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Spring and summer are great times to do outdoor entertaining, some of our best memories have happened right in our own back yard. I absolutely adore outdoor rooms—-and I do mean rooms—-rugs, lamps, accessories, plenty of magazines–the works. Of course, it helps if you have a roof or awning over the area. We don’t have a covered deck at our house in New York, so when we are having friends over, I place the lamps, flowers and accessories out that day and bring them in the next, I also have a EZ UP canopy that covers the upper level of my deck so if the weather looks suspect we have a place to gather despite some droplets of rain. Look at some of these exquisite outdoor spaces….

Summer living!!!

This is a great space to enjoy your morning coffee, read the paper or gather with your family and friends! The space is tied together with a great rug!! I think spaces that don’t have rugs somehow feel incomplete. Rugs seem to ground the space and give it cohesiveness. This collection of accessories makes me want to curl up in this picture! What a cozy ensemble!

                                                                                                                         The animal print rug is an eye catching addition to this space, it brings this all together!

Accessories, pillows in pops of green make this sitting area warm and inviting.

Pops of Pink are so inviting in this roof top outdoor room.

With all the bright colors it really pulls this space together.

Great Times with Family and Friends, at my home!

This was my deck, on the 4th of July, with my friends and family these are the best times of our lives!!! Enjoy the outdoors, create a space on your deck or veranda this year that will bring you outside whenever you have a moment!


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What a great time, Summer! The way you feel when you get up and walk out to great the day, warm bright, relaxed!! Spending the afternoon with my girls by the pool, or weeding the garden. Great food, fresh heirloom tomatoes, the smell of fresh herbs just picked!! A super citrus cocktail that you enjoy as your friends come to visit, that casual conversation and easy summer picnic, this is the essence of summer to me!  One of my favorite summer cocktail is a Bellini. Cocktails don’t have to be full of sugary mixers or heavy ingredients. Integrate your summer fruit or garden herbs in with your cocktail recipes for some light and refreshing summer fun!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen peaches, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen blueberries or blackberries, thawed
  • 4 to 6 (750-ml) bottles Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
  • Fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, for garnish
  • Orange peel twists, for garnish


Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.

Puree the peaches and orange peel in a blender with 1/2 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. In a clean blender puree the strawberries with 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a clean fine-meshed strainer and into another bowl. Discard the seeds. Puree the blueberries in a clean blender with 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a clean fine-meshed strainer and into a third bowl. Discard the seeds and solids. Pour each of the purees into clear glass bowls or small pitchers.

For each serving, pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of the desired fruit puree into a Champagne flute. Slowly pour enough Prosecco into the flute to fill. Gently stir to blend. Garnish with the whole berries, as desired, and serve.

Do-Ahead Tip: The fruit purees can each be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate

So go ahead relax!!  No schedules, no appointments, no clients,  experience every moment live, love, laugh….



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