• Soup on Sunday: Matt’s Texas Chili

    by  • 6 Jan ’14 • 12 Comments

    chili_3Rare are the days that it’s cold enough for soup in Texas (without turning down the A/C). However, today was the rare exception. When we left for church this morning it was in the upper 60s. However, by the time we left service it had dropped 15 degrees (and is expected to drop to 27 tonight).  Matt, my friend and a Soup on Sunday follower, offered  to make his “almost famous” Texas chili. Instead of ground beef he uses chuck roast (diced into 1 inch cubes), yum! His recipe is loosely base on a  Terlingua International Chili recipe.  And, while I will admit  that I am not  completely  convinced that beans officially go into chili, this recipe was delicious…especially  served over Fritos…it’s so good!! I would love for you to weigh in on the beans vs no bean debate. The International Chili Society’s Judging Criteria states that Traditional Red Chili, as is defined by the International Chili Society beans and pasta are strictly forbidden. Either way, this chili is yummy! Enjoy.



    by  • 1 Jan ’14 • 0 Comments

    IMG_2202I have long had a love affair with fabrics. In fact, I have a shameless collection in storage that I hope to one day use for pillows, draperies, and tablecloths. Last June I was able to indulge my fabric passion when Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise, along with Traditional Home, hosted me, Tobi Fairley, Anne Maxwell Foster, Philip GorrivanPatrick Lönn and Gideon Mendelson  for a tour the Scottish textiles mills. I honestly believe that learning and exploring is so much more fun with a great group. And, lucky for me, I was recently privileged to explore fabrics once again with fellow bloggers the Madcap Cottage duo Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, Tamara Matthews-Stephenson, Marisa Marcantonio and Traci Zeller.


    Houston Book Signing MrsPK&OZ

    by  • 4 Dec ’13 • 0 Comments

    mrspk_open_house_inviteIf you are in the Houston area, I would love for you to join me at the very cool MrsPK & OZ for a Holiday Open House and book signing on December 12th.  MrsPK & OZ are the hosts for this fun event. Patti Kagan | aka “mrspk,” is a native Houstonian, grew up in an “atomic ranch” style home furnished with iconic mid century furniture. During the design phase of building two homes for her family (one in Houston; the other, a vacation home in Colorado), mrspk became frustrated with having more knowledge of modern design than most of the designers she hired. As a result, mrspk went straight to the source: the dealers. It was through one of the houston mid-century dealers that mrspk met oz. (more…)

    Timothy Corrigan’s An Invitation toChâteau du Grand-Luce

    by  • 12 Sep ’13 • 9 Comments

    TC COVER 10 copyThere are so many reasons that I adore fall…cozy cardigans, cooler temperatures, a return to routine and new design books! One of my favorite tomes this season is Timothy Corrigan’s An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé, a wonderful book detailing his against-all-odds acquisition of an 18th century wreck in the Loire valley. What follows is Tim’s painstaking restoration, decoration and journey bringing back to life a glorious private home.


    Profile: Katie Stassi Scott

    by  • 16 Jul ’13 • 8 Comments

    I first met designer and fellow Houstonian Katie Stassi Scott in 2008 (just after she was named a top 10 designer by domino). We met at Starbucks for coffee and soon one hour turned into two….five years later we are still friends. There were many things that drew me to Katie early on (talent and kindness being near the top). However, it was her sincerity, honestly and faith left a strong impression on me many others.


    Profile: Glenn Gissler

    by  • 1 Jul ’13 • 6 Comments

    GlennGissler_LargeI love the understated and elegant sensibility of interior designer Glenn Gissler. The Rhode Island School of Design graduate holds degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture. Perhaps one of the reasons architectural detailing and quality craftsmanship rank high on his list of essential elements in any space he designs. Having worked on commercial and residential projects for interior designer Juan Montoya and acclaimed architect Rafael Vinoly following graduation, the New York based designer launched his own firm in 1987.


    Soup on Sunday: Buttermilk Fennel Vichyssoise

    by  • 30 Jun ’13 • 7 Comments

    ColdSoupDespite the fact that I am drinking a hot Starbucks coffee, I can’t bring myself to think about soup (even if it is Sunday and happens to be my favorite food). Yesterday the temperature in Houston was 104 and felt like 113. And as crazy as it may sound, I am loving the hot weather. Either I am suffering from having lived in a cold damp climate for too long or I am delusional from the heatwave. Either way, a bowl of steaming soup is still out of the question.


    Profile: Tobi Tobin

    by  • 25 Jun ’13 • 9 Comments

    Tobi_Tobin09For the past few years my friend Bradley Clifford has been raving about Los Angeles-based interior designer Tobi Tobin and her flagship store on Sunset Blvd. Last month while in LA for a book signing and Legends of La Cienega we made a visit to the very cool and carefully curated shop. The vintage couture jewelry, furniture, fine linens, rare books, custom candles and hand-made chocolates (produced locally) reflect perfectly Tobi’s passion for design and luxury. The store was everything Brad said it to be and more. The candles and chocolates alone were to die for. An authentic Parisian confectionery display cabinet housed the yummy dark beauties; truffle fudge topped with French grey sea salt was my favorite.