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July 31, 2011
Ok! Happy Sunday! Love the front page on McQueen! The exhibit was stupendous and I took my daughters twice! It is so stunning and so much to emotionally grasp that you need the space and believe me there isn’t much space!
It is a must see! I am surprised it took my favorite this long to write about it!
Ok, favorite ad! Ralph Lauren being chauffeured in a black jeep! I want that! That rocks and speaks volumes! Much more appealing then a Maybach
Fav wedding, I didn’t have one this week!
Street scenes seem to be too hot to capture any great tend except lots of white!
See you all tomorrow! Off to see Sara’s Key! Love KST!
July 30, 2011
I love scrambled eggs and I love cooking with butter and Ina is my Goddess in that regard! The success of these eggs are the whisking, no joke, and the constant movement in your pan. Don’t let them sit or you will have hard pieces and it won’t be great! This recipe may be divided into fourths with no problem! they are really amazing!
The Queen of the best scrambled eggs!!
- 16 extra-large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups milk or half-and-half
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
- 6 ounces fresh goat cheese, such as Montrachet, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
Whisk the eggs in a bowl with the milk or half and half (IUSE THE HALF AND HALF), salt, and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large saute or omelet pan over the stove , medium flame.
Add the eggs and cook them until the desired doneness, stirring constantly. Off the heat, add the goat cheese, chives, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir and allow the eggs to sit for 30 seconds, until the cheese begins to melt. Check for seasonings. Serve hot.
You will totally flip for these eggs! Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
SO, what to do when you have blueberries taking over your kitchen! MUFFINS
I had the pleasure of taking my youngest Daughter to a farmer’s market where she decided we should make blueberries our theme! And a theme it is!
This is a recipe we have always used and thought I would share! They are delicious!~ And will be sooo AMAZING with the SCRAMBLED EGGS!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter melted
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Line 12 large muffin cups with paper liners and spray the top part of the pan lightly with vegetable oil spray.
Combine or sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Whisk together the butter, eggs, milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a separate bowl until well combined.
Place 1 cup of the blueberries in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse several times until coarsely chopped. Stir the chopped berries into the egg mixture.
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist and blended. Do not over mix. Fold in the remaining whole blueberries.
Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan with a large ice cream scoop (1/3-cup scoop). The batter will come to the top of the paper liner or pan.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Turn the muffins out of the pan and serve immediately
July 28, 2011
HAPPY THURSDAY! I AM SO EXCITED TO TELL YOU ALL I AM ADDING MY FAVORITE BLOGS TO OUR NEW BLOGROLL! WE WILL START ADDING BLOGS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT TOMORROW !IN ADDITION WE WILL HAVE GUEST BLOGGERS WHO WILL BRING THEIR STYLE IN TO INTRODUCE YOU TO! THIS WILL BE WEEKLY!
TODAY’S BLOG IS ON A FABULOUS ANTIQUE SHOW! ENJOY!
For the past couple of years I have been reading about this show! This year I am going! I love Americana and I think the use of it in Modern has a real place!
This September, The Marburger Farm Antique Show, in Round Top, Texas, kicks off its fall show. Long a source for terrific (and quirky) finds, the outdoor show will feature some 350 dealers from all over the world.
Twelve historic buildings and ten tents—situated on the 43-acre property—will be filled with everything from European antiques, Asian art, architectural elements, garden pieces, games and books, Americana, jewelry, paintings, textiles… and more!
The show starts with Early Buying Tuesday… go if you want a serious advantage over the rest of us. Paid admission is good all week… there’s a cafe and daily drawings. No shortage of good stuff. And parking’s free. I’ll repeat that: parking’s free. Love that southern hospitality.
And what makes the whole thing even nicer? Marburger Farm’s the philanthropic sort. They support their local volunteer fire department, and a portion of the the spring show’s proceeds went to Texas Children’s Hospital. A few images of the spring event (below) give a pretty exciting glimpse into what you might find this fall.
The show’s on from September 27th through October 1st. For information and ticketing details, visit Marburger Farm.
July 27, 2011
I thought that after attending an all girls camp in the Adirondacks, I would never look back! But all of our lives really do come full circle, whether we like it or not. They say you can go all the way around the world only to run into you neighbors and at the same time people and places from your past will always still be there and make themselves known in your life regardless of what you may think. The adirondacks is one of those places. In dropping one of my daughters off for camp it dawned on me how certain places will remain benchmarks in our lives.
The first book to place the rustic Adirondack architectural style in the context of the cultural, social, and environmental history, An Elegant Wilderness, Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935, showcases the intensely private retreats set into the pine forests on the shores of the region’s shimmering lakes.
Open earlier to tourism and more accessible than the western United States, the Adirondack region is where many urbanites of the Industrial Age came to experience the wilderness. It was in the Adirondacks that the constricting social proprieties relaxed, that city swells hunted in deer-filled forests and angled in trout-stocked lakes, that women shed their corsets to hike, fish, and play tennis, and that children learned to appreciate the great outdoors.
