Saturday, January 11, 2020

A Designing Day in the Country



Late Spring of 2019, I got really busy with several design 
projects I was working on. This really slowed down my blogging. 
I still managed to get with some of the touring girls and see several 
Showhouses. So now I am going to go back and play catch up 
and share some of these tours with you! 

The first one was late July in Cashiers, North Carolina. 
This is one that is always a winner! 
The Showhouse for 2019 was titled A Day in the Country.

The Entry used one of my favorite Botanical prints on the window.

This first level was small. The entry, dining, living area 
and kitchen were one open area.

The ceiling height helped give the upper area a spacious feeling.

The living area was designed by Eric Ross. He is well known for his
incredible designs through out the South. 
Eric was this years Honorary Guest Designer.

There were two bedrooms on this main level.
Don't you love this bed! 

The second bedroom takes advantage of the window to create 
a exceptional headboard and window treatment. 

There was a daylight basement downstairs. 
I love the painting they used. It opened the
room up and made you feel like you were walking 
into the forest.

There is one large relaxing area in the downstairs.

and a bedroom area

The bedroom area was an eclectic mix of things with a swinging bed.

This was an outdoor area off the downstairs. I love this mix of
furnishings and accessories. 

Out back you have an incredible view of the surrounding area.
There were some friends that were waiting for somebody to 
bring them an apple, as we strolled to the barn.

I wouldn't have a problem staying in this "barn."

This was not a big area, but it certainly doesn't feel 
like a tiny house/barn! 

There was an upstairs loft area in the barn, that made 
a wonderful bedroom. 

This is the exterior of the house. You can certainly say after looking
back, as we walked away, looks can be deceiving! 

I will be back soon with two more Showhouses to share. 
One of my favorite tours is coming up on Sunday, January 26th.
It is the Cathedral Tour in Atlanta and is part of the Cathedral
Antique Show. (This is one that does not allow pictures.) 
I encourage you to go. There will be five homes in the Buckhead
area. These are not showhouses, but are real homes! 
You can find more information on the right side of this blog 
post under Upcoming Events. Be sure to click 
on the blog post title, see below.


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Sources: My pictures, Savvy Southern Style Blog, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Facebook,
Highland-Cashiers Plateau.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I'm Dreaming of a Blue and White Christmas!



I'm dreaming of a White Christmas. 
Is what Elvis Sang.

Dimples and Tangles
But many of us are dreaming of a Blue and White Christmas! 

Southern Hospitality
You might have a touch of Blue and White on your table.
Enchanted Home
or blue ornaments on your tree
HGTV
and blue ribbons on your packages.

Laurel Home
Love all the shades of blue in this room!
Laurel Home
There are lot's of ways you can add blue and white to your home! 
Everyday Living
Look at all the beautiful blue!

Laurel Home
Instead of red and green-we have red, white and blue

Design Indulgence
You can work with your usual blue and white fabrics and 
just add touches of red. 

Nell's Hill
Such pretty touches of blue and white on this small tree! 

Enchanted Home

The Enchanted Home blog always has plenty of Blue and White and Tina
sells so many lovelies in her online store. Here

Southern Hospitality
What a beautiful tree! 

Southern Hospitality
Let's take a closer look! 

The Zusch
How much fun are these blue and white butterflies! 

It doesn't have to all be inside the house! 

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and
you think about having a 
Blue and White Christmas too! 

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Monday, September 9, 2019

A storm named Irma created a design job on Saint Simons Island



After many years of visiting on Saint Simons Island (GA), 
back in 2002 we purchased a second home on the island.

My grandson had his first ocean experience on the sand at SSI. 

Jake still enjoys special times in the Golden Isles! 

At the time we bought on Saint Simons,
 there had been only five hurricanes to hit the Georgia coast 
starting back with Carolina in 1854 and ending in 1985 with 
Hurricane Kate. We really didn't worry about them much. 

Then on October 7th in 2016, a storm named Matthew came to visit.
We were fortunate to get by with some roof damage and ceiling leaks. 
Others on the island had more damage. 

Then this year Dorian came along. Saint Simons was lucky this time. 
But our prayers continue to go out to the Abaco Islands
and other Bahama Islands that were devastated.
We really have no way of understanding what they are going through. 

 But we do know what it feels like to deal with damage from a hurricane.
Hurricane Irma paid a visit to Saint Simons on September the 11th 1917. 
This is a picture a neighbor, across the street, sent after Irma.  

When we walked into our condo at first glance we 
thought things looked pretty good. The floor was the
only thing that looked off. It was much darker. Then we 
realized it was dried sand. It did not come up
without some hard scrubbing and elbow grease. 

We then took the cushions off of our sleeper sofa. 
Still not to bad, until we opened it up, Rusty water went
everywhere. It had been four days since the storm hit
and the frame had already started to rust! 

We headed into the kitchen and started opening drawers and cabinets.
Our muffin pan was in a bottom drawer and had standing water.


Some of  my favorite cookbooks were on a bottom shelf. 

After talking with a neighbor, we went with a contractor 
out of Florida to do our reconstruction work.
 We were so glad we did. Larry and his crew
at Alliance Enterprises  http://allianceentfl.com/
made everything so much easier during this stressful time.
I can't say enough good things about this company! 

It was unbelievable how quickly the mold started growing. 

After the tear out was complete, large fans were brought in
to start drying out the framing. 

Large piles of trash and debris were scattered all around the 
streets on the South side of the island. All over the island
there were also piles of tree limbs and dead plants. 
Our landscaping took a beating. It didn't like salt water. 

I started on the design for the inside. All of the appliances
and cabinets had to be replaced. This was not the way
I wanted to remodel the kitchen!

The upholstered furniture in the living had to go.
Luckily the dining area, seemed to clean up okay. 

This is the foyer area after the new floor was installed. 

This is the powder room before....

This is the powder room after. We added paneling
so we could keep the wallpaper in here.

This was the kitchen before. You can see the shelf
where I had my cookbooks. The water came up that high. 

It was time for the wallpaper to go in here.
But I do miss the painted cabinets I had before. 
They were I soft sage green. When we bought the condo
they were a dark stained wood. 

The other side of the kitchen. I was glad I didn't
have to replace my window treatments and
art work. 

This is the living area before Irma.

Here is the living area after. We have since replaced 
the rug. I wish I had my old one back! The company I 
bought it from is no longer around. 

Here is the dining area . We were lucky we didn't 
have to replace these pieces. 

 It is nice to be able to sit back and enjoy our condo again.
There is still some landscaping to do, but now we can look forward to

….more Beach Time!  
We are so thankful for many wonderful days and years 
spent on the island and look forward to many more!
If you are interested in enjoying some "Island Time" 
You can find our condo listed on: 
https://www.vrbo.com/  Property ID #342525 

Please continue to pray for those whose homes and lives 
were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. If you would
like to make a donation click on the link below.


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