A Special Treat for Hunt Country Lovers

Located in Cockeysville, Md is a very special place ( a jewel) for people who shop and live around chic, well made products. Whether its a waxed coat or chic boot- this store is the new standard in Maryland and Pennsylvania. And well worth the drive from Dc and beyond.

As a store designer and buyer, I know when someone else is a really unique talent and Michael Finney at YOICKS! is just that. He oozes style in that very British way of wearing the very best and still looking like you’d had it forever. He is USA all the way but seems to have what I call “heritage style”.

Whether its Bow ties or hats and gloves, everything has a particular significance- a purpose that makes it important to the person who receives and wears it and a point for the person who chose it.

A great point in fact is what Michael has chosen for his clients to offer up this Valentines Day. As he says, ” Tell her you’re ‘on the bit’!” He suggests all protestations of love should be made simply and with Sterling. He has also designed several cards available for $5 that put these gifts right over the style edge .


Address10738 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Barclay Butera in the House


Since 1994 Barclay Butera has been the creative force behind his eponymous design firm and showroom in Newport Beach, California. Butera is renowned for his approachable elegance and glamorous, West-Coast-chic interiors. Butera’s design-signature is distinctive; classic yes, but with a fresh twist that is flawlessly integrated into traditional, transitional and contemporary interiors alike


Often imitated but never duplicated


Often imitated but never duplicated, Deborah Rhodes is the proud designer of the original braided round placemat. Every placemat is hand sewn using durable and beautiful nylon in a rich assortment of colors. Designed for casual and elegant entertaining, these tabletop essentials can be used to bring a touch of style to your table indoors or out.

We love them because thy are easy care, easy store, a good price for value and last for ever. Or do we love them because they…..come in

175 Colors ! Matching Napkins and Napkin Rings !!!

For the person who seas their table as an art project- this is your canvas.



 You will be able to identify the original with the Deborah Rhodes signature label.

The beauty of our design is the look of fine straw but the practicality of an indoor/outdoor placemat.  The braid is sewn on a circular sewing machine by hand






use coupon code: DEB from 1/22 -1/26

This Wine Train Takes You Through America’s Top Vineyards


Consider your next girls’ getaway planned.

Napa Valley Wine Tours has made drinking on public transportation just about the classiest thing you could do with your Sunday afternoon.

The Northern California railroad track, which was built in 1864 and converted into a wine train in 1989, runs from Napa to St. Helena and back, bringing passengers to famous wineries and serving gourmet multi-course meals along the way, all in the spirit of early travel.

Passengers can dress up for a Murder Mystery themed dinner ride, visit the Castello di Amorosa on The Castle Winery tour, or impress a date with the Romance on the Railspackage. The company has more than a dozen different tours, each of which starts with a glass of wine or bubbly (as long as you’re over 21) and continues with plenty more delicious food and drinks.

Winery options range from traveling to a single winery or several – including Raymond VineyardsBeringer Winery, and Robert Mondavi Winery – while private “Meet the Maker” tours bring local winemakers onboard for a four-hour “pairing adventure.”

While airplane food today is notoriously bad, these trains will make you rethink what can be done in a tiny kitchen. Menu options include lemon ricotta ravioli, heirloom tomato gazpacho and brown butter seared cornbread, and most have a suggested wine pairing.

The company uses railroad cars that have been restored to their early-20th century charm, and were built to showcase California’s stunning natural landscapes on the train. The Vista Dome railcar features an exceptionally spectacular view, and was one of the first 10 full-length domed railcars built.


While airplane food today is notoriously bad, these trains will make you rethink what can be done in a tiny kitchen. Menu options include lemon ricotta ravioli, heirloom tomato gazpacho and brown butter seared cornbread, and most have a suggested wine pairing.

The company uses railroad cars that have been restored to their early-20th century charm, and were built to showcase California’s stunning natural landscapes on the train. The Vista Dome railcar features an exceptionally spectacular view, and was one of the first 10 full-length domed railcars built.



9 Natural Ways to Survive Cold Season

With winter and holiday cheer comes cold season. The first step in surviving cold season is to try and prevent even getting sick. Make sure you wash your hands, take your vitamins and avoid coming in contact with those who are sick. However, should you be unable to avoid sickness, here are some natural ways help you get through the coughing, sneezing and runny nose.

