Always bring flowers!

Happy Valentine's Day!

This post is dedicated to all the wonderful women I've come to know. But mostly to those of you who are freezing & absolutely finished with this cold stuff!

For you, flowers & a far reaching hug.

Peony Class Little Flower School

If you received flowers for Valentine's Day from an admirer ~ Congratulations!

If not, send him this link from Gardenista to hang on to forever!

Joel Stein's Tips for Buying Valentine Flowers

Joel Stein's Tips for Buying Valentine's Flowers via Gardenista

If you bought beautiful flowers for yourself ~ which I have been known to do ~ I am so proud of you!

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If you received fresh-cut flowers from your best friend's garden, this post is not for you!

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Sorry. It's 15 outside with a wind chill of -3!

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Trying to stay positive ~

I have to say though that my favorite flowers are cut fresh from the garden.

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If you bring me flowers from your garden, I will know the love and dedication that went into growing them with your heart & hands.

That makes them even prettier!

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Please note that you don't have to bring flowers. You could simply bring a little bit of green.

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Social etiquette reminds us that arriving with flowers for a host or hostess is not a good choice. They'll have to excuse themselves from guests to find a vase, cut the stems & get them in water. I agree in most situations ~ however, if you're planning on coming to my house ~ you can always bring flowers! I have plenty of vases & water & I'll cut the stems the next day.

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To my freezing friends I say ~ hang in there.

To my warm friends too ~

I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXO

These are for you!

photo Amy Merrick

Returning to A Place Called Home




Patricia van Essche and her delightful illustrations are always a breath of fresh air here at The Lisa Porter Collection. You can imagine how thrilled I was this evening to find that she is the Chic Illustrator of the Week in the digital publication of
Town & Country magazine! 
Congratulations Patricia ~ XO 

Home illustration by pve design.



"They always ask,
'Hey mom, do you like doing that? How much are you getting paid for that'!"

Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin
Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin

"I hope I give them a good lesson for the future when I tell them often:
learn to love what you do and it will love you back!" pve

These wonderful words of wisdom are from the lovely & talented wife, mother & artist Patricia van Essche, seen here with her three children who ask really great questions!

Patricia van Essche and her children

Patricia's incredible art has me thinking about how each one of us has in a corner of our memory, a place that we once called home. 

Home illustration by pve design.


These homes are the safety deposit boxes of our memories.  Loving marriages, great parties, happy childhoods and long held family traditions.
 
Home illustration by pve design.

Some families live in a home for a little while and some families live in a home forever!  Either way, feelings of security and emotional comfort grow naturally from the sights, sounds & scents of the familiar.

Home illustration by pve design. 
With each home that my husband and I have lived in, I have certain distinct memories.  I can close my eyes and visualize bringing home our newborn babies, the smell of rising bread, the feel of beach sand on the kitchen floor, the sound of my daughters voice as she comes through the door, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn by my son.

Home illustration by pve design.

Our move from California to Kentucky was a biggie!  In the last ten years, so much good life has been lived here. I'll always hang on to memories of planting my first garden & the day a brand new puppy named Gracie arrived.

"Home is where the heart is and when a commission comes to me, all I can imagine are the many hearts who have entered this home. A home is where the heart is even after one moves on." pve

Home illustration by pve design.

So very true!  Everyone leaves home and everyone finds a place to call home.  Turns out that the end is many times the beginning!
I loved reading Patricia's interview when she sat down with another one of my favorite artist, Anne Harwell at Annechovie.  Found out that Patricia is a Kentucky-bred, born & raised right here in the Bluegrass!

Illustration by pve design

Thank you so much Patricia for allowing me the privilege of sharing your incredible artistry & your words of wisdom here at The Lisa Porter Collection. 


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Arizona Citrus

And as we slowly ease into the new year I find myself dreaming of warm temps, sunshine and citrus. All this because we just returned from a Christmas holiday with family ~ way out west in the Arizona desert.

Photo | Lisa Porter

On this trip I started a new morning routine.

