Pia Pauro

Pia Pauro's designs caught my eye as I was flipping through Instagram... A self-proclaimed nomad, Pauro's designs are inspired by her travels.  Her resort collection is what drew me in as I contemplate a few days oceanside. Any of the colorful embroidered tunics would take you from beach to … [Read more...]

The Wild Side

One thing that grabbed my attention on a recent trip to Newport was the stairway runner in the home of one of our hostesses... Can you see it back there behind the pop of that pretty apple green lamp?  It really made a statement in my humble opinion! Do you walk on the wild side when it comes to … [Read more...]

Botanical Arts At The Newport Flower Show

I recently made my first foray into creating a botanical arts entry for a Garden Club of America Flower Show.  Knowing how much work goes into creating one of these masterpieces, I was excited to see what genius the entries in botanical arts at the Newport Flower Show would reveal.   I was not to be … [Read more...]

The Cutest Umbrella Ever

We have been getting more than our fair share of rain this past week but for me that is no problem because I have the cutest umbrella ever... it was a Christmas present from a friend... yep, it's Jack Russell Terriers doing a "downward dog"... I love it and it makes going out in the rain … [Read more...]

The Most Festive Holiday Window

I was so excited when Jude Muse, Treehouse Boutique owner,  contacted me to  blog about her festive window display... Note that the photo above is just a teaser - you'll have to read all the way down for the full effect! Treehouse Boutique has long been a favorite for daughter and me, aka … [Read more...]

Book Review: Grace Coddington a Memoir

Ok, I know I am a little behind the times, since this memoir has been out for almost two years, but my reading list is long! I really loved this book... The minute the orange book jacket caught my eye it went in my reading stack!  I knew a little about Grace Coddington - that she is the creative … [Read more...]

On A Roll

This week I read about a Mississippi girl whose creation of a toilet paper wedding gown may garner her a trip to New York and possibly a $10,000 prize.  You read it right - a toilet paper wedding gown. Apparently this contest sponsored by Charmin is celebrating its tenth anniversary and will … [Read more...]

Peacock Mania

Is is just me or are peacocks showing up everywhere out there? Maybe it was my encounter with Isaac Ross down at Prospect Hill Plantation that started me noticing the fanciful peacock popping up everywhere... after all... he did put on quite a show... or perhaps it was my becoming enamored … [Read more...]

Bunny Mellon: An Extraordinary Life

 One week ago arts patron, horticulturist, confidant to Jackie Kennedy, and Listerine heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon died at the age of 103.  Throughout her life she maintained her privacy.  Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen described her - "She was a marvelously shy person.  She hated the public light … [Read more...]

Pantone’s Color Of The Year Is Radiant Orchid

  For the past decade the global color authority, Pantone, has combed the world looking for the color that will be given the distinction "Color of the Year".  The selection requires careful consideration and anything from entertainment - to arts - to travel destinations - to technology - to … [Read more...]