Outdoor Inspiration in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

To celebrate my one-year anniversary as a design columnist for  Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, I thought I’d have a virtual cocktail party.  The May issue – beautiful through and through – focuses on Outdoor Living and I wanted to highlight some exceptional Connecticut resources.

Pickets, Design Solutions, The Elemental Garden, New Preston Kitchen Goods and Privet House are all on my list of favorite local shopping spots for outdoor furnishings and accessories.

A sad publishing casualty, this lovely cocktail recipe from Bartaco in Stamford did not make the final edition—but there’s no reason I can’t feature it on my blog!  If you’re in the area, this spot is well worth a visit for the drinks and the fabulously chic decor.


  • 1 oz Sombra Mexcal
  • 1 1/2 oz Guava Nectar
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice (half of lemon)
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Lemon wedge garnish

Add all measured ingredients to a clean cocktail shaker
Fill with fresh ice and shake very well
Strain into ice filled Rocks glass
Garnish with lemon peel

Cottages & Gardens is a tribute to the vision of Editorial Director—and my friend—DJ Carey, and I’ve loved working with her over the last year. As devoted blog readers may remember, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens helped lead the restoration of the Governor’s Mansion, and I was honored to be selected to design the living room.

Weekend to-do: flip through the gorgeous May C&G while sipping a Smoky Cholula in your garden. Can you think of anything more relaxing?


Image credit: Smoky Cholula Cocktail by Frank Taddei

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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