Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E2 – Wining and dining in 18th century Scotland

In this week’s episode of the Starz series Outlander (S1E2) we get to know Castle Leoch, seat of the clan MacKenzie, and Laird Colum ban Campbell MacKenzie (seen above a dinner with his wife Letitia on the left). Colum has major health issues and his brother Dougal (who brought our heroine Claire to the castle) … Read more

Mailbox treasures

Here is a selection of some of my favorite products from my inbox. Shawn Laughlin of Caskata offers these elegant designs on china and note paper. Nurseryworks offers this spectacular Vale upholstered headboard in twin and full. Available in a range of colors or send them your own material (COM). A couple of special finds … Read more

The Beehive – Boston

I wanted to thank Jennifer Epstein, an owner of one of Bostons’ hottest eateries – The Beehive – for hosting my women’s business group The Downtown Women’s Club tonight. Over 35 savvy business woman were treated to amazing appetizers and a fabulous atmosphere. It may have been cold and rainy out, but it was cozy … Read more

Events: Avenue of Art & Design: Tables of Ten

This extravagant event brings together the worlds of culinary arts and design to create an evening exclusive to those with superlative taste and sophistication. Tables of Ten and its tabletop exhibits are created by noted designers and showrooms and will be the kickoff to The Avenues of Art & Design‘s annual Art & Design Walk. … Read more

Design Within Reach announces design contest winners

Four Pratt Institute students from the Department of Industrial Design have received recognition for their designs as part of a competition sponsored by Design Within Reach (DWR) and conducted in conjunction with the fifth annual BKLYN DESIGNS show. The first-place student design award went to Liz Kinnmark, a 2007 graduate from Evanston, Ill.Kinnmark’s first-place design … Read more

Meet the artist: Kim Parker, textile artist

Spode, that bastion of English country style has released a fresh new pattern, create by textile artist Kim Parker. I just love this whimsical set called Emma’s Garland. So light and breezy!Kim also designs for The Rug Company: …and has a line of cute pillows available on her website:These wall panels are available through Horchow.Beautiful … Read more

Dining By Design Boston!

I wrote last week about DIFFA’s Dining By Design event in Boston this week. This was the weekend and I was lucky to attend the preview cocktail party last evening at the Black Falcon Terminal. It was cold outside, but the party was hot inside! A big open industrial space was transformed by some of … Read more

Gien France – such beautiful dishware!

I am just in love with nearly everything in Gien‘s dishware collection. Oh – what a joy it would be to have a different china set for every season and holiday! Here are some of my favorites: Ramboulliet Millefleurs Joyeux Noel Joli Paris Caraibes Dionysos Le Petit Prince So pretty, no?

Gracious dining on the water

I met some friends for dinner tonight at the lovely Atlantica Restaurant, which is part of the Cohasset Harbor Resort. We were there early, so I was able to get some nice photos without disturbing other guests. Located on the picturesque Cohasset Harbor in Massachusetts, Atlantica is one of my favorite places to eat. The … Read more

Couleur Nature

I’m loving the unique beauty and versatile design of COULEUR NATURE’s vibrant collection of Provencal inspired textiles. Perfect for Fall table settings and early holiday parties! All COULEUR NATURE textiles are made using the technique of hand-carving teak wood blocks to apply design and color to cloth. Over 100 precise movements are required to create … Read more