Saturday, August 28, 2010


Figs Baked with Cassis & Red Wine topped with Mascarpone

  • 2 cups merlot
  • 1 cup cassus
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 20 fresh, black misson figs, thick stems removed
  • 1 tbsp. ice-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • baby mint leaves, coarse sea salt or fruity olive oil (optional)

I. Combine merlot, cassis and sugar in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add the figs continue to cook at lively boil until figs have broken down and dissolve into the syrup (use a spoon to help break down figs), about 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in the vinegar andsalt.

II. Divide the figs between six bowls and serve hot or at room temperature, with a spoonful of mascarpone. Garnish with baby mint leaves, sprinkle with course sea salt to offset the sweet flavors, or drizzle with a fruity olive oil, desired.

Serves 6
{Recipe} Blue Duck Tavern {Found} Met Home Magazine {Resources} Oils:: Vom Fass 3248 University AveMadison, WI 53705(608) 204-0300 Fruit:: The Farmers Market on the capital square Cheese:: Fromagination 12 S Carroll StMadison, WI 53703(608) 255-2430

Friday, August 27, 2010


Sweet & Chic.
Highly colored and patterned
pillows with tassel fringe!{Bright pink & aqua floral with Pink pom-poms}
{Pale pink floral with aqua tassel fringe}
{Colorful paisly with pink pom-pom fringe}
{$49.50 Each}

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Our fantastic rep. Missy was here yesterday showing us the
new Manuel Canovas line of fabrics and wallpapers!!
We are very excited to get these books in our
shop to work with! Aren't they wonderful?!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Our store currently holds over 100 pillows in all different shapes, colors and styles!
Now we have new "French Laundry" pillows in the Paris flea market style
ranging in price from $99.95 ~ $129.50 complete with ribbons, keys and fobs.
Also new fox and cow hide pillows ranging from $89.50 ~ $249.50

Thursday, August 12, 2010


~Brandy Mint Julep~
What You Need::
Glass Type, Highball
1 peach (pealed & pitted)
2 sprigs of mint
1 tsp powdered sugar
splash of cold water
2 oz/56 ml brandy
1/4 oz 7ml peach schnapps

Muddle the peach and the
mint together with the sugar
and water in the highball.
Add brandy and the peach
schnapps, stir. Put in 2 thin
slices of peach and 2 mint
leaves inside the glass as garnish.

The Big Book of Cocktails
& photo Royal Tart


{Photos Credits from top to bottom}
House Beautiful
Traditional Home
House Beautiful
Material Girls

Monday, August 9, 2010


These amazing baskets are new to us, but are certainly not new!
Vintage from the 1890's these baskets were used
for holding and shipping wool! They are all individual with
tags, labels, leather straps and some have metal frames.
We have two types, open baskets with no lids
and the tightly woven ones with lids.
We love the rustic nature of these and they are rich looking with a lot of history.
We were thinking of ways to use these fantastic baskets
(they are rather large) and thought of a few good ideas!
Line it with a linen draw string bag and use them for:

A. laundry basket
B. toy chest
C. putting linens and towels in for you and or your guests
D. putting toss pillows in it when you turn down your bed at nigh
C. use it at the pool house for lawn chair cushion storage
E. simply place a sheet of glass on top and use it as a coffee table


{Cow Oil Image Size 8x10 $400.00}

{Pig Oil Image Size 8x10 $400.00}

{Pig Oil Image Size 12x16 $490.00}

Kick off pick of the week, every Monday
we will be featuring a unique item(s) in the shop!
This weeks picks are three original oils by the artist R. Simonini, he does animal portraits that make your heart melt! However these are the last three, he is changing his subject matter, so if one of these tugs at your heart strings you better take it home before it's gone. :)