May 18th, 2015
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Remarkable enough to be famous; very well known… Our friend and designer, Young Huh, is on her way to becoming a legend and she’s making a name for herself with her stunning window at the La Cienega Design Center.
May 15th, 2015
Monogrammed Garden Gate
Having been raised in the Belgian countryside by a mother who worshiped Constance Fry and the untamed yet still elegant she designed, we naturally gravitate toward the “tumbling cacophony of lush mixed borders” barely contained by a clipped boxwood hedges. This is why we had to share this beautiful garden lovingly cultivated by interior designer Jane Ellsworth which we spied in the pages of one of our favorite local magazines, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.
Peek-a-boo Pool House
Set on seven acres in Darien, Jane’s 1940′s brick Georgian house has the feel of an English country home and the garden is filled with colorful exuberance and blossoms for every season. “In my opinion, the garden is an outdoor room whose components should be handled in the same way as the corresponding decorative elements in an interior space, to create a specific mood or style that is functional and pleasing,” says Jane. You may call this garden functional and pleasing, but we’ll call it sheer bliss.
We’d love to spend the weekend under that apple tree but we’re off to our final regatta of season! Wishing you a wonderful weekend of whiling away the hours…
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May 13th, 2015
How did we get to the middle of May already? It seems that we’ve been celebrating our birthdays for weeks now and our lovely administrative assistant kept the party going yesterday with a creative confection from Made in Heaven Cakes in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Having seen a mention of these fresh baked from the garden blooms, Lauren had to order one for us and it came beautifully packaged with dry ice and assembly instructions.
Some Assembly Required
Yes, there is some assembly required (you need to add the chocolate cake dirt and plant the orchid stem) but you won’t have to don gardening gloves and wield a spade – a knife and cake server will do just fine. We had a hard time cutting into such a treat but we were glad we did. Each bit of the light and airy cake was pure pleasure and well… heavenly.
Made in Heaven Cakes also creates one tier cakes, wedding cakes and cupcakes, all decorated with beautiful blooms made of sugar.
One Tier Cake
You can’t go wrong with one of these decadent delights and your guests will be seeing stars!
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May 8th, 2015
For the Worker Bee
This Sunday, we’d like to honor the Queen Bee in our family, our mother Diane, and shower her with some
virtual gifts… This bee-guiling selection will have all types of bees a-buzz!
For the Beauty Bee
For the Fashionista Bee
For the Gourmet Bee
For the Hostess Bee
For the Baker Bee
Happy Friday and Happy Mother’s Day to all you Queen Bees!
Photos: diary, shadow, bracelet, honey, bowl, and cake decorations
May 6th, 2015
While many were celebrating yesterday’s date with magaritas and Mexican fare, we were celebrating the launch of Dear Carolina, the first novel by North Carolina native and beautiful blogger, Kristy Woodson Harvey. Having had a regatta-free weekend (woohoo!), we spent two days reveling in the Southern charm of this story – two strong but very real women who come together for the sake of a baby girl. Kristy’s writing career began at UNC where she studied journalism and mass communications and was perfected through her blog, Design Chic, a family affair with her mother, Beth.
Kristy Woodson Harvey
Dear Carolina‘s richly developed characters (à la Steel Magnolias) live in a world where family comes first and colorful Southern idioms are as abundant as crepe myrtle. You can’t help but be transported by the two female narrators and the tale they weave for baby Carolina. So grab a copy, hop on a porch swing with a glass of sweet tea sangria, and prepare to be enchanted…
Sweet Tea Sangria
Should you wish to join the celebration and add a little Southern style and comfort to your home and kitchen, Kristy is offering a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree to one lucky winner. The Design Chic shop is chock full of divine home accessories and furniture, curated with a designer’s expert eye.
To enter the shopping spree, send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina (photos are fine!) to email@example.com. And just for entering, you’ll also receive a free e-copy of the Dear Carolina Companion Cookbook, full of Southern recipes from renowned bloggers and family members, and Dear Carolina printable quotes. Everyone’s a winner in this giveaway!
Photos: book, author, porch, drink, pillow and giveaway
May 4th, 2015
It’s the first Monday in May – what mood are you in?
Morning Has Broken
The beginning of something… May the dawning of each new day be celebrated in the same manner it is being presented to you.
P.S. The winner of our Gardens at First Light book giveaway is Rosalie Rempel!
May 1st, 2015
Watermelon Agua Fresca
It’s Friday, the first of May and you know what that means? You’ll either be celebrating the Kentucky Derby or an early Cinco de Mayo over the weekend. While we love the glamour surrounding the “Run for the Roses”, we’re more likely to choose margaritas over mint juleps. And with a regatta-free weekend about to start
and our birthdays to celebrate, we think a little fiesta is in order. We’ll begin our evening with mouthwatering watermelon agua fresca paired with a savory/sweet salsa…
Smoky Mango Avocado Salsa
and move on to a make-your-own taco spread. How about a roasted cauliflower and chick peas filling as a vegetarian option? Grilled shrimp would be a delicious addition!
Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Tacos
Dessert is non-negotiable our age so we’ll indulge in margarita cupcakes while cheering on a favorite horse – our money is on a local 2 year Ridgling named Upstart, who was bred at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, NY.
Finally, a hat is a must on Derby Day so we’re replacing the traditional sombrero with a crown of paper flowers!
Paper Flower Crown
Happy fiesta Friday and let us know what you’re celebrating this weekend.
Photo: drink, salsa, taco, cupcake, flowers and crown
April 29th, 2015
Gardens at First Light
One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm. On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light. That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader! We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.
The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!) Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast. The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!
Astilbe and Hydrangea
Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work. Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom! All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.
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April 27th, 2015
It’s Monday – what mood are you in?
Amy Morris in Atlanta
Auspicious or favorable… We had a weekend filled with good juju – how about you?
April 23rd, 2015
May flowers and Luisa Beccaria knows how to pick them! Her Spring 2015 collection is filled with intricate botanical embroideries, appliqués and flowery prints. Sweet but not precious, her dresses capture a youthful, bohemian spirit that is so perfect for spring. While Luisa says she wanted to reference “the atmosphere of a boudoir, the sensuality of exquisite antique lingerie, yet in a modern and sophisticated way”, we think her clothes should be worn at garden parties for all to see. Then again, we don’t have a boudoir in our homes… If God is in the details, then we’re in heaven with this collection!
We’re off to the races in Saratoga (crew, that is) this weekend and wish you all a winning one!
P.S. Yes, regatta season is in full swing and we’ve been traveling a bit so please forgive the lack of posts. We’ll be back and blogging next week!
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