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Hi friends, hope you are enjoying a nice weekend. I first want to announce the winner of the porcelain giveaway. Congrtatultsion goes to

#17 KAY says:

My table will be set for a lovely brunch with the pretty White Cabbage salad plates and the Blue and White Lilly of the Valley Dinner plates. I cannot wait until their arrival. Maybe add a few of the mini pagodas for that special touch.

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As summer winds down I am definitely (happily) switching into fall mode. I LOVE fall, and have just ordered a few sweaters and ym first fall jacket. Love that nip in the air and watching the foliage come to life. So slowly but surely its happening. Have had a nice weekend, getting too friends and went to a. dinner party, today is picklebrall day and the slightly cooler temps make it that much more enjoyable. Hope you are off to having a wonderful day!



1 A PALMETTO BLUFF COLLECTION I am so excited to be working on a beautiful Palmetto Bluff collection which is a collection of home accessories that will embrace that beautiful coastal, low country style. Truth is the styling really adapts to anywhere coastal…or anywhere you want to channel that coastal, “somethings gotta give” movie vibe (think we are all familiar with it)! Some things will be coming in the next 6-8 weeks and others will trickle in after that, by spring I hope to introduce a beautiful new dinnerware set and a new pagoda collection as well. My wheels are definitely turning. Here are some of the new developments-

How about these fabulous new wicker floor planters? This design will also be coming in a wastepaper basket and matching tissue

Imagine these floor planters coming in natural and white with a big palm or fig leaf plant in them! (liner is removable for easy planting)

This is a beautiful new style wastepaper basket (tissue will also be available) which will be offered in three colors to start, light blue, tan/white and green/white, love this pattern and shape


And how about these fabulous new hurricanes (which also make great vases) and wicker box planter colors!

2 MY NEW DINING ROOM SET I am going to do a post on my dining room but couldn’t’ help but share a few recent pictures as we FINALLY got in our long awaited table and chairs (almost 8 months of waiting) But it was so worth the wait!!

So when we moved in, we knew a renovation was on order. It has turned out to be a bit more of a”process” than originally thought so looks like we will not begin until early spring. Several months ago I ordered a new dining room table and chairs. The velvet was backordered and all the pieces look over 7 months to get in. Anyone familiar with ordering furniture post covid surely knows of the huge lags in the furniture industry!

But alas it came in and we could not be happier. I was so happy to say goodbye to the smaller oval table and chairs and welcome our new set. It seats 12 however we are keeping 8 at the table (four chairs elsewhere in the room). The rug has not come in yet but already its shaping up beautifully! This is one room we will not be doing much to, painting and redo the floors, change window treatments, add a mirror, sideboard and 2 demilunes  and that’s about it! So its nice to have something to enjoy as we wait for our renovation to begin.Will do a post on the room in a week or two to share everything else we are doing in here…..










3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST What a pretty round up with a definite fall vibe in some of them…

4 A FUN HOUSE TOUR This is super charming and excuses southern hospitality. Soft colors, lots of natural light, great kitchen too! Found over at Southern Living. I love watching these house videos as I almost always take something away from them.


5 A GORGEOUS ATLANTA HOME Step inside this beautiful Atlanta home. Love the soaring ceilings, beautiful light and elegant decor. Inviting and sophisticated. Found this beauty over at Atlanta Homes Magazine. Click here to read more about this lovely home.


6 LENTIL SOUP ON THE MENU! Made my first batch of lentil soup the other day, I felt like I was getting a cold and my younger son was mom to the rescue!

