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My Favorite Designer’s California Home Tour

If I could choose any interior designer to help me decorate my home, there is no doubt in my mind who I would call first.  As you may have guessed from the number of designs of his that I include in my posts, Mark D. Sikes is my favorite interior designer.  It occurred to me recently…… Continue reading My Favorite Designer’s California Home Tour

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The Extraordinary Southern Gothic Property of Furlow Gatewood

For Christmas, my husband gave me the design book One Man’s Folly, which I had been wanting since it was published a couple of years ago.  This gorgeous, coffee table style book is the story of Furlow Gatewood, a southern gentleman in his mid-nineties, who has taken the remaining 11 acres of his family’s beautiful rural…… Continue reading The Extraordinary Southern Gothic Property of Furlow Gatewood

Architecture · Christmas · Holidays · Home Exteriors · Inspiration

Holiday Decorating With Fruit—Colonial Williamsburg Style

Several years ago, we visited Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas holiday. I fell in love with the Christmas decorations there. Every door was decorated differently with the most gorgeous assortment of natural wreaths and garlands.  In many of the decorations, the greenery was embellished with fresh fruit. Here are some examples of Williamsburg’s holiday decor…… Continue reading Holiday Decorating With Fruit—Colonial Williamsburg Style

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A Charming Cottage Home Tour

When I saw this tiny cottage in Country Living Magazine last year, I fell in love with everything about it. This home, located in Redlands, California, is 970 square feet and was built in 1890 as the gardener’s cottage on an estate. Janet Korff, who writes the lifestyle blog The Gardener’s Cottage, and her husband, on a quest…… Continue reading A Charming Cottage Home Tour

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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

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Blue and White Kitchen Inspiration

Our dated kitchen cries out to be renovated, but there will be no kitchen renovation until my husband is on board with the idea. Until that day comes (which I hope will be sooner rather than later!), I must content myself with dreaming about what our new kitchen might look like. I would like a…… Continue reading Blue and White Kitchen Inspiration