Artist to watch: Julianne Strom of Moss and Blue

We are always on the lookout for budding artists, and it was love at first sight when we saw Julianne Strom’s work this summer at the Boston SoWa Open Market. Julianne is the artist behind Moss and Blue and her focus is on creating beautiful abstract paintings – all of which she says embody an underlying sense of play and experimentation.

Julianne Strom of Moss and Blue

Photo credit: Cambria Grace Photography

We sat down with Julianne to talk about her inspiration as an artist, how she personally connects with her audience, and where she sees her work going in the future.

“Most days I feel like I am trying to uncover a painting that is already formed and just needs to be realized, similar to how Michelangelo felt about carving into a block of stone: ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’”

– Julianne, Moss and Blue.

Moss and Blue

Photo credit: Moss and Blue

How did you turn your passion into a career?

I took a few painting classes while earning my Master’s degree at MassArt in Boston, which culminated in a collection of paintings with no space to store them in my tiny Fenway apartment. I decided on a whim to put them up for sale on Etsy and was completely shocked when the paintings started to sell. That was the first time it even crossed my mind that I might be able to earn a living from my art.

What has been the most challenging part of your development as an artist?

I’m still grappling with the idea of needing to have a ‘signature style.’ For me, the joy that comes from painting has always been in response to the experimental nature of it; the excitement of not knowing how something is going to look if I do this, or what will happen if I add that. When you’re more interested in the process than you are the results, it can be almost impossible to develop a consistent painting style.

What has been the most rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my work is using social media to share it with such a wide and engaged audience. Painting can be an extremely isolating practice, so being able to post my work on my Instagram has added a deeper layer to my work. I document the different stages of developing my paintings, so people often end up with a deeper connection to the finished pieces. Creating that interactive space and fostering discussions have both added a new dimension to paintings and my love for my work.

What do you hope that people feel when they look at your art?

One of my biggest goals is to encourage viewers to feel comfortable looking at abstract paintings without feeling like they need to know what it’s a picture of. Abstraction can be confusing and frustrating for people who were taught that art is meant to be a realistic, like a photograph.

How do you inspire yourself in times of “artist’s block”?

I play a game I invented where the goal is to create the ugliest painting I possibly can. Approaching a canvas with no intention of making it beautiful is incredibly freeing and gets me back to the soul of my work. Almost all of my best paintings started out this way, now that I think about it! And when all else fails, I put on Beyoncé and hope for the best.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a large series of abstract paintings in preparation for the holiday markets at which I’ll be exhibiting in Boston. They are mostly in cool tones – blues, purples, greens – with some golden highlights. I’m also thinking about starting a smaller series of abstracted landscapes for the winter season.

Where can we purchase your work?

Through the shop section of my website or by following along on my Instagram account.

Moss and Blue

Photo credit: Moss and Blue

See, shop, sip, savor, & sleep:
48 hours in Portsmouth, NH (part 2)

National Geographic Traveler speculated that Portsmouth, New Hampshire might be the greatest small town in the country. Lucky for us, Garnet Hill has an office in nearby Exeter, NH. Even luckier, we know a Portsmouth local, Garnet Hill freelance writer, Kristyn Lak Miller.

Portsmouth, NHWe gave Kristyn a challenge: tell us how to spend 48 hours in Portsmouth. We recently shared her advice for day one; here, we reveal what to do and where to eat during the remainder of your 48 hours in town.

Day 2:

Profile Coffee Bar in Portsmouth, NHJumpstart your day with a jolt from Profile Coffee Bar. One of the best parts of this restaurant, besides the coffee and breakfast sandwiches, is the reclined wooden bench running the length of the wide front window. There might be no greater enticement to sit back, chat, sip, and people-watch.

