The charm of Charlottesville!

About a week and a half ago,? I had the good fortune to take a short sidetrip to Charlottesville while visiting family and? to visit my niece in the area taking summer courses with my sister and mom. Think girls trip…..such fun! I love Charlottesville. It’s a truly beautiful part of the country….rolling hills, green fields that seem endless, a charming Southern downtown with a truly traditional flair (my favorite kind) and of course we paid a visit to beautiful UVA where we got to tour a special family exhibit/hall from an ancestor who helped find the university (it was? a thrill)!

So between the fun company, tired but happy feet, endless laughter, non stop energy, great? shopping and beautiful backdrop that is Charlottesville….it made for a perfect little side trip. Without further adue…here are some of the highlights! You know I believe in a lot of pictures so take a seat…….

First here are some highlights from the gorgeous Caspari shop, my sister said she felt like she was in my home (a big compliment as I loooove the style)! It was a “must stop”……

They had so many different lines from food to china to paper goods to clothing, my senses were on overdrive!

Lots of great books! Can never have too many…right?

I have a definite “thing” for beautiful paper goods and Caspari reigns surpreme in this field!

Ditto giftwrap…one as pretty as the next!

This pattern alone was enough to inspire me to throw another party….on second thought, no thanks:)

Gorgeous table settings….all soooo my taste!
The vivid oranges were stunning here!
And the gorgeous Juliska china that is such a hit this year on full display!

How pretty is this! The colors just beautiful!
Anything with a trellis pattern always gets my attention……
And of course you know I was drawn to this charming vignette……

Gorgeous urns were in abundance!
Love this green tole sconce/lantern…..

And fell in love with these beautiful french blue painted side chairs…would go perfect in my bedroom!

Monogram? Yes please!

The blue and white was in abundance…..thanks Caspari for the gorgeous tour!

Even on a rainy day the pedestrian mall is charming and wonderful and oozes Southern elegance…..

Another darling shop full of beautiful home accessories…..

Spotted this adorable balcony with this charming setup……

And the tour of UVA begins…here is Cabell Hall (the old one, a new one is being built)

The countryside is just breathtaking, I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

I looooove taking pictures of farms, give me a silo, blue skies and I just go click happy!

See…I told you I love silos and farms:)

Monticello…first stop, gift shop! How cute and appropriate are these mini blue and white dinner plate ornaments!

Thomas Jefferson himself….

The magnificent gardens, I just couldn’t get over how amazing they were…I would spend all day there!

Walking up to Monticello……

Fell in love with all the beautiful potted topiaries, I have a one track mind…..

Monticello…..

The grounds are just specatacular with a seemingly endless array of beautiful specimens of every kind

The beautiful garden pavillion he built in his retirement years to be alone, read, write, it is breathtaking in that its perched very high and has the most magnificent views…..

Entrance to his gravesite and private family burial ground, still in use today…..

The charming restaurant, Michie Tavern where we stopped in for lunch…….

Do I spy a gift shop?
Just a pretty entryway, the red door got me!

Back to UVA…..

Dorms today that are highly sought after…..

At every turn UVA is one beautiful place!

Guess who?

The Rotunda and great lawn…..gorgeous!

Makes me proud:)

Steps up to Cabll Hall……
The beautiful amphitheater….how unique for a college campus!

Entrance to one of the professors apartments…not too shabby!
And this darling house is where yours truly would want to reside if I were teaching there:)

How can I show you pictures of Charlottesville and not include a saucer sized magnolia!

Missed going to And George which was a bummer,? as they were closed but took a few pics of the charming topiaries!

The idyllic countryside..just couldn’t get enough!

An entrance to one of the many horse farms…….

Beautiful Keswick Hall…..the place to stay in Charlottesville!

What is it about a small red barn against a darkening rainy sky in the country? Beautiful!

So there is my little recap of beautiful Charlottesville, it was a whirlwind tour but such fun and I most definitely will be back. I have friends to see and things to do and cannot wait. Perhaps later summer or early fall and this definitely has me revisiting my idea for a southern road trip with my mom! My visit there has whet my appetite for my insatiable thirst for more southern charm (We had talked about a while back) would love to visit all the great cities in the south, put my diet “on hiatus” so I could indulge in all the great foods that that South is known for! How about you, been to Charlottesville? Any southern cities on your agenda? Thanks as always for stopping in!

