Highlights of a short road trip…..

Hi there……As many of you know my much anticipated southern road trip did not happen. Something came up on my sisters end that did not allow us to adhere to the planned out schedule and by the time we could it was too late, the window had narrowed and we didn’t enough time to do all we had set out to do. However, lest you be feeling sorry for me….this is not by an means, a done deal. Oh, we are going to go, that much you can be sure about…when I am not sure, but hopefully sometime in the fall. And maybe all is not lost as many have suggested, the weather will be a lot more pleasant, so…… to be continued!

We decided to go to? Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville and DC again. We covered a lot of territory in just four days I must say!? All places I have been before but that never get old. I so enjoyed taking tours of various beautiful old southern neighborhoods, exploring tons of great shops and antique stores, meeting people along the way and having a bunch of great meals (and a few not so great for good measure lol)! I must say, there really is something to be said for these beautiful places…..wonderful people, a great quality of life, a life a bit less hurried than where I am from (DC is not included in this statement) and I enjoyed this little getaway immensely! So here is a photo recap of what we saw and did…..

Very picture heavy……….. could take some time to go through!

?Beautiful charming Williamsburg……

Fell in love with the monogrammed insignia of William and Mary College!!

?Yes, my blue and white radar was on high alert!!

?Williamsburg is truly picture perfect……

?And then in Richmond…..

Visited the University of Richmond…..

And of course did the obligatory house tours…… (which most certainly did not disappoint)!

Still with me? Let’s keep going…..and in lovely Charlottesville……

Started with breakfast at this old timer diner/breakfast place….

Onto the uber pretty and charming pedestrian mall…..

?The entire area is surrounded by the most beautiful rolling hills……

?These two cute dudes caught my attention……

?A view of the rotunda at UVA never gets old…..

Loved the Williamsburg Signature shop……

?We had lunch at the famous Tobacco Company in Richmond, beautiful building with a lot of history and the food was excellent!! Highly recommend……

And some shopping highlights (of which there were many)……I mean what’s a road trip without shopping! We hit just about every antique shop in Charlottesville and let me tell you there were many wonderful places worth a “revisit”!

?LOVE the Caspari store……

?Thought this fabric would make great breakfast room chairs!

?Bought these for my guest room……

LOVED And George….(my sister said she felt like she was walking into my house when she walked in), great store indeed:)

Another gorgeous antique shop filled with old and new…..

UVA reminders are everywhere……

And a few of the beautiful goodies I came home with……

?These beauties are going in my main powder room, love love love them!

?Always on the prowl for beautiful covered silver dishes, after a good polish, this will be a beauty!

Seriously…how could I NOT buy these? They had my name all over them:)

And there is more but figured this is more than enough for now. Hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my little road trip. It was such fun. I really love those areas and will absolutely be back. If you are one of my readers that happens to live there….all I can say is lucky you!

Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Friday and great end to your week……..

Highlights of a short road trip…..

Hi there……As many of you know my much anticipated southern road trip did not happen. Something came up on my sisters end that did not allow us to adhere to the planned out schedule and by the time we could it was too late, the window had narrowed and we didn’t enough time to do all we had set out to do. However, lest you be feeling sorry for me….this is not by an means, a done deal. Oh, we are going to go, that much you can be sure about…when I am not sure, but hopefully sometime in the fall. And maybe all is not lost as many have suggested, the weather will be a lot more pleasant, so…… to be continued!

We decided to go to  Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville and DC again. We covered a lot of territory in just four days I must say!  All places I have been before but that never get old. I so enjoyed taking tours of various beautiful old southern neighborhoods, exploring tons of great shops and antique stores, meeting people along the way and having a bunch of great meals (and a few not so great for good measure lol)! I must say, there really is something to be said for these beautiful places…..wonderful people, a great quality of life, a life a bit less hurried than where I am from (DC is not included in this statement) and I enjoyed this little getaway immensely! So here is a photo recap of what we saw and did…..

Very picture heavy……….. could take some time to go through!

 Beautiful charming Williamsburg……

Fell in love with the monogrammed insignia of William and Mary College!!

 Yes, my blue and white radar was on high alert!!

 Williamsburg is truly picture perfect……

 And then in Richmond…..

Visited the University of Richmond…..

And of course did the obligatory house tours…… (which most certainly did not disappoint)!

