The Feathered Nest

Soft things, homey things, happy things

Season 1: Episode 1 – Weekend Trip

Synopsis: We meet the Stone family. Father Alex is a pediatrician; his wife, Donna, is a stay-at-home mom; Mary is the teenage daughter; and Jeff is the tween-age son. In this episode the children complain to Donna about how little time they have with their father; his job keeps him very busy. We see Alex […]

The Wisdom of Donna Reed

Since moving to San Francisco I have found myself with an unusual amount of free time. I found a part time job, but the demands are so much less than my usual schedule of teaching full time. The first few weeks I was able to stay busy by unpacking and organizing but now that is […]

Settling In

The San Francisco apartment is starting to take shape. This is by far the smallest place we’ve lived in so finding a home for everything has been a challenge. The space itself is lovely. It has lots of light and some great old features. San Francisco architecture is so charming. I have been spending a […]

Home is where the blondies are baked.

We are moving. We love our home, but the hubby has an exciting new career opportunity so we are relocating to San Francisco. I’ve been busy boxing up all our belongings and planning our new space. I’ve been trying not to feel heartbroken about leaving our beloved tower. I try hard not to get too […]

If you can’t afford a beach house…

…you can at least have the fun of decorating one. This sweltering Northeast heatwave has fueled fantasies of a little place on the shore where I can spend the days cooled by ocean breezes and brisk sea water.  I dream of this place. Being a design junky, I mostly fantasize about how I’d furnish it […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

My wonderful parents are off cruising to Alaska. I am both jealous and happy for them. Before they left they had my birthday present delivered a bit early. Uncharacteristically, I had asked for a kitchen gadget, a basic Cuisinart ice cream maker. We received a similar maker for our wedding nearly twelve years ago, but that […]

Happy National Donut Day

Today is National Donut Day. Officially, it is a day to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War II. In practice it’s about donuts.  That means to me that this holiday, like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, seems to be a bit of a “duh” holiday. A day designed […]

I Can Get Satisfaction

Yesterday I had a craving for chocolate cake. This happens from time to time. I have an idea of what chocolate cake should be. It should be wonderfully moist but still cakey, not a pudding. It should be incredibly rich but not cloyingly sweet. It should stand tall and proud. A proper cake should have […]

Dirty Little Secrets

Every family has a secret or two that they keep to themselves. A little something that is too horrific to share with the outside world. Better, they think, to sweep it under the carpet or bury it in the back of the closet. However, with the exception of bath mats, we have no carpets. We […]

A Revolution I Can Get Behind

After work today I watched the preview of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on Hulu. While I question the ability of reality TV to spur any sort of real change, I cannot help but cheer his cause. I see what our schoolchildren eat and it isn’t pretty. A tour of a school cafeteria during lunch period […]