1. Gargle with Salt Water: should you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with salt water. You should continue to do this throughout your cold. Gargling salt water will pull the viral fluids away from your throat and allow you to dispell of them.

2. Honey and Lemon: use a mixture of warmed up honey and lemon to ease a sore throat. It can also work as a cough suppressant and is a great alternative to cough medicine. Opt for the purest honey you can find and freshly squeezed lemon juice. However, if you don’t have either of those on hand, regular honey and bottled lemon juice will do the trick.

3. Eat Garlic: garlic is packed with minerals, enzymes, vitamin C, tons of other great things which will all help you beat a cold, so add a little extra to your meals this season. If you aren’t a fan garlic, consider using minced garlic in soup, stir-fry or casseroles to get that immune boost.

4. Sleep: there’s a reason you get tired when you’re sick. Your body is working in overdrive to fight off the nastiness and you have to help it by getting ample sleep. Use a light blocking sleep mask to help you sleep at any time of the day during your sickness.

5. Vitamin D: make sure you take your vitamin D during cold season. In the US winter is colder and darker than any other time of the year, so your body is lacking on Vitamin D. Those with lower levels of Vitamin D in their system are more likely to get sick.

6. Essential Oils: essential oils can do wonders for someone with congestion during a cold. You can add them to a diffuser, or a hot bath. There are even some you can apply to the skin. Scents to look for during cold season are Frankincense, Oregano, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Lavender among others.

7. Check Your Pillow: getting a new pillow won’t suddenly cure your sickness, but it could be causing you to have congestion and itchy eyes. Pillows can be filled with dust mites, sweat, and dead skin that can make allergies and sickness worse. Consider switching to a natural hull filled pillow during the winter. Natural hull filled pillows are more hypoallergenic and far more breathable, meaning they don’t trap the same debris as quickly.

8. Drink Fluids: when you’re sick it’s very important to stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water in addition to your herbal tea. Sometimes we drink so much tea that we forget to drink regular water, but it’s important for our bodies!

9. Warm Up: when you have a cold you can get chilly easily, and sometimes it feels like nothing will warm you up. Using Hot & Cold Therapy items can warm you up and also give you some relief to chest congestion if placed on the chest.

Follow these steps and you’ll make it through cold season, even if it doesn’t feel like it now!

These Are the Best Paint Colors for Your Kitchen in 2019

Make some room, gray-lovers.

behr blue paint kitchen

Behr’s 2019 Color of the Year, Blueprint

While neutral-colored kitchens may never truly leave the spotlight, 2019 might just be the year darker hues truly take over. While our kitchen mood boards started seeing more black accents, from fixtures to cabinets, in 2018, this year, experts are predicting we get a little more playful with colors (hurrah!). Here are the shades you can expect to see more of in kitchens everywhere—perhaps even yours.




Not only is this giving us chic Southwestern vibes (another excuse to buy more cute cacti, anyone?), but we’re loving the warmth it adds to any space, while still remaining versatile. And with Pantone’s Living Coral taking the décor world by storm, it’s no surprise orange-tinted palettes are creeping onto kitchen walls as well. “Terracotta is the best version of orange in my opinion, it’s more muted, ” says Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams (whose Color of the Year is a gorgeous Cavern Clay).

Not ready to part from a previously neutral kitchen palette? Fear not, you can still play with this fiery tone as Wadden adds: “It’s also a great complementary color to gray. To everyone who’s painted their rooms gray in the last five years, this is a great way to bring some color and a boost of energy into the space.” She also suggests incorporating hints of terracotta in accent pieces from a freshly painted kitchen island to chairs and cabinets.




When it comes to creating soothing spaces for a new year, we couldn’t be more on board with the soft touch pink palettes are bringing to the table (and the pantry! and the walls!). And while, this may seem like an unusual paint pick for you outside of your little one’s playroom, you might also find yourself quickly converted—especially if you love a good classic look with a twist. “The Sulking Room Pink, a dirty rose, is elegant on kitchen units,” says Joa Studholme, International Color Consultant at Farrow & Ball. “Particularly when combined with darks like Paean Black and Railings.”