On a sidenote….if you missed my post on hurricanes yesterday, click here. In addition I scored some beautiful new small hurricanes that came in (sample pieces) , but only got in one or two pair of each style so these will not make it to my online shop but are available to purchase now. Check them out…..click here to email me if you see something that you absolutely have to have!

Sorry for the grainy pics…blame it on my iPhone. Camera is out of commission, may need a new one:(

?1. etched beauty, about 7″ tall

?2. Greek key about 6″ tall

?3. etched cylinder about 7″ tall by 6″ round

?4. cut crystal about 6″ tall

?5. floral etched about 6″ tall

?6. Elegant etched about 10″ tall

?7. Only two pair (I kept the third pair) of these beautiful etched bird hurricanes about 16.5″ tall

And for many who asked about the beautiful china plates I am selling, I do have some left but they have gone fast! If you are interested contact me, they come in sets of four and feature four beautiful floral patterns all on our beloved blue and white. Makes any table just beautiful….replicated after one of the services for the Vanderbilt family and made for a preservation soceity. Email me here.

And last but not least…do not forget to swing by Art by Karena, where Karen has featured my shop and is offering a wonderful giveaway! Thanks as always for stopping in…wishing you a fabulous day!

The charm of Charlottesville!

About a week and a half ago,  I had the good fortune to take a short sidetrip to Charlottesville while visiting family and  to visit my niece in the area taking summer courses with my sister and mom. Think girls trip…..such fun! I love Charlottesville. It’s a truly beautiful part of the country….rolling hills, green fields that seem endless, a charming Southern downtown with a truly traditional flair (my favorite kind) and of course we paid a visit to beautiful UVA where we got to tour a special family exhibit/hall from an ancestor who helped find the university (it was  a thrill)!

So between the fun company, tired but happy feet, endless laughter, non stop energy, great  shopping and beautiful backdrop that is Charlottesville….it made for a perfect little side trip. Without further adue…here are some of the highlights! You know I believe in a lot of pictures so take a seat…….

First here are some highlights from the gorgeous Caspari shop, my sister said she felt like she was in my home (a big compliment as I loooove the style)! It was a “must stop”……

They had so many different lines from food to china to paper goods to clothing, my senses were on overdrive!

Lots of great books! Can never have too many…right?

I have a definite “thing” for beautiful paper goods and Caspari reigns surpreme in this field!

Ditto giftwrap…one as pretty as the next!

This pattern alone was enough to inspire me to throw another party….on second thought, no thanks:)

Gorgeous table settings….all soooo my taste!
The vivid oranges were stunning here!
And the gorgeous Juliska china that is such a hit this year on full display!

How pretty is this! The colors just beautiful!
Anything with a trellis pattern always gets my attention……
And of course you know I was drawn to this charming vignette……

Gorgeous urns were in abundance!
Love this green tole sconce/lantern…..

And fell in love with these beautiful french blue painted side chairs…would go perfect in my bedroom!

Monogram? Yes please!

The blue and white was in abundance…..thanks Caspari for the gorgeous tour!

Even on a rainy day the pedestrian mall is charming and wonderful and oozes Southern elegance…..

Another darling shop full of beautiful home accessories…..

Spotted this adorable balcony with this charming setup……

And the tour of UVA begins…here is Cabell Hall (the old one, a new one is being built)

The countryside is just breathtaking, I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

I looooove taking pictures of farms, give me a silo, blue skies and I just go click happy!

See…I told you I love silos and farms:)

Monticello…first stop, gift shop! How cute and appropriate are these mini blue and white dinner plate ornaments!

Thomas Jefferson himself….

The magnificent gardens, I just couldn’t get over how amazing they were…I would spend all day there!

Walking up to Monticello……

Fell in love with all the beautiful potted topiaries, I have a one track mind…..

Monticello…..

The grounds are just specatacular with a seemingly endless array of beautiful specimens of every kind

The beautiful garden pavillion he built in his retirement years to be alone, read, write, it is breathtaking in that its perched very high and has the most magnificent views…..

