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The Paris House, April Newsletter, Happy Springtime

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April 2009

The Paris House Designs
16 West Springtown Rd,
Long Valley, NJ 07853
908 876-9816

The Paris House April 2009 Newsletter - Happy Springtime

Spring is in the air at The Paris House and we are busier than ever getting our new online lifestyle magazine updated with great ideas for you and your entire family. We will treat our website just like a monthly magazine with new additions each month plus keeping everything archived to make it easy for our readers to locate a recipe, craft or anything in past issues they may be interested in.

Easter is only a couple weeks away. I just love this time of year. Many of our spring bulbs (3,500 plus!) are pushing up through the earth. The buds are on the trees, the air smells fresh and filled with the promise of new things to come!! Check out some of our Easter pictures for great table setting ideas. We usually look to the style of a Parisian candy shop combined with a local farm to inspire our Easter table and decorations.
I'm preparing a huge brunch this year. Delicious fresh squeezed Mimosas, smoked salmon asparagus crème fraiche quiche, Italian ham pie, sweet potato soufflé, ricotta pie, Easter bread and a cheese cake. Many of these are what my Italian grandmother Carmella made every year and I love carrying on this tradition in our home. We also celebrate Passover at my Mother in Law's home and we are lucky enough to eat another fantastic holiday meal during this wonderful time of the year that really seems to fill many of us with the promise of good things to come.

Let the kids have some fun decorating this cute Easter Bunny Cake!

We are constantly updating the site with new additions. We added our new BLOG, “CHAMPAGNE AND CUPCAKES”, click on and go directly to our main blog that gets updated several times a week. We chose the name because it represents our love of celebrating life, a good party and the happiness cupcakes bring to almost everyone. Try a nice glass of Champagne during dessert with a delicious cupcake with chocolate mascarpone icing!!

We will be adding The Paris House Boutique that offers a few special “finds” in a very limited quantity. So pour yourself a cup of coffee and “stop by” our online boutique from time to time to see what great finds we will be offering from our travels around the world.

The Paris House is continuing to write for The Well Fed network on The Cooks Channel. It is easy to go directly to our articles by clicking on The Well Fed Network on our website. We write about products that enhance our cooking, great recipes from our travels and wonderful ideas and recipes to add to your repertoire. Check out our Irish Whiskey Baileys espresso coffee ice cream recipe.

Interior Design is always on our mind, click onto our blog (moblog) where Chic meets Antique and read how we are mad for Modern, elegant, chic and antique design. We love to mix it up and we stay miles away from predictability, read our blog to see how we do it.

DANS LE JARDIN (in the garden)
Dans Le Jardin (In The Garden), The Paris House is happily working away in the garden. We are getting ready to start the new formal rose garden complete with a stone fountain and hopefully an antique iron gazebo to stop and “smell the roses”. We wintered over all of our dahlias and plan to add a new cutting garden.
I hope the tubers survived being indoors covered in a vermiculite and peat moss mix. This saves a lot of money each year and helps expand your cutting garden. Try and save as much as you can. Many hardier annuals such as Gladioli and Dahlias can be dug up before the hard frost in the fall and stored in a cool dry place over the winter to be planted back in the garden in the spring. “More than anything I must have flowers”, Claude Monet once said, and with this strategy you will have more and more flowers every year!

In our “The World Is Our Playground, entertaining and design ideas from around the World” section we have updated with some fun places to visit in The Delray Beach, Boca and Palm Beach area. Watch the travel video and read the article to find great places to eat, shop, visit fun places for the kids, try our Florida farmers market inspired recipes and more.

We have added my favorite link “Family Fun, and pets”. This section gives fun ideas, crafts, child friendly recipes, pet keeping with kids, travel ideas and great ways to spend time with your family. No matter what I do, there is nothing in the world I would ever rather do than spend my time with my husband and children that is why I love running The Paris House, it is a something that my family is a part of and I love having a lifestyle business that centers on my loved ones.

