7.16.2014

ALYS BEACH ON THE EMERALD COAST

I've been intrigued by Alys Beach since Veranda featured one of the first houses built here.  That was years ago.  I finally made it there and the village was all that I imagined it to be and more.
Located on the Emerald Coast in Florida, Alys Beach is the brainchild of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.  The architecture is built in the style of Bermuda with white stucco walls and plastered roofs that are better able to withstand hurricanes.
Bahama shutters in various colors add vibrancy to the white stucco. Paths paved with Florida Caprock meander through the village.
 Private courtyards have pools or fountains...................................................................................
 Agaves are nestled into oversize pots...................................................................
 On a morning walk through the village, you are lulled by birdsong and fountains........................

 sometimes, you can hear laughter coming from inside the private courtyards and the splash of someone playing in a pool...................................................................

 The architecture is just gorgeous...................................................................................
  Fonville Press has coffee and croissants in the morning............wine and tapas later on..............

 After coffee - or if you are like me - a good cup of tea - it is time to head out to the beach
 Through the grand entrance
 to the Emerald Coast
where the sand is like sugar..............................................................................................................

While there are no hotels in Alys Beach, there are a few vacation houses available to rent.

Photography By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman



3.24.2014

ADAC

I've lost count of how many times I have flown in and out of Atlanta or drove through without stopping.  Always in a rush and never having time to explore.  So finally,  I was able to spend a couple of days there shopping the wonderful antique stores, furniture galleries and most exciting.......ADAC!
The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center is a visual treat for those of us obsessed with Interior Design and is open to all design enthusiasts.  You just have to stop and register at the front desk.  I happened to be there with our daughter who is an Interior Designer so that made the experience even better and I felt comfortable brandishing my camera and taking a million photos.  You can browse the showrooms to your hearts content.
 If you happen to see something that you can't live without.......and you don't have your own designer -they will refer you to an on-site designer.... who can assist you with your purchase.
 ADAC has some great showrooms but my favorites were Ainsworh-Noah and Dennis & Leen.   I could have stayed in those showrooms all day!
 Adored this linen bed cover..............................

 and, well, everthing................................................

 After the furniture galleries, we went on to the fabric showrooms...............love, love, love textiles..

Photography By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman/Sotto Il Monte Blog

2.14.2014

Todos Santos Chocolatier

Happy Valentine's Day!


This Valentine's Day is not quite the one that I had imagined as we have felt the full force of the ice storm here in Augusta, Georgia. I'm posting today while sitting in my car trying to warm up and charge my phone. We have been without power for three days! More on that later. Back to topic. Isn't this the most beautiful piece of chocolate!! I love these handmade gold-leafed chocolates from Todos Santos Chocolatier in Santa Fe, New Mexico. So very special for Valentine's Day. They also make wonderful favors for weddings.


Photography By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman for The Santa Fe New Mexican. ByPosted using BlogPress from my iPhone