A Quiet Simple

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler."
- Albert Einstein

Photos:  thesteward and stylist Emily Henderson

Gifted Women of Spring: The Artist

Fashion via Toast.
Art supplies at Educomp, or sign-up for a class at Featherstone Center for the Arts.
Real Estate for Rent:  Chappy Snow Point vintage waterfront home, a most quintessential summer getaway.  Reveal talents once lost to hectic endeavors of city life.  Have friends join for the weekend, sleeps 13. Inquire with Wendy Harmon.

Gifted Women of Spring: The Actress

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Mango wood floor lamp at Midnight Farm.
Real Estate:  Chilmark Luxury Retreat on 3.7 acres abutting Conservation Land.  Introspective privacy amidst the trees and stones. Modern yet timeless.  Inquire with Suzanne Lanzone.
Hedy Lamarr - the most beautiful girl in the world.  A fine portrayal by Shearer (who also penned Patricia Neal in An Unquiet Life) titled Beautiful.

Gifted Women of Spring: The Writer

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"I first read Elements of Style during the summer before I went off to Exeter, and I still direct my students at Harvard to their definition about the difference between 'that' and 'which'.  It is the bible for good, clear writing." --Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Real Estate:  Waterfront Cottage Retreat in Oak Bluffs, overlooking the Vineyard Haven Harbor. Inspired thoughts transpire over a wood-burning fire at dusk, while the waves lap beside your sandy beach. Information available with Suzanne Lanzone, price upon request.

Gifted Women of Spring: The Musician

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Piano:  Steinway & Sons Concert Grand, Model D, c. 1901
Real Estate:  The Barn at Squibnocket Farm in Chilmark
A converted 1830's Dutch barn set amongst rolling hills and stonewall-lined meadows with access to some of the finest private ocean beaches on the east coast.  Spectacular views to inspire arrangements on the keys.  Information available via Tea Lane Associates, price upon request.


February Grays

I achieved the perfect gray wall color by custom-mixing Benjamin Moore at Edgartown Hardware (color not shown).   I was looking for that delicate balance of pale, warm, neutral gray that would blend seemlessly with my furnishings - never appearing too dreary.  If you're looking for gray, ask John Montes for Lisa's Latte (my custom-mix - it's in the computer).  Developing it took hours, so I'm saving you the time dump.  A palette of whites, grays, and mushroom-pale browns swirled together to achieve swatch after swatch on the wall - not to mention, a few trips back/forth to the hardware store.  I love it...and everyone who comes by, compliments the color and asks what it is.  Sorry I don't have the formula to hand out...but if you live elsewhere, try giving John a call.

EH is not located on Main Street, anymore...they moved to Edgartown/W. Tisbury Rd...the vacant white building, across from the old Edgartown School.  Easier parking...that's a good thing when you have several gallons of paint to carry. 

Artwork by my imaginative, little G.  He loves sharks.  I love his art.

Interiors via greige


Just Being Audrey

Having just returned from the SCBWI conference in NY, I thought I would share one of the upcoming titles in children's literature that I thought was particularly fantastic - Just Being Audrey.  I swooned over the illustrations by Julia Denos, so lovely!   Author, Margaret Cardillo, does an amazing job of introducing our children to the world of philanthropy.  The joy of giving to others, as only Audrey Hepburn could inspire, a collectible book indeed.