Thursday, November 26, 2009

Carolyn Westbrook: Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving Day! This is one of my favorite holidays because it makes us really look and see how richly we are blessed. Gathering with family and friends is what it is all about and to be thankful for all of the blessings that we have.

For us, it means getting together and cooking up some delicious Southern food. We will have family, and with my little Victoria around, all of her friends that have no family to go to, who will now become part of our family for the holiday.
To me, that is the real blessing. The house is full, as I write with wonderful smells wafting up the stairs. It really is the things that money cannot buy that makes for the spirit of the holiday season. It will not be long until we all sit down and feast on turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, layered salad, mac n cheese, fresh cranberry relish, and all of the yummy desserts. I love this cranberry relish. I will leave a recipe in case anyone wants to make is delicious.

I would like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season. Hopefully, we will all be reminded to slow down long enough to enjoy the real riches in life...our family, our home and our friends that fill it. Love to all and bon appetite!

Cranberry Relish:

Put this in the food processor:
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 small orange peeled and sliced (slice all of the white part off of the orange)
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Chop and serve

Refrigerate and it is better the longer it sits.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Carolyn Westbrook: Thank You

Dear Decorating Friends,

Thanks for all of your support and well wishes about the new book. I have been so enthralled with trying to put together the most fabulous French inspired that one has ever seen that I have forgotten to write. What a great assignment! I love anything French, so loving it. From the crusty French shell art boxes to the crystal chandeliers, hoping that everyone out there will gain inspiration from the new release. My goal is to make it very diverse. That way we will have a little something for everyone. This is going to keep me busy for a while and I am frazzled as I write this on decorating overload, but what better place to be.
I have met a new friend and inspiration along my travels, that I am sure most of you have already heard of...Charyl Coleman. She has been in many magazines, but most memorable for me was the Victoria issue where she did the decor for the revamp of the Havana in San Antonio. When she said that, the memories of that issue came flooding back, not to mention Joe and I went there for our anniversary several years response was, "You had me at Havana." Charyl does incredible work and just love her ease of style.

Love meeting a fellow sister that loves great design as much as I.

I have to run now and looks like an entire week of 24/7 decorating. Hope everyone is well and let me hear from you! Love reading your comments, it keeps me going!

XOXO Carolyn

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Carolyn Westbrook: Big Annoucement

Dear Friends,

This is to all who have been asking for some time now, when is the next book coming out. I am very, very excited to announce that I have an answer for that question. That's right friends, the ink is barely dry on the contract, the new book contract that is. I am fortunate enough to be working with Cico/Ryland, Peters & Small on the next book entitled, Carolyn Westbrook: The French Inspired Home, due to release Sept. 2010. We will be doing various signings and hope that all of you will get a copy. I cannot wait to sign a copy for each and every one of you and know that I will work very hard to make sure it is a book that you will cherish as much as the first. Love to all of you and thanks so much for your support. I love hearing from you, so keep those comments coming.
XOXO Carolyn