Author: Frances

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Instagram 13 Nov 2020

Curious what has me hitting “save” on @instagram these days? From interiors to recipes, sartorial inspiration and inspiring stories, a lot of good happens on this platform. Stop by my stories to see a just few Instagram accounts I am loving, and I think you will too. Mind you there are so many…. it is hard to choose just a few, so I will be back with more recs soon! And I’d love to hear yours.

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Instagram 11 Nov 2020

Killer cauliflower soup, seriously. How exciting can it be, cauliflower soup? Well you just make this and see. You’ll be doing a great service for yourself and your family, possibly the country and the world… Bonus idea: Serve it in demitasse cups as a passed first course or appetizer, safely distanced Recipe in my link in bio.

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Instagram 9 Nov 2020

This is always my favorite time of year in New York (but isn’t it everyones?!) The leaves start to change and a crisp chill lets me take out all of my favorite sweaters. I always imagine myself going on boat rides in Central Park, walking the High Line with a pumpkin spice latte in hand haha…and yet I never seem to make it to the boathouse. With the world shut down, what better time to take a jaunt through some of my most treasured NYC haunts. Ready for a tour? Take a peek at my stories….

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Instagram 7 Nov 2020

A little election humor, if that’s not a contradiction in terms Loved this sent by my friend Jessica, grace à @pastorhumor. I love that there is a “pastor humor” Discovering that sort of made my day. Not that the clergy is humorless, because if ever a vocation needed a sense of humor it is that one, but I love that there is an “@“

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Instagram 6 Nov 2020

Airstream love! We recently moved Bessie the vintage Airstream to this if I do say so idyllic spot by the pond, overlooking the vineyard and the mountains beyond. (His Grace and Wyatt’s idea!) AND hung my favorite swing on the perfect branch nearby. We’re not traveling this Christmas but may have friends safely join us here instead. Shouldnt be too hard a sell, right? OH and #iwanttopaintthis and maybe you want to paint this @timhornart ?! . . #rancholazaca #airstream #airstreamlife #airstreamliving #santaynezvalley #socal #socalliving #santabarbaracounty #weekendvibes

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Instagram 5 Nov 2020

Remembering a cosy dinner among close friends a few weeks ago in the Hamptons, gathering to grieve the loss of one of our group. I do love the versatility of green and how it can be cool in the summer and warm in the autumn. Another reason Im a green girl. We did make allowances for the pandemic but made small exceptions too. As it wears on, we must live in the world and manage our risk as best we can, while retaining our compassion, too. Thank you again to our stylish and generous hosts. #loveisall . . #afewfriendsfordinner #dinnerparty #tablesetting

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Instagram 2 Nov 2020

Happy to be home and praying this week for patience, compassion, grace, and peace. #morningwalk #Rancholazaca #iwanttopaintthis #santaynezvalley #losolivos

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Instagram 1 Nov 2020

Can you believe that the holiday season is upon us? The last 8 months have gone by in a blur (a sometimes painfully slow blur) and we have entered into a holiday season unlike any other. Unsure how to celebrate? I recently chatted with Bonnie McCarthy of the @latimes to give her my tips to reimagining your upcoming holiday gatherings. Stop by my stories for a peek or tap my link in bio for the full story! Image is of the beautiful Hamptons home of Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, designed by #markhampton and #DanielRomualdez Photography by Tria Govan

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Instagram 1 Nov 2020

And good morning November! Am loving my mama’s 18th C Irish Chippendale table (which I scandalously painted ivory) in the breakfast nook of our 20th C contemporary house. Antiques always lend warmth and soul. Oh!, and a nice shout out this morning for yours truly in the @latimesfood section about how to host safely these days. Thank you writer Bonnie McCarthy for an informative piece with great practical advice. More on that to come. #breakfastnook #falldecor #falltable #decoratingwithpumpkins #rancholazaca #losolivos #prettylight

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Instagram 31 Oct 2020

Fall is officially here and let’s usher it in with a welcome wreath? @flowermagazine tapped Memphis-based floral designer @karin.woodward Woodward of Haute Horticulture to create a colorful salute to the season. And since I can’t resist a good DIY, I’m gathering my florals and getting ready to create this weekend. Join me? Instructions in the link in my bio….

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Instagram 28 Oct 2020

I have lived in quite a few places, but the Carolinas will always hold a special place in my heart. When I came upon designer Beth Webb’s Brays Island project in @verandamag I was instantly swept back to the sound of cicadas and the feel of humidity and warmth. Beth transformed this guesthouse with a pastoral blend of Anglo and Lowcountry traditions…and I can’t take my eyes off it! Ready to take a trip South?​ Stop by my link in bio… Photography @emilyfollowillphotographer Design @bethwebb Architecture @peterblockarch

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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