I always noticed Zoe and her husband walking their crew of dogs in my old neighborhood, here in Atlanta. I was living next door to her about 12 years ago. I'll never forget the time when walking my own dog - Coffee, who lived to 16, RIP - when I noticed Zoe pulling her car over to stop at house with a pile of trash at the curb. The owners had thrown out tired looking plants. I watched as Zoe opened up her trunk and started to "rescue" these still alive, just not so pretty plants and take them home to be revived. That image has always stuck with me, so of course I was not surprised to find her continuing her innate sense of compassion and spirit within her business life.
Our much loved & frequented pet food shop, Highland Pet Supply in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, is one of many purveyors that carries Zoe's line of goodies. I am particularly fond of her pet condolence cards - simple, but elegant black & white images that speak volumes. For more info and locations to purchase Barkology check out www.barkology.com / For more info on Highland Pet Supply check out www.highlandpet.com
We met up this morning with some of his co-worker's at Murphy's, a long established cafe in the heart of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. I am not kidding when I say that it has been 10 years since my last visit, so I was pleasantly surprised to find Murphy's still running like a well oiled machine. The interior had been rearranged a little bit to house a wine shop area and great bar seating for those who just want to grab a quick bite. The staff & service were courteous and timely. The menu offered a nice selection of poached egg dishes, frittatas, pancakes, etc... also adding a few lunch items, but not overwhelming with too many options. Everything was tasty, fresh, and the portions were just right.
Murphy's is the perfect spot to enjoy brunch and then stroll & shop on North Highland Avenue. A word to the wise, on beautiful weather mornings, everyone seems to head to this cafe. Bring a paper and be prepared for a possible wait, they do not take reservations. For more info www.murphysvh.com
I can't end this post without recommending my 2 other favorite breakfast spots. First up, when in the Inman Park neighborhood of town, a must try is Highland Bakery. The pastries, muffins, & breads are amazing and the breakfast/lunch choices are so savory! Keep in mind, this is another spot that can be jammed on the week-ends, but worth getting there. For more info www.highlandbakery.com
Second favorite, Rise and Dine. The quintessential breakfast spot, located in my neck of the woods, the Druid Hills/Emory University neighborhood. They serve Counter Culture coffee & cappuccinos, wonderful fresh made biscuits, and tasty classic breakfast choices. For more info www.risendineatl.com
Taken from today's Home Section of the New York Times:
Mariette Himes Gomez, the New York decorator, will have a sale at her store, the Shop, below, on antiques and on new furniture and accessories designed by Ms. Gomez, from Jan. 27 to 31 (a chrome and glass coffee table, originally $7,900, will be $5,300); 504 East 74th Street (York Avenue), (212) 288-4971, theshopnyny.com.
At the annual Knoll classics sale of furniture by midcentury designers like Bertoia and Breuer, Feb. 1 to 6, all pieces will be discounted 15 percent (a polished chrome Bertoia side chair, regularly $579, will be $492); 76 Ninth Avenue (15th Street), (212) 343-4000, and all Knoll retailers (information at knoll.com). Shipping will be free at the New York City store.
Christopher Peacock Cabinetry, the high-end kitchen company, is offering a 30 percent discount on cabinetry and furniture after an initial purchase of $60,000 in cabinetry, through Feb. 15; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OffTheFloorNow, a Web site, offers discounts on designer showroom floor-model furniture (pieces now in stock by Nancy Corzine include a Valmont lounge chair with ottoman, regularly $13,000, for $5,400); information: offthefloornow.com.
Who knew that one woman's personal account of her journey of self perseverance & spiritual awakening would resonate within the lives of millions of us around the world. Perhaps its due to author Elizabeth Gilbert & her novel Eat, Pray, Love being intentionally written for one close friend. Gilbert reasons that her friend might take away some insights from reading her daily notes & entries of struggle, love, fear, & balance while on her pursuit to honest awareness within.
Creator of the Keane Collection, Kelie Kerns-Bland is familiar with both sides of the retail & wholesale gift trade, having been involved in the industry even before we became friends in 2002. Kelie's professional know how & personal design taste go hand in hand in the formulation of Keane. Identifying a unique niche in the gift market, Kelie's goal was to target smaller specialty gift shops around the country, rather than the mass market needs of larger department store chains. As a result, Keane exudes a sense of refinement for everyday tabletop needs. Each piece is hand made using sand cast aluminum. Designs vary from traditional simplicity to more holiday whimsy. Check out the website for more info & locations in your area where the Keane Collection can be purchased - www.keanecompany.com
This photo is my welcome mat to you. My love of entertaining, cooking, design, conversation, landscape, & healthy well being seem to all live harmoniously in this kitchen. Enjoy & Happy Reading!