Monday, May 28, 2018


I planted seven varieties of peonies in the gardens.  This was an exciting year; the first time they all bloomed!  

Clarence doesn't seem to care.   

Peonies have such an old world look.  

The vase is lovely but it os also difficult for the kitties to knock over.  lol  

Back to the gardens!

Enjoy your week, friends!  



Friday, May 25, 2018

Divine Theatre House Tour!

HI friends!  I have been gone a very long time.  Too long.  This winter was difficult for our family.  We were all very sick. Four months worth of sick.  Then the sick turned into pneumonia, which turned into a nearly fatal heart arrhythmia that put me in cardiac intensive care for a week.  
Happy ending, though!  
Everyone is perfectly healthy and we have the doctor bills to prove it.  lol  

I have so much catching up to do.  
While I was recuperating I did some rearranging.  I also parted with a great many treasures so that I could showcase the ones I have. 
Editing is the hardest part.  Isn't it?  

Because the garden season has begun I am literally just throwing these photos at you guys, waving, then going out to edge the gardens, pull weeds, plant shrubs, lay mulch....

I hope you enjoy the little tour!  
And yes, everything is from Craigslist!  

Dog gallery wall in the game room.  
Another angle

Tapestries, toile, Louis XVI, kitty and Aubusson in the game room.  
The curtains are inexpensive tablecloths from Amazon.  



Painted linen cabinet. I keep my tablecloths and napkins here.  I will share a tutorial soon! 

Tulips in the sunroom

Empire chandelier reflected in dining room trumeau mirror

French trumeau mirror and Louis XVI console in dining room

Dining room tapestry.  The Louis XVI desk came from Rush Limbaugh's uncle, so I am told.  It it used as a bar.  


Purple transferware setting for Easter dinner...

Sparklies in the dining room!

Out with the old!  

Christmas gift from Handsome Husband.  19th century French armoire to store dishes in the dining room.  

Much love to you all!  



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hello, my friends! 

We are in the midst of celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas! Well, kinda. Our daughter has been sick the last few days and we have been pretty low key. 

She is feeling a bit better, so I thought I would take a moment to wish you all a bright Christmas season! 

We don't begin our decorating until right before Christmas, because we use fresh greenery that hopefully lasts until Epiphany!
Here is a small vignette in the front hall. Fresh bay garlands and wreaths. We made the glittered pinecone tassels. I will post a tutorial. It was simple and really fulfilling. They look so decadent! It smells like heaven! I promise to show more soon!



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Time Marches On

I hope the Holidays find you in good health and good spirits, my friends!  

Because we prefer to use all natural decorations, we typically don't decorate for Christmas until the week of Christmas Day.  

The Holidays this year began on a sad note and I feel we needed something to cheer us up.  

Our sweet Mabel passed away on November 11.  She was diagnosed with aggressive cancer a month prior.  

  Mabel died in my arms on a Saturday morning.  

I know she is with her friends in heaven now, but I would trade all that I have to spend one more day with her.  

I dusted off an old faux tree we had in the basement and added just a few ornaments.  
I placed it in a silver urn I found on Craigslist a few years back.  
The Moravian star light fixture that hangs in the sunroom adds the perfect touch! 

Our silver nutcracker collection is growing and this seemed the perfect place for them.  That is, until Delores finds them!  
...and she will, oh she will.  

Our hearts are heavy.  There is no way around it.  However, if one truly believes in the Spirit of Christmas, then we know that Mabel lives on.  
We choose to celebrate her life and the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.  We choose to create new Holiday memories in spite of the aching in our hearts.  

In a few weeks time, we will continue our tradition of finding the perfect tree, wreaths and garlands to grace our home.  

This year, there will be one less stocking on the mantel, but one more angel in heaven.  

With Love, 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Looking Glass

I have an affection for mirrors.  I had no idea.  However, upon reflection, it is quite apparent. 

No more puns.  I promise.  

Mirrors have the ability to make small rooms look larger, dark rooms seem brighter and they literally double the beauty of what they reflect.  

When I hang mirrors, I am careful to situate them opposite of something worth their reflection, be it a window, a painting, a favorite objet d' art, even another mirror.  

While perusing these photos I also noted that I seem to like painting mirrors, for the finish of over half of them has been altered.  Thank goodness for chalk paint!  I never could have accomplished so much without it!  

I have mastered the art of looking at a mirror without looking into a mirror.  
Like vampires do, I'm sure.  
But their hair always looks so nice.  How do they do that?  

Mirrors have a presence many other pieces do not.  They can be unobtrusive or they can be a the focal point of a room.  
In the dreary winter months, when light is scarce, a mirror, or several, can direct the rays of the sun into a room that might otherwise be somber.  In summer, mirrors invite the reflection of blue skies, butterflies, birds and flowers, so it seems as if you are outdoors, among them.  

Now, imagine the walls of these rooms without mirrors. The glow of light in the mirror disappears, the depth of the reflection, gone. 

They really do make a difference!  



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Divine Gardens...

Summer is waning.  I'm never ready for this.  
I love every moment spent in the gardens.  I never want it to end!  

They certainly have come a long way since I woke in the middle of the night with an idea that would take years to come to fruition...Truly, they will never be finished but the soul is there. I can feel it.  

View of the East garden gate from the parterre...leading into the Shakespeare borders.  

Front entry.  Many neighbors have decorated for Autumn but I wait until Autumn arrives.  

East Limelight Hydrangea hedge...

View of parterre from house, facing the street, toward East Limelight hedge...

View of parterre from street.  The trees will soon grow to the point that our gardens will be hidden and the homes encircling us cannot be seen. 

My garden is a dear companion and I will miss her as she sleeps.  

I know that she will miss me as well.  For in Spring, she comes bearing flowers and blooms that spill confetti, which catches in my hair and falls gaily to my feet!

She conducts a chorus of birds to awaken me in the morning and an ensemble of chirping crickets, baritone frogs and sonorous toads to lull me to sleep at night.

Yes.  I will miss her.

Until then!

Goodnight, sweet friend.  




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