Monday, April 25, 2011

Set It And They Will Come.......A Field Of Dreams

I am so excited about dinner at the County Line Harvest's(above photo) organic farm in Petaluma, California which is coordinated by Outstanding In The Field ("OITF). Since first learning about this venture, I knew I wanted to some day experience this culinary treat. This year, Dan and I along with 4 other friends will get that opportunity. The guest chef will be Charlie Parker, a bay area local from Plum in Oakland, California.

Since 1999, OITF has set long tables at farms or gardens, on mountain tops, beaches, islands or at ranches. Upon the tables, OTIF's guest chefs serve food that re-connects diners with the land and the origins of their food.

OTIF events boast meals with ingredients that are almost all local (sometimes from sourced within reach of your plate.) The chefs are usually celebrated artisans of the region. The producers of the food, the chefs and the diners all settle down at the long table to share the repast.

OTIF has prepared feasts in across North America and as far as Florence Italy. 90 events a year are stage in various fabulous settings. Below are more photos of table settings on location:

(All images by Jeremy Fenske via Outstanding In The Field)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Printemps dans le jardin

The inspiration for this table setting began in February when Carolyne Roehm shared an image of a stunning table setting she created for her next design book with her Facebook friends. A week later, I found a beautiful fabric by Schumacher that immediately reminded me of Roehm's fabulous table and garden.
3 days ago while at Homegoods, I stumbled upon a set of hot pink colored stemware that again, immediately reminded me of Roehm's fabulous table and garden. I couldn't resist putting my 2 Roehm inspired finds to work. Because the fabric(10 yards) will eventually be used for an upholstered project, I did not cut it. Instead, I simply folded it carefully and evenly to resemble a tailored tablecloth.

For more creative and unique table settings, visit Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The House On Nimes Road


I must confess that I am a closet fan of Bravo's Real Housewives. However, up until the Beverly Hills episodes, I was a casual viewer. The opulent and lavish lifestyle and homes of these women made it hard for me NOT to watch.

I especially love the estate of the beautiful and often funny Lisa Vanderpump. But, what really took my breath away was the palatial estate you see here of her real estate developer friend Mohamed Hadid.
(Dining hall)

In the episode where Hadid's home was featured some of the wives were having dinner there. Lisa introduced him simply as her good friend who is a real estate developer.


She mentioned the homeowners as Mohamed and Julia. No last name or other information was shared about the hosting couple.

(Living Room)

So, after the episode, I quickly google'd Bravo's website to see if the show shared more information about Mohamed on it's website.

(Living Room)

Unfortunately, there was nothing available on this mysterious host. I continued my online sleuthing and finally found out the full name of the owner of this beautiful estate.

It turns out Mohamed Hadid , is the developer for several of the Ritz Carlton hotels, including my favorite location in Central Park. I shared a post about the design firm that worked with Hadid Development here.

(Piano Room)

The woman named Julia mentioned in the Real Housewives episode apparently shared the home with Hadid during the filming of the episode.


However, it was Hadid's ex-wife, a former dutch Ford model name Yolanda who is credited for the homes interiors. Yolanda made celebrity news a few months back with the announcement of her engagement to legendary songwriter David Foster.


A press article indicated Yolanda also contributed to the interior designs for the 15 Ritz Carlton hotels that Hadid developed. The chief designer that also worked on the project was the Frank Nicholson Design firm.

(Game Room)

The article further makes note that although she is not a professional designer, her extensive travels throughout Europe and Asia collecting art and antiques and working closely with other design professionals on commercial projects have clearly influenced her tastes and provided a foundation for creating beautiful interiors.


The Bel Air estate sold last year for a reduced(from 85 Mil) price of 72 Million dollars. Both Hadid's Bel Air and Holmby Hills (see below) estates interiors were the design inspirations of Yolanda.

(Master Suite)

Clearly, she took notes during the Ritz Carlton Central Park hotel project.
Both estate's interiors in my opinion, closely resemble the 5 star luxury hotel in Central Park with its warm yet rich colors and lines.

Carolwood Estate in Holmby Hills, California


(Living Room)

(Dining Room)


(Family room & Kitchen)


(Master suite)

(Master Bath)

(Rear Exterior)

Mohamed Anwar Hadid

All photos courtesy of Hadid Development.