Whisk away those winter images of lead-gray skies and muted landscapes. Replace them with the hues of sun-washed blue lagoons and cobalt oceans lit with flecks of jade and emerald green.
It’s a look we call Beyond the Sea. Where all the hues of the ocean come vibrantly to life. It’s time to make some waves.
Our grandly scaled Palermo collection becomes a beautiful backdrop for this sea-inspired look … where pillows in a host of blues and greens are grounded by snowy white cushions and rich bronze wicker. A feeling of fluidity, splashes of color, a sense of motion. It’s just the thing for the winter-weary heart.
The Grayson collection is as genteel as a garden party – uplifted here by soft and airy blues that shimmer like a Caribbean sea.
The graceful lines of the lattice-back loveseats and chairs pair with soft blue cushions and an ocean of pillows blue to create a feeling of serenity. In this world, sky-blue virtually drips from the rim of the outdoor umbrella.
The classic teak Cassara collection is the picture of nautical chic, sparked by a deep dive into fathomless cobalt blue. Cushions and pillows are edged in crisp white piping … there is even a coordinating cobalt umbrella that opens with the nudge of a single finger. A rug that soars with luminous aquamarine and touches of cobalt pulls the look together.
Slipcovered furniture as white as sea salt gets a punch of energy from indigo and cobalt blue. The Emerson Collection is all about the art of surprise … it’s a refined indoor look reimagined for the outdoors. So what better color palette than sky and sea?
Striking in stripes, Somerset is dressed to thrill in a spectrum of vivid blues enlivened with a touch of chartreuse. Ample cushion depths host a mingle of print pillows, while a perfectly color-cued rug amps it up a notch.
Now it’s time to stop dreaming and get the look. Shop our world of outdoor furniture and find your perfect hue.
Mediterranean style is steeped in old-world romance, marked by burnished woods and masterful carving. We kept the regal essence, but relaxed this look to reflect today’s casual lifestyles.
Thus … California Mediterranean. Imagine light stealing through wrought-iron gates, caressing tapestries and carved wood that are true to the style. Then see the look enlivened with splashes of potent color and streamlined silhouettes, evoking the easygoing Golden State.
It’s a lighter, livable look for la dolce vita, relaxed and relevant for today. It’s Ezra Pound’s modernist mantra, “Make it new,” in furniture form.
In California Mediterranean, rooted-in-tradition pieces gain fresh new appeal. Like the heirloom-worthy Cannes Table, rising on a serpentine handcarved base and boasting an integrated lazy Susan. Simple, unfettered silhouettes create the perfect counterpoint … enter versatile dining chairs slipcovered in crisp linen. Light fabrics offset majestic mahogany with yin-yang connectedness.
Extraordinary honeyed amber leather warms the Blake Sofa, inviting you to surrender to its depths. Textured pillows and a shaggy Boucle Throw add dimension. In fresh linen, the deeply tufted Lucerne Ottoman presents tabletop-type versatility atop its traditional turned legs.
Blends of texture and color create intrigue in any setting. Italian-made paisley bedding gains dimension when layered with a quilted coverlet. And atop a diamond-patterned duvet in muted shades, Moroccan decorative pillows echo ancient Berber artistry. All create unexpected softness when paired with furniture anchored in dark tones.
While celebrating the ornate handcarvings and effusive details that mark Mediterranean, this new take is lighter, move vibrant and vivacious. Shop the California Mediterranean collection and create your own beautifully livable look.
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Carrying vestiges of both ancient Roman and Christian traditions, Valentine’s Day is a storied celebration, an opportunity to express our adoration through tokens and gestures from the heart. This year, spoiling your sweetheart might mean veering away from the traditional route of flowers and candy.
Consider treating your valentine to a gift or two from our curated list of seven unexpected treasures. (Or forwarding these suggestions to a man who needs help.)
Give the gift of an in-home spa. Treat your beloved to the intoxicating scents and gourmet ingredients of this Canyon Ranch skin treatment set.
Wrap your sweetheart in our snug and sophisticated ombre scarf. This tissue-weight voile of two-ply Mongolian cashmere is rich in color and style.
Take a cue from Charles, Duke of Orleans, the man behind the earliest known written valentine, a poem sent to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Write sweet sentiments to your loved one with this exclusive stationery ensemble crafted using old-world artistry and time-honored printing techniques.
Precious keepsakes stay safe and pristine for a lifetime in the LusterLoc™ suede-lined jewelry box. Contrasting black-and-white embossed shagreen leather covers this chic storage solution.
Complete the look with the coordinating frame, a beautiful way to showcase treasured memories.
Aerate and enhance the bouquet of a favorite wine with this stunning crystal decanter. Mouth blown and formed without the aid of a mold, this brilliant piece will have your valentine in awe.
A symbol that has survived beyond its ancient origins, the Love Knot is a common token of affection. He’ll proudly wear his heart on his sleeve with these sterling silver cufflinks.
Even though our favorite groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring, we know better. We’re still in for weeks of old man winter. So chase away the chill and get head-to-toe warm inside. Cook up a big pot of luxurious, rich Spiced Braised Beef Shanks.
One of the secrets to this stellar recipe is the aromatic spice rub. It’s a fragrant mélange of pan-toasted coriander, cumin, caraway and mustard seeds. Heating the seeds changes their character and deepens their flavor. Then, they’re ground and mixed with the earthy heat of ancho or chipotle chili powder. Now doesn’t that sound like it will thaw things out a bit?
Stew it up low and slow in our colorful Le Creuset Signature Braiser. This enameled cast iron pot distributes heat evenly to break down tough cuts of meat and cook vegetables to perfection. And oversized handles make carrying it to the serving table a beautiful thing. In the end, the beef shanks are fall-off-the-bone tender, and the gravy is silky with back notes of garlic, caramelized onion and red wine. We guarantee, even the heartiest of appetites will melt away.
Courtesy of Le Creuset
Makes 4–6 servings
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 ½ teaspoons ancho or chipotle chili powder
6 beef shanks
Salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups dry red Zinfandel or syrah wine
2 bay leaves
Chicken or beef stock as needed
18–24 small carrots, with tops, scrubbed and trimmed
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup chopped parsley
Zest of one orange
Preheat oven to 300°F. Prepare the spice rub by toasting whole seeds in a pan until fragrant. Using a spice grinder, coffee grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the toasted seeds with the chili powder.
Season beef shanks liberally with salt and pepper, then dust with the spice rub on both sides. Heat a 3 ½ quart braiser over medium-high heat. Add the canola oil once hot. Brown the meat until dark brown on both sides, about 4–6 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
Lower the heat to medium. Sweat the onion, celery and garlic in the pan until the onion is translucent. Add tomato paste and cook until slightly darkened. Pour in the wine and scrape all browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer until reduced by ¼, about 10 minutes.
Return the beef shanks to the pan, along with the bay leaves. Pour in enough stock to come about ⅔ of the way up the meat; the meat should not be covered by the liquid. Cover with the lid and place in the oven. Let cook for 2 ½ hours until very tender.
Add the carrots and replace the lid. Return to the oven and let cook an additional 20–30 minutes. Remove the beef and the carrots to a warm plate and cover loosely with foil. Remove the bay leaves and any other solids with a slotted spoon, and discard. Skim the fat from the surface. At this point, the sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If it doesn’t, reduce it a bit more.
Turn off the heat and swirl in the butter. Combine the parsley and orange zest. Serve the shanks with carrots and sauce, and garnish with the zest mixture.
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