Stock + Spice in Portsmouth, NHAnd now for the words you’ve been waiting for: it’s time to shop. A few stellar stores: Pickwick’s Mercantile, a modern take on Victorian times with treasures from around the world for adults and kids alike; Don Gorvett Gallery, featuring the most intricate, impressive reduction woodcut prints of local scenes by a local artist; Off Piste with a tempting assortment of off-beat items, from a birdhouse made from a buoy to temporary tattoos designed by real tattoo artists; Jane Gee, a graphic space sharing all-natural skin and hair care products Jane crafts herself, along with her curated collection of home goods; Wear House, an upscale consignment shop with the nicest stuff and the friendliest staff; and Stock + Spice, a quaint little shop (not much bigger than a spice rack!) selling conventional and hard-to-find spices along with exquisite, exclusive blends curated by the area’s best chefs.

Habibi Mediterranean Cafe Cuisine: Portsmouth, NHDrop your shopping bags off at the hotel, then go to lunch at Habibi Mediterranean Café. “Habibi” is a term of affection in Arabic, and the owners definitely treat guests with great fondness. That’s one reason to visit. The other is the absolutely delicious Middle Eastern food like spanakopita and chicken shawarma; you can’t visit without coming face to face with their signature pita, a massive cloud of bread that’s the size and shape of a throw pillow when it arrives at the table.

Martingale Wharf in Portsmouth, NHIn the afternoon, depending on the time of year you visit, sail with Gundalow Company, drop by The Governor John Langdon House (the gorgeous grounds alone are worth a stop), or look for events of the day — Portsmouth always has something fun going on, like the Stiletto Sprint, where men race in sky-high heels for charity. Whatever you do, save time for drinks on or overlooking what locals affectionately call “the decks”, a swath of waterfront dotted with decks from local restaurants; Martingale Wharf is my favorite spot for a great cocktail with a toast-worthy view.

The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, NHWhen it’s dinnertime, head to The Friendly Toast. With high ceilings, lime-green walls, and mismatched art, it’s a unique place. When first opened, it became a local favorite for its comfort food (think: big burgers and breakfast for dinner), then it was “discovered” by Food Network and the like, and some of the fun turned fake and the quality of the food suffered. It changed owners recently and has a fresh new vibe (and new coat of paint) with a renewed interest in good eats.

Colorful French Macaroons at La Maison Navarre in Portsmouth, NHAfter dinner, go next door to La Maison Navarre, a French pastry shop, grab a colorful French macaroon, drop it in your purse or pocket, and take a walking ghost tour with New England Curiosities, if you dare and if weather permits. You’ll get to know the city’s history — with a side of goose bumps. Then return to your hotel, sink into bed, enjoy your macaroon, and post favorite vacation photos on Facebook.

Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance Garnet Hill writer based in Portsmouth, NH. Since 2001, Kristyn has crisscrossed the globe as a travel writer and, no matter where she goes, she always looks forward to returning home to her favorite destination of all.

 

See, shop, sip, savor, & sleep:
48 hours in Portsmouth, NH (part 1)

Headquartered in Franconia, Garnet Hill has long enjoyed New Hampshire’s White Mountain region. Last year, we opened an additional office in the southern part of the state, and now we’re smitten with New Hampshire’s inviting shoreline — and the coastal town of Portsmouth.

Rich with European charm, Portsmouth has lots to see, sip, and savor, and plenty of places to shop. No wonder it’s on many top lists, from CNN’s Top 10 Most Romantic Cities to Cosmopolitan’s Top-100 Hot Cities.

Portsmouth, NHGarnet Hill freelance writer, Kristyn Lak Miller, lives in town, and so we gave her a challenge: tell us how to spend 48 hours in Portsmouth.

Here, Kristyn shares what to do, where to eat, and where to stay when you travel to Portsmouth. We’re sure you’ve got a vacation-worthy wardrobe — now all you have to do is pack.

Day 1:

White Heron Cafe in Portsmouth, NHGrab a cup of organic coffee or custom-blend tea at White Heron Cafe. All about community, this fun eatery serves up a talk-to-your-neighbor environment alongside scrumptious baked goodies and a couple of breakfast sandwiches you can enjoy there or on-the-go.

Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NHOnce caffeinated, travel back in time at Strawbery Banke. This living, breathing history museum is a community of nearly 40 homes, inhabited by actors playing the roles of real-life citizens who lived here sometime between 1695 and 1954. It’s impossible not to get swept up in the fun, stopping at an old tavern, grocery store, even a mansion or two, with lots of picture-worthy gardens dotting the 10 acres.

