the joy of gift wrapping

I’m having my hair done (we are all wearing festive shiny silver foil on our heads), and the chatter is about holiday preparations (how far we are and what we love and do not love about this week before Christmas). Two young ladies get into a spirited discussion about gift wrapping. One is all for… Continue reading the joy of gift wrapping

Friday mood board 5.10.19

  In honor of Mother’s Day we’ve created a mood board for a beautiful outdoor space. Whether it’s a sunroom, a patio, or a screened porch, you can provide lovely surroundings with a dressed table, pretty tableware, and a well-stocked tray table. This is sure to entice any mother to come relax and enjoy her… Continue reading Friday mood board 5.10.19

butterfly chic Mother’s Day

Our mother loved butterflies and I regret that I never asked her why they so enchanted her, but she is definitely not alone. The butterfly motif (which dates back to ancient times and was particularly appealing to Victorians) seems to be quite popular these days. We’ve gathered some of our favorite things that might inspire… Continue reading butterfly chic Mother’s Day

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)

black Friday: 7 online shopping sources (so you can stay in bed)

It’s quite cold here and we are all stuffed and ready for a lazy day. If you are in the same mood, I’ve gathered some of my favorite online boutiques, where you are sure to find unique and thoughtful gifts for others or yourself that have the ECS vibe. Happy Friday, happy shopping!