  • 1½ cup (300g) dry brown lentils
  • 5-6cups (1-1½liter) water or vegetable stock
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, cut in chunks
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¾ cup (200g) passata or can chopped tomatoes or 3 fresh chopped tomatoes and/or 1 tablespoon tomato paste*, dissolved in 6 tablespoons water(I used only the tomato paste FYI)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar for serving each plate
  • Salt and pepper
  • If you have time, soak the lentils overnight in a bowl with lots of water. If not, put the lentils in a large pot and cover them with water. Boil for 2-3 minutes, rinse and drain. Clean the pot, put 5 cups of water (or vegetable stock) over medium heat.
  • Add the lentils, the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and bay leaves. Cover the pot and simmer over medium to low heat for 30 minutes. Soaking and sprouting reduce considerably the cooking time. If the lentils are soft enough, proceed immediately to the next step.
  • Add the passata or chopped tomato and/or the dissolved tomato paste*. Add the turmeric and cumin and season to taste. Simmer for another 15 minutes until the lentils are soft.
  • Adjust the amount of water/vegetable stock whether you like watery soup or thick soup. If you add more liquid, it should be hot. Add the olive oil 2-3 minutes before you remove the pot from the heat.
  • Serve each plate with 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.


7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY So fall is nearly here. Summer is just days away from being over. I am personally thrilled as I love fall and anticipate every year that nip in the air, when it gets cool enough for a nice cozy sweater, a light jacket and/or a wrap. My absolute favorite season, I know not everyone agrees.

I used to have a harder time with it once my youngest graduated from high school as it made teary eyed every time I would drive by his school or see the start of football season, it triggers such emotions of missing my kids being younger. But I have evolved and now just anticipate the sheer beauty of fall. Where do you stand on the changing of the seasons?



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Oh, the Chow Chow in the first Instagram photo! What a sweet picture. Your round table and chairs look beautiful on the new rug.

I love your new table and chairs. You mentioned that it seats 12. Does it have an extension turning into oval or does it turn and grow larger? What brand is it? Hope you have a good week.

Can you please share the measurement of your new table without the extension. Table dimensions are tricky and there are more options than one would think! I’m enjoying your “new” NY house as you make it yours. My household moved last August after living in the same house for 28 years! I understand needing a change of venue. Some days I miss my four daughters being small in that lovely old house, but we must keep growing and moving, right?! Take care, Tina!

Your new dining table and chairs are gorgeous, the room is going to be so elegant with the changes you are making.

Your new table is lovely! Really wanted a round dining table when we first moved in, hubby was not sold on the idea and since he makes few designing ‘demands’, I didn’t force the issue. But now that I want to change up the dining room maybe this time it will be a ‘go’!?
My son never got into football, even though his grandfather played professionally in Canada. He’s always been a water rat, taught sailing and rowed all through high school and college and I do miss travelling to Boston for the Head of the Charles every fall.
Can’t blame you for pushing off your reno until well after the holidays. Our addition is almost finished and am disappointed that it is so hard to find people who a) take pride in their work b) are careful with the fine finishing and trim work and c) don’t damage the work the trade before them just completed. It does not bode well for the building industry in this country if the only labor available is untrained and unskilled.

Happy Sunday! Your new table is beautiful and sitting at a round table is wonderful and lovely for dinner parties. I can’t wait for the new ornaments to hit your website. I’m looking ahead to holiday decorations. My bad?
I see the signs of fall and I’m plotting out the end of year calendar—so much to do! I adore Summer, but love Fall too. Thanks for all the blue and white inspiration and The new wicker planters are so pretty. Always something wonderful here. Enjoy.

Thanks so much for the recipes. I’m wondering if they might be presented in a format that can be saved to Pinterest. Thanks for sharing

Your new sining room is SO beautiful and elegant. love the blue velvet who makes it and the chairs? is the table old or new? You must be thrilled.
Lentil soups sounds good, also enjoyed the house tour.
Fall is my favorite season too

Your new sining room is SO beautiful and elegant. love the blue velvet who makes it and the chairs? is the table old or new? You must be thrilled.
Lentil soups sounds good, also enjoyed the house tour.
Fall is my favorite season too

Thank you for your lentil soup recipe! I had been thinking of making a pot of soup for the first chilly night, to serve with a warmed French croissant on the side and a glass of white wine.

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