Author: Frances

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Instagram 20 Oct 2020

How I love living in a place where lavender grows. There is a newly planted field on my drive to town, and I love seeing it in all its seasons. We have a bit in our so-called garden at the ranch as well, especially lining the path to the pond. A couple of the plants are especially exuberant and we’ll be needing to curb their enthusiasm. If you want to see a truly spectacular display of the plant in bloom, visit Sequim, Washington. A temperate climate and a cluster of small farmers there have encouraged lavender fields to flourish forever! If you are growing it yourself, do the ‘Halloween Haircut’ and prune in late October for the makings of a beautiful floral centerpiece. Stop by my link in bio for @flowermagazine’s tips on growing at home. Photo courtesy of @housebeautiful

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Instagram 19 Oct 2020

As the last of summer fades away, I am itching for a quick getaway to savor the last drops. Though we have no major travel plans, a road trip for a safe and safely distanced jaunt is not out of the question. One of the national parks, maybe? A daytrip to a nearby beach or lake, preferably one with an awesome hot dog stand… Just a few days to be out of the sun and banish this darned cabin fever. What are your favorite destinations for a much needed refresh? Photography @jaceyduprie

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Instagram 15 Oct 2020

Seriously simple and a French culinary classic that sort of but never completely caught on here. As you begin to plan for holiday entertaining, albeit on the limited basis it must be, you can’t lose with gougères–a perfect balance of crispy-gooey-crunchy-soft. The ideal hors d’oeuvres with a glass of champagne, a kir, or a splash of your favorite wine or spirit. Alcohol not required, btw Recipe in my Stories.

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Instagram 14 Oct 2020

Do you remember the days when a welcome was accompanied by a hot cuppa tea? Me either. But I’m always reading about it, and they’re always doing it on the Brit Box telly shows. Let’s revive the custom here in the Colonies, where there are scads of gorgeous teas, and some with the most beautiful packaging to boot… You know I love a good list, so I rounded up the ones I find myself reaching for first. So put the kettle on and pop in on my stories​ for more.

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Instagram 13 Oct 2020

Eight years ago my sweetheart and I were fixin’ to get hitched, after a brief and whirlwind four-year courtship What a rollicking twelve years it has been, and  what an honor to be by this fine man’s side. Happy anniversary to my cowboy, ridin’ tall in the saddle as ever, and here’s to many more. Photography by @shellystrazis for @flowermagazine

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Instagram 6 Oct 2020

What is the first fruit that comes to mind when you think of fall? Pumpkins, of course! Fun fact: While seeded vegetables, like pumpkin, are considered vegetables for culinary purposes, they are botanically fruits. (Thank you, Alexa) And let’s not forget its lovely and perhaps underrated orange kinsman the persimmon. Fall and winter is persimmon time and there are many yummy recipes to take advantage of! I am sharing my first choice, Persimmon Almond Scones by @scalingback in my link in bio so you can enjoy this delicious treat, too!

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Instagram 5 Oct 2020

It’s fun, and lovely, to change our rooms with the seasons–especially now we’re spending so much more time at home.. As fall arrives, I like to warm things up a bit. 90+-degree temps be damned! We CAN fool Mother Nature! Indoors, anyway ;). Autumn has me craving earth tones of clay and sienna, of wheat and ochre, all colors that play well with their compliments in blues and purples, and with neutrals of course. And easy enough to deploy with a pillow here, a throw there, a festive wreath, an arrangement of fall foliage in a big earthenware vase. What are your favorite fall inspired pieces for your house? Head to my stories to see a few of my favorites. Designed by @amberinteriors Photography by @tessaneustadt

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Instagram 3 Oct 2020

A sneak peek at today’s California Cooking and Southern Style workshop to benefit @stmarksinthevalley which we’ve been trying to schedule for 2 years now. Yay! All 7 of us in masks, outside and safely distanced and, in the 90-degree heat “glistening” all over, but we had fun and the work was genius! Also included a cooking demo w @chefstephvalentine and a gorgeous lunch. Stay tuned for more and for news of this and future pandemic-protocol-following workshops at Rancho La Zaca. . . . #californiacookingandsouthernstyle #rancholazaca #flowerandfoodworkshop #bestgroupofgirls !!!

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Instagram 1 Oct 2020

I would surely faint if this was my sitting room! Playful layering, sumptuous trim and a mix of old and new bring the chic New Orlean @cecilevillere’s townhouse to life. Designer @sararuffincostello is known for her bohemian classicism among the history-steeped interiors of old houses and this space is a gorgeous example. Are you sitting comfy with your iced tea? Come peek into this Georgian style house through the link in my bio. Published in @elledecor Design by @sararuffincostello Photography @pthepaul

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Instagram 29 Sep 2020

Fall is here but summer’s farm stand goodness lingers to the last of the warm days. I wanna do one last throwback to ode to summer with this menu, a favorite from my old East Hampton Bee Cottage days. Ready for two simple, easy and delicious recipes? You can’t go wrong with cool cucumber soup and pasta topped off with bacon, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. Grab your apron and visit my link in bio to get cookin’!

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Instagram 28 Sep 2020

Antiques have a wonderful way of telling a story and transporting you to a different place and time. Although I am holding off on my travel for a while, I’m still adventuring around the world! The storied history of Ming Furniture reveals the ancient Chinese beginnings of the Ming dynasty treasured for its precious wood, comfortable design, simple decoration and superb craftsmanship. Curious how to incorporate traditional pieces into today’s modern times? @verandamag recently outlined their tips and some beautiful pieces. Dive deep into exotic lacquer, linen, and cast metal in my link in bio! Design @megbraffdesigns Braff Photography @annieschlechter

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Instagram 26 Sep 2020

Hot diggity dog! One of my favorite coffee table books was released a few years ago about this time, “At Home with Dogs and Their Designers” by Susanna Salk. A playful homage to beautiful interiors and their four legged inhabitants, Stacey traveled the globe to capture the images. See a few of my favorites in my stories, and tap the link in my bio to purchase! Photography by @quintessence