Author: Frances

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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

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Instagram 25 Sep 2020

End of the summer has me dreaming of beach days. Thinking back to a painting workshop spent seaside in sleepy Carmel. The first time I went there, eons ago, Clint Eastwood was still mayor and my friend and I actually caught a glimpse of him at the Hog’s Breath Inn (yoinks what a name!) A small beach town on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a picture perfect village and one of my favorite destinations for a weekend getaway. I’m looking forward to my next visit. What is up next on your weekend getaway list? PS This little seascape is sold, but there are others… I will update my Artwork page, I promise…

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Instagram 22 Sep 2020

Plated to perfection. Whenever I want a dinner that is light, flavorful, and out of the ordinary, I looooove the Miso-Mushroom Butter by @chefstephvalentine from California Cooking and Southern Style. It is gorgeous on salmon but equally good on beef or stirred into quinoa, farro, or any nutty grain. It is a genius sauce and easily prepared. The onion rings are a bit extra of course, but worth it if you’ve got the time. Tap my link in bio to save this recipe for tonight’s dinner! china is @royalcrownderby #oldeavesbury

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Instagram 8 Sep 2020

My favorite pool on the planet, truly, and I am lucky to call it home. It’s funny I always loved being in the water, but as a child I didn’t like swimming for its own sake per se. I liked flirting with the life guards, which actual swimming might have interfered with. Today swimming has become like a meditation, a place literally to feel in the flow and let the thoughts come and go as they may. A champ swimmer and friend, @reallyboderek, gave me her recommendations for goggles, waterproof ear buds (for the days I’m not so meditative), and a snorkel (genius!) and now swimming is all the better. I also use small swim fins and have just added hand paddle thingies. I look like the creature from the hot pink lagoon, but the workout is great.