Hello….first I want to announce the winner of our giveaway. Congratulations goes to- #150 Sherry B on 3/12/2020 I love the Tole collections. I cannot wait to see full line of RL rugs that will be available. Please email us your name and shipping info to email@example.com so your prize can be on it’s way! ____________________________________________ We are starting to feel spring in the air and I am loving every minute of it. Before i know it, I will hopefully soon be able to fling open my windows and take in that smell of fresh cut grass! But there is no mistaking the seriousness and gravity of the situation in our world right now with the coronavirus. I realize some states have thankfully had very little of it (hope it stays that way) but here in NY, the numbers are climbing every day and the city is at a virtual standstill. In one week, we got cancellations to a wedding, 55th birthday, a big fundraiser and an engagement party! Life as we know it has changed. We can only stay vigilant, informed and pray that this will not peak as some have speculated and that we can keep it under reasonable control. Stay safe and wash those hands! _______________________________________ 1 FABULOUS NEW COLLECTION AT THIBAUT This is such a teaser but I am madly in love with the looks of this collection, The Ceylon Collection (coming in April) This could inspire me to start doing a little redecorating! That fabric on those drapes has me dreaming of a new spring project:) Thanks Thibaut! 2 A FAVORITE EASY GREEK CHOPPED SALAD. I have been making this a lot. With the warmer months ahead, I think instantly of juicy ripe tomatoes and this is a constant around here in the summer. It is so easy, and super delicious. Can be paired with anything, fish, chicken or even eaten as a meal (just make plenty)! The key is very ripe tomatoes. Even if you buy them, let them sit on your windowsill for a few days to get nice and ripe. Ingredients- 3 very ripe tomatoes or 2 cartons of Campari tomatoes (or something comparable) 2 English cucumbers 1 large green bell pepper 1/2 Vidalia onion Extra virgin olive oil A good feta cheese Dry oregano salt and pepper to taste Red wine vinegar Chop up tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and bellpepper. Chop up small cubes of feta, gently mix. Add oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Add olive oil and a TBSP or two of red wine vinegar. Mix gently and serve. Can be refrigerated but I personally think it tastes best when served room temp. Bon appetit! 3 INSTAGRFAMS OF INTEREST Clearly had a hard time this week narrowing these down, so there are a few more than usual…when it’s good, you just have to give in and go with it:) 4 NEW GOODIES COMING SOON! The gorgeous lemon topiaries are here!! They are simply spectacular..couldn’t love them more. Click here to see them on the shop. The really large tablecloth fabric drying and ready to be cut and packaged (now on the way) How gorgeous is this new style flatware we just got in! Will be added to shop site by tomorrow….love it. And here is our newest color pagoda lantern, just arrived will also be online tomorrow…screams summer! And one of our best selling pierced rimmed silver etched planters is now back in stock. Click here to see 5 INSPIRING VIDEO OF THE WEEK There was nothing that could top this, this Sunday in light of what is going on. Despite Italy’s very stringent lock down, the spirit of their people prevails, warms my heart and just restores my faith in humanity. This makes me tear up and be inspired all at once. Simply amazing! The irony in this country, is if I opened my windows and started belting out a tune, people would think I have lost my mind (and that includes my family) lol. May we learn from the spirit of these amazing people…viva Italia! 6 TO MAKE YOU LAUGH In the wake of an unprecedented time for all of our world, you need to find the laughter and humor to diffuse a serious situation..looking for the light in darkness. Hopefully these will give you a chuckle, they sure made me and my family laugh out ;loud:) 7 SUNDAYS SURVEY In the course of just about 10 days we have entered a new norm, a new way of living, like it or not. It is frightening and could even be panic inducing to someone like myself who can be paranoid. I am finding myself going out a lot less, rethinking every time I get in my car if it’s somewhere I need to go. Paying close attention to those around me. How can you not think about it! I had a super market trip that warranted its own instagram post lol. Yes, taking about the coroniavirus. Within a week, we got word that four events we were invited to were canceled- a big engagement party, a large scale fundraiser and a 5oth birthday dinner party and as of yesterday, a wedding. Imagine having to cancel a wedding for 300 people 10 days before it is scheduled to happen! We had tickets to go see To Kill A Mockingbird last night and dinner, as Broadway is now dark, we opted to not go out to a restaurant and instead ordered take in and had a cozy night at home with friends. These changes came about so quickly, 9 days ago life was really quite normal. So, I am wondering where you stand on this new (but temporary) norm? I am trying to walk a line between being informed and vigilant but not too paranoid either, not easy~ Where do you stand on the Cornoavirus and lifestlye changes you have made/are making? (check all that apply) ____________________________________________ And that friends wraps up this Sundays post. I tried to share beauty alongside reality…because yes, right now our country is shifting into a new reality albeit temp9rorary. Best thing we can do is stay strong, remain vigilant, become informed and keep positive (just look at the Italians)! I, in the meanwhile will continue on with my posts as I recognize the importance of finding the beauty in times of crisis and uncertainly. So rest assured plenty of pretty posts coming your way! Take good care, until next time….