Hamptons! The gorgeous Hamptons, one of my favorite places especially off season or during the week. The traffic on weekends is craaaazy and really frustrating but it’s always a beautiful picturesque place to visit traffic or no traffic.? More pictures from my jaunt there last week that I wanted to share……….

A windmill is a sure sign you are in the Hamptons!

We love eating at The Palm and have had many wonderful dinners there through the years…..

The beautiful pond leading into East Hampton…….

This house was dubbed “the perfect house” by my boys when they were very young and funny, they still as young men refer to it as that!

Signs of Americana are everywhere and just add to the charm
The Perfect house again……it really is perfect!

All of the charming bed and breakfasts right in town are just the perfect weekend getaway…..

The newest full service luxury hotel, Topping Rose House…..heard it’s gorgeous!

A pretty school building in Bridgehampton
One of the many wineries
Charming antique shop of wihch there are many……

A passing glimpse of Pierres a really charming French bistro/cafe that serves excellent food

And then I hit one of my favorite farmstands and my camera got a workout…what is it about photographing fruits and veges that so excites me? Please tell me I am not alone!

Fell madly in love with this Eden climbing rose…..am looking into planting some, they are exquisite!

There they are again? Aren’t they stunning? And sooo fragrant too!

I love green and white together, so crisp and elegant……

A great new recipe. I always try to experiment and add at least one new dish (if not more) when I have any kind of gathering. I like expanding and trying new things. This one is a total winner! A heavenly Spinach, Feta, Roasted bell pepper Greek salad. Made it for my lunch and it was divine!!!!! I was so happy I made a lot because the leftovers were so good the next day, but didn’t last much beyond that! I found this recipe from Instructables. Click here for the recipe!

Topiaries. Love them! Back at home, I planted some new topiaries in some small blue and white containers and put them in my kitchen. Take a look…..

And how beautiful is this large antique blue and white dish I found at a sm. antiques shop in CT? Love it!

Shop news. Lo and behold I found another 3 pair of the very popular white Staffordshire dogs! Anyone who wants them, just email me here. I know several had and I didn’t have anymore, so these three pair are up for grabs.? Email me directly here? as they are no longer on the shop site.

Also I get people asking here and there about the darling Staffordshire dog lamps that I have featured a while back, yes they are for sale and do come in blue and black. People seem to have a hard time finding them, they are under new arrivals but I will soon have to move them to lamps (duh)!. Click here to see them….

And…..finally two long anticipated items (both heirloom quality have arrived! These wonderful chargers are finally here. Literally just unloaded and my first orders will be shipping out on Monday. They are so exquisite. They will be on my online shop by Monday or can email me here if you want to purchase them. They are available i limited quantities and sell very fast. $55 each or if you order 10 or more they are $50. This is heavily discounted as they retail for upwards of $115.00 Just fabulous!

The other amazing item that just arrived is this magnificent tray…truly one of the pretties I have seen. It too, will be added to the online shop on Monday but in the meantime if you want it just email me
Measures 22 x 19.I will be selling it for $395 but it retails for $595 and up. Limited quantity.

Thanks as always for stopping in and I wish everyone a fabulous day, great weekend and for all the fathers out there….a most relaxing and enjoyable day! Speak to you on Monday!

Don’t forget about the gorgeous book giveaway, Soiree by Danielle Rollins. Its a must have for anyone who loves to entertain or just wants to be inspired. You must visit this post by clicking here to be eligible! Good luck. A winner will be announced on Tuesday!

Early week musings……

Hi there and happy Tuesday night to you. Well, we are still digging out of the incredible amounts of snow we got over the weekend but a day of rain has washed some away and left the pristine white snow a muddy dirty color, not so attractive The storm gave me a lot of time (unexpected since we were supposed to be in Boston) on the computer, at home and just catching up. I watched the Grammys Sunday, because I love music for all its  many different genres and have to say it was a great one. I felt like everyone went the extra mile to look sophisticated and polished, and everyone seemed to be on their best behavior, for anyone that might have watched, did you feel the same? A lot of random thoughts to share today,  mostly girly girl things…..let’s begin shall we!


I can’t help but think about spring and spring dressing. Being able to throw open the windows, spring flowers budding all over the place, dead grass giving way to newly sprouting greenery, that intoxicating spring air…..can you wait? Now that we have had  our huge snowfall that I was praying for, I am totally ready for spring! And when I laid eyes on these stunning blue and white dresses, my heart skipped a beat! How gorgeous are they? In love….and calling my name loud and clear!