Row 34 Restaurant in Portsmouth, NHWhen hunger pangs bring you back to present day, head to Row 34 for lunch. A large, open space, with walls of tall windows, its seafood-centric menu is a reminder you’re on the coast of New Hampshire. With more than one type of lobster roll on the menu, you’re in for a tasty time.

Commercial Alley in Portsmouth, NHTo burn off calories from lunch, find the closest Zagster Bike Share station (they’re all over town) and rent a cruiser bike, or put on your comfiest shoes for a walk. A few must-visit places: Market Square, the city’s main hub, easily identified from most parts of downtown by its tall steeple; Ceres Street, a narrow lane with shops and restaurants on one side, and water views on the other, along with a massive great white shark art installation you shouldn’t miss; Portsmouth African Burial Ground, this once-forgotten burial ground (the only one of its kind in New England, dating back to the late 1700s) was recently honored with a memorial park; Mechanic Street, with beautiful historic and modern homes on one side and water views on the other; Commercial Alley, a most inviting, shop-lined alley; and Route 1’s Memorial Bridge, connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine. The view from the bridge back to Portsmouth is beautiful and, hey, it’s fun to say you biked or walked “all the way” to Maine.

Green Elephant Cuisine in Portsmouth, NHAfter all that fun, you’ve probably worked up an elephant of an appetite, so it’s time for dinner at my favorite restaurant in town, Green Elephant. Striking a culinary balance between good-for-you and indulgent — and uniting flavors and ingredients from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and China — it’s a vegetarian restaurant with sublime, carnivore-converting dishes like Singapore Noodles, a cravable combination of stir-fried curried vermicelli noodles, meaty tofu, and perfectly cooked veggies, topped with pea shoots and fried shallots.

Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NHNext up: some entertainment. Depending on the time of year, catch a play or musical performance at Prescott Park, an outdoor venue with bountiful gardens and its own “love locks” fence, or The Portsmouth Music Hall, a historic theater with uniquely enchanting bathrooms. After, stop for dessert at Popovers on the Square, a European-style bakery in the center of town. If the weather cooperates, sit outside; otherwise sit at the bar along the window and watch the world pass.

The Hotel Portsmouth in Portsmouth, NHYou’re yawning by now, so retreat to The Hotel Portsmouth. Situated close — but not too close — to bustling Market Square, this chic and cozy 32-room hotel was built in 1881 as a private, Queen Anne Victorian-style home. Inside, historic touches (ornate built-ins) live alongside modern appointments (in-room iPads), resulting in an inviting, uniquely Portsmouth space.

We’ll leave you here, ready to crawl into your room’s plush bed and dream about the fun adventures that await during your next 24 hours in Portsmouth. Look for Part 2 of this post in a few days.

Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance Garnet Hill writer based in Portsmouth, NH. Since 2001, Kristyn has crisscrossed the globe as a travel writer and, no matter where she goes, she always looks forward to returning home to her favorite destination of all.

On EILEEN FISHER sustainability & fine fabrics

Eileen Fisher Fabrics

For this interview with the Eileen Fisher team, we spoke with Inka Apter, Facilitating Manager for Fabric Research & Development. These are her thoughts on where they’ve been and where they’re going with fabrication.

Q: Please define what your position is at Eileen Fisher.
A:
I lead our Fabric Team within the Design Department. Our five-member team is responsible for sourcing and developing woven and knit fabrics for our line, as well as accessories. Our team includes a Textile Designer and a Textile Chemist so we can really tap into different areas of expertise! We meet with mills from different countries, including the US, and review their collections as well as attending fabric shows here and abroad. We also visit the mills to gain better understanding of our supply chain and gain technical knowledge or browse their archives for inspiration. Within the Design Department we work collaboratively with the designers and merchandisers when developing our seasonal collections and then follow those materials from initial concept to first sampling and then on through the actual production. For me it’s been a dream job from the very start 20 years ago since I have been passionate about textiles and yarns from an early age!

