Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wicked Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Remembering Marija

Remembering Marija: "
True Friend Ship last's forever !

One year ago today, July 10th, everything changed with the sudden death of Marija, an adored blogger.

Having spent several days together in Atlanta on an antiquing trip, Marija and I were excited for the drive home, there was so much to talk about; dinner the previous night with Eddie and Jaithan, meeting all of my lovely friends in the business, our treasures found, blogging..........our future as new friends, oh the plans we hatched!

Just before leaving the antique market Marija discovered the show was monthly, not annually as assumed, she squealed, jumped up and down, grabbed my hands and beamed "you are stuck now, i am coming with you EVERY month!" I have not been back.

As we were headed home, a horrific car accident took Marija's life, instantly. Cory lost a wife, best friend and constant companion. Olivija and little Nigel an adoring, nurturing Mother.
I, a piece of myself

Have you ever been fortunate enough to have someone come into your life and experience that instant shared connection? That magic you both recognize at the time? It does not happen often, maybe with your spouse, a friend or two, maybe? For me Marija was one of those.

Every night in the hotel room we stayed up quite late and talked. There was so much to say! As if we knew our time together was fleeting. One night Marija said 'How do some bloggers write a post and within minutes have 50 plus comments, what are we doing wrong?! (said with a huge smile)' Little would she know that her next post, written by Cory as a tribute to his beloved wife, would garner 654 comments.
Everyone embraced this family, shared how Marija touched their lives and grieved collectively. Cory has left up her blog; 'Holding Court'. It is a place that seems tangible, to visit, read her eloquent words, revisit her humor, and for that moment, feel her presence.
As a tribute to this lovely woman Charlotta (predominately) and I, set up a memorial blog 'Holding Forth', many of you have written a post, and Patricia of PVE painted Marija's treasured home. Our wish is to bind these memories to ultimately present to her children. We would love for you to participate. I even think I may be able to write my portion soon.

To think I began this blog to share design with like-minded individuals, never imagining I would share my soul, find comfort, find friends and love. Thank you everyone, I treasure each of you immensely.

Please remember her and her precious family today.

I know Marija is smiling down on us all
with blessings-

Holding Court
Holding Forth
Eddie and Jaithan


One Room Living

One Room Living: "People often ask me how I can live in just one room with a bathroom out the back. You do have to be fairly tidy and organised, but the benefits of being able to lie in bed with the water close by outweigh the disadvantages. I was please to find an online interview with designer Ellen O'Neill discussing her one-room apartment overlooking Gramercy Park in Manhattan. She says, "I just wanted a modern cubicle, where I could recline on a daybed and touch everything". Here is said daybed, decorated in black and white like the rest of the apartment:

Her space is larger than mine and includes an office area:

The floor is painted white. As O'Neill says, 'I've always had painted floors — I use automotive paint. Brown floors depress me to death. And I knew from the start that I wanted a black-and-white palette. But just black and white can be too hard and cold, too optical. You need some creams and grays and sepias to ease you into a softer, gentler world and add a little romance'.

I love the toile fabric screen and slip-covered chair:

O'Neill also has a house in Bridgehampton which is considerably larger, and decked out with red touches. She was formerly VP of Design for Ralph Lauren, as can be seen in her decorating style:

You can read the House Beautiful interview on the Bridgehampton house here:

I love the kitchen with its check painted floor:

I think I prefer the all-white bedroom below to the red and white one above:

The house can be rented out via this website
All images House Beautiful website.

Monday, July 11, 2011

5th and state: Remembering Marija

5th and state: Remembering Marija: " One year ago today, July 10th, everything changed with the sudden death of Marija, an adored blogger. Having spent several days toget..."