Thursday, January 6, 2011

Architectural Accessories

I love to use architectural pieces as accessories. Small scale houses and buildings add such interesting warmth to a table top mantle or niche.
Here are some of my favorites:

1. 18 family home available- birds only!
Vintage purple Martin House
26" W x 20" D x 23 1/2" H

2. Model of Duomo Dae
10" x 10" x 24 1/2" H

3. Model of Bill Tower Antica
13.5" D x 34 1/4" H
4. Model of lighthouse steps
6 3/4" x 4 1/4" x 23 3/4" H
5. Reproduction of an antique Garden Trowel Dovecoat
19" x 19" x 45" H

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bringing the Outdoors In

Now that summer is almost over and the nights are getting cool, I'm thinking about bringing in some of the outdoor plants. This year I'll replant them. I particularly like these beautiful pots.

The Modern Square and Lattice planters (pictured below) were made with Lahar (volcanic ash) from Mount Pinatubo located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. After 460 years of inactivity Mount Pinatubo erupted in June 1991, and for months after continued to cast out lots of Lahar into the air. Despite the tradgedy the native people were able to use the Lahar as an innovative medium that is strong, lightweight and extremely durable.

Modern Square
30" x 13" x 24"

Available in the following sizes:
20" x 20" x 14.5" $257.00
24" x 24" x 17" $352.00
28" x 28" x 21" $589.50
I love oystershells and birds. This beautiful birdbath is on my short list for Christmas.
Oyster Shell Birdbath
32 W x 38 H
This classic style urn is so beautiful with towering branches. Grey Finished Terracotta Urn
Large 15.8" H x 11.8" D
15.4 lbs
Small 10.3" H x 7.8" D
4.4 lbs
This urn will looks great filled with grass and forced bulbs for the holidays.Terracotta French Urn
Large 8.5" H x 12" D
9.6 lbs
Small 6.3" H x 8.3" D
4.2 lbs

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Best Outdoor Lighting

Although the summer is almost over, I thought that I would cover some of the best outdoor lights, which includes hanging lanterns, table lamps, floor lamps, and of course candlelight.
Outdoor Lanterns

This lantern has a fine bronze finish and features
a clear hand-blown glass with antiqued candles.
26"H x 12"W - Chain/Rod Length 6 ft.

Medium six-lantern of solid brass in 19th century

gunmetal finish with hand-blown striated glass panels.

28"H x 14"W x 14"D - Chain/Rod Length 6ft.


Mansard Lantern in grey finish
12.25"L x 12.25" W x 24" H
Was $158.00 Now $79.00

Harbor Side Floor Lamp
Height 62"

Harbor Side Table Lamp
Height 31"

Mini Mambajamba
Height 14"

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Best Outdoor Furniture

It's not too late to think about adding some unique pieces to your outdoor spaces. Particularly if those pieces are timeless and classic. Among my favorites are faux bois pieces, constructed of rebar and concrete, to look like real wood.
The following pieces look great outdoors or indoors.

Redgrove Table
18"D x 22"H

Cement cast faux bois chair - 29.5"W x 25"D x 33"H
Finish: cement grey

Arbor Chair
28"W x 31"D x 39"H, seat height 19"
Cast Resin Table - 15.75" diameter by 22.25"H
Available in cement grey, frost white or frost black
Shown in: cement grey

Pierced white resin side table - 18" diameter x 20"H
Finishes: black/white
Shown in: white

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Best of Things for the Home

This will start a series of blogs about my favorite items for the home. I hope you'll find them informative. Please don't hesitate to contact us at with any questions or comments you might have. All items are available from Home & Garden Co. at 234 Traders Cove, Port Jefferson, NY, 631-928-7913. Since we still have a lot of outdoor time left this year, I'm starting with outdoor carpets.

The best outdoor carpets are:
  • Easy to wash
  • Dry quickly
  • Won't mildew
  • Comfortable to walk on
  • Resist fading
  • Can be used indoors as well as outdoors

    Woven Vinyl Flooring -
I use this a lot for mothers with young children because it's easy to clean and looks like sisal.

  • Area rugs available in most custom sizes
  • With UV Binding
  • Available in other colors and styles
  • $63.90 sq. yd.



