Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Simply Splendid

I think I can be a tad obsessive. When I am really loving something it is on my mind all the time. I am loving every second of reading "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes. I bought it for a friend as a gift. She was recuperating from surgery. I was reading it at the same time. I hope the ever so constant dings of my texts didn't disturb her rest...as the more I read the more I wanted to talk about it!! xo

 On just a slightly less, oh my gosh note...I very much love this pillow I came across at Pottery Barn. It's just so pretty and charming and an unexpected accent. I cannot wait to order it! You can peek at the details here.

I have the perfect cream reading chair...just love this pillow!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Project

I completely love the Mirasol Api yarn that I bought not long ago. I grabbed three skeins (at 120 yards each) to make a wrappy scarf for fall. It's the perfect thick/thin texture...great blend of half alpaca and half highland wool. Handcrafted in Peru. Love the muted chocolate tones.  I'm using classic Takumi Clover wooden needles size 9 US. I cast on 33 stitches. Great project for this rather breezy, cool July week. Happy Knitting! xo

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nothing Like A Good Book

So many thunderstorms here this week! I love a strong storm....nothing better than a good book, a tall glass of sweet tea and thunder rolling in. Two of my very favorite recommendations for summer reading are The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro and The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. Both books stayed with me long after I finished them. Such great, great reads! Do you have a favorite book you love to recommend? xo

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Traveling In Time

I was up early today having coffee on the front covered porch. I love cool mornings when no one else on the street is up and around. Yesterday I started reading The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. It opens telling the story of Vivian in 1964 who receives a mysterious suitcase belonging to a great aunt, Voilet, she knew nothing of. Violet's story alternates with Vivian's....with Violet overseas in 1912.  A perfect novel that completely draws you in from page one.

You can read an excerpt here from Good Housekeeping Magazine.

I was on Etsy and Pinterest this weekend and came across this stunning wrap that I just fell in love with. It's created with beautiful, luxurious merino wool and has such clean lines. Peek here at the Etsy shop of artist Elena Rosenberg. Her work is amazing!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Holiday Food

I love cooking out but I'm not a big meat eater. So, while others around my house might be grilling steaks and sliders, I lean more toward portabella mushrooms and crab cakes. I love do love focaccia bread on the grill, too!

I found this yummy recipe on Food 52.  If you have never checked out Food 52...you have to take a peek. Great site for recipes as well as cooking provisions. So inspiring! Take a peek at their terrific site for this full recipe.  A savory combination of glazed shallots, sage, walnuts and goat cheese...it sounds simply amazing! xo

Ball Jars from their provisions collection. So many pretty tea towels, candles, linens....great gathering of essentials!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Day

I am a true blue fan of Pottery Barn. I have been for years. As my style has evolved...I've learned to layer new pieces with old so that my home is filled with so many of my favorite things throughout. I love their PB Pinterest pages as well. That's where I came across these spirited, summery 4th of July pics....you can peek at their page here! Have a wonderful, safe holiday! xo

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Patio Days

What I love most about summer are simple weekends on the patio. A patio feels like an entire new, fresh room to your house! Ballard designs has a great site full of amazing decorating ideas. I have a Ballard rug on our covered front porch that has stayed like new through several seasons. Their outdoor collection is just timeless.

Another Ballard idea: A simple table is transformed into stunning with the addition of this cloth. Their site has so many amazing entertaining gems!

On a recipe note: I was grilling sliders and crab cakes last night and made a great homemade remoulade sauce. Mixed together: 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard, smoked paprika to taste and a tablespoon of worcestershire. Super easy & yummy!