SUMMER SNAPS


I hope that your summer is off to a fabulous start!  I have been thoroughly enjoying the early days of this glorious season and today I’m sharing a few snaps to fill you in on what I’ve been up to:  First, the unveiling of a major makeover!  Greenwich’s venerable post office (originally built in 1917)

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and, here, circa 1930 (photos courtesy of the Greenwich Historical Society Archives):

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was recently transformed into a huge, sleek Restoration Hardware outpost.  That’s a lot of bath mats and cabinet pulls, kids!

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As you might expect, there was an impressive opening night party to celebrate the big reveal.

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The evening boasted in-demand DJ Alexandra Richards (Keith’s daughter, natch!),

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snacks by Thomas Keller’s Per Se

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and bellinis courtesy of Cipriani.

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Everyone was abuzz with excitement over the artful transformation of the space and the evening raised awareness for the forthcoming Greenwich International Film Festival.  Mail it in!

The start of summer also brought “An Invitation to the Garden” — the apt title of Michael Devine’s new and charming entertaining book.  I swung by Juliska’s lovely garden party to meet Michael and to listen to his creative entertaining tips.  Here, Michael and the romantic table he designed:

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The goodie bags that guests took home (love the ribbon and butterfly trimmings!):

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The bags were filled with a sweet ceramic Juliska pitcher and jars of homemade strawberry jam — which inspired me to try my hand at canning last week!

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Speaking of the garden…I have been puttering in mine and I am happy report that I have a new hedge!

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Unfortunately, the gorgeous one above belongs to Aerin Lauder and not to moi, but mine is coming along and I am loving it.  I just need a little bench to tuck behind it once it gets a little taller…

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My landscape designer is Memrie Lewis and she is fabulous.  Call her if you need garden therapy.  I’ve also planted some New Dawn Roses -which I’m beyond excited about – and I am thrilled that my hydrangea finally bloomed.

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As gorgeous as the roses are in Greenwich, I feel obligated to report that they have nothing on the beautiful blooms in Nantucket.  I just returned from a friend’s birthday there and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the stunning flora.

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On this visit we stayed at the Gate House on Centre Street in the heart of town.  It has a charming courtyard…

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And smart interiors designed by my friend Annsley McAleer of Annsley Interiors in Boston.  The inviting lobby:

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The rooms are on the petite side but they are fresh and crisp.  Definitely worth a look next time you need a room on Island.

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The highlight of our trip (by far!) was my friend’s birthday party — which was relaxed, thoughtful, personal and just a total blast.  She spoiled the ladies with this darling keepsake. Love!

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Another friend and fabulous hostess recently threw a “Margarita Party” and she was kind enough to send me these pictures of her decor.  I just love this “hat trick!”

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…and remind me to rent picnic tables for my next party.  So fun!

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I missed the margarita fiesta because I was down in Houston visiting my in-laws.  Yee-Haw!  While I was in the Lonestar State I found a little time to hit the “retail trail.”  I was on a quest to pick up some of Christopher Spitzmiller’s gorgeous plates at “Found” — a hip Houston home emporium.

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I struck out on the plates as Found was sold out (rest easy — you can now order the pottery directly from Christopher Spitzmiller online), but I did love their selections…

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and these groovy, lemony resin votive holders found their way into my suitcase.

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After a quick pass through Mecox Houston, we wound up at Tiny Boxwood’s for lunch.  So good and such a great patio.  You have to go!

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Closer to home, I’ve been spending some time in Westport.  We had a great family brunch at Little Barn

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and we spent a wonderful afternoon boating with friends off the coast.

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I’ve also made it into NYC to an old favorite…

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To catch the talented Alexa Ray Joel and her superbly entertaining show.

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Alexa performs in the Cafe Carlyle — just across the lobby from the Bemelman’s Bar.

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Speaking of Bemelman, I can’t wait to find a free afternoon to take my daughter to see the Madeline Show at the New York Historical Society — which features many of Bemelman’s Madeline drawings.

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Finally, summer is a great time to appreciate simple pleasures.  My kids and I have been thoroughly enjoying this heartfelt book.

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And, I can’t stop chewing this gum…

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Eating this treat…

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…or listening to this song.  After all, what’s summer without a little Top 40?

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xo,

Cath

To do’s:

Try Lulu DK’s gold tattoos

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Find a place for Peter Dunham fabric in my house.  Love this mix!

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Peter Dunham’s “Udaipur” fabric

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