Wednesday, August 9, 2017

It’s Not Your Mother’s Table Skirt

I was never a fan of the voluptuous table skirts of the past bearing heavy bullion fringe. They never seemed very sophisticated but rather a fill in for a nicer piece of furniture.   I am on board with the more current tailored look; that can blend with almost any style. An old piece of furniture can be upgraded with a pretty fabric and or a pretty trim. They can be covered in an indoor outdoor fabric for ease of care.I currently have a client that wants to keep her skirted table.  Here are some great examples that don’t shout granny.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ageless Style Series-Image Consultant Brenda Kinsel

Welcome to our latest edition of Ageless Style. The last Thursday of every month, Elizabeth, of The Vintage Contessa, and I  interview someone we feel embraces their own style at any age. Below is our new logo.  In case you couldn’t tell that is “La Contessa” on the left and me on the right. 
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

In Living Color - Designer Anna Spiro

Brisbane based Anna Spiro of Black and Spiro is no stranger to color or pattern.  She is not afraid to layer multiple colors and patterns with antiques and modern art. Her attention to detail and love of the unique and unusual combine for a look that appears haphazard; but is actually carefully curated. Doesn't she look as chic as her interiors?
Anna Spiro, interior designer.
Here is a peek at some of her wonderful designs.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Entertaining - Simple Poolside Dinner

We have had beautiful weather here on the Central Coast the past week.  Friday night we had our friends over for a simple pizza dinner served poolside.
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I have a three  of these portable round tables that come in super handy.  I can put this 48” one right over my coffee table when we have four or five people and  don’t even have to move it. I cover it with one of my burlap tableskirts ($25.99) here.  I can switch out my toppers or even add a scarf like I did here or here for different looks.

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If you want a really super easy meal buy trader joes naan bread and add your favorite toppings.  Here are three of our favorites.

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FRESH FIG FLATBREAD
  • 4 PIECES OF TRADER JOES NAAN BREAD
  • FIG SPREAD (JAM) TO TASTE
  • FRESH FIGS TO TASTE
  • SLICED PROSCIUTTO, AS DESIRED
  • SLICED GOAT CHEESE AS DESIRED
  • 3/4 CUPS FRESH ARUGULA OR BABY KALE (OR TO TASTE)
  • 2 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL, FOR CRUST
  • 1TSP FRESH ROSEMARY
Spread olive oil and chopped rosemary on crust.  Slather on fig jam to taste.  Add goat cheese, sliced figs, and sliced prosciutto. Bake at 400 for approximately 8 min.  I add the arugula after the flatbreads are cooked.
FRESH MOZ AND TOMATO FLATBREAD
  • 4 PIECES TRADER JOES NAAN BREAD
  • 2 TABLESPOONS OF OLIVE OIL FOR CRUST
  • 2 CLOVES OF GARLIC CRUSHED
  • SLICED FRESH MOZARELLA AS DESIRED
  • SLICED HEIRLOOM TOMATOES AS DESIRED
  • FRESH BASIL AS DESIRED
Spread olive oil and garlic on crust. Add sliced mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, and basil.  Bake at 400 about 8 mins.
LAUREN’S MUSHROOM, SAUSAGE, & FRESH ARUGULA FLATBREAD
  • 4 PIECES OF TRADER JOES NAAN BREAD
  • MASCARPONE CHEESE SPREAD LIGHTLY ON CRUST
  • 2 ITALIAN SAUSAGES (I USE ONE HOT AND ONE MILD)
  • CHOPPED FRESH OREGANO TO TASTE
  • 2 CUPS SLICED MUSHROOMS
  • 3/4 CUPS FRESH ARUGULA OR BABY KALE (OR TO TASTE)
This flatbread is the easiest of the three and always the favorite.  My talented daughter in law invented it. Brown the sausage & mushrooms with the oregano. Spread the naan with mascarpone cheese to taste.  Add the cooked mushroom & sausage mixture.  Bake at 400 about 8 min.  Add fresh greens once they are cooked.
I serve the pizza with the simplest salad on earth. I don’t ever measure the ingredients but here is the actual recipe.
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INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby arugula
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly-grated Parmesan, plus extra shavings as garnish
  • 2 teaspoons good-quality olive oil (lemon if you have it)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice(I add the zest as well)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Add arugula and Parmesan to a large mixing bowl.  Drizzle evenly with olive oil and lemon juice, and sprinkle with black pepper.  Toss until combined.
  2. Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan if desired.
I think next time I make it I am going to try this fabulous olive oil from my friend Nancy of Always in a Southern State of Mind.  Check out her blog you will love it.  She has a great sense of humor, loads of talent, and is full of fun. Look what she sent me in the mail? I am beyond touched. Nancy is one of the sweetest people I have met in the blogging world.
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If you don’t have much blooming in your garden a simple bottle table scape always does the trick. Save bottles from specialty vinegars, olive oils and wine bottles. All you need are a couple of stems per bottle.
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Of course dinner by the pool would not be complete without a little entertainment from Beau.
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And the view at the other end of the pool before everything was hacked back!
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I hope you are having a great week.  Have you been doing a lot of outdoor entertaining?  If you have some simple recipes please share!
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