Monday, November 19, 2012

the fall outdoor table

on these crisp fall days, we love to have simple mugs of hot soup and cider outside in the fresh air...
a warming firepit on the table and a few wool throws keep everyone comfortable!

Friday, October 12, 2012

fall palette

fall flavors and colors: fig, nutmeg, brown by marili forastieri

Sunday, September 23, 2012

comfort zone entertaining

         simple buffet style in natural colors and materials... linen napkins, brown crystal goblets,
         straw mats, big plates, family style serving by marili forastieri

Thursday, July 12, 2012

shades of white

I always set the table with seasonal objects I love:
white stones from a beach walk,  a single white peony blossom
 in a low glass, a porcelain rose, bell jars, china  in
 different styles and shades of white, and shells to use for
everything from napkin holders, place cards and salt dishes...
photo by marili forastieri

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

favorite things...

                                            photograph by marili forastieri

Saturday, May 12, 2012

summer style

my favorite new things for summer tablesettings from the new general store...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

happy easter !

simple single color flowers are always just right... such an old fashioned flower, but masses of just blossoms look at home in a modern setting...a cream bowl of pale blue hydrangeas are my favorite for by jeff mcnamara

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

rainy afternoon in hampshire...

a rainy afternoon in a georgian country house in hampshire, from "At Home with Wedgwood" by tricia foley,  photograph by jeff mcnamara

Saturday, March 17, 2012

irish breakfast

in my favorite house in ireland, the kettle is always on, the aga is warm, and soda bread is baking...
photograph by jeff mcnamara

Saturday, March 3, 2012

sunday lunch

love using shades of brown and black with crisp white plates and linens on a formal mahogany table...a friend brought a white ranunculus in a white pot, which was the perfect thing for the table...dark brown leather placemats, vintage brown stemmed glasses mixed with brown tumblers from ikea,  serving pieces and plates from jasper conran for wedgwood look good with the polished silver forks and vintage wood handled knives... a frittata, herb roasted potatoes, arugula salad and carafes of red wine, and it's  ready for friends to settle in for a relaxed afternoon !

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

pizza night

having friends over tonight for pizzas... love making a few different ones and sharing them...
caramelized red onion/goat cheese/black olive/thyme  is my new favorite...all white cheeses( ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan) with herbs and a bit of lemon zest is another...pesto with ricotta + mozzarella and a classic margarita are on the menu, too, with a big arugula salad (slivers of parmesan, toasted pine nuts with a drizzle of olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon)... 
I have a stack of old bread boards that I use  and sprinkle a bit of cornmeal on them to assemble and then use to cut and serve on...a few little dishes of red pepper flakes, oregano, toasted pine nuts are ready for toppings ...simple and delicious!
photo by jeff mcnamara

Thursday, January 12, 2012

washing glasses

on these rainy days at home, its a good time to wash a shelf at a time of my glass collection!
i love to have a "wardrobe" of glasses, from fine crystal to flea market finds  to artisanal hand blown glass to pull from in setting the table ...