Archive for August, 2008

Another day, another burger shoot

How many hamburgers can I style in my life…in one year. It’s interesting that each humble burger can speak volumes about the restaurant that is selling them. This burger is for a sleek, 20something hangout…wishing they were still in college and living off of their parents and the establishment. This burger is for you. The beautiful Erin Adams is the photog….always a pleasure. Sadly, the GM was not. I’m over it…kind of.

Contemplating the "to go" CRAZY burger

Contemplating the "to go" CRAZY burger

Burger Paparazzi

Burger Paparazzi

Burger is a video star

Burger is a video star

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Another Year, Another Red Velvet Cake

Josh just celebrated another birthday. This means another Red Velvet Cake. Anthony and I could never really stomach them in the beginning, but now I can finish a piece and actually like it. (I can’t speak for Anthony) There are different schools of thought on the frosting. Sorry Grandmother Paul, but that marshmallow, coconut and nut thing is nasty. Even worse is the original one Josh’s mom sent me. FLOUR based frosting….I’ll fake my own death before I eat that. What IS the best, and I’m sure Cheryl Day of Back In The Day Bakery would agree with me is a cream cheese butter frosting. (my recipe is at the end of this post) Smooth and rich with a little tang. Friends came to share a piece with Josh. Happy Birthday Mr. President!

The Captain and Dr. Tennille (aka cake and icecream)

The Captain and Dr. Tennille (aka cake and icecream)

The first slice is the reddest

The first slice is the reddest

Business in the front

Business in the front

Party in the back

Party in the back

Josh’s Birthday Red Velvet Cake Frosting

(note I always make a lot)

1 cup butter, softened

3 8oz. pkgs of cream cheese, room temp

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups of confectioners sugar, sifted

In the bowl of a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add confectioners sugar by the cup full being sure to fully incorporate after each addition. Chill slightly before frosting crumb layer of cake. Return to refrigerator while crumb layer is setting. Remove from refrigerator 5 minutes before using to frost the final decorative layer on the cake.

Take a load off.

I love a great chair…to the point of obsession. Here are a few you would find today around our bungalow. Tomorrow it could all change.

one of my favorites..we have two

one of my favorites..we have two

Been holding onto this piece of turquoise patent leather for 2 years!  Love it on the chair...again, we have two.

Been holding onto this piece of turquoise patent leather for 2 years! Love it on the chair...again, we have two.

The new baby...Vintage Saarinen Tulip chair.  Pristine condition and a great find.

The new baby...Vintage Saarinen Tulip chair. Pristine condition and a great find.

Starck Louis Ghost chair.  Ours before they were "cool".

Starck Louis Ghost chair. Ours before they were "cool".

They are called Gibson Island Chairs, from the island of the same name in Maryland.  A wedding present that has moved with us many times and are still adored.

They are called Gibson Island Chairs, from the island of the same name in Maryland. A wedding present that has moved with us many times and are still adored.

Traditional Plantation chair covered with a non traditional Alligator vinyl.

Traditional Plantation chair covered with a non traditional Alligator vinyl.

Min Century covered with a new celadon green giraffe print fabric.

Mid Century covered with a new celadon green giraffe print fabric.

Black Velvet in the masterbath.  New Belgian Linen pillow made by Robbie.

Black Velvet in the masterbath. New Belgian Linen pillow made by Robbie.

Stainless bistro on the south small porch.

Stainless bistro on the south small porch.

The Van der Rohe twins...thanks Larry.

The Van der Rohe twins...thanks Larry.

Emilie's regal bird dog daybed with her favorite Thomas Paul bird pillow and purple pashmina.

Emilie's bird dog daybed with her favorite Thomas Paul bird pillow.

Early 1900's wicker made new.

Early 1900's wicker made new again.

Now I need to sit down.

Cocktails and Creativity

My friend Lynn’s house is an inspiration. Mid Century ranch in Savannah. Everytime I go there I am like a kid at the Missouri State Fair all over again. Being invited for cocktails is always a treat, because nothing is ever the same at her house. Furniture is moved, colors changed and new pieces added. We finalized a birthday trip for our friend, Brenda. Charleston look out! Here are just a couple of images for inspiration. The picture of the kitchen island doesn’t do it justice. That’s an old piano with a white Corian top! So simple and cool. A nice juxtaposition from the more modern surroundings.

Kitchen Island/Old Piano

Kitchen Island/Old Piano

Cabinet of Curiosities and one freaky Asian Primordial Dwarf

Cabinet of Curiosities and one freaky Asian Primordial Dwarf

Adverse to Paparazzi

Adverse to Paparazzi

Love the painting in the Dining Room...freaks Brenda out

Love the painting in the Dining Room...freaks Brenda out

Alabama Pork

5 days in Birmingham.  My home away from home. I love working with LBVD and Liesa and Tony at Omni Studio…the coolest studio in Alabama!  Shooting images for the holidays for fabulous new recipes by Paula Deen.  Also images for trade mags.  Guess what we are selling in this breakfast shot…hint…it ain’t blueberries!

Cougar Dog

Emilie had a sleep over, but she claims Pete is just a younger “friend”.

Dr. Janet’s Birthday

My dear friend Janet had a birthday. She turned 37 the same day her mom turned 80. Surprise!!!! You are 43 and preggers! I can’t even imagine. Canada (that’s her name…just let it go) arranged for a fab outing of lunch at Back in the Day Bakery (Roasted Red Pepper and Camembert Sandwich for me) and pedicures at Savannah Day Spa for the three of us. I love Savannah and love my friends. Canada, Janet and myself.