I’m giving my garden table a little facelift with the help of Serena and Lily and their gorgeous outdoor entertaining pieces! Their rattan wrapped serveware, patterned linens and paper goods, and bold wooden bowls and boards are some of my go-to pieces for outdoor summer entertaining. I’m rounding up some of my timeless, versatile favorites below:  read more

It’s a BIG DAY — I’m spilling the beans on a fun secret project I’ve been working on! Today I’m launching a collection of pillows, fabric and art that I designed in collaboration with Bunglo, as one of the first guest designers on their new artisan platform. The pieces were all developed out of my hand-painted, watercolor sketches and reflect my colorful, coastal style. I’m really proud of the designs, and of the company Bunglo that produces them — their products are made in the USA, and the brand is committed to using their platform to promote up and coming artisans and designers. I hope you’ll take a minute to scroll through some of my favorite pieces from the collection, and visit Bunglo to shop these special pieces!

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I’m pleased as punch to be included in the current issue of EatingWell magazine, where I shared some tips and pointers alongside the tastiest recipe series their editorial team created that celebrates the summer table. The recipes are all perfectly suited for intimate warm-weather gatherings as we start to come out of our year of entertaining hibernation. I’m recreating some of the recipes over on my Instagram page this week and have a few sneak peeks of my favorites below! read more

So many of my favorite summer ingredients rely on pollination by honeybees. In fact, I designed my whole veggie garden this summer with attracting more bees in mind! My friends at The National Honey Board and Allrecipes Magazine challenged me to create a seasonal dish that highlights these pollinator-friendly ingredients and I tossed together this fresh salad of tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, oranges, chives, and of course a honey-base vinaigrette. I think the bees would approve! Learn more at honey.com, check out the current issue of Allrecipes Magazine with my feature, and get the simple recipe below! read more

Today we get to talk about two of my favorite topics: tasty seafood and sustainability! I have a delicious new recipe to share along with a really cool program that helps recycle denim and cut down on waste going into landfills. Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ program was created in 2006 by Cotton Incorporated to help divert textile waste by recycling old denim that is made from at least 90% cotton and turning it into something new like natural cotton fiber insulating materials. read more

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My top summer bucket list item, year after year, is always to entertain and eat outside as much as possible. The season is fleeting in New England, and I do my part to make the most of it while the weather cooperates! A recent visit to Christmas Tree Shops AndThat! filled me with inspiration for my summer table – I left with a treasure trove of festive, stylish (and affordable!) al fresco entertaining pieces. As I zig-zagged up and down the aisles, some really fun outdoor lawn and tabletop games caught my eye and gave me the idea to have family game night in the garden. read more

Macaroni salad is always a staple at our summer gatherings, if the grill is full of hot dogs and hamburgers then you can bet that I’ve made this is a side dish! I gave my traditional macaroni salad recipe a bit of a refresh with a buttermilk-herb dressing that coats each bite of pasta with tons of tangy flavor. It’s also full of colorful, crunchy veggies like broccoli florets, bell peppers and carrots (and my favorite ingredient – the green olives!). Get the recipe below and give this a save for your next summer grilling side dish! read more

My garden is just starting to produce a few of my favorite spring-summer ingredients — the basil plants are looking robust and my English peas are climbing the trellises. I’m jumping on the opportunity to pluck the basil and blend up a batch of simple, fragrant homemade pesto sauce with a twist — this version has peas blended into the sauce as well as tossed whole with al dente pesto-coated pasta. The benefit of pesto is that even loosely following a recipe will yield good results, you can always play around with proportions and it’ll almost always taste good! Mix it with any pasta shape of your choice, I love these long curly fusilli that capture the pesto and peas in each twist of the fork. Get the full recipe below: read more

Earlier in the spring we did a little room-swap, our playroom off the kitchen and our formal dining room did a switcharoo! The  space flip gave me some more space for a desk since my husband and I have both been working home full time, and a better play area for Jane. And our old playroom nook got a grown-up upgrade with all of our dining room furniture. I’ve been trying to tie the space together with some fresh curtains and artwork, and finally got the last pieces installed this week. A pair of oversized hydrangea prints gifted from Urban Garden Prints and a DIY painted oar (see the how-to on my IG stories!) were the finishing touch!
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I am feeling so hopeful that some al fresco entertaining is in my near future with all of my friends and family on their way to be vaccinated. You better believe this party-loving-extrovert is going to be ready to host once it’s safe again! I’m honing my cocktail skills (tough work!) to get ready, and this Blackberry-Ginger Moscow Mule is going straight to the top of my menu when it’s time to gather again. It’s seriously crisp and refreshing, perfect for sipping around a picnic table on a warm summer night, and an ideal way to use up juicy farmer’s market blackberries. Get the recipe below:  read more