“Following a walk marked by an intangible mist of bloom that followed the white border stones she came to a space overlooking the sea where there were lanterns asleep in the fig trees and a big table and wicker chairs and a great market umbrella from Sienna, all gathered about an enormous pine, the biggest tree in the garden. She paused there for a moment, looking absently at a growth of nasturtiums and iris tangled at its foot, as though sprung from a careless handful of seeds, listening to the plaints and accusations of some nursery squabble in the house. When this died away on the summer air, she walked on, between kaleidoscopic peonies massed in pink clouds, black and brown tulips and fragile mauve-stemmed roses, transparent like sugar flowers in a confectioner’s window—until, as if the scherzo of color could reach no further intensity, it broke off suddenly in mid-air, and moist steps went down to a level five feet below.”
— an excerpt from Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This puppy (above) is the newest addition to my stack of coffee table books thanks to a little thing called eBay. The vintage book is one of the many publications made by an American couple, Martin and Osa Johnson. Martin and Osa were both naturalists, explorers, photographers and authors who in the first half of the 20th century, captured the world’s imagination through their films and books of adventure in exotic, distant lands. Oh yes, they were also married. The couple studied the wildlife and inhabitants of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands, British North Borneo, among other places. It was through their adventures and documentation that they were able to offer many Americans their first understanding of these distant lands.
For those that might have a slight coffee table book addition like moi, you might have interest in this article titled “You Are What You Stack” published in the New York Times last week.
Still haven’t taken my eye off of these brushstroke cocktail plates by Oscar de la Renta Home. They would be perfect for a dinner party in a lush garden. I can smell the honeysuckle and see the full moon already… Oscar has done an exceptional job with the Home line (reasonable price points, too!), however I’d love to see it expand.
Browse below for photos of Oscar’s garden at his Punta Cana home. Read on, here.
Hark! For those of you looking to get out beyond our lady in red and in search of an adventure, I highly recommend the Sir & Star Restaurant at the Olema Inn. The new establishment is the love child of co-owners Margaret Grade and Daniel DeLong who were behind the now perished Manka’s Inverness Lodge. The aesthetic is a hip blend of Restoration Hardware meets sporting cabin in the countryside. The menu: locally sourced from West Marin with the dreamiest comfort dishes (“Whole Crisped Bolinas Rock Cod”, “A Bouillabaisse of All Things Green and Gold”, “A Neighbor’s Quail”), sustainably prepared for your delight.
Better yet: If you’ve had one too many glasses of Pt. Reyes Pinot during your meal, you can stay the night in one of their six guest rooms opening this month. See the feature in the October issue of VOGUE (below) and be sure to read this review from Food & Wine.