Wednesday, September 19, 2012

outstanding in the field

Almost as we speak, I am booking a flight to Austin.  My dear sister suggested that we try one of the seasonal farm dinners put on by Outstanding in the Field.  They have taken farm to table yet another step by travelling all around the U.S. & Canada, partnering with local chefs and farms...then they do this:

The dinner we are attending is being hosted by Erin Flynn & Skip Connett of Green Gate Farms.  They have restored this historic farm in East Austin, "transforming a rundown spot in a once-blighted area into a beautiful place for the community to gather and grow good things." Chef Todd Duplechan of Lenoir in Austin will be preparing dinner. 

This is how the team from OITF gets around.

Have a great day!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

flora & fauna

Stephen Gambrel gets me every time.  He can do no wrong.  I could post about him every single day.  This photo was first published in Elle Decor June/July 2004 and was also published in their most recent issue.  I'm not sure, but I don't think they do that very often.  Even eight years later, the powder room is as current as ever.  According to Elle Decor, Mr. Gambrel covered the walls of the powder room in his 1810 Sag Harbor home  with pages from a reissue of Cabinet of Natural Curiosities by Albertus Seba.

Enjoy this tour of the rest of Mr. Gambrel's lovely home.

Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

just read

Just finished reading The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and loved it.  The story takes place in 1930's Manhattan.  Such a great read that left me pining for old New York.  The book features a few photos by Walker Evans. Honestly, I couldn't put down this book. According to Towles, he wanted to show how the decisions we make in our twenties affect the rest of our lives. He does so beautifully.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a beautiful collection of Walker Evans photos.  

Mr. Towles has a beautiful website dedicated to this book with lots of extra info and a q&a.  I even found a playlist he created on Amazon; you can get it here.  He will even stop by your book club discussion of his book provided you are meeting in Manhattan between Canal & 34th streets. This, however, is not for the faint of heart! I suspect that Mr. Towles is even more well read than his heroin, Katey Kontent.

Have a great day!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

dots to dot

These dots are such dreamy reinterpretations of a classic.  I want to somehow incorporate them in everything.  Everywhere.  They are so crisp and fresh and could invigorate almost any tired old space.  Perfect for a tired old Monday.

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

face it

Okay, it's time to face facts.  Even though it is still 90 degrees outside summer is really over.  School is in full swing.  The holidays are starting to lurk.  I actually really love the holidays.  A lot. And like any good girl scout, I find that I enjoy things most when I am well prepared.  For me, being prepared for the holidays begins with the bar.  A lovely bar sets a great mood, is well & creatively stocked, and is ready when friends pop over. 

Try the bar checklists here and here

Have a great day!!

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