Archive for the 'Outside' Category

Weber Ain’t Got Nothin’ On This.

Move over Weber. At least for Christmas. Eva Solo’s Glove BBQ Grill is one sexy beast and sure to dress up any porch, patio or perch for fashionable grilling. The integrated stainless-steel lid on this handsome, globe-shaped kettle grill can slide open and closed to protect grilling grub from the elements. The black bottom half is made of aluminum. At $595, it may be a bit more then you would like to spend on a steak searing machine… but some of you gift givers might like it hot.

 

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I am Fast Becoming a Pinning Machine.

This weekend, I have a lot of catching up to do on my social media side of life… networking and blogging of course. I’m fast becoming a pinning addict at Pinterest. It’s so darn easy to save a picture and link from any webpage. Much easier to organize then my piles of tear-sheets and tear-outs throughout my home and office. I also find it a great tool for my clients to pull together their own preferred tastes and style to help my design firm navigate specific projects with greater direction. It’s a Win Pin Win situation! For those of you “pinterested” in what’s on my Boards, check out my Pins!

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Get out and Vote! Polls close in 4 hours!

vote election 2012 ballot

Autumn Splendor.

autumn splendor trees color leaves fall

Beneath a yellow fading tree,
As red suns light thee, Autumn-morn,
In wildest rapture let me see
The sweets that most thy charms adorn.

A Hedge Like No Other.

Swoon. This dotted hedge and immaculate garden belongs to the Villa Centinale in Tuscany. Reminds me of classic nailhead design treatment on the most elegant of upholstered furniture. Swoon again.

Villa Cetinale in Tuscany

Villa Cetinale in Tuscany, Photo: Vanity Fair

 

Summer Sky.

Happy Friday ya’ll! Enjoy a beautiful weekend!

Washington DC sky and clouds

The Girls and Boys Head East for the Fourth.

Festive St. Michael's homes.

Festive St. Michael’s homes.

Over the week of the Fourth of July, I had the pleasure of vacationing at the Eastern Shore on the Chesapeake Bay. It’s my first time renting a bay waterfront home and probably not my last. The Bay and Beach both have their upsides, but something about the quietness bay and your own private beach and dock makes it a much more inviting place to kick back and relax.

Alpha framed by a setting sun on our dock in Oxford, Maryland.

Alpha framed by a setting sun on our dock in Oxford, Maryland.

Hubby, Alpha and I went up early and took some quality time catching crabs, exploring the adjoining rivers and creeks by boat, and kicking back. Twin sis and her family of four followed suit for the last three days.

Adorable hubby and his shiny new crab "catcher"

Adorable hubby and his shiny new crab “catcher”

Neighbors sunlit along the beautiful Bay.

Neighbors sunlit along the beautiful Bay.

Boating, basking in the sun, watching sunsets on the edge of our private dock, eating lots of good food, catching up on some reading, picking my favorite beach rocks with Julie (who wanted all of the clear ones) and enjoying a “surprise-filled” 4th was our itinerary.

Front row seats for the firework display over the Bay.

Front row seats for the firework display over the Bay.

George and Julia happy as a clams at the "Bay House" {as Julia has cutely coined it}

George and Julia happy as a clams on the dock of the “Bay House” {as Julia has cutely coined it}

Hubby and Alpha going for a swim... old girl needed a life vest to keep her head up.

Hubby and Alpha going for a swim… old girl needed a life vest to keep her head up.

And it was perfect.

Hubby, me, and Alpha in one of the only shots we managed to gather for during the week. Ahhh... still love this trio.

Hubby, me, and Alpha in one of the only shots we managed to gather for during the week. Ahhh… still love this trio.

Definitely a trip never to be forgotten in this household.

Sunsets, stars and Stripes on the festive dock where we watched Oxford fireworks.

Sunsets, stars and Stripes on the festive dock where we watched Oxford fireworks.

 


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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