California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Introduction to a Two Part Report.


During one of our Costa Mesa family reunions, the Segerstrom family received a sneak peek of
The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.  It is a magnificent work of architecture and miraculous acoustics.






The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall is a jewel in the crown of Orange County.  We are so appreciative of the generosity and kindness Henry and Elizabeth continue to bestow upon the art and music communities. 

The first post will be the afternoon of Thursday, December 2nd.  Please join Joy of Nesting for one of the most talked about concert halls in California, and certainly the most beautiful.

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Trip to ROSEMARY VEREY'S Garden in the Cottswolds...plus Ruby Shore's Persimmon Cookies!


In 1998 my then 14 year old son Christian and I went on a business trip to England with my husband Jim.  Jim did a lot of business in Europe and Christian and I picked and chose the prime spots for tagging along.





I had been reading about the famous British gardener Rosemary Verey in the American magazine Victoria and decided to drive the long, lonely country roads to tour Verey's "Barnsley House" garden.


We arrived at closing time almost crashing into the Barnsley House front gate.


 The garden tour was about two pounds. Christian was free.  You dropped your money in a little tin bucket hanging on the entrance fence. The honor system.  I was so charmed.


Once inside, an attendant stopped to talk to us.  She said "Rosemary's in the garden today. Perhaps you will see her".  We did not but we enjoyed the beautiful gardens she created.  I have a picture of Christian sitting on a bench in front of the house.  He took pictures of me in her potager.  


I was pleased that a fourteen year old boy could appreciate the beauty this woman had created.  My favorite is Mrs. Verey's knot garden, a low evergreen and herbaceous bed of rosemary, boxwood, lavender, and various other greenery.


Mrs. Verey has written over a dozen books on gardening, helped Prince Charles in the design of his beautiful garden at Highgrove, designed gardens for Elton John, and other royalty.



Barnsley House in Cirencester, Gloucestershire England is available for events.  Who wouldn't love to have their wedding in the garden at Barnsley.  


Ruby Shore's Persimmon Cookies

My sister in law Sharon gave this chewy persimmon cookie recipe to me.  They are the best I've tasted.  I like to add extra walnuts to mine.  Don't you love the taste of cinnamon and clove this time of year!
Preheat over to 350 degrees.

1 1/4 C. persimmon pulp
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground clove
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
2 C. flour
2 C. chopped walnuts (original recipe calls for 1 cup)
1 C. raisins

1) Cream together butter, sugar, salt, and egg. 
2) Add cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon
3) Add baking soda to persimmon pulp to dissolve
4) Beat together all ingredients with flour 
5) Add walnuts and raisins
6) Drop onto cookie sheet lined with foil (or greased cookie sheet)

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.




Thursday, November 4, 2010

THE TREES THEY ARE A'CHANGIN'






















What a stunning fall we are having in northern California. I am amazed the trees are so vibrant considering temperatures don't seem to have dropped enough to turn them. Today it is sunny and in the mid 80's.























Fall is traditionally the busiest time of year for designers but yesterday I took some time off after lunch to shoot the pistachio and maple trees downtown.






















This weekend David and I are attending a housewarming party in Sacramento for my younger cousin Rich and his wife Danna. It is their first house and we are so happy for them! I am going to wear something yummy for autumn: a fitted lambswool cardigan with a three quarter sleeve, a tie belt, and a beautiful faux mink stole. All I need to go with it is a pair of brown leather skinny jeans.






















Last weekend David put the last of the upper garden furniture away for winter. I am sad to see it leave but at least we are still able to enjoy the great California outdoors. I hope you are too.


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