Monthly Archives: April 2011

interior inspiration

April 27, 2011

i came across this little photo montage at stylemadesimple – it perfectly executes my idea of simple, unfussy & is something ide like to curl up into. 

the pairings of worn weathered wood and texture. the natural earthy color pallet 

i love that curled arm of the white sofa and the pretty muted colors of the pillow and blanket 

wine list wednesday

this sunday sos and i celebrated 5 yrs of happily being together. to celebrate we had an amazing meal at flour + water – they make a mean wood fired wild mushroom pizza among other things. to celebrate and pair w. this delicious pizza we chose a 2006 Pine Ridge Cave 7 cabernet sauvignon. and it was knock my socks off good! 





since it was a five yr old vintage 😉 it was super smooth and the tannins were nice and mellow – it was elegant, in a way that only aged cabs can be really. what was perfect though was the rich, and still quite juicy middle. hints of violet, blackberry and prune. followed by just a twinge of smoke at the end – it perfectly brought out the earthy quality of the mushrooms with out over powering their delicacy. i woulnt recommend just drinking this wine, its too refined i think and its goes so very well with food. 


clearly i enjoyed it! 


and as an added bonus we shared a glass of their 2007 landi, lacrima di morro d’alba doc. from passito, marche. paired with the chocolate bundino with espresso-caramel cream & sea salt. lemme just tell you i nearly die of happiness right then and their. the dundino is the lightest fudge-y like dessert. luscious and the pretty lightly blossom colored desert wine had a hint of raspberry, which when paired w. the dessert became like little chocolate dipped berries in your mouth. 


 pretty sure that yr 6 is off to a good start!!!

Hunt Collection

April 26, 2011

i wanted to share some of the inspiration behind the Hunt Collection. named for the author of my favorite cook book of all time- Peter Hunt’s Cape Cod Cookbook. Hunt was the artist behind peasant village & member of the provincetown community. the depth to which he was connected to his community is evident in this cookbook, which for me, is so full of magic it makes me catch my breath each time i crack its pages. the hunt collection is meant to embody the ease of summer living on cape cod. As chic as jackie o in the most light, breezy and effortless of ways. the collection lies somewhere between a day on a cape cod beach and a humid summer’s evening in the back yard with gin&tonics and loads of good friends – 
a pallet of sun drenched & salt bleached days. 

 the marriage of rusticity and refinement, the quintesential new england charm. 

i hope you enjoy the collection

*photos: unknown. esquire. flickr. cottagefarm;hunt collection

farmers market. the sweet taste of summer

April 25, 2011

strawberries. synonymous with all things summer. they are finally ready. for the last few weeks we have been waiting and tasting the samples, but they werent ready. didnt have that sweet juicy ripeness that only the proper amount of summer sun can bring. so patient we had to be. yesterday however, all the sun and starts had aligned in the strawberry world and they were ready. 
they were still quite dear though, 3.50$ for a small pint, but the reward was worth it. i managed to get a photo before the were gobbled up – over yogurt with fresh local honey. 
next week i am hoping to make some sort of dessert, im still waiting for them to be at the market in abundance. but im thinking something with strawberries, basil and rich dark balsamic. maybe cheese cake. also isnt the linen i photographed them on divine. a huge thick linen kitchen towel, coming to the shop this week. 

i also found this beautiful food blog. My New Roots over at thecitysage. the recipes look gorgeous. i can not wait to try a few of the grain related ones. we arent vegetarians but eat meat only about once a week, if that so i am always looking for smart healthy new recipes. snow peas and pea tendrils and mint are also raging at the farmers market so i think i might make some of this simple mint pea dip and have it on toasts with a soft boiled egg one night for dinner.  

flowers for friday

April 22, 2011

ive been a little excited, since wednesday, to share todays post. its topiaries!!! miniature tree topiaries to be exact – one is an olive tree and the other a dwarf euonymus – arent they simply charming~
topiary is an ancient art, and has seen many changes and adaptations over time. the word topiary derives from the latin name of an ornamental landscape gardener, topiarus, or creator of topia(places). i love this little factoid because that is precisely what these tiny beauties are doing – creating a sense of place- like a tiny secret garden. if you are celebrating easter with a meal wouldn’t these topiary down a long burlap runner mixed with naturally hued eggs be the loveliest spring tablescape. 

As you can imagine the topiary art came to america from the palace and cottage gardens of england. they came into particular favor in the colonial revival gardens of the upper class during the american renaissance 

there are loads of books and other sources of information on this wonderful tradition so you can read lots more info if your curiosity has been piqued.  

images: topiaries;cottage farm. eggs;readingmytealeaves 

wine list wednesday

April 20, 2011

all of the fresh spring vegetable are bursting from the farmer’s market – snow peas, mint, pea tendrils and lots of lemons – and so a crisp bright wines was most certainly the only option – 

Terra Robles made by the Robert Hall vineyard. 
its bright on the tongue – perhaps just a hair too acidic, but has nice citrus, grapefruit and pairs nicely with food. what i particularly liked about the terra robles is the lovely mouthful of orange blossom and honey – quite unexpected but very welcome – 
delightfully priced at 9$
pair with fresh pea and mint risotto. 

wine list wednesday

all of the fresh spring vegetable are bursting from the farmer’s market – snow peas, mint, pea tendrils and lots of lemons – and so a crisp bright wines was most certainly the only option – 

Terra Robles made by the Robert Hall vineyard. 
its bright on the tongue – perhaps just a hair too acidic, but has nice citrus, grapefruit and pairs nicely with food. what i particularly liked about the terra robles is the lovely mouthful of orange blossom and honey – quite unexpected but very welcome – 
delightfully priced at 9$
pair with fresh pea and mint risotto. 

interior inspiration: modern farmhouse

April 11, 2011

 these two images have been on my mind often recently. i find myself referring back to them- each an utterance of a modern farmhouse. the rusticity i find myself craving; a bit of provencal, the handmade and folk blended seamlessly into a refined, sophisticated decor. well edited, each extracts the essential primitive simplicity of tools, furniture and wood while making parings, such as the lucite chair with the ruddy black desk that do not allow the look to slip into the dowdy or dated but be enveloped by utilitarian beauty. what do you think of these two spaces? 

both images via design*sponge sneak peek; heather chontossara bedford&alan hill