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Poetic Peonies 

Flower Friday brings us these sublime peonies on the breakfast table of our friend Elizabeth’s lovely, lovely home in Rye. They greeted me as I sat for homemade biscuits with jam on Sunday morning before I headed into the city to walk the National Stationery Show. She knew I needed to be well-fed for my busy day ahead. The peonies feeding my soul all along the way, too. Thought you would all enjoy their magic…



Trade Secrets in Sharon, CT

20160515-090804.jpg My friend Elizabeth, who writes the beautiful & stylish (much like her) blog, Pretty Pink Tulips, and I have made a new tradition, that we attend the event, Trade Secrets, each May together. It really is not a secret any longer, as this is the 15+ year the Bunny Williams founded event has taken place, so many many folks know about it. Vendors from all of the East set-up booths filled with plants, antiques, and garden inspired goods on the lawn of the most lovely property in Connecticut. They host a breakfast early and then the shopping begins. I got to chat a few moments again this year with Bunny, what an incredibly gracious woman she is–she remembered our conversation from the event last year and thanked me for attending again. I found a few vintage treasures that will live at Hawthorne–a watering can from England, a big zinc bucket perfect for holding wine bottles at a party, an oblong glass vase and a pair of marble urns. I will click away this week and show you the grouping in action. It is such a cool, worthwhile benefit.
From the Trade Secrets website.
Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for WSS of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. The WSS mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education by offering free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach.












20160515-093138.jpg Bunny with Martha Stewart at the breakfast before the shopping began. Such a fun time! If you ever find yourself in this neck of the woods this time of year and want to attend, I would be happy to fill you in on the details.

A lovely Sunday to you all! We are busy preparing for 40 folks to start arriving soon for the 60th birthday party we are hosting for Ted’s older twin brothers. Our first big country party. I will let you know how it all turned out later this week…



A Martini with Bunny Williams

20120310-074010.jpg On Friday evenings when we don’t have guests coming for dinner, I like to grab a design book from one of the stacks at the shop before we head home. I find perusing the book while having my martini before dinner such a relaxing start to the eve.

20120310-074559.jpg Bunny Williams latest book, ‘Scrapbook For Living’ came out a year or so ago, but I had not really taken the time to give it a good look.

20120310-074840.jpg It really is more of a “how to” guide to setting up your home. Not surprising, it is set up incredibly well, with tons of great advice & design words of wisdom.

20120310-075013.jpg At first I was not happy with how my photos were turning out while I was snapping away. It was the end of a busy Friday at the shop, and I could not get as sharp a photo as I was wanting. When I got home and really started looking through the book, I was delighted by the dreamy photography of Amy Archer. Her style has an ethereal quality to it–and is not always in focus. Turns out my shots of the book would be an homage to her style, without really knowing it at the time.

20120310-075453.jpg Bunny Williams’ work has always had a very lived-in, comfortable bent to me, and the book reflects just that.

20120310-075632.jpg It is filled with tip after tip on how to make your home comfortable, with great style.

20120310-080005.jpg As she so perfectly states in her introduction, “What is it that gives a home real magic? A home that, from the moment you walk through the door, creates an impression of not just beauty, but of emotion as well; a home with a soul.”