World events being what they are today, your home should be a haven that nurtures your soul and restores your spirit! Restful and serene interiors that reflect nature and incorporate the beauty of organic materials are the hallmark of a restorative home. Lucious silk, fine cotton, textural linen, the warmth of wood and the earthiness of stone are a few tactile choices that awaken the sense of touch and sight, creating the home as sanctuary.
Please click on photo to veiw larger image of this restfull and nurturing master bedroom; deep, rich colors with silk drapery and bedding. Sumptious!
Enjoy beautifully scented candles, fresh, fragrant flowers and perhaps create a “memories” potpourri filled with shells collected on seaside vacations; flowers, recieved as gifts that you have dried; saved champagne and wine corks from life’s celebrations or other special objects that evoke fond memories! Caress the sense of smell!
Comforting sounds such as recordings of wind chimes or bird song and soft music playing in the background along with the laughter of family and friends imbue a feeling of peace and contentment.
Hand crafted bowls filled with sumptious fruits or vegetables give you a renewed appreciation of nature’s bounty!
Family heirlooms, collected treasures and old books are wonderful for those contemplative moments.
Choose soft color palettes to impart a calming ambiance or darker, richer colors to embrace and cocoon. Color is very personal, you should choose those that make you feel peaceful and happy, then wrap yourself in them!
This step is crucial! Clear out clutter and do some “spring” cleaning. Remove anything that has a negative vibe. It’s great, cheap therapy and will create a positive, happy energy in your home!
Finally, immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of art and objects that speak to you in a special way; wheather a fabulous flea market find or priceless antique, these are the elements that create the home as sanctuary! Till next time, remember to “Live Life with Joy, Wonder and Style”! Clay
Dennis and I woke to a gloomy, rainy day here in Central Florida this morning. Although we do enjoy an occasional rainy day, we felt we needed some comfort food ! Since we are trying to live a more health promoting lifestyle, and eggs Benedict is one of our favorite comfort foods, we came up with this healthy alternative.
Ingredients needed to serve 2 :
4 large eggs from cage free raised hens fed a vegetarian diet with no hormones or antibiotics.
4 whole wheat English muffins, split
4 Vegetarian sausage patties
For the Hollandaise sauce:
Mayo made with extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon – halved
salt (optional- we don’t add salt)
Black pepper to taste, freshly ground
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. low fat Greek yogurt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp garlic powder , or to taste
1/8 to 1/4 tsp turmeric; just enough to turn the “Hollandaise”sauce yellow.
For the garnish:
Parsley or fresh chives, chopped
Make the mock “Hollandaise” sauce:
Combine the following with a whisk, in a microwave proof container, we use a 2 cup measuring cup
– 3/4 cup EVOO mayo
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
-1/8 to 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, or to taste
-1/8 to 1/4 tsp. turmeric, just enough to make the sauce yellow
-1/4 cup water
-1/4 cup low fat Greek Yogurt
Place in microwave and heat gently
Toast 2 split English muffins; spread tops with a thin layer of EVOO mayo, keep warm
Cook the 4 vege sausage patties according to oven baked directions on package ( we find that microwaving the patties makes them tough) , keep patties warm
Poach the 4 eggs; leave yolks runny or done to your taste
-Top muffins with sausage patties, eggs and then the sauce; sprinkle with chopped parsley or chives and a little paprika.
Yumm-O ! A healthy, hearty and happy comfort food breakfast!
Till next time,
Luscious coral and turquoise are current haute colors in our design world and look so very fabulous together! Orange, popular for a few seasons now, has evolved into coral, a blend of pink and orange; a beautiful color that combines with almost any other color in the spectrum including, but not limited to, turquoise.
My color inspirations come from many sources including the fashion runway ( current interior design color trends usually begin on the fashion runway! ) You can also draw your color inspirations from travel (one of my favorites!), nature, art, a farmer’s market and so much more!
- Coral combined with turquoise creats an exotic and tropical ambience.
- Black and white punched up with coral makes a bold, graphic statement!
- Sophisticated and glamorous – coral and gray.
- Combine coral with shades of citrus green ; very fashion forward!
- Purple plays with coral to create an exotic , global vibe—– I love it!
Yellow, many shades of blue, red and even pink are other colors that you could combine with coral to create your own personal and delectable color statement!
Thank you for joining me here to see my latest Interior Design Color Trend Alert highlighting Luscious Coral and Turquoise ! I hope you have enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for more! Clay
Nail-head trim details are experiencing new-found popularity in the interior design world! Nail-head trim is showing up on accent furniture, chairs, barstools, beds, tables, picture frames and more. Nickel, bronze, brass or black they add a definitive touch to whatever they grace!
Did you know? Nail head trim dates back to the era between 1560 and 1643 when the French Country style was first introduced during the reign of Louis XIII and has remained popular ever since.
I have pictured here some examples of furnishings and accents featuring nail-head trim details.
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I hope you have enjoyed this brief trend alert on the popularity of nail-head trim! (more…)
April in Paris ! I was fortunate enough to visit Paris in April and enjoy the amazing sights, sounds and fabulous food in this vibrant, exciting city ! April is a luscious time of year to visit Paris; masses of tulips, cherry blossoms, daffodils and apple blossoms abound in the gardens and parks.
Although our visit was somewhat short, we saw many of the beautiful, historic sites in the heart of Paris, including the Louvre; Musee d’ Orsay on the Seine;the chill bump inducing, awe-inspiring stained glass windows of the Sainte Chappelle; Notre Dame; the Arc de Triomphe, and of course the Eiffel Tower.
On one of our many strolls through the streets of Paris, we discovered a friendly and accommodating, quaint restaurant that served some amazing food including onion soup. I could not get their recipe, but my friend Rose, who was born and raised in France, gave me hers and it is very similar to the soup we were served at this quaint restaurant. I am not sure, but I think the restaurant was the Cafe de la Bourse. I know it was one of the restaurants where we had a wonderful experience and great food!
Rose’s French Onion Soup, or as she says “Soup a L’Oignon” .
4 or 5 large white onions , sliced thinly.
1/2 cup butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
6 cups beef stock, preferably home-made
1/4 cup good cognac
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 rounds of
toasted French bread. Butter both sides after toasting
Grated Gruyère Cheese, about 2 cups
Cook sliced onions in butter in a large saucepan, with the sugar; cook very slowly, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until golden brown. Add stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook , covered, about one hour.
Just before serving, add cognac and spoon into earthenware bowls over toasted French bread rounds. Top with lots of grated Gruyère cheese and melt under the broiler.
This serves about 4 as an appetizer.
1– Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. I add it to rice and chicken dishes, sprinkle it in soups and combine in my salad dressing recipes.
2– Cinnamon helps regulate your blood sugar and is a great antioxidant. I sprinkle a little in my coffee in the mornings; tastes great and is good for you, too! Cinnamon also combines well with Turmeric and Cumin in many savory dishes, but you only need a touch!
3– Cumin enhances immunity and increases metabolism. I love Cumin added to guacamole, my yellow rice and chicken recipe and almost any pork dish. Its great in Chili, too!
4– Garlic has many great health enhancing benefits; It acts as an anti-inflammatory and has great cardiovascular benefits, just to name a few. Garlic is easy to incorporate into most savory dishes. OK, so I just can’t cook without garlic ! I use it in almost all recipes where I use onion ( another great health enhancing bulb!).
You should use these only as seasonings, not as high dose supplements! As with anything, herbs and spices included, there are side effects in high doses. As my mother used to say ” Everything in moderation!”.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and will try incorporating these 4 Health Enhancing Spices into your own recipes!