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Issue No.







WINTER 2010 magazine



newbie style

newbie style

Chef Lea Creates Crockpot Chic with Christopher Peacock

The Cheese Stands Alone

Crockpot Sips

Chef Lea’s formula for a fabulous wineand-cheese party.

Warm winter’s chill with a simmering latte beverage bar.

for a cause

foodie peeps

Inspirational ideas from our favorite tables at Dining By Design in San Francisco.

Altruistic Tables

The Hanging Buffet La Bonne Cuisine shares ingenious ideas for first-class food presentation.


kitchen newbies

Jennifer Rowland Clapp creates a fresh landscape for using granny’s chintz.

Chef Lea Raves About Her Faves

Modern Vintage Tabletop

hot spot Lekker™ Home 2




design chronicles

best blogs

Girly-girl Spaces

Blogs We Love

Find inspiration in rooms that celebrate the feminine spirit.

iconic nester Jay Jeffers

mag swag bag The Bluebird Bag our reader contest

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Diane Phillips saves a lamp destined for the dumpster.

sweet! What’s New for the Nest


editor’s letter

Reinvent and Rebuild.

Whenever we begin a new

year and move into winter months, I always long to reinvent myself and my home. Reinvention is also the focus of this issue. I can’t wait to make Chef Lea McIntosh’s new recipes—all prepared in slow-cookers! She’s elevated the simple crockpot to swanky status— even Christopher Peacock agrees.


twists on a traditional beverage bar and wine-and-cheese party are on my musttry list, too. La Bonne Cuisine, our foodie peep, shares with us how to set up their unique “hanging buffet,” an amazing idea for food presentation. As for my home, artist Diane Phillips helped me freshen-up my outdated lamp and save it from the dumpster. And for future projects, I’m turning to our entertaining and decorating sections for inspiration—we’re featuring our favorite tables at San Francisco’s Dining By Design, Jennifer Rowland Clapp’s hints on the modern-vintage mix, and beautiful feminine-inspired spaces by top designers. Jay Jeffers, this issue’s Iconic Nester, shares his insights on creating interiors with exuberance. As I write this letter, Haitians are dealing with the devastation of a 7.0 earthquake. If you are searching for a way to help, please consider Theo’s Work, Inc. This nonprofit has been rescuing homeless Haitian children for the past seven years, providing shelter, food, clothing, education and basic medical care. They operate on a shoestring budget, so you can be assured that your money won’t get lost in bureaucracy but will immediately be put to good works. As you can imagine, the earthquake has intensified their need. To help them rebuild, go to

Jodi Murphy editor-in-chief


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CONTRIBUTORS Lea McIntosh, Jodi Murphy, David Braddy, Natalie Carpenter, Rick Guerra, Elaine Herman, Jay Jeffers, La Bonne Cuisine, Diane Phillips, Jennifer Rowland Clapp, Maria Sayare, Lak Tuigamala

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTORS Alexander Vertikoff (Alexander Vertikoff Photography), Natalie Wi (Allure West Studios), David Fenton (David Fenton Photographs), David Duncan Livingston (david duncan LIVINGston), Dean Birinyi (Dean J. Birinyi Photography), Douglas Johnson (Douglas Johnson Photography), Margot Hartford (Margot Hartford Photography), Michael Soo (Soo Photography), Costas Voniatis (World Photo Video)


FILM CLIP James Burkart (Burkart Video Productions) Chef Lea’s Hair: Vanessa Rockey, Chef Lea’s Make-up: Julie Acosta

SPECIAL THANKS Crockpot Chic was photographed at the Christopher Peacock San Francisco showroom. Special thanks to Christopher Peacock, Lane Brooks (The Brooks Group), Tracey Taylor Cosgrove , P.J. Cosgrove and Christopher Lacey (Barnegat Group), Peter Halpern (Schumacher), Rodney Haynes (Revolve Interior Designs), Christie McRae Kirmse (McRae & Company), Carol Lacey, Terlato Family Vineyards, and Jeffery Thrun (Jeffery Thrun Design) Special thanks to Diane Phillips of DK Designs for the custom cheese labels and special guest newbies Vanessa Rockey and Elise Rockey in The Cheese Stands Alone. ©Nesting Newbies™ Magazine is another creative endeavor by McIntosh & Murphy. For original cooking, entertaining, and decorating ideas, go to

Dean Birinyi Dean J. Birinyi Photography Altruistic Tables (Dining By Design)

“The Dining By Design show was wonderful. I always enjoy designer showcases because the designers spread their creative wings with no restrictions. This year’s DbD was very exciting—there was something new around every corner, and the designers went beyond the cutting edge in their use of materials and interpretations of the dining table concept.”

Margot Hartford Margot Hartford Photography Jay Jeffers (Iconic Nester)

"It was great to see Jay Jeffers again after having met him when I first moved to San Francisco in 1998. At the time we were both just starting out, and it's really fantastic to see how well Jay has done over the past decade. His award-winning style appeals to me because his design choices always include surprises."

Michael Soo Soo Photography Front and Back Covers, Crockpot Chic, Crockpot Sips, The Hanging Buffet

"The Nesting Newbies' team rocks! I am able to express my creativity and expertise when working with them and showcase my range as a commercial, food and people photographer. I have a blast shooting in a fast-paced, upbeat environment for this new magazine!"

Natalie Wi Allure West Studios The Cheese Stands Alone, Hot Spot, Modern Vintage Tabletop

“I thrive on shoots. I am infused with a sense of inspiration, creativity and innovation by the designers, and I always leave equipped with new tools to push myself to a higher level of success. I feel fortunate to be a part of the Nesting Newbies team and always enjoy the great adventures this endeavor provides me!”

cooking: newbie style

Chef Lea Creates




pot hic with Christopher Peacock Photography by Michael Soo

“The Fonduta di Parma was delicious…like eating a luxurious Kir Royal on crisp toast.” -Lane Brooks


Crockpot Chic Menu

for a crowd

Fonduta di Parma

Brandied Tomato Cream Soup Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs Smoky Sweet Jalapeño Pork Sliders Garlic Spumante Scampi Pear Muscat Marmalade Butter-Sage Cipollini Confit Creamy Chèvre Crab Dip

Fonduta di Parma Serves: 6 to 8 2½ ¾ 3 2 1 3 ½ 8 5 8 2 1


cups chicken broth ounce dried porcini mushrooms tablespoons unsalted butter ounces prosciutto di Parma, diced clove garlic, minced tablespoons all-purpose flour cup heavy whipping cream ounces mascarpone cheese ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded tablespoons marsala wine teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Soak dried mushrooms in 1 cup warm chicken broth for 30 minutes, or until completely soft. Remove mushrooms, finely chop, set aside. Strain mushroom-chicken broth and set aside. 2. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté prosciutto in butter until slightly brown and crispy, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook until soft, about 30 seconds. 3. Add flour to prosciutto-garlic butter; cook until flour is lightly golden about 1 minute. 4. Using a whisk, add reserved broth and cream; continue cooking until thick and bubbling, about 2 minutes. 5. Add mascarpone, Parmigiano-Reggiano, mozzarella, marsala wine, salt, and fresh ground pepper; continue briskly whisking until ingredients are thoroughly combined and fondue is creamy. 6. Pour fondue into a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker insert; cover and cook on low for 30 to 45 minutes. For service, change cooker setting to warm and occassionally stir fondue to prevent cheese and oils from separating. Serve with

“I used the three P of Parma:

porcini (mushrooms), Parmesan,

prosciutto for my version o

fondue. This trio of flavor combination

magically captivate your audie just like the three tenors—and the ‘fat definitely sing when she tastes

its indescribable flavor and

Chef Lea McIntosh gave herself a culinary challenge when she discovered the Crock-Pot® Trio Cook & Serve while shopping with her husband. “We were in a hurry, but at first glance, I knew I was going to throw


an over-the-top party,” says Lea. “And I would use only slow cookers to do it!” Challenge met. Each recipe is a meal on its own. But serve them together for a crowd, and your guests will experience an explosion of culinary tastes. “Lea is rockin’ the crockpot,” says friend Diane Phillips, DK Designs. Christopher

, and

Peacock—whose signature cabinetry company, Christopher Peacock Home, is

of crockpot

synonymous with quality, creativity, and craftsmanship—flew from his corporate

ns will

offices in Connecticut to his San Francisco showroom just to taste Lea’s new


recipes. “I am intrigued with the entire Nesting Newbies concept and knew Chef

lady’ will

Lea would create quality recipes in an innovative way,” says Christopher. “I was

d creaminess!”

