Outdoor entertaining can be a breeze with this Le Cadeux dinnerware from Seasons Too in Darien.
While they look like ceramic or porcelain, these charming dishes are actually melamine – which makes them perfect for casual meals on the patio, poolside, or picnics. They’re virtually unbreakable and dishwasher safe.
This pattern is called Benidorm Blue. They also carry trays, platters and salad bowls.
The dinner plates pictured here are $15.99; the salad plates, $11.99. Seasons Too, 836 Post Road
Darien, (203) 655-8444. www.seasonstoo.com
By Amy Dolego
As soon as the sun peeked through the woods in our back yard on that Saturday morning, I was already dressed and waiting in eager anticipation. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was going to be a beautiful day for a barn demolition.
At this point, I was tired of looking at the skeletal remains of the Old English Bank Barn in my backyard. It slipped and shifted ever so slightly each day under the weight of its collapsed roof. I was also sick of worrying and wondering about the condition of the contents trapped inside. So today, after five months of waiting, our barn was finally coming down. Continue reading
For intimate conversations or private solace, this Scoop Nest Chair from Design Within Reach in Westport just seems to whisper, “Relax…”
Designed by Mark Gabbertas and produced by Gloster Furniture, it’s woven from Textilene vinyl in a herringbone pattern to create a supportive sling. $3,195.
Design Within Reach, 36 Elm Street, Westport, (203) 227-9707. www.dwr.com.
Cushions are available separately for $375 in a wide variety of colors ranging from muted canvas, champagne and straw, to lively melon, auburn, lime, seafoam and midnight blue.
I love my green cooking pan that I got over year ago from Bed Bath and Beyond. It makes a mean stack of pancakes. With it’s non-stick properties, it doesn’t need the butter I add to it. But we’ve discussed my affinity for butter, haven’t we? Let’s move on.
According to Cuisinart, here are the reasons these pans are green: Continue reading
This whimsical green garden table would be a sweet addition to any yard or porch – but not cloyingly sweet. In fact, I’m considering getting one to place in between the white rocking chairs on my front porch. I like its old-time charm mixed with the more au courant color, (and it would match the rug on my front porch – bonus!)
It’s constructed of iron, with a lime green powder coat, glass inlaid table top, and folding base. The butterfly motif table measures 22 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 17 inches high.
$129.95. Black Swan Fireside Hearth & Home, 182 S. Main Street, Newtown, (203) 426-1230. www.blackswanhome.com
By Amy Dolego
After months and months of delay, our insurance company finally sent us the check for our barn which collapsed in January under the weight of the snow (see “Collapsed Barn Held High Hopes”, 02-04-11). We still don’t know why it took so long, but we’re happy that it’s settled and we can concentrate on finding a way to reconstruct the barn within our budget.
It’s hard to explain, but seeing a collapsed barn in one’s backyard every day is kind of stressful. Looking at our belongings half hanging out of the barn, wondering what is salvageable and what has been permanently lost and thinking about all the memorabilia that continues to be exposed to the elements is a constant worry. Continue reading
One of the things that I wanted to do fairly soon after we moved in was to put up artwork. I don’t know about you but to me, a home can be transformed with artwork. Your house turns into home with the artwork reflecting the homeowner’s taste. Here is some of the art in my home.
I love these pieces created from recycled billboard vinyl. Continue reading
There are times that something so small, and so simple, is so beautiful.
In this case, it’s the rich shades of this blown glass gazing ball that set it apart from the pack.
The brilliant red, with its delicate swirls of blue and orange, would make it stand out amidst the most colorful of garden settings.
It’s 10 inches in diameter, and the stand is not included.
$39.95. Black Swan Home, Hearth and Gift, 182 Main Street South, Newtown, (203) 426-1819. www.blackswanhome.com