Cookbooks culled and re-oraginzed, and shelves gussied up by this gorgeous Mexican pottery for which I have ranch’s previous administration to thank. The senora had style to spare… And what is the buzzword nowadays for those of us now obsessed with cleaning and re-organizing every inch of the house? #Quarganizing ? I know someone cleverer than I has a word for it…
As we wander the corners of our homes, organizing cupboards, re-connecting with treasures once lost…I have found myself reminiscing on travels past. I stumbled upon some of my sketches from a past trip and I fell down the rabbit whole to a fascinating four days we spent in Havana. “The people are friendly and warm, and the vibe is energetic and lively. There’s a burgeoning contemporary art scene, and the Buena Vista Social Club plays on. There is much to inspire here…” Get lost in Havana through my #linkinbio
Photography by @markandrewstudios
One of my favorite accounts to follow online is the always enlightening @carolinmyss. I am currently knee deep in her webinar Reflections Series, “Riding the Phoenix”. A provocative look at the times we are in, she developed it specifically around the pandemic. It is a simultaneous call to action and contemplation and I highly recommend taking a peek! What accounts do you follow for inspiration? Tag them below, I am always on the hunt for more!
Happy Birthday Nina. This impeccably dressed beauty, a Western Tanager, appeared outside my office window this morning. First time I’ve seen one, and I gasped like some kind of goofy naturalist birdwatcher person, which maybe I sort of am. But anyway I was telling a friend about it and then blurted out OMG and today is Nina’s birthday. @Ninagriscom my bff who died in January, known and loved by so many of you realtime and Insta friends…So I think it is a visit from Nina, which she would think was ridiculous, aside from being annoyed that it was her birthday, but man she was always impeccably dressed and great looking. Like my friend @dennisbasso said, “She was a great chick.” Fly in peace, darlin’ Nina.
#HappyBirthdayNina #ninagriscom #whatagreatchick Photo by Steve Large via BirdWatchingDaily.com
Connecting with nature is healing for body and soul. Ask any sheep or hummingbird. Better yet, call in the hummingbirds yourself by planting what they love. (Sheep, not so much…) In case you missed it, a few days ago I asked my most green-thumbed friend George Pisegna, Deputy Director & Chief of Horticulture at the Horticultural Society of New York, to take over my feed and give us all his tips on doing just that.
Head to my stories to see his tips, the flowers he recommends, and how we can support all the vital work that The HORT is doing!
Mother’s day is upon us and while there is no gift big enough to do the day justice, we can try. Here are a few of my favorite finds, from a beautiful robe to beauty treatments and the best hack for a face mask. Huh, never thought I’d be talking about a face mask that wasn’t the beautifying or Halloween kind…Find the perfect gift in my stories….
Monday morning, with the soft golden light and gray shadow in the olives, seems to whisper a reminder to be gentle with one another and with ourselves as we become increasingly restless, impatient maybe, snappish (who me?!) or anxious. A reminder that where there is shadow there is light; and where light, gratitude; and where gratitude, joy. My prayer this week is especially for the health care workers, who, after braving the storm week after week, will finally begin to have some relief; see some light in their schedules, some rest in their homes; and some time with their loved ones. And, like these old olives we will find a way to keep growing, to bear fruit, and to hold both shadow and light. Oh, and I love an armillary… .
#mondaymood #mondayvibes #prayersforhealing #rancholazaca #olivetree #olive #olivegarden #prettylight #armillary
She did the best with what she had bless her heart. Bit of a scavenge for His Grace’s tiny birthday celebration tonight, but @rosestoryfarm roses never disappoint. This is their third season at the ranch and they are putting on quite a show this spring. Virus? What virus? Nature is loving us in our (relative) stillness. .
#rancholazaca #californiacookingandsouthernstyle #crocusroses #queenofsweden #viburnum #rosestoryfarm #centerpieces
Yes, said Dorothy Parker, you CAN lead a hor-ti-culture: Special treat today with @thehort ‘s chief of horticulture telling us how to attract hummingbirds in our gardens. And everyone knows hummingbirds = good mojo. Head to my stories, and replay beginning if this video so you dont miss the funny part.
This morning I found myself lost in Liz Lange’s beautiful Palm Beach vacation house and figured you would love it just as much as I did! Inspired by warm memories of childhood trips to the town’s historic Breakers hotel, Lange chose an early-1900s Spanish Colonial—stucco walls, tile roof, ample pink bougainvillea—on the Intracoastal Waterway, essentially a 3,000-mile-long extension of her backyard.
Full of whimsy and color, the dining room features wallpaper by Peter Dunham, a ceiling sheathed in a Cole & Son striped wallcovering and a vintage Mario Lopez Torres wicker monkey chandelier. Pop by my #linkinbio to take a tour!
Photography @DouglasFriedman for @elledecor
Design @lizlangeofficial and @jonathanadler