Christopher’s friends agree. “Everything was amazing,” says Lane Brooks,

impressed by how she was able to elevate slow cooking to fine culinary status.” principal and CEO of The Brooks Group. “I am still dreaming about the food.”


“I have tomato cream soup for lunch a few times a week, even in the summer! My recipe includes a bit of brandy—you’ll love it! Use a hand immersion blender so you can easily blend the ingredients without having to remove them from the crockpot.”


Brandied Tomato Cream Soup Serves: 6 to 8 1 ½ ½ ¼ 1 1 4 ½ ½ 1½ 2 1 ¼ 1


cup onion, diced cup carrot, peeled and diced cup celery, diced cup all-purpose flour 6-ounce can tomato paste 28-ounce can diced tomatoes cups chicken broth tablesoon dried dill tablespoon dried basil teaspoons sugar teaspoons salt cup heavy whipping cream cup cognac brandy garlic clove, minced fresh ground pepper to taste

1. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over mediumhigh heat sauté onion, carrot, and celery in butter until soft, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. 2. Add flour to onion mixture; cook until flour is lightly golden about 1 minute. 3. Add tomato paste to onion mixture; continue cooking another 2 minutes. 4. Transfer onion mixture to a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker insert; add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, dried dill, dried basil, sugar, and salt; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on low for 4 hours. 5. Add cream, brandy, garlic, fresh ground pepper to taste, cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. 6. Using a handheld immersion blender, purée until smooth and creamy.* Serve. *Option: If you don't have a blender, enjoy your soup country style (unblended).

Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs Serves: 8 to 10


MEATBALLS: 2 pounds ground beef (85% lean) 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 2 large eggs ¾ cup whole milk 1 teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste canola cooking spray TERIYAKI SAUCE: 2 cups Japanese sake* 1 10-ounce) bottle Kikkoman Aji-Mirin– sweet cooking rice seasoning* 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar ⅔ cup soy sauce 4 tablespoons cornstarch 4 tablespoons water 1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks, drained 1. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined. 2. Lightly grease two aluminum foil-covered cookie sheets with cooking spray; set aside. 3. Using your hands, form meat mixture into 1-inch diameter meatballs; spacing approximately ½ inch apart on cookie sheets. 4. Bake in 375-degree oven for approximately

sake, Aji-Mirin, sugar, and soy sauce. Cover and

“A few years a I taught this

cook on high for 6 to 7 hours.

to two geeky newbies who use

15 minutes, or until lightly browned. 5. In a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker insert, add

6. In a small bowl, thoroughly dissolve cornstarch and water; add to teriyaki sauce, stir and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes or until sauce slightly thickens. 7. Add meatballs, pineapple; cook untiil warm. For service, change cooker setting to warm.

condiment. Relucta

and to their total surprise, excla had ever had! Now they

friends…who knew t

“I was amazed at what Chef Lea could do with a crockpot. The slow-cooker is perfect for parties, keeping the food warm throughout the evening—something that is always a challenge at a party. The highlight for me was the Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs ...always a hit with the men!” -Christie McRae Kirmse

ago, s recipe teriyaki sauce as a staple

antly, they went along,

aimed it was the best they make it all time for their college

teriyaki could make you popular?”


“My friend Lak makes the best Kalua pork ever–his secrets

are using liquid smoke, rock salt and ‘no peeky peeky.’ One time, I pulled the foil off too early (to peek)—and he was right, the pork wasn’t the same. But in the crockpot, there are no worries! It keeps the pork very moist, since there is little evaporation while cooking. Try my sweet-and-spicy pork recipe and serve with Hawaiian rolls or buttermilk biscuits.”


Smoky Sweet Jalapeño Pork Serves: 8 to 10 4 ½ ¾ 1½ 2 1 2


pounds boneless pork shoulder roast cup red jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed, minced cup granulated sugar cups water tablespoons lemon juice teaspoon liquid smoke teaspoons salt fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Remove excess fat from pork shoulder roast; cut roast into 3 large chunks. 2. Add pork, jalapeño, sugar, water, lemon juice, liquid smoke, salt, and fresh ground pepper in a 5- to 7-quart slow cooker insert; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours. 3. Remove pork from the slow cooker and let rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, using a large spoon, skim fat from jalapeño sauce, cover sauce and continue cooking for 1 to 2 additional hours to further reduce liquid. 4. When cool to touch, shred the pork using two forks. Return the shredded pork to reduced jalapeño sauce and cook for an additional 20 minutes. For service, change cooker setting to warm and serve with mini Hawaiian sweet rolls, cornbread, or buttermilk biscuits.

Garlic Spumante Scampi Serves: 8 to 10 ¾ 4 ¼ 3 ⅓ ⅓ 1 1 1 1 2 1½


cup salted butter, melted (1 ½ sticks) tablespoons all-purpose flour cup heavy whipping cream cups Asti Spumante (Italian white sparkling wine) cup shallots, minced cup garlic, minced tablespoon fresh lemon juice teaspoon lemon zest tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped tablespoon chives, chopped teaspoons salt fresh ground pepper to taste pound prawns (count 21-25/pound), shelled and deveined

1. Using a fork, stir together melted butter and flour in a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker insert. 2. Add whipping cream, Asti Spumante or sparkling wine, shallots, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, Italian parsley, chives, salt, and fresh ground pepper; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. 3. Using a whisk, briskly stir sauce to thicken. Add prawns; cook on low just until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately. For service, change cooker setting to warm. Serve with baguette slices.

"The Garlic Spumante Scampi ...incredible.” -Christopher Peacock

“The secret to great scampi is the sauce.

Mine includes shallots and a little bubbly...of all things!

Use Brut, or if you like it sweet like I do, use Asti Spumante.

This recipe took many attempts, but I finally recreated

the flavors to my satisfaction using the crockpot.�


"The Sm sandwi Marmala m

“My favorite indulgence is creamy gorgonzola cheese with quince paste on crackers. I set out to create a crockpot jam that would rival this combination. I considered spiced cranberry chutney and apple butter, but nothing clicked until I thought to turn pears and muscat grapes into marmalade. Success! Now I keep this and the delicious


Raincoast Crisps on hand for my gorgonzola fix.�

moky Sweet Jalapeño Pork iches and the Pear Muscat ade…I could have made a meal out of just those two!” -Tracy Taylor Cosgrove

Pear Muscat Marmalade Yields: 1 quart 2½ ½ 2 3 ¼ 2


pounds Bartlett or d'Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and chopped pound Granny Smith tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped cups sweet Muscat dessert wine cups granulated sugar cup fresh tangerine juice teaspoons tangerine zest

1. Add pear, apple, muscat dessert wine, sugar, tangerine juice, and tangerine zest to a 5- to 7quart slow cooker insert; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on high for 9 to 10 hours. When it is ready, the mixture should be dark amber-brown with a sweet caramelized flavor. 2. Using a whisk or masher, break up softened fruit pieces. Cool to room temperature. Store in air tight containers in the refrigerator up to two weeks.

Butter-Sage Cipollini Confit Serves: 8 to 10 1½ ½ ¼ ¼ 10 1


pounds cipollini onions, peeled and ends trimmed cup (1 stick) salted butter cup balsamic vinegar cup light brown sugar, packed whole fresh sage leaves teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Add cippolini onions, butter, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, whole sage leaves, salt, and fresh ground pepper to a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker insert; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. For service, change setting to warm.

“The cipollini is a small, flat, sweet Italian onion

that is perfect for roasting. You can find them at specialty markets from December through March. In this recipe, the long cooking time browns the butter and caramelizes the onions to sweet perfection. Forget the diet and splurge!”



Creamy Chèvre Crab Dip Serves: 8 to 10 1 8 1 5 2 2 1 1 1 1


pound lump crabmeat (Dungeness, blue or peeky toe crab) ounces mascarpone cheese cup mayonnaise ounces herbed goat (chèvre) cheese tablespoons shallots, minced tablespoons white wine Worcestershire tablespoon Dijon mustard tablespoon fresh lemon juice tablespoon fresh chives, chopped teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Combine all ingredients (crabmeat, mascarpone, mayonnaise, herbed goat cheese, shallots, Worcestershire, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, chives, salt, and fresh ground pepper in a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker insert; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serve with sweet French or sourdough baguette slices.

“Never one to do what’s typical,

I opted out of doing the same ol’ crab dip and created a new, upscale version using mascarpone and herbed goat cheese… much more sublime ingredients that are now readily available.”