Q: In your own words, please explain to Eileen Fisher enthusiasts what Vision 2020 is.
A:
Vision 2020 is a first chapter of our journey towards building a sustainable business. We are aware of the environmental and social impact of the global textile industry of which we are a part and we want to take responsibility for our impact by effecting positive change wherever we can. To that end we are looking at everything — our materials, how are they grown and produced, how are they dyed, people that make them and resources that are used. We are also very passionate about new ideas about circular economy and using the resources most effectively, seeing waste as potential for new materials!

Q: What does sustainability mean to you? How do you apply those principles in your work?
A:
Since materials make a large portion of our environmental impact and I work so closely with fabrics every day, I feel great responsibility to make better choices by sourcing and developing fabric with sustainable fibers. Sustainability is deeply embedded in our way of thinking and working. It feels completely natural to keep it at the center of what we do and we have made great progress in educating and collaborating with the mills, finding and nurturing new sources. I feel that I am learning something new every day – whether it is a new source of fiber, new emerging technology or just new way to evolve our tried and true fabrics!

Q: What progress towards Vision 2020 are you most proud of to date?
A:
We’ve made a lot of progress in many areas; sometimes we forget to pause and look back at where we were just few years ago and where we are today. I am especially proud of our support of organic agriculture with our sourcing and development of materials with organic fibers such as organic cotton and linen. Once you experience first-hand the difference that organic agriculture makes to the health of people and the soil you never want to look back!

Q: How has Vision 2020 affected how you work with Garnet Hill?
A:
Back in 2007 when we first developed the EF Home Collection with GH we already had great synergy because both brands were championing natural fibers. Our home collection was based on Eileen’s love of silk and linen at the core of our offering. As we learned more about the environmental impacts of natural fibers, we started thinking of ways we could improve all of our products. With the home collection our emphasis is on organic cotton — we have worked with the GH team to convert our best-loved qualities to organic cotton and develop new items and textures with organic fibers, undyed and reclaimed materials. It is a journey towards our sustainability goals and we are taking it step by step!

Experience Inka’s work first hand in our latest Eileen Fisher collections for women, sleep and home.

On staying true to the EILEEN FISHER brand DNA

Eileen Fisher Cotton and Linen Ribbed Towels

Our interviews with the Eileen Fisher team continue with a conversation with Laura Mikell, Eileen Fisher Facilitating Leader. She spoke to us about the synergy between the Eileen Fisher and Garnet Hill teams and how the collaboration fits the Eileen Fisher brand DNA.

Q: Please define what your position is at Eileen Fisher.
A:
I am the Facilitating Leader for Eileen Fisher Home and Eileen Fisher Company Stores teams. Based upon my long retail experience and deep knowledge of the Eileen Fisher DNA, I offer product feedback on Core Customer needs, ease of fit, body types, versatility and connections across lifestyles. I have applied the same knowledge to my work on Eileen Fisher Home. Additionally, I am a member of the EF retail real estate team.

Q: How long have you been with Eileen Fisher?
A:
I joined Eileen Fisher in April 1992.

Q: What was your first position at Eileen Fisher?
A:
I opened the second Eileen Fisher retail store at Columbus Ave and 77th Street as store manager.

Q: What are your current roles and responsibilities?
A:
My work with the Eileen Fisher Home team includes conceptual thinking, R+D for product inspiration, business analysis and attending EF Home photo shoots as the EF brand ambassador. The EF Home team works closely with the amazing Garnet Hill Design and Merchandising teams to ensure all is aligned and tells one cohesive story.

Q: When did you start working with Garnet Hill?
A:
Since the beginning, when Russ (Garnet Hill’s previous CEO) came to us with the idea for an Eileen Fisher Bed and Bath line designed and made exclusively by Garnet Hill. The concept of a bed and bath wardrobe for the home proved to be a natural extension of the Eileen Fisher brand. It is all about offering our customers beautiful fabrics made of natural fibers in soft colors.

Q: How have you seen the relationship with Garnet Hill evolve?
A:
Our relationship feels easy, creative, and more recently, we are deepening our understanding of the EF Home business. This now includes Eileen Fisher Sleepwear, since 2007, which is a natural addition to the Home and Ready-to-Wear collections.

