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Our Favorite Things… Spring Stems and Greenery

This polar vortex is really grabbing a good portion of the country. Here is Central New York, we woke up to below zero temperatures with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees!

However, I’m focusing on what’s going on inside – a new shipment of beautiful spring stems and succulents!

Nothing chases the cold away like a room full of flowers and greenery. There’s no time like the present to bring the look into your house – whether fresh or faux. Plants and flowers bring warm and happy thoughts of spring and summer.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Floral branches in white and green. I love a brimming vase of all white and green flowers. It’s so organic, elegant and feminine. Fill a vase and see what it does for a room – just lovely!

Creamy cabbage roses.
White peonies arranged in a rustic green metal can.
Faux Queen Anne’s Lace with ferns.
White and green floral stems ready and waiting for an afternoon of flower arranging.
A mantel decked out for spring with white and green.

Succulents and ferns. Both succulents and ferns are typically easy care options for fresh indoor plants. However, if you are really busy, faux is the way to go. Today’s faux greenery is gorgeous and hard to spot.

Faux succulent and boxwood spheres in various sizes and styles.

Faux succulents arrangements work perfectly on a interior stone wall. No watering required!
Potted ferns are always ready to go at the store. Tuck them in anywhere for a quick pop of green.

Greenery adds a pop of color to this black and white tablescape.

Options abound, so don’t let winter get you down… just bring in the green!

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Our Favorite Things… Pottery Inspired by Nature

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It’s January in Central New York and I’m already dreaming about spring… Sunshine, fresh green foliage and flowers – I can’t wait!

In the meantime, there are so many ways to bring the outdoors in – including freshening up your tablescape.  Fresh flowers, centerpieces and seasonal linens are always an option to bring in natural elements, but how about your dinnerware?

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This gorgeous Riviera pottery is designed by the famous French floral designer, Christian Tortu. The detailed design on these Hydrangea leaf salad plates are amazing.

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Whether used in your tablescape, as appetizer plates for your spring gathering, or adorning a sidetable or night stand – they are sure to add a refreshing touch of nature.

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These petite Laurel Leaf plates are a perfect little dish for olives, condiments… plus how pretty would it be on a bedside tables and a little jewelry tray for rings and such?

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Simply to pretty to hide away – consider using them as art when not in use – hang them with plate hangers or display them on your mantel or buffet with an table top easel.  Stunning!

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Fall Tableware Finds… Costa Nova Pearl in Cocoa

I am in love with Costa Nova’s Pearl dinnerware collection! I’ve been searching for quite a while, trying to find a replacement for an older beaded dinnerware pattern that I favored but just couldn’t anything that truly compared.

Costa Nova’s Pearl is a winner… It’s raised beaded-rim design is substantial, much more detailed the most beaded pottery, bringing elegance and great texture to any tablescape.

Although the white is stunning, I’m equally intrigued with the Cocoa. It’s soft brown/taupe is a perfect option for so many occasions, including the fall and winter holiday season. Paired with other seasonal pottery; or just a simple organic touch of boxwood, fall leaves, a fresh rosemary spring or a bit of evergreen creates a simple, organic and elegant place setting.

This dinnerware is a welcome addition to our store and our home as well. I know I’ll reach for this versatile pattern often!

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Our Favorites Things… Recycled Candleholders

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Who wouldn’t love one of the beautiful new Mesa candles from PADDYWAX?  From the great southwestern inspired pottery to the soothing array of scent blends, they make a perfect gift option.

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However, these pretty little vessels have another purpose and will long outlive the candle within them.  Once the candles are gone, these pottery pieces are designed to be a stackable cream and sugar set.

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I just love multi-purpose products for the home!  Not a coffee drinker?   These pottery pieces would be great for sauces, condiments, etc.

No need to limit them to a life in the kitchen… How about a little greenery?… I can see them holding pretty little succulents arrangements as well!

 

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Our Favorite Things… Blue and White Pottery

Blue and white pottery has long been a tasteful and timeless home decor and dinnerware choice of both homemakers and interior stylists alike.

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Although I still love the classic blue and white patterns (think Blue Willow, South Hampton, the gorgeous french and Italian patterns), I’m also loving the fun new patterns that are available today.

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The best thing about blue and white style is the more, the merrier!  Whether in my store displays or at home, it’s the perfect “mix and match” choice to create fresh and fun tablescapes and vignettes.

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At the table, blue and white pottery just feels like summer.  I see this place setting for a beautiful summer barbecue.  Add red accents and you’ve got a great nautical look… go for yellow accents to add a touch of southern french style.

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Adding a touch of blue and white pottery filled with greenery or flowers to a shelf or china hutch to an organic touch and pop of color.

Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, farmhouse or coastal cottage decor, blue and white pottery would be a smart design choice and look right at home!

