Editor’s note: Today I am in a blouse from Ann Taylor, skirt from H&M, belt is vintage, and shoes Roger Vivier.
Happy Wednesday! I have a group text of family and friends that I send our horoscopes to every day. I have supposedly had a 5 star day since Monday...... didn’t turn out that way. Mercury is in retrograde.... and you may not believe in that but I sure do. It makes everything go haywire! I am still standing after withstanding a storm of problems since Monday and am determined to win!! I got on the scales yesterday and hit a number that I have not seen since I was in my 20s. I have changed my eating since I had that intestinal bug from New York starting June 9th...but not that much! I have lost 9 pounds. Here is my new Daily menu..... if if worked for me try it if you want to shed a few. I call it the peanut butter diet.
Breakfast— 1 egg, 2 pieces bacon, coffee and tea( yes I drink both!). I use half & half in my coffee. No sweetener .
Lunch— 1 “Jif to Go “peanut butter and small soda crackers . I started eating this instead of my chicken salad on arugula because it did not upset my stomach . The doctor said to avoid raw foods and any lettuce until my “problem” subsided. I have just stayed with it. No lunch prep and I can eat on the go!!!
Dinner—- 1 vodka with Topo Chico and fresh lime before dinner with a slice of cheese or jicama and hummus
4 -6 ounces of protein with a steamed vegetable ( I usually cannot finish 6 ounces now)
1 glass of wine after dinner.
I eat a piece of sugar free chocolate after lunch and after dinner.
There you have it. I have lost 9 pounds at age 59. Go figure!!! And I am eating some carbs for the first time in 5 years every day. I have not gained my usual 2 pounds when I eat at a restaurant either... can’t figure that one out.
I skipped Dallas today to solve problems.... I am glad I did because I think all is under control now. I started Match.Com. Monday. Oh my heavens.... it is a full time job to be nice and respond to all of the emails. Because I am technologically challenged of course my password does not work. Trying to figure it all out!
The newest issue of Veranda is fabulous!!! Today I am covering the Miles Redd’s design in the Bahamas. The owners of the house are from San Francisco and they enlisted “a pair of blue-chip designers” to achieve their vision. Bay Area architect Jacki Yahn and New York based Miles Redd. What these two men created is what dreams are made of. Miles Redd’s wonderful use of fabrics and color create the perfect beach home for rest, relaxation, and entertaining. Enjoy this “slice of heaven” and have a super day. I hate to say it... but I am kind of looking forward to tomorrow! As Scarlett O’Hara said in Gone With the Wind.... Tomorrow is a new day.
The British Colonial-style exterior is perfection for the Bahamas. I adore the pale blue shutters and the Creeping fig climbing up the walls. The macho fern is whisky and lovely.
Miles Redd starts his magic in the entrance with this custom zigzag rug from Patterson Flynn Martin. The custom lantern was hand painted by Agustin Hurtado. I love that he included antique pieces from John Rosselli Antiques.
Redd’s tip on outdoor decorating is to use one color so the landscape can do most of the talking. This whole moment makes me say....awe.
Redd “hit every auction and market” to find cool and unusual things. I love this about his design..... when I did the 4 houses at Escondido Golf Resort I did the same thing to add interest to the rooms. Love, love the sisal rugs mixes with the soft blues. So fresh.
Ok.... this is a style that I cannot live with because I am a cook. I can TRULY appreciate how no upper cabinets is clean and allows in this case to have art. But to open a drawer and have the dishes jiggle is not my cup of tea. This kitchen is beautiful.... but give me my upper cabinets please for dishes and glasses:)
This moment delights me and cracks me up at the same time. The single chair is the same chair I have in my room at home (I actually have two of them ) that were original to the house built in 1952. Still going strong!!!! I LOVE the dramatic skirted table!!!!!!!
Redd says he loves to have “something raw next to something slick” in a room. Here in this room we have the raw of the sea grass next to the “glossy reflection of lacquer” in the wallpaper. That wallpaper is SO much fun!
This is my favorite room. The draperies are so Miles Redd with he cool shape to the valances. I love the coral and the straw colors.......happy and soothing at the same time with a bit of attitude.
The story of this wallpaper in the powder room made me laugh. The wife who selected almost all with Redd rejected it..... so Redd went to the husband. He was determined to use it! He said “powder rooms should be outrageous”—- I totally agree.
What a soothing blue and turquoise bedroom. Notice the blend of the more traditional art over the bed and the contemporary over the sofa.
A room with a view. Outdoor dining at it’s best. This home looks like it has always been here.... fitting perfectly in with the feel of the Bahamas and an incredible vacation spot to escape the hurried world we live in. Job well done!!!
“Designer Miles Redd Reinvents Bahamian Style in This Baker’s Bay Home” article featured in Veranda Magazine July/August Issue
INTERIOR DESIGN BY MILES REDD • PRODUCED BY CAROLYN ENGLEFIELD • WRITTEN BY VICKY LOWRY
Yes! Love this!
My new lunch menu. Can you believe that it holds me all afternoon????? I eat the crackers slowly during the day. These minis are delicious!!!!
Dinner last night was Texas caviar from Central Market and baked chicken.