✢ Farmer’s Market Finest

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You know summer is here when the Farmer’s Market in Marion Square in downtown Charleston is brimming with locals as well as visitors.  Everyone carries baskets brimming with fresh fruits and veggies and brightly colored flowers and herbs from farms surrounding our beloved Low Country.

Our find this weekend? Okra and more Okra.

My friend and past neighbor, John Taylor of Hoppin’ John’s, shared an easy (and I do mean easy) and delicious pickled okra recipe.  This one comes from his Hoppin John’s Charleston, Beaufort, and Savannah Dining at Home in The Low Country cookbook.  It’s a classic.

Now on to pickling perfection!  Great with any meal, as an appetizer, or in a spicy Bloody. ❈

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✢ The Year of The Dragon

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We created our own version of the Two-Headed Dragon by upholstering a client’s tired old pair of chairs in a Jim Thompson No. 9 Qinglong Linen dragon print.  To settle the bold artistry of the face of the chair, we paired it with a ClassicCloth linen and jute backing.  The yellow and orange threads in the Classic Cloth add depth, texture, color, and allow us to utilize a broader palette in the room where they are placed.  We fear no dragon (of this kind, anyway).  ❈

✢ Sunnylands, Southern California ✢

We all day dream at times, right? Some of us more than others, admit-tingly. As summer approaches, and it’s time for some much needed R&R, I run right to Sunnylands (in my mind, anyway).

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Designed by A. Quincy Jones in the mid 1960’s for Walter Annenberg and his wife as a vacation home. It quickly became a haven for presidents and diplomats as a retreat for meetings and discussions. Who could not be at peace in Sunnylands?

With the design eye of William Harris and Ted Graber, they fused pinks with green, reds with yellow, florals and cheeky accents. Oh, I’m liking this Sunnylands dream, alright. Beats the office any day.  ❈