Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Gardens are starting to bloom. Poppies are covering the hillsides. Spring has sprung!!
Outdoor Furniture is staring to peek out. We just got in a new line of WEATHERPROOF rattan furniture. It has the look of wicker chairs that would have been on the veranda of Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill. the biggest difference is this could have stood up to his "Rough Riders". It's built on a powder coated aluminum frame with a wicker look that is unbelievable. We also have some new wrought iron pieces. Tables, benches and chairs, all with a timeless look. The photo to the far right shows a line of fully weatherproof art. This particular piece is in my garden filling a previously bland wall. I have made a fountain out of this with cascading water and a peaceful sound. A little imagination and a trip to AvantGardenandHome can make quite the change in your surroundings.
You just need to come in to really see it. Feel free to email us and we can send you pictures.

Each year Meals on Wheels hosts a Charity fundraiser. The Classique d'Elegance.
twenty two Chefs and designers pair to create both a visual and culinary fantasy.
These pictures are of the Fall and Nature inspired table. Our Cohorts have been Chefs extraodinaire, 
Bird of Paradise Catering. (paradisecater.com)

Last Year's theme was Beatle inspired. A Life sized painting of the Beatles in Sgt. Peppers attire was the backdrop.There were items throughout the table hinting to Songs by the Fab Four. Little pictures of Lucille Ball suspended from a tree with glass ornaments
 (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds) and a snow globe of the White House. If You held it up there was a caricature of George W. Bush in a jester's hat (Fool on the Hill).

If You have any brilliant ideas, suggest away, We are always thinking of some way to outdo the previous years

Saturday, March 14, 2009

We are off for another shopping trip throughout Europe.
This trip will encompass the Umbria and Tuscany regions of Italy.
Goals and plans, as usual are spontaneous. Florence, as always will 
offers Us amazing finds in leather goods and art pieces. Be prepared for a great selection of purse, wallets, packs, and whatever else catches our fancy.
  Hopefully You have gotten  some our our "Il Pilagio" olive oil we import. Generations of the Piccini Family have crafted this delightful Oil. One giant plus on this trip, we get to meet the newest generation, Monia's new "Bambino".
to get a fuller perspective of this masterful oil go to: http:/www.pilagiowineandoil.com/ilprodutto.page