Jeff McNamara

open the windows

open the windows  • flip the mattress • air out the pillows • hang laundry outside on the line • stop for tea • breathe deeply • nap • go for a walk • take some clippings from the yard and make an arrangement • banish dust • fill a tote bag with some things to donate • plant something • kiss someone

Doesn't this photo make you want to do all these things? It is the wonderful work of Tricia Foley and photo by Jeff McNamara. And one more reason to love it: it's in Ireland. sigh. 


perfect winter party



Here are all the ingreds for a perfect midwinter gathering. 

1. white blooms -- paperwhites, amaryllis, tulips -- in vintage glass and black basalt.

2. plenty of prosecco on ice in giant silver chillers.

3. a fire and candlelight.

4. a table and chairs for playing a game -- cards, Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes (my fave)

5. a sofa to curl up on for gossiping, story-telling and remembering.

Just add friends.

This beautiful scene was created by Tricia Foley and shot by Jeff McNamara. Such talent.