Entrance to his gravesite and private family burial ground, still in use today…..

The charming restaurant, Michie Tavern where we stopped in for lunch…….

Do I spy a gift shop?
Just a pretty entryway, the red door got me!

Back to UVA…..

Dorms today that are highly sought after…..

At every turn UVA is one beautiful place!

Guess who?

The Rotunda and great lawn…..gorgeous!

Makes me proud:)

Steps up to Cabll Hall……
The beautiful amphitheater….how unique for a college campus!

Entrance to one of the professors apartments…not too shabby!
And this darling house is where yours truly would want to reside if I were teaching there:)

How can I show you pictures of Charlottesville and not include a saucer sized magnolia!

Missed going to And George which was a bummer,  as they were closed but took a few pics of the charming topiaries!

The idyllic countryside..just couldn’t get enough!

An entrance to one of the many horse farms…….

Beautiful Keswick Hall…..the place to stay in Charlottesville!

What is it about a small red barn against a darkening rainy sky in the country? Beautiful!

So there is my little recap of beautiful Charlottesville, it was a whirlwind tour but such fun and I most definitely will be back. I have friends to see and things to do and cannot wait. Perhaps later summer or early fall and this definitely has me revisiting my idea for a southern road trip with my mom! My visit there has whet my appetite for my insatiable thirst for more southern charm (We had talked about a while back) would love to visit all the great cities in the south, put my diet “on hiatus” so I could indulge in all the great foods that that South is known for! How about you, been to Charlottesville? Any southern cities on your agenda? Thanks as always for stopping in!

On a sidenote….if you missed my post on hurricanes yesterday, click here. In addition I scored some beautiful new small hurricanes that came in (sample pieces) , but only got in one or two pair of each style so these will not make it to my online shop but are available to purchase now. Check them out…..click here to email me if you see something that you absolutely have to have!

Sorry for the grainy pics…blame it on my iPhone. Camera is out of commission, may need a new one:(

 1. etched beauty, about 7″ tall

 2. Greek key about 6″ tall

 3. etched cylinder about 7″ tall by 6″ round

 4. cut crystal about 6″ tall

 5. floral etched about 6″ tall

 6. Elegant etched about 10″ tall

 7. Only two pair (I kept the third pair) of these beautiful etched bird hurricanes about 16.5″ tall

And for many who asked about the beautiful china plates I am selling, I do have some left but they have gone fast! If you are interested contact me, they come in sets of four and feature four beautiful floral patterns all on our beloved blue and white. Makes any table just beautiful….replicated after one of the services for the Vanderbilt family and made for a preservation soceity. Email me here.

And last but not least…do not forget to swing by Art by Karena, where Karen has featured my shop and is offering a wonderful giveaway! Thanks as always for stopping in…wishing you a fabulous day!

Summer white……..and a giveaway!

Good morning! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours was a lot of fun and busy…. We were invited to a ridiculously gorgeous party, words cannot describe. This was an “A L L O U T”, seeing is believing kind of party. It was a white party, where everything from the bars to the 6 foot plus models aka “the servers” were swathed in white, huge 5 foot crystal vases on the tables were filled with a liquid that actually turned color with the beat of the music, there were dancers in white sequins head to toe who entertained us with moves that I thought only performers from Cirque de Soleil could do (who knows given the magnitude of this party, they probably were from Cirque du Soeliel)!? The DJ was brought over from Greece, I kid you not…need I say more? It was crazy, amazingly beautiful!

I soooooo wish I had been able to take pics, my phone died and believe me I would have at least snapped a few (inconspicuously of course)! If I come across any, you know I will share! Until my parties last week, I was toying with the idea of having a summer party myself in August, and ironically it was going to be an all white party with a Caribbean/reggae theme( love reggae music) but suddenly I have lost my enthusiasm so maybe a fall party:) Moving along……

I LOVE white. In all its many “shades”, from bright crisp white to soft creamy off whites. Summer, spring, fall and winter….white always rocks. But to me, in summer white truly reigns supreme. Is there anything prettier than an all white outfit, a beautiful white room, a patio adorned with white cushions and white flowers, I mean I could go on….but white is just so serene, gorgeous and? crisp. Today’s post is devoted to all things white, I would love to know if you share the love.

