Fall Decorating · Favorites · Inspiration

Fall Inspiration from P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

When I lived in Nashville over 20 years ago, I enjoyed watching Southern garden and design expert P. Allen Smith’s gardening and cooking segments on the local news. Smith’s enthusiasm and expertise about all things garden-related are infectious and engaging. In the two decades since I moved north from Nashville, Smith has built an empire…… Continue reading Fall Inspiration from P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

Antiques · Design · Favorites · Inspiration · Interiors

A Beautiful and Artistically-Styled Home

Each day on Instagram, I look forward to viewing the photos taken by Maura Endres (@m.o.endres). Maura posts beautiful photographs of her gorgeous New Jersey home, her incredible flower arrangements, her gourmet-looking meals, and her lovely yard and garden. Each photo that she posts is a work of art. Her styling is flawless, her ability…… Continue reading A Beautiful and Artistically-Styled Home

Blue and White · China Patterns · Favorites · Table Settings

Blue and White China Patterns

There are so many gorgeous china patterns to choose from! One color combination that I gravitate to is blue and white—classic and timeless. Blue and white china has been popular in Europe since the 17th century, when it was imported to Europe from China, and in America since the 18th century. Owning a set of…… Continue reading Blue and White China Patterns

Design · Favorites · Inspiration · Interiors · Styling · Vignettes

A Stylist’s Natural and Pretty Vignettes

When looking at homes in magazines, I focus on how the homes’ spaces are styled.  I enjoy the details, especially the vignettes that are created to adorn tables, shelves, and other surfaces.  One of my favorite stylists and photographers, whose work I have noticed in several articles in Country Living, is Texas-based Becki Griffin.  Becki creates vignettes…… Continue reading A Stylist’s Natural and Pretty Vignettes

Design · Fabric · Favorites · Inspiration · Interiors

A Favorite Fabric: Buffalo Check

One of my favorite prints is buffalo check. Buffalo check is similar to gingham, but the checks are much larger. Buffalo check fabric comes in all colors and works well in both contemporary and traditional designs.  One of its best features is that it works beautifully with most other prints and florals. Here are some…… Continue reading A Favorite Fabric: Buffalo Check

Cooking · Favorites · Food · Inspiration · Recipe

Recipe for my Favorite Drink this Summer: Mint Lemonade

As part of a school project on Turkey this past spring, my seventh grader decided to serve her classmates Turkish mint lemonade. She found a recipe that I modified, and we absolutely loved it. It is the most refreshing drink on a hot summer day, and, if you like mint and lemons, I guarantee you…… Continue reading Recipe for my Favorite Drink this Summer: Mint Lemonade