Fashion updates, the hot color this spring and summer is Orange or Tangerine as I like to call it. Lucky for me that I purchased a gorgeous tangerine patent leather handbag with beautiful gold chain hardware last year on vacation. I guess I will be "au courant" this season. My bag may be in a trendy color but the style is every bit as timeless and classic as I like to dress and accessorize. Try adding color to your wardrobe, it is youthful and uplifting.
As far as fashion goes we love Louboutin, check out our moblog on Louboutin shoes. He is a master of his craft and his prices reflect it, they may not be the most practical purchase during a recession but they are an investment to last for a long time and all my fashionista friends see his shoes as a true work of art.

The Paris House loves Kate Somerville products, try her Exfoliating Mask, it is wonderful. All of her products are great and will get your skin glowing and ready for summer with no need for any makeup, just a great moisturizing sunscreen.

I also love the new SPF 20 from L'Occitane that is part of their Immortelle Biologique line. I used it every day in Florida, I like color on my body but not a tan on my face, only a health glow. This line really delivers the goods and moisturizes like crazy. It leaves your skin dewy and protected all in one!!

Now is the time, if you haven't already starting to get bootylicious (sorry, I just couldn't resist using that word) for summer and all its revealing attire that comes with those steamy sultry nights out on the town and those sunny hot days poolside, you need to get on the fitness wagon and do something to feel good and look good!

We have added a “Wellness” section to our fashion, beauty and fitness page. To us Wellness is living beautifully starting on the inside first. Each month we will add special little quotes and sayings that inspire us, helpful healthy tips and anything we feel will help us all achieve “Wellness” in our lives. We are also stressing wellness when it comes to the sun and our skin. Limited amounts of sun certainly help us feel well and help our bodies absorb vitamin D, but too much and not using sunscreen causes wrinkles and skin cancer. Use caution and sun protection, your skin will thank you.


We are reading a lot of garden books in great anticipation of getting in the garden. I like the great masters of the garden such as Gertrude Jekyll, Suzy Bales, Tasha Tudor, The one and only Andre Le Notre of Versailles, to name a few. These books always leave me filled with many ideas that start on a grand scale and quickly turn into realistic plans for my garden.

In addition to the garden books our book selection this month is Adriana Trigiani's “Very Valentine”, it is a lovely story that feels both old fashioned and modern at the same time. It takes place in NYC‘s Greenwich village, where a young women is trying to save a dying craft and maintain her beloved family's business and pursue her passions in the process. It is a fast moving easy read novel.

We are giving our Paris talk and presentation soon and we welcome all you entrepreneurial women and men who would like to use the Paris House as a platform to promote your business. Also, if you like to write and would like to contribute an article to our online lifestyle magazine to help promote your business, let us know!!

We are always trying new and revisiting our old favorite businesses in the area that we enjoy. I can't say enough about the Mendham Spa, my friend told me about it and she always looks drop dead gorgeous (yes, Kerry, I ‘m talking about you!!) The blowouts are beautiful, great cuts and great color. Give them a try you won't be disappointed.

Mothers Day, planning a special Mother's Day and celebrating the beauty of being a mom
The Making of a Formal Rose Garden
The Paris House is planning a magical 4th birthday party, join us next month to see lovely pictures of of our Lion King/Circus themed party. Enjoy table setting ideas and a special birthday luncheon, a tour of NYC and Broadways Lion King, followed by a quick stop to one of our favorite bakerys and dinner at Rosa Mexican. And a special Homemade birthday cake by Bunny Cakes of The Paris House!! Its always a spectacular event at The Paris House Designs!!
New recipes
Updates on our Champagne and Cupcakes Blog
Updates for The Well Fed Network's Cooks Kitchen
Travel story on Vermont
Video and photo updates
And more

“We Only Have One Life to Live,
It is Important to Live It Beautifully”

Michele Rosenthal, Editor in Chief & Owner,

The Paris House on line lifestyle magazine and “Champagne and Cupcakes” Blog

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