No words, just oranges and grapefruit. Happy summer, mailboxes.
It's been a busy month and when it gets a little crazy we throw an impromptu photo shoot. Creatives must create and we love playing models.
Chili, Blue Bell, Bourbon.
When in doubt, go with what tastes good. I've been hired to design and execute a menu at a ranch outside of Corsicana in two weeks. I'll be serving 8 people over three days and I'm excited for the challenge of ranch living and the trials of a new kitchen. 1000 acres, 4 horses and a lot of Blue Bell ice cream for my salted caramel ice cream sandwiches I'll be making for movie night.
Life is tough. Life is wonderful. The two are one and the same and sometimes people can't quite bring themselves to believe that. One cannot exist without the other. This week has brought out the worst in pretty much everyone and that is tough, but the uproar and chaos is wonderful. I really don't care who you voted for, but I love that you are really pissed about the situation. They said we were too apathetic, detached from reality because of coddling parents and had no work ethic to hold up the work force. A line I read the other day really sums it up for me "you can't ignore us and then trash our choices." You can't have it both ways.
You can't call us out for being loud after years of complaining that we don't care. It's hypocritical and frankly shows the wrinkles around your eyes a little too harshly in the light. Let us march, let us get passionate and let us grow up and watch the generation behind us get riled up about something completely different. You wanted us to want more than you, well you got it.
A frantic finish, punctuated by challenging freelance work, all came together on January 2nd with the Home of the Year 2017 issue. A hunt to find an accessible, eclectic and warm home began in August and before I went to France in September I knew we had found it. My favorite room in this 1930s cottage was this small nook tucked between the kitchen and formal dining room. The owner built this floating bench, bought the textile in the window at The Dove's Nest and used wood salvaged from a burn pile to line the walls in a sleek black paint. My dream workspace layout. Built-in cabinets fill the corners on the opposite wall and a swinging door. So many other features made this home addictively photographable, but this was the cover shot I waited for. Brent Hughes took the shots, Diane Collard wrote the words, and I basked in the Andersons ingenuity. Being an editor is easy when you have all the elements in front of you.
I don't know what is going to happen in 2017, I can barely stomach what will take place on Friday, but I know everything will change. It has to. It always does.
I had the fantastic opportunity to join design legend Mary Emmerling, Reno's finest furniture designers and Texas tastemakers like Mary Baskin on a one-of-a-kind trip to Provence for the antiques market season. 3 days in Paris and 7 days in the Luberon Valley in a chic chateau was a divine was to finish the summer. I watched as people searched for centuries old wall hangings, vintage Chanel jewelry, broken 18th century frames and French silver. Here are a few shots from the shopping overload.