Garden Note- Natural Beauty

I love this article from last year’s Veranda Magazine. Floral designer Michael Putnam creates some simple, yet stunning Christmas arrangements in a historic New York home.

christmasnaturalbeautyverandamagazine01-optSnippets of snowberries  are taped to the old windowpanes.

christmasnaturalbeautytreeveranda02-optReal candles light this pine tree for the holidays. Dried slices of oranges and apples hang from branches strewn with clusters of paperwhite narcissus.

naturalchristmascuboardwithplantsfruit-opt The theme of using paperwhites and citrus fruit continues in this corner cupboard with some slight changes. Paperwhite bulbs are placed in glasses and lemons are the chosen fruit. Here they’re combined with fresh olive and thyme clippings.

(Photos- Sang An for Veranda Magazine, 2015)

September/October- Person, Place & Thing

rubbingdonkeyears-optPerson- I met Barbara a year ago through our mutual love of donkeys. Here she is with Jasmine who enjoys having her ears rubbed.

farmhousekitchenview2sink-optPlace- We’re in the homestretch on our kitchen renovation. And thank goodness. Because after months of having the room torn up, living in mountains of dust and finding a black rat snake curled up on the ironing board, we are ready to be done.

appleseason-optThing(s)- Apple season has officially begun.

(Photos- Martha Browne)

On My Reading List

#17. Cooking- ‘The Art Of Simple Food‘ by Alice Waters, 2007.

” I love cooking and eating with friends; I think that’s why I started a restaurant. I give more thought and consideration to the menu and the evening when I’m cooking for guests, whether it is a special occasion such as a birthday party or holiday feast or just a casual gathering of close friends. I try to plan a menu that I think will please and is fitting to the occasion, but, just as important, one that is not too complicated and difficult to prepare. I want to enjoy myself and I want my guests to feel relaxed…”