Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Flowers

And, so it begins. Friday Flowers.

It's pretty obvious that I love tulips....but really, I love all kinds of flowers. And whether they are at a flower stand in Paris I passed, as those above are, or in a pattern on a dress or used in some other creative way....I think it's a great way to start off the weekend.

Fridays are my favorite day of the week. It's the beginning of the weekend, and whether you're in school, working or staying home with little ones, things start to loosen up. Fun is in the air. Another reason I love Fridays, is because both of my sons were born on a Friday.

So with that....I'll be showcasing FLOWERS of all kinds on FRIDAYS in the coming weeks. Great florists, a great design with flowers, whatever catches my eye. And, I'd love for you to join the fun.

Email me @ a great photo, link, blog or website....and if I post it, I'll link over to you that day!!!

image above from

Have a fabulous Friday....and I look forward to your ideas!
xo, Elizabeth

Thursday, July 29, 2010

On the Road Again

When my friend, Bentley Waters, posted about a favorite new shop in her town...I emailed her that we should meet for lunch at check it out.

About that same time, my friend, Patricia of pve design, sent Bentley the same message.
So, that's what we did on a sunny Summer day. We started at Mariani Gardens in Armonk -- they have a wonderful cafe. May I recommend the chickpea salad?

The artist, the photographer...and I was dubbed the "purveyor" by Patricia. I thought that was a pretty good description for me. A gatherer of sorts.
Next, it was off to Kent in Chappaqua (home to Chelsea Clinton's mom and dad, aka Hil and Bill or mom and dad of the bride this week). Opened by Michael Kalesti, Kent is a delightful home decor shop that offers a mix of older and contemporary furnishings and hip accessories. 

What a fun day! Next time Bentley has promised to take me down the road to Don Emilio's -- where she says the margaritas are very tasty!

Have you gone someplace new this summer?
xo, Elizabeth

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Frank Faulkner ~ Hudson Road Trip Finale

While having drinks with Colin Stair @ PM wine bar, we bumped into Frank Faulkner and Philip Kesinger. They cordially invited us to stop by on our way out of town....and Colin emphasized we really should go. Their home, he said, was not to be missed. He was right.
Little did I know that Frank was THE Frank Faulkner. Artist. Interior Designer. Collector. Just add the word "amazing" in front of each of those.

Gracious beyond measure, they invited us in and made us feel like we'd known each other for years. They had taken a 19th century building that had always been used as law offices, renovated it and created the warm and chic home you see in these pictures.

Philip shares his favorite antique shops in town with me. Don't worry...I'll share with you, too!

Born in South Carolina, Frank graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina and subsequently received his MFA from there as well. His artistic talent garnered him numerous awards and grants, including an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Frank was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 1975 and caught the attention of Dorothy Miller, Curator Emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art. She was known to have a legendary eye for new talent.

Frank's work is held in various museums and noted private collections, such as those by Nelson and David Rockefeller.
Frank is a noted collector, selecting antiques and decorative objects with a strong classical influence combined with quirky one-of-a-kind found objects. Many of these pieces, such as the horse skull above, have been published in national and international books and magazines on style and decoration, thus becoming part of the collective visual literature. 

The gentlemen were on their way to fill up an inherited home in the South with many of their collected treaures, but hopefully they will replenish the Hudson studio and invite us back!

Here are just a couple of images that you may have seen in the pages of your favorite shelter magazines. Frank's interior design work has been featured in so many that to see them all, you'll need to visit his website. Here's a sampling of where his work is featured:
Architectural Digest
World of Interiors
House Beautiful
Elle Decor
Martha Stewart Living
Home & Gardens
New York Spaces

And as with any dynamic duo, there is always someone who keeps the business side moving....and I want to credit Philip for that. Together, they are living a beautiful life. Now, if the rest of us could just have them do a room or two for us.

Special thanks to my friend, Alicia, who made these introductions and experiences possible.
xo, Elizabeth

images courtesy: Andrea Sullivan

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lavender Haze

I've been in a haze - of the lavender hue. Crazy, busy, needing a tall glass of lavender lemonade. The photo and recipe are from my newest blog obsession, Sunday Supper
Karen Mordechai is the photographer behind Sunday Suppers - chock full of beautiful images, recipes and inspiration, like those above from the sweet Amy Atlas.
What color are you feeling today?
xo, Elizabeth

Monday, July 26, 2010


As the sun dips down and evening emerges, you need more than fireflies to light your way. If you're dining or relaxing al fresco, hang some lanterns in the trees or line the walk with luminaries. 

There is something so magical about a warm summer night...lingering outside, with little more than moonlight.

Last one in...turn off the lights.

How do you light your way at night?
xo, Elizabeth

images:,, elle decor, southern accents

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Antiques Road Trip

As I mentioned recently, some friends and I took a road trip to Hudson, NY -- a real life 1st Dibs! The town is a mix of the eclectic, the artistic and the historic.
One of cornerstones of this beautiful town is Stair Galleries and  Stair Restoration -- the founder, Colin Stair, is the epitome of hospitality. And expertise.
Colin comes from a long line of Antiques Dealers and Restoration Experts - 4 generations to be exact. Colin's great-grandfather founded the venerable Stair & Andrew (later Stair & Co.) in London, England in 1911.
In 1937, Colin's grandfather moved to NYC and opened Stair & Co. on E. 57th Street. Before he sold the business and retired, he had opened a showroom in Palm Beach and added another division, Oxford Restoration.
Colin's father, John, opened Sotheby's office in L.A. and returned to NYC to create and run Sotheby's Restoration. Colin trained in restoring antiques in England and then moved to New York to work alongside his father and brother at Sotheby's.

After 15 years at Sotheby's and becoming head of Sotheby's Restoration, Colin bought the business from Sotheby's and created Stair Restoration.
Stair Restoration restores furniture for some of the finest collectors, interior designers and decorators and their clients. The company is managed by Nigel Thomas, a graduate of the prestigious West Dean College in the U.K. He has supervised the conservation of some of the most important private collections in the country.
this iconic Andy Warhol was sold in a recent auction
At this same time he bought the Restoration business from Sothebys, Colin founded Stair Galleries, an auction house that handles some of the most intriguing estates in the country. Colin continues the distinguished reputation of the Stair Family: Gentlemen who conduct business with integrity and aplomb. Anyone who encounters Colin and his staff know they are in good hands.
Whether you're an interior designer or just appreciate fine pieces --- check out Colin's current auction. It starts today @ 11am and you can view the gallery online.
You can get on their email list for future auctions...and participate from the comfort of your home. Or grab some friends and head to Hudson on a road trip.

I have a thing for Staffordshire dogs....what's on your wish list?
xo, Elizabeth

images courtesy: Andrea Sullivan & Stair Galleries

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