If you still have reservations about going full pretty-in-pink, Color Expert and VP of Color and Creative Services at Behr, Erika Woelfel, suggests a more subtle blush peach, like Sand Dance, for brightening cabinets and creating accent walls. “And if you’re ready for a fresh take on a space in your home, but don’t want to take the plunge and paint the whole room, try painting an accent piece, like a bench, in a trending color.”




If you’re looking to make 2019 the year of big, bold moves, a new paint job could be calling your name—and you don’t even have to commit to the entire kitchen. “As we shift from the all-white kitchen, we are seeing more cabinetry painted in deeper hues increase in popularity, even if it’s only the island or a select section of millwork,” says Andrea Magno, Color and Design Expert at Benjamin Moore. Magno suggests trying Hale Navy (a perfect complement to Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year!) on pantry doors for a timeless look; it also pairs well with hardware in warm golds. “The result is a balance between a modern sensibility and classic appeal.”

Craving to take more inspiration from Mother Nature? Consider going green—literally. In addition to trending navy hues, Woelfel adds: “A dark, rich green like Vine Leaf adds drama on a wall or painted cabinets.”


Linen is no bother! and lasts!

Linen is a soft yet durable fabric created from the fibers of the flax plant and gets softer with every wash; it doesn’t pill stretch or loose shape. It’s hypoallergenic, moisture wicking and adjusts to your body temperature to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter which makes it a great choice for any time of the year.


Caring for your linen bedding can be a simple procedure; it doesn’t have to be Linen Stacktreated in any special way, but we recommend you take certain measures to make sure it lasts as long as possible, which can be 20-30 years.

  1. Try to remove any stains immediately after they are formed, as they get more difficult to take out the longer they set. We have a helpful article with quick steps to help minimize damage from stains.
  2. Never use bleaches or detergents with color brighteners, these can discolor and weaken your linen sheets. Remember if its Blue- its a NO.
  3. Hand or machine wash with like colors, use mild detergent, in lukewarm or cold water on a gentle cycle, always be sure to rinse your linen to remove any soapy residue. I always use 1/2 the recommended detergent. You can wash in hot water but remember heat weakens fibers
  4. Don’t over load your machine, the more water the better
  5. To minimize the natural wrinkling properties, you may hang them on a line to dry or machine tumble dry on a low temperature or a wrinkle release setting, remove and fold the sheets promptly when dry. You may iron warm, if desired.

When washing table linens, if possible, wash alone and rinse twice for a fresh smell.

Laundry waters are now available and are a good addition to your laundry.

Vetiver Linen Water S/2

Té Linen Water S/2

Magnolia Linen Water S/2

Our favorite Linen sheets and bedding are from Libeco Linens from Belgium.



10 Reasons Why Good Sleep Is Important


If you’re reading this article on your smartphone late at night — stop.

According to Daniel Pembrey as reported in the Financial Times:

Those who have trouble sleeping will often start fiddling with their phones, but did you know that the blue light from your screen suppresses melatonin, preventing rest?

Here’s another fact to keep you awake — going just 17 hours without sleep (a moderately late night for most people) affects the body in a similar way to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 per cent, the legal definition of being over the limit in Scotland.

Can those who are constantly tired make the best decisions about spending, saving and investing their own money? Not getting enough sleep is bad for your health — but it could also be bad for your bank balance. Tiring yourself out by working long hours in the hope of a pay rise or promotion could be the wrong approach, since getting more sleep tends to make us more effective in our work.

A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health.

In fact, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising.

Unfortunately, the Western environment is interfering with natural sleep patterns.

People are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased as well.

Here are 10 reasons why good sleep is important from Joe Leech, MS

1. Poor Sleep Can Make You Fat

2. Good Sleepers Tend to Eat Fewer Calories

3. Good Sleep Can Improve Concentration and Productivity

4. Good Sleep Can Maximize Athletic Performance

5. Poor Sleepers Have a Greater Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

6. Sleep Affects Glucose Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes Risk

7. Poor Sleep Is Linked to Depression

8. Sleep Improves Your Immune Function

9. Poor Sleep Is Linked to Increased Inflammation

10. Sleep Affects Emotions and Social Interactions


Turn off the phone (I keep one – Just for the kids on-but business can wait)

Close your curtains or blinds

Go to bed 1 hour before you expect to sleep and have a common, calming routine.

