Prep School: Seasonal Cooking with Cherries

Next time you are at the farmers market, load up on bing cherries because they are incredible this year. Find recipes for Bourbon Cherry Compote and Cherry Clafoutis on

Next time you are at the farmer’s market, be sure to pick up a good supply of bing cherries because they are especially good this year. Today I will share a few recipes for summer menus-  a quick and delicious bourbon cherry compote and a super easy dessert to take full advantage of this seasonal gem. The best part is how effortless they both are. [Read more…]

Making Rooms Your Own- New York Social Diary

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Brian Sawyer’s Greenwich Village guest bedroom, with Ultrasuede walls.

Making Rooms Your Own- New York Social Diary

by Sian Ballen and Lesley Hauge, Photography by Jeff Hirsch

What a great idea this book is! While we all know that New York is full of Interior Design talent, do we know who these people are? Sian Ballen and Lesley Hauge tap into their impressive New York design rolodex to introduce us to decorators and design professionals through the most enjoyable interviews and photos, all done in their own homes. Inspired by New York Social Diary’s widely read House series, the authors give us a peek into some of the city’s most coveted homes. Best of all, we get to see what these designers create for themselves, knowing all that they know, and unburdened by another’s taste, possessions or limitations. There’s no better way to [Read more…]

The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter- Architecture​ and Interiors

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The Art of Place: Lee Ledbetter- Architecture and Interiors

I have met Lee Ledbetter. He is gracious, modest, and talented beyond the beyond. He is that rare top 1% who is a super talented architect AND designer. His new book shares some of his residential and commercial projects, which span six states and the Bahamas, always incorporating historical precedent and environmental context.

The New Orleans native designs new and updates traditional old homes, often opening the spaces within to be used in a more light-filled, modern way. His chic Modernism style is [Read more…]

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers Distinctly Modern Interiors, reviewed on

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors

Dallasites know exactly who Emily Summers is. Stylish, chic and modern, Summers is known for her collaborations with architects and artists. Her posh portfolio includes high-end residences and commercial projects in Dallas, Jackson Hole, Palm Springs, NYC, and Cedar Creek. She is on the AD100 list, and has been published in The New York Times, Veranda, and Town & Country. Having said that,  if you have followed her work over the years, there is more to see- her first book, Distinctly Modern Interiors, offers a first look at some of her projects. [Read more…]

Fourme d’Ambert Tart With Port-Braised Asian Pear

Fourme d’Ambert Tart With Port-Braised Asian Pear, recipe on

This savory starter with a hint of sweet is a show stopper. The work is 95% on the prep end, which makes it look easy once you are ready to serve this course. The combination of flavors promises to enchant the taste buds and leave a lasting first impression… [Read more…]

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