Spring Reading

Painting by Richard Emil Miller: Reading in the Garden

One of my favorite activities in Spring is to curl up with a book in my garden. After spending so much time inside during winter, it feels so wonderful to have a little sun on your face while you enjoy a good read. Everything is in bloom and I am always compelled to choose books that act not only on my imagination but that fill my senses with beautiful language and inspiring ideas. Here are some of my favorites:

Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay is one of the finest American Poets. Her poem “Renascence” is one of the most beautiful meditations on the rebirth of nature and self that I have ever come across. This is a real treat on a Spring afternoon.

The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout

A magical tale of generations of women living in the beautiful Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Middlemarch by George Eliot (Marianne Evans)

If you haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet, you should put it at the top of your list. A portrait of provincial life that manages to turn the everyday joys and disappointments of small time life into one of the most beautiful and intelligent novels ever written. Keep your journal close, because this novel is full of quotes that will stay with you long after you finish.

What is at the top of your Spring reading list?

Unwrapped: Our Favorite Gifts to Give

Image courtesy of 479° Popcorn

This is one of our favorite times of the year and before we even begin to deck the halls, we’ve already started buying gifts for loved ones. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite gifts to give and hope they offer you some inspiration!

  • Gourmet Popcorn from 479°: ANY and everything from them…so delicious!  And best of all, no GMOs, Gluten Free, All Natural, No Trans Fat, Air Popped and Kosher.
  • From our friends at Vosges Haut-Chocolat, our absolute favorite sampler is the Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library which also happens to be gluten free for my daughter’s allergies!
  • For Champagne, wine and holiday spirits, our favorites are Henri’s Reserve and Tito’s Vodka
  • Turkish Towel Sets: We find ours at AshBlue and we love that they can be monogrammed for that personalized touch.
  • Divine & Elegant Tea blends: Lynn prefers The Earl Grey and Laura prefers The White Duke.
  • Books! We adore sharing books of fiction from various writers and editorial books from Assouline and Patina Style by Steve & Brooke Giannetti — great inspiration and gorgeous, effortless style.
  • Cashmere! Throws, sweaters, scarves…everyone deserves a little luxury wrapped around them, perfect for both men and women. We actually love it so much we named a candle after it!
  • Seasonal flowers, inspired terrariums and bulb kits (like kits we find from Sprout Home): we love to give the gift of growth in the winter season.
  • Letterpress stationery: We fell in love with Delphine Press, printed on vintage letterpress, & Smock designs on bamboo papers.
  • Spaaaahhhh days and gift certificates for others to indulge and experience time away for themselves, just the best!
  • Old fashioned games & puzzles for the family which goes great with the popcorn suites from 479!
  • And of course, nothing sets to tone like holiday music: A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio, the holidays aren’t the same without this!

Of course there’s much more depending on the recipient, but we hope this helps you get a festive jump on the gifting season!