Terlato Family Vineyards To accompany Chef Lea’s recipes, we uncorked two of Christopher Peacock’s favorites–Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir from Terlato Family Vineyards. The Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir are made from grapes grown in California’s Russian River Valley. Terlato Wines International is the flagship company of the Terlato Wine Group, owned and operated by the Terlato family for over 50 years, and a parent company to several independent wine producers. In 1996, Anthony Terlato and his sons, Bill and John, started their namesake, Terlato Family Vineyards, with the goal of producing wines that are nothing short of excellent–and all 10 in their collection receive consistently top ratings and reviews. We raise a glass and toast to their wines and their philosophy, inviting us to “Consider quality a way of life." We do. Hear, hear!

Newbie Notes: Christopher Peacock Makes Sense. Christopher Peacock explains to new nesters why investing in quality is the smart thing to do. “Often new homeowners go to a local, do-it-yourself home store for all of their kitchen needs. They may be happy with the price, but after living in and functioning in their kitchen, after a while they’ll begin to notice serious wear and tear–things like cheap cabinetry and inexpensive appliances just don’t hold up.”

Cabinetry is like a car–it gets such use and abuse–and investing in the best quality one can afford will directly affect its longevity. A kitchen should also be timeless in its design using natural, sustainable materials. “I hate to see people get caught up in trendy designs, so in five to eight years they’re unhappy with what they have.”

Christopher Peacock Cabinetry is the paradigm of English-classic cabinetry made to order in the United States. Christopher started his company in 1992, and today there are rooms with his company’s beautiful cabinetry gracing homes around the world. Each piece is handcrafted using the finest materials, comes with an unparalleled level of service, and is assured to be of the highest quality. Some of the company’s most notable clients include former President Bill Clinton and Secretary-of-State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Mariah Carey, Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev in Grey’s Anatomy), and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Christopher Peacock kitchens have been in every major East Coast showhouse, including House Beautiful’s Kitchen of the Year in New York City. Christopher designed a working kitchen set on the Oprah Show for Oprah and her top chef guests. He appeared on the same show to share his design tips with the television audience. Most recently, Christopher introduced his Christopher Peacock Paint collection to rave reviews. The eco-friendly paint is made of the highest quality color pigments and is very durable, yielding stunning results.


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slow cookers are also a great way to serve warm beverages for a crowd. “You can prepare any beverage in advance—mulled wine, hot apple cider, hot chocolate—and have it simmering away during your party.” She assembled the ultimate latte bar. Guests chose either coffee, chai tea, or hot cocoa as their base, and then had free rein to embellish their drinks with a variety of tasty toppings and additions.

Toppings & Enhancements “For serving, I put the candy pieces in glass jars with clamp lids, used pint-sized liqueurs, and purchased new soap dispensers at a home store for the syrups. Oh, and don’t forget some biscotti cookies for dipping!”

Candy Selections Andes Crème de Menthe dinner mints, coarsely chopped (Tootsie® Roll Industries) Heath English Toffee Bits (Hershey’s®) Baker’s Cut Crystallized Ginger Chips (The Ginger People®) Crushed peppermint candies Mini chocolate chips Mini Peanut Butter Cups (Trader Joe’s) Mini marshmallows

Liqueurs Amaretto Irish Cream Coffee Liqueur Orange Liqueur

Syrups Ginger Syrup Vanilla Syrup Hazelnut Syrup

cHai Latte Serves 8

“Use only ground spices, so you won’t need to strain the liquid. Also, I discovered that by using vanilla powder in place of vanilla extract, I was able to create a chai powder mix that makes a great gift.”

¾ 1½ 1½ 1 1½ ¼ 8 8

cup granulated sugar tablespoons ground cinnamon tablespoons ground vanilla powder, or pure vanilla extract tablespoon ground cardamom teaspoons ground ginger teaspoon ground cloves cups milk, whole or reduced-fat bags black tea, preferably Indian Assam or Darjeeling

Remember to keep the lids on your crockpots during the party to prevent a filmy layer from developing on your beverages.

Caffè Latte Serves 8

“I used Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew instant coffee, milk and sugar as the starting point for guests to add their own individuality!”

8 ½ 8

packets Italian Roast Starbucks VIA Ready Brew cup granulated sugar cups milk, whole or reduced-fat

Coco Latte Serves 8

“A basic, hot cocoa keeps things simple and guests can add their own favorite flavors.”

1 1 2 8

cup ground cocoa powder cup granulated sugar tablespoons ground vanilla powder, or pure vanilla extract cups milk, whole or reduced-fat

Crockpot Sip Directions: Combine dry ingredients and milk in a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker insert; cover and place insert in slow cooker heating base. Cook on low for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir and serve with a variety of toppings & enhancements.

! t e e w t e p p Bon A


cooking: foodie peeps

The Hanging Buffet

Photography by Michael Soo

La BonneCuisine shares ingenious ideas for first-class food presentation.


Christophe Kubiak, Executive Chef, and Sébastien Sanges started La Bonne Cuisine to bring fine French catering to the San Francisco Bay Area. They are sought after by Bay Area A-list clientele, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Robin Williams, and UC Berkeley. La Bonne Cuisine is a green-certified boutique business best known for excellent cuisine, personalized service, and forward-thinking event designs. Every La Bonne Cuisine event has a unique presence and, according to Sébastien, no two ever look or feel the same. “I was blown away by their hanging buffet,” says Chef Lea McIntosh. “The concept is ingenious, and Christophe and Sébastien didn’t hesitate to say ‘yes’ when I asked them to share this awe-inspiring food presentation with our readers.” 38

“The hanging buffet

was inspired

trays in an open, circular design from Pier 1

by the Cirque du Soleil acrobats and our

Imports. These were suspended—using fishing

experiences back in France where ‘surprise’

line, 50 pound to 100 pound strength—from

food stations dropped from the ceiling,” says

a frame that was wrapped with black stretch

Sébastien. “We were searching for a new idea for

fabric. The team affixed bundled branches on

a buffet that would not need tables for support.

each side to add height. “The trays can be hung

Our original hanging buffet was made of pipe

from any solid structure, such as a kitchen pot

and drape suspending custom-made acrylic

rack,” says Sébastien.

trays with holes for cones and champagne flutes.

was custom-made to fit a six-foot buffet table

Since then, it has evolved.”

and was easily made using a few simple tools.

The team at La Bonne Cuisine devised a hanging

Make two T-shaped bases and one crossbar,

buffet you can easily recreate using common

and put everything together with a bolt screw.

items picked up at mass-market retailers and

After your event, you can take everything apart

craft-supply stores. They selected round metallic

and store the pieces in the closet for future use.”

“The frame we used


Serves 8 8 ounces dark chocolate (minimum 65% cacao), broken into small pieces 8 egg yolks 8 egg whites 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

(1) Melt chocolate pieces and butter in a bain marie (or on top of a double boiler); stir constantly until melted; remove from heat. (2) Using a whisk, beat egg yolks one at a time into warm chocolate mixture; set aside. (3) Using a handheld electric or standing mixer, in a mixing bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks are formed. (4) Fold beaten egg whites into chocolate mixture just until combined. Do not overmix. (5) Spoon mousse into dessert cups of your choice; chill for at least 12 hours before serving.


Newbie Notes: What’s a bain marie? According to, a bain marie is a water bath. “It consists of placing a container (pan, bowl, soufflé dish, etc) of food in a large shallow pan of warm water, which surrounds the food with gentle heat. The food may be cooked in this manner either in an oven or on top of a range. This technique is designed to cook delicate dishes, such as custards, sauces, and savory mousses, without breaking or curdling them.”

