planning this thanksgiving

This year will be my third year hosting Thanksgiving, and considering I had never cooked a turkey in my life before my first year hosting {thank you to my family for trusting that I could pull it off}, I have been thrilled to take over the holiday and host since. This year we will have a few more people in my small Boston flat, which means even more to be thankful for as we enter a season of holidays and gratitude.  You may remember my tablescape from last year with deep plums and gilded details.  For this year I’ve decided to take things a bit more neutral.  I have some feathered placemats I found in Paris a few years ago that have deep chocolate brown and cream tones to them, so they will be the foundation for my design along with my gold flatware.  I am still in the process of finalizing some of the design details and waiting for some fabric samples.  Once final, I will share both the table design concept with elements as well as the menu for this Thanksgiving with you.

In the meantime, I am sharing some Thanksgiving table concepts & details that have inspired me as I delved into planning this year’s tablescape and décor.  I’ve decided to use fresh herbs for each placesetting.  Fresh hearty herbs are so prevalent in every dish I love the simplicity of having them at each place not only aesthetically and to add some green to a neutral palette, but as a prelude of what’s to come with the meal.


hobnail pitcher via | all images via pintrest



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a mediterranean hideaway

So I am slated for a trip to Turkey in April.  While I would never have categorized Turkey as top of my list in terms of a destination, I am very excited and grateful for the experience to come and for the opportunity explore the country and culture {more on that in a future post}.  As I’ve started researching the different areas, sites and things to do there, I came across the new Mandarin Oriental Bodrum property which is located on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula, and overlooks the Agean sea.  It has 2 private beaches and a spa that would be a reason to visit on its own with it’s array of holistic therapies including hammam treatments using herbs from the hotel’s gardens.  Seems like the perfect place and way to end a week long of days spent sightseeing, exploring and traveling major sites…by decompressing at this gem of a hideout.

all photos via the Mandarin Orientalbodrum-hotel-exterior-01bodrum-hotel-arrival-deck bodrum-hotel-arrival-deck-day-01 bodrum-suite-sea-view-private-pool-bedroom bodrum-luxury-spa-cabana-treatment bodrum-room-sea-view bodrum-suite-mediterranean-bedroom bodrum-suite-mediterranean-terrace bodrum-hotel-blue-beach-02

It looks heavenly doesn’t it?

Hope you have a great start to your week!

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a new find | lou & grey

Recently I was introduced to an interesting new brand named Lou & Grey.  It originated from Ann Taylor Loft’s lounge collection that received such a great response from clients, the company has launched it into it’s own brand and retail space.  They recently opened a beautiful new store at the Natick Collection and the design of the space compliments their collection perfectly; it is very welcoming at first sight from the outside,  minimalistic, clean lined, and zen filled with soft dressing staples as well as a curated collection of third-party vendors selling products that are focused on crafted | hand-made items.  They curate the collection for each store by seeking out vendors that are meaningful the local community which is brilliant!  At the Natick store they had pieces from C.A.S Handmade based out of Providence, RI, MCMC Fragrances based out of Brooklyn, NY And Earth tu Face a plant-based skin care line created by two herbalists in California.

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paella party!

Happy weekend!

I hope you have something special planned for this weekend, even if it is simply to take some downtime with the loves in your life.  The chill in the air has me seeking out new recipes especially for entertaining.  A few weeks ago I hosted a group of six for a dinner party and wanted to serve something family style.  After perusing my treasured recipes, I decided to go with a seafood paella.  Such a crowd pleaser and perfect for an early fall dish.  To be completely honest, I had never made a paella and was a bit nervous to experiment on my friends, but it was easy and absolutely delicious.  I went with a recipe designed by “Top Chef” Hosea Rosenberg of Jax Fish House which included fresh seafood, herbs and just enough chorizo for incredible flavor which made it a hit.

Because you can’t really make the paella in advance {you can prep the seafood and vegetables in advance but it has to cook as your guests are arriving}, I made sure we had some starters to get the party started while the paella was finishing up.  The menu came together nicely and allowed for a well paced relaxed evening of delicious food & wine. We kicked off the soiree with a sparkling sangria and then moved to red wine which I highly recommend.

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a dreamy tablescape

It’s cloudy and grey in Boston today which is why I think I am in part so drawn to this tablescape design featured on Style me Pretty and photographed by Joel Seratto.  It was for a beautifully designed al fresco 80th birthday party held at a private home in Hollywood Hills.

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the figroni

Happy weekend!

I hope you have something wonderful planned this weekend.  It’s been a busy week in Boston with Boston Fashion week which closes this evening.  I’ve seen some incredible work by local designers which I’ve been sharing on Instagram. And this evening some of Boston’s most talented photographers will be unveiling portraits they took of key contributors in the Boston fashion industry at the Whotel.

