Foodie Friday: Fruit & Herb Cocktails with Rosé Gin

It’s summer (finally) and I’m happy to have landed on Cape Cod. This year our whole little family of four will be spending the entire time here. The boys are working at two of my favorite North Truro establishments, which is fun, because I get to see them in action when I’m out for lunch.

It’s also pretty easy to celebrate the season at home. StyleCarrot partner Wayfair, which is sponsoring this post, asked me to share some tips using items from its Kitchen and Tabletop section. Well, that was easy.

Raspberry Martini With Rose GGin

Obviously, I headed right for the drinkware and barware page. My cabinet of cocktail essentials was not nearly as stocked as one might imagine. This stainless steel cocktail muddler with copper finish mashed up those organic raspberries quite nicely. What to pair with it? Dry Line Rosé Gin from South Hollow Spirits, right here in Truro.

Raspberry Martini With Rose Gin Rose Gold Shaker

A rose gold cocktail shaker and a set of martini glasses with the simplest of lines makes for an  easy preparation and elegant presentation. Garnish? Yes please. Lemon thyme and lemon verbana from my backyard herb garden.

Ice Cubes With Fresh Fruit Metal Straw

Not feeling like an alcohol-soaked afternoon? A metal  straw and homemade fruit-filled ice cubes in Pellegrino works too.

Herb Infused Blackberry Cocktail

Or fruit-soaked sangria in a stemless wine glass. I’m loving these lemongrass picks for perching garnishes on the rim.

Herbs Growing In My Garden In Cape Cod

A glimpse of my garden. Yeah, it’s a bit unkempt, but the mess is mostly the stuff growing on the hill behind it. The left photo pictures chives with fading purple blooms, along with sage and lemon verbena. On the right is lemon thyme, used as ground cover.

Bar Styling For Summer Entertaining

And here’s the whole setup. Happy summer everyone.

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ARTmonday: Hamilton Princess, Bermuda

I was in Bermuda for a few days this spring, visiting The Loren at Pink Beach, a new resort with a cool, South Beach vibe, and absolutely incredible location. It is absolutely gorgeous and the stay was perfection.

The Loren Hotel Bermuda Ocean

The coast at The Loren.

While there, we ventured out one evening to Hamilton, the island’s capital, mostly to catch a glimpse of the pretty pastel buildings.

Pastel Buildings in Hamilton Bermuda Downtown

Hamilton, Bermuda

We also grabbed a drink at the The Hamilton Princess hotel, which has a spectacular art collection. It was a really fun surprise to discover it. Here are some of the highlights:

Jeff Koonns Blue Mirror

Jeff Koons, Monkey (Blue)

David Batchelor Geometric Neon Art

David Batchelor, Glowstick 6

Keith Haring Pop Art Lithograph

Keith Haring, Pop Shop Quad 1

Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton

Takashi Murakami, Eye Love Superflat

Miffy Bunny Sculpture By Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs, Miffy

Op Art Wall Sculpture

Philippe Decrauzat

Psychedelic Neon Art Hans Kotter

Hans Kotter, Fractal Circles

Photo Collage At The Hamilton Princess


Flowers By Andy Warhol In Bermuda

Andy Warhol, Flowers

Three Dimensional Artwork by Patrick Hughes

Patrick Hughes

Artwork By Shepard Fairey In Bermuda

Shepard Fairey, Cost of Expression

whale with spout by artist know as invader


Julian Opie at Bermuda Hamilton Princess

Julian Opie, Walking in Sinsa Dong 3

mondrian style paintings


Little Boy Dreaming By Liu Ye at Hamilton Princess

Liu Yue, Dreaming of Mondrian

Neon Art By Hero Design at Hamilton Princess Bermuda

Hero Design, #princessbright




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Sunday Bouquet: Japanese Snowball

Doublefile Viburnum Japanese Snowball White Spring Flowers

An Insta follower told me these flowering branches, clipped from my yard on the Cape, are called doublefile viburnum, otherwise known as Japanese snowball.
Styled in an unglazed bone china vase from Insta.

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Anemones in Violets

Spring Flowers Purple Anemones

Violet-toned anemones hold the promise of spring.

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Fine Print: Canadian Contemporary

Canadian Contemporary: The Northern Home (Images Publishing Group, 2018) is one of my favorite design books of 2018.

Design Books 2018 Canadian Contemporary Architecture New England Scandinavian

Canadian Contemporary features 33 projects by top residential architects in Canada. Locations include Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Victoria Beach, Nova Scotia, and others. Styles would look equally at home here in the U.S., as well as Australia, Japan, and Scandinavia. There’s a townhouse, farmhouse, beach house, and even a treehouse.

There are many gorgeous exterior and interior photographs, as well as floor plans. Here is a sampling (admittedly, not the highlights), approved by the publisher. It’s worth picking up a copy for the full presentation.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Compass House By Superkul

Compass House by architecture firm Superkul is sited on the Niagara Escarpment in Mulmur, Ontario. It was built as a weekend home for a family of six.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Compass House By Superkul Modern Dining Room

The interior walls are lined with horizontal slats of knotty white cedar, a warm and earthy contrast to the home’s minimal form. The floor is white oak and the ceiling white, to give a sense of infinite space and light.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Fahouse With Black Exterior SIding

Fahouse by Jean Verville Architecte is located in a hemlock forest in Eastern Townships, Quebec.

Contemporary House With Black Exterior In Canada

I wasn’t able to identify which house this is, but I think it’s also Fahouse. Given its black exterior and dramatic A-frame roofline, I didn’t want to leave it out.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture House With Black Exterior SIding

This home,called The Rock, sits on the side of Mount Shefford in Quebec. It was designed by Atelier Général Architecture. The concept was to merge the house with the mountain. Parts of the deck are actually built around rock outcroppings.

Contemporary Home In Canada With Glass Walls Modern Dining Room

Bécassinnes Cottage (not quite our definition of cottage), was designed by Atelier Boom-Town. It’s in Potton, Quebec, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog. In addition to four bedrooms, it’s got a dormitory that sleeps ten.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture With Vertical Cedar Siding

This is a less formal house with vertical cedar siding and cedar shingles, left to weather naturally. We could easily find such a home here in New England.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Modern Farmhouse Near Montreal

This modern farmhouse, located an hour-and-a-half east of Montreal is called Townships Farmhouse. It was designed by LAMAS (Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio). The farmer/artist couple who live here are conscious of preserving the area’s agricultural buildings and conserving the land. This is an image of the central courtyard.

Canadian Contemporary Architecture Modern Farmhouse Near MontrealCanadian Contemporary Architecture Bedshed With White Curtain And Archway

This is a view of what the architect calls a “bed box” in a downtown Toronto loft. The white curtains, archway, adn glossy white farmhouse chairs is channeling an early Delano Hotel vibe. The space, named Broadview Loft, was designed by StudioAC for a young professional couple. The back wall of the kitchen is painted black to recede, and a long built-in bench under the window provides a place to display items or act as seating when entertaining.

Canadian Contemporary: The Northern Home


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