Silver tones have dominated design for so long…but gold is making a comeback.
The new tones tend to have more of an aged or antique patina -
softening the shiny polished brass we used to know.
We’ve seen it make it’s way into interiors,
and now it’s easier than ever to add the warm metal in your home.
The popular oil rubbed bronze finish used so much today has brass undertones
making it a great compliment to shades of gold.

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To answer the brass-in-kitchen question – yes, when balanced with grays and the right finishes,
it looks good with stainless steel.

If you’re not ready for the big brass commitment,
a little hardware is perfect place to start.

Leopard prints have always been in style.
Whether you wear the pattern or lounge on it – a little goes a long way.
Be bold in a long jacket or keep it minimal with a bag or shoes
Be courageous and cover a chair or keep it simple with pillows.
No matter how you use it, this natural, organic print can add a little panache
to your wardrobe and home.

click on photos for source of the most popular goes-with-eveything designs by Clare Vivier is her leopard print.

I love this traditional wall covering print with the unexpected leopard.

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Leopard for the little ones.

We have had unusually cooler summer days here in Cleveland.
Along with all of the pre-sale deals (yeah, I’m talking about Nordstrom) it’s hard not to shop pre fall.
Gray is everywhere.  It’s still here.
It goes with everything.
(and we can’t avoid the trailer of the much anticipated ’50 Shades of Gray’)

We might as well get a head start.  After all, August is here. School starts this month.  That means fall.

I have this bag.  The leather they use is so soft and amazing!
I discovered them at a great art show in Denver this summer.
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My favorite tote now comes in gray!

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I’m hoping to use this in a client’s powder room.
It’s a stunning piece!

I can’t get enough of these super soft sheep skin pillows and throws.

Summer gardens are at their peak – loaded full of fresh vegetables and herbs.
The time couldn’t be better to make one of my favorite go-to pasta dishes
for the ultimate summer meal.
I love that you use less pasta by including zucchini ribbons -
and I often add squash ribbons and use the amazing local Ohio City Pasta Lemon Basil fettuccine.
If you don’t have your own garden, all of the ingredients for this dish can be bought
at the North Union Farmer’s Market in Chagrin Falls on Sundays.
Ohio City Pasta can be purchased all year round at the West Side Market in Cleveland.






garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or white-wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 pounds multicolored and multisize cherry tomatoes, halved (quartered if large)
3 ears corn, shucked
1 1/2 pounds medium zucchini
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion (optional; halve onion lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise)
8 to 9 ounces dried egg pappardelle or (dried egg fettuccine
1/4 pound sugar snap peas, halved diagonally
1 cup small basil leaves, torn if large
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/3 cup snipped chives


good vegetable peeler, preferably a V- or U-shaped one


shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano made with a vegetable peeler


Bring a 6- to 8-quart pot of well-salted water to a boil for corn and pasta.
While water is coming to a boil, mince and mash garlic to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt,
then stir together with vinegar, oil, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add tomatoes and stir gently, then set aside.
Cook corn in boiling water until tender, 4 to 6 minutes, then remove with tongs and cool.
While corn cools, peel lengthwise ribbons from 1 side of a zucchini with vegetable peeler into another bowl,
stopping when you come to seedy core.
Turn zucchini a quarter-turn, then peel more ribbons, stopping at core.
Repeat on remaining 2 sides of zucchini (you will end up with rectangular-shaped cores).
Cut corn from cobs; add corn to tomatoes.
Cook pappardelle according to package directions until al dente.
Just before pasta is done, stir in zucchini ribbons and snap peas, and cook 15 seconds.
Drain pasta and vegetables together in a large colander and add to tomato mixture with onion (if using), then toss gently.
Add herbs and toss gently again.

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This year we took our summer vacation out west.
We started by attending a fabulous wedding in Vail and ended up in Denver spending the week
with all of our smart friends who decided to live out there.
We timed our trip just right – Chihuly has an exhibit this summer at the Denver Botanical Gardens.
Incredible hand blown glass throughout the gardens is quite a site to see.
Click here for more about Dale Chihuly’s Gardens + Glass installations.
Click here to learn more about him.

If you every get a chance to see any of his work, do it!  It’s truly amazing.

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