Friday, April 26, 2019


Living in the Bay Area of California as a child there was a neighborhood church who played the bells on Saturdays and Sundays.  The church was just an old building really, no charm in it or the grounds.  But the beauty it shared with us is something I treasure still to this day.  I would wake up early on Saturday mornings and climb into our treehouse so I could see more of the sunrise and listen with pure delight to the morning's song.  It was absolutely peaceful.  On Sunday evenings it would play several songs and my family would sit on the patio and just listen.  One weekend the bells didn't play.  My mom knew something was wrong and took me and my brother to this little church to find out that the old pastor was dying.  He went home to be with the Lord a few days later.  Many hundreds of people came to his funeral, the little church could not hold them all.  Most never attended his church but they loved the beauty he shared with us.  He said he wanted people to know that God loves them and He does, all of us, there are no exceptions.  

Each of us have God-given gifts to share it, give it all away.  People need your kind words, a smile, your thoughtfulness so they too can know God loves them, because He does.  

The beauty of The Old Parsonage in Little Bredy, Dorset @mccormickcharlie was featured in the May issue of @countrylivinguk and brought these sweet memories back.  #regram from @clivenichols 

🌿🌷It's the weekend! 
 I hope its lovely sweet friends. 🌷🌿

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Collections: Intentional Living - Living with what you love & Beautiful Instagram accounts to follow.


Blue and White is always timeless and it never looks better then when gathered in a collection.  This beautiful glass front cabinet of @verandahhouse showcases a lovely gathering of items.  


There are some wonderful Instagram accounts who live with what they love and mix in their collections into the everyday:  @jennyroseinnes  @m.o.endres  @stampsandstamps  @karenkeysar  @hautedownsouth


Intentional Living with items we love and collect or have been given to us, brings life to our homes, creativity to how we want to live and inspiration to those we share it with.

Happy Monday sweet friends!  
You are so loved by God!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Weekend Chic Video: At Home with Designer Isabel López-Quesada

"My main idea, and usually regardless of the project, is authenticity."
~Isabel López-Quesada

This Weekend Chic is a combination of design and a video showcasing the designer's personal home in her own voice... which is absolutely divine.    @Zarahome and @Nowness featured a video of Madrid designer Isabel López-Quesada in her own voice and design philosophy and videoed in her home.  I have viewed this video probably 20 times.  I #havethisthingwithlight and designer López-Quesada has built her home so it's filled with light.   I love that it is in Spanish with English subtitles, it brings warmth, charm, inspiration and authenticity.  

Her new book: Isabel López-Quesada AT HOME is beautiful and personal as it showcases her designs in her various homes.  I believe how you feel in your home is more important than the individual items or their pedigree.  It should feel like you, your tastes, what's important to you, and how you want to live.

This beautiful video and her book will inspire you to live beautifully your way.

Video Produced by: @maximilliagram 
Photos: @isabellopezquesada #onetofollow
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Early Spring: Intentional Living - Pursuing Beauty in the Everyday

Early Spring in Angélique's Lovely Greenhouse @country.chique


If you are like me and don't have a greenhouse: buy tulips, plant them in pots with green moss covering the soil, placing them on antique or vintage dessert plates, and group them on your dining room table, or an outdoor windowsill so their pretty colors peak through your shutters, placing the potted tulips in a basket with some tea and bring it to your neighbor, hairdresser or someone who is recovering from an illness.  No matter who you bring them to it will brighten their day and yours.  Of course planting them in mass is always stunning...

Intentional Living is pursuing beauty in the everyday.

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Intentional Living: Weekday Mornings

A lovely table scape of green cabbage-ware and yellow lemons and daffodils...and what a beautiful view out her door by @melissa_penfold.  

Build in time for intentional living during the weekday mornings, to use a pretty plate and cup and sit near an open window if it's warm enough, even for 5 minutes while you eat your toast and listen to the birds sing or feel the breeze.  Or set a lovely table the night before and have your coffee or tea amongst this pampering setting.  Turn on some classical music or a favorite inspirational podcast, have a mini devotional time or pen in a gratitude journal.  Setting the tone and mood in the right direction for the entire day.  

It is amazing the difference it makes to add in intentional living to our busy week.  

I appreciate you, you add beauty and kindness and your God-given gifts to the world around you!

Happy Tuesday my friends...


