Monday, February 10, 2014


I love this new product from Cypress Home...Neoprene!  (Yes, finally I have a koozie, among other things, with my Laura Fair designs!)  Just look at this bright blue display Evergreen put together for the showroom this January at The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®.  We are right on trend with our blue and white I might add!

The entire collection features Wine Bottle Totes, a Lunch Bag, koozies, an eyeglass case, a wallet...the list goes on and on with essentials.  As I think about this mix of product while torrential rain pours outside, my mind wanders to a warm, stunningly clear day, not a cloud in the clear blue sky, a picnic by the lake with a cold crisp glass of vino bianco...
a girl can dream, right?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Buon Anno 2014

Felice Anno Nuovo!  Buon Anno a tutti!  Auguri!  Happy New Year!  
Despite the gray skies here in Tuscany, we have been celebrating and celebrating, lots of food and friends and laughs.  I hope that you all had wonderful holidays full of fun as well.  The great thing about being here in Italy...our holidays don't end until after Epiphany, January 6th when La Befana comes to stuff even more presents in our stockings.  So here's to continuing to raise a glass....cin cin e salute (cheers and to your health)...wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Buon Natale

Here's to warm fires, good friends, the perfect tree, stockings, and of course lots of cheer.  
Wishing you a very very Merry Christmas - Buon Natale!

Saturday, December 7, 2013


You probably caught a little glimpse of the Laura Fair coasters I used for our intimate Thanksgiving lunch.  I should really say that it was not just lunch...but an all day grazing, that seems to be the norm for everyone, right?
Introducing the Casablanca Collection by Laura Fair for Cypress Home including bright graphic drink coasters, underplates, placemats, wine bottle coasters, and even car coasters! 

These cute, durable, and functional little gems even made the front display window at the Evergreen showroom.  Seeing new product hit the stores is so rewarding, it really makes it all worthwhile.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


The view has been incredible this past month of November...but then again, he delivers a little something to us every year...including some
 spectacular light shows

intimate holidays with a mix of new (check out those Laura Fair coasters!)
and old (Bionda-Bruna Montalla plates)

 spooky mixes of light, smoke and fog spread over the valley

 an abundant bounty from nature...porcini and electric green olive oil

golden relaxing dusks, although they came a little early for me,

at least they left a lasting impression.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


This Ottobre, October, has been an unusual one filled with humid Indian summer days and long red-tinged dusks.  Nature is a little behind this year.  The crocus are still hanging on, the bees are still busy, and the spiders are in overdrive building web after web.  Instead of normally being obsessed with olive picking, the Tuscans have porcini fever.  Not just for the delicious and highly coveted funghi, but all types of mushrooms.  It is a real malattia, sickness, around cannot leave the house without hearing about who has trudged through the woods and found what and where.  However, you mustn't listen too hard, they are all telling white lies...a true hunter would never reveal where he found his stash.  We just 'fell back' and the days are now ending very abruptly with nightfall by 5:00 pm urging us to linger in front of the fire.  Just a taste of what we will get as winter comes closer.  Click on the above photo to see the entire collage of my October days.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Finding Pattern

As I mentioned here and here, it really is the simplest of things that bring the most joy.  Stepping out of the door the other morning, this beautiful work of art struck me.  
I can just imagine the time, effort and thought that went into such a creation...
pattern and inspiration bloom in every corner.
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