Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E5 – “The Rent” plus, visiting a wattle house

In this week’s episode, our heroine Claire is taken on the road with a pack of MacKenzie men to collect the rents from outlying tenant farmers who hadn’t been able to make it to The Gathering at Castle Leoch. War Chieftan Dougal figures it would be good to have a healer along and Claire sees … Read more

::Surroundings:: Guide to Decorative Living, Spring 2013, is Live!!

  I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the planet, but I’ve really just been very busy putting the final touches on my latest edition of ::Surroundings:: Guide to Decorative Surroundings (among other things like client work and holding my flute student’s annual recital!)   Last month, cover photographer Michael J. Lee and … Read more

It’s a lilac!

Congratulate me! It’s a lilac! Isn’t it pretty?!? And the scent is totally worth the sneezes… I planted this lilac bush – now over 6 feet tall – from a little twig I bought at Christmas Tree Shops about seven years ago. About three years after initial planting I had the bud of a flower, … Read more


The weather has finally turned warm this weekend. Here in New England, we know we can’t really plant until Memorial Day, however, since there’s still a chance of frost. Orangeries, aka conservatories are very big in Europe. Given our short growing season, I wonder why there aren’t more popular here? I think they epitomize elegance … Read more

Book Review: Charlotte Moss’ GARDEN INSPIRATIONS

© Charlotte Moss: Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss, Rizzoli, New York, 2015 Several weeks ago I received Charlotte Moss‘ latest tome “Garden Inspirations” from Rizzoli, the publisher. This new book sat waiting for me to dive in – and it’s quite a deep dive. Charlotte is one of my favorite designers and design inspirations. She … Read more

A breath of Spring: The Boston Flower Show

The other day, I had the luck to be able to attend the press preview of The Boston Flower Show. The preview was held before the big opening cocktail party and before the show was open to the public. Fresh flowers, beautiful installations, the smell of mulch and no crowds. Perfection. Here’s a sneak peak … Read more