grey gardens

This post might be a little random – my coffee never kicked in this morning so I’m feeling a little less focused than normal.  Does this ever happen to anyone or have my adrenal glands officially kicked the bucket?

Wanted to give you an update on my flower and boxwood planting attempts.  Yes, I actually planted them…and yes, they have lived for more than 3 weeks now.  Woo hoo!  I think next I’ll attempt to put this little guy in our keeping room.


And you know I’m always decorating our imaginary farmhouse.  Lately I love the idea of using a deep grey somewhere.  Whether it’s in the living room, a study, interior doors, or outside on an adorable potting shed.



My favorite shade of dark grey right now is Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore.  The name kind of makes me think of the term coffee breath, ha.  Except Dragon’s Breath is completely wonderful and doesn’t cause people to back away three feet.

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Cheers to caffeine addiction, breath mints, great paint, and plants that live well into old age!

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beach life

We’ve had our cousins in town from Austin, Texas.  It’s been such a fun week!  Boating, beach lounging, shopping, and all the activities you can imagine doing while visiting our area.  We’re still “on vacation” so I’ll try to share more pics next week.

On Wednesday, we took the boat out for a fun day at Crab Island – a unique part of the Emerald Coast which leads into a portion of the bay that’s shallow and clear.   We even boated to dinner at our very favorite sushi place, Harbor Docks.  Our cousin, Lolly captured the cutest shot of Peter leading all the girls to one of the small beaches after dinner.   

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Peter has never named his boat…I think the name “Sea Mistress” would be fitting.  He loves his boat about as much as I love my horse ; )

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Beach time with family makes me feel so happy.  And it’s like I get to see our surroundings in a whole new way.  Are you planning to travel soon?  Here’s a list of beach fashion inspiration I put together for your summer vacay…


  1. Lovvvvvve this packing list (complete with outfit pictures) by perspicasity.  Especially the red coral necklace, which is well-priced.  I want it ALL!!
  2. Check out this brilliant sun hat DIY.  Had no idea pom pom trim could be so chic!? [photo via]  sun hat DIY
  3. This $21 embroidered cover up is perfect for a little sass at the beach.
  4. A simple maxi for summer is essential.  I adore this charcoal wrap maxi, or this $27 cream strapless maxi or this $80 cream with straps.  If you like pattern, I’ve tried on this blue ocean maxi and love.  It’s super comfy and you can’t go wrong with the pattern, price, or color.
  5. A statement necklace is a wonderful wardrobe staple.  I would wear any simple dress, tee, or maxi with this killer crystal industrial necklace.  The whole jewelry line is over here.  necklace
  6. This budget friendly beach tote would be adorable monogrammed.
  7. And of course, this is my favorite all around beach/boat/barn hat.  It’s preppy fab and goes with everything.  I’ve had mine for 7 years!

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savory summer pasta

I’d like to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Daryl Davis.  You may know her as the visionary co-founder of SEASIDE® and creator of the SEASIDE STYLE® retail boutiques.  She’s also the generous patron of the dance program I co-founded at Seaside Neighborhood School in 2011.  Daryl has a big heart and true passion for the arts, and I so appreciate all the years she has supported my efforts to bring ballet education and entertainment into our community.  We both share that vision.


Until recently, I didn’t know that Daryl is also a talented cook.  Before leaving for a whirlwind trip to Europe, she invited me over to her Seaside home for a lovely summer lunch.  It was so delicious that I had to share with you!


Daryl’s home is so pure, simple, and white.  Love all the classical architecture and little peeks of the magnificent surroundings. I’m guessing pretty much anything would taste good in this environment ; )  In case anyone asks, her slipcovered chairs are from Pizitz.  


Not a terrible view from the porch, which is just off the dining room.


I could go on and on.  Maybe I can give you all a tour of her home in early Fall.  I’ll be sure and use a real camera versus my phone, ha.

So let’s talk about the food.  This pasta salad is now my favorite summer dish!  The beauty of it is that you can mix it up with so many different ingredients – such as ones to make it vegetarian, gluten free, or kid-friendly.  Not pictured is the balsamic vinegar, which was there as an embellishment and soooooo delicious.


Daryl’s recipe was based off the Farro Salad with Shallots and Parsley from this wonderful cook book.

simple food

She substituted the Farro for Orzo.  And added other tasty ingredients, such as chopped apples and a few other things, which I’ll show you in a second.


I helped her with the final touches when I arrived, my job was picking the spearmint leaves off the stems.  To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how spearmint would taste in pasta?  I had never tasted that.  All the variety of flavors came together in the most delicious way.



3/4 cup farro (or another pasta)

1 teaspoon salt

1 small shallot or 2 scallions, diced fine

2 tablespoons chopped parsley  - may be substituted with spearmint, cilantro, or basil

3 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil

fresh ground pepper

*Daryl added tomatoes, olives, chopped apples, spearmint and chopped chicken to above ingredients


  1. Cook pasta until tender.  Drain and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with red wine vinegar and salt.  Stir and taste, add more salt or vinegar if needed.
  3. Stir in diced shallot (or scallions), chopped parsley, olive oil, and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Serve at room temperature, or chilled.

Dessert was super simple and delish.  We enjoyed a bowl of the sweetest-tasting strawberries from a local organic farm and these orange delights by La Maison du Chocolat.  They’re slender, candy orange peels dipped in chocolate.  Have you tried them?  Oh my gosh.


I left happy, full, and completely relaxed.  I wasn’t planning to post about our lunch, it was sort of inspired and very in-the-moment, which is the way Daryl and I typically work together.  I’d like to thank our gracious hostess for allowing me to share.  Let me know if you make this pasta salad for your family.  It is such a can’t-go-wrong dish.  I’ll be taking this on some family picnics!

One last thing…keep your eyes open for a BIG Seaside announcement I plan to share here on the blog – something Daryl and I have been working on for the past six months.  It’s a cultural and historic Seaside event coming next spring that you won’t want to miss!  Cannot wait to share the details with you!!

Bon appetit!

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