Still with me? Let’s keep going…..and in lovely Charlottesville……

Started with breakfast at this old timer diner/breakfast place….

Onto the uber pretty and charming pedestrian mall…..

 The entire area is surrounded by the most beautiful rolling hills……

 These two cute dudes caught my attention……

 A view of the rotunda at UVA never gets old…..

Loved the Williamsburg Signature shop……

 We had lunch at the famous Tobacco Company in Richmond, beautiful building with a lot of history and the food was excellent!! Highly recommend……

And some shopping highlights (of which there were many)……I mean what’s a road trip without shopping! We hit just about every antique shop in Charlottesville and let me tell you there were many wonderful places worth a “revisit”!

 LOVE the Caspari store……

 Thought this fabric would make great breakfast room chairs!

 Bought these for my guest room……

LOVED And George….(my sister said she felt like she was walking into my house when she walked in), great store indeed:)

Another gorgeous antique shop filled with old and new…..

UVA reminders are everywhere……

And a few of the beautiful goodies I came home with……

 These beauties are going in my main powder room, love love love them!

 Always on the prowl for beautiful covered silver dishes, after a good polish, this will be a beauty!

Seriously…how could I NOT buy these? They had my name all over them:)

And there is more but figured this is more than enough for now. Hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my little road trip. It was such fun. I really love those areas and will absolutely be back. If you are one of my readers that happens to live there….all I can say is lucky you!

Thanks so much for stopping in. Wishing you a wonderful Friday and great end to your week……..

Brimfield or bust! An encore…….

Hi there and hope you had a great weekend.? Over here its raining, gloomy and gray….and I am loving it! Yesterday was the perfect excuse to stay in, and after my long busy (but fun) week I looked forward to a lazy day. Friday morning a good friend and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed up? as we did last year to Brimfield. Hailed as the country’s biggest antiques show, it is at the very least a really fun way to spend the day. If you missed my first post on Brimfield,? click here, its much more detailed and in depth and I think worth seeing. This is a much shorter condensed post, call me a “jaded Brimfielder”.

It’s huge, literally its field after field for miles and miles. Brimfield is on three times a year, May,? July and Sept. being the bigger shows, and July being smaller. If I am to be honest, there is a lot of junk and this is a total feast for hoarders:) There are many many booths, that you walk by, scratch your head and wonder who in the world would buy that. And sure enough people do!? But there are also some wonderful finds and if you enjoy the “hunt for treasure” as much as the discovery…then Brimfield is most certainly for you!

We have made some friends/acquaintances there and by all accounts, this year was a good show. Unfortunately for me the only things I saw worth taking home were huge, heavy and cumbersome, but it was a lot of fun to “people watch” and check out all the loot for sale. Some things to me, seem overpriced (silver), one subject I feel like I know about, and my favorite art dealer was at another show so didn’t’ come to Brimfield this year which was a bummer. Here are a few highlights (highs and lows)!

?Something for everyone…..enough said.

?Just in case you have been searching high and low for a bodyless doll…….here you go!

?She freaked me out a little as many antique dolls do……..
?Thought this old door was quite beautiful! If I was looking for a project would have found a way for this to come home with me….love the hardware too
?This woman specializes in Swedish/Gustavian furniture and Mora clocks…..

?A pair of beautiful secretary’s
?I loved this chair and just wanted to buy one, but he was selling them only as a set of six

?Antique toy cars anyone?

Love statuary……..
?If I could have lugged these home, I most certainly would have!

?These were the ones I wanted, beautiful but very large and it was just too risky to have them load them in my car (as he suggested)!

?There was a decent amount of transferware…………
?Always like old trunks…do you?
?Say hello to my newest napkin ring! A golfer…..just love this one!

?The bear pushing the beehive is quite cute!
?Perfect for summer and alfresco dining, a lighthouse and shells!
?This cute little guy taking a break….
And letting his owner know its time to eat!
?These “beauties” were 125.00, a total bargain (NOT)!!!!!!!
?We got to see the filming of Lara Spencers popular HGTV show, Flea market flip
?There is Lara in the navy blazer to the right……
We noticed how great her hair looked!
?This pair REALLY freaked me out, that clown face did me in!
?Food choices are pretty slim (healthy eating at least), but fresh lemonade is always a good thing!
Parking lots go on and on…..
And? on and on and on and on…………..
?This is what you see for miles, people and a traffic jam of cars!

?One of the countless aisles…there are hundreds like this!

?And my big purchase….a pair of cute linen kitchen towels! LOL……had to get something!

Anything here catch your eye? That wraps up? my mini recap on Brimfield. Ever gone? Care to go? Love to know your thoughts and impressions if you have!? I love the thrill of the hunt and that is what makes these kinds of events such fun! I am just about ready for another one! Click here to learn all about Brimfield. Thanks as always for stopping in!

Brimfield or bust! An encore…….

Hi there and hope you had a great weekend.  Over here its raining, gloomy and gray….and I am loving it! Yesterday was the perfect excuse to stay in, and after my long busy (but fun) week I looked forward to a lazy day. Friday morning a good friend and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed up  as we did last year to Brimfield. Hailed as the country’s biggest antiques show, it is at the very least a really fun way to spend the day. If you missed my first post on Brimfield,  click here, its much more detailed and in depth and I think worth seeing. This is a much shorter condensed post, call me a “jaded Brimfielder”.

It’s huge, literally its field after field for miles and miles. Brimfield is on three times a year, May,  July and Sept. being the bigger shows, and July being smaller. If I am to be honest, there is a lot of junk and this is a total feast for hoarders:) There are many many booths, that you walk by, scratch your head and wonder who in the world would buy that. And sure enough people do!  But there are also some wonderful finds and if you enjoy the “hunt for treasure” as much as the discovery…then Brimfield is most certainly for you!

We have made some friends/acquaintances there and by all accounts, this year was a good show. Unfortunately for me the only things I saw worth taking home were huge, heavy and cumbersome, but it was a lot of fun to “people watch” and check out all the loot for sale. Some things to me, seem overpriced (silver), one subject I feel like I know about, and my favorite art dealer was at another show so didn’t’ come to Brimfield this year which was a bummer. Here are a few highlights (highs and lows)!

 Something for everyone…..enough said.

 Just in case you have been searching high and low for a bodyless doll…….here you go!

 She freaked me out a little as many antique dolls do……..
 Thought this old door was quite beautiful! If I was looking for a project would have found a way for this to come home with me….love the hardware too
 This woman specializes in Swedish/Gustavian furniture and Mora clocks…..

 A pair of beautiful secretary’s
 I loved this chair and just wanted to buy one, but he was selling them only as a set of six

 Antique toy cars anyone?

Love statuary……..
 If I could have lugged these home, I most certainly would have!

 These were the ones I wanted, beautiful but very large and it was just too risky to have them load them in my car (as he suggested)!

 There was a decent amount of transferware…………
 Always like old trunks…do you?
 Say hello to my newest napkin ring! A golfer…..just love this one!

 The bear pushing the beehive is quite cute!
 Perfect for summer and alfresco dining, a lighthouse and shells!
 This cute little guy taking a break….
And letting his owner know its time to eat!
 These “beauties” were 125.00, a total bargain (NOT)!!!!!!!
 We got to see the filming of Lara Spencers popular HGTV show, Flea market flip
 There is Lara in the navy blazer to the right……
We noticed how great her hair looked!
 This pair REALLY freaked me out, that clown face did me in!
 Food choices are pretty slim (healthy eating at least), but fresh lemonade is always a good thing!
Parking lots go on and on…..
And  on and on and on and on…………..
 This is what you see for miles, people and a traffic jam of cars!

 One of the countless aisles…there are hundreds like this!

 And my big purchase….a pair of cute linen kitchen towels! LOL……had to get something!

Anything here catch your eye? That wraps up  my mini recap on Brimfield. Ever gone? Care to go? Love to know your thoughts and impressions if you have!  I love the thrill of the hunt and that is what makes these kinds of events such fun! I am just about ready for another one! Click here to learn all about Brimfield. Thanks as always for stopping in!

Things I am loving Fridays…and house updates!!

Good morning, enjoying my second full day back in blogland.This will not be as lengthy as my usual Thursday post. Lets face it this has hardly been a conventional week! ?For one, we have been without power and generator at new house, so though they have been working, its been limited but despite the weather?hiccups, they have made quiet a bit of progress so I am excited. Didn’t go out and about and explore too much this week for obvious reasons but am sharing what I am loving and of course some house updates. Many have asked when we are going to move in. We hope to move in later September (my optimistic reply) to late October/early Nov. (husbands overly cautious and conservative reply). So figure somewhere in that window! Hope you are dong great and for anyone who was in Irene’s path, so hope that you have since been blessed with?restored power (if you lost it to begin with) and that you are getting back to a sense of normalcy. So here we go,…….



HOUSE UPDATES. Things continue despite Irene’s disruption, to hum along. It is soo true that the finishing stage is though the most fun, the most drawn out. No doubt, I can see we are going to be “finishing” this house for some time now, its all the little things that really take time. But the painting is moving right along, moldings on first floor getting done, kitchen is getting there though it may not look like much progress is being made, they are there every day and it will be a full 2 month installation process when all said and done. Its taken 2 days just to install all the little magnets on the doors, but its the kind of progress you really don’t see. Patio foundation was laid…that was pretty exciting:) Enough talking, here’s the low down…..

Slowly but surely it IS coming together…pay no attention to the temporary stove (had to put it in to get the CO)
LOVE my limestone hood
Drawers getting put on today, so I can try my hardware samples! Electric just came back on…

This is a sample of the limestone cladding that will be put up in the “tower” entrance

1st floor hallway getting its moldings done….

Looking in from back entrance/mudroom
How do you like this color for my closet? I really like it! Its a very pale silvery/gray/blue.

The bathroom cabinet/niche got installed in my ?kitchen, its just primed for now until we start finishing everything?

Going into hubby’s bath…

The patio foundation being laid….
Back staircase is done!
Living room has lights!

Rear patio in process




WEDDING CAKES AND AMAZING COOKIES. This is totally random, yes I know. It also has nothing whatsoever to do with design, decor or any of the above but I will confess I have an obsession with gorgeous over the top wedding cakes and flowers. I often gravitate towards many of the wedding books in bookstores, so I can pour over pictures of the flowers and wedding cakes only to have a salesperson greet me excitedly “Oh, you must be planning a wedding”! ?In my next life I must become a wedding planner extraordinaire because I seriously love looking and dreaming and creating them (in my mind of course) I have been a long time fan of Sylvia Weinstock, wedding cake maestro. But in addition to her out of this world creations I found a few other amazing goodies worth sharing….I know this is totally random but they are just too beautiful to not share!!

How amazing are these Wedgwood blue cookies? Makes me want to have a party in their honor!




A FUN ANTIQUE STORE. One thing I love to do and rarely get to do anymore is visit antique stores..you just never know what you will find. The thrill is in the chase! ?Well, there is a place not far from me that can get some great things, they are only open 3 days a week and I hadn’t been in years, so about a week ago…I jumped in my car and headed over one Saturday morning. I did score a beautiful collection of 12 dessert plates and bowls by Noritake, I love mixing and matching?pieces and these would look stunning with my gold rimmed Limoges dinner service. On top of that she had some other?really interesting tidbits, and some real steals. Above all else it was just so much fun being there and not knowing what I might?discover! Here are a few highlights……

This is the outside of one of the three buildings….
How pretty are these older French bistro chairs? 4 for $125! (and that without negotiating)
Wish I had a place to use four!!

This was huge…almost 4 feet tall, needs some work but its so pretty for a loggia or porch!
These were interesting metal screens, could be gorgeous for a doorway, a closet door or a table top with glass and a base

This place consists of 3 separate buildings, here is the main building which houses all the smaller items, china and crystal
And my plates….



BISCOTTI Do you like it? Well, I have turned my husband unknowingly into a biscotti addict/connoisseur. Now he has to have his little fix every night! ?In our days of darkness (and boredom) we got to try several brands, and one which I must say is really really good is Bastoncini. It taste comparable to those that good Italian restaurants give out at the end of a meal. Its quite good, so if you are in need of a little sweet something and like biscotti too, you may want to give this a whirl! (Best part these are the minis, which translates to less guilt)


Well, folks that’s about it for me this week. Its been a pretty uneventful week in terms of discovering anything too terribly exciting! I know wedding cakes and biscotti are not too thrilling but compared to the week we had, they are! Would love to know if there is anything you are loving this week! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and start to the Labor Day weekend!!

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Things I am loving Fridays…and house updates!!