These inexpensive polypropylene rugs are a wonderful touch, they look like sisal but they have a soft feel.
  • Available only in the colors shown here
  • 2' x 3' Rug $45.00
  • 2' x'6' Runner $90.00
  • 5' x 8' Rug $250.00


These plush polypropylene rugs are easily washed and dryed. Great for a more luxurious look.

  • Available in many more colors and styles
  • 5' x 8' $397.50
  • 8' x 10' $747.50
  • Custom sizes $25.00 sq. ft.

Veranda Collection - Zebra

Veranda Collection - Shire

Walt Disney Collection - Filigree

Another great inexpensive option - these rugs are made from recycled soda bottles and packing materials. These outdoor rugs are great for porches, decks, etc. They don't absorb stains, can be easily cleaned with a garden hose or sponge and they don't retain water.
  • 30" x 8' Runner $45.00
  • 3' x 5' Rug $35.00
  • 4' x 6' Rug $48.00
  • 5' x 8' Rug $75.00

Pistachio 4' x 6'

Uberturk - Dark Fog 4' x 6'

Mixed Earth Tones - 3' x 5'

Pastel - 30" x 8' Runner

Uberturk - Dark Fog 4' x 6'

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Safe Haven Called Shiloh

Seven years ago, my husband and I found our dream yacht. She was in Boston Harbor , and it was cold and rainy, yet the moment we set foot on board we felt comfortable and at home. We had been looking for a classic wooden yacht for years, and had narrowed our search to Trumpys. She is known as hull #314, the first boat the New Jersey Trumpy Yard built after WWII, and was the first boat John Trumpy built for himself as a demonstrator. He called her "Aurora", godess of the dawn. There were 5 more Auroras in his life. This one was to go through many owners, including the actress Susan Hayward. The previous owner had acquired her after she was found washed up on the rocks following Hurricane Gloria in 1986 and had done a fine restoration job.
55" Aurora, Contract number 314, built in 1945 (Pilot model), built for John Trumpy
Sea Prince - Before
Shiloh - After
When we first saw her she looked a bit different than she did originally. She was also known as "Sea Prince", a strange name we thought, since she had been called "Sea Princess" prior, as well as many other lovely names like "Celadon" and "Broadway Lady". My husband had always liked "Shiloh" and when we looked up the meaning in the dictionary we found it meant "safe haven", which was perfect for her. Years ago my husband had cut out an article from Wooden Boat magazine that included a drawing of her original layout, and we set about to restore her to her original look. We have changed the yellow and green to the original blue and white, replaced a long missing walnut banquette in the main salon, replaced window treatments, carpets, tile, reupholstered and refurbished, and many other things.
Main Salon - Before
Main Salon - After
Aft Deck - Before

Aft Deck - After
It is an ongoing project. Yes, we are always busy varnishing, sanding, painting, and yes she is a lot of work, but the time we spend on her is so rewarding. There is a sense of stepping back into an era of bygone elegance - one feels the stress of the day melt away and time becomes insignificant. We call it the "Shiloh syndrome" when we and our guests hate to pack up and leave, and we always look forward to returning.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Solving Problems

Part of my morning routine is doing the NYT crossword puzzle before I go to work. I look forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee and the paper. Not only do I enjoy it, I feel that it clears away the cobwebs and helps me think "outside the box" when coming up with solutions. I love it when I can come up with a great idea that really works and seems so natural that everyone is convinced it had to be simple - just like that crossword puzzle when it is completed.

My day is never complete without at least one problem - like how to make that small NYC apartment really work without putting too much furniture in it. I found my answer in a great multifunctional table with pull-out extentions that can be used with sofa height seating for dining or working on, or can be dropped to cocktail height.

I actually have this table at home - on my back porch. It's called a luncheon table and is by Starbay, a french company with a fabulous design concept - recalling the Grand Voyages of the early 19th century with a contemporary flair. It is perfect for this apartment. It even has a drawer on each side to keep your things in, as well as a display box in the middle of the table for interesting objects. It makes for comfortable dining and working without adding dining height chairs to a small space.

You might enjoy looking at their catalogue at Most of their pieces have a surprise element - like a hidden drawer, or a secret hiding place. Call me at (631) 928-7913 if you want to know more.