“On a smaller scale, you could create a three-pole structure (like a tepee) and hang one tray in the center.” Once the base is in place, surround it with a natural arrangement of dried black beans and green peas, river rocks, cymbidium orchids, succulents, moss and votive candles. Chef Christophe made his popular chocolate mousse that was piped into recycled-plastic tulip cups and displayed three different with their detachable stems


on, 1) set on the round, suspended trays; or 2) set in wooden boxes filled with beans to hold them steady; and without their stems, 3) set into the table as though sprouting from the ground. “This




was based on nature, but you could easily substitute by using all glass and floating candles, or even take on a very industrial look using slate and iron pieces,” says Sébastien. From the minds of Christophe and Sébastien, the possibilities are always endless!

chirp! Find La Bonne Cuisine Fine French Catering at

Newbie Notes: Materials List Blossom & Stem Liteware™ mini dishes (the tulip-shaped servers) available at Metallic round trays available at Pier 1 Imports (or find similar at Cost Plus World Market or Z Gallerie) Three pieces of strong wood for the hanging base frame: two T-shaped for the bases, one straight length for the crossbar Bolt screws to connect hanging base Black stretch fabric to wrap around the base Bundled branches for each side of the base Fishing line (50 lb to 100 lb strength) Dried black beans Dried green peas Wooden boxes and votives from IKEA Votives, mood moss, river rocks from Michael’s Cymbidium orchids (sustainable, from local and in house producers) Succulent plants

Chef Lea Raves About Her Faves

for your kitchen p Stainless Steel Spring-Loaded Scoops

Viking Professional Immersion Hand Blender

“Ever wonder how professionals get everything uniform and the same size? We use spring-loaded scoops in all sizes! Use them to scoop cookie dough, batters, and the meatballs for my Teriyaki Meatball recipe in this magazine.”

“An immersion hand blender is one of the most valuable tools in my chef kit. You can use it to blend soups and sauces or purée fruits right in the pots you’ve cooked them in—no need to transfer hot liquids into a traditional blender. I also use mine to chop large amounts of garlic and shallots and for making herb butters and salad dressings.”

Available at $17–$18 each

Available at Blender–$120, Chop Attachment–$30

“This trio inspired me to create a complete party using only crockpots. Buy one and make a threecourse dinner, or buy several and you can have an awesome affaire!” Available at for $99.99


cooking: kitchen newbies Lesley Stowe's Raincoast Crisps “Lesley Stowe Fine Foods created these little gems—crispy, nutty, and delicious! It’s been a long time since I’ve tasted a cracker so unique. They’re great alone if you need a crunch, but I like to pair them with cheese—I make a meal out of it.”

pantry. Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever by Diane Phillips

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Cyrpress Grove Humboldt Fog¨ G oat Ceese “An American original! This cheese is absolutely wonderful. For a goat milk cheese, it’s an unexpected taste—creamy and mild. I always include a wedge of Humboldt Fog on my cheese trays when entertaining, and it’s typically the first one gone! I like to bring a grande wheel as a hostess gift.” “There are over 400 recipes for you to try or use as inspiration. Warm up with ‘Souper Bowls,’ a great chapter on soups and stews. ‘Party in a Pot’ was the chapter that caught my eye. Diane offers ideas for entertaining with main courses and side dishes.” Available at Cover Price $24.95 US

Available at 16 oz–$20, Grande (5 lb)–$95


entertaining: newbie style

Cheese The

Stands Alone

Chef Lea’s formuLa for a fabuLous

ne of the easiest menus to pull together for a party is a wine and cheese tasting. Or is it? Grab your keys, head off to your local market,

wine-and-Cheese party.

and find your way to the cheese counter. Now choose.

Photography by Natalie Wi

“With well over 1000 varieties of cheese available, it can be overwhelming to navigate through all the choices,” says Chef Lea McIntosh. “Selecting cheese can be as intimidating and complicated as choosing a fine wine.” It’s no wonder we all end up with the same old wedges of cheddar and Monterey Jack in our shopping bags.


Use labels so your guests know what they are sampling. Ours were made by Diane Phillips of DK Designs.


Getting to know cheese could become a new hobby or life’s passion. But for those of us who just want to throw a good party, Chef Lea has developed two selections—one using American artisanal cheeses and one with international choices. Each selection offers your guests a wonderful tasting experience.

“I want you to have a stress-free

introduction to the world of cheese, and you’ll see how the cheese stands alone as the only course you’ll need to serve for entertaining.”


Featuring Newbie Sisters, Vanessa & Elise Rockey Video Production By James Burkart


Turn a 30-inch round glass into a cheese platter. What you will need is the selection of cheeses, fresh raspberries (or strawberries), grapes (several varieties), your favorite nuts (no salt), and a small crock of slow-roasted balsamic figs (recipe to follow). The video shows you how to build these ingredients into an extraordinary display.


International Cheese Selection Cheese Manchego

Make your cheese purchases a one-stop shopping experience. Chef Lea bought hers at Whole Foods.


Type Semi-hard sheep’s milk

Saint Agur from Blue-veined, Bongrain double-cream, cow’s milk


Semi-soft, washed-rind, cow’s milk


Hard, aged Dutch Gouda

Origin La Mancha, Spain

Character Dry, acidic, slightly sweet, nutty, butteryellow color, aged 2 to 14 months Monts du Creamy, Velay, France piquant, slightly salty, peppery, 60% butterfat Italy, Lombardy, Brine washed Piedmont or rind, goldVeneto to-rosy color, earthy aroma, square-shaped wheel, edible outside rind Holland Golden caramel/amber color, smooth, slightly sweet and salty, aged 3 years

Serve with quince paste (membrillo), Spanish sherry

with Sauternes, sweet dessert wine

with fullbodied red wine

with amontillado sherry or tawny port

American Artisanal Cheese Selection Cheese Mt Tam from Cowgirl Creamery Dry Monterey Jack from Vella Cheese Co.

Type Soft-ripened, triple-cream

Origin California

Aged, firm


Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove

Soft-surface, ripened goat’s milk cheese


Oregon Blue Cheese from Rogue Creamery

Semi-soft blue cheese


Character Mild, creamy, slightly salty, firm-center Golden color, nutty flavor, signature cocoa-pepper coated rind Soft, creamy layer under rind, firm center, signature vegetable ash middle layer denoting morning fog Slightly creamy, mild blue-cheese flavor

Serve with sparkling wine with zinfandel

Florist David Braddy surrounded the cheese platter with flowers from his garden and majolica from Bloomingdale’s.

with sauvignon blanc or young pinot noir

with chardonnay or mediumbodied red

More cheese, please! Link to the 'Library of Cheese' on Cowgirl Creamery's website


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Slow-Roasted Balsamic Figs Serves: 4 to 6 1


pint black mission figs,* ends trimmed, rinsed and drained

cups balsamic vinegar


cup granulated sugar

1. Combine





granulated sugar in an oven-proof 2 quart saucepan or baking dish. 2. Bake in a 325˚ oven uncovered until the vinegar has been reduced to a thick shiny glaze, about 2 to 2.5 hours. Begin checking the figs at 90 minutes to be sure they aren’t getting too browned.

Remove from oven

and cool. For service, pour roasted figs into a crock or small bowll; add to the cheese platter. * select those that are plump, moist and fresh looking— no scars, uniform in color, and no shriveling.

Have Chef Lea’s cheese-tacular selections turned you into a turophile? Fuel your new love for cheese by reading two of Lea’s favorite books: Cheese Essentials: An Insider’s Guide to Buying and Serving Cheese by Laura Werlin and Cheese & Wine: A Guide to Selecting, Pairing, and Enjoying by Janet Fletcher. Follow Fletcher’s informative “The Cheese Course” for the San Francisco Chronicle on SFGate.

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entertaining: for a cause

Photography by Dean Birinyi Dining By Design is a national tour sponsored by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids. We were giddy with excitement to preview 30






imaginations of leading design talent. The sky’s the limit when it comes to their creativity, and their participation was heaven sent—the two-day event drew huge crowds and raised significant funds for HIV/AIDS primary care services. So much eye candy everywhere!

The San

Francisco Design Center was bursting at its seams with one fantastic dining vignette after another. Our favorites stood out because they were breathtaking and inspirational—the” WOW” at first glance and lots of takeaway ideas for our own entertaining. Time to share…





a total environment, not just a table, but a lively and sophisticated colorful space that people would look at and say… ‘how unexpected…how pretty… that looks gorgeous…I want to sit there!’ Morocco is the inspiration for the wonderful layered aesthetic you see. The table is luxurious while at the same time, it is comfortable…it is the eclectic elegance and the mix of vintage elements and modern textures that make it inviting, not intimidating.” –Patrice Bevans

Patrice Bevans Patrice Cowan Bevans Interiors 415.751.0205

interpret this look: Start with saturated color and choose one you like as the dominant theme (Patrice used fuchsia), then add small bursts of pop colors for visual pizzazz. If silk is too expensive for your needs, try vividly colored sheeting as the tablecloth. Patrice added an extravagant touch by covering the floor with rose petals, but she says a few scattered on a table will add the same exotic flare. Layer, LAYER, LAYER—that’s what makes this table so visually enticing. If you don’t have dishes with geometric patterns, “use clear glass dishware and fashion placemats by stenciling an exotic pattern onto a piece of painted board or heavy craft paper.” Mix and match…high and low—“Not only do we have rich silks, custom chairs and spectacular lighting, but we have vintage finds, department store items and restaurant supply store pieces on the table. It’s the mix that keeps it interesting.”



