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Friday ramblings … and happy V-day

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We recently had a little lunch in the kitchen while we were shooting something at the house, and while it wasn’t necessarily for a blog post, Tessa was here so I was like ‘Maybe you could just… you know …’  and I did the universal clicking the camera sign with my finger, eyes and tongue. She is a good sport so she did and they turned out pretty enough to post.

Ok, fine. We added the blue glasses to add color for the shot. We were mainly drinking pink lemonade, not anything that needed to be in those glasses (champagne?).

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FiNE and ALSO we added the wood bowls  on the plates because we thought it would look prettier. Once a camera is pointed on something I can’t just leave it be.

But those sandwiches? Those are real and really what we put in our mouth-hole. I’m not much of a food maker/person/blogger as you know, but for parties this is what I do:

1 french baguette, halved the long way, with unsalted fancy butter (lots of it, butter is back!) ham and provolone. Mustard and pickles on the side. If you serve them relatively fresh you can add thin tomato and arugula, but if you want to prep hours out for a party like we do, then trust me these are cheap, easy and a total crowd pleaser. I made them for this party, too. I know I basically just described a ham sandwich, but the butter/ham/cheese/baguette combo is really all you need. It’s French. We’re Fancy.

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And this was Tessa just showing off her beautiful hand, just rubbing it in my face, while that big dahlia just laid there, rejecting the smaller dahlia which i’ll assume is its girlfriend and not its child. It is Valentines day weekend, as you know, and they say that more breakups happen on that night than any other. And it’s the same for the flower community.

Meanwhile, did you guys know the Thursday night before V-day is ‘mistress night’? When I was waitressing in New York, that Thursday night was always the gross cheating men appeasing their mistresses with a fancy meal. This mainly happens at big expensive restaurants with rich old fat men and younger/hotter women. It’s just painfully obvious. Typically I don’t get too judgmental over here, but I’m pretty anti the ‘leading a-double-life’ and ‘lying on the daily’ kinda cheating. Thank god for them I was never anyone who would spit in food. Man did they tip well because they knew we knew and we knew that they knew that we knew, and so I didn’t want their stupid 25% tip, but I had to take it because I had maybe $230 in my bank account. Friday digressions. Still here?

Brian and I accidentally made no plans at all. I guess that means Thai take out and a marathon (tv, not running ….please). Although if ’50 shades’ was on demand I would pay for that for sure (especially after reading this review). I can’t bring myself to see it in the theater (yet) but if we could just pay $20 to have it in our new cozy den, then I’d be fine with that. Uh Oh … uh oh .. uh oh ..uh oh …..

Happy Friday, folks.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt. In case you are new to the blog and want to see more of it or the full makeover, go here. 

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  1. Ha! Love your ramblings Emily! And I didn’t even notice the blue glasses! Till I read what you wrote about them…so maybe they weren’t needed after all? Oh well you’re the expert. Have a great V-day!

  2. I love your digressions, and love love love mistress night. I wish I had gone to a fancy restaurant last night just to observe and be grossed out.

  3. I just read that you’re doing another project for the Lorey family! Woot! Woot!
    I especially love your work in this home and feel like it most connects to my wishes… Ie, I can get my copy cat on!

  4. My father always buttered his sandwiches. So when I do it, I just call it an homage to my father…It is a technique which makes me feel no guilt whatsoever…

  5. Mistress night! LOL. I was thinking that my husband and I should go out tonight instead, just to raise eyebrows. However, I don’t want anyone spitting in my food, I probably won’t leave a 25% tip, and I’m not that hot anymore :)) (Even my emoticon has a double chin.)
    Oh yeah, where did you get the pretty paper in your sandwich basket?

  6. I’m genuinely asking as a non-American, but do you always set the table fork-on-the-right and knife-on-the-left? We do the opposite. Blame Canada.

      1. Forks on the right is universal, not Canadian… Basically I think it gives away that Emily was too absorbed in the blue glasses and other styling details to notice that blunter… but whatever, it looks great anyway. 🙂

        1. Well, in Italy the fork is on the left, spoon and knife on the right. Because basically when you cut something you “spear” it with a fork with the left hand and cut it with the knife with your right hand. I guess lefties are not considered 🙂

    1. We do the opposite too, and we’re Canadian. Never seen forks on the right before… definitely not ‘universal’! Emily Post and Martha Stewart seem to agree, sorry Carla & Olga.

  7. Hi Emily! I have a drapes-dilemma. Was randomly going through your archives for drape recommendations but didn’t find anything about strange placement. We have a slider (8ft) in our bedroom (three window panels, one in middle opens), but it is not centered (gah!) it is flush (ish) with the left corner of the room. There are 4.2fton the right side that is a wall (so the room is 10.2ft wide). I need curtains but don’t want to lose too much light by blocking the far left window. What do I do! I can’t center on wall without losing a ton of light/half my window, but any window treatments that aren’t centered will look… well… off center. I would love your guidance! What do you do when you have oddly spaced windows?!

  8. I love those placemats so, so much. Do you have a source on them? I want them on my table, like, tomorrow. Also, butter on sandwiches. Stupidly delicious.