Friday, September 19, 2008

Ohhhh Fall!

Image from A Home for all Seasons

After reading this past Thursday’s New York Times Home section article on design bloggers and their favorite new Fall picks, I started pondering a few things that I thought would do quite nicely for Fall. So with Fall being the operative word here, and with budget (particularly mine) and needs in mind (particulary mine), here’s my take.

In the October issue of House Beautiful I could not help but notice this cozy supper for two by Ralph Lauren. I love the buffalo check napkins and I think they would add a nice big impact for a festive Fall table setting. If you’re thinking that may be a little much for your pocketbook, feel free to zap me an e-mail and I would be happy to suggest something even more budget-friendly—napkins with a similar look.

Applewood Check Napkin $25.00

Now, how about this brown bud vase from Carolyne Roehm, which is currently on sale for $20.00. I would like to order a couple of these today to fill later with a few spray roses-- orange in particular for the fall sesaon. Looking for something even more budget-friendly (especially after the turn of events in the last couple of days) that will add a touch of fall -- just give me a shout, I think I may have a few things in mind which would involve my favorite thing to do (antiquing or junking depending how you look at).

Moving on, in the October issue of Domino, I loved this bathroom done by Rita Konig. I almost bought the magazine while at the bookstore the other day but figured I would wait until my mailman decided to deliver it! I love those sconces and I’m thinking about adding them to my fall list—either for hubby’s bathroom (that I hope to have in the works here soon-- lord knows he been complaining long enough) or to add to a few bookcases that I currently don’t have (and that is another story, I’m afraid). Also, I’m thinking that is a pretty good price for the sconces.

Circa Lighting "Boston" Wall Lamps $273.00 each.

Hmmm Hound-Tooth!!! I always love this classic….

Bantry check Place Textiles

Indeed nothing screams Fall more than a tartan throw, and this one I think would do very nicely! Price is not too bad at all.
Throw from Pendleton

Finally, now that the temperature has cooled down and my basset hound has came out of hibernation-- I think the hubby and I will take him and his sister Ellie for a nice long walk in the woods this weekend. While walking I’ll gather some pinecones to place in an old bowl ---hey it’s free!!!!!!!!!!!! Perhaps I should rename my blog to the Thrifty Southern –More later!

Please share some of your Fall picks…budget or not!

Image here & above from A Home for all Seasons

Congratulations Cote de Texas

This past Wednesday, I finally had some much needed time to myself and I was able to spend a few hours at the bookstore ---probably by now if you have read a few of my posts, you would probably know that spending time in the bookstore for me is better than going to the spa -- it’s free, other then my coffee and perhaps a new book or magazine and a cookie. The point being is I’m finally relaxed, and I’m able to do what I like to do best-- read design magazine and books! So after picking up my selection and sitting down with my coffee of the day (I’m on budget…no sweets) and flipping through Better Homes and Gardens, I saw Joni from Cote de Texas. I will not spoil anything for you, but you should treat yourself this weekend and go to the bookstore and read how to get her French – Tex Mix!

Images from Better Home & Garden & Photos Kim Cornelison

P.S. I want those Spaniels!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

About Time!

Just yesterday, I finally received my House Beautiful --- it seems ever since this past Friday, after Mrs. Blandings posted this room designed by Markham Roberts, I can't get the beautiful chintz (Dahlia fabric by Clarence House ) out of my head!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Perfect Hostess Gift!

Carolyne Roehm is having her End of the Summer Sale. I love these linen handtowels with blue and green wave borders and have been eyeing them all summer. A set of two with the sale price of $19.00---the perfect hostess gift!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bunny's Barn

Both Images from Bunny Williams An Affair with A House

I'm signing out for the week and leaving you with a few images from Bunny Williams' incredible barn!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Living In a Barn!

Just the other day GrannySmithGreen posted a few pictures of her most recent vacation to Blackberry Farm and one of the pictures was of the barn where they dined every night. I happen to be loving barns about now and simply cannot get them out of my mind. A few weeks, ago while hunting through a few Southern Accents for some monogram examples I ran across this Virginia barn and thought to myself wow--I love it! And again yesterday, while sipping on some coffee and waiting for the hubby to pick me, up I started thinking about my cousin's Grandmother's barn house, and how to this day I still remember everything about that Barn. It had natural light, a modern galley kitchen (for it's time), beautiful wooded floors, and overall great style (her grandmother was an artist) just like the one below. Enjoy!

All images from Southern Accents Novembe-December 2007 issues
Photograpphed by Antoine Bootz
George 11 secretary and Chippendale chair with Pierre Frey toile slipcover- love it!

Open Kitchen

Brunschwig & Fils' Carsten Check used here

I love the monograms on the pillowcase. Hmmm why did'nt I see that earlier in my search for monograms may have to try that myself!

This beautiful room is the home owner's office

Bunny's barn tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Still Hunting!

Things have been a little hectic in my household lately! The good news is that, coming home last week from Atlanta after having to cancel vacation plans, it was nice seeing my fence completely redone by my beloved carpenter–like nothing ever happened. Even better, my mail box was even welded back on after being knocked off by the AT&T guy's truck. Indeed, things are picking up in our household! For the last few days now, I’ve not been able to the get that equestrian look out of my head! So the hubby and I have decided on a much needed trip to Louisville and Lexington at the end of the month!

All Images from Hunt Country Style by Kathryn Masson
Photography by Paul Rocheleau
The book is filled with beautiful images such as this black barn set off with white trim & fencing.

I love this 1831 Greek Revival style manor house

Beautiful warm palette in a sitting room.
More later!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

On The Hunt!

While back in Nashville this past Friday and still a little annoyed—actually very annoyed—that hurricane Hanna destroyed our beach plans to Jekyll Island—I actually had a few minutes to unwind and to look at a few books. One such book that I was enjoying over a glass of wine was Hunt Country Style, which I had ordered earlier in the year. And do you know what? I’m in the equestrian mood now! Lexington here we come!

Hunt Country Style