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!

When hurricanes are a good thing….and a giveaway!

A reminder to stop on over at Art by Karena to see the feature she has on my online shop and to be eligible for a wonderful giveaway…….click here to visit!

Hope you are well…..last night we got to see Paul Simon perform (got there late but boy is his voice amazing)! It was a fundraiser at the beautiful Plaza Hotel, I must say I love any kind of political events because you get there early and leave early (sounding like an old lady or what)? The Plaza though it looked beautiful has changed so much…kind of sad to see an iconic hotel lose some of its lustre. The famed Oak Bar gone. After a well reported fight with rental agents and new tenants. But seriously Paul Simon’s voice is so beautiful……really natural and smooth. La la la la? li……

Yes I mean hurricane lanterns not the storms:) I loooove hurricanes and have several pair and believe you can never have too many, case in point would be one look around my own home, on my dining room table, console tables, out on the patio, in my living room……they are everywhere! So after popular demand, I am now carrying the gorgeous ones I have abundantly in my own home on my online shop! When trying to to put together a vignette, a single or pair of hurricanes is a great place to start. They give height, texture, and lets not underestimate the beautiful lighting they give off when they are lit with candles. In addition they double as flower vases and great seasonal decorative objects, which can be filled with fall leaves, acorns, pinecones and seashells. Yes….hurricanes are a good thing!

Today I am featuring many different interiors that show you how beautiful hurricanes look in virtually any kind of room, in almost any setting. Do you like the look?
Now let’s take a look at? hurricanes in action, shall we…….

?Here they are on my coffee table flaking a large planter, love the delicate etching!

A large single oversized hurricane on a coffee table always works,? Ralph Lauren

?Stunning vignette of a cluster of hurricanes……just gorgeous! Good Life of Design

?Stunning oversized glass hurricanes grace this stunning island home of Hilary and? Galen Weston, AD

?Definitely always perfect for a dining table, not to mention the soft lighting at night is unbeatable! My home

?A beautiful wicker pair adorn this gorgeous table in this coastal setting, House to home

?A single oversized hurricane on a piano is a beautiful statement, Rinfret

?Even for more casual/coastal homes…hurricanes can be found in more coastal themed materials….

Love them for the outdoors and have several myself……

?Love the scale that these add to the dining room, Cathy Kincaid

?Another pair of the cut crystal perfect for a coffee table vignette, my home

Love the look of staggered heights for a dramatic outdoor setting!

?Love a huge hurricane on a coffee table, Ralph Lauren

A beautiful amber colored pair add height and beauty to this gorgeous setting, Rinfret

?Here they are on an outdoor table, as pretty during the day as they are at night, my home

?Love them in clusters on a large scale dining table or console table..they have a lot of impact!

?Once again, another gorgeous dining area that has a pair of pretty hurricanes, Sandra Nunnerly

?My own hurricanes being put to good use!

?Ralph Laurens own dining room….of course he gets it!

?Adding a few different styles and heights of hurricanes can make for a gorgeous vignette, Pottery Barn

Perched atop a fireplace mantle always works, my home
?And they work beautifully on a console table as seen here in this pretty living room!

?This is so dramatic! I love a lined path for a party with large oversized hurricanes and floating candles, gorgeous! Dazzle me decor

?The lighting of hurricanes outside at night is pure magic, RH

? I always like the idea of going oversized when deciding on a size…..

Beautiful for any outdoor setting, and I love the soft glow they give at night…….

?Again here is a perfect example of how very large ones always work….always go up in size! Inspired Living

Hurricanes double as a beautiful floral vase!

?Beautiful fall leaves for a fall vibe

?Seashells for a coastal theme

?Adding greenery or mini apples

Beautiful pair flanking a dining table, Ralph Lauren

?Always works for an end table as both a lighting source and? a decorative object

?A very large hurricane looks great on the ground…love this setting, COZY!

?Flanking a sofa on our outside loggia, they offer the perfect soft lighting, my home

Like the look? For me they are “no fail”. There is always a place that can use a pair of hurricanes and frankly they are just an instant way to add something special to any area that is “lacking”.? I am so excited to be offering these beautiful pieces, they are all hand cut/hand etched and truly exquisite.? Check out the newest additions….these are now on my online shop under arrivals (scroll to bottom)? and? of course if there is something you want to ask, ? feel free to email me by clicking here. Here we go……

?
Floral vine

Classic Greek Key

?
Elegant garland scroll oversized

Fancy Scroll
Vertical leaf wide hurricane

Pearl and floral leaf

?And to boot I will be adding this exquisite centerpiece bowls..perfect for a dining table, console, coffee table or atop a chest. Stunning!

Well….what do you think? Like the look? Own a few? I think they look great in all kinds of rooms, from fancy formal living rooms to the most coastal beachy space and of course looove them in the great outdoors! As always love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a great day.

Don’t forget to stop on over at Art by Karena to see the feature she has on my online shop and to be eligible for a wonderful giveaway…….click here to visit!