Q: What’s your favorite Eileen Fisher Home Item?
A:
I love the Linen and Cotton Towels. They are absorbent, dry quickly, and feel great.

Q: What’s the best thing about the Eileen Fisher/Garnet Hill relationship?
A:
There is synergy between all of the team members. We respect each other, and enjoy brainstorming and working together to evolve the product while staying true to the Eileen Fisher DNA.

Explore our latest Eileen Fisher collections for home, sleep, and women’s clothing.

Everything that’s old is new again: jewelry designers who do it the old-fashioned way

Garnet Hill Jewelry Designers

Before there was Etsy, before there was Pinterest, before there were celebrities sporting jewels so valuable the designs themselves had to be accompanied on the red carpet by security guards, ancient peoples were crafting necklaces, bracelets, and earrings (and in Cleopatra’s case, headdresses) to adorn and express themselves. Each of the jewelry designers spotlighted here takes these traditions seriously, and incorporates old-world techniques and artistry into their collections.


Dana Kellin

Dana Kellin Beaded Teardrop EarringsWire-wrapped jewelry is an age-old style reminiscent of Victorian filigree. But where others dabble, Dana Kellin excels, with artistry and attention to detail. She developed an original method of wire wrapping. Time-consuming and painstakingly precise, it’s truly a labor of love. This technique produces pieces that are textural with an earthy glamour. There’s nothing quite like it.


Kristen Mara

Kristen Mara Elements NecklaceDedicated to using sustainable metals and ecologically responsible materials, Kristen Mara is drawn to the metalworking method of pre-mechanized jewelry making — a skill requiring patience and dedication. Her commitment pays off. Her work has the same timeless artistry of the ancient artifacts she is inspired by.


Satya

Satya Engraved BanglesSatya, the spiritual word for “truth,” began with the dream of making  jewelry of all truths and spiritualties. Influenced by ancient cultures and religions, Satya jewelry is meaningful and powerful, each piece incorporating semi-precious stones and sacred symbols to honor the infinite potential of the woman who wears it.

On EILEEN FISHER color inspiration & theory

Eileen Fisher Color Inspiration and Theory

Eileen Fisher is known for its careful consideration of color. For our series of interviews with the EF Team, we caught up with Chris Costan, Senior Color Designer, to solicit her insight and expertise in developing color palettes for ready-to-wear and home collections.

Q: Please define your position at Eileen Fisher.
A:
As Senior Color Designer, I generate the seasonal color concepts and palettes, exclusive palettes, and accessory color combinations, allocating color to fabric, yarns, styles and “how to wear”. Staying up to date on the latest trends and cultural moments is vital to the job that I perform at EF. I also work with the Garnet Hill EF Home team to introduce new concepts and combinations to the existing Eileen Fisher home line of bedding, bath, and sleepwear. Along with new ideas, we always want to ensure that we keep a consistent Eileen Fisher aesthetic.

Q: As a visual artist, how did you start working in color design/fashion?
A:
My own career as a visual artist has informed my skill set, which it turned out was applicable to my job as colorist for Eileen Fisher. I came to EF without precise fashion experience but have always had a great aptitude and interest in fashion and trend. I once worked at MTV television networks on an animated television program, Daria, where fashion was quite important. I was supervisor of the color department overseeing the colors (characters, clothing, backgrounds and props) of Daria.

Q: What is most rewarding about your job as a color designer?
A:
My job is quite hectic, varied and challenging. It involves making 1000’s of aesthetic decisions. It is rewarding to “reinvent” the wheel, meaning, given the restrictions and parameters of what color needs to be for this clothing line, I can try to make each palette different from those in the past.

Q: What is your favorite object in your studio?
A:
My favorites vary from time to time. At the moment, a dried mushroom conglomeration, it’s inspirational in relation to the miracle of nature and color, and it inspired a canvas-y jumpsuit.

