Decor Inspiration: French Normandy in the Hamptons

{Decor Inspiration: French Normandy in the Hamptons}


Garden designer Craig James Socia is a man with a taste for France and a love for working with Mother Nature. In his East Hampton castle, complete with a three story tower, the French Normandy styled home is decorated with furniture formerly owned by Lee Radziwill, a Chesterfield sofa found in an English Country Antiquesin Bridgehampton, Louis XIV dining chairs and Restoration Hardware furniture…

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Petit Plaisir: No. 25 - A Simple Summer Appetizer

{Petit Plaisir: No. 25 - A Simple Summer Appetizer}


As someone who loves to sit, nibble, sip and chat prior to meals, or perhaps in lieu of a meal, a simple appetizer that is as easy to make as it is delicious ranks high on my list of recipes. It just so happened that I was invited to a last minute evening summer gathering this past weekend, and I knew exactly what I wanted to bring – Tangy Cucumber Bites.

In less than 1o minutes the entire…

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The simplest, most delicious flavorful summer appetizer … “Tangy Cucumber Bites” #tsllrecipe #englishcucumbers #feta #dill #redonion #sourcream #honey

How to Find Infinite Motivation

{How to Find Infinite Motivation}


“This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you running at it.”  -Penny Chenery in Secretariat

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to watch a film that I have been meaning to watch since it was released four years ago. Upon completing the movie I was inspired, I was reinvigorated and I was reminded that anything is possible so long as one very important component…

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An authorized biography about the much loved author of America’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - Nelle Harper Lee - The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee (released July 15th)

An authorized biography about the much loved author of America’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird - Nelle Harper Lee - The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee (released July 15th)

This & That: No. 115

Harper Lee opens up, Downton Abbey exhibit and more! {This & That: No. 115}


A book I never thought readers would get a chance to read, decor that readers have been emailing me about, and two exhibits I have a feeling you might be interested in …

~Books ~Eyes on You: A Novel of Suspense by Kate White

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take pleasure in novels of mystery, and Kate White’s latest suspense page-turner might be just what you are looking for. Having…

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Good morning from Oregon! Everything seems possible when a brand new day begins. #nofilter

Style Inspiration: High & Low

{Style Inspiration: High & Low}


As I was watching the Wimbledon Gentleman’s Championship match this past Sunday, I couldn’t help but adore the bodice of Victoria Beckham’s navy dress, and I was oh so curious to see the entire dress. Come to find out, it’s classic with a touch of modern pop from her spring 2014 collection.

One of the sartorial reasons I am drawn to tennis, but always to Wimbledon each year, is the crowd’s…

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Why Not … Discover the Power of Style?

{Why Not … Discover the Power of Style?}

7.9.14a “Style is the way you to speak to the world without words.”

-Bobbie Thomas, author of The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You Get Dressed Tomorrow

Compared to decades past, the twenty-first century offers women and men better access and more affordable choices when it comes to dressing well. Times used to dictate that in order to own a beautiful frock, it would either cost an…

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Decor Inspiration: Beachside Simplicity

{Decor Inspiration: Beachside Simplicity}


A shower with a view, hues that mimic beachside Mother Nature, and a respite away from the hustle and bustle. Designer Rob Southern decorated this Long Island, New York, beach home with the goal of keeping the location at the forefront. Furniture was chosen to not obstruct the views out any window, the fabrics and textures are simple, yet stylish and not meant to compete with the colors seen…

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