Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I've done summers on  both coasts, North and South and right down the middle of the Midwest. Each area seems to bring its own seasonal traditions. At this point in my life, I've sort of melded it all together, taking those rites of summer that sung to my heart the most, and created my own version of tradition.

The other night we sat  on our friends' deck, with the sun setting over the ocean, and enjoyed great company as well as the most summery of summer time meal, "Lowcountry Boil". Finding its roots in South Carolina, this medley of seafood, meats and veggies is sometimes called, "Beaufort Stew", "Beaufort Boil" or "Frogmore Stew" - the latter, for the town in which it was first introduced (more here if you're interested ). It's perfect for a summer evening with friends where the "dress" is  T-shirts, cut-offs and  tanned bare feet.

"crab" butcher paper can be found here

Once the whole 'stew' is cooked, you just dump it over butcher paper. Our friends were gentile,  and put out utensils and plates. When I do this, I go for it, no utensils necessary, just dig in (although salad would is a little tough to serve this way ).

1 1/2 gallons water
Juice of one (1) lemon
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons
Old Bay Seasoning
2 pounds sausage (kielbasa, etc.), cut into 1/2-inch slices
10 to 12 ears of corn on the cob, broken into 3-inch pieces
4 pounds uncooked shrimp in shell

In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add the water, lemon, salt, and Old Bay Seasoning; bring to a boil.
Add sausage and gently boil, uncovered, five minutes. Add corn and cook and continue cooking an additional five minutes (begin timing immediately, don't wait until water is boiling).
Add shrimp and cook and additional three minutes longer. Remove from heat, drain immediately, and serve.
Yields 8 servings. 

recipe + directions via: whats cooking america

so hungry, just writing this. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

House Beautiful July/August issue is Big on Small space design


The July/August issue of House Beautiful is called "Big Style, Small Spaces" and man, does this speak to my heart as I'm sure, to many of yours. I've had my XL, my Lg and my Med. house. Out of all of those, I've lived the longest in my little XS abode - 1,800 sq feet including a garage. And even through the frustration of 'where to put it all',  it's really the best little house I've ever owned.

If you're someone like me, who grew up playing with doll houses long after you were "supposed" to be doing such childish things, owning a small house is kinda like living in a doll house that you can arrange and rearrange with your every whim.
Some do this with paint and furniture, others attack the architecture of negative space and add more where there isn't so much.  L.A. based designer, Mark Egerstrom's house, is a great study in this principle.

Egerstrom  doubled the size of his original 600 sq ft house to create this modern, organic, ruggedly elegant space that's filled with light, bringing the outside in and utilizing every last inch, including the landscape and roof.

The issue will  hitting stands next week and features other amazing tricks and hints of the tiny living trade. It also has a terrific Q + A by David Keeps that you won't want to miss. This is one that will be tucked into my beach bag for some good summer reading. I can never get enough of small space living done well. Photos via House Beautiful by Lisa Romerein

Sutherland + Rose Tarlow +Perennials Collaborate for a stunning summer set up


This past Monday evening, under the golden light of L.A.s setting sun, Rose Tarlow Melrose House kicked off the beginning of summer with a , "Texas style" backyard BBQ. As you can imagine, it was elegant and lovely with the perfect food, music and of course setting.

 The event was to celebrate the new collaboration between, esteemed design house, Rose Tarlow Melrose House and lauded outdoor furniture company, Sutherland with Perennials fabrics designed by Rose Tarlow.

The only shot of me, is of course, grazing at the food table. The food was ridiculously good.

Double double design style, Woodson + Rummerfield with Harbinger's Parrish Chilcoat + Joe Lucas

I was so impressed with the pricing of the fabric. The color ways are neutral with textile designs that would work just as well on  clothing (in fact, some of the men at the event had custom made bow ties from the gray fabric, below, with the dots - my husband was practically trying to buy one off of a friend. )  and I especially love the grayed finish of the teak.

Another special element of these designs is that some of the patterns are actually woven into the fabric, as opposed to simply printed on top (which is the norm. for most of these indoor/outdoor textiles)

More beautiful product shots......


All around, this line is perfection. Is it really any surprise?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

designer: Mark Eisner

designer: Ken Fulk

designer: Stephanie Stokes photo: Eric Piasecki

Make it work people.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Influenced by the traditional art of woodturning to create dishes, textile artist Kathrin Morawietz has created these lovely works of art made from recycled fabrics. VEIO textile bowls.

Friday, June 15, 2012

peace out.

I've always been a fan of photographer, Alica Bock's photography. She seems to, perfectly capture, 'nostalgia' every time. For me a trusty Schwinn, wire bike baskets and lilacs capture the story of the summers I once knew. To see of Alicia's work and to shop her shop go here.

aaaaaand, cue the weekend.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hey my friends, get a load of this, there's a Madeline Weinrib Sample Sale next week!!! I've been blogging about Madeline Weinrib textiles since the dawn of this blog. So something like this makes my heart pound and my hands get a little sweaty.  One little piece of MW in a room, and the rest is just filler. Ideally, I'd like to get my hands on anyone of her rugs, or pillows for that matter. Anyway, see you there!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This Week on The Skirted Round Table :: Veranda's Editor-In-Chief, Dara Caponigro

Once again, we at The Skirted Round Table feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to speak with one of the greats of the design and publishing world, Dara Caponigro. Dara, as you may remember, was one of the founders of the greatly missed, Domino Magazine. She then went on to take over, founder, Lisa Newsom's job as Editor-In Chief at VERANDA Magazine. 

While VERANDA is celebrating its 25th anniversary, Lisa Newsom has published one of the most beautiful books on decorating. 


Come on over to The Skirted Round Table and have a listen as Dara sits down with us to discuss the publishing world, this gem of a book and the path that led her to being head of one of the most successful interior magazines on the racks.
via: coastal living
I'm guessing because this is an election year,  the American Flag as a graphic component, has become the clear fore runner in the trending world. For the last 6 months it seems to be everywhere.
Ashley Whittaker, via: 'everything leb'

 To me, the color combo is always a good crisp, go-to whether used in the classic, Ralph Lauren-y way or used sparsely - with big hits of saturated color in a more modern sense. 

via: Martha Stewart

Even if you're not down with the Americana vibe, it's a great jumping off point. For instance, by adding a little blue to the red, you'll get a  raspberry that pairs well with a turquoise which in turn, reads a little more Swedish.

I've always loved designer, Ellen O'Neill's aesthetic. When I first saw these shots from her Bridgehampton, NY home, in House Beautiful I was reminded of how she always manages to take a clever angle on an approach that's not new. No, the notes of 'red' aren't true reds but more reminiscent of a favorite faded pair of Nantucket Red pants- pretty and beach-casual perfect.

Ellen O'Neill via House Beautiful
Ellen O'Neill via House Beautiful

Of course, if you can't totally commit or only like to give in during the season of patriotism , tossing a blanket or a few pillows in is an easy, hassle free way to switch things around. Just remember, if you start getting hokey, it will look hokey (wind socks = hokey) and that's long as that's  your intention.

via: mjolk
 Personally, I think this blanket (above) is beautiful. Probably best suited for a kid's room, but I do love the anchors and how they tilt to create waves.

I think what I love about this combination mostly, is that it always feels like summer near the water. For me, that's where the best memories are made.

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