1 After an enjoyable morning at Trade Secrets, and a visit to Bunny Williams' beautiful gardens, we drove to Patsy's weekend cottage in New York State for lunch.
2 Patsy's weekend home was nestled among tall trees and lots of green foliage. It was a very tranquil setting.
3 Kevin took a stroll through Patsy's shade garden. The hostas looked great - soon, they will fill the entire space. Hostas are among the most popular perennials. They are shade-tolerant, low maintenance, and incredibly elegant with their variety of foliage and striking green colors.
4 A lovely photo of Kevin and Patsy in the shade garden.
5 Across from the main house was a charming gardening shed. The walking paths were covered with 1/4-inch round stone - a beautiful ground cover for the bold green of the boxwood.
6 The boxwood garden looked very lush and healthy. While the most familiar forms of boxwood are commonly referred to as "American" and "English" boxwood, there are about 90-species and more than 365 different cultivars.
7 Here were a few of Patsy's collection of stone and cement planters. Stone garden pieces are very alluring in any outdoor space. In areas where temperatures dip below freezing in winter, turn containers over to drain or bring them indoors. A winter freeze can crack or crumble any kind of stone.
8 This pair of rustic stone finials added a handsome touch to the grouping.
9 This charming round iron planter was used for growing chives. Chives is the common name of Allium schoenoprasum, the smallest species of the onion genus. It is a popular edible, and used to flavor many dishes.
10 There were several quaint seating areas, including this unique wooden bench at the edge of Patsy's boxwood garden.
11 Designer, Sandra Capasso, and deputy design director, Brian Fitzsimmons, from our merchandising team enjoyed some time on the terrace before lunch.
12 Joining Brian on the terrace were deputy design directors, Zaki Kamandy and Jessica Davis. The terrace included many antique, and rustic furnishings.
13 Lunch was served buffet style inside Patsy's house - a delicious Moroccan themed feast including marinated skewers, eggplant puree, couscous, and grilled vegetables. Patsy used recipes by Moroccan-American chef, Mourad Lahlou.
14 The couscous was made with toasted almonds, prunes and chives. Couscous is granular semolina, which has been moistened with water, lightly covered in flour and then rolled into tiny beadlike pellets.
15 There was grilled asparagus with lemon.
16 The grilled Kefta skewers with grapes were delicious. In Moroccan recipes, Kefta is usually beef and/or lamb, typically well-seasoned with salt, paprika, cumin, parsley, and cilantro.
17 Grilled flatbreads were served with a yogurt herb spread.
18 Each plate was filled... more than once.
19 Jessica sat next to design director, Marissa Brown.
20 Here, on Patsy's expansive wrap around porch, was a quiet space to read and write. The legs on this rustic iron table were so pretty.
21 Another beautiful stone planter on one end of the porch.
22 Such a relaxing and inviting sitting area - I loved the stone footstools.
23 This side of the porch was also very inviting with a large, comfortable sectional for cool summer evenings.
24 Patsy bought a few items from Trade Secrets too, including this wisteria. Wisteria is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, that includes 10-species of woody climbing vines.
25 Patsy also purchased flats containing a variety of other plants - no one ever leaves Trade Secrets empty handed. And proceeds from Trade Secrets go to Women's Support Services in northwestern Connecticut, which provides free and confidential assistance to victims of domestic violence. http://www.tradesecretsct.com