Lisa Steele

Contributor | from Dixmont, Maine

About

The book that changed my life: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. I remember my mom taking me to the library to pick out books. I don’t think just one book changed my life, but a love of reading has certainly changed my life in so many positive ways.

The most amazing meal I've ever had: Roasted duck with chocolate orange sauce in NYC. I also love the lobster mac & cheese at the Vintage Tavern in Suffolk, Virginia followed by crème brûlée.

The morning and nighttime routines I swear by: Each morning I use Origins A Perfect World moisturizer, a dot of Aveeno Absolutely Ageless eye cream around my eyes, a bit of cream foundation (Maybelline Dream Mousse comes in a shade that I love), and a bit of Cargo blush in Big Easy. I love Good Natured Brand Bee Calm Lip Balm in lemon because they’re a woman-owned local Maine company and their products are all natural. And that’s about it for everyday pampering! I live on a farm, remember!

In the evening, I splash warm water on my face, use Arcona Cranberry Toner and follow up with Origins Night-a-Mins and apply some Fresh Crème Ancienne Eye Cream around my eyes.

The best décor hack I've learned: The best home decor can be found at antique stores, on eBay, at yard sales, or even by the side of the road! People throw out the most interesting things.

My interior stylist spirit animal is: A chicken, of course! But, seriously, I am very into the clean, minimalist farmhouse look right now. Lots of exposed beams, white and cream, rustic, vintage, and maybe a few chicken pieces.

The Instagram handles I follow religiously are: @keepingwiththetimes, @cat_in_france, @framedcooks, @abbycapalbo, and @dreamywhitelifestyle.

This season, my go-to cocktail order is: The classic lemon drop is my go-to drink. Unique enough to consider my signature cocktail, but not too “out there”, so every bartender knows how to make out. Plus as an added bonus, it’s a great source of Vitamin C to ward off scurvy!

The first lesson I learned as an Adult with a capital A: Marriage is hard. Life is hard. Running your own business is hard. But it’s worth every bit of work you put into it.

The most surprising thing I learned from a MyDomaine story is: This article where I learned that vinegar (and some essential oils) works as a cleaner for countertops, floors, and all my other kitchen surfaces makes me happy! Inexpensive, natural, safe, and easy to make! It’s a win-win.