Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Taking A Break...

Hi Everyone!

I'm going to be taking a break from blogging for a bit.  Some things have popped up that need my attention, but I'll be back soon!  In the meantime here are a few beauties to enjoy.  :)


cote de texas




Stunning Entrance & Staircase - open & spacious. I love the ceiling!


smooth blend of vintage & antique in Mick Jaggar's Paris apartment | via Vogue...     A curved sofa in cream bouclé wool from the 1940s, found in a shop on Rue de Lille, imbues the drawing room with soft, pale undertones; the other end pairs Damien Hirst’s spots with a medieval wooden saint on a 1930s table by André Arbus.  Sittings Editor: Hamish Bowles

Friday, January 25, 2013

More European Doorways

If you have been following my blog (and specifically my travels) for a while now, you know how much I enjoy photographing spectactular architecture and especially doors...  You can see the first post I did about doors from my travels the last few years in Europe here.  

I have put together a few more from our more recent adventures, plus a few going back a while, to add to the collection.  I hope that some of these doors speak to you, as they did to me, and that perhaps they will provide some European-style entryway inspiration, too!

Madrid, Spain May 2011

Copenhagen, Denmark August 2011

Madrid, Spain May 2011

Tuscany, Italy June 2011

Barcelona, Spain September 2010

Brugge, Belgium August 2009

Munich, Germany April 2011

Venice, Italy October 2008

I hope you enjoyed this little "architectural vacation"!

All photos were taken by me, Barbara Jordan Dettweiler.  
Please do not use without my consent.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Favorite Things: Courtyards

One thing that makes me melt every time I see it - whether it's part of a home, hotel or restaurant - is a courtyard.  Do you love them too?  Here are a few of my latest favorites:


Stone, wood and glass~Décor de Provence

courtyard pool by mcalpine tankersley
OK this isn't a courtyard but I love how the house is wrapping around the pool for a similar feel...



courtyard--love it!

Don Ziebell - mood

dark wood & stone


If you'd like to see past posts about courtyards, you can look here, here and here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tina's Last Supper

Today I bring you the wonderful Tina from The Enchanted Home, to talk about her Last Supper.  As you probably expected, she did it up right!  Read on to learn how this talented and fun loving woman would do it!

Hi there. When Barbara asked me to guest post for her on "my last supper" I was  so excited. First, because its no secret I love great food and I love great company as much if not more. Then throw in a beautiful setting, gorgeous picture perfect weather and I am one happy girl! So Barbara's idea was to ask if this were my last supper....where would it be? What would be served? Who would get to attend? 
I had fun thinking about it and though many places and ideas came to mind, the idea of the French countryside kept coming back to me, but with a twist. There were French elements to my meal but it is mostly Italian inspired, hail to my love of pasta. So its the best of both worlds...idyllic French countryside and their fabulous cheeses,wines and pastries married to satisfying and amazing Italian food and wine...the combination is heavenly! So, alas this is where it all begins....do join me! Off we go......
WHERE? My lucky guests are shuttled in great style to a fabulous unannounced location in the French countryside. It is rural, pastoral and above all beautiful. The drive feels like something right out of a fairytale....
 Naturally the weather is PERFECT. I am talking low 70's, zero humidity, a slight breeze....as day turns to night, its just cool enough to warrant grabbing one of the pashminas I have lovingly  filled a basket with.

 On our way we go......the scenery is simply breathtaking! We spy the beautiful lavender fields in full bloom on our way and even stop to pick some!

We arrive at the beautiful home we have rented for the weekend just as the sun is setting and casting its golden glow over this magical setting.....
 Not a light bulb in sight...everything is aglow in tiny twinkling white lights form the lanterns and candles that are literally everywhere! Under a starlit sky....we all feast on "my last supper".

Our tables are positively magical with strung lights, candles, flowers......elegantly rustic is how I describe it
WHO? I want to be surrounded by those I love and cherish the most. This would mean of course my husband, kids, parents and sister and family. Some of my extended family including my grandmother and aunt. Then of course six of my treasured friends and their families. Oh yes, we are turning into a big group indeed. Oh well...the more the merrier. Cheers to having people that love you and that you love back!
WHAT? Whats on the menu? This is the where the fun really begins! Its more like whats not on the menu..lol. Being we are in France, naturally we start with a very extensive cheese and bread course. I am talking seriously extensive as in we could open up a good sized cheese store with the amount of cheese we have here. The wine flows like a water spout. A wine paring for every course.  French and Italian wines....yum!
A large beautiful table with every  single antipasta delight you can imagine along with fresh breads right out of the oven is how we start this supper.....
Fresh crostinis of every variation are made right before our very eyes....works of art I tell you!

Then a fresh round of foccacia bread right out of the oven is presented for a sampling...
 And finally the main course.....pasta, pasta and more pasta!
 This is not just any pasta however, there is a table with a master pasta maker making it fresh right before our very eyes!
 And all the pasta is served in separate individual little skillets.......

There is also a wonderful fish course, in fact that fish was caught just that morning and let me tell...it was as fresh as it gets.

Just about when we think we cannot possibly devour another heavenly bite......I spy the setting up of the dessert table. Now this is when it gets good. VERY good. Take a look at all we feasted on.......not to mention the most wonderful cappuccinos and espressos that were served.....

Behold the magnificence......all this under the twinkling stars!

And meet the cast of characters........
Come to mama!

Our talented chef, made this macaroon cake in my honor!

French pastries....who can resist!

These were little "take homes" for then next morning

Oh yea.....

Chocolate is the key to my heart! 

 If it has fruit, therefore it cancels out the calories:)

As pretty as they were delicious!

And then when my buttons started popping, just when I thought I could not possibly eat another crumb....out they come making bananas foster right before my very eyes, one of all time favorites! Bring on the elastic waistband, there is no way I am skipping this!

 All the while a wonderful jazz quartet is serenading us with beautiful soft music playing in the background to set just the right mood. If my crowd is really lucky...after enough wine, I may just get up and serenade them with a jazz rendition of my own. (in French to boot)!

As I am getting warmed up...you will never guess who decided to stop by, telling me there is no way he would miss my little soiree, guess who.....

Dear sweet Michael, such a sweetie pie with a sense of humor to boot. And that voice.....he couldn't stop serenading me, I had to finally tell him to just stop......I needed to go pursue the dessert table again:)

Toast after toast was made into the wee wee hours of the morning. Time? What's that? No one cared.....time is a thing of the past. This is a night of celebration, great food, fine company, unstoppable laughter and good cheer. This is my last supper. Thanks for stopping in and being a part of it!

One more thing, here's a little souvenir to remember the night by.......
A monogrammed wine tote, a corkscrew and our very own vintage!

Sorry if you are ravenous right about now....it would be hard to not be, I know I am! Thanks Barbara for this wonderful idea and for including me in it! It was fun to dream about what a magical night this would be but I am kind of happy it really isn't my "last supper" because I love food way too much and have a lot of living to do yet....and hope I will get to experience many many wonderful food experiences in my lifetime.  Thanks Barbara and to everyone else for stopping in!

Beautifully done Tina!  And how thoughtful of you to think of a souvenir to boot.
I'd join you for your Last Supper any day!  :)


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