Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

white shopping bags

getting all the white shopping bags out for the new general store event this weekend... thinking of my friend lilo raymond's photograph

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

farmhouse sink

known as the belfast sink in england and ireland, this oversized white sink is called a farmhouse sink in the us and i found this one for my kitchen at kohler...
photograph by john bessler

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

cream felt e-reader covers

I have a black tech travel cover for my ipad, but fell in love with these thick cream felt covers for home...somehow makes reading in bed a bit softer and safer to tuck in under the pillows

Thursday, September 15, 2011

white canopy detail

detail of 18th century white muslin bed curtain at colonial williamsburg
photograph by Jeff McNamara
Williamsburg Style by Tricia Foley

Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 white things i can't live without...

my personal white list:
1. milk for tea
2. white linen sheets
3. NY Times
4. stacks of white paper
5. a white house
6. white flowers
7. muji swiffer
8. white slipcovers
9. mozzarella
10.wedgwood white china

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

white teapots

love to use a collection of different Wedgwood white teapots for a summer tea...each one has a different herbal tea: peppermint, lemon verbena, black currant...
photograph by matthew mead

Sunday, July 24, 2011

lunch to go

love this bag to take on a road trip, the beach, a picnic, or with fixings for lunch at a friend's house...simple white canvas with a removable

Thursday, July 7, 2011

twombly paintings

from Poems to the Sea and 24 Short Pieces, published by Schirmer/Mosel

Friday, June 24, 2011

privet hedge

the privet is in bloom and brings back memories of my father trimming the hedges growing up at our house on long island...the fresh scent of the white blossoms is so unique to this area and means summer to me...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

white flower farm

the place to find the best white flowering plants is WHITE FLOWER FARM...from lilacs and wisteria, daffodils and peonies, to the best white roses, this is my favorite source for quality plants for the garden and they have all my favorite white flowers for
photograph by Jeff McNamara

Thursday, June 16, 2011

caroline swift collection

I found ceramic artist Caroline Swift's work at the Paris Gift Show and have been obsessed with it ever since....the simplest white bowls as delicate as eggshells and whimsical spoons in fine bone china are beautiful... enjoy her website and make sure you click through to the packaging and tea party images!

Monday, May 30, 2011

memorial day

a day for remembering those we've lost...
Flag by Jasper Johns

Friday, May 20, 2011

lunch bag

a clean white canvas bag with removable, washable liner, this lunch bag makes taking lunch to work or on a road trip a pleasure! check it out at

Thursday, May 19, 2011

pitcher of white lilacs

the white lilacs are in bloom and hoping that they will still be fresh after all this rain for The New General Store this weekend!image from Matthew Mead's SUMMER issue...

Sunday, May 1, 2011

may day...

lily of the valley is the may flower and represents the return of france, small bouquets of lilies are given as gifts on may 1st to friends and family...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

white cosmos seeds

"purity" cosmo seeds at

Monday, March 14, 2011

irish fisherman knit sweater

one of the enduring icons of irish style is the fisherman's knit or aran sweater. it comes from the aran islands off the west coast near galway where knitting was an important cottage industry in the early 1900's. women developed patterns and stitches inspired by the motifs they found in nature, such as moss, blackberries, a crooked road, rosebuds, and honeycomb, and family sweaters were identified by the unique patterns the women designed and knit into their family heritage. originally made of oiled wool from the local sheep, they were naturally waterproofed and warm for the fishermen who wore them out at sea. As they are washed, they become softer and whiter, and are known as "bawneen" which means "little white" in irish, referring to the natural wool. the cable knit technique (using a third needle) allows for raised patterns and more intricate designs and it is said that fishermen who were lost at sea were later identified by the family pattern in their sweaters. they were worn with pride and were a tradition that lives on today. A woman would knit for her husband and sons and on giving them the sweater, would say " may you live and wear it well". what a wonderful gift to us that lives on today.