Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Brunch

It's going to be a lazy Sunday around here today. I haven't had one of those in quite a while.
I've got time to peruse the March edition of Vogue and stumble upon this amazing solarium that belongs to fashion designer Tory Burch.

That "pop of green" table slays me. It's the perfect spot for the NY Times, tea, and

Scrambled Egg in the Hole


1 large egg
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 slice crusty Italian bread (1 inch thick)
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated


1. In small bowl, whisk together egg and one teaspoon cold water; season with salt and pepper. Using the rim of a small glass, cut hole in bread; discard cutout.

2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium until foaming. Place bread in skillet; carefully pour egg mixture into hole (if egg leaks out of the bread, use a spatula to push it back). sprinkle egg with cheese.

3. Cook until egg begins to set, 3 to 4 minutes; gently flip the bread and egg. Continue cooking until egg is set, 1 to 2 minutes.

recipe found at

This reminds me of another yellow treat.

Jasper Conran's "Ven House" took my breath away when I first spotted it in the October issue of World of Interiors. I love everything thing about it. 

One of the things that caught my eye are the grass firewood baskets on either side of the hearth. They bring warmth and a rustic elegance to the space. 

I found some nice ones at Mecox Gardens.

Mecox Gardens  $415

I kept searching, and ended up finding a bevy of options at Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn  $79-$199

You don't need a fireplace to utilize these beautiful vessels. I love them as storage for books and periodicals.

Speaking of books...

I'm currently deep into the last book written by Christopher Hitchens. He is my second favorite author of all time (Miss Austen being the first). I'll admit that's an odd pair, but if you think about it, they are both English, and both have such a way with the written word that you can read them over and over again, and never tire of it. 

Buyer Beware:

Spotted on One Kings Lane today:

This "Tastemaker" claims the original retail was $175 and is now available for $119. 
Note: it SOLD

A quick check of Amazon found this:

More Shopping:

I'm 50/50 on this lamp at Restoration Baby and Child

I love the green shade, but can't help wondering if it's trying too hard to be "industrial".
This task lamp can be yours for $189.

One of my favorite online sites is Areo Home. With spring just weeks away, I'm determined to get my hands on two of their best items.

glass petrie dish with dome  $36

tall bulb vase  $11

Later on this evening I'll be watching the Oscars. But this afternoon, I'll visit with some old friends...

Benedict Cumberbatch (excellent name!) and Martin Freeman, are the principles of the BBC's "Sherlock", shown in the U.S. as a part of Masterpiece Mystery Theatre on PBS.
I became addicted in the first five minutes of season one last year, so I had to purchase the DVD...

to hold me off until........

                                                                         Happy Sunday...k

Monday, February 20, 2012


This charming chest is an "upscaled" rendition of this.....

$69 IKEA 3 drawer "Malm" chest.

A month ago I sent out a "heads up" to some of my followers concerning the release of the latest issue of  House of Fifty magazine online.

I recently found the time to check it out. It's a great issue. One of the articles I enjoyed the most (pg.66) was a piece on business partners, Danika Herrick and Cheryle Rhuda, co-founders of O'Verlays. 
After using vintage fretwork panels on a piece for a client, the two were so impressed with the outcome that they decided to pursue a venture manufacturing their own fretwork designs. 

With their online store, O'verlays, offers many patterns, varying thicknesses, and panels available in sizes of up to 4 by 8 feet. They offer custom designs as well. 

I particularly love the idea of using this product to affordably update an older home.


Pattern, Gracie:


These 60's / 70's sliding closet doors look amazing.

We've all seen some version of this heavy pine bed. O'verlays takes it to a new level.

I'm the first one to say that I think that some of this trend can be "o'verdone". That being said, with a little imagination, a little O'verlays goes a long way.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Miss Adorable

If you are looking to treat yourself, or a significant other, to a "real" love story for Valentines' Day, 
I suggest you retreat to the 18th century.

"My Dearest Friend" is a compilation of lifetime correspondence between Abigail and John Adams, starting with their courtship and continuing through their 54 years of marriage. 

The letter below is one of my favorites, written to Abigail when she was just 17 .

Miss Adorable,
By the same Token that the Bearer hereof satt up with you last night I hereby order you to give him, as many Kisses, and as many Hours of your Company after 9O'Clock as he shall please to Demand and charge them to my Account: This Order, or Requisition call it which you will is in Consideration of a similar order Upon Aurelia for the like favour, and I presume I have good Right to draw upon you for the Kisses as I have given two or three Millions at least, when one has been received, and of Consequence the account between us is immensely in favour of yours,
John Adams
Octr. 4th. 1762

Now if this had been in my history books, I might have paid more attention in class. As it is, I find myself playing catch-up to this time period and the amazing lives of these extraordinary people.
Another good read (gift) is David McCullough's tome, "John Adams".

The book was turned into a spectacular miniseries for HBO several years ago. The DVD would make an excellent gift for gentlemen or gentlewomen. 

The lavish sets, locations, and costumes are worth a look, alone.
The show won 4 Golden Globes, and more Emmy awards than any other televised miniseries to date. This is completely understandable given the exceptional performances of Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, and the supporting cast. 

Right now, all the buzz is about Downton Abbey. If you like Downton, you'll love the real thing.