Thursday, August 28, 2008
More beautiful Chinese export porcelain and a few copper cookware pieces. Also, a & a 19th Century stove - I love this Carolina Mountain hideaway!
A few weeks ago while trying to organize my office and get my magazines in order (no easy task), I came across a few of my Southern Accents. I immediately starting leafing through them, and quickly noticed Texas Tea. After reading Texas Tea, looking at the pictures and admiring the beautiful tea set, I simply could not take my mind off the art of afternoon tea and what has happened in the last 98 years. Honestly, I have not been to a proper tea since I took my buddy Cruella to the Ritz, circa 2005--a huge splurge for both of us. My afternoon tea currently consists of a tall, non-fat Misto and a low-fat banana chocolate chip cake obtained through the drive-thru window at Starbucks and consumed while driving! I’m sure this was not what the Victorians had in mind!
The perfect cup of tea
I was even going to send my friend home with tea sachets!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Currently in Martha Stewart --Sevigny fabric in Pistachio Sky by Cowtan & Tout looks great in a living room setting mixed with greens, golds and brown.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This past Saturday, after fetching our afternoon mail--after having worked all morning on house stuff (helping hubby install our much needed kitchen floor), I thought I deserved a minute or two to leaf through my new Southern Accents. It’s a great issue, and one the thing that I noticed was Amelia Handegan’s (a Charleston designer whose work I’ve long admired) client’s new home on King Street. Anyway, I noticed in one of the more formal rooms, the clean, elegant curtains puddle a wee bit.
Image from Michael Smith's Elements of Style
Personally, I like curtains to puddle, but with that said, it really depends on the year and make of the house, whether it has high or low ceilings, ect. Anyway, every time I see curtains that puddle it always makes me think of Michael Smith. In his book Elements of Style he says that “I prefer curtains to be a classic length, just touching the floor.” He adds that, as for curtains that “pool and puddle,” the concept now looks ridiculous and exaggerated—the opposite of elegance. “These curtains act like dust-catchers, and make a room appear dowdy.” Admittedly, I agree with that, and you can rest assured my hubby does too—he has never been a fan of puddles – maybe it’s a guy thing. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because in my household I have not really mastered either way. Here, recently, after having my curtains puddled, I noticed that Ellie, our dog, would use them to hide her milk bones from her brother, Rolle. Needless to say, my puddles weren’t really doing it for me. After having the hubby rehang them to lightly touch the floor they are now probably a inch to high, and I don’t think that is what Michael Smith had in mind either!
Image from House & Garden-Home of Nigella Lawson
What do you think- do you like puddles?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Early yesterday morning, after I published my post for the day—I had a few minutes to myself to catch up on some reading before heading out of the house. I discovered that Mrs. Blandings had just submitted a new post. At any rate, Mrs. Blanding’s post for the day was about her one year anniversary of blogging. Naturally, I thought to myself that this was the time of the year that I had just discovered the world of blogging myself. I did not even know what a blog was until I did a google-search trying to find Ashley Whitaker’s website. I remember all too well—hubby was out of town on business and I was ready to dash out of my house for my morning jog and start my routine. Well my google search led me to the world of blogging, and, needless to say, it was good hubby was away—I had a lot of reading to do and no time for him! How much fun is it to read about people who love and are passionate about the same things you are? Who knew! Happy Anniversary Mrs.Blandings!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Last week, while in Atlanta, I finally had a chance to visit one of the most talked about stores--in the city, Mrs. Howard! The store was everything I had read, heard, pictured, and even more! All the rooms are absolutely beautiful! One of my favorite rooms is the dining room--see Bringing The Outdoors In by me. The sales assistant was very nice and helpful, and shared with me that the room had been hand-painted. If you’re going to be in Atlanta I would highly recommend stopping by Mrs. Howard, and also visiting her other store, Max & Company, just a few doors down. If you are looking for a hostess, wedding, or birthday gift and cannot make it there anytime soon, you should check out her top ten products. I love everything, but one thing in particular that I cannot get out of my head are the William Yeoward Lucia Hurricanes with the honeycomb candles!
FYI -The sales assistant said that a delivery truck was heading their way with several new pieces –should be pretty good!
Monday, August 11, 2008
All Images via Sea Island
Sunday, August 10, 2008
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a few of my reupholsting Decorating Dilemmas! To be quite honest, that’s was only about the half of it! I was a little too embarrassed to tell you about one of my sofas that is currently being stored in my potting shed and is probably ruined as I type! Nor did I tell you about a pair of French chairs that the hubby ruined while slopping dirty water around—a long story! And I know that I did not mention a French chair that I bought three and half years ago, and my current nagging client (hubby) has called it to my attention—it seems he has grown quite tired of looking at it. So last weekend, I relocated the chair to my in-laws’ basement—they have lots of storage and my nagging client doesn’t have to look at until I have it reupholstered—he doesn’t seem to know that these things take time! Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me—several pieces that desperately need to be reupholstered. Now, I need to get to work and find the fabrics.
Here's my start
Suzanne Rheinstein's Palace Garden for Lee Jofa
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This past weekend, my mother-in-law made Penne with Beef Arugula for an evening picnic that, unfortunately, was rained out! Although it did not actually rain, and lord knows they need it there in Atlanta, it was pretty dark and scary-looking nonetheless. So we went out for dinner instead. Go figure, every time you plan an outdoor activity and go to a little trouble, it decides to rain, or at least threaten to anyway, and destroy your plans. Anyway, she went to a lot of trouble, and, trust me on this, she actually "retired" from cooking a long, long, long time ago. She has even warned me, “No more cook books ever”! So I’m thinking she must of really like this recipe or it would have been potato salad from Publix. The good news is that she insisted on loading the hubby and me up. You know what, it’s pretty good!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
2. Post these six rules on your blog.
3. Write 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person you tag know by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.
Next, list six random things about yours truly!
Number One –Since I discovered this hat from J.Crew a few years ago I won’t be caught dead without it! I wear it when I’m outside in my garden covered in dirt, I wear it to Lowes to pick up paint while covered in paint, and I wear it every day in this sweltering heat when I’m out walking Rolle and Ellie for their afternoon walk. Basically it’s good camouflage, especially at my absolute worst!
Number Four – I am currently reading Pardon my French, written by an Englishman. However, I only wish I had this when traveling across the pond to buy my antiques. Perhaps, I could have gotten a better deal or two-who knows!
There you go and now to tag six bloggers that I enjoy for my daily read– let’s see!
Cote de Texas – She probably won’t be able to play because of her busy schedule of investigative reporting --Decorating The Good The Bad and The Ugly. And of course she stays busy with her own projects as a Houston designer – Move it on over Mr.Faudree!
Studio Annette – I discovered she and I both share a love for Barbara Barry and Charlotte York’s New York flat – I still think about that apartment!
Mrs. Blandings – A blog written with flair!
Katiedid – I discovered her when she was going through a kitchen renovation – can relate- see Kitchen Stuff by me!
Habitually Chic – This girl spends a lot of time burning the midnight oil! I read her blog and enjoy it! Note to self: Start posting nice comments to bloggers who burn the midnight oil and do it well!