Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Talk of the Town Today: First Snowfall of the Winter

A picture is worth a thousand words. We went for our standard Sunday walk this morning, but it was anything by ordinary. Sooooo sooooo lovely. So very quiet and peaceful.

I caught these as we passed through the Walker Sculpture Garden.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Southern Cooking

Our daughter, Isabelle, has been working in Charleston, SC for over a year now at a very fine catering company - Duvall Catering. She's doing so many crazy fun things for a first year employee! Taking cooking classes with one of the chefs so she can be in charge of setting up / managing a cooking school at the company! Planning parties, designing flowers, creating menus and generally "changing the world one party at a time." (Her line!)

Even though I lived in Charleston for eight years I can't say I became the expert she is on Southern cuisine. She's learning from the Shawn Brock at Husk, the Lee Brothers and from a few of the entrepreneurial types who create classic Southern food and sell it online!

Here are a few - some I've tried - some she's just recommended. Fun to try new things!

Homemade Tonic - Just right for Lee! My gin and tonic guy.
You can buy this on Callie's Biscuit's Site.

From a small family farm in South Carolina - just ordered so will let you know !
Ditto -

Callie's cheese and chive biscuits. A totally divine splurge!

Izzy bought this for her "guncles" and brothers for last Christmas. A hit!
Bloody mix. Made with beef broth!

Apparently, a huge favorite. Izzy's roommate's mom owns this company.

I'll keep my eyes open for a good shrimp and grits and pass it on when i find it!

Saturday, December 1, 2012


I really have been thinking about things.
I just haven't put my fingers to the keyboard.

I can't get my head around the future of my blog. It seems not to fit with my design work - I'm afraid I'll offend someone or say something stupid and regret it.

So Lee and I discussed using a pseudonym - two of my writer friends do that. They have "day jobs" and have to look all buttoned up for those so they write under a different name.

Lee suggested "Rocky Mountains" - he'd heard of a stripper named that and thought it was pretty funny.
Funny it is.
But, I don't think it's a fit for me. Still, I about fell out of my chair laughing.

So, I'm still working on it.

Until then, here is something that made me happy this week.

I just got this photo from Susan Gilmore  - she took it of a little powder room I did with Jean Rehkamp in Kenwood -  it used to be a closet! I had this amazing old mirror in my collection and saw how perfect it was for this spot. This is an example of how magical a space can be when a client lets go. She just let us go for it. Look at the wallpaper! Silver leaf hand cut papers from Phillip Jeffries. And I love the old world curtain of linen.

The other thing that made me happy this week is watching the movie "Hugo" by Martin Scorcese and Johnny Depp - I fell in love with the lovely Isabelle and her outfit!