8.22.2014

Creative Ceiling Treatment

I was perusing Lime In The Coconut this morning (she is looking for ideas for her foyer ceiling) which led me to think about ceiling treatments.   I love how designer  Jennifer Schoenberger transformed a cookie cutter condo into an elegant retreat.   The treatment lends a beachy vibe and looks easy to install all while not breaking the bank.   Check out her website and blog to see how she made over her beach home.

Photo: Jennifer Schoenberger Design

8.04.2014

SHARBAT




SHARBAT

2 cups Fresh Orange Juice
2 cups Fresh Lemon Juice
Grated Orange Peels
4 1/2 cup Sugar
Fresh Mint

Grate the peels of the oranges and put in a cheesecloth bag.  Juice the oranges and lemons.  Soak the peels in the juices for 10 minutes and wring out, squeezing as much of the moisture and oils from the peel.  Mix the juice and sugar together in a large pot and bring to a boil.   Cook, stirring just until all the sugar has dissolved.  Store the concentrate in glass bottles in the refrigerator.  When ready to serve, add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of the concentrate to enough ice cold water to made a full glass.  Garnish with mint.  When frozen, this also makes a refreshing sherbet.

Photos By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Recipe:  The Zenchilada

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