Dupioni cloth with patterned, embroidered silk: Malabar* Linen and velvet flamestitched seat cushions: Clarke & Clarke* Chairs: custom designed by Patrice Bevans, made by Portico* Linen on upholstered chairs: A. Sommer Textiles* Host and hostess chairs: Aesthetic* Pierced metal pendants: Vaughan Lighting* Console table: Quadrus Studios* Moroccan cut-wood ceiling panel: designed by Patrice Bevans Faux painting: Deborah Phillips Hinged screens: Beronio Lumber Modulus tile placemats: Ceramic Tile Design Bowls, plates, wooden spoons, forks: Kamei Restaurant Supply Multi-colored goblets: Pier 1 Imports Vintage barware: The Chic Retreat *Available through McCrae and Company





Mexican icon referred to as Árbol de la Vida Candelabro (Tree of Life Candelabra) that symbolizes the genesis of humanity, the beginning of the universe. I took additional cues from the courtyards of the grand, rustic estates in the San Miguel de Allende region of Mexico. The design is a balance between rustic and elegant, organic and refined, textured and luminescent, and earthy and ethereal. My goal was to transcend fads and create a setting for jovial celebration.” –Gil Mendez

Gil Mendez Gil Mendez Design 415.920.9662

interpret this look: Go against the trends. Take a trip to the library or local bookstore or go online to find your inspiration and reinterpret it in a completely unique way. Create a rustic, elegant, look with a muted-color theme combined with a variety of natural finishes in wood, fabrics, glass and metals enlivened by glimmering and sparkling accents. There are numerous examples of this on Gil’s table: bejeweled napkin rings edged with rhinestones, counterbalanced by the organic shape of a pewter charger; beading around the salad bowl, grounded by the dark dinner plates; and the heaviness of ceramic pears, counterweighted by the lightness of the natural table linens. Look beyond traditional color combinations. Try deep plums with acid greens, tangerine with hot pink, teal blue with mustard gold—these combinations can work cohesively if countered with neutrals. Color is only one aspect of your design—play with scale, textures and sheens. Mix non-precious elements with more refined, lightreflecting pieces, and you’ll add depth and layers to an otherwise predictable, one-note composition.



Table: Palmyra by Murray’s Iron Works, modified by Gil Mendez Design Chair, console, floor lamps, wall panels, side tables, over-scaled art frame: Design by Gil Mendez Design, made by Murray’s Iron Works Decorative accessories: ANTHEM Plants, floral arrangements: Lila B. Design Wood flooring: Restoration Timber Tufenkian area rug: Floordesign Photograph: The Blow Up Lab Construction: One-Line Construction





You can intentionally use a bold color and make it feel neutral and inviting. Fuchsia takes center stage on our table, and black-andwhite provides the perfect complement and contrast. We used a traditional chinoiserie in a new and interesting way… as a distinctive detail on the back of the chairs. Go bold, and don’t be afraid to lead with your favorite color.” –Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones Wilson Campos Kohler Jones Custom Furniture and Design 415.643.6309

interpret this look: Follow Kohler Jones’ Rule of Three: Select three colors for your scheme (one leading, two supporting). Contrast is the name of the game—woods used in the table and chairs don’t have to match—it’s much more interesting when they contrast. Use a bold pattern somewhere (on the backs of dining chairs makes it special). Buy canvas panels and hand-paint simple, black, tree silhouettes as a backdrop for your dining table.

Designer Sketch


Chairs: Nathan Anthony Fine Furniture* Table: Seventh and Seventh Design* Fabrics: Duralee* Rug: Delos Inc.* Centerpiece, vases: Global Views* China, flatware, glassware, light fixture: Roost* Napkins: Ewing & Ball Flowers: Delirio *Available through Kohler Jones, 415.643.6309,




WANTED IT TO LOOK like you were getting a bird’s-eye view into the Castello di Gabbiano–a winemaking estate that dates back to the 1200s–from a fabulous dining room in the wine cave. The table and barrel chairs are grand and comfortable…not pretentious. I really wanted every guest to feel transported to Tuscany. My approach to the design is my philosophy about life: Create warmth, and warmth will follow.” –Marc Blackwell

Marc Blackwell Marc Blackwell New York 646.528.5888

interpret this look: The table is 12 feet long and made with copper panels for the top and stained wenge wood on the cross hatches. The barrel chairs are covered in Italian linen, and the stripes on the backs are two colors of the same fabric, cut and sewn into stripes. A combination of boxwood and apples runs down the center of the table. Marc believes in always using something living and never using anything “arranged.” Simple terracotta pots down the center of the table with alternating vegetation could be an alternative. One can never use too many votives! Keep in mind that repetition is a great design statement and a “no brainer,” according to Marc. “Apples, boxwood, apples, boxwood…could also be lemons, artichokes, lemons, artichokes. It’s very personal, and the colors in your dinnerware or dining room can help to dictate what you use. Ironically, if one cannot bear the thought of two things being eaten together—like cranberries and artichokes— then don’t combine them visually, either.” Don’t be afraid of texture, and materials don’t have to be shiny to be beautiful. “You don’t always have to pull out the silver—I have nothing against silver—to make people feel special and like they are sitting in a special place.” 62

CONTRIBUTORS table, chairs, Dinnerware, glassware, surrounDing: Marc Blackwell flatware: IKEA sponsor: Castello di Gabbiano

h c et k S r e n g i Des chirp! Marc’s table in its entirety is in a container on its way to Italy to be permanently installed in the Castello di Gabbiano in Tuscany.




you to a place you’d never want to leave and bring back the charm of childhood. We wanted to hear the gasps. We wanted lots of real flowers– cotton candy flowers! And lots of candy–whirly pops, rock candy, taffy and ribbon candy– creating a blurred line between real and whimsy. Our message is: If the future is uncertain and present times are tough, just close your eyes and remember.” –Maria Angelo

Maria Angelo Anisa Johnson Maiko Gardiner-Elko Aimee Jenny Song San Francisco Design Center 415.490.5800

interpret this look: Think about what makes you nostalgic and create a tabletop that conjures up those happy times. A pink and blue color scheme can be sophisticated— keep the blue muted, and punch it up with hot pink! Use gleaming gold as an accent. Line the table with a collection of vases in two-color themes, and fill with big, fluffy blooms. (Fiddlehead ferns add a whimsical feel.) Include apothecary jars in all shapes and sizes filled with favorite candies. Lollipops are a whimsical touch at each place setting, and guests can take them home afterward.

Designer Sketch


MIRRORS: Baker, Knapp & Tubbs CHAIRS, BENCH, TABLE TOP ART GLASS: DWM Interiors | Maloos CANOPY, TABLETOP: Hartmann Studios CHANDELIER: Hinc FLOWERS: Hunt Littlefield CUSTOM TABLE LINEN: Laurel Sprigg Inc.




E WANTED our space to be fresh, modern and clean…and to represent the new thought in luxury design that values sustainability and affordability. Our goal was for people to admire our work for the aesthetic value first, and then come to realize that it was all done by hand. We took this on as a personal challenge to demonstrate that you can have high design on a shoe-string budget if you are creative and unafraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. 90% of our table was sourced from Home Depot!” –Karman Ng

Karman Ng Cantilever Design in collaboration with Cary Cheng

Karman: 415.515.0320 Cary: 714.321.0661

h c et k S r e n g Desi

interpret this look: All construction details for recreating everYthing are on Karman’s design blog.

Designer Blog

CONTRIBUTORS WALLS: R-Tech Foam Insulation Panels, Insulfoam* Curtains: Galvanized rib lath, ClarkWestern; Galvanized roof-towall flashing, Gibralter Building Products* Pendant light shade: HDR ribbed pot planter, Southern Patio* Accent lights: Fluorescent shop light, Lithonia* Trestle table base: Classic Burro wooden sawhorses, Burro Brand Sawhorses* Trestle table top: MDF* Trestle table lights: Fluorescent light fixture, GE* Table centerpiece: 4� styrene tee hub pipe, NDS* Paints: Low-VOC paint, Behr* Pendant Light: HEMMA cord set with CFL bulbs, IKEA Place settings: CB2 Art: Leukos Kytos, made from upcycled plastic bottles, plexiglass and paper by Jamie Spinello Custom-tinted purple stain: Raimondi’s Furniture sealer: EcoHome Improvement Flowers: Bloomies Flowers *Available at Home Depot


entertaining: for a cause

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, DIFFA, founded in 1984, is one of the nation’s top HIV/AIDS charities, having raised over $38 million for HIV/AIDS care services. DIFFA has partnered for the last nine years with the AIDS Research Institute at UCSF to produce Dining By Design in San Francisco. The proceeds benefit the Positive Health Program (PHP) at San Francisco General Hospital, the world’s first HIV/AIDS-specific clinic and now San Francisco’s largest, serving over 3200 uninsured patients. The clinic is a trailblazer in research and education, including a new campaign to launch the world’s first HIV/ AIDS Living Museum and Learning Center of Arts and Sciences, to be based in San Francisco. Learn more online at


entertaining: tablescaping

Jennifer Rowland Clapp creates a fresh landscape for using granny’s chintz.