I could be very happy living in an all white world….white bedroom and living room, a white kitchen, outside spaces with accents of white and a closet brimming with crisp white clothes! Practical perhaps not all the time but beautiful…yes indeed! So take a look and let me know what you think!

Also you must visit Art by Karena who is featuring The Enchanted Home shop today….where I am offering a wonderful giveaway!

?An all white hotel…oh yes! The Betsy in South Beach…oooh la la!

?This is my dream beach house living room..not too bad, huh? Love it!

?Love this all white patio..including the white painted brick fireplace, gorgeous!

Love the look and ease of white slipcovers, especially for a beach/coastal home! Homebunch

?An all white beach house…oh yea! Decoholic
A bunch of gorgeous white flowers…..oh yes!

Soft bleached woods and white go together like waves and sand, lobster and butter, cherry and pie…..

LOVE this room…..so soft, tranquil and elegant but still very inviting!
A white bedroom feels so fresh

?White on the patio is always appealing, very crisp and clean, love it because you can easily add just a touch of color with a few pillows, Veranda

?Even a vintage truck in white looks so fabulous and chic

?I would have a hard time turning down any of these scrumptious white desserts!

The allure and appeal of an all white kitchen will never go out of style…so classic!

White nail polish…love it especially against a tan!

White at its prettiest! Mykonos, Greece…wow!

Stunning white butlers pantry, timelessly elegant! Catalano via Homebunch
?Love the idea of beautiful white oversized hurricanes for summertime entertaining, EMP
?Gorgeous all white bathroom….love it! House Beautiful
?Love the idea of an all white baby nursery, how sweet! Just no crayons:) Apartment Therapy
If you happen to be getting married in the summer, an all white wedding is pretty darn breathtaking! Weheartit
White hydrangeas…one of summers many gifts!
This room is gorgeous…swathed in creamy white. I imagine the ocean is just a stones throw away!
?A stunning white blouse…it is seasonless and timeless, a great investment and works with everything!
?Stunning white shingled home by Catalano

A gorgeous neutral room with pale walls and slipcovered furniture, perfect near the coast! House Beautiful

A white bathroom is always in style!

This is sooo chic, I love all white with tan accents, ultra elegant and effortlessly cool!

Such a pretty bedroom, all white with touches of green, Homedidit

Isn’t this romantic? Love the bleached wood floors, painted furniture and all white theme…gorgeous!

Gorgeous room, the textured wallpaper gives it some dimension and design but it’s so serene…….

Love the idea of an all white movie theater! Just have to be careful with the candy……

An all white pool house? Absolutely…this stunning creation is from Catalano Builders

?Love the all white theme for a summer party, this one is gorgeous! Erineverafter
An all white room feels like walking onto a perfect cloud
A stunning white marble bathroom is a timeless classic like no other!
I could happily have an all white wardrobe for summer!
Love white flowers against the beautiful lush greenery of summer, Deborah Silver

Yes, even white dogs can get in on the white summer theme……look at this party dude!
So there is a recap on white and all the beautiful ways to incorporate it for the summer months. Do you love white too? It is one color that instantly brings serenity, peace, calm and crispness to any room it touches. Love as always to know what you think. Wishing you a fabulous day.?
Don’t forget to stop by Art by Karena where she is featuring my online shop and I am offering a wonderful summer giveaway! Click here to visit:)
Also in case you missed my post yesterday on things that had been sold out that are now in stock…visit this post.?

Summer white……..and a giveaway!

Good morning! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. Ours was a lot of fun and busy…. We were invited to a ridiculously gorgeous party, words cannot describe. This was an “A L L O U T”, seeing is believing kind of party. It was a white party, where everything from the bars to the 6 foot plus models aka “the servers” were swathed in white, huge 5 foot crystal vases on the tables were filled with a liquid that actually turned color with the beat of the music, there were dancers in white sequins head to toe who entertained us with moves that I thought only performers from Cirque de Soleil could do (who knows given the magnitude of this party, they probably were from Cirque du Soeliel)!  The DJ was brought over from Greece, I kid you not…need I say more? It was crazy, amazingly beautiful!

I soooooo wish I had been able to take pics, my phone died and believe me I would have at least snapped a few (inconspicuously of course)! If I come across any, you know I will share! Until my parties last week, I was toying with the idea of having a summer party myself in August, and ironically it was going to be an all white party with a Caribbean/reggae theme( love reggae music) but suddenly I have lost my enthusiasm so maybe a fall party:) Moving along……

I LOVE white. In all its many “shades”, from bright crisp white to soft creamy off whites. Summer, spring, fall and winter….white always rocks. But to me, in summer white truly reigns supreme. Is there anything prettier than an all white outfit, a beautiful white room, a patio adorned with white cushions and white flowers, I mean I could go on….but white is just so serene, gorgeous and  crisp. Today’s post is devoted to all things white, I would love to know if you share the love.

I could be very happy living in an all white world….white bedroom and living room, a white kitchen, outside spaces with accents of white and a closet brimming with crisp white clothes! Practical perhaps not all the time but beautiful…yes indeed! So take a look and let me know what you think!

Also you must visit Art by Karena who is featuring The Enchanted Home shop today….where I am offering a wonderful giveaway!

 An all white hotel…oh yes! The Betsy in South Beach…oooh la la!

 This is my dream beach house living room..not too bad, huh? Love it!

 Love this all white patio..including the white painted brick fireplace, gorgeous!

Love the look and ease of white slipcovers, especially for a beach/coastal home! Homebunch

 An all white beach house…oh yea! Decoholic
A bunch of gorgeous white flowers…..oh yes!

Soft bleached woods and white go together like waves and sand, lobster and butter, cherry and pie…..

LOVE this room…..so soft, tranquil and elegant but still very inviting!
A white bedroom feels so fresh

 White on the patio is always appealing, very crisp and clean, love it because you can easily add just a touch of color with a few pillows, Veranda

 Even a vintage truck in white looks so fabulous and chic

 I would have a hard time turning down any of these scrumptious white desserts!

The allure and appeal of an all white kitchen will never go out of style…so classic!

White nail polish…love it especially against a tan!

White at its prettiest! Mykonos, Greece…wow!

Stunning white butlers pantry, timelessly elegant! Catalano via Homebunch
 Love the idea of beautiful white oversized hurricanes for summertime entertaining, EMP
 Gorgeous all white bathroom….love it! House Beautiful
 Love the idea of an all white baby nursery, how sweet! Just no crayons:) Apartment Therapy
If you happen to be getting married in the summer, an all white wedding is pretty darn breathtaking! Weheartit
White hydrangeas…one of summers many gifts!
This room is gorgeous…swathed in creamy white. I imagine the ocean is just a stones throw away!
 A stunning white blouse…it is seasonless and timeless, a great investment and works with everything!
 Stunning white shingled home by Catalano

A gorgeous neutral room with pale walls and slipcovered furniture, perfect near the coast! House Beautiful

A white bathroom is always in style!

This is sooo chic, I love all white with tan accents, ultra elegant and effortlessly cool!

Such a pretty bedroom, all white with touches of green, Homedidit

Isn’t this romantic? Love the bleached wood floors, painted furniture and all white theme…gorgeous!

Gorgeous room, the textured wallpaper gives it some dimension and design but it’s so serene…….

Love the idea of an all white movie theater! Just have to be careful with the candy……

An all white pool house? Absolutely…this stunning creation is from Catalano Builders

 Love the all white theme for a summer party, this one is gorgeous! Erineverafter
An all white room feels like walking onto a perfect cloud
A stunning white marble bathroom is a timeless classic like no other!
I could happily have an all white wardrobe for summer!
Love white flowers against the beautiful lush greenery of summer, Deborah Silver

Yes, even white dogs can get in on the white summer theme……look at this party dude!
So there is a recap on white and all the beautiful ways to incorporate it for the summer months. Do you love white too? It is one color that instantly brings serenity, peace, calm and crispness to any room it touches. Love as always to know what you think. Wishing you a fabulous day. 
Don’t forget to stop by Art by Karena where she is featuring my online shop and I am offering a wonderful summer giveaway! Click here to visit:)
Also in case you missed my post yesterday on things that had been sold out that are now in stock…visit this post