Archive | February, 2012

Old Hollywood Inspired

25 Feb

I was flipping through C Magazine, one of my favorite regional pubs about California and everything fabulous going on there, and I saw this gorgeous Etro dress which reminded me of old Hollywood glamour in a modern way.  With the Oscars tomorrow night, I couldn’t think of a better time to feature products that remind me of my beloved LA.  Dom Pérignon released its 2003 vintage in December with much fanfare.  Some critics are touting this vintage one of Dom Pérignon’s boldest champagnes yet. I’m literally obsessed with Michael Schunke’s goblets.  Their bold designs and gorgeous colors are just spectacular and perfect for sipping a drink while watching the Oscars!  And I just love the Tony Duquette capsule jewelry collection for Coach.  You don’t get more “Hollywood” than Michael S. Smith’s interiors!

1. Bernard Maisner ‘Thank You’ Cards  2. Michael J. Schunke goblets  3. Baccarat Harmonie Ice Bucket, Gump’s SF  4. Crate & Barrel Starburst Bowl  5. Tony Duquette jewelry for Coach  6. Etro Spring/Summer 2012  7. Kelly Wearstler Striped Bowl  8. Michael S. Smith Elements of Style coffee table book  9. Dom Pérignon: Vintage 2003

Everyday Recipe Favorites: Veggie Chili

20 Feb

When I was in college I worked at the Palette Café inside the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Tanya landed me the job my sophomore year as she worked there, too.  That job introduced me to some of my dearest friends here in Chicago, Jenny, Andrea, & Toni, and also gave us all the opportunity to know a wonderful man named Eric, the chef at the Café back then.  Whenever Eric made his veggie chili, we would all swoon with glee!  I begged Eric for the recipe, but he didn’t have one.  Instead, he had me watch him make it and write the recipe from my observations – my first unofficial cooking lesson! Very sadly, Eric was taken from this world far too early, but I hope he knows that he’s still very much in all of our “Palette Girls” hearts.  Whenever I make this recipe, I always think of him and what a wonderful man he was…and an amazing cook!

I typically prepare this recipe on weekends and enjoy it for lunches during the week.  I like to garnish it with cilantro, lime, and a little extra sharp cheddar cheese.


Flower Power: Fill It With Flowers

13 Feb

I recently attended a dinner at the home of Cindy Galvin, the owner of the MAZE Home store and Bardes Interiors, in Winnetka, Illinois.  The dinner was hosted by Cindy and one of my clients, Kelly Golden, of neapolitan collection to celebrate the launch of the Paris-based fine jewelry brand, Eternamé, at neapolitan collection.  When I walked into Cindy’s house, I was absolutely blown away by the floral designs throughout her home.  I literally gasped when I walked into the dining room, the flowers and décor were so spectacular.

Cindy created all of the special décor elements for the dinner from her store, MAZE Home, which included Astier de Villatte tabletop, Vagabond Pewter tabletop accessories, Buccellati flatware, and hand-blocked printed table linens.  She worked with Sarah McCool and Nancy Chase, the dynamic duo behind Fill It With Flowers, a local floral design company, to create exquisite floral designs.  Sarah and Nancy launched Fill It With Flowers in 1998 and specialize in traditional and European style arrangements.  For this event, they used a myriad of flowers such as hyacinth, hydrangeas, ranunculus, tulips, freesia, and rose varietals and focused on European style arrangements as well as French Modern Mass (color-block) arrangements, for Cindy and Kelly’s Paris boudoir inspired dinner.

Here are some photos from the dinner featuring Fill It With Flowers’ floral designs.  I hope you are as inspired as I am for your next dinner party!


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