Photography by Natalie Wi

“If you pair your vintage pieces with modern pieces,you’ll have a setting that conveys your sense of personal history.”

Jennifer uses vintage napkins, but applies them in a modern way—she uses a simple fold and tucks the napkins underneath the large bowl. Who knew granny’s chintz would work so well in a contemporary table setting?


“Most families have some old china, flatware,

or linens lying forgotten in a dusty cabinet,” says interior designer Jennifer Rowland Clapp. “A lone teapot from grandma? Perhaps a mishmash of tarnished, silver-plated serving pieces? A rogue set of teacups emblazoned with roses? It doesn’t matter if they’re valuable or pure kitsch— unearth them and be merry! If you pair your vintage pieces with modern pieces, you’ll have a setting that conveys your sense of personal history.” Jennifer is so clever—Recently married, she skipped the wedding china and opted for clean, contemporary, everyday dishware instead. “I happily took a funky mix of silver, chintz and Depression glass from my family, and now I use them with my basic pieces for a fresh, new landscape for my table.” For her, the contrast is key, and her rules for achieving it: “reuse, repurpose, and have fun—balance, clean, modern pieces with ornate, vintage items; and don’t overload the table.”


entertaining: tablescaping

Newbie Notes HOT SPOT ON THE WEB Jennifer’s absolute favorite web source is at because “it’s a treasure trove of handmade and vintage items.” She uses it for art, tableware, furniture, and gifts for friends. She suggests doing a quick search by choosing “vintage” on the search bar and typing in what kind of vintage category you are seeking, eg, chintz, milk glass, etc. “Some of the prices may be a bit more than your local flea market, but you are paying for the time it’s taken each person to curate the pieces.”

We asked, and Jennifer agreed to teach us the art of old-with-new tablescaping. She begins with foundation pieces: crisp, white dinnerware; clean, unobtrusive glassware; and gray felt mats. She chose Teroforma’s Oyyo White series for her plates and bowls. “This is my favorite dinnerware on the market, and it’s the cornerstone of all my table settings,” says Jennifer. “The scale, silhouette and quality are absolute perfection, and food looks incredible on it.” The glassware practically disappears, so the table looks uncluttered; and the gray felt mats add a touch of masculinity to keep things grounded. We begin to see her modern vintage concept unfold. Next, she chooses antique pieces in varying heights for the center of the table, adding gray candles for a sense of modernism. Vintage napkins are folded into sleek rectangles and tucked under the large bowl, another contemporary application. A large, glass globe stands as a stunningly simple centerpiece—Jennifer inserts lavender cabbages as a bridge between masculine and feminine elements for even more interest. Mismatched flatware with a tarnished patina completes the setting. The custom farm table surrounded by an eclectic arrangement of bistro and modern chairs adds visual warmth and texture to the room.


Newbie Notes Where to

find What

Teroforma dinnerware, White Oyyo series: Large plate /$35 each*, Medium bowl /$22 each* ✦

✦ Teroforma

gray napkins/$16 each* Teroforma gray felt mats/$32 each*, trivets/$20 each*, coasters/$7 each* *Available at also available at Lekker Home, Boston,

It’s easy to see why creative tablescaping comes easy to Jennifer. She is an interior designer at the prestigious Hacin + Associates, an architecture and design studio located in the arts district of Boston’s South End. Her favorite client projects are those for which she can include a mix of unexpected elements, high- and lowpriced items, and vintage finds. At home, she continues to put this same design philosophy into practice. “Most of us aren’t inviting ‘the ladies’ over for tea and pastries anymore, but we do like a good dinner party. So just experiment and find ways to use antiquated items in new, decorative ways. For a centerpiece, fill the teacups and teapot with flowers or cut branches. Arrange votives on varying tiers of cake pedestals.” Jennifer browses shops and websites looking for inexpensive, vintage pieces to add to her

✦ Centerpiece

with purple kale: LSA globe vase/$111**

collections. “Recently, I suddenly and inexplicably became obsessed with hobnail milk glass. The endearing quality of the 1950s white vases

✦ Molca

charcoal gray candles/$12.50 each**


Coro Tumblers/$38 set of 4** Staples Cabinet Makers custom farm table available at:

✦ Flatware,

green cake pedestals, chintz tableware, hobnail candle holders, mixed silver/private collection and vintage **Available at Lekker Home, Boston,

and bowls makes me so happy. Of course, they must be paired with super-sleek glass tumblers, china and flatware.” Once again, it’s all about the contrast.

chirp! Jennifer is an interior designer at Hacin + Associates in Boston. Find her at Read their blog [newswire] for more design insights.


entertaining: hot spot

home alluring and attractive home


store to Boston’s trendy South End.

Photography by Natali Wi

Translated from Dutch to English, “lekker” means alluring, enticing, attractive and tempting; and Lekker Home is all that, and more. Originally from






Carpenter chose Boston’s South End as the place to present her unique design aesthetic and retail philosophy. In a comfortable environment, you’ll find original, thought-provoking, quality products…and no sales pressure.


to Natalie, Lekker Home is a place to expand one’s creativity, absorb new ideas, explore new products and introduce them into your own “lekker” home. How enticing!


decorating: design chronicles

Cherchez la femme! Seek out your feminine side and let it influence your design aesthetic — your spaces will be as multifaceted and amazing as you. Need a bit of inspiration? Top designers share rooms in a range of girlish élan—we’re sure you’ll see one (or many) that will speak to your spirit and make your heart flutter.


we're obsessing over...

CHAIR The Hyde Wing Chair with mahogany legs by Troscan through De Sousa Hughes. FABRIC Zimmer & Rohde “Tendo” fabric on the chairs—a perfect shade of lavender gray.


Photography by Alexander Vertikoff

T·a·k·e e N·o N o·tt·e·s·! Linda made each room in this suite feel like stepping into an exclusive haute couture salon. The bedroom is a romantic sanctuary with plush pink velvets, soft elegant silks, and a ballroom gown canopy over the bed. The curves and scrollwork on the embroidery and cabinetry are adapted from the feminine sensibilities of the 1930s Parisian Vogue era. The side table is “usable sculpture.” Pink adds a bit of va va voom against classic black and cream. Allow for all the pampering a girl could want—dim the lights down low, light a fire in the fireplace, and soak stresses away in an oversized spa soaking tub. Forget a regular closet…transport into a chic Chanel boutique with sleek, black mirror throughout and “fabulous” etched on the mirror as a daily reminder to be nothing, but!

we're obsessing over... TABLE LAMPS

Linda’s custom-designed Audrey Hepburn table

lamps (inspired by vintage hats) in the bedroom. POODLE LAMP The French poodle Phyllis Morris lamp that Linda custom painted to match the bathroom scheme, including the toenails.

“My client allowed me free rein to custom design her dream bedroom suite that includes a Chanel-inspired closet and French poodle

Linda Allen

bathroom. This signature environment evokes

Linda Allen Designs

the ultimate luxury and femininity. Here is where

she can truly be a lady and feel fabulous.�



Photography by David Duncan Livingston

T·a·k·e N·o·t·e·s·! The original artwork takes this room from the suburbs to the city. The art is in bold contrast with the more subdued, feminine color palette, and that’s what makes this space extraordinary. Elizabeth combines ease with glamour by choosing durable wood finishes and fabrics that she says “avoid party tattoos.” Traditional English pieces were combined with contemporary furnishings so the home feels eclectic and carefully collected over time.


we're obsessing over...

TABLE 1840-period Biedermeier burlwood side table and 1940-period Italian jack table in the style of Gio Ponti in the living room. ART Blue Nude, 1995, by Richard Phillips, oil-on-canvas, in the dining room (from art dealer Kenneth Turner, Fort Worth). GLASS The trio of aquamarine Chinese- and hand-blown Venetian glass vessels on the dining room table (from the Donghia Showroom in Dallas).

