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The past year's silver lining. Definitely spending more time at Clove Brook Farm! I got to enjoy the full season of blooms unfolding in our garden, including crocus, peony, sweet pea, and dahlias. Prior to COVID, I was only at the farm on weekends. My schedule and priorities have changed, and now I'm in the city two nights a week and the farm for five. A blessing, indeed. Dinner party signatures. We like to entertain at the farm with dinners, lunches, and weekend house guests. We're serial entertainers. I make a "better than restaurant roast chicken," and the recipe is in my book. We almost always serve buffet style from our kitchen table. Relaxed, good food, and a relaxed host make a great party. Don't be afraid of letting your guests help or contribute to the meal in some way. Collections. I'm a congenital shopper. I collect D. Porthault sheets and linens (they are the best!), antique Wedgwood and other dishes, garden stags, faux bois of all kinds, unusual plants, and heritage-breed chickens. There is always something out there that I seem to "need," and I love the hunt and the chase. It's one of the few sports that I truly excel at! What Martha Stewart brings as a host gift. Martha has brought me goose eggs from her flock, which became lifesavers during COVID. The eggs hatched and became as important to us as our dogs. Other times, she has brought cakes she has baked and jars of jam she's made. Sometimes she even brings road kill! She recently brought me feathers from a pheasant found along the countryside road. Rumor has it … That I don't sleep. But the truth is, I get seven to eight hours a night. I spend a good hour in bed in the morning on the phone and writing emails — both work and social calls. Favorite hotel. Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole. Christopher Spitzmiller will appear at Texas Design Week Houston for an illustrated talk, book signing, and cocktails, Monday, May 17, 6 to 8 pm, at Found. Texas Design Week Houston is a ticketed event. For tickets and complete schedule go to (Continued from page 70) The neoclassical pool house inspired by a rustic temple at Arundel Castle in West Sussex, England Photographs of dahlias from the garden were fired onto ceramic plates Christopher Spitzmiller at Clove Brook Farm with a Blue Indian fantail pigeon 72

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