Town and Country

If we can’t get out of town for the weekend, for a culinary visit to the Hamptons, where my husband Matt and I gather fresh seasonal ingredients at our favorite markets and farm stands, we typically do the same thing right here in NYC. It’s fun to create a locavore meal and something to look forward to as the sun sets over the rooftops. Invite some good friends, open a bottle of local wine and set the right mood with some inspiring new dinnerware sets!

For great summer entertaining in the city, why not bring a little country right to your table? There's an abundance of fresh meat, poultry, fish and produce to be found at green markets in cities throughout the country. Sure, I’d rather be clipping sprigs of fragrant rosemary in our chef’s garden, but I can find everything I need right here as well, including fresh baked goods and delectable desserts.

Matt plays chef for the evening, conjuring up his summer specialties, like sweet corn salad with tomatoes, English peas and chives, while I set the mood and the table. For a Scandinavian summer in the country theme, this notNeutral dinnerware in fresh green and brown, with an Alessi Blow Up Bamboo centerpiece is perfect! Or if you'd rather be by the sea, you can't go wrong with Dansk classic blue and white nautical stripes or their Arabesque pattern, for a retro Mediteranean feel.

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Rare Earth

New for fall 2010, but something you'd want to wear year round, is this magnificent smoky quartz druzy necklace from my Rare Earth Collection. I heart druzy, because of it's organic texture. It's nature's own statement piece!

Druzy crystal formations, which can be found in numerous types of stone, is a natural curiosity, growing inside the hollow cavities of rock veins and geodes. The smoky quartz druzy beads in my Treasure Island necklace have a micro-crystalline top surface reminiscent of brown sugar with a smooth flat bottom.

Cynthia Rybakoff sterling silver and smoky quartz Treasure Island Necklace, $148 at Supermarket and A little Of What You Fancy, 19 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631.324.3113.


Curiosity Shop

Summer is in full swing at Mascot Studio. An amazing resource for modern vintage objet d'art, proprietor Peter McCaffrey has curated a wonderful little collection of paintings, drawings and prints for summer. Cyanotypes by Matt Shapoff for Handmade On Peconic Bay, mixed media paintings by Paul Moreno, limited edition giclee prints by Chris Buzelli, and some terrific watercolors of birds on found vintage coin collector's notes, by Peter himself, are currently showing and selling fast.

Be sure to "Like" Mascot Studio's Facebook page and see works by all the artists mentioned in this post!
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