Today on Weekend Meanderings, designer Katie Rosenfeld, garden planning, garden inspired treats and finds and more.
Good morning friends, how are you?
Today I am joining Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings, our weekly series of things that caught our eye and piqued our interest.
Goodness it has been a crazy week, Kim and Juliet have snow and I could have laid at the pool it’s been so hot. Of course this morning it is raining and the temperature has dropped about 25 degrees. Welcome to a wacky weather season.
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff!
Katie Rosenfeld Design
With the demise of many of my favorite shelters magazines and the social media algorithms it is a challenge to see and find design inspiration.
Recently while scrolling Instagram Katie Rosenfeld Design popped up and I fell down a rabbit hole of beautiful, collected interiors. Are you familiar with her beautiful work?
I love the mix of traditional pieces, along with vintage rugs, accessories and pops of modern art too. These rooms look beautiful, lived in and as if they have been put together over years. For more information on Katie Rosenfeld check out her website and her Instagram.
Decor lovers, it’s time for the Kips Bay Shophouse, you can see a sneak peak of the rooms in Veranda.
Planning a Garden
With a bit of warm weather and a hint of Spring in the neighborhood my wheels are turning to make some changes to our landscape. We have a deck on the back of our house that we do not like, you can only get to it from outside. In addition it was apparently put together by a person that did not own a level. All of that is to say, the deck is coming down and in its place will be a blank space.
The deck is a rectangle with the house on one side, a gardenia hedge opposite and at one end a mature camellia hedge. Our original thought was to build raised beds, one for flowers and the other for vegetables. Then we pondered filling it in with pea gravel and setting an outdoor dining table in the middle or the solo stove my husband got for Christmas. We are all over the place for that area.
In the front of the house we have a circle of grass which I fondly call my “weed circle.” Last year I pulled out the mini boxwoods, and other dwarf shrubs and planted dahlia which were eaten by the deer. Then I planted zinnia and a few wild flowers, and they looked great. This year the plan is to make the entire circle a wild flower “meadow.” The pollinators, birds and insects will have a place to live and I will have a colorful, cottage like garden.
If you would like to do the same you can order wildflower seeds here and make sure to check out this book, it is a great source of information.
Garden Tips, Tricks and Information
How to Develop a Mature Garden in California
Design Wild: Turning the Streets of New York into a Garden
The Gardens That Have Survived for Centuries
Gardens small or large offer a merciful sense of calm
37 of the Best Perennial Cut Flowers for your Cutting Garden
Tips for Planning a Cutting Garden
Garden Inspired Treats
Speaking of flowers, take a look at these amazing flower sugar cookies!
And this lemon lavender poppyseed cake? Either of these would be a beautiful Spring dessert.
Garden Inspired Finds
Boden has a few garden inspired pieces for your spring wardrobe, this sweater and this sweater are both favorites.
Add a pop of Spring color with these earrings.
This tea towel is gorgeous!
Random Act of Kindness Challenge Part II
I mentioned my friend Aprils’ Random Act of Kindness challenge last week, and so many of you liked the idea and thought you might do it for Lent. If you are and you need a few more ideas check out these links. There are so many great suggestions!
200 Plus random acts of kindness
In other News
Did you read that thanks to White Lotus Aperol Spritz are having a resurgence? If you need the recipe, or any tips on spritz’s Juliet has you covered!
The Truth About Caffeine and How it Affects Our Bodies
Borgs are taking over college parties, and TikTok. What exactly are they?
Is Disney’s Magic Spell Wearing off?
How Longer Weekends Help the Planet?
7 Reasons to Visit Paris in the Spring
In case you missed it
I have been planning my spring and summer wardrobe and have been drawn to clean, classic and preppy looks. You can get the details here.
Banana bread is a family favorite but the next time you have spotty bananas try these banana bars with browned butter glaze, they are scrumptious!
Lemon orzo chicken soup is just one of the recipes I shared this week on my Friday favorites post. I also shared several books, links and finds that you will enjoy so don’t forget to pop over and check it out!
I hope you enjoyed weekend meanderings! If you are planning a garden and have any tips please share.
If you missed any of the previous Weekend Meandering posts you can find them all here.
When you leave here don’t forget to pop over to see all of the things that Kim and Juliet have discovered this week.
MAKE MINE A SPRITZER
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STYLE
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Elizabeth wonderful post! Isn’t it funny about our weathers? It’s like we swapped except I don’t think you guys get this awful cold. Love all the flowers ! I am ready for them. Looking forward to seeing your wildflower garden. I know Molly in Maine just shared hers. They are harder to grow here, but I love them so much. In the meantime we will have to make some of these pretty flower desserts. I save them all and the yummy orzo soup.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Thanks now following Kate!
Elizabeth … thanks for the introduction to Kate Rosenberg. I’m swooning over that kitchen shot … soapstone counter and backspace with shelf. Oh yes! We’re starting to think about our spring garden, when the snow melts! Kidding, no snow here but close. Anyway, appreciate the information. Your wildflower meadow will be divine. I love all things spring and the Boden sweater and Anthro earrings are no exception. Happy weekend! xo
“With the demise of many of my favorite shelters magazines and the social media algorithms it is a challenge to see and find design inspiration.” I am so in agreement with this. Thanks for passing on the Katie Rosenfeld link. I have found a couple UK sites and one in Canada that I really like. The recipes looks delicious. Very cold temps in the Northeast this weekend, so the chicken soup is calling to me more than gardening at the moment.
William Kendall says
Enjoy your weekend!
The felted wool garden bunny in your email is adorable! But the link goes to jcrew. I wonder if this is because the bunny is no longer available? If it is still available, would you mind please posting the link? I searched and searched, but couldn’t find anything as cute. Thank you!
Mary Ann Pickett says
Such a fun “gardeny” post. Ours is a wreck…soon to be fixed I hope. That soup is right up my alley!!
I laughed at the no level with the deck. Making a wildflower garden will be so pretty. I hope you share pictures. We are getting our plants ripped out in front of our home. They are overgrown. It’s a tough spot because we get sun at 12 and all afternoon so in the summer it’s the blistering sun.
I know I will add boxwoods again because I love them but not sure about the rest. Our garden center never suggests the correct plant UGH.