Schumacher 125th Anniversary collection

I’ll start by saying this. I’m a sucker for almost anything deemed “iconic”, pulled from the past and at the time fabulous!!! Albert Hadley designs, Jackie O, David Hicks, Jane Birkin, Grace Kelly, Eartha Kitt…are just a few people who inspire me. 

I’ve been on the hunt for “great finds” lately. So I was thrilled to see Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary collection at their show room last week.. Hanging was row after row of amazing fabrics that not only had a beautiful hand but also rich prints. I’m sharing a selection of my favorites! Head over to the Schumacher site to see the rest!

Okay, which client of mine wants to use that fabulous leopard??…hmmm I think I have one in mind. 😉

“To celebrate Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary, we’ve mined our archives to pull together a best hits collection of the house’s most iconic fabrics—updated for rooms that draw on the past to redefine the way we live today.”

Citrus Garden

Shock Wave
Shengyou Toile

Serengeti – Tigre Blanc

Iconic leopard – returns from the 70’s

Zanzibar Trellis

Love the look – New Year’s Eve

Big plans for New Year’s Eve?? I’m going to lay low this year with my kids, Matty and hopefully a few others! I won’t dress up too much but I’ll wear something a bit festive. Here is a great outfit for a night in with friends, a toast of bubbly and yummy food! All links below…


I may also take the time to make a seafood or clam chowder for either New Year’s Eve or for this weekend when we head up to Vermont!
This seafood chowder looks delicious. via this site.

seafood chowder 2.0

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Seafood Chowder 2.0

recipe: inspired by Rose Dyer and Jackie Huskins
This chowder is very much like Beaucoup Seafood Chowder, but better, because I added a little of 2.0 and his family. (Not to be taken literally.)
  • 3/4 cup butter, divided (divide into: 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups (approximately) sodium reduced chicken broth
  • 1 lb. cooked lobster, chopped into bite sized pieces – fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • three dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 lb. haddock*
  • 1/2 lb. cod*
  • 1/2 lb. scallops – fresh or frozen, no need to defrost
  • 1 litre light cream (5% milk fat)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (35% milk fat)
* you could use just haddock or cod if you don’t want to use both – use a pound of whichever you choose
In a large Dutch oven, melt 1/2 cup butter and then sauté the onions, carrots and celery over medium heat – allowing them to soften a little – about 5 minutes. Add the potato and add only enough chicken broth to barely cover (about 3 cups). Stir to combine and then cook until the potato is just barely tender (8-10 minutes).
As the potato is cooking, melt the remaining 1/4 cup of butter in a skillet over medium heat and then add the lobster pieces to the skillet. Cook the lobster until the butter has taken on an orangey-red colour from the lobster, and the lobster has heated through. About 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Add the basil, oregano, celery salt, paprika, pepper and Tabasco sauce to the vegetables in the Dutch oven and stir to combine. It will seem like a lot of spices, don’t worry. Layer the haddock, cod and scallops on top. Gently press the fish down so it is just covered with liquid. Cook only until fish barely flakes (4-5 minutes).
Add the lobster and every last drop of butter from the skillet to the Dutch oven. Reduce the heat to low. Add the heavy cream and the light cream. If you think you’re going to run out of room in the pot, skimp on the light cream, not the heavy.
Allow the chowder to warm through. Keep on low heat until serving or refrigerate and slowly heat up before serving. Don’t allow to boil.
Notes: I find chowder is best on the second day, so when entertaining, make it the day before – it will save you time and stress on the day as well.
After refrigeration, I put the pot on low and allow 30 minutes it to heat through. Do not allow the chowder to boil – low heat is key.
You will notice that the spices seem to sit on top of the chowder, like an oil slick. Don’t worry – when you serve, give a little stir and then scoop – just the right amount of spice will come up with the ladle.

Arbre de Matisse

We’re on our hundredth, I mean about tenth snow storm here this winter, so thoughts of spring and blossoming buds are heavily on my mind these days. I’ve decided when I finally move (slim pickings on the market right now) I’m going to mix things up and make some decorative changes…(obviously) I have an old tired chair with classic lines sitting at my upholsterer. I think a classic print is the way to go, this way I won’t tire of the design. Quadrille’s Arbre de Matisse may be a contender.
Bill Baldwin’s original design in 1965
They look pretty perfect to me Tory B.!


Photography: Sarah Winchester

Happy Monday. I hope this little sneak peek doesn’t frustrate you. I can’t show the entire room quite yet. This job consisted of a small powder room, a mud room and an entire kitchen renovation. The fabrics are from Peter Dunham, Starburst and Hable Construction. The rug, HomeGoods, believe it or not.

Rose Cummings – Zebrine in blue

I’ve also been working with a client remotely on another small, budget friendly kitchen renovation. She’s given the thumbs up to using Rose Cummings Zebrine in blue to line the back of bookshelves + also in a small mudroom. Whoo hoo. I love this wallpaper and may HAVE to use it in my own powder room someday.

Speaking of my own home..the search will resume and intensify this Spring. There hasn’t been much on the market. Remember I promised to show you what’s available for about $315,000 in this area.  Wish granted, here’s a sample of what’s out there. It’s not a bad little house, I could make it shine, the issue is it’s only 1050 sq feet with two bedrooms. I need three…

I thankfully caught fashion photographer, Mario Testino ‘s exhibit at the MFA this past weekend. It was perfection. From the lighting, to the photographs (obviously), to the wall color selected, to the frames..I loved it.
 On a final fashion note…I’ve decided to go to a Gala/fundraiser this Spring in honor of a friend and the local Boys and Girls club. I’m not sure of the exact dress code, but wouldn’t it be fun to have an excuse to buy a gown and dress up? Here are a few beauties I’d like to wear. 
Classic black lace with a modern silhouette, I’ve always loved Monique Lhuillier dresses. This form fitting one looks like it would be flattering on. 

I love navy when the shade is right. It also would work well with my light hair. This Michael Kors version is pretty.

You have to chose color wisely with gowns but for a Spring event this Emerald green dress nails it. Although I’d have to see how the pleats fall, I’m sure this model is a soaring 5’11”. (which I can be with heels) It’s also way out of my price range..but a girl can be inspired, can’t she?

or as my reader mentioned (see comment) I could go with a cocktail dress.. They’re sort of more my style and I’d wear it again…and’s some gorge cocktail dress (+ skirt) inspiration. I would love to find a feathered skirt to wear with a sequin top. I ADORE all of these looks.

Hip Mama

I admire a woman with her own style and image. Solange Knowles, a singer, model and mommy (and yes Beyonce’s younger sis), has an uber indie style layered with color, texture and pattern! As you know, I love a look fashionably speaking and at home that doesn’t feel forced or expected. Here’s a peek at Solange’s Brooklyn home featured in September’s issue of Elle magazine. The images were taken while Solange hosted a cocktail party for all her stylish, creative type friends. Solange remarks that she loves throwing “rowdy till the wee hours roll up the rug” dance parties. Sounds like my kind of girl! I can’t wait to entertain again!!
Adoring the mix of ethnic patterns found throughout!
Coincidentally I just included this pillow from John Robshaw in a nursery presentation for a great client! Rug: Madeline Weinrib
 Here’s a sample of her music, love the retro sound of this song! A bit more up my alley then her big sister’s sound!
All photography by: Paul Costello