When hurricanes are a good thing….and a giveaway!

A reminder to stop on over at Art by Karena to see the feature she has on my online shop and to be eligible for a wonderful giveaway…….click here to visit!

Hope you are well…..last night we got to see Paul Simon perform (got there late but boy is his voice amazing)! It was a fundraiser at the beautiful Plaza Hotel, I must say I love any kind of political events because you get there early and leave early (sounding like an old lady or what)? The Plaza though it looked beautiful has changed so much…kind of sad to see an iconic hotel lose some of its lustre. The famed Oak Bar gone. After a well reported fight with rental agents and new tenants. But seriously Paul Simon’s voice is so beautiful……really natural and smooth. La la la la  li……

Yes I mean hurricane lanterns not the storms:) I loooove hurricanes and have several pair and believe you can never have too many, case in point would be one look around my own home, on my dining room table, console tables, out on the patio, in my living room……they are everywhere! So after popular demand, I am now carrying the gorgeous ones I have abundantly in my own home on my online shop! When trying to to put together a vignette, a single or pair of hurricanes is a great place to start. They give height, texture, and lets not underestimate the beautiful lighting they give off when they are lit with candles. In addition they double as flower vases and great seasonal decorative objects, which can be filled with fall leaves, acorns, pinecones and seashells. Yes….hurricanes are a good thing!

Today I am featuring many different interiors that show you how beautiful hurricanes look in virtually any kind of room, in almost any setting. Do you like the look?
Now let’s take a look at  hurricanes in action, shall we…….

 Here they are on my coffee table flaking a large planter, love the delicate etching!

A large single oversized hurricane on a coffee table always works,  Ralph Lauren

 Stunning vignette of a cluster of hurricanes……just gorgeous! Good Life of Design

 Stunning oversized glass hurricanes grace this stunning island home of Hilary and  Galen Weston, AD

 Definitely always perfect for a dining table, not to mention the soft lighting at night is unbeatable! My home

 A beautiful wicker pair adorn this gorgeous table in this coastal setting, House to home

 A single oversized hurricane on a piano is a beautiful statement, Rinfret

 Even for more casual/coastal homes…hurricanes can be found in more coastal themed materials….

Love them for the outdoors and have several myself……

 Love the scale that these add to the dining room, Cathy Kincaid

 Another pair of the cut crystal perfect for a coffee table vignette, my home

Love the look of staggered heights for a dramatic outdoor setting!

 Love a huge hurricane on a coffee table, Ralph Lauren

A beautiful amber colored pair add height and beauty to this gorgeous setting, Rinfret

 Here they are on an outdoor table, as pretty during the day as they are at night, my home

 Love them in clusters on a large scale dining table or console table..they have a lot of impact!

 Once again, another gorgeous dining area that has a pair of pretty hurricanes, Sandra Nunnerly

 My own hurricanes being put to good use!

 Ralph Laurens own dining room….of course he gets it!

 Adding a few different styles and heights of hurricanes can make for a gorgeous vignette, Pottery Barn

Perched atop a fireplace mantle always works, my home
 And they work beautifully on a console table as seen here in this pretty living room!

 This is so dramatic! I love a lined path for a party with large oversized hurricanes and floating candles, gorgeous! Dazzle me decor

 The lighting of hurricanes outside at night is pure magic, RH

  I always like the idea of going oversized when deciding on a size…..

Beautiful for any outdoor setting, and I love the soft glow they give at night…….

 Again here is a perfect example of how very large ones always work….always go up in size! Inspired Living

Hurricanes double as a beautiful floral vase!

 Beautiful fall leaves for a fall vibe

 Seashells for a coastal theme

 Adding greenery or mini apples

Beautiful pair flanking a dining table, Ralph Lauren

 Always works for an end table as both a lighting source and  a decorative object

 A very large hurricane looks great on the ground…love this setting, COZY!

 Flanking a sofa on our outside loggia, they offer the perfect soft lighting, my home

Like the look? For me they are “no fail”. There is always a place that can use a pair of hurricanes and frankly they are just an instant way to add something special to any area that is “lacking”.  I am so excited to be offering these beautiful pieces, they are all hand cut/hand etched and truly exquisite.  Check out the newest additions….these are now on my online shop under arrivals (scroll to bottom)  and  of course if there is something you want to ask,   feel free to email me by clicking here. Here we go……

 
Floral vine

Classic Greek Key

 
Elegant garland scroll oversized

Fancy Scroll
Vertical leaf wide hurricane

Pearl and floral leaf

 And to boot I will be adding this exquisite centerpiece bowls..perfect for a dining table, console, coffee table or atop a chest. Stunning!

Well….what do you think? Like the look? Own a few? I think they look great in all kinds of rooms, from fancy formal living rooms to the most coastal beachy space and of course looove them in the great outdoors! As always love to hear what you have to say. Thanks for stopping in and wishing you a great day.

Don’t forget to stop on over at Art by Karena to see the feature she has on my online shop and to be eligible for a wonderful giveaway…….click here to visit!