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

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thank you Bonham's "Period Art and Design"























Rencently I was asked to comment on some very attractive items being auctioned at Bonhams at Butterfield's. Much to my surprise and pleasure they did a two page colored spread on my choices of art and antiques and how I would use them in a home.









The painting by Alan Brassington and these lovely Chinese vases were two of my choices to review and to make suggestions on placement.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend and many thanks to those who have sacrificed much so that you and I can live the lifestyles we choose to lead.

I am forever grateful for all my blessings. Happy Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Patio Replanted...plus BETTY CROCKER'S 1950 RECIPE for blackberry crisp!

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The Thursday before Mother's Day my specially ordered gift to myself arrived: a box of five 41 inch tall triple ball rosemary topiary. I spent the latter part the next day planting them and the next three days watering and enjoying the whole effect.

































It was a great Mother's Day treat for me to have my shady patio ready for spring and summer outdoor living. We eat, read, visit, and nap here with the sounds of the stereo flowing from the screen doors that I keep open most mornings and evenings.





















I love sitting here in the latter part of the day when the sun is really low. It's perfectly beautiful looking up past the old stone steps into the terraced garden above. The roses are kind of scraggly for lack of sun but the huge azaleas make up for it.





















When we first moved into the home in early 2000 the patio was bare of any planting. I began creating a potted garden almost immediately and it's taken me twelve years. I still don't have it right. But it's coming along.

Blackberry Crisp

4 C. ripe blackberries
2 t. lemon juice
1 1/2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1/4 C. oats
1 C. butter
1/4 C. chopped walnuts
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt

I made this recipe mother's day weekend. It started out as a 1950's Betty Crocker apple crisp recipe my mother-in-law Mary Etta Segerstrom gave to me when when we were first marrried. I've adapted it over the years by substituting the apples with peaches, boysenberries, or blackberries and by adding oats, walnuts, and 1/3 cup more butter because the crumbled part was dry. It makes a generous portion of crumble and you'll have enough leftover to make another smaller crisp. 

Mix berries, cinnamon, and salt and set aside. Process with a food processor flour, sugar, and butter. Stir in oats and walnuts. Place berries in a 10 x 6 x 2 Pyrex baking dish. Top with flour mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shiree's Table, Cart, and Console Picks


Shopping for tables for a client recently lead me to these fabulous finds. The quality is beautiful and the prices are surprisingly acceptable.

 
The first table is a hexagon gold leaf with glass table top. It would be lovely in a smallish, modern dining room. The buffet is modern with a spectacular dark brown lacquered finish. It would work in a contemporary or modern setting, in either an entry, dining room, or even at one end of a living room.

 This is a cute little cart for cocktail fixings. I love to display my spirits and special glasses on trays atop carts and tables.

Classic, modern, or even a traditional mix would be compatible with the gold leaf cocktail table.

A beautiful console for a traditional or country style setting. Love the open work doors.


Classic and versatile, this simple cocktail table will work with many styles of interiors. It takes to accessories perfectly.

Tables, consoles, and cart available through Shiree Hanson Segerstrom. Prices upon request.

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