Q: How are the colors for the Eileen Fisher Home Collection developed?
A:
I assess the colors from the EF ready-to-wear line and see which of those might be transferable to our home line. Then I interact with the designers at Garnet Hill as they contribute the Garnet Hill needs for color until we refine and finalize.

Q: What does your typical day look like?
A:
My day also varies from day to day, season to season. I explore trends online, on the street and by reading magazines. I work alone on designing, conceptualizing, and planning ahead, jotting down ideas, gathering images and thinking of new color names (lots of multitasking). I also collaborate with different teams; design, merchandising, education and sometimes the writers for Eileen Fisher.

Q: Are there any colors on the rise that you love? What’s your favorite color of the moment?
A:
I’ve been a fan of “cosmetic colors” for quite some time. A worker’s suit type of Green is on point right now. I’ve always loved pink so for the EF for GH home offering, Rosewater. Blue! Black! White! Too much information!

See the end result of Chris’s hard work in our latest Eileen Fisher collections for women, sleep and home.

Grownups-only gourmet campfires

Justine Dungo from Pretty in Pistachio

To help us savor this last splash of summer, we asked Justine Dungo from Pretty in Pistachio to show us how to whip up the perfect grownup campfire feast.

When I was growing up, it was traditional to go camping at least two or three times a month. I especially loved camping in the fall, when the leaves began to change color.

My favorite part of the adventure, though, has always been the cooking. My dad has a massive collection of cast iron cookware and is forever experimenting with new recipes that can be cooked over a fire.

I always look forward to fire-roasted potatoes, because you can customize the toppings to your liking. My favorite combination is roasted potatoes, peppers, onions, and gooey melted cheese.

As for dessert, toasting marshmallows over the fire and making s’mores is a classic choice. Since I don’t have access to a fire pit in the city, I build my own “s’mores bar” using a catering sterno. Sounds crazy, but it works.

I like to lay out of a spread with the traditional ingredients: marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers. But I also like to add a few special items – sliced fruit, chocolate hazelnut spread, and toasted walnuts. My favorite fruit to pair with s’mores is sliced strawberries. You just can’t go wrong with chocolate and strawberries.
Gourmet Campfire Recipes: Gourmet S'mores
Justine Dungo from Pretty in Pistachio: Gourmet S'mores

Read on below for some of my favorite campfire recipes.


Pomegranate Chicken Over Greens
Gourmet Campfire Recipes: Pomegranate Chicken Over Greens
Ingredients
4 table spoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon reduce sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground paprika
1 tablespoon butter
4 chicken breasts
4 cups mixed salad greens
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
¼ cup chopped walnuts

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, pomegranate molasses, honey, olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika until well combined. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet over a campfire or stovetop on medium to high heat.  Place chicken breasts in pan (if all 4 do not fit then cook in batches) and cook until no longer pink in the center (approx. 5-6 minutes per side). Add the pomegranate sauce top pan. Turn chicken to coat in sauce. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes longer.

Remove chicken for pan and let rest for 2-3 minutes. Divide greens amongst 4 plates. Top each plate of greens with crumbled goat cheese and walnuts.

Slice each chicken breast and place on top of each plate of greens. Enjoy!


Fire Roasted Potatoes, Onion, and Peppers
Gourmet Campfire Recipes: Fire Roasted Potatoes, Onion, and Peppers
2 lb Yukon potatoes, quartered
1 onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 green pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
¼ cup cheddar cheese
¼ sour cream
2 scallions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Aluminum foil

Directions
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until all potatoes are thoroughly coated in olive oil. Place mixture on top of a large sheet of aluminum foal and wrap tightly so the mixture is completely covered.

Place foil pack on top of campfire or grill until cooked through (roughly 10-15 minutes). Alternatively, you can bake the foil pack at 425 degrees F until cooked through (roughly 15 minutes).

Once the potatoes are cooked through remove from heat and let cool slightly. Place on a plate and drizzle or dollop sour cream on top. Top with scallions.


Mulled Apple Cider
Gourmet Campfire Recipes: Mulled Apple Cider
Ingredients
2 quarts apple cider
1 orange
1 red apple
4 heads star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
¼ tsp allspice
additional cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Directions
Remove the rind of the orange. Slice the apple.

