life & style



Exciting news! Classic Life & Style now has a Classic Books page filled with my favourite titles covering everything from interior design, cooking, architecture, fashion and entertaining to leisure reading. You can find them all under the link "SHOP" and then "Books". Be sure to pop by often as the library is ever growing, but to give you a bit of a teaser, here are a few that are on my list of what to add to my home library next-happy reading and happy Friyay!!

"Award-winning architect Patrick Ahearn treats readers to an exclusive tour of the timeless classical homes he’s created in some of New England’s most affluent communities, along the way revealing the unique, site-sensitive philosophy, point of view and principles that allow him to seamlessly balance preservation with innovation and have made him one of the region’s most sought-after and successful residential designers."

"Celebrated interior designer and renowned tastemaker Charlotte Moss turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. Charlotte Moss’s greatest muse is the garden, and this book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day—indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own gardens, Moss offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life—including ideas for elegant flower arrangements from the garden and the table settings and menus they inspire, garden seating for entertaining and relaxing, interior color schemes drawn from nature, and much more. "

"As begun in the best-selling Happy Times, her first book with Assouline, Lee Radziwill’s colorful journey continues in the much-anticipated Lee. In this quest or privacy and freedom within a highly publicized life, Radziwill shares her unique perspective as a witness to history, recalling the numerous cultural figures she counted among her friends, from Rudolf Nureyev to Truman Capote, and quiet moments with her children in London and New York. Filled with anecdotes and personal photographs, Lee is an intimate reflection on Radziwill’s world."

"Throughout her long and storied life, Rachel “Bunny” Mellon’s greatest passion was garden design. She and her husband, Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America, maintained homes in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the gardens at all of them. She also designed gardens for some of her dearest friends, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House, at the request of President Kennedy, and the gardens at both the Paris home and the château of couturier Hubert de Givenchy."

"A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion."

"A glimpse into the "quintessentially Greenwich" homes that are stately and elegant yet designed for the comforts of family life. Greenwich is one of the most desirable communities in the United States, with houses that epitomize the suburban tradition. With their handsome facades and elegant interiors, these homes provide inspiration to decorators and homeowners nationwide. More than almost any other community, Greenwich signifies a classic look, a way of living, and a state of mind."

"Nestled amid the lush, gently rolling hills of cattle and horse farms in Millbrook, New York, is a handsome Greek Revival house that looks like it’s always been there. In fact, it is brand new—the collaborative effort of architect Peter Pennoyer and his wife, interior designer Katie Ridder. This irresistible book, exquisitely illustrated with photographs, finely rendered plans, and hand-painted illustrations, tells the home’s story. The design followed Pennoyer’s conviction that historical examples are a springboard for the imagination and offer compelling solutions for new architecture."

"One of the delights of a visit to Colonial Williamsburg, the restored colonial capital of Virginia, is discovering the great treasury of design to be found in its historic buildings. Every room of every authentically appointed home, shop, and tavern offers inspiration for today's home decorators. Now a selection of these exciting interiors (many of them completely repainted and refurnished according to the latest archaeological information on colonial life), along with contemporary interpretations by best-selling decorating author Tricia Foley, is collected here in the first book devoted exclusively to Williamsburg design."

"Roger Banks-Pye was one of the most sought-after interior decorators of his time. Design director at the doyen of interior decoration Colefax and Fowler, his work appears traditional at first glance but is in fact spiced with innovation, originality and irreverence. This classic volume shows the decorator at work in a selection of the private homes he transformed with flair and panache, from a London studio apartment decorated on a shoestring to a Scottish hunting lodge where money was no object."

"If John Fowler was—in the words of the late Duchess of Devonshire—the Prince of Decorators, and Nancy Lancaster undoubted doyenne of English country house style, Imogen Taylor was their crown princess. She joined interior design firm Colefax and Fowler in 1949 and when John retired in 1971 he passed on to her all his clients. Until she retired in 1999 she was, along with Tom Parr, the firm’s principal decorator. This book combines style bible with social memoir. Imogen Taylor brings a sharp eye and ready wit not only to decorating style but also to the social history of the latter part of the 20th century."

Best way to start the week

Well, it's that time of year again, back to work, and back to school for many after what seemed like (us usual) too short of a Christmas break. So to start this week off right I am going to hopefully sprinkle a little ray of sunshine into your day like I did mine by sharing one of the books I have not been able to put down lately. It's chock full of draw dropping photos, and interesting stories of classic country style homes and their owners that will have you hooked from the very first page, Nora Murphy's Country House Style. Nora put this book out in 2018 and in it you will see all of the homes (including her own) which she travelled to around the US in order to capture their beauty and style. My favourite homes are Nora's and Tessa's-I would take either in a heart beat just exactly as they are. Each home is in it's own way charming, refined with a little casual, plunked in a beautiful town or village and adorned with lots of layers of antiques and textiles-just perfect. I could go on and on about this book but instead I'll share a few snippets of what's inside. It has to be one of my all time favourites, a cup of coffee and settle in type book-best way to start the week!

Nora Murphy's Home and Grounds | Dreamy.

Nora's Dinning Table

Nora's Home | A Display Of All Things Collected

The Chapter On Tessa's House | Each Chapter Begins With An Owners Collage | Love This One

Tessa's Living Room | Cozy!

Tessa's Kitchen | Love The Window Above The Sink

Tessa's Office | Sheer Perfection!

Shortcut apple crisp

Have you ever been desperate for a homemade dessert but just didn't have the time (or energy) or the ingredients to make one? Please tell me I'm not alone!! This past week I whipped up this yummy apple crisp recipe (if I can even call it that) in next to no time at all and it was a major hit. It's one of those things where you nearly always have the ingredients in the pantry to make it.

1 1/2 cups granola (I used Natures Path Organic)

11/2 Tbsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp brown sugar

4 Tbsp of butter (each tablespoon cut individually and then quartered)

4 apples

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine granola, cinnamon and brown sugar in bowl and mix. Dice up each apple and place in individual mini pie dishes or ramekins. Sprinkle granola mixture over each of the apple dishes and then top each with 1 tablespoon worth of butter. Bake for 15 minutes (checking at about 10 minutes and on as it can burn quickly). Once finished baking, top each individual dish with a scoop of ice cream or leave it as, serve warm and enjoy!


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