4 Mother’s Day tables during quarantine (using what we have)

For most of us, this Mother’s Day will be unlike any other we have ever celebrated. We won’t be doing the things that we usually do, like traveling, visiting, gathering, or entertaining. In the world of social distancing our tables are smaller and less crowded, but they can still be pretty. So, the four of… Continue reading 4 Mother’s Day tables during quarantine (using what we have)

Easter (a few of our favorite things)

With Easter just a little over a week away, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite things to make and see and do and just enjoy this special time of year. Brunch: A favorite thing for sure. I like the casual elegance of brunch (make it a buffet and it’s even easier). Martha… Continue reading Easter (a few of our favorite things)

from the archives: a country house at Christmas

Sometimes there is nothing better than to dig into my stash of old magazine clippings (I know you have them too). Why? Why do we have them? Why dig into them? For inspiration and escape, I suppose (and because aren’t we all a bit frazzled this time of year?). In the 2015 issue of Veranda… Continue reading from the archives: a country house at Christmas

the scrapbook: 2 holiday drinks (to get the party started)

We start the holiday season with my grandfather’s eggnog. He used to make it at home and bring it along in plastic milk jugs. (the recipe is below). There’s nothing like that first sip of eggnog to get you in the holiday spirit. And I came across this recipe for bourbon apple cider with an… Continue reading the scrapbook: 2 holiday drinks (to get the party started)

around my house: embracing autumn (and some thoughts on decorating)

Around my house, I’m embracing the autumn days instead of rushing the holidays. I’m lingering on the falling leaves, the changing light, and the cool air that means sweaters and blankets and fires because this season is fleeting, unlike winter, which stays and stays. My mother decorated seasonally (it was one of her great talents… Continue reading around my house: embracing autumn (and some thoughts on decorating)