Reporting in with some fun Autumn Updates for the home, fashion, and another of Howard’s delicious recipes for dinner!
But first, when we had our little family trip to Lake Arrowhead, I kept thinking about how lucky I was in spite of the pandemic and the wildfires in California. And then, as I have mentioned, last week my mom fell and broke her hip. We can’t see her in the rehab nursing home. Trying to stay upbeat here is hard. But the good news is we can talk by phone/Facetime and I am hoping she will be out just in time for my birthday!
Here are Five Faves…Autumn Updates and More!
I’m looking forward to reading Annie’s and Cindy’s Five Faves this week at the end of the post, too!
1. Fall Coffee Table
I haven’t done much decoration for Fall yet as in San Francisco we get a wonderful Indian Summer with little fog…so I am holding on to that. But I did these minor changes to our coffee table.
I polished the copper pot that I got at a Paris flea market with Barkeepers Friend and put a plant in it from Trader Joe’s. Then I put a fresh candle in this African bowl with these little pumpkin-shaped seeds.
2. Eyelet Top From the Banana Republic
I should have asked Cindy what she was wearing first as she was the one who told me about the CP Shades skirt that she and I both ended up wearing versions of! Yes, I copied her. I love her style.
But you can get the eyelet blouse from the Banana Republic on sale plus an extra 50% off right now (comes in tall, regular, and petite). Tommy did a video of me “modeling it” but I couldn’t get it to upload so here is a screenshot…
Ugh…I need to get back on Weight Watchers! But first, look at this recipe.
3. Howard’s Veal Milanese With Fresh Grape Tomato Topping
Howard has been making this for years and did again just the other night since our son, Tommy was here. He loves it, too! Of course, the recipe is in Howard’s head but I got this out of him even though it was Saturday and college football was on…
Veal Milaneses with Chopped Grape Tomatoes
- Use veal scallops (scallopini). Pound them thin.
- Dredge in flour, then in beaten eggs, then in good quality, fine bread crumbs.
- Fry in olive oil in batches – put finished pieces in the oven on low heat on a platter.
- chopped tomatoes, garlic, red onions, and basil. Toss with olive oil and salt/pepper and serve on the warm veal
He served it with spaghetti tossed in extra virgin olive oil and a green salad. Delish!
4. Juliet From Make Mine a Spritzer
Juliet has been a long time client and friend. I love that she has definite opinions and knows what she likes… making what I do for her more like being a sounding board and resource. Recently, she started a blog called Make Mine A Spritzer. Which takes guts as I have been doing this for over 10 years and the learning has been cumulative. So to start now…I say “Go Juliet!!!”
Her home is a fresh mix of greens and blues and beautiful millwork. The striped Roman shade is custom using Ralph Lauren Emeline fabric in Leaf. I like how Juliet stained the top of the coffee bar/buffet.
The Roman shade and pillow below are custom-made using Thibaut Mitford linen fabric and the swivel club chair is also custom from Lee Jofa.
I was just at her house last week for her library/living room finishing touches and boy…you should see her garden! I hope there will be lots more about it on her blog.
5. Bookcase Styling
My client wanted her rental home to feel like a real home while they renovating their forever home over the next year.
Last week, we got all their art hung around the house (which really makes things cozier) and decorated their bookshelves with things they already owned. (We wear masks and keep some distance). I’d rather save buying new things for their new house.
Those are my Five Faves: Autumn Updates, Veal Milanese recipe, Make Mine a Spritzer, etc!
Let’s see what my friends have in store for us…
Come back on Thursday as we have a Project Design: Fall Fashion for you will some of my favorite over 50 style bloggers!