Longing to pick up your brushes again? Come paint the splendid Santa Ynez Valley with gifted plein aire artist and excellent instructor @timhornfineart (DO see his Insta feed). If you are interested, we’ve just had a spot open up for our workshop this month, June 23-27, in Santa Ynez, California. See my #linkinbio for more and DM me pronto if you are interested! Photography by @tonoandco
How sweet is this breakfast nook by designer (and friend!) @danielledrollins. From the woven light fixture to the blush-colored walls, this cozy corner bespeaks Danielle’s chic Southern style and confident femininity. No wonder she also has a successful clothing line AND a fantastic book. Join me in my stories for more delights a la Danielle. Interior Design by @danielledrollins
Taking a page out of my wise sister’s bath book, I actually did this last night and wondered why i dont do it more often. Why don’t we all?! … Well I have answers and Im sure you do too, but Im not sure they are all true. And ah ha, that is always the question when we we get caught in the stories that keep us from our hearts’ desires. I ask myself “Are you sure…?” One of the many pearls of wisdom from my training as a Martha Beck Wayfinder life coach, and more to be found in her recent book The Way of Integrity. More on that later. . #bathtime #selfcare #thewayofintegrity #rancholazaca #homesweethome @duvallfuqua
Happy Memorial Day weekend! And let’s remember as we bask by the sea or lounge around the pool that the weekend also includes a solemn day of remembrance for the men and women who gave their lives defending this great country of ours. Photography by @lucylaucht
Summer is about casual entertaining, and I’ve got the perfect summer supper to please your crowd. Minimal prep and cook time, surf and turf, and it doesn’t get much better than this. A Rancho La Zaca favorite all the way from the Carolina Lowcountry: Frogmore Stew. (I 100% frog-free) Stop by my stories for the recipe.
Thinking of joining the fashionable trend of raising your own feathered friends? Have you seen the adorable chick videos circling @instagram? I know, it does make me want them, but I’d lie awake nights worrying about hawks and coyotes. But if that’s not you, and you’re keen on becoming a chick mama (or daddy) this summer, I found a great beginner’s guide for you. Click my link in bio. Photo @abbie_melle
Back home and back in the studio, finishing up what really is a study of this Jalama Beach scene. About an hour’s drive from us, the beach is gorgeous yes ok fine, but what REALLY rocks is the Jalama Beach Grill, oh my heavens. Here’s what I order: a cheeseburger AND a hotdog (love a hot dog), french fries AND onion rings. I want to get in the car and go right this minute. But I wont, today anyway, but soon. Oh, and this study is 10×14, oil on linen panel. DM me to inquire
Sooo much to do and see in Charleston, with some of the prettiest, oldest, and best-preserved houses and gardens in the country, despite the Civil War and many un-civil hurricanes. Rainbow Row, pictured here, is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. While you’re there be sure to pop one block over to visit Catfish Row, with its fascinating history and made famous in George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. And good news for art aficionados is that the Spoleto Festival will be live this year, beginning May 28, and Charleston will be abuzz as it has not been for months and months…and months. So a big bravo to that. Other Holy City delights include shopping on King Street, shucking oysters at Bowens Island, and wandering under the Angel Oak branches. For the ultimate Charleston bucket list, click the link in my bio. Photo @charlestonblonde
More lilacs (and peonies oh my!) on this gorgeous table set for a cozy and festive spring dinner at Martha Stewart’s, an unexpected treat of my last 2 weeks’ East Coast sojourn. More to come. So lovely and delicious – Thank you again @marthastewart48 and @memrielewis (note on the way!) and happy to see you again @seenbysharkey
I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a trip to one’s cutting garden, and while yours (and certainly not mine Lord have mercy) may not look like the camera-ready ones we see in magazines, they are possible. Take a peek at my stories to see how, and dig in! Photo @gab Courtesy @archdigest
What a beautiful day in the Park today, celebrating the @centralparkconservancy and @centralparknycwomenscommittee and great to be out and actually in the Park instead of under a tent. Aka the #hatlunch because everyone wears hats, the pandemic-conscious lunch was cleverly contained in these beautiful hatboxes. . . #olmstedluncheon #centralparkwomenscommittee Tablecloths courtesy @scalamandre and gorgeous lunch from @abigailkirschculinary
Humility has become a touchstone word for me. When I think of it, I feel it, my whole body softens, and I feel peace. The idea that we are so small and yet so great, that we are individuals and yet all part of one thing, is so freeing. Do you have a touchstone word, a word or phrase that takes you to peace?