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Hi, and happy Friday,  hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend!! We are getting away for a couple of days and hope to beat the traffic.  I was going to keep my current post running through the weekend but remembered I have a really neat guest post over at Party Resources, definitely one of my favorite blogs for all kinds of fabulous entertaining tips, awesome food and menu ideas and a chic inside take on all kinds of fabulous destinations. Here’s a sneak peek of my post……….

Kate’s new series is entitled “I do II” and I am honored to be helping her kick it off! Its all about how we would plan our wedding if we were to get married again! It was great fun to prepare (as I love anything to do with weddings and often fantasize about how I would really do it, given the chance) so this was the next best thing.  I do hope you will take a peek, click here to visit. For those of you who did not see my mid week musings post…here it is! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, I will be back on Sunday and will try to pop in and say hello. Enjoy summers last hurrah:)
Here’s my mid week musings post in case you missed it………….

Hi there, how are you? Hope you are having a great week…any exciting Labor day plans coming up? We are supposed to be heading to my sisters beach house, and I cannot wait. I am looking forward to a few days of total relaxation and some summer fun. No time like the last weekend of summer to start enjoying it:)  Today is as always a random post about a few different things, so lets get started!!
OK I am seriously in love, in love I tell you with my new window seat! Makes me do  my happy dance every time I walk by it……I had done the cushion but just got some of my pillows made, I had them cut out scenes from the Brunschig and Fils window seat fabric and added trim to the velvet and had bolster made and am waiting on the other blue and white vase pillow. Now that these are in place, I can figure out what I am doing for the window…I am inclined to go simple as to not take away from the beauty of the window seat and pillows….so here it is! (still experimenting with different sized pictures….hence the different sizes here) Most seem to like the enlarged pictures.

I think the pillows and what I did with them have a very “Charles Faudree” vibe going on!
Got the pretty faucet installed on my vanity in the powder room….slowly one thing at at time, its coming together. Waiting on the Chinoiserie mirror we ordered and chandelier, then we are done!
Dough bowls……got in my first order, seriously gorgeous. Worth naming each and every one and calling them my own, and don’t you know I wanted to keep them ALL! I did keep one for myself and there are so many wonderful ways to use them, I put some flowers in and it looked so pretty. For those of who waiting for me to get more,  I promise working on and hope to have more fingers crossed, next week!
Finally finished my little DIY project, with my mirror rosettes. OK, OK I know this is not a huge DIY like some who tackle entire pieces of furniture or other big projects..but this was a victory for me because I had such a hard time finding this darn rosette and lo and behold found it in such an unsuspecting place. Armed with a glue gun, I got to work and love the result! Decided on the originals, after trying several different ones. Funny how we often go back to the first, isn’t it? So here it is all done…..only waiting on my sconces and chandelier and its a wrap! 
A  few taken later that afternoon…love the late day light.
Barstools.….finally decided on this one from Vanguard. I am wavering between a few fabrics, I know I want something simple Becca’s remember the blue and white Brunschwig fabric going up on my kitchen window has a lot of pattern. I see something simple and fell in love with this grain sack French fabric from Kravet. I don’t at all want it to feel gimmicky but at the same time KNOW it will look fabulous, it will understated and beautiful on this chair….and i love the way the natural color goes with my floors and the mix of cools and warms. Here it is and the chair…
Draped it over the current chair so you could get an idea, its absolutely understated but think it works…thoughts?
Remember how I was thinking of switching the hardware on my island? Well I think I made up on my mind. Here’s one of the cup bins in the ant. brass to give you an idea. It definitely pops against the black whereas the oil rubbed bronze gets lost. The big handle is on top of the countertop that I would use for towels to be hung off the island…thoughts?
Taken with the iPhone, so the quality is so so.

Store biz……the kitchen/bar towels have arrived! Many of you inquired about them…they will be up for sale next week. Here’s a sampling……
When we were in the city over the weekend, we were near our old stomping grounds and I was shocked to see the most beautiful Food Emporium (my old regular supermarket when I lived in NY) transformed under the 59th st bridge. I mean seriously it would make supermarket shopping a royal treat, the architecture alone is worth the trip. Took these two pics with my iPhone.

Also visiting a friend yesterday, look at her view from her living room patio. How gorgeous is it! I told her I feel like I am in Lake Como every time I visit her…only thing missing is George Clooney:)
Tonight I am trying this recipe (from Bon Appeit), sounded too good to not make. Heard the lemon gives it that refreshing zing to make this a winner. I used to have the recipe for something very similar that was out of this world…so here it is just in case you want to try it too!
Fettucine with peas, asparagus and pancetta
yield: Makes 4 servings
active time: 40 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
Pancetta (Italian bacon) is available in the deli section of many markets.
  • 12 ounces fettuccine or penne
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

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Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skillet. Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saut? 3 minutes. Add peas, white and pale green parts of green onions, and garlic; saut? until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta. Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil over. Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese


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Have a wonderful long weekend!!! So beautiful here right now!

