Archive for June, 2012

In The Navy…

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Melamine Plates by Thomas Paul

You can sail the seven seas

Cloudtrail Suit by Madewell

In the Navy, you can put your mind at ease

Poster by Shorely Chic

In the Navy, come on now people, make a stand

Ferrin Sandal by Kate Spade

In the Navy, can’t you see we need a hand (a wrist will do!)

Nautical Bracelet by Charmed by Stacy

Bangle by Vince Camuto

In the Navy, in the Navy…

Music by the Village People and photos via Nautical Luxuries, Madewell, Shorely Chic, Zappos Couture, Charmed by Stacy and Macy’s


Which Came First?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Just when we thought we were coming to the end of the regatta season, summer rowing is underway and the races will take us all over the map.   The boys have had their fill of hanging out at the boat trailer playing games (sadly on their iPhones and not real board games!) so perhaps they might enjoy a round of Which Came First?  Are you ready to play along?  Which came first, the cabinet…

Heritage Cabinet

The Heritage Cabinet

or the cushions?

Blue and White Pillow Collection

The paper

Watercolor Peony Wallpaper

or the pinafore?

Giambattista Valli Dress

The service…

Iznik Melamine Plates

or the scarf?

Iznik Tulips and Carnations Scarf

Photos via Boca do Lobo, Horchow, Anthropologie, Net-a-Porter, Wisteria and Fox & Chave



Monday Mood

Monday, June 25th, 2012

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Betsy Johnson at Her Best!


Pronunciation: /ˈpēkənt/

Pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind (trying to spice things up around here!)

Photo via this is glamorous


Moving Up

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Small Steps

Two of our boys are taking a big step today and “moving up”… from Middle School to High School.  Where did the time go?  We can’t help but be reminded of a poem our Dad use to read to us from A.A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young (a book we still have on our shelf, though it’s quite battered!)  It’s about the perfect place to sit and contemplate life…

Big Steps

halfway down the stairs
is a stair
where i sit.
there isn’t any
other stair
quite like

Long Stairs

i’m not at the bottom,
i’m not at the top;
so this is the stair
i always

Short Stairs

halfway up the stairs
isn’t up
and it isn’t down.
it isn’t in the nursery,
it isn’t in town.


and all sorts of funny thoughts
run round in my head.
it isn’t really
it’s somewhere else


To all of you who have children making moves this summer, whether they be big or small…  This one’s for you!

Photos via Pinterest


Random Raves: Sausalito Edition

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Yes, yet another post about our trip out West but we promise it’s the last…  We just wanted to make sure we shared some of our favorite finds for those of you who might make it to the Bay Area this summer (or are lucky enough to live there full time!)

Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker

If you have a night to kill, spend it at the historic Cavallo Point Lodge, nestled in one of America’s most popular national parks at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fried Squash Blossom

While you’re there, take a class at the Cavallo Point Cooking School where the likes of Viola Buitoni (if her last name sounds familiar, it’s no coincidence!) will teach you all about squash blossoms and zabaglione… and the best part is you get to eat what you make.

Kirby Cove

After all the wonderful food and wine, you may want to hike the various trails around the Lodge that lead up into the hills above Fort Baker and down into secluded coves.

Pride of Madeira

You won’t miss the stately spikes of purple flowers (straight out of The Lorax!) which dot the landscape and are called Pride of Madeira.  Some plants can grow taller than seven feet and they sway in the wind as if they were dancing…

Linda Fahey - Petite Blue Flora Pitcher

With all the eating, drinking and hiking, we didn’t have much of a chance to shop but we did pop into the Lodge’s store and discovered Linda Fahey, a local artist who creates whimsical pieces that evoke her life by the sea.  We can’t say we uncovered everything that Sausalito has to offer but we certainly tried our best!  After all, we were travelling on business…

Diane James Orchid at Neiman Marcus

P.S.  Still can’t get over meeting Joanne Weir in person – don’t forget to enter our giveaway of her new book here!

Photos via Cavallo Point Lodge, Fresa y Pimienta, yours truly and Linda Fahey

Monday Mood

Monday, June 18th, 2012

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Patricia Herrera's Stylish Pad


Pronunciation: /smo͞oT͟H/

Calm…  Things are going “swimmingly” around here – a great way to start the week!