I think this one dress here is practically enough to get me started on that diet I have been talking about for too long! Love this dress…it would fit in so well with my ginger jars, they must be related! I have never been drawn to anything by Roberto Cavalli but for these two stunners, I make an exception…..

And this top also by my bud, Roberto….gorgeous, love it with the white slacks!

I would wear this to a spring/summertime party, elegantly understated and so chic (Erdem)

 And loving this darling little number, for casual outings during the day, meeting  a friend for lunch or a casual dinner al fresco……(Etoile Isabel Marant)

And love this beauty…its like wearing a watercolor masterpiece, Erdem…

Isn’t this pretty? Love the banquette, the shape, the fabrics how light and airy it feels….

  
And this beautiful serene elegant foyer….


Moving onto another favorite subject..food. Have I told you I love mushrooms? Especially stuffed mushrooms! Tried these over the weekend from Pioneer woman and they are sooo good!

 

Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:
24 ounces, White Button Mushrooms
? pounds Hot Pork Sausage
? whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
8 ounces, Cream Cheese
1 whole Egg Yolk
? cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated
? cups Dry White Wine

Salt And Pepper (to Taste)

Instructions:
Brown and crumble sausage. Set aside on a plate to cool.
Add onions and garlic to the same skillet; cook for 2 minutes over medium low heat. Pour in wine to deglaze pan, allow liquid to evaporate. Add in chopped mushroom stems, stir to cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set mixture aside on a plate to cool.
In a bowl, combine cream cheese and egg yolk. Stir together with Parmesan cheese. Add cooled sausage and cooled mushroom stems. Stir mixture together and refrigerate for a short time to firm up.
Smear mixture into the cavity of each mushroom, creating a sizable mound over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool at least ten minutes before serving; the stuffed mushrooms taste better when not piping hot. Garnish with minced parsley if you?re feeling fancy.

  
 
 
Kim Kardashian. Like most of the world I am still trying to figure out just what this girl does for a living but I have to admit she is very pretty and her makeup/skin always look so flawless. I wouldn’t want to be so made up all the time but for a night out….I thought these tips were worth sharing. I highlighted the Aquaphor comment because years ago when I was at a swanky party in NYC, there was a very famous makeup artist who does a lot of work for Vogue and he told me the same thing….that we should keep vats of Aquaphor in our cabinets. So…guess what I went out and bought at my local pharmacy last night? Yep…..a big container of Aquaphor:)

Kim?s makeup artist spills on what products she uses to get Kim red carpet-ready!

Joyce Bonelli is Kim Kardashian?s makeup artist (well, she actually works with the entire family!)

  • La Mer The Radiant Serum: ?Serum is great to add to your skin routine. After Kim uses Perfect Skin, I then add a tiny bit of La Mer as a primer. Makeup glides on perfectly, and it actually helps perfect skin from makeup and weather.?
  • Smashbox bronzer: ?I often add bronzer on the forehead and where I contour. Not too much, but just from the ear and about an inch into the hollow of the cheek, just to blend and finish it off. I love Smashbox bronzer.?
  • Aquaphor Ointment: Being on airplanes dries your skin out; Joyce uses Aquaphor under the eyes and to spot-treat dry areas or blemishes that are in the process of healing: ?I think Aquaphor is the best-kept makeup artists? secret.? Joyce actually puts Aquaphor all over her own face each night: ?Kourtney makes fun of me for going crazy for Aquaphor, but I swear by it!? (Just remember that a little bit goes a long way!)
  • Smashbox Brow Tech To Go: ?Eyebrows are so important. On Kim I use Smashbox?s eyebrow styling pencil, and we fill it in. We keep her eyebrows groomed in the shape she likes, more round at the peak rather than pointed. So we fill it in a little bit to keep it round, then to finish off the end of the brow. This is the secret about doing eyebrows: I use pretty much a blonde color on everybody.  You?re filling in the skin, and you want dimension.?
  • Lanc?me Hypn?seand L?Or?al Voluminous Mascaras: ?It?s all about the eyes. We love Lanc?me and L?Or?al mascaras. We always use the combination for big lashes.?
  • Professional Makeup [like Ben Nye]: Ever wonder how Kim gets that gorgeous contour on her cheekbones? ?To contour, the secret to doing it so it?s not in-your-face is to use a darker foundation. I use professional makeup concealer, which has a heavier consistency, and I apply it with a brush and blend it with a sponge. Then I set it with translucent powder.?
  • Ardell Lashes: ?A trick to do? and it?s really important to do this? is at the inside corners of the eye, cut the lash off in the direction of your own lashes, at an angle, to taper off the lash. That?s where people go wrong with false lashes.?


