Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A collection of winter white and sparkling silver and crystal items

Once winter arrives, that's not a reason to stop wearing white.  Today I decided to put together a collection of a few items, priced from $15 on up, that will have you stepping out in winter style.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmastime in Boston MA New England

I wanted to share these photos of Boston during the Christmas season.  They are unedited and out of order, but I wanted to make sure I got them up to enjoy before Christmas arrives, which is in a few days.  

I love this photo.  I just wish I was able to ask all of the car owners to move their cars :-). 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Candied Pecan Recipe from the kitchen of New England Fine Living

Candied Pecan Recipe

1 pound pecan halves
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

   1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 

   2.Beat egg white with  water until fluffy.

   3. Fold pecans into egg whites until well coated.

   4. Mix cinnamon, sugar and salt together then fold        
        coated pecans into the dry mixture.

Bake on a cookie sheet (with parchment paper) for 1 hour. Serve warm.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Located on Huntington Avenue - Boston Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts ( mfa boston) is one of the world's most comprehensive art museum that entertains over 1 million visitors a year. 

Sipping Champagne from Simon Pearce Harland glasses

Being served Champagne and wine, in Simon Pearce stemware, was an unexpected treat for us when we arrived at Twin Farms, in Vermont.  I have visited the Simon Pearce showroom and glass blowing studio for years, seen their items in retail stores, and have been to signature events hosted by the company.  Sipping champagne, from their handcrafted pieces of functional art, is always a pleasure.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cleaning Silverware with Foil

 Wait!  If you need to clean your silver and you are getting ready to rub and buff with a cream or polish, you might want to try this first.  I have been using this simple process for over 30 years and it has not failed me yet.

Cleaning your holiday silverware with aluminum foil and a few ingredients.

Call me lazy, but for years I have been cleaning my silver flatware with this easy cleaning process versus using store-bought silver polish. Not only is it easy, but it works wonders on pieces with intricate detail.  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Cranberry, Orange, and Apple Relish

Cranberry, Orange, and Apple Relish Recipe

This cranberry relish recipe brings back fond memories of preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas meals with my mom in the kitchen of our colonial farmhouse.  When I found one the the vintage grinders, like my mom has, at a consignment store, I scooped it right up so that I could create my own family traditions.  

This is a super simple cranberry relish recipe and the only modification I made to what my mom makes is that I added apples this year. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oven Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

After enjoying this soup over and over at The Red Raven, in Acton, MA, I finally got the secret recipe from the owner and the chef to share in our fall issue and I am thrilled to be able to share it here with you.  
It is both lactose free and gluten free. I wish their signature grilled cheese sandwich, shown below, was too. 

Red Raven’s Spicy Oven Roasted Tomato Soup 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Old Hill Burying Ground, Concord, MA

Did you know that Concord, MA has their own Sleepy Hollow Cemetery with famous writers and poets buried there?

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Bedford Street, Concord, MA
Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, Sleepy Hollow has an estimated 10,000 gravesites, including those of Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter and House of Seven Gables) - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Henry David Thoreau - and Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) to name just a few.

Below are a few photos of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Old Hill Burying Ground.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Decorating Ideas & Inspiration

I love to entertain, especially during the fall and winter holiday season where each year I can create a different theme and look in our home or for others.  

If you want to get away from the traditional Halloween decorations, below are a few photos I have collected of classy and chic Halloween ideas, but if you want to see many more, the link to my Pinterest page is below and it is full of Halloween decorating inspiration. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Golf Course Living at The Residences at Turner Hill, Ipswich, MA

Situated atop Turner Hill, this grand home is nestled within a luxurious golf community and bucolic country setting.  Oh and did I mention?... The Rice Estate, now known as Turner Hill Mansion, is also located on the property. 

Below I would like to share a few photos with you, but to learn more about this $1.9 million luxury home, you can visit or you can call Karol Flannery - 978-270-0876 

Monday, October 12, 2015

A beautiful North Shore home as seen in our magazine

One of our advertising partners, Jamie Frontiero, Realtor, is selling this beautiful brick home on the North Shore of Massachusetts.  Located in Boxford, MA, on 15 acres that abuts conservation land, this equestrian property is full of architectural detail, charm, and character.  This home is offered at $1,300,000

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Opens in Burlington, MA

I am pleased to announce that a new Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Store has opened at 22 3rd Ave. in Burlington, MA. And if you haven't heard of 3rd Ave. yet, it is Burlington's newest retail and hospitality destination where you can literally shop, dine, then design your home or office all in once place.  

