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Hello and Happy Sunday, we are in full spring mode here and had some unusually warm days. Anything over 80 and I want to melt:) But I am loving the weather overall and watching everything come to life brings me such joy. I planted several hundred white tulips and they are just starting to come up. I love going out to monitor their progress daily. Ordered seeds and will soon start trying my hand at planting seeds in pods in the greenhouse to transfer out next month.

We have my dad here and its so nice having him, he brings such energy to our household, he is so inspiring in many many ways. Anyway, onward to my post today…..


1 COMING SOON We have some incredible things coming in soon. Here is a sneak peek.We will be getting in a whole new collection of fabulous porcelain ginger jar salt and peppers. Stay tuned these will be offered in an upcoming presale.


Would love your opinion about this one. How about a lattice pet bowl stand! I love this and it is bringing me one step closer to getting a dog again:). I think this s so stylish and could fit into even the most stylish of homes. This is not totally finished but the prototype.

And these incredible chinoiserie garden items are on the way! We will hold a presale next week on all of these. To my knowledge there is not a collection of garden items with a chinoiseries theme out there, the prefect combination for the sophisticated gardener! So excited for these!

2 GROWING TOMATOES So this year I am going to be growing tomatoes from seeds… will be interesting to see how it pans out. Everything is ordered, waiting for them to come in. I plan on planting all kinds of other things but starting with the tomatoes. I found these two videos super informative, so for anyone else out there contemplating the same, this is for you-


3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST A roundup of pretty randomness……


4 A BIRTHDAY TABLE FOR MY SON We have gotten in some absolutely gorgeous pieces to add to our spring/summer collection, several new pagodas and so many beautiful new painted glasses. I put them to task for this table which I made for my son’s birthday. I first set up a table indoors hitch I loved but then we were blessed with a highly unusual 80 degree day in April so quickly put something together outside!

I was touched that despite us offering to take him anywhere he wanted to go, he chose to be home……with girlfriend:) It was such a nice intimate dinner and there really is something about sharing a meal with these you care about in the comfort of your own home.

So in love with these new pagodas and glasses (which doubles as a beautiful bud vase)

5 SALMON TERIYAKI Posted about this the other day and many of you asked about the recipe. The good news is that its very easy and super delicious! Here is what you need.

(Also for the asparagus I reserve a few tbsp of the mixture below to mix with 2 tbsp of olive oil and drizzle over lightly seasoned asparagus, I bake for approx 10 minutes and they come out perfect)


  • 1 large salmon filet
  • One clove garlic thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions finely chopped
  • approx 2 TBSP of freshly grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (optional)

Mix all wet ingredients together with a whisk then add one tbsp of sesame seeds. Place salmon on parchment baker on baking sheet lightly drizzle with olive oil. Pour entire mixture over salmon. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle scallions on top. Place in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. When ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350, put salmon on preheated oven uncovered for approx 18-20 minutes. Gently cut into thickest part to insure its cooked entirely. Add rest of sesame seeds during last few minutes of cooking. Serve hot or even room temp, this is delicious. I server over Jasmine rice (lightly salted and cooked in a rice cooker) with asparagus.


6 ONE GORGEOUS HOME TOUR IN Palm Beach. I really enjoyed this house tour courtesy of Homeworthy featuring the Kips Bay shophouse. I loved so many of these spaces and had fun peeling back the layers of so many sophisticated spaces with details galore. I loved seeing the outdoor setting as the Brown Jordan set they featured is the exact one we ordered for our new house, reconfirmed how much I love it! Thanks Homeworthy for this fun tour.


7 SUNDAYS SURVEY A friend of mine and I were having a discussion the other day about how it seems like people cook less and less at home. With too many food delivery services to name, eating without having to cook has never been easier. That said, my husband and I always say there is nothing like a home cooked meal, first you have control over the ingredients and secondly, we go out more to socialize then the actual meal. I went though a stage where I was cooking a real meal maybe once to twice a week. Lately I have gotten into cooking again and cook about 3-4 times a week. Curious about you?



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And that’s my Sunday post. Hope you enjoyed it. Wishing everyone a happy day, and smooth end to your weekend. Until next time………….

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Always love your writing and photos. Good luck with your tomatoes! Please give us a video tour of your greenhouse. I love what you have shown us. I think there is a back room with a sink and utility items. I can’t find it on instagram and have seen it in a blog post but now I can’t find it. I appreciate your comments about social issues also. Thanks for your blog which is a window to the world for me.

Best reading material of my week. I am in love with the pet bowl, stand, and all of the New gardenaccessories, I will be first in line to purchase both!

thank you for sharing the salmon recipe. I was looking forward to getting it and even may try it tonight. i used to cook a lot more but now that my youngest is leaving for college and busy lives seem to interfere. I only cook once or twice a week now.

Love your blog!

That dog bowl stand is everything!!
The gardenaccessories are also very beautiful. My mother would love them.

I can’t wait to watch the house tour😊

THAT KIP’S BAY SHOWHOUSE WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! What an increfible treat…KUDOS! How very thoughtful you are to allow us a private showing. BRAVO “HOMEWORTHY!” franki

In terms of the pet food holder, the only problem I anticipate is the the paint on the wood top will be problematic due to water spilling/dripping on it. The elevated dog food/water bowl I had for my labrador got water all over it, as she was a ‘sloppy’ drinker!

I like the idea of an elevated dog food and water stand but this just looks like a box. It needs to have some curves and maybe some chinoiserie paintings offered in different colors. Now, that would catch my attention!
Your salmon recipe looks wonderful and can’t wait to make it.

I love the new gardening line, it will make a great gift. Thank you for sharing the Kip Bay Show House, it was fabulous! I cook about 5-6 days a week. I have always cooked because I like knowing that my family is getting a good nutritious meal every time.

Hello Tina,
On your doggie dish, I checked “on the fence” only because I didn’t know how many inches tall it was. I love it! And would certainly order one for my “grand” dogs; but they are small and so I would need one only a few inches off the floor. But others, with bigger dogs, would need it to be higher. Do you plan on offering small, medium and large? Just a thought/idea as you plan for this wonderful addition….Didi

Look forward to Sunday’s blog and now Saturday as well. Having said that, for some reason I’m not receiving my emails. Just tried subscribing again but it says I’m already a subscriber. Is there any way around this?

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