Nice Weather We are Having: For a Bowl Of Beef Stew!

It is a snowy, blustery day.  I am in my cozy sweatpants and a cuddly sweater curled up in my office with Dexter and a mug of Constant Comment Tea.  Outside the snow is blowing sideways.  My boys are home and My Michael is in the other room working away. I LOVE A SNOW DAY!… Continue reading Nice Weather We are Having: For a Bowl Of Beef Stew!

Cooking · Thoughts

Joe Never Met a Parsnip He Did Not Like

Dear Friends, For over the past three years I have had the honor and privilege to cook weekly meals for a lovely couple who have become dear to me: So much so that I asked them to be my adopted parents.  Despite being parents to six others, they enthusiastically agreed. I suppose one more after six… Continue reading Joe Never Met a Parsnip He Did Not Like

Cooking · Design · Floral Design · Plants and Flowers · Table Fashion

My JamBALAYA: Tuscan Bowls, White Linen, Antique Silver meet the Bayou

  I know. This is a pretty crazy title, but let me explain. My design style is to mix things up, to be unpredictable and to mix the old with the new.  Here I am bringing this style to my dinner table.  Wait for it. Last night, My Michael had a hankering for some Cajun food.… Continue reading My JamBALAYA: Tuscan Bowls, White Linen, Antique Silver meet the Bayou

Cooking: Dinner

Survey Says! Grilled Pork Tenderloin; My Boys #3 Favorite!

This is a super easy pork marinade.  The finished product is deeply flavorful, tender and simple, comfort food! You can make this two to three days ahead and throw it on the grill for a quick and easy (and mouthwatering) mid-week dinner.   Serve with steamed broccoli and steamed brown rice.

What you will need:
1 lb Pork Tenderloin- butterflied

For the marinade

1/4 cup of Evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
1 large shallot- minced
3 gloves of garlic- minced
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp Pure Maple syrup
The juice of one small lemon
Kosher Salt to taste
Fresh Pepper to taste


What to do:
Combine all marinade ingredients in a resealable bag. Add the butterflied pork into the bag and work the marinade into the meat. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours- 48 is better.

When you are ready to cook the pork, set the grill on medium hight heat. Bring the pork (at room temperature- take out about 1 hour before grilling). Sear on all sides then turn the grill to medium and cook to an inside temperature of 155. Let it rest 10 minutes, slice and serve.

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Abode · Design

Creating Charisma in a Charlestown Condo: Study!

I am sharing the transformation of the study, in this final post in my series “Creating Charisma in a Charlestown Condo.”  This has been fun! Often times, we are inspired by one item: A piece of artwork, a hobby, one notable piece of furniture, an antique.  We build our room around the theme. This is exactly what… Continue reading Creating Charisma in a Charlestown Condo: Study!


Lovelier Interior Decor

Our homes are “our places.” We wish for them to provide comfort, contentment, belonging and relaxation. Homes which reflect our styles are lovely. They make us feel good. When we walk into our favorite room, we feel peaceful. Homes also need to be functional and practical. Let’s blend the two. It is possible! I wish… Continue reading Lovelier Interior Decor

Cooking · My family's favorites


  Last night, My Michael and I invited our dear friends, Clare and Mike, over to watch the Patriots vs. the Steelers with our three teenaged boys. We were thrilled with the final score.  We are even more excited to see the Pats play the Falcons on February 5. In true football fashion, I decided… Continue reading SUPERBOWL of Chili

Design · Interior

Bold Bath


LIVINGLOVELIER just completed a fun project; Taking a “vanilla-ice-cream-new -construction” bathroom and transforming it to have some pizzaz!  I just love the juxtaposition of antiques with a funky flair, here is what I did.

The plain bath had box-store type fixtures which had to go: Stat.  Also, the room lacked crown molding.  The ten-foot ceilings were crying for them, so we had to address that right away, too.

Getting to work!

After the crown molding was installed it was time to paper.  I fell in love with this bold, gorgeous and gutsy paper. Don’t you think it just demands attention? ME TOO!
I re-purposed the commode which belonged to my great-grandparents, Amelia and Charles.  This was part of their bedroom set which they bought in the 1860s. I can remember taking naps as a little girl at my grandparent’s house. The commode stood against the window with the white ceramic pitcher and bowl. The mirror hung over the dresser.

The pitcher and bowl inspired me to find this white ceramic vessel sink (  I was able to find a single spout faucet in brushed nickel, consistent with Victorian times. The “Lugarno” towel ring, also in brushed nickel, is from Restoration Hardware.



Before installing the vessel, I polyurethaned the wood to protect it from the water.  Also,I  a backsplash of polished copper, another hint of the era.


The light fixture, custom made by Rejuvenation is made of brushed nickel and copper.  This piece ties the copper and nickel in the ribbacksplash with the faucet, toilet paper holder, and towel ring. It ties the metals together to create consistency.


The “Laundry Soap Dish” is from Rejuvenation.  My grandparents had a similar one in their antique powder room.

Why settle for a plain jane shower curtain when you can wow it up with this bright and bold silk fabric for a shower curtain that demands a second look?  I sewed this one afternoon and was delighted with the added layer of texture and style.

The finish- a fuzzy furry “bear skin” rug that is oh! so cozy under your feet.

That’s all.

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