22 April 2017

Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

 Lemon and blueberries are a favorite combination of mine. This layer cake is the perfect blend of tart and sweet with lots of delicious blueberries.
 The recipe makes a three layer cake but I cut it in half and still ended up with two layers. Half the frosting was enough to make it a naked cake and I found that was plenty--and I love frosting.
It's full of lemon zest, fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh blueberries, buttermilk, vanilla and topped with a cream cheese vanilla frosting. 
The recipe can be found here.

22 March 2017

Favorite Furniture

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture?
There are several items I really love that I've collected over the years but this Chinoiserie piece made of burl wood brings me joy every day. 
When Meryl Streep's character in Out of Africa arrived with so many crates and simply said, "I like my things." It struck a chord with me and is a sentiment I hold as well. In the memoir, Strangers Tend To Tell Me Things by Amy Dickinson she quotes her mother as saying, "My things never let me down." Couldn't agree more. :)
Not only do I love the detail and perfect size of this piece, it is special because I bought it from my favorite interior design professor. He is a very successful, long time designer in the New York metropolitan area and it brings back memories from his fascinating classes, impeccable taste and kindness. It was such a treat to go to Greenbaum's original location and discover this treasure and work with him personally. I hope your surroundings and treasures bring you joy as well!

22 November 2016


In the past, J.Crew hasn't had great discounts unless you get something on clearance. Sales must be down because they are offering 40% off plus free shipping today. Wow!

30 October 2016

Retail therapy

Sometimes you just need a little pick-me-up. As a collector of all kinds of bags, I've had my eye on a Clare V. clutch for awhile now. They are iconic, simple, luxurious and a favorite of style bloggers. The leopard fold over clutch is the most popular, as seen below on one of my new favorite bloggers, Beth. Her style and down-to-earth personality are inspiring!
(She moved to Indy within the last year and is building a home in Zionsville~talk about a dream!) Photo from seersucker and saddles.
I love a good leopard print, but I wanted something a little different~so I chose the black lady bug/navy suede and it is sumptuous! What a treat, I will enjoy it for years to come.
The black calf hair and navy suede are a sophisticated mix.

30 August 2016


Love spending time in my adopted hometown of Indianapolis. New places this trip include Rene's Bakery, Midland Arts and Antiques and Tinker Street Restaurant. Oh my! all were excellent, but I will dream about Tinker Street, cannot wait to go back!

05 April 2016

Land of Hope and Glory~British Country Life

The BBC aired this wonderful three part series following the editors of Country Life magazine as they travel the British countryside exploring houses, land, farmers, gardeners and life in the country. It was excellent! I'm ready to move.
Love his office and all the books and mementos.
The magazine not only highlights all the beauty, the properties and the positives but the plight and difficulties as well.
National Gardens Scheme day where Judith and Andrew Hussey open their garden and serve homemade cakes and tea for charity.
A traditional hunt, which is a drag hunt--actual fox hunting has been outlawed.
This artist's family manor has been kept open because her parents created a trust and the public is allowed in to tour. She painted the Queen and her dogs once and was given 3-1 hour sittings with the Queen.
Mary Miers, the Fine Arts and Books editor, lives in Scotland and commutes to London each week for her job. Her closest neighbor is 1/4 mile away.
Violet, aged five, nominated her dog, Rabbit, for Britain's naughtiest dog and he won. It was well deserved! :) One of Rabbit's escapades was hopping on an Amazon delivery truck and happily chewing packages until he was discovered by the driver and returned.
Another editor lives in the country with her husband, who is a gamekeeper. Despite their small kitchen, I love the large gas range . . . priorities. They also had Emma Bridgewater mugs :)
Paula Lester, another editor, lives in the country with her husband, who is a gamekeeper. Despite their small kitchen, I love the large gas range . . . priorities. They also had Emma Bridgewater mugs :)
The head editor and the fishing editor took a fishing trip in the very north of Scotland. Loved the beautiful landscape, soft rain and the fact that they dress for the occasion and look dapper with their Labrador retrievers no matter what.
They cooked their fish over an open fire with fresh lemon wedges and good butter. Completely civilized. love it.
They also showed a fun segment where they chose Gentleman of the Year.
Country Life’s gentlemanly commandments 
1) A gentleman is at ease in any situation- and puts others at their ease
2) A gentleman is always on time
3) A gentleman dresses to suit the occasion
4) A gentleman will eat anything that’s put in front of him-but, left to his own devices, is happiest with unfussy fare such as omelettes and shepherd’s pie
5) A gentleman will occasionally be drunk-but never disorderly
6) A gentleman doesn’t flash his cash and is mindful of others’ financial circumstances when choosing a restaurant or booking group holidays
7) A gentleman is more interested in finding out how you are than in telling you about himself
8) A gentleman’s word is his bond
9) A gentleman can talk to anyone

18 December 2015


It was fun to make our wreath and arrange our urns for Christmas. Feathers and pomegranates spoke to me this year. Boxwood is always my favorite. Having a festive entrance sets the tone for the season.