  
 Speaking of beauty products, I discovered two new perfumes lately that I am absolutely loving. I normally don’t deviate much from my regulars of Chanel 5, and Harijuku baby but these two made me happy I did. Both are soft, somewhat powdery, floral and feminine and come to think of it remind me that spring is not so far away!

 Marchesa

Something Blue by Oscar de la Renta

Shop news….To anyone considering these best selling ginger jars...I am down to the last two pair:( I will get them in again but probably not until May, so if you are considering them now is a great time!
Also getting in some beautiful new porcelains which I am very excited about! Heres a sneak peek….. I want one of everything!
This beautiful 13.5″ scalloped jar
This gorgeous Canton ginger jar
This fabulous bowl
Both of these stunning soup tureens (blue and whites are hard to find)!

  
 And this very very large ginger jar…a whopping 30″ tall!
Very excited about these new pieces…I have found it increasingly hard to find top quality, affordable blue and whites. So I am especially thrilled to have carefully built up my collection, with every single piece being one I would put in my own home (and many are already in fact there)! 

Also very excited about introducing a new category ….something near and dear to my heart, tabletop! I love setting a beautiful table and when I find gorgeous, well priced high styled goodies, I immediately want to share them so this is a natural addition to my online shop. Here’s a sneak peek……I hope to have this new section up and running in the next 3-5 days.

 Gorgeous serving pieces with beautiful choices in handles…..

 Love the shapes of the salt and peppers, they are really heavy too

So that’s whats cooking over here! Hope you are have a wonderful evening and a great start to your week. Speak to you soon….nighty night:)

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Early week musings……

Hi there and happy Tuesday night to you. Well, we are still digging out of the incredible amounts of snow we got over the weekend but a day of rain has washed some away and left the pristine white snow a muddy dirty color, not so attractive The storm gave me a lot of time (unexpected since we were supposed to be in Boston) on the computer, at home and just catching up. I watched the Grammys Sunday, because I love music for all its? many different genres and have to say it was a great one. I felt like everyone went the extra mile to look sophisticated and polished, and everyone seemed to be on their best behavior, for anyone that might have watched, did you feel the same? A lot of random thoughts to share today,? mostly girly girl things…..let’s begin shall we!


I can’t help but think about spring and spring dressing. Being able to throw open the windows, spring flowers budding all over the place, dead grass giving way to newly sprouting greenery, that intoxicating spring air…..can you wait? Now that we have had? our huge snowfall that I was praying for, I am totally ready for spring! And when I laid eyes on these stunning blue and white dresses, my heart skipped a beat! How gorgeous are they? In love….and calling my name loud and clear!

I think this one dress here is practically enough to get me started on that diet I have been talking about for too long! Love this dress…it would fit in so well with my ginger jars, they must be related! I have never been drawn to anything by Roberto Cavalli but for these two stunners, I make an exception…..

And this top also by my bud, Roberto….gorgeous, love it with the white slacks!

I would wear this to a spring/summertime party, elegantly understated and so chic (Erdem)

?And loving this darling little number, for casual outings during the day, meeting? a friend for lunch or a casual dinner al fresco……(Etoile Isabel Marant)

And love this beauty…its like wearing a watercolor masterpiece, Erdem…


Isn’t this pretty? Love the banquette, the shape, the fabrics how light and airy it feels….


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And this beautiful serene elegant foyer….


Moving onto another favorite subject..food. Have I told you I love mushrooms? Especially stuffed mushrooms! Tried these over the weekend from Pioneer woman and they are sooo good!


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Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:
24 ounces, White Button Mushrooms
? pounds Hot Pork Sausage
? whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
8 ounces, Cream Cheese
1 whole Egg Yolk
? cups Parmesan Cheese, Grated
? cups Dry White Wine

Salt And Pepper (to Taste)

Instructions:
Brown and crumble sausage. Set aside on a plate to cool.
Add onions and garlic to the same skillet; cook for 2 minutes over medium low heat. Pour in wine to deglaze pan, allow liquid to evaporate. Add in chopped mushroom stems, stir to cook for 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set mixture aside on a plate to cool.
In a bowl, combine cream cheese and egg yolk. Stir together with Parmesan cheese. Add cooled sausage and cooled mushroom stems. Stir mixture together and refrigerate for a short time to firm up.
Smear mixture into the cavity of each mushroom, creating a sizable mound over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool at least ten minutes before serving; the stuffed mushrooms taste better when not piping hot. Garnish with minced parsley if you?re feeling fancy.