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Our Favorite Things… Hydrangeas & Fall Foliage

What’s more beautiful on a sunny autumn day than colorful fall leaves scattered among hydrangeas?   Why not bring that look inside?  This beautiful hydrangea pottery can adorn your table from spring to fall by just changing the greenery and flowers.
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Paired with rich colored fall foliage and hydrangea stems, the pottery’s terracotta accents just seem to pop.  Add burlap linens for a great casual look for entertaining.
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Perfect for living or giving… beautifully!
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Our Favorite Things… Southern Jubilee Glassware

I am in love with this new glassware!

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A new addition to our store is this stunning glassware by Southern Jubilee.  Southern Jubilee is designed and created by two creative women… who truly have a great sense of style.

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This seeded style glassware is adorned with pewter pressed designs and initials and all products are made and handcrafted in the U.S.A.

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With a range of styles including stemless wine, wine glasses, iced tea glasses, bourbon glasses, carafes, and ice buckets – you are sure to find this line perfect for home entertaining or a unique and stylist wedding or housewarming gift.

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Find Southern Jubilee glassware at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, NY or call to place an 315-440-6637 to order.

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Our Favorite Things… Blends by Orly Gluten Free Flour Blends

blends-by-orly-group-pic-1Gluten free baking is a breeze with Blends by Orly… 4 different artisan gluten free flour blends (London, Manhattan, Tuscany, and Sydney) which have become a staple in the Graham home.

What makes Blends by Orly unique is that it’s comprised of multiple different blends of gluten free grains  custom created to give bakers the most perfect results whether they’re creating bread, pizza dough, cake, cookies, biscuits, pancakes, or a pie crust. (I actually just ordered a new bread maker which I can’t wait to test out, and  Blends by Orly bread flours perform wonderfully in bread makers on the gluten free setting).

These amazing blends are a 1 to 1 replacement for wheat flour in any recipe, and are made with the highest quality wholesome gluten free ingredients, including quinoa, sorghum, millet, and brown rice, and they contain no sugar or additives. They’re also Kosher and Non GMO certified, Nut Free, Vegan and Corn Free.  Plus each bag comes with a recipe on the back – however, these flour blends will work beautifully in your favorite recipes!

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Orly’s recipe for Coffeecake Muffins… delicious!  Nobody would guess these were gluten free.

Orly’s Gluten Free Coffee Cake Crumb Muffins

Cake:

1 2/3 cups (215 grams) Sydney Blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup (180 ml) sour cream or plain yogurt (I used greek yogurt)

Crumb Topping:
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) Sydney Blend
1 1/3 (215 grams) white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (210 gram) melted butter

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cups.

Mix: Mix together the Sydney Blend, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.   Then add the melted butter and use your hands to rub the butter into the dry mixture.  Mix all ingredients together until the texture is crumbly.  In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until softened (about 1 minute). Gradually add the sugar and cream together until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture and sour cream alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until fully incorporated.

Bake: Spoon or pipe the batter to fill ¾ of the muffin cups.  Fill the rest of the cups with the crumb topping on top of the batter. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

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Find Blends by Orly at a la Maison in Baldwinsville, or call 315-440-6637 to order.

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Living Beautifully… La Cadeaux Tableware

I have a weakness for pottery… all kids of pottery and dinnerware.  Although, I carry a variety of patterns in my store,  I always find a pattern or piece that catches my eye on vacation.  I have been known to carry large pottery platters and bowls  through the airport and in my carry-on bags to protect my new found purchases.

The challenge with pottery is that it’s fragile, and as a mother of three boys, I’ve lost my pieces of pottery due to breakage.  However, I am a very firm believer of using your dinnerware and glassware – everyday and any day!

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There is a solution to fretting over and guarding your dinnerware… La Cadeaux fine melamine china.  This gorgeous dinnerware is made of a heavier melamine, and truly looks like real ceramic Italian pottery – with designs inspired by the French and Italian countryside.

Beautiful enough for a special gathering, but kid-friendly, unbreakable and dishwasher safe.  Perfect for dining by the pool, patio or any of your outdoor entertaining needs.

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There may be lake effect snow in New York today, but Spring and al fresco dining season is just around the corner.  I can already picture that beautiful La Cadeaux Allegra Red dinnerware on my patio… come on Spring!

Bon Appétit!

For more information on La Cadeaux, please call a la Maison at 315-440-6637.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Favorite Things… Alta Cucina Italia Balsamic Reductions

Warning…Alta Cucina Italia’s Balsamic Vinegar Reductions are addicting!  Seriously, I find I reach for my Crema Balsamica daily.

Alta Cucina Italia products are made in small batches, blending only the freshest ingredients available.  They are committed to green practices and 100% natural ingredients – no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Their balsamic reductions are made with 100% Italian Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and blended with amazing ingredients such as blackberry, fig, and ginger – creating unqiue flavor profiles to enhance your culinary creations.

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These delicious reductions, such as Crema Balsamica, are great drizzled over meats, fish and poultry; use for a quick appetizer drizzled over cheeses; make a light dessert by drizzling over fruits, berries, figs, or ice cream; and of course, it’s amazing over your caprese salad!

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Find Alta Cucina Italia Balsamic Reductions and Flavored Olive Oils at a la Maison in Baldwinsville, New York.  Or call 315-440-6637 to order.