C'est Inspiré is simply that - what is inspiring. Where the words end, images continue to speak. Seeing all that is around us, we seek some aspect of something that is life enhancing... something that you would like to be reminded of - to revisit. Something to capture and bring into your world, not leave behind... . That is why I take a camera everywhere; have spent countless hours organizing images in scrapbooks and pouring over them later to revisit the place, the people, the memory.
So, C'est Inspiré may be a single photo - or it may be 50, it may mean one thing to me, another to you - the meaning isn't important. Did it inspire? Did it make you smile? Did it bring back a pleasant memory? One or all of the above will do.
During a brief period of his life, the legendary art historian Bernard Berenson kept diaries where he wrote about how to see - and what he saw. These diaries were published under the title The Passionate Sightseer and edited by Raymund Mortimer.
Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a passionate sightseer - just look.
This time of year the Flower Market in New York is a bustling place. It is always a buzz, but now, it is festive as well. As we visit our regular stops, Holiday for my orchids, Milton at New York Topiary, for just that, great shapes as well as my maidenhair ferns, Dutch Flower Line and G Page for the most beautiful flowers, you can feel the excitement of the season is building.
Recently a visit to SILVER LEAF revealed a whole new world of holiday decorations, accessories and gifts. As my firm had recently completed two installations my mind was still in ‘detail mode,’ and we found more items for my clients.
Heaven knows, I love the details and for clients that do not have this abundance where they live, well, it is our pleasure to send it to them. A sampling of what is there waiting for you is pictured here.
Silver, gold, white and elegant the shop glows with new and OLD. Yes, finally, someone figured out that people buying flowers just might want some beautiful Vintage cachepots and vases as well as new ones.
One client whose pied a terre we recently installed in New York wanted a ‘flower market primer’ so we started early on Monday morning. At Silver Leaf she spotted a pair of campagna shaped tortoise glass urns, and without hesitation, she said SOLD.
We had a lot of fun that morning, ordering our garlands, buying flowers, laughing, discovering items for gifts and now, a place we can shop for home.
Don’t miss it. Tell Christopher we sent you.
Silver Leaf NY
105 W. 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
December 4, 2013
In the flower market last week I found these very clever, very affordable and easy to pack flower vases, collapsible plastic lined burlap for $4.99, pictured here. This weekend I filled it with flowers from the garden along with wild grasses. What a great idea to toss in a suitcase. Not all hotel vases are created equal as you know and sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands. At home, they are also practical, childproof and are fun to mix it up with the antique pewter and china. They come in different sizes; and would be great down the center of a table, in the powder room, as a hostess gift (filled, of course) or what about that tailgating picnic?
October 3, 2013
The last of the tomatoes are being plucked from their vines about the same time our recipe file has been exhausted from summer salads and soups. Below here is one of the most versatile recipes to take you into fall, winter and back to spring – tomato lemon consomme.
Serve it cold as a soup, warm it up, add a splash of your favorite vodka, and you have a great tailgating tomato! Put a spin on your bloody Mary’s this year and serve ‘em up hot or cold, virgin or no….something for everyone.
Tomato Lemon Consomme
1 cup beef consomme
2 cups tomato juice
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
Blend consomme and juices together and season with celery salt.
Test, adjust consomme or tomato juice to your taste if needed.
Serve hot or cold garnished with chopped chives.
(I prefer less orange, you will decide)
Perfect as a hot toddy with a shot of vodka…
September 18, 2013
Summer lunches are all about summer colors. My spatterware ceramic plates from March in San Francisco have been a big hit this summer as we have had fun mixing it up with antique Staffordshire, creamware, APT, Green Wedgewood leaf plates and more, tablecloths galore from Roberta Roller Rabbit in NYC and East Hampton, Simrane, Paris and others, our combinations are rarely repeated.
Like I have always said, ‘”Setting the table, is everyday decorating!”
March - www.marchsf.com
Roberta Roller Rabbit – www.robertarollerrabbit.com
Simrane - www.simrane.com
August 26, 2013
Have you planned a picnic to celebrate the Summer of ’13?
By the lake,
At the beach,
On the terrace,
By the pool,
In the backyard,
Tailgating in a meadow,
On a pier at the rivah
Pick a spot,
Make a plan….
LIFE’S A PICNIC!!!
August 19, 2013