set design to die for…

In an attempt to keep my mind off profiteroles, I settled into my bed last night to watch Something’s Gotta Give–one of my all-time favorite movies! I adore Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, but I covet that house! Oooh la la. Besides the amazing Kenton Nelson paintings, my absolutely favorite part of the house is Diane’s bedroom–that bed linen…that desk…that fabulous chair…those french doors…that beach view. Mark couldn’t believe it when I told him that girls do cry like that when their hearts are broken!

This photo was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest that discussed set design on SGG.

photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

You can imagine my delight when The Holiday came on immediately after SGG ended. The part where Kate Winslet‘s character explains to Jack Black that she understands exactly what his broken heart feels like, kills me every time. The cottage in Surrey is so cozy and charming–the creamy blue kitchen cabinets are adorable. But it’s the house in California that absolutely blows my socks off.  Hallelujah  Nancy Meyers — you rock! Keep bringing us fabulous movies.

photo courtesy of Kaleidoscope

photo courtesy of Kaleidoscope

By the way…I’m happy to report that the Angel on my shoulder won the sneak-another-profiterole-while-everyone-is-sleeping tug-o-war! Phew.

Sophie Conran…

When I was blogging into the wee hours of the morning, I received an email from, Katharine, a friend in Spain, who loves Sophie Conran and suggested that I post some of her recipes. I think it’s very fitting, considering that her father, Sir Terance Conran, is a famous interior designer, and I carry Sophie’s line of tableware at Nicole Jane Home. I use the celadon blue tableware every day and I love it (washes up beautifully in the dishwasher and handles the heat of the oven). Look at how she uses the serving pieces! I use my souffle dish for trifles and 7-layer mexican dips, and I use the jugs for flower arrangements. All the pieces are multi-use.

photo courtesy of Sophie Conran’s website

Sophie Conran tableware

Before designing her vast kitchen and tableware collection for Portemeirion (which won the ELLE Decoration Award in 2006), Sophie was a renowned cookbook author. Her website offers these recipes, which sound scrumptious (kids…momma’s on a cooking bender this week…hallelujia).

Beef, Beer and Mushroom Stew with Cheesy Dumplings by Sophie Conran

DECEMBER Beef, Beer and Mushroom Stew with Cheesy Dumplings

Butternut Squash & Sausage Soup by Sophie Conran

APRIL Butternut Squash and Sausage Soup

location, location, location…

My friend, Brita, graciously agreed to let me do the spring Nicole Jane Home photo shoot with Janis Nicolay in her lovely mid-century rancher. She and husband, Lawrence, completely gutted their new home a few months ago and the results are stunning–chandeliers, muted silvery-blue walls, amazing millwork (all done by Lawrence–he doesn’t know it but he’s my new boyfriend). I tried to steal the gorgeous blue chair in the front entrance, but I couldn’t get it into my purse. I’ll keep you posted on the photo shoot at the end of February.

Please keep in mind that my i-phone doesn’t take high resolution pictures (and…okay…I’m not the greatest photographer).

One way or another...I will get that chair!

The mastermind behind the decor, Brita

Sigh…

“Mark…if you build me this kitchen, I will cook dinner every single night…promise!!!” For those of you who don’t have my predilection for the color orange (What can I say? I’m a redhead…ergo…orange is hot!), substitute bar stools in a color that makes you swoon and you’ll be begging for this kitchen too. Look at that “quilted” backsplash…come on…just makes you want to grab a bunch of friends and start pouring the wine!

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