05 February 2015

You've Been Asking! {Autumn 2015 Chic Provence Design Tour}


Dear friends, if you missed registration for our spring Chic Provence Design Tour 2015, you won't have to wait another year. Decide now to come with me on our first Autumn 2015 Chic Provence Design Tour,  October 3-10, 2015! We are busy putting together a new itinerary for this Autumn 2015 Chic Provence Design Tour!

We are excited to bring you to Provence in the fall... after summer's heat cools a bit, the days are still warm and sunny, and the harvest is in full swing...we'll tour vineyards, taste lots of wonderful local wines, cheeses, and produce, go on an electric bicycle tour through the gorgeous autumnal countryside (stopping for shopping and picnicking of course!) and visit old Roman villages.

As our guests on the Chic Provence Design Tour you will stay in our luxurious huge villa, with eight gorgeous bedrooms, each with ensuite bath. We'll dine every evening in a different part of the villa, served by our amazing chef, Jon, who will prepare culinary wonders for us paired with local wines (Coˆtes de Provence, Bouche du Rhone, Chateauneuf du Pape, Bandol, Cassis), all organic, of course! You are always welcome to help Jon prepare our evening meals, and you will definitely learn a lot about the Provençal wines, cheeses, sausages, and produce. 













During the days we'll explore the antiques, Provençal and farmers' markets to our hearts' delight, and take in the historical and significant history of the area, inhabited long ago by the Romans and before that the early Ligurians. On the Chic Provence Design Tour, you'll be in the company of an expert  interior designer to help you navigate your purchases and ship them home, and an experienced digital photographer as your photography coach, both of whom lived in Provence for a year and now live in California. 







We'll see Provencal architecture and home design, gardens, Roman ruins and experience local culture from an insider's point of view. We'll shop fabrics, silver, art, furniture, rugs, vintage linens, wonderful clothing and antiques of every kind in this chic part of Provence with all it has to offer. You'll learn about the colors and very fabrics of Provence and the reasons behind its rustic chic appeal. 









As a guest of the Chic Provence Design Tour, you are picked up at the Avignon TGV station and from that moment onwards, everything is taken care of. We take you everywhere, your breakfasts and dinners are at our sumptuous villa, your every need and wish fulfilled immediately by our staff. Read our brochure to see what other happy guests on the Chic Provence Design Tour have had to say!

And to make things even better, we are able to offer a nice 10% off already lower price if you sign up and pay in full by March 15, 2015 to take full advantage of the strong exchange rate with the euro right now. We anticipate great savings this year, so plan now to join us in the fall!










See YOU in Provence in the Fall! There will be no better time to
see this gorgeous part of the world, no better companions!
Get your friends together and have an unforgettable getaway in 
Provence with like-minded souls! We can even arrange
massage, yoga and spa treatments if you like!



to see what happy guests have to say about 
our Chic Provence Design Tour! 


email me for more information and registration
If you register and pay in full by March 20, 2015,
you will receive a full 10% off the published rate!
Don't delay!





31 December 2014

Many Good Things in 2015!


To all my wonderful readers the world over: 
may many good things come your way 
in 2015! And may our weary world find PEACE!





with much love from Kit





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Resolve now to join me in Provence this beautiful new year!



the perfect gift for yourself
or someone you love!!

my Chic Provence Design Tour
in unequalled luxury, cuisine

and incredible shopping...all
with a seasoned interior designer (moi)
and other like-minded souls!!


Download brochure here





that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting you
in Provence in 
spring 2015!




         










21 December 2014

The Shortest Day Walk...


Hello my sweets...I now know unequivocally that one cannot come down with 

The. Worst. Cold. Ever. 

and expect to also blog. That is why you haven't heard from me in for like ever. Well today..the shortest day of the year.. I finally busted out of the house and went for my first walk around the neighborhood in a long, long time. 

I hope this finds you all going with the holidays in the way that makes you happiest. I hope it finds you calm (hah!) and happy, eating and drinking good things, laughing with family and friends, and most of all feeling healthy! I have a lot of catching up to do!!


look at that sky, does it not look like winter itself is descending?

but the neighbor's orange trees loves it!

the majestic palm stands sentinel by the park..

and this tree dazzles with brilliant color...

the moss under the magnolia tree looks like Christmas velvet...

and the ginkgo leaves look like snow... sort of :)

Nicky in his cape and I "nick" a lemon from a generous neighbor...

while further along another neighbor offers ripe persimmons...

...three of which made it to my fruit bowl... to be dealt with later when I google persimmon recipes!

and our angel welcomes us home from my first walk outside, I feel like I might rejoin the living any day now!!



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the perfect Christmas gift for yourself
or someone you love!!

my Chic Provence Design Tour
in unequalled luxury, cuisine

and incredible shopping...all
with a seasoned interior designer (moi)
and other like-minded souls!!


Download brochure here





that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting you
in Provence in 
spring 2015!




         








25 November 2014

Grey Whale Pear Pie

Many thanks to the kind pastry chef at the long-ago closed Gray Whale Inn (now the site of the trendy and chic Saltwater Oyster Depot, check that place out!) in Inverness, California on Tomales Bay for her recipe for this wonderful pear pie. As you can see, it's the original recipe, and it's still as amazing today as it was when my Mom wheedled the recipe out of her in the late 80's!

In time for your Thanksgiving baking, here is the foolproof recipe for all you pear-lovers out there!


sorry it's such an "experienced" recipe! I love it like this,
it reminds me of my Mom every time I look at it

simple...piecrust is in the pan and ready, bosc pairs are
nicely slices

now pear slices artfully arranged....

mixing the custard....

pouring custard over pears....

pop in the oven...


VOILA! tres delicious Pear Custard Pie

the view of Tomales Bay near the Grey Whale....so beautiful!


the red dot is where the Grey Whale used
to be...at the bottom of Tomales Bay
...and where the Saltwater is now...




P.S. if you have trouble reading the handwriting let me know! I'll gladly type it up!

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another not-to-be-missed event,
my Chic Provence Design Tour
in unequalled luxury, cuisine

and incredible shopping...all
with a seasoned interior designer (moi)
and other like-minded souls!!


Download brochure here





that's me, happily contemplating 
meeting you
in Provence in 
spring 2015!




         








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