Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Entertaining in the Garden.

Always fun to entertain in the garden and this weekend provided the perfect weather for visitors from back east. My nephew Rob and his friend Jillian drove down the California coast and stayed the night. Bringing color to the table of flowers growing in the garden. The shades of pink were the perfect accent for the blues of the Sunbrella fabric.

Blue Sunbrella Accents A Green Garden.

With our wardrobe of Sunbrella table covers it is so easy to change out the color accents in the garden. This past weekend with a lot of entertaining we chose JR Sunbrella Upland/Denim to add a new bunch of color and accent the pinks and greens in the garden.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Vicente Wolf Is A Designer With Superb Style.

I certainly admire the style of New York designer Vicente Wolf. I first met Vicente almost thirty years ago when I was producing my book "Found Objects." I then had the pleasure of interviewing him for my television series "The Best of American Design." I have always delighted in his zest for design and the energy that he conveys when talking about a particular design project or his travels. His style is timeless and carefully thought out. Thanks Vicente for your mark on American Design.

Photos: The New York Social Diary.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Midnight In Paris" I Loved The Movie.

As movies go I am not a big fan of what is happening right now in the "cinema." Give me a good old classic movie on TCM and I am very happy or a PBS series like Downton Abbey but I really enjoyed Woody Allen's new movie: "Midnight In Paris." I found it a delightful romp through Paris with some very good acting. I enjoyed Owen Wilson's performance as Woody Allen and doing it better than Woody Allen. (look for Oscar here) Of course Carla Bruni was also a delight to see on screen. (France's first lady
Go See It!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Nantucket Inspiration.

Our Friends at Bubble and Squeak have produced a wonderful album of Nantucket Inspiration. Click and enjoy.http://bubbleandsqueakblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/weekend-with-joe.html

My Daughter's Cook Out For Memorial Weekend.

My Daughter Beth served this menu for Easter but it is the perfect cook out menu for this weekend. Lamb on the grill with a simple herb rub. Caramelized Roasted Fennel. Herb Popovers, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and a savory Ratatouille. It is a great combination. We love carbs but you may want to add some sauteed Spinach.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

White Is Just Right In My Garden.

As I have mentioned many times, I have a green garden. That means many colors of green. Accents of white always work best with green shrubbery. I have thought of bringing color into the garden and as the summer progresses I do have plans for punches of color but the white always works with many of the subtle colors I have growing in spots of the garden. I will share when they mature.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Joe Ruggiero Decorates With Sunbrella For Outdoor Rooms.

As we begin the summer season it is time to plan for outdoor color and outdoor rooms. Sunbrella brings magic to any space with new colors, textures and new patterns. The Joe Ruggiero Sunbrella Collection available at Miles Talbott gives you 120 choices for you to express your outdoor style.

Call Miles Talbott for more information. 336-885-7500.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Color Changes A Chair's Personality with Sunbrella Fabric.

Our French classic Germaine chair takes on many personalities with a change of covers. Our new colorful spring fabric collection for Sunbrella changes the personality of this comfortable "go anywhere" chair. The bright stripe is Deville in the color Parfait. The chair frame is in a creamy white finish. Signature is a commemorative pattern we introduced for our tenth anniversary and is an enlarged copy of my signature; the chair frame is in a driftwood finish. All are available from Miles Talbott Furniture and part of the Joe Ruggiero Collection.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Along Rodeo. What Are The Trends?

Seems to be lots and lots of black & white along Rodeo Drive. From Ralph Lauren,Armani, Chanel, Tom Ford and Dolce & Cabana. Those of us who are waiting for color will have to give it time, I am afraid. Especially here in California, the land of color.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Dahlia. Summer's Finest Blooms & Color

The Dahlia certainly brings beautiful color to the garden and to our home. These beautiful giants make for hardy additions to the cutting garden.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Flowers At The Beverly Regent. White On!

Always fun to have lunch at one of Beverly Hills landmarks, The Beverly Wilshire Regent. The floral display is always stunning and the food at the Blvd. restaurant is wonderful. Note the menu cover.