Friday, September 28, 2018

A Gathered Life

Fall is starting its arrival this weekend with the temperature dropping and the leaves just beginning to fall, soon it will be a glorious tapestry of color and earthiness and I always long for celebrations and sharing long tables with family and friends...  it's one of my favorite seasons, although very short here in my part of California.  This photo by @kristinperers and @aesmeflowers captures the intentional living, the gathered life, the simple sharing of family and friends that makes a shared meal a holiday. 

 Fall, I am so glad you arrived ...  

Happy weekend my friends ...

Blessings ....

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Architect Jeffrey Dungan THE NATURE OF HOME: Creating Timeless Houses

"They say you only get one chance at a first impression.  The same goes for anything we design and build, especially something as epic and enduring as a house.  It is critical that the architecture is deserving of its environment.  A home at peace with its surroundings will always be superior to one that is not.  The best compliment I can ever receive is that a house we designed looked as if it had grown out of the site or had always been there."

-Architect Jeffrey Dungan

My first impressions of acclaimed southern architect Jeffrey Dungan's new book 
The Nature of Home: Creating Timeless Houses 
was authentic ... timeless ... layered ... well designed ... artisan.  

His homes have a "forever" quality.  The exteriors have a strength about them, perfectly situated with rich, luminous interiors, proper proportions, and style with an unparalleled attention to detail. 

A lovely book that is a wonderful addition to your library and a beautiful welcome to fall.  


A   Q U I E T   S H E L T E R
Photos by Emily Followill -

T H E   F A R M H O U S E
- Photos by William Abranowicz -

T H E   B E A C H   H O U S E
- Photos by William Abranowicz -


"The design of every house is a journey for the imagination; I try to capture something unique about the people who will spend their lives there, drawing a house as it wants to be, knitting the site and owner together in a setting where they can both live happily." - Jeffrey Dungan

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Celebrated architect Jeffrey Dungan grew up on a small farm in Alabama.  He has been honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects as well as the 2017 Southeast Architect of the Year Award by Veranda magazine and ADAC.  He was named a fellow in 2015 of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and has won three coveted Shutze Awards from the ICAA.  In 2018, Jeffrey was a recipient of a prestigious Palladio Award, the only national award for classical architecture.  Dungan's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Veranda, MILIEU, Southern Living, and House Beautiful.  

My sincere congratulations to:  
Architect Jeffrey Dungan on his beautiful new book, the first of many I am sure.   
Hello PR Group, Catherine Santonacita and Bianca Granado for the opportunity.  
As well as Jessica Napp, Associate Director of Publicity Rizzoli New York.  
It has been my pleasure.  
I wish you all the best of everything.

Quotes:  Jeffrey Dungan
Photos:  By permission of Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Amanda Brooks: A City Girl in the Country has a New Book and a New Shop

A city girl in the country was only for one year, so Amanda Brooks thought when she moved her family to her husband's family farm in 2012 but happily it has become a way of life; one that is focused, peaceful, inspiring with the unexpected satisfaction of slowing down and enjoying each season.   She wrote a delightful book chronicling her new found life that premiered this past June, Farm From Home - A Year of Stories, Pictures and Recipes from a City Girl in the Country.   And if that wasn't enough, she opened what could only be described as the most perfect English shop, Cutter Brooks which is located of course in the most charming of places, the Cotswolds.   She also has plans to open a cafe in back... 

You can see more of her lovely shop on her instagram @cutterbrooksshop 

Purchase inquiries to 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A Book Store - A wonderful start for a Wednesday

The morning is soft with a lovely breeze, and a Trenta Black Iced Tea - Lemonade no sugar is in my hand.  I have the desire to hunker in a really good bookstore for several hours.  The one in my head is from @jo_rogers a delightful, engaging Instagram that is a wonderful read.  Do you ever have those extravagant ideas in your mind?  I do.  Buying a plane ticket to London just to go to @johnsandoebooks seems entirely providential, and somehow worth it.  But certainly not in the budget.  Instead, I will continue on with In a French Kitchen by Susan Herrmann Loomis and choose from her delicious recipes something to make for dinner.  I do have a French market basket from @thecooksatelier to carry it all home in, which does seem like a mini trip - and will happily re-read many of Jo's posts once again.  
A wonderful start for a Wednesday.


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