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Welcoming Spring with Pennoyer Newman

I have known about Pennoyer – now Pennoyer Newman for years but it wasn’t until the recent AD Home Show that I had the opportunity to see their beautiful planters in person and speak with partner Virginia Newman Yocum, who joined Pennoyer in 2003 to help bring the business forward adding new designs, colors and custom sizing.…
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Cognac 101

cognac 101After reviewing the elegant Van Cleef exhibit yesterday, I wanted to do a wine post with the same sense of refinement. Cognac seems to fit the bill perfectly. Here Terry presents a complete Cognac 101 course on this delicious libation. We start with the explanation and making of cognac, then Terry’s cognac pick with a great back story and finally where to go and what to eat if you are planning a trip to this wonderful area in France.…
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A Country Life

country life at Bunny Williams Bunny Williams’ chicken coop via Vignette Design There is a new trend it seems for those of us who live in houses with backyards that goes a step beyond buying organic food at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. And that is chickens, or more specifically, hens.…
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Hopelands

As I was reading many blogging friends’ pieces the past week or two, I was continually reminded of one of my favorite homes that seemed to encompass many of the themes I was encountering. Hopelands, a charming French country style home in Rhode Island has been a favorite ever since I originally saw photos of it.…
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Winter White

Yesterday I awoke to winter white in all its natural loveliness. As Keats said, it was a thing of beauty. Sometimes nature does all the talking.
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Chateau Splendor | le Prince Jardinier

We are taking a break from Wednesday Wine today to take a look at another lovely French location. After Megeve yesterday, we are meandering to the Loire valley, specifically to the Chateau de la Bourdaisiere. After a career in banking, Prince Louis Albert de Broglie, and his brother Prince Maurice, purchased the historic chateau in 1991, thus changing the course of Albert’s career.…
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Holiday Preview

Last night I attended my first holiday event of the season and what a lovely introduction it was! Held at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien, CT, the event was co-hosted by the luxury publication Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Nielsen’s, a third generation family-run business since 1944 is still in its original location and offers many services from traditional floral offerings to special events in its fabulous conservatory.…
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The Royal Oak Foundation

Anglophiles unite! The byline of the Royal Oak Foundation is “Americans in Alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.” You may be aware of the foundation’s work raising awareness of its important conservation and environmental work or you may know the name from its licensing agreements with such distinguished firms such as Cole & Son, Holland & Company, Katha Diddel and Lee Jofa.…
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Summer Breeze

I had always wanted to build a pool and pool house at our former home. We downsized and moved next door (yes, exactly next door) 3-1/2 years ago when my third was about to go off to boarding school and we realized we didn’t need the size and maintenance of such a large house.…
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Hydrangea Happy

I love hydrangea – is there anyone who doesn’t? They are the perfect summer bloom. As the end of summer is approaching, I am so sorry I won’t have my masses of blue outside my window to look at for much longer.…
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