Ok, so I am a bit of a Diet Coke kind of guy. Not always, but certainly with Chinese food from Mama Ji’s. LOVE IT! Though ever since I rediscovered San Pellegrino Italian soda products, namely Limonata, I have ditched what I know is a terribly bad liquid for the body and am comfortably enjoying these effervescent lovelies.
I was strolling through Costco, dodging busy little bees who are as good with a cart as they are with a car, and there they were, a 24 case of Limonata and Aranciata sodas. They are delicious, great with roasted chicken, salads, or solo after a rough go with the clay soil in the garden, preparing beds for tons of forthcoming daffodil and tulip bulbs. YES!!!
When I went to the flower mart, I noticed these delightful but slightly garish Anthuriums. They reminded me of the taste of Limonata so for kicks I decided to go with it. I took a single Anthurium and walked around the flower mart, looking for perfect companions for my weekly installation at the Ritz-Carlton. After some time scanning the many offerings about the market, suddenly, at Vicky’s – my favorite forager/cartographer/philosopher/curmudgeon I spotted the most beautiful Pittosporum berries. Because Anthuriums are large and imposing, I knew the companions had to be respectful and I did not want many. Perhaps one more elements and so I went strolling to Torchio Growers. And there they were, some beautiful high petal count Ecuadorian roses. The match was perfect.
So I filled my cozy cart with these carbonated blooms and headed to the Ritz.
I have worked lately to really listen to any and all inspirations that may come into my head. There is something wildly satisfying in design, and I think in life too, of taking the road less, if never travelled. Trusting oneself is a remarkable thing and not always easy to do. Visions that pop into one’s head can seem bigger than one’s capabilities. I say bull*$%&.
Get inspired this Autumn, find a color or a plant or a flower that you like and chase some companions for your Thanksgiving table!!! Have fun.