Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Light and Breezy Wrap Dress For Spring


Spring is in full swing and it seems like the weather is finally evening out a bit here in Massachusetts. There's a fresh coating on pollen on the outdoor table every few hours even if I rinse it away. My peonies are blooming and my dahlias are starting to come up. I'm going to keep things short and sweet today as I've been sitting here for over an hour trying to think of something to share with all of you.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Local Stops: The Mount


The Mount was built and designed between 1901 and 1902 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton. The exterior of the home was based on Belton House, a 17th-century English country house. The majestic interior of the mansion drew inspiration from French and Italian style and combined Edith Wharton's philosophies and knowledge of design and architecture. In 1971 it was declared a National Landmark, one of only 5% of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women. Today it is open to the public and operates as a cultural center and historic house museum. It is also often used for weddings and other private events. It survives as an example of the design principles expressed in her book, The Decoration of Houses (1887). And, if you visit on the right night you might even catch a glimpse of Edith herself; for within its walls, there is said to be a ghostly presence (or two) lurking about.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Peter and Wendy


I treasure this book. In fact, it's my favorite thing that I own. I searched for a copy for years and years scouring the shelves of antique bookstores every time I walked by one and constantly checking online auctions. This copy found me by way of a rare book dealer at the Brimfield Fair a few years back. There's an inscription on the inside from someone named Martha's uncle gifting them the book for Christmas in 1924, which probably hurts the value of the book but I absolutely love. I'd like to do some research and see if I can find out anything about her. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Perfect Floral Wrap Dress For Spring


I love a good wrap dress and this one is perfect for spring! I find that a lot of wrap dresses can be very low cut on the top, which is fine if you're smaller chested but when I wear something like that I'm uncomfortable and I end up wearing a cami underneath, which is not a look that I like. Some of them can also be too short for me and almost look like they belong in the juniors' section. So, I love this more conservative version of a wrap that I don't have to always yank down.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Local Stops: Wicked Tulips Flower Farm


If you are a tulip lover than Wicked Tulips in Johnston, Rhode Island should be on your bucket list.! The 5 acre flower farm is the largest you-pick tulip field in New England with 600,000 early, mid, and late blooming tulips on full display. It's the perfect way to experience all of the sights, sounds, and smells of spring in New England.

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Naumkeag Daffodil Festival


The Daffodil Festival at Naumkeag is officially underway! That means spring has arrived in The Berkshires and it's the perfect time to experience this Gilded Age home and historic garden in all its glory. There are over 60,000 bulbs planted on the grounds of Naumkeag which occupies 46 acres in picturesque Stockbridge. The Festival runs Thursdays - Sundays between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. until May 12. Admission is $9 for adult members of The Trustees and $15 adult non-members, children are free. Admission includes self-guided access to the grounds as well as the first floor of the house. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Essential Tips For Entertaining with Wine


While entertaining is fun and rewarding, it can also be stressful. There are a lot of moving parts to juggle both before guests arrive and during your social gathering. Serving wine while entertaining is a very popular choice but comes with several considerations that can make things even more complicated. So, I've put together 6 essential tips for entertaining with wine to take the stress out of it for you. 
 

© 2019 Stella Cadente • design + development by kiki and co