Friday, July 29, 2011

The Laundress comes to visit

our friends from The Laundress came out from the city yesterday for lunch and a private shopping session at The New General Store...they wore their summer whites and showed us their new home cleaning product line which we'll be featuring in the fall and we all had such a great time! We set the table with our Barbara Eigen serveware mixed with teak accessories, some vintage pieces, and our favorite glasses, a jug filled with greenery and asked a few other friends to stop by and meet Gwen, Lindsey and Gelina...we're already planning our next lunch and visit!

photographs by tara sgroi

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

en plein air

a group of women friends are coming out to my house for a few days visit as one friend is watercolorist and has offered to give us landscape painting lessons...I'm sure we'll be in flipflops and old shirts, but love the idea of these women painting nearby on Long Island a hundred years ago in their straw hats and shirtwaists !

Sunday, July 24, 2011

cool baths

on these lazy summer days, it's nice to have a cool bath and relax after a day at the beach...linen bath towels and mint or lavender salts are the perfect accessories...

Sunday, July 10, 2011


I used to pass my current house for years driving by and the fence(unfortunately old chain link) was covered with masses of wild sweetpeas... I thought of it as the sweetpea house...The house was built in the 1820's, and recently found out that they were one of Emily Dickinson's favorite flowers and she had them planted at her home of the same period...When I bought the house a few years ago, I tore down the fence,and replaced it with privet and lost the sweetpeas, but think it's time to find another spot for them, as they belong here!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

a visit with matthew mead

friends matthew mead and his wife jenny were here last week working on their new issue for autumn and we created a wonderful sunday lunch out under the trees for them... we also had some time to visit down at the boathouse and catch up on what we're both up to these days, so hope you enjoy our chat and will check out his website as well!

Monday, July 4, 2011

july 4th, 1907

4th of July, 100+ years ago in my small town!
love the flower decorated bicycles and civil war soldier leading the parade down Main Street where I live...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

fresh air

a perfect weather weekend to air out bedding and love bringing it back in with the scent of sun and fresh cut grass...