BEFORE & AFTER POTATOES: PROCLAIMED THANKSGIVING COOK

….For each new morning with its light

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BEFORE & AFTER POTATOES: PROCLAIMED THANKSGIVING COOK

Turns out, I am bit of a cook. In honor of Thanksgiving, Ralph Waldo Emerson,  and Julia Child, the original homemaker on TV, I present Shepard’s Pie.  I am self taught in the kitchen by way of an amazing mother of a cook. Betsy, my mom, who I idolize put flavor combinations together naturally. She gave me that try-it attitude. Julia Child says, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

BEFORE:

I approach cooking like I approach my interior design. It has to come natural, it has to come from a place inside yourself you may not have recognized until you shined the light.

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BEFORE:
POTATOE OF POSSIBILITY
HAVE WHAT THE HELL ATTITUDE

Shepard’s Pie must have been my jam in another life time. The recipe is so old, I had it stored in my head. Or at least that was where the idea came from to google search a few starting tips. I suggest readers do the same. This is the hearty type food that puts winter meat on the bones and mr. potatoes on your head 🙂

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AFTER:
SHEPARD’S PIE
ICING ON THE CAKE

Tip #1 Start with potates and mash them like you were going to serve them alone.

That means flavor and fresh herbs. Make sure to have different colors in your food. You don’t have to know alot, just know to add green.  I mixed lemon juice, fresh dill, butter and tuffle oil into these mashers to bring  in a light feel.

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SHEPARD’S PIE
INSIDE OUT

Tip 2: Seperately cook the meat.

Being creative at any level is all about layers and pairing one thing or another.  I teach this when ever I get asked the question. It is also how I am able to cook. I apply the same rules to both fields.  At the same time I am mashing the potates in a seperate fry pan  I am browning chop meat with carrots, onions and peas. You have to flavor the meat. There are secrets in life I still must keep.

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THE FLAVOR BIBLE
COMBINE INGREDIENTS

Tip #3: Layer ingredients

Flavor profiles are meant to be matched. I am currently reading The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs. . It is on sale at Amazon for $26.25. Spend over $35.00 on the site and the shipping is free. Shop my store, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com and spend enough money on product and services, you are entitled to white-glove service. That’s me.

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BAKE BABE
TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THEN ONE

 Tip #4: Bake babe

It  means different things to different people. This one is about temperature to transform something inside.  You did bake a scrinky dink, right? . I like 350 degrees until it browns. Citizen Cope likes 107 degrees.  The present the lyrics:  “Your pain is killing me
cause it’s a hundred seven degrees I’m walkin, cause my life ain’t free.”

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THANKSGIVING
SHEPARD’S PIE
SERVES 1-8

AFTER: 

Tip #5 Count the steps on your fingers, that is all it takes

I didn’t brown these all the way. Make them ahead of time and heat.  I am saving these for loving, fulfilling company.

THANKSGIVING
That is all you can ask for in life. You want to be able to express yourself somehow. I like to think for me it is in a creative way and I like to think I am open enough to share the process.

On Thanksgiving, I have the utmost graditude. I am so thankful for all the support, love and inspiration that floods my spirit everyday. I will wake on Thanksgiving, like any other day with the same amount of graditude.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

#ONE LOVE

THE WEEKEND WARRIOR & THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT

WEEKEND WARRIOR & THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT
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 WEEKEND WARRIORS
DECORATE EARLY
I am not your typical weekend warrior. I love my weekday job. Quick plug, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.  The idea that I would escape it on the weekend and go bat shit crazy doesn’t fit. When you love what you do, days and weekends have no bounds. I am always creating and working at the same time. The weekend warrior decorates early.
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 POWER AT THE HOME DEPOT
The inspiration came from out trip to Home Depot, in temperatur conditions liberally called freezing.  Incidentally, the SEC rates Home Depot above its largest competition Lowe’s. It opened in 1978. The popular slogan “More Savings, More Doing” came in March, 2009.
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LAYER SEASONAL LOOKS

Here’s the stuff. I like a good mixture when I seasonally decorate. I try to layer month to month, so if there is something that I bought last month for the fall season, I wan to look for ways to incorporate in the design plan moving forward. That is layering. That is the talent. It is the same as being 5-years-old and stacking the most blocks or books.

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I am not an expert and there are a number of floral arrangements and designers, I am awestruck by. My approach is consistent with the way I decorate. I am all about sharing my experience and expertise. I wear a lot of hats. One includes HGTV.

TIGER LILY’S TIP #1

1. Work with opposites. They attract.

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TIP #1
COLORS
LOVE THEIR OPPOSITES

Marc Chagall said, “All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”  Stating the obvious he was a jewish modernist, beyond which his art moves generations and carries hidden messages inside.

