Start the day celebrating Mom (or Mum, across the pond) with a traditional, yet luxurious breakfast in bed. It will set the tone for her day in the best way possible. You can shop the Georgetown boutiques and surprise her with a tray of treats to enjoy all year long.
Nothing speaks “spring” like blue and white porcelain. Walking up Wisconsin Avenue on a recent crisp yet warm afternoon, I noticed an abundance of glistening blue and white porcelain in the shops of the 1400, 1500 and 1600 blocks. The eye-catching displays inspired me to make my home “spring ready” for Easter, Passover or possibly Earth Day — both inside and out. Welcome spring!
The Ides of March have us under Mother Nature’s thumb with the fluctuation and unpredictability of weather. Some days, especially on the weekends, we simply want to stay in bed and pull the sheets over our heads. Then our minds awaken and we crave tea, coffee or books. Termed “librocubicularist,” a person who reads in bed, would describe many of us this time of year. Let’s make that experience as memorable as we can.
With Tom Brady and the Patriots on the tube, a cozy winter’s fire and a newly renovated kitchen for inspiration, I tackle a one-pot meal — the “souper star” for entertaining efficiency. But which choice of vessel to further set the mood? Classic white is always a nice contrast with any food color, but broths in hues of tomato red and curry orange look richer in indigo-coated clay or a sexy Nippon black. Vegetarian alternatives shine in porcelain, too. Here are a few to choose from.
In 2016, Pantone took the radical step of choosing two colors of the year: serenity and rose quartz (that is, baby blue and light pink). This year, Pantone went for a trans-seasonal shade that brings a fresh zest of color to any room. Greenery is nature’s neutral shade. Reminiscent of the first day of spring, the color offers a sense of renewal. “This particular green is an unusual color: a combination of yellow and blue, or warmth and a certain cool,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It’s a complex marriage.”
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