As the sun sets on 2020, and hallelujah, let us open our hearts to possibility and walk the new road with kindness. This little oil of the ranch I painted a few weeks ago is inspiring me for the New Year and reminding me always to see new horizons.
Will be missing my sister ‘n ‘dem this year and also these incredibly becoming pajamas… This was last year in Atlanta, with last year’s hair… LOVE YOU ALL @duvallfuqua and missing you!
Merry Quiet Christmas Breakfast and love to all from Rancho La Zaca. . . Gingerbread house beauty from @solvangbakery Good ol’ @spodeus Christmas china
Christmas Eve sunset promises a beautiful Christmas morn. Merry Christmas.
Ahhh, just taking a breather to hear the calming sound of the waves and imagine the freshness of the salty air. Being close to nature always brings me closer to God. And then the serenity settles in…what is your favorite way to escape the busy-ness of the world for a moment of peace?
It’s almost Christmas Eve! Do you get as giddy as you did as a child? I do. I can’t help it. While I may not be setting out milk and cookies for Santa this year — he is actually partial to the sticky buns at @thebakers_table — I will be making the merry most of things. It warms my heart to remember Christmas parties past. This photo was a dinner we had after His Grace’s “Talkin’ Big” book party in 2018. This year I will still decorate the house and fill it with the scent of a Frasier fir candle because our tree is fake (I know ). And while all this brings me joy, it also heightens my awareness of those less fortunate, this year especially, and opens my heart all the more. What can we do to help those in need this year in our communities? What will you do?
Today we travel to one of the most charming villages in Britain. Fix yourself a cuppa and snuggle in, while we take a mental holiday to Castle Combe. Through magical forests and open pastures, this storied Wiltshire town is home to a 14th century house-hotel where Margaret Thatcher once sat and wrote her memoirs. I invite you to take a peek inside in my stories! Photography by @molly.schoneveld
Here’s a recipe that has gotten us through many a lazy brunch and more than a few fried chicken dinners. Don’t be scared off by the large quantity, we make biscuits for a crowd, honey! Best. Basic. Buttery. You’re welcome. Start your ovens and stop by my stories for @chefstephvalentine recipe from our book, #CaliforniaCookingandSouthernStyle! Photography by @katie_clova
Candlesticks are always a pretty and practical gift. In groupings or pairs, a few in the right place add glow, ambiance, and warmth. Slim or stout, precious metal or painted wood, the many and beautiful shapes, styles and colors can easily become a collector’s pursuit. Unsure where to begin? I have included 5 tips to refine your selection process in my stories… Photography by Aaron Bengochea
Oh Christmas cheer! A lot of it and all pretty in pink. Each December, celebrated garden designer @butterwakefield transforms her West London house into a candy-colored jewel box. Ready to deck your own halls for the holidays? Let’s explore Butter’s wild, joyous mash-up of color with a tour in my stories… Photography by Clive Nichols
A sample from the Whenyoucantmakeupyourminduseeverything School of Flower Arranging Still decorating for Christmas despite a much diminished “audience” this year, but it makes me happy to decorate for YOU and I hope you find some joy and inspiration in it. If you have questions or would like suggestions, please pipe up! Id be happy to hear from you.
Scott Schrader’s inviting exterior spaces always start the same way: from within. Every view from inside the house frames a space he creates outdoors, as if completing a narrative. Tour Scott’s Hacienda project (and others) via the link in my bio. Design @scott_shrader