Paris, Salads, and the Sweet Life

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I’m loving these chairs by Serena & Lily-they were inspired by the classic 1930’s European bistro chair.  I’ve seen and sat in these pretty chairs in Paris and have to say they are VERY comfortable.  In Serena’s Spring 2016 catalog, the editors explain that the chairs are made of sustainable rattan and then are bent into shape in the French tradition.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  What more is there to say?

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With my brother Jay, enjoying the delights in Paris.  The Bistro Chair.  Paris, France.

I love well-constructed furniture and I love good design and beautiful things which I believe give us all hope in life.  Who doesn’t love going away on vacation and finding that your hotel has crisp, white sheets, and art work above the headboard that speaks to the area your visiting.  You might not stay long in your planned destination; like myself in Paris, I was there to catch the sights for only one week!  After a long day of walking and exploring the city, I was destined to hit the sheets and start all over the next day.  I will never forget that trip or the food!

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Moving onto sheets and beautiful bedding is my specialty.  I have an eye for choosing bedding that soothes and calms but almost always has flowers, my first loves.  Here the simple arrangement of floral’s brings a serenity (no pun) to this girls’ room and the pattern repeated on the walls unifies the arrangement.  I just love the light blue quilt which softens the room even more.  I would sleep peacefully with my little girl in here!

With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to include the color green in my palette this year-which will be a bold move for me because I play it safe with neutrals.  I’ll start with pillows.  I like to update my entire house if it’s in the budget and I’ll follow according to the holiday.  I’d also like to include a healthier, greener version of a recipe that includes one of my favorite green ingredients, the precious avocado.  It’s packed with vitamins so go ahead, gush and forget about how those Brussels Sprouts tasted when you were a kid!

SPROUTS, AVOCADO & APPLE SALAD

 

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In a large bowl, whisk together:

1/3 cup lemon juice, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper until combined.  Add the leaves of 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, 1 thinly sliced avocado, 1 thinly sliced Braeburn apple,  1/2 cup roasted and salted pumpkin seeds, and 1 oz thinly shaved Parmesan cheese.  Toss to combine.  Makes 4 servings.

Even if your in a bad place right now or your feeling disgruntled in some way, go out, buy these ingredients and try it-try something new.  Make your mark.  The sweet life is just around the corner, I promise.