Photo via Vogue

Alas, No Sea Glass!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A Beachy Vignette

A hike we took on our recent trip to Sausalito led us on us a long and winding path to a hidden cove and a beach with views of the Golden Gate Bridge - a perfect place to collect sea glass.  Sadly, recycling, though good for the environment, has led to a dearth of these pretty weathered gems so we’ll have to get our fix in other ways.  Perhaps you’ll find us showing up at your next party wearing this delightful dress

Alice Temperley Dress

paired with this beautiful necklace

Elva Fields Necklace

our toes painted in this hot hue

Essie Polish

and feeling glamorous in these sexy specs.

ASOS Round Sunglasses

Our mother taught us that no good guest shows up empty-handed so we’d definitely be bringing you this beautiful bowl – perhaps filled with cherries!

Lawrence McRae Ruth Bowl

Wishing you a wonderful weekend of beach combing and sun!

P.S.  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway – a signed copy of Joanne Weir’s book, Tequila!

Photos via Pinterest, Net-A-Porter, Elva FieldsNordstrom, ASOS and Lawrence McRae

Meeting Chef Joanne Weir and Giveaway

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Copita's Shrimp Aguachiles

What do you get when you cross a bona fide celebrity chef with over 20 cookbooks, two cooking shows on PBS and a James Beard award to her name (Joanne Weir) with a well known restaurateur (Larry Mindel) and add a couple of margaritas to the mix?  A tequileria and authentic Mexican eatery in Sausalito called Copita!

Copita - Tequileria y Comida

According to Joanne, it all started when Larry challenged her to a “margarita off” and hers won, hands down.  Given that Larry has wanted to open a Mexican restaurant in Sausalito for the past 40 years, he asked Joanne to help…  and after two margaritas, she said “Sure!”

THE Copita Margarita

What makes Copita such a fun place is not only its laid back California vibe and wall of tequilas (yes, the bar is a showcase for the yummy stuff!) but also its passion for local, artisanal ingredients and a menu that changes on a seasonal basis.  Our favorites included the hand pressed tortillas with Joanne’s special tomatillo sauce, 24-hour carnitas, the wild mushroom tacos and the Copita salad topped with chicken fresh from the wood-fired rotisserie all served on Heath ceramics (also local!)

Joanne Weir's Chardonnay

The best part of our meal was meeting Joanne, who came up and started chatting with us as we oohed and ahhed over the best margarita ever (see recipe here.).  Full disclosure:  we didn’t recognize Joanne at first but as soon as she introduced herself, we knew exactly who she was since Cynthia’s been cooking her “Pork Roasted the Way the Tuscan Do” for ages.  This, of course, lead to a discussion of Joanne’s numerous cookbooks and her latest work, Tequilas: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites, as well as her pouring us a glass of her brand new Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley.  Needless to say, Joanne was the cherry (or lime) on top of an already fabulous day!


We’re thrilled to be giving away a signed copy of Joanne’s book today!  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below or send us an email at with “Tequila” in the subject line by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012 and we’ll choose a lucky winner on Monday, June 18.  Additional entries will be given if you “like” us on Facebook, or tweet about the giveaway using @DianeJamesHome and @JoanneWeirCook.

Carolyn, Joanne Weir and Cynthia

P.S.  We’re thinking about joining Joanne on one of her culinary journeys – which one would you pick?

Photos via Joanne Weir and Copita

Monday Mood

Monday, June 11th, 2012

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Adoring Ana Cordeiro's Energy


Pronunciation: \ˈzi-pē\

Strikingly fresh, lively or appealing in style…  We’re feeling energized after our trip and ready to tackle some new ventures this summer!  Do you have any projects in the making?

Photo via Adore Home


Monday Mood

Monday, June 4th, 2012

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Divine Dining in DC


Pronunciation: \ˈbi-zē\

Overly decorated or having a great deal to do (as in, we’re taking care of busy-ness on the West Coast this week and will see you next Monday!)

Photo via House Beautiful