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Picking fruit.

Just steps off the patio of the ranch house where we stayed!

Photo | Lisa Porter

 In Arizona's warmer regions, citrus trees are a yard or garden staple. In the Bluegrass of Kentucky they are not. Among the most gorgeous desert botanical landscape were grapefruit, orange and lemon trees. Lot's of them!

Photo | Lisa Porter

The heady fragrance of citrus brings back childhood memories of running through orchards in Arcadia ~ zigzagging past white washed tree trunks ~ while playing outside with friends.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Fresh picked grapefruit adds the perfect shade of pink to the back patio.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Photo | Lisa Porter

Oranges, grapefruit & lemons oh my!

Photo | Lisa Porter

The fruit was not enough. I snipped the branches of waxy green leaves too. They were a welcome addition to the Equipal table on the sun porch!

Photo | Lisa Porter

On the last day I rested ~ at the Spa at Camelback Inn ~ overlooking Camelback mountain.

Relaxing at the Spa at Camelback Inn overlooking Camelback Mountain Photo | Lisa Porter

I dreamt of all those orchards that used to fill up the valley of the sun & the last few hand picked grapefruit I unfortunately had to leave behind.

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Speaking of ~

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Whether you're in Arizona, Kentucky, or wherever, this Broiled Grapefruit Recipe by Jessica Helgeson over at SEE SALT will put you in a very happy place! Ruby red grapefruit crusted with caramelized brown sugar and drizzled Grand Marnier liqueur.

What a wonderful way to chase the chill away ~

Happy New Year!

When Friends Drop In

December ~ A time when we do our best around here to slow things down a bit all in the honor of friends, family and traditions. Over the years we’ve come to know what we like best. What brings back the fond memories, what makes us the most comfortable, and what makes us the most grateful.
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

December is also a time to celebrate & shine. This year the Thoroughbred Club of America here in Lexington was ready to bring a fresh look to their treetops, tabletops, and time honored traditions. I am honored that they asked me to bring that fresh look to their beautiful club for Christmas.
It was an absolute pleasure!

 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

With my photographs & the sentimental prose of Edgar Albert Guest ~ I'm happy to share the results with you!  
 
"When Friends Drop In" 

 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

It may be I'm old-fashioned, but the times I like the best
Are not the splendid parties with the women gaily dressed,
And the music tuned for dancing and the laughter of the throng,
With a paid comedian's antics or a hired musician's song,
But the quiet times of friendship, with the chuckles and the grin,
And the circle at the fireside when a few good friends drop in.

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Though I sometimes like an opera, there's no music quite so sweet
As the singing of the neighbors that you're always glad to meet;
Oh, I know when they come calling that the fun will soon begin,
And I'm happiest those evenings when a few good friends drop in.

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection
 
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection  
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection
 
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

There's no pomp of preparation, there's no style or shame or fuss;
We are glad to welcome callers who are glad to be with us,
And we sit around and visit or we start a merry game,
And we show them by our manner that we're mighty pleased they came,
For there's something real about it, and the yarns we love to spin,
And the time flies, Oh, so swiftly when a few good friends drop in.

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection
 
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Let me live my life among them, cheerful, kindly folks and true,
And I'll ask no greater glory till my time of life is through;
Let me share the love and favor of the few who know me best,
And I'll spend my time contented till my sun sinks in the west;
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection


Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection
 
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

I will take what fortune sends me and the little I may win,
And be happy on those evenings when a few good friends drop in.
 
Edgar Albert Guest
 
Thoroughbred Club of America | Photo The Lisa Porter Collection

Many thanks to everyone at the Thoroughbred Club ~ I wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a joyous new year!
 
 

  Merry Christmas & thanks as well to
Joseph & Shannon Hillenmeyer for the fireside chats in the pouring rain, beautiful Christmas trees & heavenly greens!

Click to visit Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop Lexington, Kentucky
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A very special thank you to my assistant Taylor for making the hustle & bustle so much fun! 
 
Photo | Lisa Porter

 
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