The Editors started the layout at our kitchen door, where I have the concrete hound I gifted to my Mom a few years ago for Mothers' Day:
Next in the layout was the dessert table: do I love burlap? YES! Here layered in with some pressed damask tablecloths and French silver and other goodies. The lace water bottles are Evian, designed by Christian Lacroix; every year Evian does a limited edition bottle, though it's hard to find in the US. Here is my shot of the table:And here is the one in the magazine:
I wanted an old world theme, so we had lots of neutrals, greens, and white flowers. Most of the flowers were from the Pacific Palisades farmers market, and a lot of greens came from the garden; especially boxwood, which was used on this page for accent for the napkins, on the little rum cakes. I like greenery with the ice and bottles; it has a nice look, and avoids the klinking of bottles.
My friend Susie did the food for me, and it was a treat to not have to do all the food; it was all super yummy and included Beef Wellington in puff pastry with various sauces:
The magazine did a nice montage of various elements:
Dessert was rum cakes, other misc cakes, bars, and caramels dusted with lavender sea salt.
Here is another page from the magazine: when I first saw this, I was aghast: my silver in a pile! Why didn't I have time to organize it? But everyone thinks it is "attainable" and not too organized. I love how the roses looked here:
There are several pages from the magazine I can't upload, including the tea service:
It is so amazing to see your home in a magazine, I thank Jacqueline and the Editors of Romantic Homes for honoring us by having us in this issue!