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Song "Known" by @taurenwells and Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I have been listening to @taurenwells song "Known" this morning, what a voice and a great talent.
The chorus begins:

"I'm fully known and loved by You
You won't let go no matter what I do
And it's not one or the other
It's hard truth and ridiculous Grace
To be know, fully known and loved by You
I'm fully known and loved by You"

You are seen, you are of great value, nothing changes that, you are fully known and loved by God.  There are no exceptions.  He is for everyone.  Two dear friends passed this week, Pastor John and our dear neighbor and friend Ms. Shari, they both went home to the Lord.  I think they would both want you to know that you can have peace in life and assurance for your future.  That there is grace enough for everyone.  That we can always start again and we can surrender to His kindness.

From my family to you and yours,   

 Merry Christmas

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'"
Luke 2:10-11

"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16


Photo: Sarah Kjp 
Location: Stowe, Vermont

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Welcome to the Beautiful World of Designer Suzanne Kasler

December is wearing its lovely winter colors, the perfect backdrop for Christmas decorations, family feasts and thoughtful gift-giving.  A season where we carefully layer in some of our most favorite beautiful things, we want our homes to be just right.  We tuck in a banquette under a window for a quiet breakfast with the morning sunrise, or a raucous board game with the kids.  New fluffy white towels and fragrant soap for the guest bathroom, a basket of Paperwhites in the entry ... nothing is overlooked. Paying close attention to design, details, and how to live beautifully in a home is how I would describe the work of designer Suzanne Kasler.  I am taken with and inspired by the lifestyle she creates for her clients, the passion she has for houses, the deep desire to design a home where family memories begin, the process of creating that she learned from her beloved war hero father, "For designers the process of creating a home can be described just that simply.  We envision it in our minds.  And we stay the course."   Her new book Suzanne Kasler Sophisticated Simplicity is a personal tome from an award-winning designer sharing her approach to the art of the home, and would be a wonderful hostess gift for your next holiday dinner party, or a "Merry Christmas to me."  She has collaborated and designed home furniture and decor with Ballard Designs making "How do I find that look?" just a click away.  It's a beautiful book... I hope you order it.

"We took a more traditionally English approach in the library.  The creamy/taupe-y palette provides a wonderful stage for their red and blue Oriental carpet, horse sculpture, pheasant, and the oil painting of English spaniels over the classic, neo-Georgian mantel.  These references seemed absolutely right in this more casual, cozy room, and so appropriate to Richmond's English heritage."

"This custom-colored, hand-painted silk wall covering from deGournay repeats the blue-gray tones that echo throughout the house.  That touch of pink beaded trim on the drapery picks up the pink flowers in the wall covering."

"One of the challenges in a historic house has to do with proportions.  Your tendency is always to scale pieces down because the rooms are smaller than today's and the ceilings are usually lower.  But by building up the scale, and even sometimes going overscale, you can bring great energy to a room that would otherwise look to traditional."

"The kitchen is modern and tailored, with a sleek central island, open shelves above the counters, and gray-painted contemporary cabinets below.  It flows into the main, two-story room, and also to a fabulous pantry where we continued the open shelves.  All of the lower cabinets are stock cabinetry.  Painting them gave them a special, custom look.  We used the open shelving because of the window placement, and allowed the dishes and glassware to become part of the overall composition."

"Four sets of black-painted doors punctuate the flow on the ground level.  This pair opens onto a dining room done in champagne tones.  The deGournay wall covering at Bergdorf Goodman inspired her chinoiserie wall treatment.  The antique table was hers.  With chairs in linen velvet, corded in purple, and sisal on the floor, the room is effervescent, but in a muted, timeless way. "

"The minute you walk into this house, it's all about style.  This entry is my ideal of sophisticated simplicity.  Everything is painted high-gloss white, with the front door accentuated in a lacquered Farrow & Ball black.  The marble floor is a bold, Chanel-inspired riff on a traditional entry hall patterns.  For a note of sophisticated whimsy, we hung a Murano chandelier.  Standing proudly against one wall is a nineteenth-century Italian walnut commode."

My sincere congratulations to  
Designer Suzanne Kasler on her beautiful new book.  
 My sincere thanks to:  
Lizzy Hyland of Jill Cohen Associates for the opportunity.  
As well as Rizzoli New York.  
It has been my pleasure.  
I wish you all the best of everything.
~Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas~

x Rie

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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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