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Monday Inspiration: Toile de Jouy

Growing up in a small revolutionary war era town in New England, I saw lots of homes decorated with Toile de Jouy.  Toile de Jouy, often abbreviated as toile, is pronounced “twall.” It means cloth from Jouy-en-Josas,  a suburban Paris town where this fabric was produced in the 18th century.  Toile is a pattern of fabric or…… Continue reading Monday Inspiration: Toile de Jouy

Blue and White · Fashion · Favorites · Inspiration · Interiors · Stripes

Monday Inspiration: Blue and White Stripes

On most days, you will find me wearing a navy-and-white-striped long sleeve t-shirt with either a pair of white jeans (in the summer) or a pair of colorful corduroys or jeans (in the winter).  Stripes, especially blue and white ones, make me feel cheerful. They are crisp, classic and casual, and they evoke both something…… Continue reading Monday Inspiration: Blue and White Stripes

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