“This home possesses both masculine and feminine elements so it has the edginess of city living balanced by warm repose. The interiors reflect Venus luxuriousness with

Elizabeth Cutler

soft curves and colors that embrace and

Elizabeth Cutler Design

Turner Boaz Architecture

nurture. These feminine touches help city

dwellers escape the urban madness.�



we're obsessing over...

CHAIR The Hyde Wing Chair with mahogany legs by Troscan through De Sousa Hughes. FABRIC Zimmer & Rohde “Tendo” fabric on the chairs—a perfect shade of lavender gray.


Photography by David Duncan Livingston

T·a·k·e N·o·t·e·s·! Melanie is known for her “girly modern” spaces, as she calls them. She is fearless when it comes to using fresh color combinations. This room is understatedly feminine and ultra-sophisticated. The curves on the chairs and coffee table legs are flirty and keep the room from looking too serious. The side table is “usable sculpture.” Notice the pop of orange in the fresh flowers and still life—a touch of warmth in an otherwise cool color palette.

"I consider this to be a room with feminine elements that doesn’t scream ‘girly’.” The light colors and curves in the furniture are balanced by the strong fireplace and graphic art. The traditional area rug also helps ground the room."

Melanie Coddington Coddington Design


When it comes to bringing in some pattern, the choice of rug adds just enough.

Photography by Douglas Johnson

T·a·k·e N·o·t·e·s·! Gina brought a chaise into this bathroom to elevate it from simple bathroom to boudoir. Don’t be afraid to use colors that make you happy—if you like pink, use it…even on the cabinetry. She custom-designed each piece using Rutt cabinetry. Traditionally called a high boy—a classic piece of furniture to store clothing—Gina designed a “high girl” with black velvetlined drawers for jewelry and plenty of space for lingerie. The vanity cabinetry has feminine lines and shapely detailing. Notice the cutouts at its base. There are small drawers for delicate items, like perfumes, make-up and creams.

“To me, what makes a room ‘feminine’ is its feel from the moment you walk into it—the fragrance of a perfume or scented candle, soft lighting, and layers of textiles. I like a

Rolled towels are placed in open areas

space that inspires by surrounding you with beauty and

creating a visual softness—a fun detail.

elegance. You want to linger if you have the time.”

Gina goes overboard with the glitz and glam for an old Hollywood-look.

Gina Viscusi Elson

Don’t underestimate the positive effect

Viscusi Elson Interior Design

a girlish room can have on a woman’s



we're obsessing over...

PAINT the colors! the pink is mediterranean spice #1337 and the green is Dill pickle #214740 by benjamin moore. the rutt cabinetry is a custom-color match, and gina chose a highsheen finish.


we're obsessing over...

SHELVES The Lucite shelves from FORAGING The vintage birds, hanging lamp and zebra rug. Find similar on CHAIR The comfy desk chair from


Photography by Costas Voniatis

T·a·k·e N·o·t·e·s·! Work long hours? Make your office feel like home by keeping the surroundings neat and organized and the furnishings comfortable, not stuffy. Predominant teal and red lend energy, and robin’s egg blue on the walls sooths. Try a funky mix of accessories to bump up the boho factor—vintage bird hangings, gold leaf wallpaper against Lucite shelves, teal blue Moroccan lantern, and a faux-zebra rug. Boring sofa? Upholster (don’t drape) a brightly patterned fabric down the center “I think adding bohemian touches to a room is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Being surrounded by textures, colors and patterns makes you feel energized and ready for the work day!”

like Vanessa did. Spruce up vintage pieces—Vanessa found a vintage desk and had a new top made for it. She had the entire desk lacquered in white gloss and added a glass top—

Vanessa De Vargas



old becomes oh, so new!

we're obsessing over...

COUNTERTOPS icestone slab countertops —recycled content concrete slab material with recycled glass chunks— add interest and color. according to Julie massucco, the slabs come quite large, minimizing seams and making for easy cleaning and upkeep.

Photography by David Fenton

T·a·k·e N·o·t·e·s·! This kitchen is for the woman with a passion for a healthy home and environment. The soft, blue shade in the cabinetry, backsplash, wall color and countertop is so appealing and such a surprise. The eating area was constructed using a combination of found wood slab (sanded and sealed with a non-toxic oil finish) and cherry wood base and edges.


locally, the carbon footprint of these items was kept to a minimum.

“I think of a feminine space as one with graceful lines, muted

The design team chose a soothing shade

hues and an overall softness in its fabrics and furnishings. A

of sea glass blue for the cabinetry that

room works so beautifully when these more feminine elements

the cabinet-maker matched using a

are juxtaposed with a hit of an unexpected handsomeness,

water-based painted finish to minimize

whether it’s adding a touch of charcoal gray or a contemporary

toxicity, which is quite common in kitchen

straight-lined piece of furniture. The result is a space that is


fresh and dramatic with lots of personality!” -Melissa Warner

Minimal accessorizing lets the beauty of the kitchen stand out…and the incredible view, too. It also conforms to the “less-ismore,” earth-friendly philosophy.

Julie Massucco, Melissa Warner, Carrie Miller

Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design 415.409.1997

“To me, a touch of femininity is great in any room—whether it's in the soft, comfortable fabrics; cool, calming colors; or a bit of glamour in the mix via glossy/shiny surfaces—and is always a welcome note in any scheme." -Carrie Miller

“Feminine spaces are as varied and personal as each and every one of our clients, but I think one of the common threads is that they are generally very detail-oriented. Beautifully framed photographs, treasured heirloom silver in a dining room, thoughtful details on pillows or bedding, to name a few…” -Julie Massucco


decorating: iconic nester

Photography by Margot Hartford Jay Jeffers has been on our editor’s radar since 2004 when she named him a “Design Notable” in California Home & Design magazine. “I was asked to select and write about California designers who have assumed leadership roles and are changing the face of design,” says Jodi Murphy. “While researching for the article, I discovered Jay’s work, and I knew then that he was destined to become legend.”


The design blogosphere certainly agrees—do a search in, and you’ll find his work is the subject of regular posts. The design industry is also in accord, seeking him out for events, showhouses, and panel discussions. But most important, his clients love him because his rooms are never short of spectacular and he and his team make the process fun. His design studio, Jeffers Design Group, just marked its tenth year, and what’s so amazing is that the portfolio of his work is so timeless and spirited. Every project has its own individuality, yet each shares a smart balance of refinement and sense of humor. “Throughout the last decade, Jay has left a trail of beauty and inspiration for us to follow,” says Jodi, “And I’m even more convinced he’ll continue to lead the way for decades to come.”

I hear it’s your design studio’s ten-year anniversary—how do you keep your work so fresh and innovative? How do you stay inspired?


I’m lucky to have an amazing team of designers who bring fresh eyes and fabulous new resources to every project. We try really hard to never do the same thing twice and are always on the lookout for exciting new artists and product designers. One of my favorite new products is a wallpaper collection we found in Antwerp—it features bold, graphic patterns created out of vintage fashion photos. I’m also constantly inspired by fashion and travel. Even a quick trip to the wine country outside of San Francisco or a long weekend in New York City injects new energy and ideas.

Your spaces are so exuberant—what’s your secret formula?


Well if I tell you, it won’t be a secret ; ). Our interiors are tailored to each client. The universal goal for every home we design is that it feels like a warm, livable environment that has been collected over time—even if it was all done in a matter of months!

This vignette of Jeffers Design Group Studios is a tease! See more of where magic happens at


Nesting for the first time (really, any time) can be so stressful—is it possible to enjoy the design process?


The most important aspect of the design process is communication—before you even begin, open a bottle of wine and talk about what you want—your likes and dislikes—with your partner. I can’t begin to tell you how many couples I’ve worked with who hadn’t communicated their desires before we were presenting them with our designs. And if their desires aren’t in sync, it can be a problem. Dr. Jeffers, psychotherapist, to the rescue!

What are some big mistakes new nesters should avoid?


Trying to do it all at once. Take your time. Get the bones right. Find the perfect sofa or the perfect paint color and build it from there. Or, better yet, hire a professional to do it for you.

What color combinations are unexpected and amazing?


I recently designed a space with yellow colorways for the Metropolitan Home San Francisco showhouse. Paired with neutrals and industrial elements, it felt really fresh and sophisticated.



