A Few Favorites {6. 3. 2014}

{I was sitting in the window seat at the front of the house when this spring storm appeared fast and furious!}

Spring Rain
Have you noticed spring rain is so invigorating and refreshing, not only for the lawn and vegetables in the garden, but also as a natural beauty treatment. I remember collecting rainwater to rinse my hair as a teenager and still enjoy being caught outside during a heavy deluge when working the grounds at Heath; it makes my hair feel so lush and soft. These luxurious drops of water vapor are the ultimate earthy product.

{The pinky-red peony buds are bursting through the leaves above this creamy iris.}

First Iris’s and Peonies
The first cutting flowers to bloom after the cherry blossoms are the irises and peonies around Heath. After an extremely cold spring, their flowering was later than usual by a few weeks and very rapid process.

{The bathrooms at Toro Toro were luxuriously covered in raw cowhide to create this Latin American theme}

Toro Toro
1300 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

I stopped by Toro Toro for lunch after frequenting a few art galleries while on a recent visit to Washington, D.C. The restaurant features a churrasco and grill type cuisine in a trendy lounge-like environment with Japanese and Latin American design elements. It was completely relaxing after a day of viewing an abundance of art. We were able to sample ingredients and flavors from South and Central America, and could taste an array of hot and cold plates with various steaks, seafood and poultry all meant for sharing. It was wonderful to be encompassed by such convivial surroundings, which made talking to the people at the next table extremely interesting.

Patches{1}Patches the Dachshund
This is my brother’s dog, a frequent member at many family gatherings. Most of my siblings have a myriad of dogs, but I am the only one with a cat. My brother-in-law {Omar} helped me with a brush-up session in Photoshop and this image is what was created, a very “Andy Warhol-ish” type representation of modern of art and photography. I love this picture of Patches!!!

Create stylishly,

Flowers at Heath


The small window that we call spring is extremely short-lived here in the Mid-Atalntic and summer is vastly approaching. The cool breezy nights with a sky full of stars not impeded by humidity are a rarity. Having lush green grass grow without the strain of heat and humidity is a sight to behold, along with the flowers at Heath which have been unfolding around the property since late winter.


I always suspected the underlying secret to flowers is that various species will grow throughout the seasons so, that their glorious beauty is seen at all times of the year. As much as I love my peonies, irises and the cherry blossoms of spring I do look forward to the flowers of summer.

IMG_0142 IMG_0141{Peonies}

I cannot wait to share the dahlias, sunflowers and hydrangeas, which will grow during the summer months ahead, but in the mean time please enjoy the flowers of spring from Heath!