My reason for a recent trip to the Phoenix area was simple…I had a generous invitation to the home of Sydney Dye. She is a dear friend of my sister’s and they have this little group of friends…they call themselves the BDC or BirthDay Club. These ladies have been celebrating way more than birthdays for almost two decades. Sydney is a woman of many many talents. She has a degree in law, interior design and a few years ago she completed a program at Arizona Culinary Institute and teaches cooking classes in her home. You can find her at First Fig.com.
|As soon as you drive through the gates, you know you are in for a treat. This vignette is just as you arrive at the front door. The lanterns and religious candles illuminate the entry at night.|
|There are wonderful surprises in every corner of the house. These beautiful vintage crystal bowls sit on cantera stone bases filled with oranges from her property.|
|Throughout the property there are many comfortable areas to relax and entertain.|
|Both inside and out, there are little treasures around every corner.
|Winter lettuces and tomato trellises made and designed by her husband.|
|In addition to an olive grove and orchard, they have oranges, kumquats, Myer lemons and the tree with pink blossoms and beautiful variegated leaves. . . a lemon tree for pink lemonade…of course.
Sydney said they are waiting to sheer the sheep for their annual upcoming Children’s Day they host each year for their neighborhood elementary school.
|A separate building on the property houses a beautiful workshop with a full bath and complete kitchen. A dumbwaiter in the kitchen delivers food and beverages to the screening room and wine cellar. A spiral staircase takes you downstairs and is lined with sconces made from antique garden tiles from England.
|One of my favorite things is a sign she has in her potting room/office. Labor Omnia Vincit, a Latin phrase meaning “hard work conquers all.” A lot of planning and work has gone into this home and property and it was truly a wonderful day to be able to visit with Sydney and her friends while taking in all the beauty she has worked so hard to create. Sydney served a delicious lunch in this room. We had a green salad with three varieties of beets, a frittata and warm breads. The drink she served was made with simple syrup, fresh ginger and mint, fresh pink grapefruit juice and a bottle of Pellegrino. The table was set using her collection of vintage silver napkin rings. I also took home a bag of her potpourri. She just happens to have a tray of rose petals from her rose garden. She scooped them into a cellophane bag and said to add orange peel and fresh herbs when I got home. To see more of Sydney’s work, take a look at Phoenix Home & Gardens. Thank you Sydney for a beautiful afternoon!|