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Kim Kardashian. Like most of the world I am still trying to figure out just what this girl does for a living but I have to admit she is very pretty and her makeup/skin always look so flawless. I wouldn’t want to be so made up all the time but for a night out….I thought these tips were worth sharing. I highlighted the Aquaphor comment because years ago when I was at a swanky party in NYC, there was a very famous makeup artist who does a lot of work for Vogue and he told me the same thing….that we should keep vats of Aquaphor in our cabinets. So…guess what I went out and bought at my local pharmacy last night? Yep…..a big container of Aquaphor:)


Kim?s makeup artist spills on what products she uses to get Kim red carpet-ready!

Joyce Bonelli is Kim Kardashian?s makeup artist (well, she actually works with the entire family!)

  • La Mer The Radiant Serum: ?Serum is great to add to your skin routine. After Kim uses Perfect Skin, I then add a tiny bit of La Mer as a primer. Makeup glides on perfectly, and it actually helps perfect skin from makeup and weather.?
  • Smashbox bronzer: ?I often add bronzer on the forehead and where I contour. Not too much, but just from the ear and about an inch into the hollow of the cheek, just to blend and finish it off. I love Smashbox bronzer.?
  • Aquaphor Ointment: Being on airplanes dries your skin out; Joyce uses Aquaphor under the eyes and to spot-treat dry areas or blemishes that are in the process of healing: ?I think Aquaphor is the best-kept makeup artists? secret.? Joyce actually puts Aquaphor all over her own face each night: ?Kourtney makes fun of me for going crazy for Aquaphor, but I swear by it!? (Just remember that a little bit goes a long way!)
  • Smashbox Brow Tech To Go: ?Eyebrows are so important. On Kim I use Smashbox?s eyebrow styling pencil, and we fill it in. We keep her eyebrows groomed in the shape she likes, more round at the peak rather than pointed. So we fill it in a little bit to keep it round, then to finish off the end of the brow. This is the secret about doing eyebrows: I use pretty much a blonde color on everybody.? You?re filling in the skin, and you want dimension.?
  • Lanc?me Hypn?seand L?Or?al Voluminous Mascaras: ?It?s all about the eyes. We love Lanc?me and L?Or?al mascaras. We always use the combination for big lashes.?
  • Professional Makeup [like Ben Nye]: Ever wonder how Kim gets that gorgeous contour on her cheekbones? ?To contour, the secret to doing it so it?s not in-your-face is to use a darker foundation. I use professional makeup concealer, which has a heavier consistency, and I apply it with a brush and blend it with a sponge. Then I set it with translucent powder.?
  • Ardell Lashes: ?A trick to do? and it?s really important to do this? is at the inside corners of the eye, cut the lash off in the direction of your own lashes, at an angle, to taper off the lash. That?s where people go wrong with false lashes.?



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?Speaking of beauty products, I discovered two new perfumes lately that I am absolutely loving. I normally don’t deviate much from my regulars of Chanel 5, and Harijuku baby but these two made me happy I did. Both are soft, somewhat powdery, floral and feminine and come to think of it remind me that spring is not so far away!

?Marchesa

Something Blue by Oscar de la Renta

Shop news….To anyone considering these best selling ginger jars...I am down to the last two pair:( I will get them in again but probably not until May, so if you are considering them now is a great time!
Also getting in some beautiful new porcelains which I am very excited about! Heres a sneak peek….. I want one of everything!
This beautiful 13.5″ scalloped jar
This gorgeous Canton ginger jar
This fabulous bowl
Both of these stunning soup tureens (blue and whites are hard to find)!

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?And this very very large ginger jar…a whopping 30″ tall!
Very excited about these new pieces…I have found it increasingly hard to find top quality, affordable blue and whites. So I am especially thrilled to have carefully built up my collection, with every single piece being one I would put in my own home (and many are already in fact there)!?

Also very excited about introducing a new category ….something near and dear to my heart, tabletop! I love setting a beautiful table and when I find gorgeous, well priced high styled goodies, I immediately want to share them so this is a natural addition to my online shop. Here’s a sneak peek……I hope to have this new section up and running in the next 3-5 days.

?Gorgeous serving pieces with beautiful choices in handles…..

?Love the shapes of the salt and peppers, they are really heavy too

So that’s whats cooking over here! Hope you are have a wonderful evening and a great start to your week. Speak to you?soon….nighty night:)


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