My September House & Garden Chores

September 2, 2014
IMG_0137SEPTEMBER is my "get ready for winter" month. It's time to divide and reset certain perennials, to order and plant bulbs, and to acclimate vacationing houseplants for their return to indoor life. Feeling energetic? Good. Because one of us can sip a martini...while one of us goes to work! Read more »

Creating A “Baking Center”

August 25, 2014
IMG_7582DEEP-CLEANING THE KITCHEN is my late-summer, "back-to-school" ritual. I empty every cabinet and drawer, and then ruthlessly toss the things I don't want, need, use, or have room for. Here, for instance, is how I recently cleaned an unkempt cabinet, and turned it into a well-organized "Baking Center": Read more »

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 »