Blue and White

Chinoiserie images on china, the perfect blue and white plate to design a room around.


Classic navy blue wall from Ralph Lauren and Chinese Porcelain from Wikepedia
Crisp, classic navy blue walls with white slip-covered furniture, are the perfect room to showcase a collection of blue and white porcelain.  Borders of blue and white band a curtain and the edge of a plate.

pve design painting, Gouache
Last year I painted these tablescapes – for Absolutely Beautiful Things and came across them while I was organizing and thought I would share them with you again. Somehow, I never tire of blue and white porcelain.  Ginger jars, tea jars, boxes, vases, plates and textiles all looking as though they were gathered for a family reunion.

image from Absolutely Beautiful Things
Immediately, images of Ralph Lauren and grand rooms appointed with blue and white come to mind.

The Ralph Lauren Mansion, the shop on Madison Avenue, NY, courtesy of Habitually Chic
Having begun my design career at Ralph Lauren, it was a given that “navy blue and white” be in every collection.  One of my favorite looks for Spring or Resort has always been the navy and white sailor top with white sailor pants.  Ralph Lauren always seems to stay true to blue and white, the above image is from the Mansion via Habitually Chic. Heather recently posted on the shop.  What a fabulous chair, and the chinoiserie vessel, they make quite the pair.

a pve design painting for Absolutely Beautiful Things

Collecting all begins with the love of an object for color or design. Perhaps you have a signature collection.   All you need to do is gather your collection in one spot and see it take shape. Do you have a love for blue and white?  What do you collect?  Please e-mail me a photo or post your collection.  Perhaps I will be inspired to honor a collection with a work of art.

Sunday shelf – amazing grace

Sunday is a day to slow things down and to give thanks and thought to the future week. One way to make plans for the week is to gather up all the loose change and roll the coins. Take them to the bank immediately and watch your savings accumulate. It is amazing how quickly coins can add up to dollars. Once you get in the routine of saving, you will be on a roll and work towards something full of grace.
Do you have a proper piggy bank or a spot for loose change? What sort of amazing grace are you saving for?

Sunday shelf – green life

The art of storage is simple when you stick to one color! These great green organizing boxes are from West Elm and add zest to any shelf. Storage for magazines, boxes for files all clearly labeled or organized by color makes things easy to locate. Breathe new life, “green life” in your home or office!

saturday seeds

Try to say ranunculus three times really fast. My most favorite flower from the “buttercup” family. Now – try to repeat what you love doing three times really fast.
What did you hear?
Do you have an idea that you are looking to plant.
All you need is a seed.
A seed to plant.
An idea to take shape.
I know many of you out there are living with a seed, not yet planted, but oh so ready to nurture and to watch it grow into something beautiful.
All it takes is one tiny seed to make an idea into a stunning bouquet. I encourage you to plant that seed, start small and watch it grow. Were you meant to teach,to design, to create, to share your love, your passion with another.
Create your glory, all with a seed. What are you waiting for?

saturday seeds

Try to say ranunculus three times really fast. My most favorite flower from the “buttercup” family. Now – try to repeat what you love doing three times really fast.
What did you hear?

Do you have an idea that you are looking to plant.
All you need is a seed.
A seed to plant.
An idea to take shape.
I know many of you out there are living with a seed, not yet planted, but oh so ready to nurture and to watch it grow into something beautiful.
All it takes is one tiny seed to make an idea into a stunning bouquet. I encourage you to plant that seed, start small and watch it grow. Were you meant to teach,to design, to create, to share your love, your passion with another.
Create your glory, all with a seed. What are you waiting for?

fab friday – "at a clip"



my snazzy new MacBeth Collection clip board
Fab friday again!  Speaking of things going fast, this week sure went by “at a clip.”  
Lucky for me, I now am the proud owner of this snappy clip board. 

My collection of cool, stylish notes, clip board and mini journals!
Thanks to this fab friday gal who I refer to as “Snow White” gave this to me.  I had dropped a little hint of how I could truly benefit from that clip board.   Just look how fab my birthday “to do” paper fits this clip board as well as the collection of moleskin journals.  My kind of colors!
A fabulous week began with the pleasure of meeting “Seleta” at Eddie‘s home last Sunday for a 
beautiful brunch.  The first time that I met Eddie, he immediately said, you are friends with “Seleta” and she is coming to New York for a weekend and we must get together.  Well, alright, when Eddie talks – people listen.  The brunch was simply lovely, quiche, fresh fruit, greek yogurt, mimosa’s and a salad that was delightful!  Eddie does it all with ease and a flair for fun.
Seleta, my daughter Amelia and I “dishin” at Eddie’s home sweet home.
I hopped in my car and my little girl and I drove up to meet “Snow White” and her Prince Peter.  Seleta is truly “quite the dish” – just beautiful inside and out!  Seleta is holding a white dish that I just knew she would love.  I bought it in Paris at open air flea market.  One can always find loads of white dishes, and this dish had her name written all over it.  
A dish for a dish, and a clip for a clipper! 
Wishing each of you a fab friday!

fab friday – "at a clip"



my snazzy new MacBeth Collection clip board
Fab friday again!  Speaking of things going fast, this week sure went by “at a clip.”  
Lucky for me, I now am the proud owner of this snappy clip board. 

