MILLBROOK, NY-Wow, talk about timing. It’s a good thing our 2nd Annual Duck Shoot and Lunch was last weekend and not this slushy old messy one. And what a beautiful weekend it was. Spending time with friends; stomping around the countryside in all its autumn glory; shooting some ducks (which become food); and eating and… Continue reading Weekend in the Country
Katie Ridder’s new book ROOMS, is just out. If you want a breath of fresh design air, be sure you get this one. Funny I say “breath,” because that is one of the things about Katie’s work you aren’t conscious of…until you are: Her rooms breathe. It isn’t that they’re airy, necessarily, though some are,… Continue reading Katie Ridder’s ROOMS
The November issue of House Beautiful is out, and it’s the last of the Bee Cottage series in the magazine, on page 66. Writing the Bee column has been an absolute joy, and your responses to it have been so generous and so gratifying, thank you. And thank you to Newell Turner and the great… Continue reading The Dining Room at Bee Cottage
Well I’m just full a beans today with so much to tell. Last night. Tout New York was at Phillips de Pury for the divine James de Givenchy’s reception for the equally divine Muriel Brandolini, there to sign her new book, The World of Muriel Brandolini, and to preview the coming sale of some of… Continue reading Muriel, Muriel, Muriel
BEE COTTAGE-This will be my last weekend at Bee for a while, sorry to say. The Hamptons International Film Festival is in full swing here in East Hampton, and there are a lot of people walking around in all black. Bee Garden is still showing some color, happily, and the herbs will hang on to… Continue reading Using Herbs to Make Pretty Arrangements
NEW YORK-Back in the city, reluctantly, on this beautiful Columbus Day, walking home from Midtown. Did you know Columbus came to the New World four times and never realized he was not in the Far East? And that that’s why our American Indians are called Indians – because he thought they were Indian Indians? This… Continue reading An Afternoon Walk – Garden Come to Gown
A beautiful fall day in East Hampton. My usual morning walk. Nothing special. Weeds, really. But it makes me wonder what else there is out there for us if we will just open our eyes-and our hearts-to it. Hmmm. I’ll leave you with that. Have a great weekend.
With la rentree, as the French call the “re-entry” period at fall’s beginning, just behind us, it’s also a good time to gather friends you may have missed over the summer. Catch up, re-connect, reach out. I was talking about just this on The Nate Berkus Show yesterday, (Monday, October 3). If you missed it… Continue reading Have a Few Friends for Drinks – Recipes Included!
Today’s the day I’m on The Nate Berkus Show. There’s a whirlwind tour of Bee Cottage, and then Nate and I go about preparing for a drinks party. His crew were great to work with and really made it fun. He is adorable; his producers are adorable and also total pros; and my friend Chef… Continue reading Frances and Nate Berkus Invite you for Drinks
RANCHO LA ZACA–I’m not at the ranch now; I’m in New York, but it’s been gray and drizzly day here and I thought some California sunshine might be nice. California sunflowers, better still. We planted a patch of them in June and in August they were in full flower. Who knew a 20-pound bag of… Continue reading Sunflower Power
BEE COTTAGE–Follow your heart in all things, and certainly in the things you surround yourself with at home. Collections, be they humble or grand, are created and pursued primarily because they bring joy to the collector. They may accrue value and have other benefits too, of course; but at the heart of it is, well,… Continue reading Follow Your Heart
Monday, Oct. 3, Frances will be on The Nate Berkus Show, following Jane Lynch(!). Check local listings for showtimes. In New York, it’s on NBC at 2pm.