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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…



Kind Words From Near and Far

There have been some lovely posts this last month that I would like to share. Some by folks I know, others by people who focus on design and all that good & fun stuff that is so fun to read about. Quite honored to be mentioned. Thank you all for including me, the shops and the book.

My friend Elizabeth Moyer wrote about going to the New York book party at Deborah Needleman’s home on Pretty Pink Tulips her stylish blog. There were many people I did not know at that swell event, so it was so lovely to look around and be surrounded by familiar faces of friends old & new. Another one of those faces would be Marcy Michaud. I met both Elizabeth and Marcy at the same blogging event in New York sponsored by Kravet a few years back. Marcy writes Stylesson where she highlights design blogs. At that same Blogfest event I also met Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, who writes the blog The English Room who wrote a lovely piece about me and Style & Simplicity. Having the 3 of them at the Deborah’s party just warmed my heart. Even though I don’t get to see them often since we all live in different parts of the country, we keep in contact regularly and I know I have made life-long friendships with them. Also at the party were my 2 friends I have known for almost 20 years, Michael & Douglas. They owned a stationery company, Motel Deluxe, that I represented when I had my showroom. They now own the uber stylish shops, Cursive, with locations at Grand Central and ABC Carpet & Home. A friend of Elizabeth’s, Leslie, who lives in Seattle attended the book launch party at the shop on May 6th. She writes the blog Around the Table and she posted a beautiful re-cap of the party and of the evening. Two gentleman I have not met who live in the UK also did posts this last month that were quite swell. A-Gent of Style, Fabrice Bana, its founder and editor, is a French gentleman who is an interior designer who has lived in London for the last 16 years. Tudor Davies writes Designer Insights for his company, featuring design-centric folk around the globe. Truly, so humbled to be part of all of the above. I have linked each of the posts so just click on each. Happy reading!

20140606-080139.jpg Just a reminder, I will be signing books this evening in Bremerton at The Weekender from 5 to 8. Art Walk is also happening so lots to see and do so hop on that ferry if you are in the area and make an evening of it. Hope to see you there. Happy Friday!



Pretty Pink Tulips ‘Style & Simplicity’ Give Away

20140505-065422.jpg My lovely & stylish friend Elizabeth Moyer, who pens the equally stylish blog Pretty Pink Tulips wrote a swell post today about my book. She also asked me a few questions about living with style & simplicity each day. Click on the link to take you there to read it. She is also doing a give-away of 5 signed copies of the book. Always a fun way to start a Monday! Thank you darling Elizabeth for your kind gesture and words. What a perfect way to start the book launch week. Thought you and everyone reading would love the above tulips too.

It is an action packed day getting things ready for tomorrow. I am so excited it is all finally here. I am walking/floating on a cloud a bit. I have said it before, but it is worth repeating. Thank you, thank you, thank you, all for reading. For following along. For being part of this journey. For being part of my journey. I feel so privileged and honored to be a small part of yours.



A Simple & Rustic Cherry Tart

20120629-073307.jpg We are spending most of the week out on the island, and I am getting a start on my book. I find it such a peaceful place to write. I don’t know what it is about writing at times, but it makes me hungry. My breaks mean messing around in the kitchen trying new things. TPS had a full day in the city, so I wanted an easy dinner ready when he arrived back to WestWard, but he was not sure which ferry he would catch. It would be a sort of Italian meal that could be prepared ahead of time, and sit till he arrived. I love those sorts of meals. For dessert, I played with puff pastry sheets that I am so fond of. They make anything made in them seem special. This really was the easiest thing in the world to make, I could not wait to share it with you. I will be making this again for sure. Cherry season is in full swing, so we will have bowls of them around any chance we can.

Slice cherries, using the 2 meatiest pieces from each cherry for this recipe. I liked the uniform-ness of the rounds. Put slices in a bowl and mix with a healthy dose of sugar. This will help draw out the cherry juices, which are great in this tart. Then roll out one sheet of the puff pastry, being sure that it has defrosted but is still cold. On a plate or cutting board, spread another liberal dose of sugar. Place the pastry sheet on that, lightly rubbing the sheet so the sugar adheres. Sprinkle more sugar on the top of the sheet, as well. Place the cherries in the middle of the sugared pastry sheet, and crimp and fold the pastry to create a rustic formed wall, leaving most of the fruit exposed in the center. Brush the pastry with an egg wash. That is it! Put on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until puffy and browned. This really is the simplest thing, but it looks so cool and tastes so darn good. Enjoy!

I woke this morning to find a lovely post written by my new friend that I made on my last trip to New York, Elizabeth Moyer. We met while we were attending the Blogfest on Design. We hit it off immediately–she is kind, uber stylish, and is a lover of life and the moment. She writes the fabulous blog where she shares her insights on living, giving and entertaining with style and grace. Elizabeth asked if I would answer a few questions for a post. She composed such a lovely entry, taking photos from the shops and our home. Thank you Elizabeth!