Sunday, June 7, 2020

Bold and colorful summer home tour

Well hello friends! I hope you and your families are well, safe and full of hope. I thrive on any glimmer of hope and finding the good in situations, and always strive to share positive and uplifting posts here and on social media. 

Today, I'm so happy to be joining a group of 28 other bloggers to share some summer home inspo. Thanks to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this diverse group together because there's something for everyone throughout the entire week.

First, I would like to welcome all of you who are coming over from Jenn's beautiful home at Clean and Scentsible! Her flavored water bar is such a great idea!!

I am going to start my tour here in the living room...

Monday, June 1, 2020

Franciscan Desert Rose on the porch

I used to share a pretty table at least once a week, and I'm not sure what happened along the way, but it's something I'd sure like to get back to so I pulled out the Franciscan Desert Rose and headed out on the porch.


Thursday, May 28, 2020

The pink kitchen

Well hello everyone! I wanted to pop in and share a little change I made in my kitchen😊
I am inspired frequently by fabrics and nature, and I kept thinking about pulling out the pink in the Kaufmann Queensland fabric I have in the kitchen, so I got out the leftover peachy/pink paint from the girls' bathroom project several years ago, and started painting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Spring Centerpiece

Hello everyone! I know, I know, I've been missing since my spring tour. Things have been busy here, and with the craziness and uncertainty that has ensued with quarantines and closures, I've tended to focus on instagram. Anyhoo -- I wanted to share this sweet little centerpiece.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Victorian Spring Home Tour

“Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom.” -Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
And so it is even in times that seem uncertain, so I am choosing hope and joy, and I certainly hope to spread some happy spring spirit as I share my home today.

I'm excited to join Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for her Spring Home Tour series along with 29 other very diverse bloggers, and I'm so happy you are here stopping by from Julia's beautiful home at Cuckoo4Design


Monday, March 2, 2020

Picture rail and dark gray

I am a lover of history and my current obsession is the Victorian era, during the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, and beyond.  So many of the antiques and architectural details from the old house I have inherited are from the late 1800s in particular, so I love to read about styles, colors, etc., from that era.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Great grandmother's Eastlake chaise

My grandmother promised me great grandmother Knight's chaise lounge when I was a young girl. I always loved it, and it went with me to my college apartment.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Winter buffet

It is no secret I like to change things up using what I have. There's no better way to freshen up a space and get a new look than by removing everything and shopping my own house.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Antique millwork restoration

If you've been here long, you'll know I've been restoring and installing in our house the 100+ year old millwork that was stored from my great grandfather's house here. I'll link to some of those posts at the bottom.

This is a project I'm really passionate about, and I've certainly improved my woodworking skills in the process😊

Continuing in the living room, I worked on the baseboards and window trim last week. Oh what a difference millwork makes!! The rich texture of this old wood is just beautiful, and I'm so happy to give it new life in our home.

Monday, January 27, 2020

What makes a kitchen the heart of a home

Y'all knew I had to bring some color back to this kitchen, didn't you? 
I get really bored and need to add color to spice things up, so I brought back my Indian sari curtains and sink skirt, the red velvet table runner and some red towels😊

Monday, January 20, 2020

Victorian Chairs

Oh the joy of facebook marketplace😊 You just never know what you might find there, and I have discovered it to be the best resource in my particular area for all things antique and the best deals.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Winter kitchen

I always enjoy the blank slate after Christmas, and never feel like the house is bare, but just clean and fresh. Dinnerware is a big thing seasonally for me, and whatever I use sets the tone for everything else. I generally bring out my Wedgewood Queens Plain/Shape creamware as it was the first pattern I chose in the early 1990s and is a classic from 1763.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Winter mantel

I'm still in love with the mantel I created with the wood from the old house. It has offered so many opportunities for decor, and winter is no exception.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Favorite posts last year

 Happy New Year everyone! I enjoyed two wonderful weeks with my family, making memories and savoring the Christmas season. Now it's back to work, and I have lots of fun projects planned for this year.

First, though, I wanted to recap my favorite projects from 2019 because they really foreshadow the projects I have planned for this year.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Christmas at Balsam Mountain Preserve

Here we are the day before Christmas Eve, and I'm just now sharing the work I did at Balsam Mountain Preserve! 

BMP is such a beautiful place here in the mountains, so I always keep things pretty simple and very natural to reflect the mountain landscape. We had a dusting of snow the day I shot these photos for just a bit of Christmas magic!

Monday, December 16, 2019

A centerpiece for mother plus 8 more Christmas centerpieces using a long board

I love to create a pretty centerpiece for Christmas, and the last few years I've used a long board as the base, so I thought I'd share one I created for my mother then eight more of those ideas with you all in one post.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Christmas Home Tour - Farmhouse kitchen and dining

It's that time of year again, and I am more than excited to join with 29 other bloggers to share our homes as part of the 2019 Christmas Home Tours hosted by Marty at A Stroll Thru Life!! 
Welcome to everyone coming over from Julia's beautiful home at Cuckoo 4 Design!

I shared my Victorian-styled living room Friday so be sure to check that out as well😊

Friday, December 6, 2019

Victorian farmhouse Christmas

I love Christmas. I love everything about it from the most important aspect - celebrating the birth of Christ, right on down to the cultural traditions and customs, from trimming the tree and hanging stockings by the fire to singing Christmas carols and the first taste of my mother's fruitcake. My memories of Christmas are absolute magic and the stuff dreams are made of, not because we had lots of gifts, but because of the wonderful family times, church services, and brown paper bags filled with an orange, an apple and a few candy canes. 

The older I get, the more I want to keep that old-fashioned magic alive so I went back in time for a late Victorian-style Christmas.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Cozy winter bedroom

I might be in the minority, but I love when the days get shorter, and we get back on standard time. I love those cozy nights, dinner around the table by candlelight, and the clear, starry skies that only appear in winter. 

When it starts to get colder, I like to bring out the down comforters, quilts and flannel sheets for each bedroom as well. Our house is heated by a heat pump, which is just not the warmest kind of heating, and I like everyone to be warm and snug without turning up the heat.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Franciscan Apple Thanksgiving

Oh how I just love Thanksgiving! It's a day I really look forward to, and I love getting the opportunity to set a pretty table.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

Three fall mantels at the Boarding House

I wanted to share the mantels I designed at Balsam Mountain Preserve as these will work well right on into Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fall at the Boarding House

I wanted to share what I did outside the Boarding House at Balsam Mountain Preserve before October is over!


Monday, October 21, 2019

Fall dining and music room

It seemed like fall would never arrive here in the N.C. mountains, but finally we have some cool weather, frost and changing leaves!! Give me all the fall y'all😊

I love for the inside of my home to be warm and welcoming for my family and to also reflect the beauty outside, so I always add some candles, texture and fall foliage to bring that autumn feeling in.