Saturday, March 27, 2021


 Spring is here, everything is beautiful here on the West Coast, Flower & Weekend Markets have opened again, everyone is excited & looking forward to travel & a beautiful Summer, I visited the flower markets & came home with a basket full, also went antiquing, all the dealers are excited to be back, Hopefully many events will be back soon...A small glimpse into my entertaining the last few weeks...💜













Until next time, Cheers!

Sunday, December 27, 2020


 Christmas 2020...a very different Holiday season this year, still a special & memorable time with only close family...Hopefully next year will be fabulous, I really think it will be a magnificent celebration once this is behind us...This year's celebration was not without very memorable moments & delicious food, we had a delicious French buttercream & Swiss chocolate Christmas cake & my hubby made the most delicious smoked Southern Bourbon Ham...Roasted turkey & my Grandmother's dressing with delicious sides completed my menu along with Holiday appetizers & sweets...Loved my special time with family revisiting Christmas childhood memories...I hope your New Year, 2021 is wonderful, full of happiness, love, joy & good health...Sharing with you a glimpse of my home this past week...









Happy New Year...Until next time!

Friday, September 25, 2020

 

September is always a beautiful month, it went by too quickly this year...I love fall, love to savor each month, Our days have warm afternoons, our nights are cooler, sweater weather in the evening, this year has definitely been a year to remember...Hopefully all will be behind us as we move into the holiday season & New Year...Here on the west coast our antique outdoor markets are busier then ever as is the outdoor local farmers markets...wonderful varieties of fall mums & pumpkins...Happy to be able to entertain in the last few weeks, its been wonderful, hope all is well in your lives, here's to wonderful days ahead!

Late Summer Lilacs...

Friday, June 12, 2020

Al fresco & Summer flowers...


Al fresco entertaining on the west coast is always a treat, the weather has been gorgeous & everything is in full bloom, warm afternoon & cool evenings are here until the end of the Summer...Since many markets are now open, lilacs, my fave, peonies & all those beautiful summer flowers are now in abundance...I have visited the flower market & local growers the last few weeks & came home with arms full of fabulous flowers...A glimpse into my flower market finds at my home...Enjoy!














Stay safe & well...Cheers!

Friday, February 21, 2020

Travel..Antiquing & entertaining...all my faves...the last two months have been wonderful & very busy...A buying trip to the South & a wonderful time with family & Mickey at WDW...Loved being in the south...Florida was beautiful with delicious seafood...wonderful antiques & the best part was our family time at Disney...I have many wonderful memories of my now grown children at the most magical place & this trip was truly exceptional...we had the VIP treatment with no lines...delicious cuisine...fabulous accommodations overlooking Cinderella's Castle...definitely a time to be treasured...Entertaining here on the west coast last week with a wine tasting for dear friends..a shipment arrived from my last buying trip to France...many wine related antiques which all went to wonderful clients...Shopped at the local flower market last week & found beautiful flowers...brought home a Lily of the Valley plant which I used on my table with white pansies & white ranunculus...With our gorgeous weather...flowers are in full bloom & butterflies are everywhere...many festivals & antique markets...Spring will be arriving soon...Sharing with 
you a glimpse into my last few weeks...











Until next time...Cheers!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Noël...


Christmas...that magical time of year...always anticipated...always fleeting & loved...This year is no exception...we celebrated Thanksgiving early...Spent the last few weeks of November & the first week of December in France...As usual France was full of Christmas spirit...Paris was full of holiday lights & decorations...the countryside was charming & inspiring with old world Christmas spirit...The Christmas & antique markets did not disappoint...I have been very fortunate to spend a lot of time in France...which is always special...Christmas in France is truly magical...the food is always fabulous & everyone is in a celebratory mood...I found many French treasures at the many antique markets...the carved antique figural pediment, in the top foto..was originally from a cafe in Paris...now adorns my mantle...a very special find was an antique French Tian or Confit bowl, that was used to make Cassoulet in southern France...these are very collectible...I have had several over the years...this one is very special as it came from a home of a dear French friend...it had been passed down for generations...it is a butterscotch color...I was thrilled to find this rare one...it is the centerpiece of my Christmas dining table this year...will fill with fresh pears...We visited several Christmas markets in the countryside & all were filled with holiday items...homemade candies...hot mulled wine...Christmas gifts...Always a treat...was sad to leave France...sera de retour bientôt...happy to be home to celebrate Christmas with family & friends here on the west coast...where the Christmas spirit & decorations are everywhere...Sharing with you a small glimpse into the past few weeks...my time in France & my home ready for Pere Noël...










The Eiffel...


Notre Dame...Paris



Lille Christmas Market...



Historic Pezenas...France

Antiquing southern France...
Paris...





Au revoir...France





Merry Christmas...Joyeux Noel!