Thursday, November 11, 2010

“A Passion for Interiors”

I’ve got a passion for interior design books and I’ve certainly been no stranger to those authored by Carolyne Roehm.  I have to agree with a quote from Roehm’s website, “Oprah Winfrey admits, ‘Whenever I’m having a stressful day, I just want to open up Carolyne Roehm’s books, look at beautiful things, and dream.’”  It’s absolutely true!  She has such a way with layering.  Nothing seems overdone, and yet, there is nothing done in a minimal fashion, either.

I’m so happy we’re coming up on the holiday season, as a few heavy hints might lead toward receiving this delicious, new publication! . . .

PFI-Top-ImageThe cover evokes a sense of desire for luscious design.

I’m sure it ripe with ideas for entertaining!  (Courtesy of Carolyne Roehme Style)

Not only does she share table-setting inspirations, she pops in a divine recipe, in her web edition: 

Presenting Pecans

These are the easiest pecan treats to make, the perfect mix of sweet and salt. I recommend using kosher salt or Portuguese sea salt to give the pecans a little extra zing. We shopped at BJ’s; any good box or bulk food store would be a great source for pecans this time of year.

Recipe for Mittie Ann’s Sugared Pecans
1 pound pecan halves
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Beat egg white with water until fluffy.
  2. Fold pecans into egg whites until well coated.
  3. Mix cinnamon, sugar and salt. Fold coated pecans into sugar mix. Bake on a cookie sheet for 1 hour. Serve warm.

Presenting Pecans

Can you imagine the aroma, wafting through the kitchen, while these are in the oven?

Carolyne Roehm

Ms Roehm has archived a lovely list of tips for making guest feel welcome.  ‘Tis the season for sharing, which also includes our home and a comfy place to rest! 



One of my favorite things to do, on a winter’s evening, is to plump up some pillows and curl up in bed with a good book.  That season won’t be too far away.  I think this book will definitely end up in my reading stack!

What’s your interior passion?  Please do share!

All my best! ~ Wanda

PS - Contest Alert!  I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of Vicente Wolf’s “Lifting the Curtain On Design”!  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on any two of my posts, beginning with the 2010 High Point Furniture Finds – Post 1, and by November 30, 2010.


I’ll announce the winner the first week of December 2010.  I hope you’ll enjoy a festive month!


swaygrl said...

I always enjoy your posts! This one my favorite thing mentioned is the presenting pecans! OHHHH sounds so delicious! I think I will have to try the recipe! thanks

Anne Lubner Designs said...

I have to agree with Olivia, the recipe for the sugared pecans sounds like a lovely small gift! And Carolyn Roehm's book sounds like it'd be a lovely gift! Thanks for sharing, Wanda.

Creategirl said...

I love all things Carolyn and can't wait to get my hands on this book. I agree fluffing pillows and sinking in with a book is just pure bliss. I also love how that tray is styled, just perfect.

Neenna said...

Oh no, one more book I MUST have. And, these pecans...oh my, so mouthwatering. Thanks for sharing, Wanda.

eddieross said...

Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! Definitely putting the pecans on the Thanksgiving list!!


Wanda S. Horton - Interior Designer said...

Thank you, everyone! I'm happy to see the pecans are a hit. Isn't Carolyne's work beautiful? Leslie Carothers shared she had to go out and buy this book, after seeing this post! That's why I love the winter months. Time to curl up with a good book and nest, while the yard hibernates! Hugs to all! ~ Wanda