Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Comfort and Joy: Farm House Living and Beautiful Linens

Comfort and Joy

There is something absolutely beautiful about snow gently falling, simple but stylish living that captures an easy, yet beautiful lifestyle.  One where there is a sense of comfort, with linens, candles, homemade food and gifts.   Angie Wendricks of Country Road Living  perfectly captures the inspirational farmhouse living she and her husband, Alex designed for themselves in Indiana.   For a Christmas giveaway Angie recently teamed up with Hale Mercantile Co. for one of their 100% luxury linen Basix quilts that are spun, woven, sewn, and 'tufted' by hand in Europe, that require only a simple warm wash and medium tumble dry and best of all no ironing!  I was happily surprised to find that I won!  My Basix Ayrton/Sable quilt arrived this weekend and it is beautiful and truly of the highest quality.  Their quilts are made to be casual not formal so they are not the traditional sizing; one size fits all and can be used for cozy nights on the couch or laid across the bed...their tag line is Easy care... easy living.  Many thanks to Angie for all of her beautiful inspiration and for hosting the giveaway and to Hale Mercantile Co., for a beautiful quilt.   .... "O Tidings of Comfort and Joy".


Please see Angie's Instagram  Country Road Living for more of her beautiful and inspirational photos and Hale Mercantile Co. Linen Merchants for all of their beautiful linens. 

Photo: Abbie Melle

Their Rosa Table Cloth on the cover of House and Garden. Photo: Sarah K Maloney

Photo: Abbie Melle

Photo: Abbie Melle

Country Road Living Photos by Permission

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Country Life British Edition - Pitshill House England & Sharon Santoni's Pain Perdu Recipe for a Decadent Breakfast or Brunch

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ....   Pain Perdu.   This Holiday Season I want to incorporate timeless traditions that the whole family can help with during the celebrations, from setting the table to choosing the place for the decorations on the tree.  I don't want Christmas to be a budget-buster, but instead a time of attention to details, of simple joys, Bing Crosby singing "Silent Night", hot chocolate, baskets of thoughtful gifts gathered for the neighbors full of artisan cheese, honey, Anjour pears and specialty teas... of laughter and giving.  Since we had the luxury of December 1st on a Saturday, I made Sharon Santoni's of My French Country Home Pain Perdu recipe.  It's delicious and decadent; for brunch it's wonderful served with hot chocolate.

While I was waiting for the toast to cook in warm foaming butter, I enjoyed the article from Country Life on the restoration of 18th-century Pitshill House and Gardens in West Sussex, England.  Interior design by Edward Bulmer and photography by Paul Highnam.   Enjoy!

My French Country Home
~Pain Perdu - French Toast~

2 - cups (1/2 liter) of milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup (50g) of sugar 
1/2 cup (100g) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 thick slices of bread or sliced in half croissants
Powder (icing) sugar

Lay bread in a shallow dish.
In a bowl whisk well the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla 
Pour over sliced bread, wait a few minutes while liquid is soaking.
Heat butter in a wide skillet until it begins to foam
Gently lift, let drain if necessary, and lay in pan.
Check for the under-side to be golden brown and a little dark on the edges flip
and sprinkle cooked side with cinnamon and nutmeg.
When golden on the other side remove to a serving platter
and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Just before serving dust with powder sugar (icing sugar)

Serve with warm syrup and fresh berries


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Friday, November 30, 2018

President George H.W. Bush 1924-2018

Our family was in Kennebunkport, Maine years ago and every person we spoke with, (waiters, hotel staff, retail personnel, Democrats or Republicans) said he and Barbara were wonderful, never forgot their name, always had time to say a few words to them.  A true gentleman and a class act.

Love and Prayers for the Bush family at the passing of President George H.W. Bush this evening.  94 remarkable years of service to our country and an example of love and devotion to his family.  

Thank you for leaving us better than you found us.

xx Rié

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Interior and Hospitality Design: Patrick Sutton's New Book STORIED INTERIORS

I received a gift in the mail from award-winning Baltimore-based architect and interior designer Patrick Sutton who sent me his new design book STORIED INTERIORS, penned inside was a lovely note inscribed to me.  Incredibly thoughtful and much appreciated.  His work is varied, rich, and showcases not only his love for architecture and design, but also his love for travel and stories of memories with his journalist father and fashion model mother.  "The golden light of Roman piazzas, the colorful spices of Marrakesh street markets, the polished marble floors of a Paris hotel..." are narratives that translate into evocative interiors that shape his designs and craft a story that resonates with his residential clients and pours freely into the boutique hotels and restaurants he designs.   This is not a first glance book, but rather one that presents a framework of architecture and individual design that compels thought and study.  This is just a piece of his story....  I hope you enjoy.

"There are many buildings and spaces formed from walls and roofs. But it is only when the individuality of the inhabitants and their stories infuse the genesis of each project that a space can truly develop its soul." 
- Patrick Sutton

~An Appreciation of Travel and Design~
Photos by Gordon Beall

A Clocker's Tower
~Maryland's Horse Country~
Photos by Max Kim Bee

"Designing for the hospitality world is all about curating an experience.  It calls for transporting a guest out of his or her current life and into a new story to be someone else, if only for a short time."

"When you think about your destination, you are essentially planning a two-hour vacation.  You want to be transported someplace new, and it is my job to get you there."
-Patrick Sutton

Sagamore Pendry Hotel
~Baltimore's Fells Point maritime neighborhood~
Photos by Roger Davies

Tagliata and the Elk Room
~Italian Romance meets Industrial Baltimore~
Photos by Roger Davies

To Purchase: Amazon.com

"Like my father, I have become a storyteller of sorts, I seek out the spirit that inhabits a place and weave in the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of my clients in order to craft a tale that is theirs alone"

PATRICK SUTTON is the founder of his namesake firm, Patrick Sutton, a leader in the luxury interior design industry.  He has received the ICAA John Russell Pope Award for Outstanding Residential Interior Design, was named the Boutique Hotel Designer of the year in 2017, and was awarded the Washington Designers' Choice Award for Hall of Fame of Interior Design in 2017.


PILAR VILADAS writes about architecture and design.  She is the former design editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and has written three books on interiors, including Domesticities: At Home with The New York Times Magazine.

My sincere congratulations to:  
Architect and Designer Patrick Sutton on his first book, and thank you for my thoughtful note.    
Hello PR Group, Catherine Santonacita and Bianca Granado for the opportunity.  
As well as Images Publishing.  
It has been my pleasure.  
I wish you all the best of everything.

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