With a nod towards a clean and modern look, you will find a multitude of completed room vignettes to wander around and shop from at your leisure. And friends, if you like to take your precious pooch out on the town, the Burlington store is a dog-friendly store with treats ready and waiting. 

Within the different room settings, you will find upholstered and slipcovered furniture, beds, coffee tables, end tables, dining room tables, bar carts, etc.. You will also find accessories that can be purchased right off the showroom floor, lighting, bespoke bed linens, and area rugs to help you finish off your space. 

In our winter issue, which is coming out in January, we will be sharing ideas and inspiration on creating cozy retreats and spaces, so I thought I would show you a few bedroom vignettes that caught my eye.

The Celina Bed 

New England Fine Living's fall issue is out

Our fall issue is out!  If you are not already a subscriber, you can subscribe to New England Fine Living's magazine by clicking on this link or you can view the online version here. 

Visiting Kennebunkport in Autumn

One of my simple road trip pleasures, is to take a stroll to help bring me back into the moment and clear my senses.  On this particular night, I ended my work day in Kennebunkport, Maine. 

As I stepped out of my car, I was caught off guard by the unexpected Autumn chill in the air due to the setting sun. It was then I wished I had packed gloves and a warmer coat for my walk.  That wish and chilled feeling soon faded once I became embraced by the smell of salty air and an amazing blaze of color in the sky.   This is fall in New England.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Misselwood Concours d'Elegance Classic Car Show, Beverly Farms, North Shore Coast, Massachusetts

Misselwood Concours d'Elegance, New England's Premier Classic Car Show & Concours d'Elegance

New England Fine Living magazine is a proud media sponsor of the 2015 Misselwood Concours d'Elegance premier classic car show.  Over 100 beautiful vintage and classic cars, from all over the country, have been entered for judging, with more classic cars available for viewing in the public parking area.  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A stroll down Chestnut Street, Salem, MA - Classic New England style historical homes

Whenever possible, I make time to walk around the historic towns I have come to love or find during my travels.  While in Salem, Massachusetts, for a business meeting, I made sure to schedule time for a walk down Chestnut Street.  Not only does a walk clear my senses, it rejuvenates my soul.  

These classic New England style homes have been lovingly preserved by their owners or by historical preservation groups.  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A New Luxury Lifestyle Magazine About New England

It's official!  Our inaugural issue of New England Fine Living magazine has finally arrived!  Our quarterly luxury lifestyle magazine will be available at advertising our partner locations, in select retail stores, and by subscription.

To purchase a single copy or to purchase an annual subscription, please follow the following link to our order page - SUBSCRIPTIONS

Inside our magazine, you will see New England style homes, decorating and interior design ideas, entertaining tips and topics, and travel and leisure destinations.

The beautiful home on the cover of our summer issue was designed by Patrick Ahearn Architect.

New England Fine Living magazine is New England's premier luxury lifestyle publication that celebrates fine living and luxuries in New England and beyond.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Five multimillion dollar luxury real estate listings in New England

Since our summer issue has a lot of French inspired articles, my eye was immediately drawn to a gorgeous photo of a French Chateau on Facebook.  Assuming it was a chateau in France, I was pleasantly surprised to find the historic property is located in Newport, Rhode Island.  With that said, I then got carried away by looking at other luxury properties, for sale in New England, and found five I would like to share with you. 
Let's start with the French Chateau that caught my attention. Newport, Rhode Island


Built in 1873, this historic 13,762 sq ft French Chateau manor features a carriage house, an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, 6 bedrooms,15 baths and ocean views.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Luxury home for rent - $40,000 a week - Edgartown, MA

Yes, you read the title correct.  This beautiful luxury estate, located in Edgartown, MA, can be rented for a mere $40,000 a week.