Origin

  What’s in a name?   I’ve appreciated the art of creating a beautiful environment since I was a little girl but it’s really the “spirit of place” aspect—those less tangible energetic qualities of a space or place that have always intrigued me more than anything.     The title and symbols in the logo arose organically […]

Reflection & Introspection

As we embark on the new year together . . . I remember a letter my Grandma wrote me years ago where she described the seasons as climbing a hill, with the peak as December 31st, New Years Eve—that’s how she had always seen it in her mind’s eye. It was then I realized I […]

The Path

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Vianne’s Spiced Hot Chocolate

from My French Kitchen: A book of 120 Treasured Recipes by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat.) Harris encourages cooks to engage all their senses when cooking—look at what you’re cooking, smell the ingredients, mix them with your fingers, and enjoy their sounds and textures. Cooking she reminds us, is about as close to magic as modern society allows: to […]

A Return to Our Roots

| root veg·e·ta·ble |  ro͞ot,ro͝ot ˈvejtəbəl,ˈvəjədəbəl/   plural noun: root vegetables   (Italian :  tuberi)        1.  the fleshy enlarged root of a plant used as a vegetable, e.g., a carrot, rutabaga, or beet. Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad by Giada de Laurentis, (via Food Network) (Serves: 4) *Ingredients 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons shallots, […]

Make It Sacred

  Nothing is for certain. It’s all a mystery. Even the words I’m saying now are ideas. Hopeful perspectives. Comforting ideals that help us walk more sure-footed in this great, mysterious journey. There is something, however, that I feel fairly certain is not just a soothing thought, but truth. It feels good and right to […]

Recipe: Peach Gelato

  This gelato is super easy to make and sooo fresh and delicious.   It’s just three ingredients:  peaches, sugar and mascarpone…and a few easy steps.     Here’s pics of Alex showing you how we did it:   We used both white and yellow peaches and peeled most but tried leaving the skin on […]

The Grays Have It

I’ve found that just the word “gray” can put some people off from using it in their decor. This may be because the word gray (grey) has long been associated with looking sick, tired or just plain old. It is also an adjective we use to describe a dismal day or something that is faded, […]

Leek and Thyme Soup - recipe as shared on linenlavenderlife com

Recipe for a Rainy Day: Leek & Thyme Soup

“It never rains in California…but girl let me warn ya– It pours, man it pours.” I always crave soup on a wintery day like today.  Here’s a favorite from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Soup.  It can be served “peasant style” as shown in the photo or puréed smooth.  (serves 4) Ingredients: 2 pounds leeks 1 pound potatoes […]

Less stuff, more life

Recently, I pared down to the bare essentials wardrobe-wise resulting in a deposit of four very large bags to a local church. This resulted in so much free space in my closet that I made the rather radical conclusion that I no longer needed the chest of drawers in my room. Now, in its stead, I have nothing more than a simple table holding a lovely hydrangea […]