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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

London Calling

London's layered diversity of fashion and style has for generations seeped into our culture and been a source of inspiration.  With the Olympics closely approaching, we felt inspired to share some of the impact British flair has had on our homeland's interiors and in the fall collections.  There is no denying the timeless kitsch of the Union Jack emblem, the comforting combinations evoked by rich tartan plaids and intricate floral prints, the edginess of punk-inspired gear and of course the royals' classic elegance that keeps even the folks across the pond  ever-captive voyeurs.  Please follow our weekly installations as House of L embraces the best of England.

Part 1 - Urban Union Jack

[1] Hunter – Vintage Union Jack Wellington Boots [2] Kate Spade – Bangle [3] Mulberry – London Bus Keyring [4] Harrods – Westie Apron [5] Alexander McQueen – Britannia Skull Clutch [6] Telephone Booth [7] Urban Outfitters – Union Jack Muscle Tee [8] StephenWebster – Garnet and Sapphire Necklace [9] Mini Cooper [10] RestorationHardware – Union Jack Ottoman

Part 2 - Ruffian Rock

[11] Ileana Makri – White Gold & Diamond Spike Band [12] Brand En Van Egmond – Flower Power Oval Chandelier [13] Alexander McQueen – Crystal Skull Keyfob [14] Norma Kamali – Jorge Embellished Cutout Swimsuit [15] Chanel – Smokey Eyes Quad [16] Alessandro Mendini – Magis Proust Chair [17] Yves Saint Laurent Beaute – Nail Lacquer [18] Balmain – Raffia Motorcycle Jacket [19] Alexander McQueen – Skull Scarf [20] Christian Louboutin - Spiked Peep Toe Stilettos [21] Native Edge – Black Spike Candle

Part 3 - Tea Time

[22] Cole & Son - Vivienne Westwood Wall Covering [23] Alexander McQueen - Floral Leggings [24] Chandelier - contact House of L  [25] Pendelton - Tartan Plates [26] Osborne & Little - Walk in the Park Wall Covering[27] Vivienne Westwood - Black Boeing Blouse [28] Nina Campbell - Rosa Alba Fabric  [29] La Perla - Plaid Undergarments [30] Christian Louboutin - Rosella Flats [31] Ralph Lauren Home - Clivedon Carved Chair

Part 4 - Pretty Pretty Princess

[32] Issa Silk Gown  [33] Jane Taylor - Bespoke [34] Waterworks - Clothilde Freestanding Oval Copper Bathtub [35] Burberry - Cotton Sateen Trench Coat [36] MAC Cosmetics - Ruffian Nude Lipstick [37] L.K. Bennett - Sledge Shoe  [38] L.K. Bennett - Annina Leather Shoulder Bag [39] Links of London - Hope Egg Earrings [40] Restoration Hardware - Kensington Leather Sofa

We Can Dish It…If You Can Take It

Red Berry Trifle
recipe courtesy of Ina Garten


·         1 Plain Pound Cake, recipe follows

·         1 cup good raspberry jam

·         Framboise

·         2 half-pints fresh raspberries

·         1 pint fresh strawberries

·         Cognac Cream, recipe follows

·         2 cups cold heavy cream

·         2 tablespoons sugar

·         2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract


Cut the pound cake into 9 (3/4-inch) slices and spread each slice on 1 side with raspberry jam, using all the jam. Set aside. Place a layer of cake, jam side up, in the bottom of a 2 1/2-to 3-quart glass serving bowl, cutting the pieces to fit. Sprinkle with Framboise. Top with a layer of raspberries and strawberries and Cognac Cream. Repeat the layers of cake sprinkled with Framboise, raspberries, strawberries and Cognac Cream, ending with a third layer of cake jam side down and raspberries and strawberries. Whip the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until it forms stiff peaks. Decorate the trifle with whipped cream. The trifle can sit for a while at room temperature.

Plain Pound Cake:

·         1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

·         2 cups granulated sugar, divided

·         4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

·         3 cups all-purpose flour

·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder

·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda

·         1 teaspoon kosher salt

·         3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

·         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch) loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, 1 at a time. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes. Take them out of the pans, place them on a baking rack and allow them to cool completely. Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator.

Cognac Cream:

·         3 cups milk

·         10 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature

·         1 cup sugar

·         4 tablespoons sifted cornstarch

·         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

·         1 teaspoon Cognac

·         2 tablespoons unsalted butter

·         1 tablespoon heavy cream

Heat the milk in a medium stainless-steel saucepan over medium heat and bring almost to a boil. Remove from the heat. Beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, sprinkle on the cornstarch. Beat on medium-low speed until combined, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture back into the pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes. (Pay attention because it will thicken and then quickly become scrambled eggs!) Immediately, pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Stir in the vanilla, Cognac, butter, and heavy cream. Place plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until cold.

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