For the past 15 years, I have visited the beautiful rolling hills of Litchfield County to spend time with my in-laws. Each visit a new discovery is found and something new is put on the list to do the next time. Guy Wolff’s rustic barn studio, located in the town of Bantam, CT, stands out along the country road with a lovely welcoming flag inviting passing visitors. Guy Wolff Pottery has been hand making pottery in this studio since 1971. The barn is filled with white and red clay traditional pottery. There are also one of a kind works as well. All made by Guy Wolff with his signature stampings. The studio that is keeping alive 18th and 19th century pottery traditions for the gardens is a true gem to be experienced. You will meet Guy in person as he greets every customer who walks through the door.
Came home from the farmers market with a bounty of fresh basil and salmon. I did a quick surf on the web and found this lovely recipe from Whole and Heavenly Oven for pan seared salmon with spinach basil pesto sauce. Pesto is one of those easy peasy dishes to whip up quickly. The vibrant green sauce has just a few ingredients and boy is it good. It is so summer! I did a hybrid of Whole and Heavenly Oven’s recipe with my favorite pesto recipe from Silver Palate (sorry but it is so damn good!). I wanted to insure that I would have extra sauce to enjoy throughout the week.
At the end I did 1 cup basil, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup of toasted pine nuts, 3 garlic cloves, lemon instead of lime, 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup fresh parmesan, and salt and pepper. Pesto is one of dishes that you can play with by adding a little more or a little less of any of the ingredients and you will be enjoying it by the spoonfuls! Happy cooking!
A lovely afternoon spent wandering around the grounds of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Just a short drive from Boston to the woodsy town of Lincoln, Massachusetts. The deCordova was established in 1950 and is set on 30 acres of rolling hills. At any given time there about 60 works of art on display. You can meander about at your own pace. Such a treat to have this museum in my backyard. A nice reminder to explore what is around you.
Fletcher Benton, Donut with 3 Balls
Letha Wilson, PLATFORM 19
Noémie Goudal, PLATFORM 20
Joseph Wheelwright, Listening Stone 1985. A special sculpture by Mr. Wheelwright who is the late husband of my son’s third grade teacher. His extraordinary talent is left for all of us to admire.
An amazing new exhibition by Ian McMahon. Tether is a sculpture created with air and plaster. It looks like giant pillows but it is far from that and extremely fragile.
To be honest my 11-year-old was not thrilled for this outing. After five minutes on the open field his curiosity kicked in!
Yayoi Kusama, Where the Lights in My Heart is a spectacular outdoor exhibit where you walk inside a mirror polished stainless steel chamber with glass mirrors. You get to experience a never-ending universe.
Rolling hills and structures that grace the property
Nari Ward, Shoe tips with libation, G.O.A.T. The sneakers are a mystery.
I love this working honeybee hive sculpture that is buzzing with activity. Created by Jarret Mellenbrunch, Haven 2014
A new installation by Nancy Winship Milliken, Pasture Song. The combination of reclaimed cello bow strings, horsehairs, and little help of some wind, all together create soft music. Amazing!
Jim Dine, Two Big Black Hearts
Be sure to check out the website for updates on new installations and fun activities. The park is open everyday from 10-5. There is cafe to grab a light bite and a well curated gift shop to find a souvenir. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is certainly a highlight of this area but there are also other lovely historical towns and places to explore within a short drive of the park. Walden Pond certainly comes to mind.
Be it poolside, beach strolls, or city walks, you can find your summer stride with Soludos. Loving their refreshing spin on the classic espadrille. Summer footwear that you can slide into and wear with anything. Making it effortless as you walk out the door. Soludos is based in Soho, New York with travel as their inspiration to creating shoes and accessories for your everyday life adventures. They are thoughtfully designed with comfort, price, quality, and personality. Soludos have taken something basic and raised their game with a playful twist. I have the black slides and love them. They are just easy and neutral.
Porter x Parley + contributing editor Anja Rubik + photographer Mario Sorrenti = one hell of an issue. Anja aka an eco-warrior is absolutely stunning in Porter’s new Summer Escape Issue. She is a well known fashion model but Anja has a strong voice in bringing awareness to saving the ocean. She is an active participant and a spokesperson for the environmental organization, Parley for Oceans. Parley for Oceans focuses on plastic pollution but more importantly they offer a platform for creative thinkers and leaders to collaborate their efforts to save our oceans. Wait till you see the fashion, the art, the beauty, and the highlighted players that are rallying behind the deep blue ocean.
A hot summer day doesn’t really have you wanting to turn on your oven. But these yummy chocolate chip cookies from Smitten Kitchen will have you running to the grocery store for the chocolate chips and turning on the oven. Perfect when you need a little something sweet to accompany that cold glass of lemonade. Here is a recipe to keep in your back pocket for those days when your sweet tooth kicks in. Of course everyone has the basic Toll House recipe but this SK recipe really seems to take them up a notch. My 11-year-old who was looking for an activity had fun making them and is a huge fan. What more can you ask for?! Happy baking! Happy Weekend!
Personally I would add a little less chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli semi-sweet) to the recipe otherwise perfection! image and recipe from Smitten Kitchen
You don’t need to be surfing the waves to be sporting the surfer girl look. I am a huge fan of the beach and all the activities that one can enjoy on the sandy shore but I am becoming less tolerant of the rays beating down on my skin. Here are four pieces armed with UPF 50+ from Carve Designs that may do the trick. Summer is short on the East Coast so having fun and sporty swimwear that has you covered from sunrise to sunset is key!!
Top pic is the Madeline One Piece followed by the Salters Tight, the Sanitas Reversible Top, and the Mustique Reversible Bottom. All images from Carve Design