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TIP #2 
SHOW CASE ANIMALS
CIRCUS HORSE, 1964
TIGER LILY’S TIP #2
2. Animals improve the show.
That is putting it mildly. Chagall did the study on Circus Horse. As a decorator, I want to incorporate animals always. It puts the human race in perspective and asks us to celebrate other DNA.

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OPEN YOUR MIND & FREE YOUR WINGS

We are all caged in somehow from Chagall’s circus ring to the plant fighting through the wire in the holiday setting I set out to create. The cage birds, says Maya  Angelou sings.  “Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.”

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3. Believe in the process

That’s huge. That is how is you decorate. Go to Home Depot, get inspired, but design in your cart. Bring it home, take a deep breath of the chill heavy air… That’s it now close your eyes and see you best holiday spirit every. Open your eyes. That is your legacy.

BEFORE & AFTER: YOU’RE PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.

BEFORE & AFTER: YOU’RE PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

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BEFORE
CHINOISERIE CABINET
PERFECT “AS-IS”

BEFORE:

I like the idea that a object and a person can be considered perfect “as-is.” We are talking no change, just look at the piece recognize its value. See a scratch or a paint chip as character not an imperfection. I found this piece at a dealer’s warehouse in Fairfield. Case-goods for the record are not high in commodity. It makes them cheap. Buy Now 🙂  I love the toile-style detail.

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AFTER:
PERFECT “AS-IS”
STYLED AT HOME IN LONNY.COM

 

AFTER:

I didn’t change anything about this piece. Its image, “as-is” was published in November’s Lonny Magazine. I just found its perfect home. Saddled between two windows and holding vintage blooming 70s lamps. Tiger Lily’s is a bloom after all. I will plug now, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.  A rock-solid sketch of a lady, skull and some booze round out the cabintry.  I found the perfect marriage of style with the detail on the cabinets and the toile drapes.

Marriages are love. May we all have that in this lifetime.

Confucius said, “It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” Confucius said that when he was alive somewhere in the period between 551 BC – 479 BC. This before and after is long past that time, but it makes sense in modern day.

Love what is in front of you and appreciate what it gives. It opens life up to a series of before & afters that you can live with.

##ONELOVE

BEFORE & AFTER: BREAK BAD, IF YOU WANT TO

BREAK BAD IF YOU WANT TO.

Break Bad if you want to. In the end, it doesn’t change a single thing. You are still on the path you were put on.  Walter White was going to die any which way you slice it, drug king pin or chemistry teacher. The guy had terminal cancer.  Vince Gilligan describes “Breaking Bad,” like this. It is an American Southeast colloquialism that means raise hell, push the boundaries you feel safe and capable of.  Define it for your self as the difference between night and day.

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LIGHT BREAKING THE TREES

To Break Bad you have to see the light differently from one day to the next. I captured a true moment on my Babcock Trail walk this Saturday.  Walt’s transformation is arguably not for everyone but it is the most extreme of examples that helps us think and relate back to our own lives.

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SELFIE
BABCOCK TRAIL

I shot this selfie. I was glad to take a break from work and the rest of the elements that spin my life and got right smack in front of the light.  Inspiration on the trails was everywhere. There are chemical reactions in nature everywhere, just as many in all probability as reactions in controlled environments.  When the chemistry of this fallen tree limb changed, it opened a path for new organisms to grow.  Walter White says, “Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.”

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IPHONE PIC
ORGANISM UNDER A LENS

BEFORE:

So everything and everyone is changing all the time. That is fact, use that information to your advantage. I used the inspirations from the colors on the tree to create my inspiration for a Renovation. The inspiration is nature, pattern, change and the color green.

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RENO INSPIRATION PAGE

HOUSE HUNTER’S RENO
PROJECT PROPOSAL

AFTER: 
I am excited for the renovation. It will represent everything that http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com has to stand for with some Breaking Bad chemistry. I am going for new and vintage moments, a bit of commercial and natural, and designed to function cabinetry.

IMG_7747It doesn’t hurt to look at your inspiration twice.  I still am breathless when I look at all the color the universe in nature was able to create. Nature is the ultimate creation and as a designer I feel compelled to repeat and celebrate how good it can be. Break Bad if you want to, that’s what I say. Everyday look to do something just a little bit different that is outside your comfort zone. In the end the story is written so you might as well fill in some pages in between. And no half measures folks, make it count. Do it well and do it for yourself. When it ends That’s all you really have.

