Decor Inspiration: The Power of Natural Simplicity

{Decor Inspiration: The Beauty of Natural Simplicity}


While spring has only just begun, I thought I’d show you a taste of what the warmer months will bring. Captured last year during late spring and summer, architect and designer Peter Marino’s Long Island getaway in the Hamptons is grand in size, but demonstrates how monochromatic planting can be powerful, hydrangeas can be rich and rustic, a few orderly apple trees can create height and comfort…

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This & That: No. 102

A broadway play that asks a great question, Rachel Zoe wedges and more! {This & That: No. 102}


A play to watch if you’ll be in New York City this spring, summer or fall, wedges for the season, a French bistro cookbook to devour and more …


~House Account

The House Account app is an opportunity to connect you with your favorite small boutiques, as well as utilize their personalized customer service.  With more than 300 speciality shops offering their inventory via House Account,…

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Joyeux Anniversaire La Tour Eiffel

Joyeux Anniversaire La Tour Eiffel


The architect Gustave Eiffel revealed his now world renowned  tower for the World’s Fair 125 years ago today – March 31, 1889 – an anniversary remembrance of sorts as to commemorate the 100th year since the French Revolution. Standing 1,062 feet tall, the Iron Lady, as she is nicknamed, was only supposed to stand for twenty years, alas, history had other plans.

Standing as the tallest man-made…

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A Rainbow’s Valuable Lesson

{A Rainbow’s Valuable Lesson}


A few months ago, I was driving through a massive rainstorm on the interstate through the Columbia Gorge which separates Oregon and Washington. After over an hour, the rain finally abated and the most breath-taking rainbow adorned the sky. In fact, it at once appeared as though I could reach out and touch it.

The proximity of such awe inspiring natural beauty gave me pause, and I couldn’t help…

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Le Week-end Petit Plaisir: No. 13

Foodies, an appetizer idea for your next dinner party {Le Week-end Petit Plaisir: No. 13}


If you are looking for a twist on an appetizer that will leave your guests or yourself insisting on one more piece, regardless of ruining their appetite for dinner, you will want to try this week’s Petit Plaisir recipe.

Ina Garten does it again by sharing a very simple, yet undeniably delicious recipe that is sure to please nearly anyone. After all, bacon and sugar – a deadly, yet scrumptious…

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Novel & Quintessential

{Novel & Quintessential}


3.28.14mousse ~the recipe for Strawberry Mousse~

Experiencing anything for the first time can have a powerful impression, and when we are willing to be authentically ourselves in the moment it can be daunting and trepidatious. However, when we bring our authentic selves with the armor down, we allow for the response to be more truthful and revealing in return, giving us feedback that is quite valuable.


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Style Inspiration: Spring Fever

{Style Inspiration: Spring Fever}


Spring has arrived and that means ankles, toes, trenches and light, cheerful colors. From soft blue to simple white, choosing to wear something of the season has a way of lifting the mood, and even when the fickle March weather can’t make up its mind, at least we know with each day more sunshine is in our forecast. Have a look at today’s Style Inspirationand be sure to choose your spring outfit…

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Why Not … Accessorize the Living Room?

TSLL Home Tour continues! {Why Not … Accessorize the Living Room?}

3.26.14j “If you wait until you have enough money to decorate and make your home your own, it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to buy everything new, you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the hand-me-down, the collected, the worn but loved things in your home that make it your own.” -Stacy Risenmay

Whether it’s the accessories for an outfit, the people we spend our time…

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This & That: No.101

Rachel Zoe’s new book is out, a documentary to watch, a music app to love and more! {This & That: No.101}


A music app to suit your mood, a book on chic, stylish decor, a documentary that will intrigue and more …



As someone who doesn’t collect or buy music, but thoroughly enjoys listening to a well-structured playlist of my favorite tunes, I was happy to discover the free music playlist app Songza (you can also listen to it on your computer). Self-described as a music concierge, it…

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Living Deliberately Rather Than By Default

{Living Deliberately Rather Than By Default}


“When you’re living by default, you’re automatically reacting to life in habitual ways, many of which may be limiting you and your life. In contrast, living deliberately means making more conscious and constructive life choices. When you’re living deliberately, you’re living from a position of responsibility; you’re making choices with greater awareness. You’re taken yourself off autopilot, so…

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