Can’t wait to see your post for Kate and in the mean time you have done some gorgeous things to the house. The window seat is sublime!!! Those bar chairs are so swanky….love the fabric you selected. And, the new cup pulls….YES!!!! I love the contrast with the dark painted island. Go for it!!!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Aside from the dress I wore for my wedding there isn’t much I would change. Always fun reading what others would do. I hope you have a wonderful weekend getaway! I’m on my way over to see your other post.


The bathroom and window seat are amazingly beautiful!
Love the flowers in the dough bowl too- great idea!

Loved your guest post, what a perfect wedding you designed Tina!

Tina, I love the concept
for “I Do, II!” I’m envious
of all that you have been
able to accomplish while
I was on holiday….I’m still
trying to catch up and hope
to be this productive, soon : )

Happy, happy weekend!

xo Suzanne

I LOVE, love the walloapare in your powder room, and now the facet is perfect. The pillows on the window seat are GORGEOUS. I would do a happy dance too. Like the idea of the bar to hand towels from in the kitchen. LOVE the fabric for the stools too. Will check out the shop for dough bowls, I have been wanting one for quite awhile. The bigger pics are wonderful too. Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend. I can’t believe summer is over, especially since it is going to 95 today and 90 tomorrow. XO, Pinky

Tina, I though I was seeing double because I remembered your post above from a few days ago but I never tire of seeing your beautfiful home. Going to viist you at the other site, once again not sure if I mentioned it last time, the hardware looks perfect, hope you will make the switch, it really gives a certain vintage feel to your island and I know the whole kitchen is so beautiful and timeless in design, this would be a perfect touch.

Love that window seat and hope its OK that I pinned every picture of it (and your bathroom). For my “wish list” file:)

Enjoy your holiday weekend.

The bin pulls are lovely but they look smaller than your current drawer pulls. Won’t you be filling in MANY holes on your NEW drawers to replace them? Is that worth it? I know this might be too lowbrow for you but what about spray painting your current (perfectly fine & new) pulls brass? You could at least try it on say maybe a row of drawers to see if you like the look? You have an AMAZING EYE and your home is lovely but it seems like such a waste of money to replace those pulls. Maybe you could spend some money on spray paint and give what you were going to spend on the new pulls to charity. Just a thought.

A newer reader to your blog and must say it is addicting! Your home belongs in AD or Veranda, if that is a route you care to go. We had a small lake house featured in Traditional Home years ago and I must say it was really exciting though my husband wasn’t fond of the idea. Your decor is just so beautiful and timeless, I am trying to find out if you are the designer and if not who you are working with? Every single decision has been spot on and its a pleasure to watch your house become a home!

So much beauty wrapped in one post. Your window seat looks gorgeous!!!!!!! LOVE the dough bowls. And that market looks awesome! You DIY project turned out just beautiful. Have a greta Labor Day weekend. I so desperately need this long weekend. This was a long week for us.


P.S. The red bracelet arrived and my teen put it on and I have not seen it since!!!! I am going to need to order my own one of these days! KIDS!
Thank you!!!!

Everything looks so perfect, the window seat, the completed rosettes, the planted dough bowl. Its such an amazing array of beauty all in one gorgeous post. Going to check your guest post too. Thanks!

So many wonderful things going on over your way Tina. I love a window seat too. They just make me happy. All of your changes and new additions are just beautiful. Have a wonderful time at your sisters this weekend. Mona

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and adore finding out additional on this topic.
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Well, Tina, I think that you have a had enough going on, friend! Love what you are doing around the house! You just have impeccable taste.
The towels are great and of course the bowls are beautiful.
I would die to have a food market like this one. Perfect.
Have a great weekend, and thank you for your concern and kind comments.

I love the rosettes and hope you will divulge your source!! The window seat fabrics and pillows are right up my alley and your drawer pulls–perfection!

Oh my God Tina, where to even begin with this post! Firstly love, Party Resources, one of my favourite event planning blogs and sites. Then your bathroom with that wallpaper and your gorgeous new taps – to die for. Then your rosettes in your ensuite, perfect, so glad you chose the black. The dough bowl with the plants, brilliant idea, so pretty. The barstools, love the fabric. Oh, and keep your friends. Speechless!

Hi Tina, I haven’t been around too much, busy month in August…..but every time I do pop in I am astounded at all the beauty!
The window seat- TO DIE FOR! Your bathroom-MAKES ME FAINT! The dough bowl, the wonderful French linens and the beautiful hardware for the island is a really perfect choice, hope you can put the existing hardware to good use though. I love the way the brass really makes the black island stand out.
I make something really close to your recipe but yours sounds good too. LOVE the dough bowl with flowers, what a clever way to use it!
Hope you enjoy the holiday today. Cloudy and overcast over here so our beach day looks like its not happening!

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