This Pied-a-terre in the Los Angeles's La Cienega Melrose antiques and design district was designed by antiques dealer Lee Stranton.  ENJOY!

I will be back on Wednesday, but I have created post through Tuesday.  I think that you will love them!!
Back to school soon!

Can't wait to get back and visit all of your blogs!


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Lofts and Condos Spring/Summer

Mon Cheri

These are quite possibly the easiest decorated cookies ever. 

They start with these:

Do you know what they are?  I didn't.  I thought they were giant nonpareils.  They are actually "sixlets" and are CHOCOLATE!  Chocolate, people!

I kind of have a thing for cherries.  Maybe it's because I worked for Mary Engelbreit before kiddo came along.  Mary is the QUEEN of cherries, in case you didn't know. ;)

You might have seen the bowl of cherries looming in the background in, oh, almost all of my pictures.  

The cherries are fake....plastic, and I'll admit, dusty....but that doesn't stop people from trying to eat them when they sit at our kitchen table.

{Spike thinks just *maybe* he can reach them.}

Don't even get me started on the cherry sours from the Sample House in Dallas.
{If you live in Dallas, get in your car RIGHT NOW and go get some.  You need them.  Really.}

OK, back to the cherry cookies.  You will need:
  • chocolate square cookies (this chocolate cookie is actually for a super, secret, special project I'm working on...more on that later. Until then, use this one.)
  • royal icing, divided and tinted with AmeriColor Bright White and Leaf Green
  • disposable icing bags (2)
  • couplers
  • tips: #2 & #1
  • toothpicks
  • red sixlets 
Using a #2 tip, outline the cookies in white.

Thin the white icing to the consistency of a thick syrup. Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes.  Stir gently with a silicone spatula and transfer to a squeeze bottle.

Flood the cookies with the thinned icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners.

While the icing is still wet, add the sixlets.

Let the icing dry for at least 30 minutes, then add stems, leaves, and dots in green icing with a #1 tip.

Let the cookies dry 6-8 hours or overnight.

That's it! :) Now how about a cookie, mon cheri?


Interior designer Lindsey Harper has brought a taste of the South to Manhattan in her 405-square-foot studio.  A Georgia native, Harper worked for Richard Keith Langham before going out on her own in 2007.  ENJOY!

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Photography by Quentin Bacon

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread Recipe

Gluten free zucchini bread
Delicious gluten-free zucchini bread.

Today's post will be short and sweet. We are back. My trip to New Hampshire is over. The wedding weekend was one lovely blur. I had a love hangover for days. Being present at your son's wedding is an experience like no other. Especially when members of your newly expanded family feel like old friends instead of in-laws. 

I cannot help but feel abundantly blessed.

To celebrate I'm baking a zucchini bread.

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Team Rosie the Riveter . . . supporting Fisher House

Funny how life works sometimes.  A few weeks ago, I heard about his wonderful place called the Fisher House.  As soon as I got home, I told Mr. E that we needed to see what we could do to help this organization.

Fisher House is like a Ronald McDonald House for our soldiers and their families. 
From their website:
" Fisher House Foundation, providing a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury."

Fast forward to last week, when Ann Marie, military wife, mom, blogger, baker, candlestick maker (do you make candlesticks, Ann Marie?) and my bloggy friend, tweeted about raising money for the Fisher House!

Ann Marie, who I first met through her INCREDIBLE Apple Rosette Pie, is participating in a 24-hour walkathon to benefit the Landstuhl Fisher House in Germany where their family is based.  

*The walkathon takes place July 29th; donations will be accepted until August 5th.*

Want to show our military families and blogger Ann Marie a little love?  Here's how; visit:
Go, Ann Marie!  Go Team Rosie!  We thank you, your husband, and all of our military families for their service and sacrifice! ♥


This stunning penthouse, at the Aberdeen in Vinings, sits high in the sky. Interior designer Carole Weaks created this beautiful home for her clients, the Finklemans.

The Finklemans travel frequently and have collected an extensive art collection. The classic furnishings and neutral palette work well with the collection. ENJOY!

To read more, pick up your copy of Atlanta Home and Lifestyles.


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Photography by  Brian Bieder