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Amangiri

Hubby and I booked a two-night stay at the Amangiri this summer as a late anniversary present to each other.  After an exhilarating stay on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, we drove two and a half hours to the 600-acre property, which is off Highway 89 just 16 miles north of Page, Arizona.  The Amangiri, whose name means “Peaceful Mountain”, is one of …

Entertaining in the Desert, Part Three

While I am adding the finishing touches to some longer posts, I will share with you photos from a dinner party I hosted over the weekend.  We were celebrating two milestone birthdays, one for 45 and the other for 90 years. I drew inspiration from a photo on my Pinterest page, and designed a Chinese table scape, for one because my mom, Frances, had oodles of Chinese …

Mofongo and Chilis, and a little José Andrés

Beach vacations are all about hanging out in a hammock with a good book in one hand and a tropical rum drink in the other. But in Puerto Rico, I was torn…I had all these grand plans to explore the island (you know the rain forest and the colonial villages), but then I laid eyes on this little spot outside the Ritz-Carlton Reserve’s reception area…the Positivo Sand …

AZ Tidbits

I swung by my local florist last week, the Camelback Flowershop, and saw something that made my heart flutter: My initial thought was that I would take advantage of this the next time I host a dinner party on a weekend.  But, then again, why wait for a special occasion?  At 50% off, I want to treat myself every chance I can get.  La vida …

Houston Antiquing

I just returned from a scouting trip to Houston, my second of (hopefully many) such excursions.  We have been designing, planning, and recently building a new home in AZ, and are finally at the fun part…decorating.  I met my designer extraordinaire there, and we spent two very busy and productive days hitting as many stores as time would allow.  She likes to stay at the …

Bright Shiny Things

While in Istanbul, I became fascinated with the Bohemian crystal chandeliers that seem to adorn many palaces, hotels, restaurants, and homes.  In the restaurant Pandeli, above the spice market, I spotted the first of many to be seen along my trip. Notice the etched tulip-shaped glass globes.  The tulip flower originated centuries ago in Persia and Turkey, and played a significant role in the art …

Iznik Tiles

Iznik tiles and pottery get their name from the town in western Anatolia where they were made in the late 15th century through the late 17th century.  They are beautifully decorated with floral and arabesque patterns in rich colors of blues, greens and reds. After our tour of the Spice Bazaar, we walked a short distance to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is known as …