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 awayContinue reading “Our Favorite Things… Spring Stems and Greenery”

Our Favorite Things… Pottery Inspired by Nature

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 naturalContinue reading “Our Favorite Things… Pottery Inspired by Nature”

Our Favorites Things… Recycled Candleholders

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. However, these pretty little vessels have another purpose and will long outlive the candle within them.  Once the candles are gone, these pottery piecesContinue reading “Our Favorites Things… Recycled Candleholders”

New Life for Tired Flowers

One of the easiest ways to breath a little life into a fresh cut flower arrangement that’s starting to fade is a fresh water and a snip of the stems. Look over the flowers and discard any that are truly past their prime (limp or browning petals, etc). Working with the flowers that have potential,Continue reading “New Life for Tired Flowers”

Easy Entertaining… Blackberry Basil Simple Syrup

When creating the menu for a recent gathering at our shoppe, I wanted a refreshing  non-alcoholic beverage option.  Something special and pretty that would appeal to the guests coming to celebrate the opening of à la Maison’s newly expanded showroom. One of the prettiest cocktail ingredients I count on is Blackberry Basil Simple Syrup.  EasyContinue reading “Easy Entertaining… Blackberry Basil Simple Syrup”

Quick Styling for a Wooden Tray

Wooden Tray are not only useful, but also a great staging tool.  Here are some quick and easy styling tips to dress them up… 1) Think in odd numbers – Three decorative items are perfect. 2) Pick items that are different heights. 3) Add something green – plants & succulents are very popular right nowContinue reading “Quick Styling for a Wooden Tray”

Dining Room Redesign

The main objective with the redesign/staging of this dining room was to lighten and freshen the space while working with the furniture that was already there. The first order of business was selecting a new color palette of taupe for the walls, a pale blue for the ceiling and crisp white trim.  Replacing the ceilingContinue reading “Dining Room Redesign”

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. 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.Continue reading “Our Favorite Things… Blue and White Pottery”

Interior Style… Easy Office Updates

The standard office and modular office furniture in many office buildings tends to be a bit bland and generic.   When you consider the fact that you spend 8 hours or more of your day in this environment, you want to make it a place you are happy to be in. By adding a few personalContinue reading “Interior Style… Easy Office Updates”

Refreshing Gluten Free Lemon Bars

These gluten-free lemons bars are so refreshing and a delicious addition to your spring dinner or party menu.  I’ve made them gluten-free but you can easily change the flour to regular AP flour if you choose. Gluten Free Lemon Bars  Crust ¾  cup Almond Flour ¾  Blends by Orly Gluten Free Flour Blend* (London Blend)Continue reading “Refreshing Gluten Free Lemon Bars”