Hi there…..Happy May 1st!! Exciting that the winter is finally behind us. So, how is it going? It’s? been raining cats and dogs for the last two days and though its my favorite sleeping weather, it does make venturing out a little more of a nuisance. Is there anything better than getting to stay home on a rainy day! I don’t remember the last time it happened but its fun to fantasize:) MAIALINO. As luck would have it though I ventured out for a great reason……to meet a friend in NYC for lunch yesterday. We went to Maialino? at The Grammercy Park Hotel, it is one of Danny Meyer’s restaurants and one of my faves….both the food and atmosphere are so fabulous. Here is? a peek just in case you are heading to NYC anytime soon……. Fresh breads are baked almost hourly…..yum yum! ANOTHER TALENTED CUSTOMER. One of my favorite blogger, Katie from Preppy Empty Nester has been pulling a Martha Stewart and like the white tornado, has redone her gorgeous Mass. home at warp speed . I was so impressed with her kitchen redo and was thrilled to see my belljars gracing the final reveal. Plus she has added all kinds of goregous blue and white accents, so we are talking kitchen perfection.? Click here to see it all, here’s a peek…… If you have a picture of something you have bought from me and want to show it off, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it to my online gallery. E DESIGN. I have been very busy with a few e design projects and just took a wonderful NYC apt. job and its a slight departure for me as we are going modern/transitional but I am loving every step! I really am enjoying the process and cannot lie that I do occasionally allow my mind to wander, hummm…..if we bought another apt. in the city and did it up in a sleek sophisticated look ala Barbara Barry. It works so seamlessly with the city lifestyle and energy. Contact me at email@example.com if you have an e design project in mind. Here are a few of the mood boards so far, its a work in progress…….. Speaking of e design here are some gorgeous pictures from a former e design customer who just finished her magnificent home. Karen, you did a fabulous job and I am happy I got to be part of your exciting project. (LOVE the custom tole lanterns on the fireplace from my shop)…..beautiful job! GOOD EATS. I am really truly sorry if you happen to be hungry while reading my blog. But I tried this the other day and it was off the charts delicious. Artichoke Bruschetta is calling my name! Gets extra points for being easy too:) A sure fire smash at any gathering, I will making these next time I entertain for sure. Click here to be taken to Love Grows Wild to get the scrumptious recipe! A GREAT NEW BOOK. I loved The Secret Life of Bees so am excited to delve into The Invention Of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. Have you read it? It promises to be one of those you can’t put down. I will be sure to let you know if its as good as I am thinking it will be! WIN A BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING! I had featured the gorgeous work of Carolina Elizabeth a few weeks back. I was so flattered that she had painted a few pieces inspired by things she had seen on my blog or a few pieces she had bought from me (blue and white) as? she is uber taletned. She is offering a generous giveaway for an original oil! on May 5th. Click here to be in the running. SHOP NEWS. My tole line is in full swing and I am soooo excited for it. I will be sure to keep you posted. Attn all bell jar lovers. A price increase will go into effect this coming weekend. My manufacturer has slightly increased the prices, the increase is about 10% but giving you a heads up just in case you have been considering a belljar purchase! I am also going to be adding a few new styles. The belljars continue to be one of my best selling items and I am priced well below retail (approx. 30% less)! Click here to see the belljars online. I am going to be doing a really fantastic Steals and Deals early next week in honor of Mothers Day! You will not want it miss it, got in some beautiful Antica Farmacista items for the occasion as well as some other amazing finds that would be perfect for an elegant Mothers Day gift! Here’s a sneak peek…… So that’s it over here. I will be back in a day or two. Also for those who asked the Pet Love Contest will be on TOMORROW,? you will not believe the cuteness, I oohed and ahhed over every single one. It is going to be one heck of a tough choice!! Thanks so much for stopping in….wishing you a fabulous day!