Place the cider, orange peel, sliced apple, and spices in a large Dutch oven over a campfire or stove with medium to high heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes. Divide amongst mugs, garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick and serve.
Justine Dungo from Pretty in Pistachio: Mulled Apple Cider

On building the EILEEN FISHER/Garnet Hill relationship

Eileen Fisher Home Exclusively at Garnet Hill

To celebrate our relationship with Eileen Fisher, we have gathered interviews from key members of the Eileen Fisher team.

We’re kicking off the series with words from Terri Erdos MacDonald. Terri is instrumental in coordinating communication and implementation of special projects between our brands, and she’s been an important part of the team since the launch of our collaborative Eileen Fisher Home collection back in 2006.

Q: Please define what your position is at Eileen Fisher.
A: I am Executive Assistant to the VP of Design/Merchandising as well as involved with various special projects — of which the Garnet Hill/Eileen Fisher Home and Sleepwear collaboration is the primary project.

Q: How long have you been with Eileen Fisher?
A: I have been with Eileen Fisher for 11 years. My background is primarily home and catalog – so the EF/GH project was a natural fit for me to be involved in – and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. The EF/GH home and sleepwear design teams have always been an exciting and natural collaboration – I really enjoy watching the design teams from both companies work together – there is such synergy. And the brainstorming and inspiration meetings are over the top – so many great ideas and products emerge.

Q: What’s your favorite Eileen Fisher Home Item?
A: I LOVE the cotton/linen towels – the combination of the cotton and linen is unique and it feels like your exfoliating your skin but at the same time it’s incredibly absorbent.

Q: What’s the best thing about the Eileen Fisher/Garnet Hill relationship?
A: It seemed like a perfect fit from day one – GH started as a natural fabric company – they, like EF, understand the importance of everyday luxury and simplicity. From the moment the group started to embark on the first home collection – it has been all about natural fabrics, special and unique textures and soft colors – all key components in creating a beautiful bed.

Explore our latest Eileen Fisher collections for home, sleep, and women’s clothing.

Apples and cheddar cheese: a picnic-perfect fall day in Cabot, VT

Apple Tree
Did you know that there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples?

At Burtt’s Apple Orchard in Cabot, VT, you can sample more than 40 of them over the course of a season.
Family-owned and operated, the 10-acre orchard is located in one of the most picturesque spots in Vermont.
Vermont Scenery
The scenic drive is one of the many reasons that Burtt’s is a local favorite. Cresting the hill over the orchard you’ll find a view of the Green Mountains, and above it all, the A.M. Foster Covered Bridge, often cited as one of the most beautiful bridges in the country.
McIntosh Apple Trees
Once at the orchard, stop by the stand to find out which varieties are ready for picking. Hand-painted signs direct you to your apples of choice.
Wagons at Burtt's Apple Orchard in Cabot, VT
If you have small children in tow, wagons are provided to make the outing a little easier.
Apple Cider Donuts
Be sure to grab some cider and apple cider donuts for a snack in the field or to enjoy on the ride home. Kids can earn a donut for free by finding one of the golden wooden apples hidden among the trees.
Apple Slingshot at Burtt's Apple Orchard in Cabot, VT
After picking a bag or bushel-full of apples, try your hand at the slingshot. A basketful of flawed apples sits below it, inviting you to see how far you can fling one across the meadow.
Cabot Creamery Visitors Center
For a classic New England experience, and culinary combination, we recommend following your visit with a trip to nearby Cabot Creamery, just two miles down the road.
Visiting Cabot Creamery
At the creamery you can see cheese being made and sample dozens of varieties — including many that pair beautifully with your freshly picked apples!
Cabot Cheese Samples
It’s such a popular pairing, in fact, that Cabot Cheese has a collection of recipes on their website devoted to apples and cheddar.

It may sound a bit strange but here in New England, many enjoy a slice of cheese with, or even on top of their apple pie. Lore has it that this combination was brought over from England with early settlers.

Learn more about Burtt’s Apple Orchard and Cabot Cheese.