Archive for June, 2012

Celebrate your Fourth of July with a Bang!!

I can hardly believe we are at the end of June already making preparations and plans for our July 4th celebrations!  Here are some fun ideas to celebrate the red, white and blue!!  I will be visiting family in Edmonton and Banff, Alberta, Canada these next few weeks so will not be doing any blogging.  But stay tuned as I will be posting photo’s from Banff which a place I think everyone should visit at least once in their life in the majestic Canadian Rockies!!  In the meantime I will celebrate our Canada Day on July 1st and Independence Day of the 4th!!  have a safe and fun holiday!

Calling All Future Brides!!

Are you recently engaged or know of a bride- to- be and would like to be registered at Pottery Barn Galleria?  Well come and enjoy an evening of refreshments and decorating demonstrations and visit with wedding vendors who can help you plan your big day.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, June 28th at 6 pm at the Pottery Barn at Dallas Galleria.  Please call for reservations 972-788-1214. 

This is sure to be an informative and exciting evening with personalized service to help with your registry!!

the Best of Veranda all in one Gorgeous Book!

I have many subscriptions to magazines even though you can download to your kindle I like the touch and feel of the magazine.  Well whenever my Veranda arrives I drop everything to look at this beautiful publication.   This new book out called the The Houses of Veranda by Lisa Newsom the Founding Editor of Veranda is a visual treat!  It showcases 30 stunning homes with their varied interiors from traditional to modern and everything in between.  Turning the pages you can image your fantasy home in Paris, Hollywood or the islands.
Looking for a hostess gift this summer or a treat for yourself this is one book you need for your library!!

Ricky Lauren’s Latest Book!

 Ricky has written The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History (Wiley, $40), a book that provides a history of the region and its creative communities while offering glimpses into the Laurens’ private world and serving up an extensive selection of the family’s best-loved recipes.
It’s a touching tribute to Long Island’s East End, an area Ricky adores for its “relaxed, casual, laid-back style,” as she puts it. “I thought the book was a good vehicle for studying the history of the Hamptons, and my research led me to amazing artists, architects, and authors,” she explains. “As well as wanting to share what I was learning, I added the story of my life in the Hamptons and the different places we have lived.”
For many readers, the most valuable part of the book may be the simple, elegant recipes Ricky has perfected over many summers, often showcasing local ingredients. “I’ve collected recipes ever since I was married,” she says, “and I’ve gotten more into nutrition, health, and organic food. I wanted to put it all together and have something to present to my children, but also share with a bigger audience.”
For AD, Ricky shared a few of her personal favorite recipes from the book, ones she’ll likely be using herself this summer, in between swimming, painting, catching up on reading, and long strolls on the beach. “That’s the best,” she says. “The beauty of nature and the great expanse of sea and sky.”
Great summer reading and I love anything Lauren!!

Click here to see the slide show of photos and recipes from the book.

Justin Timberlake’s Home Design Company!!

Justin Timberlake has boundless energy.  He has done music, fashion and of course music and is now into designing for the home.  HomeMint, is a collection of home accessories and art designed by Timberlake and his longtime interior designer, Estee Stanley.  His collection will be exclusive to HomeMint online to members who pay a monthly fee of $10 to enjoy discounts and early access to new products.  Estee has worked on many of Justin’s homes and they enjoy working together so this business idea just progressed from there. 
Visit to join and learn more!