Monday, January 25, 2016

A Home Decked Out For Early Spring!

 We had the pleasure of "springing up" this home for a lovely couple...A gracious and sweet woman she loves and appreciates beautiful antiques and family heirlooms. What a beautiful home ready for early Spring who said the cold winter weather had to be boring?!

Spring Florals Have Arrived!

 Ready to Spring up your home? Our new Spring florals have just arrived and are brighter and more beautiful than ever! Orange & yellow ranunculus, yellow wild flowers, cabbages, purple lavender wreaths, cream dogwood garlands, bright poppy bunches, forsythia, cream sunflowers, mixed tulips...the list goes on! Pick out your favorites let us help you with ideas for your tabletops and mantle....have a favorite jug you would like worked up? Bring it in we would love to help you!!

William Sonoma's Peach-Glazed Pork Chops with Fresh Peach Salsa

Pork and fruit are a natural pairing. Here, pork chops are served with a salsa made from fresh peaches and are basted with a sauce made from peach jam. Other fresh fruits and jams can be used in their place, such as apricots and apricot jam or pineapple and pineapple jam.

This Hot Pepper Peach Jam is a twist on our traditional pepper jellies. We started with juicy peaches and added hot peppery spices to create a mellow jam that ends in a bite of spice. This jam tastes great as an appetizer when combined with cheese, it is also great on cornbread and when used for cooking sauces.
    For the sauce:
    3/4 cup Hot Pepper Peach Jam (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
    6 Tbs. bourbon whiskey or peach nectar 
    4 Tbs. white wine vinegar
    1/4 tsp. salt

    For the peach salsa:
    1 cup chopped peaches
    1 green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
    1/2 cup chopped red onion
    1 to 2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and finely chopped
    3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro or mint
    1 tsp. grated lime zest
    2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
    Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    6 boneless pork chops, each about 6 oz. and 3/4 inch thick
    3 Tbs. olive oil
    Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

To make the sauce, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the jam, bourbon, vinegar and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sauce and remove from the heat. Use the sauce immediately, or let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. If refrigerated, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before using. Measure out 3 Tbs. of the sauce to use as a glaze for the pork and reserve.

To make the peach salsa, in a bowl, combine the peaches, bell pepper, onion, chilies, cilantro, lime zest and lime juice and toss gently to mix. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Oil the grill rack.

Brush the chops on both sides with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush the chops on both sides with some of the sauce.

Grill the chops over the hottest part of a charcoal fire or directly over the heat elements of a gas grill, turning once and brushing with additional sauce, until cooked to your liking, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium (slightly pink at the center and juicy).

Transfer the chops to a warmed platter and brush them with the reserved 3 Tbs. peach sauce. Let rest for 3 minutes. Serve with the salsa spooned on top or alongside. Serves 4 to 6.

Rustic Cream Panels/Shutters

 These great rustic cream distressed panels look like they were found in an old french flea market. Great architectural elements for any room we could see them framing out a plain doorway, on either side of a headboard, or horizontally placed above a dresser. Perhaps even side by side on a kitchen wall with hooks on them to hang linen tea towels, aprons and copper pots....
The ones shown above are $72.95 each

Here is an example we put together in a lovely bedroom....the panels can even be turned sideways to get a different overall look! A pulled together seating area in front of her great antique walnut buffet...these vintage french panels hanging horizontally softened the overall feel, love the large mercury bottles added for interest and accent pieces!
Take them home and try them see how creative you can get with these great panels!!

How Does Your Garden Grow??

 Are you itching to dig in the dirt like we are and love to be outside?? Our focus on market this past week was Spring and new items for the season ahead! New and fun items will start arriving soon!
 Love these extra large silver glass hurricanes, hand blown tortoise glasses, large amber jars, and wicker lamps.....
 I can see this madonna overlooking a beautiful rose garden or featured on a dining table with beautiful spring garland wrapped around her....
 Have a seat on this great garden bench and listen to the birds sing this your tulip bulbs sprout...lay away? Sure please ask about it!
These rolls of mossy chicken wire and mossy ribbon can be looped around a spring wreath for your front door or loop it on a great basket handle. Be creative Spring will be here soon let us inspire you for the season!

Our sweet Stumpy...

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Extra Large Rustic Jugs

 These super large concrete rustic jugs look like they came from an old french garden...there distressed cream finish and large handles give them an old and wonderful rustic look. Place one next to a garden bench or sit it in front of a large hearth filled with blooming branches. They are heavy pieces and all there for sure!!

Whites & Linens...What's Fresh for Spring?

 We are still loving neutrals, creams, whites, and linens for Spring...we always do our best to find the best buys and freshest ideas for your home. Love love our linen pieces we have right now and they would love to go home with you...
These great Nantucket Linen Wing Chairs are so unique with their white-washed grey finish, linen upholstery, and reconstructed sides. We can see them in a living area in front of a crackling fireplace, a library, or featured in a bedroom. Love the details of these great chairs....
Special Price at $595.00 each
 This metal wire garden table is the perfect size for a small quaint coffee table or side table in your sunroom or patio...Special Price at $76.95 each we have two of them!
Our favorite metal peacock weathervane...where would you put him???

Spruce Up Your Door!

 These mossy willow baskets are a great addition to any front door or area...we have stuffed them full of beautiful spring florals. We can even see them lined and planted with fresh ivy or pansies and cabbages for Spring.
Pick the colors and spring florals you would like the best! These willow baskets are large and a great deal at $16.95 and $21.95 each

Spring Home with Pops of Color!

 A sweet lady on the go that wanted her house bright and colorful after Christmas. Loved using bright spring colors to add a pop of freshness for early Spring. Turned out beautiful inspiring me to work on my home!