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And, I was really…I was alive” Walter White

YWCA: EMPOWERING WOMEN: CAREER STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, OUT…

YWCA: EMPOWERING WOMEN: CAREER STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, OUT…

I only wish I remembered the names I was tossing out free-style to Danielle LeBrando of the Greenwich Chapter YWCA. That is an organization if there ever was one that nurtures the community. The YWCA feeds, protects and educates. I support that and the idea to Empower Women came about.  Loosely the concept was born. Career Stories from the Inside, Out…

IMG_3100You see it has always been that way for me, the story from the Inside, Out. Readers know this, I share. I share for free with the object of a financial deliverable. This is after-all part of the overall marketing plan and promotion for Tiger Lily’s. I am building a brand so I have to be out there. That’s also where the conversation about promotion at the YWCA started. I shared this instagram. More on that…

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WAG MAG
HUGE SUPPORTER

But first, I have to thank WAG MAGAZINE for again recognizing me! Here’s how to promote, believe in the process and share the experience. The market relates to real people. That’s why I blog and share the experience. To have the YWCA recognize and celebrate me was a humbling experience. I am being celebrated for being the Carrie Bradshaw of Interior Design.

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CARRIE BRADSHAW: INTERIOR DESIGN
CAREER STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, OUT

Fast forward to the moment I showed the audience my morning instagram. Here’s what I wrote: “You’ve got to give them a #show #vintage #christianlacroix #dresslikeyoumeanit #ywca # womenempowermentlecture #inspire #instaday #instamood @tigerlilysgreenwich @lebays.”  Laura as you may recall worked for us. She is on her own wonderful journey now, but forever a part of the growth. A shout-out to her!

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SAY IT LOUD
YWCA

Ha! That’s for my boyfriend. He always text responds that. Ha. Here’s what I wrote:

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WOMEN IN POWER
MY NOTES ON THAT

I also mention off the cuff to other strong beliefs:

1. To be successful you need to be the model of your own life.

2. To be successful, you need to balance where you think.

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DAY DREAM BELIEVER
NOT A HOME COMING QUEEN 🙂

Thanks, Sabrina Pray for always supporting me. I also asked my wonderfully talented friends Deb Ponzek of Aux Delices and Sonia Torres of Crave

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SABRINA PRAY
COMMUNITY LEADER

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DEBRA PONZEK
AUX DELICES

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SONIA TORRES
CRAVE

I want to thank everyone for listening. I hope I am making a difference. I have to say this because you know I always have a quote hiding behind every corner.  “An affectionate disposition not only makes the mind more peaceful and calm, but it affects our body in a positive way. On the other hand, hatred, jealousy and fear upset our peace of mind, makes us agitated. Our body needs peace of mind and is not suited to agitation. Appreciation for peach of mind is in our blood.” The Dalai Lama


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#ONE LOVE

SAMANTHA KNAPP: THE HOMEMAKER: HOUSE HUNTER RENO

“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
― C.S. Lewis

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Let me reintroduce myself, Samantha Knapp: The Homemaker. I like the title, it means all that and a bag of chips.  !I met my house hunters reno family today. They are young. They are in love. Frankly what more is there to say. This is their first house together. This is the home where they will welcome home their first kid. That is what I love about homes. They build history and have history. The world circles, it all goes around and around. The reno is a new take on an old space.

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I can’t share the details. In television they call that cheating. All I have is the picture of me. I decided to rock out my outfit. It is a celebration afterall of home and family. A mix of Rebecca Taylor & Tory Burch.

 

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MY OBSERVATION: NEW YORK OBSERVER

MY OBSERVATION: NEW YORK OBSERVER

Here’s what I know about the New York Observer, “chronicling the latest developments in finance, media, real estate, politics, society, tech and culture with an insider’s perspective, a keen sense of curiosity and a sharp wit. Aimed at a sophisticated readership of influential young urban professionals, it illuminates the characters behind the scenes of the nation’s economic and cultural industries, offering a real-time narrative of power, ambition and creativity.”

Here’s what they know about me:

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Samantha Knapp
EXPERT QUOTE

I was quoted September 30th, thank you 🙂 “What sets a square room apart from a box with four walls,” says Samantha Knapp. “it the details, be it molding, chair rails or beadboard. The outcome is a softer and warmer personalized space.

I said this to the author, Rebecca Morse, who’s assigment it was to capture the value pre-war architectural detail has in New York apartment buildings.  We connected through Wellbuilt’s Mitch Kidd (www.wellbuiltco.com). The molding in the hallway a Wellbuilt add-on paired with  traditional styled David Hicks runner, I selected make this space.

I also like the projector, the reference to time and space. Old tradition stops at a point and New tradition takes place. It is how history repeats itself.  In the words of Ken Kesey; “It’s time to move on to the next step in the psychedelic revolution. We’ve reached a certain point, but we’re not moving any more.”

Good design affords me that opportunity. It can be said as much about a old piece of furniture becoming new, then it can about love.  It thrills me everyday that http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com stands for that.

Thank you New York Observer for recognizing my expertise. Thank you New York Obsever that you recognizing me as a loyal, preservationist. Everything about http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, is about protecting and cherishing what we’ve got.

I pass on this lesson that hasn’t been published by me yet, Work with you have in life and go forward. That is the best you do.

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