• mushrooms and moss

    mushrooms and moss

    Somehow I missed taking photos of Halloween this year. We didn't have a party, just a few good friends over for dinner. Our friends don't like to dress up in costume, so I just ask them to wear black to match my table and all my black wonderful Halloween collections. Boy have I spent some money through the years.

    The porch looked great and the kids seemed to love it, so I was happy. It takes me days to decorate, a hundred trips to the attic and back. And it takes me days to put away, trying to keep things organized and labeled and all the trips up and down and into that ole attic. sigh.

    But I have to admit, after weeks covered in Halloween, I am happy just to do a Thanksgiving dining room. AND I find myself trying to "put away" as much as possible in the rest of the house to have a cleaner look. It's so wonderful to have it done.

    My "Calmer" Living Room

    I have probably mentioned these two blogs before, but I am mentioning them again. Cote de Texas


    and http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com Color outside the Lines ( He is also the cross bottle guy)

     I Rreally enjoy both of these and think you will too.

    One other thing. I just picked up my self published creative non-fiction book about my sister. Its a tiny thing, but to me a big accomplishment since I am not really a writer.

  • summer yard

    summer yard

    This is the path to what I call our Bistro area. There is a french bistro table and 4 chairs, a hanging concrete face of a man, as well as a zinc sign that is written in french. There used to be an urn with spashing water, but I have become too tired to continue to fill it as well as move the heavy urn and clean the pond out once or twice a year. So with the help of my younger son we filled it in and now it is just an urn. The planter you do see I took from my Mom's house when she died in 1998. It is the same color she had Will paint it. Will was a wonderful man who used to help Dad in the yard, directed by Mom, who I never saw do any yard work. She had the gift of vision, Dad and Will did the hard work.

    The two cannonball lights on the left were used on the streets at night when the city was doing road work. On Pinterest.com they call them smudge pot road flares. They were at Mom and Dad's in the garage. I have never tried to light them. In the bed of hosta's and ferns is a concrete ball as well as concrete bases and concrete architectural pieces. There are 5 large Fatsia's in the back against the beautiful wall that I copied from one I saw in town and had built in stages as we could afford it. Now it mostly encloses our entire yard except for a wooden privacy wall in the back hung with arched mirrors.

  • driftwood mirror

    driftwood mirror

    Not the best photo...so I'll probably take another one. I saw an ad for Ralph Lauren in a magazine and in the ad was a driftwood mirror. I wanted one badly, so when I was at the North Carolina coast I purchased some driftwood that had been found at Fort Fisher. Then back in Charlotte I found more driftwood at the Sleepy Poet. I called my favorite all around handy man and showed him the ad. We laid the driftwood out on the floor and he took it to his shop and made if for me. I love it and it really makes the room special.


  • Vignettes


    Love this concrete oxen and boy with faded blue paint. I used to be in sales and traveled quite a bit. On a trip to Alexandria and Washington I found him in Georgetown behind one of the antique stores. He sits on the hearth next to the brass Adam firebasket purchased at HomeFires in Charlotte when we enlarged our diningroom. I love love love fireplaces and would ideally have one in everyroom, including the bathroom, if I could afford it. sigh.

  • Vignettes


    I love to create little vignettes around the house. I visualize a photographer taking a photo of each set up and I spend time thinking about the best way to make a display on each table in my house.

    While I am doing morning exercises in the living room, I am constantly jumping up to rearrange something. I don't know why. Total impulse. So I decided to get out my Iphone and be the photographer of my own vignettes. 

    Above are grape plates I bought at Replacements in Greensboro and more at an estate sale near home. I love how they look on pottery gold chargers purchased at Target years ago. The placemat is an animal print on one side black on the other.  The tablecloth is a length of material I bought on a sale at a cloth store. I never hem just cut and throw on the table. The beautiful gold napkin rings Mom gave me. The huge white soft monogramed antique cloth napkins I bought at a consignment store. Who cares if there are a few holes in them?... I certainly don't.

  • Christmas and before

    Christmas and before

    Had a blast in New York the first of December with a girlfriend. For 4 days we walked everywhere...one day for 23,586 steps..the other three 18,000 or so. Bought a cool sweater at Rag and Bone and saw Book of Mormon. Fun windows everywhere and everyone seemed in great spirits..except those stuck in the crush around Trump Tower. You couldn't walk past the place without the police checking your bags. We stayed on the other side of the street as we headed up toward the park which wasn't much better. Got caught in a huge crush of lookers on and news people and the naked (almost) cowboy, who evidently shows up everywhere. Poor Tiffanys right next door!

    New York was like a southern town..everyone nice and willing to tell you directions or even walk you to where you wanted to go.

    Back home:

    I had purchased and draped garlands on my pier mirror as well as the large mirror on the dining room, but because is was early in December and the weather had been so warm, they looked sad when I got home. So down they came and I went to the tree lot, told them my situation and she gave me more at half the price, so I bought a small tree also and gave it to my son who lives in a condo nearby. He said the children in the neighborhood love coming over to

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