Memories of the Hamptons Cottage

Memories of the Hamptons Cottage

Over the fireplace in the Hamptons Cottage / 2014. Now that we are starting to build pretty much a new cottage, I am just beginning to plan out "the look" we want. The mantel was a fun place to display some of the beachy things that I love. It is going to be a project to find just the right assortment to put over the new fireplace, as well as the open kitchen shelves. This is a reminder of the "look & feel" I want, once the renovation is complete. More Cottage Decor…
The Sky Late Christmas Day / NYC

The Sky Late Christmas Day / NYC

Christmas Day 2014 Looking out the window at the skyline on Christmas Day was magical. It was so clear, and the last bit of sunlight was hitting the buildings with such a golden tone. Skaters at The Lasker Rink in Central Park.
Botanical Watercolors

Botanical Watercolors

2007 / Carnival Squash Botanical Watercolor I painted these botanical watercolors quite a few years ago. I was going through a phase of observing and painting things as realistically as possible. I was especially fond of produce. (You can still see my fascination when looking at my Instagrams today!) I found this style of painting very relaxing and fulfilling, but also quite painstaking. I happened to be between jobs at that point, so I had some time on my hands. I did many, many watercolors during this period, but here are some of…
Hamptons Cottage Before Renovation

Hamptons Cottage Before Renovation

September 2014 This is a photo of our little cottage in the Hamptons before the renovation began. I miss it already, but I also cannot wait to see it when the renovations are finished..which unfortunately will not be finished until fall 2015 at the earliest! I want to keep the "cottage feel" even though we will have high ceilings and a nice new kitchen with a vaulted ceiling. (Plus modern closets and bathrooms!) I am thinking about adding some reclaimed wood beams. I love touches of reclaimed wood whenever possible. The part that…
Homemade Minestrone Soup

Homemade Minestrone Soup

  Homemade Minestrone Soup This is a hearty & colorful vegetable packed soup that everyone enjoys. It is especially warming on a cold winter afternoon or evening. It is a filling meal on it's own, but you can also serve it with a warm, crusty wedge of bread, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. A side salad of greens can be added if you want to add some raw vegetables, but keep it simple, because this is packed with plenty of veggies! RECIPE: Lightly saute the vegetables below in a few TB. of olive…