In Design, Film on May 13, 2012 at 10:25 am
What is it that women most desire? Ask Chaucer’s protagonist in the Wife of Bath and the answer is sovereignty over their husbands. Me? I’ll settle for marital equality and the right to a good, hot bath. I’m married to a man who gets this—and really good presents. For Mother’s Day this year I unwrapped a gorgeous natural linen bath towel I’ve been coveting from Brahms Mount.
Along with some delicious Malin+Goetz Bergamot Body Wash, which foams up nicely in the bath and smells like Earl Grey tea.
In fact, maybe I’ll have a cup of that, too, tonight while soaking in the 1920s claw foot tub in our guest bathroom under the watchful eye of Julie Christie in a 1960s vintage poster from Darling—a movie about a woman who cannot ever be satisfied but wears really, really good clothes. Happy Mother’s Day!
Bergamot Black tea via gilttaste.com
In Design on January 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm
I am totally in love with this change tray in the softest taupe leather that my husband gave me for Christmas. It’s perfect for holding bracelets and organizing clutter on top of a favorite old Indonesian linen press in our bedroom—and with Valentine’s Day around the corner I can’t think of a better excuse to add one to your collection…
In Design, Food, Media, Recipes on January 10, 2012 at 10:40 am
Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar, photo via HouseBeautiful.com
I was flipping through the pages of the February 2012 issue of House Beautiful because my friend Andrea’s home is featured this month—it’s incredible and designed by the talented duo over at Nickey Kehoe, one of my favorite design stores in Los Angeles. Her living room is the stuff dreams are made of—check out the J.B. Martin velvet on that gorgeous Nickey Kehoe Modern Lounge Sofa.
Perusing the rest of the issue, I was thrilled to see that NYC Prune chef—and author of Blood, Bones & Butter—is House Beautiful‘s new food columnist, which means I clearly had to subscribe to the mag STAT! This month’s recipe for Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar is a knock-out. And it can all be done in one pot. After browning the chicken legs, they come out while sliced shallots and cornichons jump in to grab onto all that brown bit goodness.
Then the chicken returns to the pot, along with some hard cider…
…and chicken broth, and braises stovetop for half hour or so.
The result is falling-off-the-bone-tender chicken with bright acidity thanks to the apple cider vinegar and hard cider. Also, for those of you bravely embarking on new year diets, the dish is as virtuous as it is delicious.
PS… I had a ton of the braising liquid/sauce left over, which I used to tart up a bowl of brown rice and steamed vegetables the following day for lunch!
In Design, Fashion on November 11, 2011 at 9:46 am
Today is moving day. For the first time in my adult life, I will be sharing closet space. For the past three years, I’ve been squatting in the closet in my son’s bedroom and it has been less than ideal, but it was my own private space and likely why I’ve enjoyed a happy marriage up until this point.
But now that our son is at the age where he might actually need his own closet, my husband and I decided to cohabitate. We knocked down the wall between the tiny master bedroom closet and our son’s, and reclaimed some of the space in his closet for our own.
It looks pretty great! But I underestimated how much space we’d need for shoes. My husband was visibly distressed this morning when he absorbed the full gravity of the shoe situation in the hallway—and that we would need the contractor to put in an additional pull-out shoe shelf, which is happening as we speak! It also didn’t help when our three-year-old chimed in, “Why are there so many shoes, Mama?” It’s a question for which there is no good answer. Fortunately, however there is a solution. Stay tuned!
In Design on September 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm
For the past six months, I’ve had paisley on the brain. We’ve been wanting to upholster some chairs in the living room, and while I fleetingly dabbled with the idea of a Penny Morrison block print fabric, I keep coming back to the idea of a bold linen paisley. For a while, it looked like we were going to go in this direction, MIRA in eggplant from Raoul Textiles:
I’m totally love with all things Raoul, but when it came right down to it—to making a long-term commitment to eggplant—I got cold feet. And then stumbled upon this Indian Pear linen inspired by a Kashmiri shawl from Robert Kime, which I ended up obsessing over for several months before placing my order for 14 yards of the gorgeous stuff last week at Jasper on Melrose. The linen is milled in England and then screen-printed by hand using vegetables dyes. No question, this is true love.
In Design, Food, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on September 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm
Let it be said that Carrie Carr knows how to set a table. This month for cooking club, our theme was French Fall Feast. And, while everyone will tell you how délicieux the food was, nobody could stop talking about Carrie’s table. I love the jars of purple clover.
Carrie got a bunch of Scrabble letters and racks for a song on eBay so she had enough to spell out everyone’s name in lieu of place cards. She got the dishes, which were designed by Trey Seegle, from Anthropologie. Next month, I’m hosting cooking club, which is a going to be a tough act to follow.
In Design, Out of Town on September 14, 2011 at 9:22 am
My mother always has fresh flowers in the house, a goal to which I aspire but often fall short. When we were up visiting for her birthday over Labor Day Weekend, she had vases of flame orange and pink dahlias everywhere. I can’t stop thinking about them.
She gets hers from a local grower, Aztec Dahlias, at the St. Helena Farmers Market on Friday mornings. While visiting, I also spotted him at the Oxbow Farmers Market in Napa on a Saturday morning. The good news for the rest of us is that we can order bulbs for the 2012 season now online. Or zip up to Napa for the weekend…
In Design, Food, Out of Town on September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am
It was with total devastation that I read about and watched the footage of the Quechee Covered Bridge—and so many other treasured bridges in Vermont—being pounded away by Hurricane Irene. The above photo was taken a couple months ago from the Simon Pearce glassblowing factory in Quechee when we were visiting my inlaws at their summer place in Manchester, VT. Tiny G went absolutely nuts for the bridge…
Which now looks like this:
And with it, Irene flooded the glassblowing turbine at Simon Pearce, where visitors—like Tiny G—watched in awe as artisans created impossibly beautiful vases, bowls, barware and stemware out of molten glass.
Two of my favorite Simon Pearce vases (tall Woodbury vase & Woodbury pitcher), filled with French tulips from Lily Lodge:
And muddling strawberries for summer Champagne cocktails in our Simon Pearce Windsor Tankards:
Sadly, the Simon Pearce restaurant was also flooded so while they rebuild the Quechee glassblowing and kitchen facilities, I’ll leave you with a taste of our lunch at the Simon Pearce restaurant overlooking the river and bridge, complete with a burger comprised of Northeast Family Farms grass fed beef, Grafton cheddar cheese, basil aïoli and fries with house made spiced tomato ketchup; wonderfully chewy house made bread and local butter; and Vermont sparkling cider for me and fresh local apple juice for Tiny G—all served on Simon Pearce pottery and in their handblown glasses. My heart goes out to all Vermonters in the wake of this heartbreaking disaster. xx