“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” —William Morris     Fairies are the original eco-warriors. Living in nature, with a great respect and delicacy when it comes to treading on the...
Yarrow Simple Syrup: Small handful fresh yarrow 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Directions: Bring the water to a boil and pour over the yarrow leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes, then strain, reserving the infused water. Add the water to a small...
Since my entire home reads like an ode to a trader on the silk route, creating a decadent cozy corner felt a bit redundant. I also know that people with families squeezed into small spaces might not be able...
Photograph by STEVE PARKE A beautiful room is like a long, luscious drink of whatever restores you. Your home should both delight your body and spark your imagination—it brings you pleasure in the moment, plus inspiration that reaches beyond the...

The Illuminati Ball

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Photography by MARK SHELBY PERRY Imagine if you will: You arrive from New York City, blindfolded, at a country manse on a wooded lake somewhere in upstate New York. Your hostess is artist Cynthia von Buhler, as well known for...
According to archaeologists, some of the very first cakes ever made were simple concoctions of soft goat cheese, honey, and sometimes a little bit of grain. These cheesecake tarts are my homage to those ancient cakes. The flaky pastry...
MINI GLUTEN-FREE FOCACCIA WITH HERBS, GRAPES, OLIVES, AND PINE NUTS While the ancient Romans certainly weren’t baking with xanthan gum and gluten-free flours, they sure did love their flatbreads, often studded with fresh herbs and fruits or vegetables. These...
Today you most often hear decadent as a mouthwatering adjective for a rich dessert or perhaps a holiday feast. It conjures up lavish, indulgent foods—often expensive, extravagant, or prolific. Picture an ancient Roman feast hall, filled with purple-clad generals...

At Home: A Decadent Decor

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When I think about decadence and decor, an image springs to mind of the Chelsea Hotel in its heyday. I remember the red velvet chairs, dark wood, crystal and glass chandeliers, huge abstract paintings on the walls, staircases that...
RECIPE AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE PROHOM OLSON (A.K.A. GATHER VICTORIA)   What could be more decadent than a lofty spire of cream puffs magically held together with caramelized sugar and studded with rose fondant, white chocolate truffles, marzipan stars, and gleaming...