Jay used Behr 350-I, Downey for the walls and Behr 350-2, Banana Cream for the trim in his room for the Metropolitan Home Showhouse in San Francisco.

Jay recommends building a library of design-related books for reference and inspiration. Some of his picks: The House of Leleu: Classic French Style for a Modern World, 1920-1973 - Francoise Sirex “Not only are Leleu’s French art deco pieces beautiful to use in interiors, it is an excellent book for inspiration in furniture design. If you look at many of the details Leleu used, you’ll see references in many modern furniture collections today.”

Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design - Christopher Petkanas and Albert Hadley “Albert Hadley is an icon of design. I dream of someday reinterpreting the red lacquered library done for Brooke Astor for a client of my own. For many, many years, Hadley’s work has inspired designers and design lovers alike. I continue to use this vintage book for inspiration, which speaks volumes of Hadley’s timeless talent.”

Orlando Diaz-Azcuy - Diane Dorrans Saeks “In addition to Orlando being an incredibly charming man, the simple, elegant brilliance of his design work is something that I referenced as a young designer, even before I even knew who he was. Sometimes, if a room starts to seem cluttered when I’m envisioning it, I will reference Orlando and his elegant restraint.”

American Houses: The Architecture of Fairfax & Sammons - Mary Miers “When we are working on remodels, the classic, perfect architecture of Fairfax & Sammons is the book to review. I use the word ‘perfect’ here because that is truly what this book is about—perfect architecture.”

Living with Design - David Hicks and Nicholas Jenkins “Another one of my idols, David Hicks, changed the way I designed— the inventor of the tablescape and, in my opinion, one of the first to mix contemporary and traditional furnishings. I owe a great deal to the books he created throughout his career.

You’re a great forager, finding pieces that add personality to rooms. Care to share a favorite resource?


Paula Rubenstein at Nolita in SoHo, New York City. Fabulous found objects. LOVE her. She doesn’t have a website, so you’ll have to visit in person at 65 Prince Street, New York, NY. 212.966.8954.

What’s next for you?


We are working on great projects in San Francisco, Hillsborough, and Woodside. There are many new plans on the horizon…to remain secret for now!

chirp! Reach Jeffers Design Group at 415.921.8880 (San Francisco), 310.235.1423 (Los Angeles), or at

FavoriteÊ PublicÊ Space One of Jay’s favorite public spaces is the High Line in NYC. It was built in the 1930s for freight trains and hasn’t been in operation since 1980. Friends of the High Line worked with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the space as an elevated public park. “What an incredible outdoor space. I’m dying to go back just to see it in the winter. It’s an innovative use of space and sustainable materials.” See more at

decorating: do over


FAB Diane Phillips saves a lamp destined for the dumpster.

I admit it.

I have grand ideas for do-it-yourself projects in my

head, but when it comes to the actual doing it myself—things never turn out the way I envisioned them. I also admit this…I picked out the lamp and its shade and I now wonder: what was I thinking? The base is nice, even though it is too traditional for my taste, and the lampshade’s oval shape has potential, but the washed-out silk stripe is beyond dull. illips hy by Diane Ph

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To toss?... or donate?... ran through my mind. But my eco-conscience whispered, “Repurpose!” Knowing craft projects typically end up looking like “treasures” I brought home from kindergarten, I asked my friend Diane Phillips to help. Diane is an artist by trade, and she has a meticulous, Martha Stewart-like attention to detail—in fact, she’s been on Martha’s television show. I knew she could do the job, even though she had never tackled a lampshade makeover before. What did I do? I took notes so you can give it a try!



1 1. Assess the project piece

2 2. Pull off trim pieces.

to determine whether or not you can successfully recover the shade. It is best if the shade does not angle. In this case, the shade is oval—but a square, rectangular and barrel (round) shade will also work. (Target sells an inexpensive white rectangular shade—in store only—that would be perfect for customizing with fabric.)

3 3. Measure the circumference and add 1.5 inches. Measure height (since we are trimming with ribbon, we left our edges raw.) 120

4. Choose what pattern on the fabric you want to display. Mark with tailor’s chalk (or light pencil) and cut fabric with the pattern centered.

5. Lay fabric on the shade and hold it up to a light to make sure that the old pattern underneath doesn’t show through. If it does, you’ll need to remove the fabric or, if that’s not possible, add a layer of muslin first. In our case, the subtle pattern behind wasn’t visible.


6. Iron fabric. 7. Use a Scotch™ ATG 700 applicator to affix the double-sided adhesive tape around the perimeter of the shade at the top, bottom, and 2 or 3 places in between. If you do not have or want to invest in this applicator, you can use spray adhesive. Spray adhesive should be applied to the fabric (follow the directions, as the spray can be messy!).

8. Center the pattern on the lampshade.

7 You

may need extra hands for this!

9. Fold under the seam and apply Res-Q-Tape so the seam will adhere. Burnish before removing the tape backing to be sure the adhesive has transferred to the fabric.



10 10. Trim off all frayed edges.

12 12. Roll out the ribbon carefully at the top of the shade.

Use your

index finger to pull back the tape backing as you attach, pulling tightly.

11 11. Use Terrifically Tacky Tape

13 13. Fold under the end of the ribbon and use Res-Q-Tape to finish.

on the back of the ribbon trim.

14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 at the bottom of the shade.


Only a serious crafter would know what to use! Diane’s Supply List: • ½ yard of material – My choice? Aviary in Tangerine from CalicoCorners® (a Thomas Paul fabric by Duralee®) • Double-faced satin ribbon (double the circumference plus 2 inches) • Scotch ATG 700 Adhesive Applicator by 3M™ (worth the purchase if you like crafting) or Spray Mount™ by 3M • Clover® Triangle Tailor's Chalk (or use a pencil, but make sure your lines are light) • Res-Q-Tape by Dritz® for seams • Provo Craft Terrifically Tacky Tape to adhere ribbon trims

chirp! Take a look at Diane’s handcrafted clay florals at You can commission her work or purchase pieces on

Finished and fabulous!

(Shown with one of Diane’s clay floral arrangements.)


creative self-expression. Available at $18–$32 per yard price range

Turn your own artistic expressions into fabric thanks to Spoonflower.

Upload a digital

photograph, scanned artwork or images created in Photoshop or Illustrator—and choose from cotton, organic cotton sateen, organic cotton interlock knit, bamboo-cotton rayon, upholstery-weight cotton twill, or their new linen-cotton canvas. All selections are premium natural fabrics, and only eco-friendly textile printing is used. decorative




with your own fabric—we can’t think of a better way to put your own unique signature space.




decorating: what’s new

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endnotes: best blogs Spork or Foon




She might be cooking in a little kitchen in NYC, but she registers big on our yum-meter. Teanna is spreading her wings in a foodie career on Spork or Foon. We enjoy her personal journey, and with her recipes, we’re confident she’ll soar!

Helen is French, married to an Irish-American, lives in South Carolina, and was the executive pastry chef of a French restaurant. Her food styling and photography are sweet…and her desserts, even sweeter!

The Party Dress

Hostess {with the Mostess}™

If Kelly Lyden’s parties are as good as her blog, we want to be on her VIP guest list! The Party Dress is visually engaging and sparkles with creativity—she’s ignited our imaginations.

It’s party time every day of the year at Hostess {with the Mostess}! Come here for themes that are “clever, contemporary, and out of the ordinary,” plus all the how-tos and where-tos to pull everything off like a pro, from a pro, Jennifer Sbranti.


g up with bloggers! Take a peek at some of our current favorites…

ABCD Design

Paint, Decorate, Design on the Cheap

Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD) calls her blog “a sketchbook of sorts.” She invites us to join her as she explores the elements of a “well-lived” life. We RSVP, yes! Her virtual storyboard keeps us interested and inspired.

Why a favorite? Well, because it shows us ways to paint, decorate, and design on the cheap. Lori’s store, WhiteFlower Farmhouse - is a great source for antique and refurbished items in a simple, country style.

Pepper Design Blog

Morgan Spenla is our kind of blogger! She combines luxury with practical and affordable posts for stylish living and entertaining. She calls it “a little space offering inspiration for the inner design guru in each us.” We call her brilliant!

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Nesting Newbies Magazine | Winter 2010  

Nesting Newbies™ Magazine—Winter IssueFeatures New Twists on Cooking, Entertaining, and Decorating digital shelter magaz...

Nesting Newbies Magazine | Winter 2010  

Nesting Newbies™ Magazine—Winter IssueFeatures New Twists on Cooking, Entertaining, and Decorating digital shelter magaz...