Turn that mattress every 4 months

Keep sheets fresh and soft my laundering and drying correctly (less soap, less heat) Read More

Don’t worry at bedtime. Say your mantra or a prayer. You’ll feel better and do better in the morning- and LOOK BETTER! if you get a good night’s sleep.

Checkout sleepmasks , hot water bottles, and body wraps at Kasaboo Home and Gore Dean Home



Paloma by Mary Jurek


With perfect mastery, braided stainless steel wire adorns the edges of our most classic hand-hammered forms. The Paloma Collection marries the best of traditional style with modern class. It includes pitchers, salad bowls, wine coaster, cake stands and all your serving accessories. Each piece is 18/8 stainless steel and completely dishwasher safe. This large collection retains a huge popularity thanks to solid craftsmanship and design that has created the extraordinary out of the ordinary..  shop here


Orion Barware

Mary Jurek Design

Rustic elegance characterizes the Orion Collection, distinguished by its naturally-shed water buffalo horn tapered handles. Hand polished to a smooth sheen by our master artisans and joined with our signature hand-hammered stainless steel, this dramatic collection is the perfect blend of rustic appeal and luxury craftsmanship.  It’s no wonder it has become an instant favorite amongst outdoor enthusiasts who love to entertain.

Available through Benton and Buckley

Tivoli Bed and Bath




This classical style, with a modern update and a simple, unpretentious luxury, are Tivoli’s key features. The combination of the impeccably tailored textile elements and the fabric’s extremely high quality are an expression of the profound product knowledge and of Signoria’s Made in Italy craftsmanship.

Gore Dean Home                 KassabooHome                   Home in Napa 


From Our Heroine: Kim Seybert


When I cannot get away for the weekend to my house in the Hamptons, sometimes I like to invite friends for a picnic lunch. When it comes to locations for these lunches, nothing beats Central Park with its sweeping grass lawns and giant trees that provide natural shade. Sometimes it is possible to have a slice of the park to yourself on summer weekends when everyone has sequestered themselves to their country homes or have jetted to far-flung destinations.

With picnics you can go super casual or you can give it an Edith Wharton touch. For this picnic setup in Central Park I have created for me and my friends, I went for the latter – paper parasols, linens and all. Because why not add an element of elegance to a humble affair.


There is a tinge of pink and mauve to the setting as a way of adding floral colors, which stand out against a lush green grass background. The Kim Seybert fossilized shell-like Swirl Placemats with its earthy tones echo the oversized wood serving board holding our sumptuous spread of antipasti. Blush colored plates cradle our Horizon Napkins in Beige & Taupe, which are without napkin rings. Rather they are simply folded and finished off with a sprig of meadow flowers. Our Zebrawood flatware in russet shades of brown give a nod of reverence to the architecture of the fountain plaza nearby.

My wicker picnic basket and embroidered pillows hold down the gauzy linen tablecloth I have used as a blanket from sudden gusts of wind. And the floral filled parasols transport us to the Gilded Age.

 It is so easy to wander off to various spots and attractions. There is so much to see and do. These are my 5 favorites in Central Park.
























The Conservatory Garden, I love flowers and this is one of the best ways to see them in full bloom. I also love how they juxtaposed modern sculptures with the formal gardens. I especially love it in the spring when the tulips and cherry blossoms are in full show.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is the perfect place for a run or just a leisurely stroll. I love that there is this big body of water in the park with the prewar apartments in the background. It is very cinematic and has in fact been featured in many movies and tv shows.

The Loeb Boathouse is one of the most romantic spots in Central Park with so many lovers rowing boats throughout. It provides a calming break from the frenetic pace of the city just behind the trees. With a bit of imagination, it can easily transport you to Venice especially if you get a ride on the gondola.

The Belvedere Castle is the closest thing we can get to a fairy tale in the city.

Perhaps the most iconic pocket of the Park is the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. It’s double grand staircase, intricate balustrade and the round pool fountain with a winged angel sculpture is something we have all seen in the movies but we never get tired of it, in reel and real life.


Mottahedeh Famille Verte


famille vert

MOTTAHEDEH Famille Verte Dinnerware

This graceful design, with its leaves, berries and butterflies, was derived directly from antique Chinese Palace porcelain.

Many porcelain pieces produced in China during the Kangxi Period (1662-1722) had famille verte decoration — painted in transparent enamel colors, predominantly in shades of green and red.




%d bloggers like this: