Friday, March 10, 2017

Back to the Porch and all about Cornbread and Caviar

 Welcome back to The Porch on South Main! 
If you missed the first part of our visit, 
you can catch up HERE

 This wonderful spot is a built-in seating area in the kitchen. 
Don't you love the way they did the back cushions! 



More of the wonderful lighting that they have at the Porch.

I really wanted to take this little fellow home with me!
I have a real weakness for all kinds of terriers.

They have wonderful home accessories and gift items.

A great little glassed in side porch is the perfect place to start new plants! 
Another wonderful light fixture!


 I especially love the two light fixtures on the far left. 
They are made out of seashells! On the right are some great pendant lights. 

This is their resource room. You have to have one place you can spread
out and make a mess, when you are busy working! 


Anyone up to a game of chess?



I just love all the artwork that they have at The Porch! This is one of my favorites!

 Janet Armstrong, an encaustic painter talked with us about
her art and shared several of her fused molten beeswax paintings
with us. You can read more about Janet and her art HERE


Here is a piece of art by Janet Armstrong, encaustic artist.
What a fascinating technique. I could not help, but run my fingers
over this painting. You really have to see and feel it in person! 

Now about Cornbread and Caviar. Our last two ADN meetings have been catered by 
Cornbread and Caviar. Let me tell you they know how to put a spread on!
We had a different menu for each meeting. Everything we tasted was absolutely scrumptious! Their kitchens are located in Auburn, Georgia and they do weddings, social and corporate groups. Take a minute and go check out their website HERE

This wraps up our tour of The Porch at South Main. Be sure and stop by and see Lynn and her staff. If you are a designer and want to know more about the Atlanta Designers' Network, ask for Lynn or our other ADN friend at The Porch, Barbara. They can tell you all about this great organization that brings independent designers together. (or get in touch with me!)

Also, go see The Shack! This was one movie that was as wonderful as the book.
 I loved them both!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

An Interior Lifestyle destination with Cornbread and Caviar

I guess you are wondering how an Interior Lifestyle 
with Cornbread and Caviar fits together?
Well be patient, it will all come together. 

Anita, Bridgette, Lynn, Theresa
See these lovely ladies, they are part of the Atlanta Designers' Network.
Lynn Morely (2nd from the right) owns a fabulous store called
the Porch on South Main. It is located in Alpharetta and is
a treasure chest of wonderful finds. 


A unique lifestyle destination for home furnishings, accessories, gifts and antiques. 
Lynn and her wonderful staff were our hostesses for the March ADN meeting.
What a treat this was for us! I am going to take you on a walking tour
of 531 South Main Street. 

Where should we start? Why on the porch of course! 

It was still a bit cool on this March morning. So we hurried on to the front door.

Looking back at the front door.

They do not go for the matchy-matchy or one-dimension “look”, 
but rather a well thought out combination of function and flare.

The Porch has a collection of beautiful lighting! I am lusting after 
this chandelier! Do you see the "bunny" folded napkins!

Every corner hold something special! 

You must look up and down, inside and out, or you will miss something!

Their desire is to marry conventional with unconventional; 
antiques with the contemporary; pretty with the edgy. 


I want that fur throw too!



Their collections of “found objects”  are different and exciting.


I will be back tomorrow with Part 2 of The Porch on South Main

and to explain about the Cornbread and Caviar.


 I have to run, going to see The Shack with some of the girls in my
Book Club. I loved the book and can't wait to see the movie.
See you back her tomorrow! 















Sunday, January 1, 2017

Through the Looking Glass at Sea Island, Georgia.




On an unseasonably warm December day, even in the Golden Isles, 
my friends and I ventured out to The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia. 
We were ready to enjoy some Holiday Magic! 


There is always a Gingerbread House at the Cloister.


These two were whispering about something at the Beach Club!


After wandering through the Cloister to enjoy the Christmas 
Decorations, we decided to head over to the Beach Club
for lunch. That is where we discovered Alice! 
The Cloister goes all out every Christmas with their decorations.
You can look back at some of the past Christmas decorations 

This year the Beach Club on Sea Island was transformed into a 
Wonderland....Alice in Wonderland that is.
Oh my ears and whiskers, I'm late. I'm late said the White Rabbit!

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.” 

Queen of Hearts: I am NOT in the habit of talking to myself.
(aside)
Queen of Hearts: Even though it's the only way I can get a 
decent conversation around here.


These were little vignettes under glass domes.
"Off with your head!"

I got to sit down and have tea with this lovely group!
"Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time."

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee agreed to have a battle
For Tweedle Dum said Tweedle Dee had spoiled his nice new rattle; 

Just then, down flew a monstrous crow, 
As black as a tar barrel
Which frightened both the heroes so, 
They quite forgot their quarrel.

The hallway to the Southern Tides Restaurant and Bar 
were decorate with trees that carried out the Alice
in Wonderland theme. 


As Alice said to the Mad Hatter, "You're mad. Bonkers. Off your head....
But I'll tell you a secret...All of the best people are."

 It was so pretty that day. We decided to dine
 outside by the ocean. 

Thank you for letting me share my time with you! 
Christmas always brings out the child in each of us.
But my time "Through The Looking Glass" brought it out in me! 



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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Home for the Holidays....it is the little things!




I get so excited when the Christmas magazines start to arrive. I ❤
looking at all the gorgeous Christmas decorating ideas. Even more
exciting is seeing the Atlanta Christmas Showhouse. It is one of 
my favorite holiday treats! 

This years Showhouse, sponsored by the The Atlanta Home and Lifestyle magazine,
was loaded with great interior design and holiday decor. Visitors use to not be able
to take photographs, but with all of the media coverage and bloggers attending 
the preview party, great photos are easy to find. 

I am going to share with you some of the pictures I captured with my phone.
This is the last weekend that the house will be open to the public. If you like
what I am sharing, it may make you want to visit this Holiday Home for 
yourself! But if it is not your taste or workable in your schedule, at the end
of the post, I will share links of the tour from two very talented, bloggers. 
They are lot better photographers than I am! Their pictures are great and 
will show you the entire house! 

Beautiful gift wrapped packages were tucked in many of
the rooms.

This pine cone wreath is on the family den doors that
lead out to the loggia.

Magnolias were used in the family den on the bookshelves and game table. 
The designers used just the right amount of holiday trimmings, so the rooms
were festive, but not overdone! 

I really like this idea in the guest powder room. They used a glass and brass
snack table. They were popular a number of years back to slide between 
sectional seating. This made an excellent accent table for a narrow 
powder room. 
This is another shot of the same powder room. 
Another interesting detail in this room was the sink. 
Here is a closeup so you can see how it works! 

This was a lighted display area at the end of a hallway intersection. 
It is a great place to display art work and holiday accessories. It is
a great focal point for an otherwise boring hall area.

I loved this fabric and trim. So many people were asking about it! 

This pattern was another fabric that was getting raves. It was used for
pillows in a pair of chairs. If you like this look in the living room, be sure
and look at the links at the end.

I loved the stone they used on the counter tops. It has a green veining 
that runs through it. The kitchen designer did a great mix
of different metals in the kitchen! They blend so beautifully you hardly 
register it at first that their is brass, copper and nickle all present!

This is the flooring in the back entrance. Love the cross shaped stones and
the funky, black chair and wallpaper!

This light in the mudroom/laundry room gives off some
interesting light shadows.

Every nook and cranny was used in the upstairs office! 

Interesting mobile tucked into a corner of the bedroom. That is a 
3D pattern on the walls behind the chair.

There is so much more to see in this fabulous house.  I am sharing two 
bloggers' blog post. 
Jennifer Schoenberger, at Vreeland Road,

Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality, who did her post in two parts.

I hope you each enjoy this Holiday House as much as I did! 
Have you Decked your Halls?