Saturday, January 1, 2011

Greetings! Click to read more about me.

This photo of my twin brother David and me was taken by my mom, circa 1968 (when we were about 7). How could I not be inspired to be a gardener and artist while waltzing though a purple haze of delphiniums at such a young and impressionable age? And look at those funky eyeglasses I was wearing... aren't those back in style?

Visual inspiration is everywhere! On this blog I will share my everyday inspirations—photos, films, books, art etc. that influence my bella vita—paintings, and my culinary and garden creations.

Things I love,
in no particular order: sauntering in my garden with my husband Dan; my cashmere bathrobe; Julia Child; vintage films; not-so-vintage champagne; heaps of garden books; gorgeous gardens; Renaissance art, architecture, and history; Bach's Sonata No. 3 for cello; thick stationery; Harper's Index; Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire; Old Holland oil paints; fireflies; Cheez-itz; Jane Austen; French tulips (white); linen napkins (white); crisp cotton shirts (white, of course!); Mozart's Mass in c minor; my homemade chocolate truffles; Dooney & Bourke handbags; the scent of RL Polo Black on my husband; Pepperidge Farm Goldfish; Cary Grant; Katharine Hepburn; Bette Davis (Y'arnt); my Hermés scarfs (don't ask, don't tell); kale (seriously); Borghese skin care products; John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany; anything my mom cooks; my Santa Maria Novella perfume (bought in Florence!); colorful food; a colorful life, lapsang souchong tea; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince; monograms; Gérard Mulot pâtisserie, Paris; creative people; summer nights at Tanglewood; The Bach Cello Suites; Jeremy Irons' voice; Agatha Christie's Poirot; Lilly Pulitzer; the Turner Classic Movies channel; rainy days; The Tao of Mr. Rogers; Crane's Beach; being in a foreign country; being home; the song 'You Only Get What You Give' by the New Radicals; Alice in Wonderland; The Wind in the Willows; picnics; James Taylor; iced tea with lemon (preferably Meyer lemon); Spring peepers, Summer crickets, Autumn geese, and Winter silence; the wit of Oscar Wilde; shoes (ahem); anything PBS Masterpiece; 
particular scents—such as oil paints, lemons, balsam pine pillows, fresh lavender, bread dough rising, fresh vanilla pods, garlic cooking in olive oil, freshly grated nutmeg and peat burning in Ireland. I could keep going you know...

Things I don't love: plastic forks!

So what else makes Diane, Diane? Read the blog and find out.


  1. Love your blog Diane!! You are so talented!! How was Paris? Hope all is well. Jean Guyer

  2. Fabulous! Let’s meet up soon for drinks by the sea.


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