My niece, Colleen contacted me for a little design advice while she, her husband and three little girls were living as ex-pats in Hong Kong. They were there on a three-year assignment. Colleen wanted what they bought in China to work when they moved back to the home that they kept in Northern California.
With what we bought, Colleen’s good taste and some assistance from her friend, Andrea Levine from Adler Interior Design, they are settling back in nicely! Colleen invited me over for lunch recently and I snapped some photos of her “California Casual Style With A Global Slant.”
California Global Style
This lacquered Chinese wedding chest fits nicely with the fresh California style.
Great Gadget for the Kitchen–Google Nest Hub
While Colleen was preparing lunch, we listened to music coming from this little Google Nest Hub. She showed me how you could speak to it. “Hey, Google, what’s the weather?”
Or “Google, show me some chocolate chip cookie recipes.” And while not in use like this, it displays random photos from your photo files! So now (for $129 at Target) I know what I want for my birthday! Or actually, I think it’s a business expense since I could use it in my office. “Hey, Google show me blue striped dhurrie rugs…”
Colleen set a beautiful table for the two of us.
I asked her for the Healthy Lentil Soup recipe!
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 chopped tomatoes or 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes (14.5oz)
- 1 lb. dried lentils
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 - 2 tsp kosher salt
- grated parmesan cheese
In a large pot, heat oil and saute onions, carrots and celery 5 minutes. Add in garlic and spices.
Stir in lentils, broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Just before serving, add in spinach and stir in vinegar.
Serve with grated parmesan and fresh baguette.
Also, I recently gave advice in Redfin’s article: “How To Prepare Your Home For An Open House”
Good tips even if your home is not going on the market… or if you are just coming home after three years in Hong Kong. 🙂
Thanks, Colleen and Elizabeth for a fun afternoon! Welcome home!
And are you seeing what I’m up to Instagram? Come see where I am now 🙂 Happy Summer!