Given that it is the weekend, I thought it would be a lovely day to share a special fall cocktail recipe that my talented friend Domingo-Martin Barreres came up with for the fall fête Simon Pearce installation by POISE. that went live a few weeks ago. As part of the installation I wanted to provide a take-away for guests who came through as well as share inspiration for the perfect fall fête cocktail to compliment the tablescape design in the window.  I am a firm believer in going the extra mile to create a special cocktail to kick-off a dinner party or celebration and have developed many for clients over the years.  Guests always appreciate it and it helps set the tone for a celebratory evening so I thought sharing one of Domingo’s masterpieces for people to integrate into their own events and entertaining this season would be a nice touch to our fall fête installation.

After a fun creative meeting together and sharing the dinner party menu with Domingo as well as talking through the overall concept of the event, he came up with a figroni.  A twist on the classic negroni.  It uses a newly launched black fig vodka made locally in Boston and is garnished with a paper-thin fig slice.

The team at printed the cocktail cards and recipes for us on their Luxe notecards.  We printed a few hundred so that customers could take them with them.  The quality & substantial weight of the paper {using their quadplex technology} is stunning!!

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always a statement

This week is fashion week in Boston and I am in total fashion week mode, trying to attend as many events as possible to support our local designers while maintaing my business.  It is one of the last of fashion week’s for the Spring/Summer 2015 season and of course I would be remiss if I did not share Chanel’s latest creation that recently took place in Paris while we are on the topic of fashion week.  Earlier this month they showed their SS15 collection at the Grand Palais in Paris which was transformed into a mock Parisian boulevard complete with a faux street and guard rails for a feminist riot that was about to come.

The show appears to be stunning with a feminine take on menswear, and of course there is always a statement with Chanel’s shows.  If you remember last year they wowed with their supermarket setting, and this year, Karl chose to close with a mock protest with Cara Delevingne leading the group of 80 world re-knowned models down the runway for the finale.  It was impactful with the models chanting on a Chanel quilted megaphone and carrying picket signs with statements such as: Make Fashion not War, He for She, History is her Story.

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a few of my favorite things | October

October 2nd!  The holidays are officially around the corner and summer has decided to graciously exit.  With the days shorter and weather not as conducive to outside activities,  it’s a great time to focus on projects that have been on the list all summer, working on the home such as cleaning out closets or purging unused items, and making some wardrobe updates for the cooler weather.

With that in mind, here are my favorite things of the moment.


1 | this sweet sleeveless camisole top with stars by Tibi would be adorable with skinny Continue reading

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A fall fête for Simon Pearce


I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and that your weeks are off to a great start.  It’s been busy at POISE. with Boston Fashion Week kicking-off this weekend and an installation project I completed last week for Simon Pearce!  It was very exciting and quite an honor to be a part of – I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.  Simon Pearce quality is exemplary – they work with artisans in Vermont and Maryland to create their products and the craftsmanship shows. I created a fall fête tablescape and bar for them in collaboration with some of my most trusted event partners & vendors.  The idea was to stage a fall fête dinner party scheme that can be interpreted for a large-scale event or a small intimate private party.

I love emerald green and gold together for the fall, and especially for the holidays. The green is a great festive color but still rich & sophisticated, and the gold adds just enough glamour to give an event setting or table the pop it needs. My style is minimal & modern generally speaking so I took this opportunity to really design into my aesthetic and share my style with Simon Pearce customers.  I have the incredible honor of having the table design living in the window through the end of October so if you are on Newbury Street, please stop by and check it out!

Today I am sharing the table details and elements with you & how to get the look, as well as the custom menu {and recipe sources} I put together.  In order to avoid a super-long post, I will share the bar execution, set-up and elements along with a special fall cocktail recipe designed by the incredibly talented Boston mixologist Domingo-Martin Barreres with you next week {figured it would be best to break them into 2 posts}.

fall fete | POISE for Simon Pearce Tablescape

table elements:
1 | Eames Chair | for rent via New England Country Rentals here | for purchase here
2 | gold flatware | I used a gold flatware set available in-store at Simon Pearce.  You can find a similar set on-line here
3 | Simon Pearce Royalton square charger
4 | white linen dinner napkin made in France
5 | Simon Pearce woodstock red wine glass
6 | Simon Pearce woodstock cocktail glass {sans gold} or marc blackwell southern hemisphere stemless wine glasses {with gold}
7 | Simon Pearce olive wood salad scoops
8 | Simon Pearce cherry wood oval salad bowl
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sweater weather

Happy first day of Fall!!

While I can’t say Fall is my favorite season,  something about this year is making me embrace fall a bit more than I usually do.  The days filled crisp air and lots of sunshine can be some of the best days spent outside.  The change in temperatures and weather make this a time of year to cleanse and start fresh.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald put it:


So as we kick off this new season and start fresh in many ways, I thought I would share Continue reading

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