Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside

Cozy up with these fabulous finds!
Pink Check Wool Throw (on sale, 50% off (!) $ 87.50) at Lexington Clothing Company.

The Sekitei Teapot ($149) from Le Palais de Thes in NYC
Keep the fire burning with logs piled in the Paxton Copper Bucket ($199) from Pottery Barn
And keep the fire lit with Reclaimed Apothocary Jar ($ 20) for fireplace matches from Rave Device
To warm you from the inside, try serious hot chocolate from Guittard Grand Cacao ($17.88) at Amazon.
And of course you'll need a monogrammed mug for that. $ 26 each from In This Very Room.

Monday, January 28, 2013

This Designer Creates a Feast for the Eyes

For those who appreciate fine craftmanship in fabrics and accessories, you must take time to get to know Madeline. Designer Madeline Weinrib has shaped a sophisticated signature style that is at once timeless and modern. She brings a layered and luxurious sensibility to the world of contemporary design with her collections of heirloom quality carpets and artfully conceived textiles, accessories and home accents. For our clients though, it is the designer's collaboration with other designers that makes accessible her beautiful art.

Stationery from Dempsey and Carroll. Box of 10/ $60.
Black Daphne coasters with holder ($195) at Barney's New York

Gorgeous fabrics at Madeline Weinrib and available through your decorator
Vintage fabric pillows available at Madeline Weinrib.
Pillows made with lucious fabrics available at Trillium Nantucket 
18" x 18" Orange Mu Pillow ($450) and Luce Blue ($450)
Lingerie Bags $ 250 at Madeline Weinrib for a wonderful gift.
And even beautiful shoes ($645) by Manolo Blahnik available at Saks
Be sure to also sign up for emails from One Kings Lane. Every so often they will feature a Weinrib
home accessory item in one of their sales.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bridesmaids Will Love This

We stumbled upon this great bridesmaids gift recently at The Pleasure of Your Company in Green Spring Station. These adorable trinket trays are $38.00 each, which includes personalization.

Stash these cute trays near the door to hold keys, cellphone and mail or on a vanity to hold cosmetics. You can choose a background to match the wedding colors or personalize the pattern to each bridesmaid's home.

Another idea: use the tray as the base of the bridesmaid's gift  and add a little bottle of champagne and a box holding the earrings or other piece of jewelry that you are giving to the girls to wear at the wedding. Wrap in cellophane and add a beautiful, big bow.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pronovias Trunk Show

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Rainbow of Colors

It's a great idea to follow a color scheme throughout all aspects of your wedding from the invitations to the bridesmaids' dresses. So why not make the favors go along with those colors? The Knot is a great source for this sense of harmony and cohesion. No matter the colors that you have chosen for your big day, The Knot has those favors that will make your wedding like no other. Be inspired by pink chocolate covered pretzels or white daisy escort cards that your guests can take home with them. No matter your style, color choice, or preference, you can find a favor that your guests will love.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Crock Pot Lasagne

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a crock pot queen. I love "cooking" meals and snacks in the crock pot and at times have more than one going in the kitchen.
This recipe is adapted from a Williams Sonoma recipe for lasagna. I made changes to make it even easier. The first time I made it, I really wasn't confident it would be any good, but it was absolutely delicious.
Those of you with busy lives (that's pretty much everyone) must, must have a slow cooker. Not only will it provide a hot, delicious meal with very little effort, but slow cookers can be used to keep food warm throughout the day or during a party. The clean-up couldn't be easier either.
My favorite slow cooker is about 20 years old and is a Rival.
I would suggest one with a timer and one with a "warm" setting.


  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed (we use grass fed, organic pork) 
  • 2 jars (each 24 oz.) tomato sauce (I used Ragu with chunky vegetables instead of tomato sauce) 
  • 2 cups water (I omitted this)
  • 1 lb. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 18 ruffle-edged lasagna noodles (not no-boil noodles)
  • 1 1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil for garnish 


In a saute pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up any large chunks with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and water ( or Ragu) and bring to a simmer. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl.

In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the slow-cooker insert. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (about 3), breaking the noodles as needed to fit. Spread about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Top with about 2 cups of the sauce, then sprinkle with about 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat the layering 4 more times, starting with the noodles.

Transfer the insert to the slow-cooker base, cover and cook on low according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the noodles are tender and cooked through, about 4 hours.
Let the lasagna rest for 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil and serve immediately. Serves 12.

From the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Make It Your Own

Whether it's for your wedding or your home, Caroline Brackenridge will personalize some of your most favored items. Together, you will work with her to come up with a monogram that is fit for a queen or something more simple, if that is your taste. She can monogram any fabric such as bathrobes or sheets, imprint stationary, or etch glassware for a look that is simply elegant. Brackenridge can come up with a monogram that is personal to you or you can choose from her traditional patterns, that start at $450. No matter your choice, you will have something that is beautiful and unique.