Flower-Arranging: Lilies and Roses

August 11, 2014
IMG_6795IF YOU VISIT ME JUST NOW, you'll find an invigorating flower arrangement on the small table near my staircase. Anne Schomaker, a dear friend who is also a floral-designer, made this scented still-life by combining greens from her garden with choice stems from the florist. You can design a similar arrangement for your own home: Read more »

Money Saving Tip: Buy Commercial-Grade Cling Film

August 5, 2014
IMG_6283MIND if we discuss cling wrap today? I only ask because I'm fed up with the popular brands that most supermarkets sell. Read more »

Decorating: A Bowl of Garden Flowers

July 29, 2014
IMG_5935I HAVE TWO THINGS TO REPORT. First, today Will and I are celebrating our 16th anniversary. And next, Erin Brady stopped by to show how common garden flowers can be turned into a glamorous centerpiece. Read more »

A Summer Centerpiece

June 23, 2014
IMG_4156wbTHIS WEEK, I asked floral designer Erin Brady to create a large arrangement for my entrance hall table. Would you like to see the purples, pinks, blues and greens she chose? Here they are, in my latest you-can-do-it flower-arranging tutorial: Read more »

Napkin Folding 102: “The Arrow”

June 17, 2014
IMG_3566wbIF YOU LIKE A WELL-DRESSED DINNER TABLE -- I certainly do -- then you might like to give your dinner napkins a whimsical shape. The arrow fold above is extremely easy to do. Have a look: Read more »

Napkin Folding 101: Fleur de Lis

June 5, 2014
IMG_2902PARENTS -- please teach your children well. Teach them the difference between right and wrong. Teach them to respect others. And above all, teach them how to make nifty napkin folds! Read more »

Prudence & The Parlor Paint-Job

April 14, 2014
IMG_0426wbPOOR PRUDENCE. From her gilt-framed perch, she has witnessed a decade's-worth of wear and tear in our parlor. "Tend the battered baseboards, the soiled ceiling, the woeful window trim and the dinged-up doors, " she commanded last Friday, "Or I shall seek less-squalid quarters elsewhere!" Read more »