Good morning, enjoying my second full day back in blogland.This will not be as lengthy as my usual Thursday post. Lets face it this has hardly been a conventional week!  For one, we have been without power and generator at new house, so though they have been working, its been limited but despite the weather hiccups, they have made quiet a bit of progress so I am excited. Didn’t go out and about and explore too much this week for obvious reasons but am sharing what I am loving and of course some house updates. Many have asked when we are going to move in. We hope to move in later September (my optimistic reply) to late October/early Nov. (husbands overly cautious and conservative reply). So figure somewhere in that window! Hope you are dong great and for anyone who was in Irene’s path, so hope that you have since been blessed with restored power (if you lost it to begin with) and that you are getting back to a sense of normalcy. So here we go,…….

HOUSE UPDATES. Things continue despite Irene’s disruption, to hum along. It is soo true that the finishing stage is though the most fun, the most drawn out. No doubt, I can see we are going to be “finishing” this house for some time now, its all the little things that really take time. But the painting is moving right along, moldings on first floor getting done, kitchen is getting there though it may not look like much progress is being made, they are there every day and it will be a full 2 month installation process when all said and done. Its taken 2 days just to install all the little magnets on the doors, but its the kind of progress you really don’t see. Patio foundation was laid…that was pretty exciting:) Enough talking, here’s the low down…..

Slowly but surely it IS coming together…pay no attention to the temporary stove (had to put it in to get the CO)
LOVE my limestone hood
Drawers getting put on today, so I can try my hardware samples! Electric just came back on…

This is a sample of the limestone cladding that will be put up in the “tower” entrance

1st floor hallway getting its moldings done….

Looking in from back entrance/mudroom
How do you like this color for my closet? I really like it! Its a very pale silvery/gray/blue.

The bathroom cabinet/niche got installed in my  kitchen, its just primed for now until we start finishing everything 

Going into hubby’s bath…

The patio foundation being laid….
Back staircase is done!
Living room has lights!

Rear patio in process


WEDDING CAKES AND AMAZING COOKIES. This is totally random, yes I know. It also has nothing whatsoever to do with design, decor or any of the above but I will confess I have an obsession with gorgeous over the top wedding cakes and flowers. I often gravitate towards many of the wedding books in bookstores, so I can pour over pictures of the flowers and wedding cakes only to have a salesperson greet me excitedly “Oh, you must be planning a wedding”!  In my next life I must become a wedding planner extraordinaire because I seriously love looking and dreaming and creating them (in my mind of course) I have been a long time fan of Sylvia Weinstock, wedding cake maestro. But in addition to her out of this world creations I found a few other amazing goodies worth sharing….I know this is totally random but they are just too beautiful to not share!!

How amazing are these Wedgwood blue cookies? Makes me want to have a party in their honor!


A FUN ANTIQUE STORE. One thing I love to do and rarely get to do anymore is visit antique stores..you just never know what you will find. The thrill is in the chase!  Well, there is a place not far from me that can get some great things, they are only open 3 days a week and I hadn’t been in years, so about a week ago…I jumped in my car and headed over one Saturday morning. I did score a beautiful collection of 12 dessert plates and bowls by Noritake, I love mixing and matching pieces and these would look stunning with my gold rimmed Limoges dinner service. On top of that she had some other really interesting tidbits, and some real steals. Above all else it was just so much fun being there and not knowing what I might discover! Here are a few highlights……

This is the outside of one of the three buildings….
How pretty are these older French bistro chairs? 4 for $125! (and that without negotiating)
Wish I had a place to use four!!

This was huge…almost 4 feet tall, needs some work but its so pretty for a loggia or porch!
These were interesting metal screens, could be gorgeous for a doorway, a closet door or a table top with glass and a base

This place consists of 3 separate buildings, here is the main building which houses all the smaller items, china and crystal
And my plates….


BISCOTTI Do you like it? Well, I have turned my husband unknowingly into a biscotti addict/connoisseur. Now he has to have his little fix every night!  In our days of darkness (and boredom) we got to try several brands, and one which I must say is really really good is Bastoncini. It taste comparable to those that good Italian restaurants give out at the end of a meal. Its quite good, so if you are in need of a little sweet something and like biscotti too, you may want to give this a whirl! (Best part these are the minis, which translates to less guilt)

Well, folks that’s about it for me this week. Its been a pretty uneventful week in terms of discovering anything too terribly exciting! I know wedding cakes and biscotti are not too thrilling but compared to the week we had, they are! Would love to know if there is anything you are loving this week! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and start to the Labor Day weekend!!

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