March 21, 2016

It’s official…it’s Spring! While the threat of a Nor’easter is still possible and a chill remains in the air there is no looking back. It’s time to grab hold of some Spring and not let go until June. I’m not sure where I’m going to start but I’ve squirreled away some inspiration to help get me started . How ’bout you?






Top to bottom:

A fresh bottle of Simple Green and stack of clean cloths…on your mark, get set…clean.

A handful of parrot tulips will not only freshen things up, they might trigger reading The Tulip by Anna Pavord.

Now is the perfect time to add a new tool to your gardening arsenal. Maybe this hand rake to get into those tight spots.

Asparagus…grilled as a side or maybe in a risotto.

Simple bowls of forced rye grass and undyed eggs…the simplequietmodern way to decorate for this weekends Easter brunch.


photos: gp




Almost Out of the Woods

March 14, 2016

The cure for cabin fever could be a 70 degree day and an afternoon out-of-doors or this…the Cabin Fever Brownie from Detroit’s Avalon Bakery. A thick rich brownie under a thicker slab of marshmallow generously crusted with a “crackle” of “all the snack foods you crave”. Oh, yes they did.