Antique Leather Books...

Books...Books...and more books...

We love all kinds of books...

Beautiful Decorating and Design books are at the top of the list... Favorites on our shelf...

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Bobby Mcalpine 

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Leslie Sinclair 


John Saladino 


Brooke and Steve Giannetti

These are just to name a very, very few...we actually have hundreds...

We love fabulous bookshelves filled with novels,magazines and things that our clients love to read...


But we also love, love...gorgeous antique leather books...

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We encourage you to collect books and surround yourself with the ones that you love ...but in addition to that if you are not already in love with the beauty of antique leather books...we urge you to look again.

They are a fabulous accessory not only in a bookshelf...but on a table or may be that bit of the past that you need to add to your decor...regardless of your style...the perfect accesory.

Take advantage of our Summer Sale and receive 20% off of all leather books...we have a fabulous selection.

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What do you think about antique leather books?

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Sunday Supper...Snapper With Tomato Caper Topping

Tonight we're going to try a favorite recipe from our good friend Vicki Burnett. I've enjoyed many meals with Vicki, so if she loves a recipe...I know that I will too!  This girl knows food! 

Snapper With Tomato Caper Topping 


 2 cups grape tomatoes (halved)

2 tbsps capers (drained)

2 tbsps fresh lemon juice

(1) 2 tsps olive oil

112 tsps fresh basil (dried or 1 tablespoon chopped)

14 tsp salt

18 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 450º.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients and crushed red pepper, if desired; set aside.

3. Place snapper on a broiler pan lined with aluminum foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Sprinkle snapper with paprika; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 450º for 10 minutes.

4. Top snapper with tomato mixture; bake 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Sprinkle with parsley, and serve with lemon wedges. 



The table is all set...


Image via Remodilsta... a simple idea using clear empty wine bottles with candles.

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Headed for Roundtop this week...Does anyone have any special shopping requests?


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Sunday Supper...Pizza and Zucchini Ribbon Salad

We've been cleaning out the garage and trying to get organized for Spring  this weekend. The weather has been beautiful...padding around the house in flip flops is a welcome change.

We couldn't live without pizza so I'm throwing together a simple thin crust cheese variety tonight..

and for a salad...

 Zucchini Ribbon salad from The Proud Italian Cook from Chicago is so easy and fabulous...


Ribbons of zucchini can instantly transform a simple salad into something you might see served at an upscale restaurant, not only does it look pretty, but the added zucchini adds a special element of flavor. This is so easy to make and you don't even need a fancy gadget to do it! A simple vegetable peeler is all you'll need to to cut the thin lengthwise strips of zucchini.


Start by cutting off the ends of your zucchini then use your peeler to cut the strips, stopping and turning when you see the seeds. The unused portion as seen in the photo above can easily be diced up and used for future use. You'll want to make sure you cook your strips of zucchini either in a stove top grill or saute pan coated with a tiny bit of olive oil, they only take a couple of minutes. Make sure they cool completely before adding them to your salad.


She suggests using arugula for the salad base and toss it in a vinaigrette of 3 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar, added a touch of Dijon, a crushed garlic clove, salt, black pepper and oregano, any lemon based dressing would be work as well. Lay your zucchini strips on top, toss in some feta or shaved Parmesan and sprinkle with toasted nuts, Hazelnuts are used here with the feta, but pine nuts or slivered almonds would be just as good.

To finish, drizzle a little more dressing over the top. Just let your creative juices flow and make it your own! 


Spring has us's project time folks!

We've always loved the idea of a wine dining room combination.  Designer Frank Poretio took this idea to an entirely different level  with his Carriage Renovation in to what he calls a  "pour" Room.

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Image via Chicago Home and Garden

Rather than fitting out a clammy basement to hold his bottles, Ponterio transformed the carriage house, storing his wine in enormous temperature-controlled “caves” hidden behind panels made from simple slat boards that match the look of the old structure. He installed large front doors of naturally aged mahogany, which he and his wife fling open as often as the weather will allow. It’s about the furthest thing from a dank, candlelit wine cellar you could imagine.

“It looks very rustic in there on purpose,” Ponterio says. “We really wanted to keep the mood casual.” Now, as often as twice a month, eight or so fortunate guests enjoy dinner around the rough-hewn French farm table Ponterio found in New Orleans (Excerpt from an interview by Lisa Cregan of

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I think we'll imagine having our dinner right here tonight...while I try to convince my husband it's time for a few projects of our own...

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Food Images by Proud Italian Cook

More Bath Love...Wallpaper!

We're very excited to have a lot going on. It seems we're in constant research mode, because that's what we do.  We try to come up with the best ideas, the best products, the best goes on and on.  That being said we have a lot of bathrooms on the brain right now.  Powder baths,Master baths, spare bedroom baths, pool house baths...If you missed our Powder Bath post this week click here.

We're currently loving wallpaper.  It's made a  strong comeback and is better than ever. I started to title this post "Not Your Grandma's Wallpaper", because there are some pretty amazing designs available.  If you're timid when it comes to wallpaper there is no better place to get your feet wet than in the bathroom...


All I can say about this room is...WOW!

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Love all the light in this bathroom...and that gorgeous paper with the white marble!  Oh, my!!!

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Love the details here.  Notice the black and white stripe below the trim mixed with the  bright colorful paper .  And that mirror.  Awesome.

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This is a really good example of updated Traditional.  The pattern of the paper is very traditional,but paired with the glossy white mirror and other black and white accessories it feels very hip.


Even if your not wild about the finish and upholstery on this chair (and I'm not), This is fabulous!!!  I love seeing the paper through the glass shower vs. tile.  Very creative.

We just picked up a fabulous book by Sandpiper Studios...


We've never seen so many papers in one book that we liked so much...They call it

"a new look on vintage"

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More light hearted papers from CSN...


What do you think?  Will you get your feet wet with wallpaper anytime soon?  If you missed our Powder Room post, click here.  I'm researching DETAILS for the bath now so be sure and sign up to follow here or on facebook, you can do both from the sidebar on the right .  You don't want to miss anything.

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