Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Call to action dahhlinga... VOTE for Chocolat by Adam Turoni

Photo by Lily Lewin

Hello dahhlings, my dear friend and ahhmazing talented Chocolatier: Adam Turoni (or Adan as I call him!) of Chocolat by Adam Turoni has been nominated to Martha Stewart's annual "American Made" Contest.

Savannah Bee Honey filled chocolate bar - Photo by Lily Lewin

Raspberry Chambord Truffle - Photo by Lily Lewin

Roasted Fig & Cognac Truffle - Photo by Lily Lewin

The American Made Awards are an audience choice awards that spotlights the maker, supports local business and celebrates the handmade.  As you can imagine there are many categories that are being considered.  Thanks to the support of his fans and customers, Chocolat by Adam Turoni is currently 26th out of 317 nominees in the food category.  Quite nyce no?  But as you and I know, not everyone is a winner (contrary to what is taught to today's generations where everyone gets a trophy and no one looses) and only the top 6 make it to the next round.  So daily voting is crucial.

They are gracious enough to allow one to have (6) votes per day.  To vote simply go to this link:  http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/81663
once there, click on "sign in", enter your email address, create a password and voila! your votes are now counting! Voting ends on September 22, 2013.

Blood Orange Truffle topped with candied orange peel square - Photo by Lily Lewin

Savannah Bee wild flower honey comb filled chocolate bar - Photo by Lily Lewin

Silver bullet - Photo by Lily Lewin
His creations are renown in the Garden.  He is the ONLY artisan chocolatier we have and his brand is a whimsical mix of Alice in Wonderland meets Marie Antoinette, simply gorgeous!  
He has built a national following through his apperance on Paual Deen's cooking show, a 6 page spread in last years "Savannah's Chefs Table" cooking book, as well being featured in Southern Living Magazine, Atlanta Journal Constitution and many other publications.
If you can't stop by his chocolate atelier in person, you can of course order online through his etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChocolatbyAdamTuroni
Don't say I never gave you anything!


Until soonest...
HRH
The Duchess of State

Friday, August 23, 2013

Charleston Island Living...

Photography by Lily Lewin

Dahhlings, I have missed you! It has been a very busy summer for me and I trust for you also.
Recently completed a decorating project for one of my favorite decorating clients: La Marquesa!  I decorated her house in the Garden and it was only with great pleasure that I accepted her request to decorate her petit Island home in the genteel city of Charleston in South Carolina.

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

The garden as well as other cities close to the ocean, have in the recent years been plagued by the decorating disease of the "Coastal" theme... you know ropes, sea shells, drift wood, did I mention sea shells?
Well not for me dahhling! The house might be on an Island, quite literally, but there was no "coastal" cheap tricks here... I wanted to create a serene and comfortable space that would reflect the people who live in the space, taking into consideration the location of the house but not allowing it to rule.

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

and so with this in mind, I decided on a color scheme of navy, gray and natural finishes with a nod to the chic & glamour of the summer houses of Palm Beach of another era.   My favorite space?  The dining room!

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lilly Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Every Island home needs outdoor entertaining spaces and this house was no exception, obvio, no typical beach house outdoor furniture would do for this house... here is a dash of a summer in New Port.

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin
of course what is an island home without a sanctuary of a bedroom no?

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin

Photography by Lily Lewin


So there you have it dahhling, now you see why I have been away from you for so long...but do not fret, I have lot's to tell you about this summer and please, if you are decorating your home for the summer this year, avoid the cliches of ropes, drift wood and god save us, sea shells!

Until soonest.
HRH
The Duchess of State
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