Off To The Races: Keeneland 2016

Keeneland, FRCH, Creative FuelWe all look forward to springtime for the warming temperatures, longer days, and the beauty of Mother Nature coming to life after a long, cold winter.  And here at FRCH, nothing represents the arrival of spring as much as our annual Keeneland Celebration!  Our 30+ year tradition includes the Fitzgerald Award Ceremony and of course, a day of celebrating at the historic Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Kentucky. Read more of this post

2015 Summer Soiree Celebration

FRCH Summer Soiree
FRCH recently held its annual summer celebration, the 2015 Summer Soiree! It’s always nice to spend time with each other in a relaxed setting, share ideas and meet new additions to the team as well as their families. Read more of this post

Shop Terrain

Terrain, FRCH Design Worldwide

My first and only visit to Westport, CT had me shopping (with my sisters…) for 3 hours in the fabulous Terrain store. This remarkable environment is a real celebration of Home and Garden, with beautifully merchandised indoor and outdoor plants; housewares and home textiles; as well as garden furniture, supplies and accessories.  Read more of this post

Jardin d’Amis

A31-05A common truth about being an Architect or Designer is that for many of us, one of the reasons we got into our profession in the first place is because we were first inspired to create environments for ourselves as children. After we complete our training and begin working in our profession, the next thing we often set our sights on is renovating our home. Often times it involves a kitchen renovation or addition. In my case it was something very different. Mine was to create an architectural and artistic respite within the shell of a deteriorating early 20th Century garage.

I call it “Jardin d’Amis” or “Garden of Friends”. Read more of this post

AUGUST – signs of summer’s ending

– The frowsy, blowsy look of the garden

– Large liver spots in the yard

– An entourage of gnats accompanying me everywhere (with lots of ‘kisses’)

– The trickle of tomatoes into the kitchen that has become a torrent

– Eating on the porch is a short morning activity – the length of my double espresso

– Eating on the porch in the evening is also to be eaten

– Morning sunlight flooding the kitchen window – I fill my Dad’s coffee pot with my eyes closed to the brightness

– Evening sunlight streaming in the sidelights of the front door to bounce off the news reporters on the TV

– The sun is east-west – but only for a few weeks – slipping further south to winters longer shadows

– Wondering when to stop cutting roses and let the flowers form their hips

– Peach season is winding down.  It was long this year