For the members of the leisure class, rustic architecture and decoration and the woodland lifestyle were a splendid conceit. Transported in private Pullman cars from New York, they arrived with chefs from the city’s premier restaurants, a retinue of servants who would join those on site, tennis and voice coaches, chauffeurs and secretaries, and a cadre of houseguests who might stay for six days or three months.
The Adirondack “camp” was spoken of with the same faux modesty as the luxurious “cottage” in Newport. But, unlike the flaunting opulence of the Newport mansion, the secluded Adirondack camp whispered of the quiet power associated with unassailable wealth. Those who owned Adirondack camps or lodges included railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington, mining magnates Berthold Hochschild, Daniel Guggenheim, and Adolph Lewisohn, financiers J. Pierpont Morgan, Otto Kahn, and Isaac Newton Seligman, the surpassingly wealthy Alfred Vanderbilt, New York governor Levi Morton, President Benjamin Harrison, lawyer Louis Marshall as well as the prominent intellectuals: philosopher William James and neuroscientist James Jackson Putnam. Women camp owners of note included Lucy Carnegie, Margaret Emerson (Vanderbilt), and Marjorie Merriweather Post.
That being said, this book is out and I bought it and thought how magnificent as a place in time.
I do hope you have the opportunity to read this as it is wonderful!
July 25, 2011
HAPPY START TO THE WEEK! I LOVE MY IPAD AND YOU CAN TELL WHAT I WAS DOING AT THE AIRPORT AND ON THE PLANE!
To know me is to know I am in love with British 19th -early 20th century disfunction! Wealthy disfunction has always been my poison of choice. Those of you that know me I am sure wonder why! NOT , so You must watch this mini series! It is brilliant!
The Downtown Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew’s bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton’s dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.
You will totally be in love with this and I am not a bit mini-series gal!
July 22, 2011
I just bought a pair of Rococo mirrors with the original glass, for a clients guest bathrooms. And I thought it would be great to post about this art form!
Coquillage is the art of attaching shells to objects such as frames, mirrors or pieces of furniture.
Coquille is the French word for shell and the art of coquille goes back to the Rococo period of the 18th Century France when the shell motif was popular as a carved decoration.
The older pieces are really fascinating, as the shells were so different from those we find right now. When I was in Sardinia I had the pleasure of purchasing some amazing shells that had the edges tipped in a polished silver. The idea of using a piece of furniture with shells, is not restricted to a seasonal application. Think of all the wonderful examples of Coral that you are able to purchase. There are even some Coral pieces that have been cast in resin and look great in bookshelves and curio cabinets. Pottery Barn has these and you really can’t tell the difference. They also make great center pieces and the large clam shells are great to put soaps and shampoos in ones shower.
Yes, my thoughts are definitely going towards the ocean!
Have a great day!
July 21, 2011
Its funny to think of all the time spent in History class in high school , or actually all the times that I cut that class,learning about geography and of course maps! I thought I would never be interested again!
But in designing a children’s bedroom right now, for two young boys, they are going to share the bedroom, I am thinking that a wall or the walls, all being in maps, wall paper of ocurse, would be so interesting! There are some really modern interpretations that I found by google.
I am also considering on one of the walls, as it is a large bedroom, this fabulous blackboard paint for them to go crazy! So lots of inspiring thoughts in their room!
There are some wonderful companies now that have map wallpaper like Pierre Frey, and Ralph Lauren, Thibaut and a few others!
July 20, 2011
I love and adore books, books of all kinds, especially on design and architecture! I have a wonderful book on OSCAR NIEMEYER who is one of the worlds preeminent modernist architects! I have always been of fan of his work, as his work is exciting and beautiful and you can learn to appreciate the true meaning of forms.
Oscar Niemeyer , Brazilian born, is over one hundred and three years old and has constructed more buildings then almost any other modern architect and he has not stopped ! When you look at the photos I have selected, and I do hope you seek out further information on his work, you will definitely know this man’s architecture. There is a quote that I believe sums up and makes very clear Niemeyer’s philosophy and where it lead him to these forms.
To “challenge the monotony of contemporary architecture, the waste of misinterpreted functionalism that hindered it, and the dogmas of form and function that had emerged, countering the plastic freedom that reinforced concrete introduced. I was attracted by the curve-the liberated, sensual curve suggested by the possibilities of new technology yet so often recalled in venerable old baroque churches…I deliberately disregarded the right angle and rationalist architecture designed with ruler and square to boldly enter the world of curves and straight lines offered by reinforced concrete…this deliberate protest arose from the environment in which I lived, with its white beaches, its huge mountains and the beautiful suntanned women.”
Imagine how and what influences you take from your surroundings and how you choose to be influenced by these ideas and incorporate them into what you do. I know for me, I very much relate to the influence of what i choose to surround myself with. From music to art to food and fashion, the pursuit of beauty is a fantastic pursuit!
Have a wonderful day!
July 19, 2011
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I am excited to bring you this interview from one of my favorite Design Sources!