My collection of cool, stylish notes, clip board and mini journals!
Thanks to this fab friday gal who I refer to as “Snow White” gave this to me.  I had dropped a little hint of how I could truly benefit from that clip board.   Just look how fab my birthday “to do” paper fits this clip board as well as the collection of moleskin journals.  My kind of colors!
A fabulous week began with the pleasure of meeting “Seleta” at Eddie‘s home last Sunday for a 
beautiful brunch.  The first time that I met Eddie, he immediately said, you are friends with “Seleta” and she is coming to New York for a weekend and we must get together.  Well, alright, when Eddie talks – people listen.  The brunch was simply lovely, quiche, fresh fruit, greek yogurt, mimosa’s and a salad that was delightful!  Eddie does it all with ease and a flair for fun.
Seleta, my daughter Amelia and I “dishin” at Eddie’s home sweet home.
I hopped in my car and my little girl and I drove up to meet “Snow White” and her Prince Peter.  Seleta is truly “quite the dish” – just beautiful inside and out!  Seleta is holding a white dish that I just knew she would love.  I bought it in Paris at open air flea market.  One can always find loads of white dishes, and this dish had her name written all over it.  
A dish for a dish, and a clip for a clipper! 
Wishing each of you a fab friday!

eating in bed



One of my most loved and cherished cookbooks is “The Eating in Bed Cookbook” – by Barbara Ninde Byfield, published back in 1962.   A dear friend who knows me all too well, gave this wonderful book to me.  She told me that the drawings reminded her of me and the witty sense of humor.  There are two types of people, those that “love eating in bed”- and those who simply “loathe it.”

The cover is a simple blue and white ticking stripe, and the inside is full of incredibly witty and endearing recipes with endless possibilities for eating in bed or other unusual spots.  Have you ever given any thought to “Eating in the bathtub” – being served “Turkish Delight” in a Turkish bath?  It is after all such a heavenly sticky confection, surely a bath would complement this and avoid wasting any towels.  Why one could simply enjoy getting sweet and squeaky clean right in the tub!
Witty, clever sleep inducing recipes with visions of remnants left to be found in bed.  Normally sticking to a regime and a hard and fast rule for eating at a certain hour, this cookbook advises wisely to the fact that one can eat in bed at any hour.  There are a number or things that cannot be eaten in bed:  Baked Alaska being one, based on the problem of getting this delicacy to you at a proper temperature without sacrificing the luxury and unhurried ease which distinguishes successful Eating in Bed from even the finest dining out.  Perhaps one day restaurateurs should realize this unique service and accommodate even the most finicky of eaters with mouth-watering delights delivered straight to the comfort of one’s bed.  Reservations for the corner bed with the canopy, please.  Do you enjoy cooking and eating in bed?

eating in bed



One of my most loved and cherished cookbooks is “The Eating in Bed Cookbook” – by Barbara Ninde Byfield, published back in 1962.   A dear friend who knows me all too well, gave this wonderful book to me.  She told me that the drawings reminded her of me and the witty sense of humor.  There are two types of people, those that “love eating in bed”- and those who simply “loathe it.”

The cover is a simple blue and white ticking stripe, and the inside is full of incredibly witty and endearing recipes with endless possibilities for eating in bed or other unusual spots.  Have you ever given any thought to “Eating in the bathtub” – being served “Turkish Delight” in a Turkish bath?  It is after all such a heavenly sticky confection, surely a bath would complement this and avoid wasting any towels.  Why one could simply enjoy getting sweet and squeaky clean right in the tub!
Witty, clever sleep inducing recipes with visions of remnants left to be found in bed.  Normally sticking to a regime and a hard and fast rule for eating at a certain hour, this cookbook advises wisely to the fact that one can eat in bed at any hour.  There are a number or things that cannot be eaten in bed:  Baked Alaska being one, based on the problem of getting this delicacy to you at a proper temperature without sacrificing the luxury and unhurried ease which distinguishes successful Eating in Bed from even the finest dining out.  Perhaps one day restaurateurs should realize this unique service and accommodate even the most finicky of eaters with mouth-watering delights delivered straight to the comfort of one’s bed.  Reservations for the corner bed with the canopy, please.  Do you enjoy cooking and eating in bed?

daily bread

Home made Bread  ~ made by my friend Taina
Growing up in a family of seven children, daily bread was part of survival.  Learning to bake and break bread was simply part of each day.  Bread and butter is still considered a daily luxury.   A dear friend gave me a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated.  Just look at this bread that she shared, a slice of heaven.  I love anything illustrated to show me how to.  I have always been big on directions with pictures.  Another friend, Debra – asked me to share what’s cooking and my cook books.

An artful Salade Nicoise for lunch prepared by Taina
So much of enjoying good food is not merely in the cooking, but in the artful presentation. Just look at this lovely Spring Salade Nicoise, tuna, lettuce, tomatos, potatoes, an egg, olives, green beans and top with a home made vinaigrette.  I know for many, that eating healthy can be a challenge especially if the process was not instilled at an early age.  I was fortunate to have parents who built a produce business in 1945 and it is still thriving today.  We had many a meal made from things that just were not worthy of selling.  Many a fabulous meal, home made soup and bread.

my kitchen shelf, above a doorway – the Joy is cooking is one of my favorite books.
( excuse the blurry photo )
Simply streamline, stop buying processed food, buy organic, make or grow your own if possible.  Spring time is a wonderful time to focus on all the healthy items from local farmer’s markets.  Peruse cookbooks and share on-line recipes with friends.   Plant a garden and promise yourself to eat good food daily and break a little bread.