Late week musings…..

Hello there, and happy Thursday.? What’s on your agenda for Memorial Day? Hope the weather forecast is going to be a good one. Here, it looks to be fair,? not as warm as it has been earlier in the week, but clear skies except for Saturday, so I am not complaining one bit!

We were due to go away to Newport but now with my sons team in the playoffs and having mandatory practice, that plan may be changing. We have a few backup plans in case so we will see and hopefully will fit in? some downtime just “hanging”.

As with my weekly musings posts, this one is a bit all over and fairly lengthy so lets get started…….

Mr. Teddy wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! See him sporting his Amercian flag bandanna…….just got back from a grooming.

Beautiful? pictures from my fellow blue and white loving blog friends!? Julio strikes again, recently posted on his gorgeous back patio for his first dinner party, and it is seriously stunning! Take a look……..loving all that blue and white:) Click here to see more from Beaux Monde Designs.

Speaking of blue and white and gorgeous, check out Mary Ann’s friends dinner party also with beautiful touches of blue and white. Click here to see more from Classic Casual Home……..

Incredible story! Found this story totally inspiring and the pictures spellbinding! Tippi,? a young girl born to French wildlife photographers who has grown up in the African desert claims many of the wildlife to be her best friends, this is totally fascinating and the pictures just incredible! Click here to read/see more.

Gorgeous wedding.…..proof that it really is all in the details and these snippets are so beautiful! This wedding is sooooo chic, beautiful, elegant and tasteful! Click here to see all the details from Let the tide pull your dreams ashore…….

Shoes! Have to get these shoes. I could see these with a beautiful creamy colored dress/sheath or something lacey for the summer….LOVE these! Gorgeous in the baby blue too…..

My house. Just a few random pictures I took recently and I am? loving my newest planter from my statuary line. And check it out with the newly added hydrangea and ivy. Winning combination!

And me newest urn on pedastal….tah dah! (This item is on my line shop now)

Late day sun…my favorite time of day.



Smelling good. I love a soft and light summer scent for the warmer months ahead. I am a big fan of Jo Malone for her beautiful scents and staying power. I recently bought the English pair and freesia and love it, its very soft and perfect for summer!



Food. Yes, by now you know I love this subject and always have to include something yummy in these random posts. These look soooo good and so refreshing for a summer appetizer. I will be making these for sure, visit the Cookin Canuck for the how to…….





Shop news. Some new beautiful additions to silver and the Staffordshire dogs in all their many colors and sizes are now up for those who asked. Click here to visit the shop…….

And to anyone who had wanted this wonderful best selling bag that was sold out, I just got three more…..

Well, everyone that about wraps it up for this week. Hope whatever you are doing for the holiday weekend is wonderful, relaxing and safe. Here the weather is due to get much cooler but after hitting 85 the other day, the 60’s are quite welcome. I don’t need the extremes and certainly not the dreadful humidity! I likely won’t be back during the weekend but will see you on Monday! Happy holiday weekend,? enjoy and thanks as always for stopping in!

PS Per several requests..heres the link to the shoes above! Sorry, forgot to include it when this posted!

Late week musings…..

Hello there, and happy Thursday.  What’s on your agenda for Memorial Day? Hope the weather forecast is going to be a good one. Here, it looks to be fair,  not as warm as it has been earlier in the week, but clear skies except for Saturday, so I am not complaining one bit!

We were due to go away to Newport but now with my sons team in the playoffs and having mandatory practice, that plan may be changing. We have a few backup plans in case so we will see and hopefully will fit in  some downtime just “hanging”.

As with my weekly musings posts, this one is a bit all over and fairly lengthy so lets get started…….

Mr. Teddy wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! See him sporting his Amercian flag bandanna…….just got back from a grooming.

Beautiful  pictures from my fellow blue and white loving blog friends!  Julio strikes again, recently posted on his gorgeous back patio for his first dinner party, and it is seriously stunning! Take a look……..loving all that blue and white:) Click here to see more from Beaux Monde Designs.

Speaking of blue and white and gorgeous, check out Mary Ann’s friends dinner party also with beautiful touches of blue and white. Click here to see more from Classic Casual Home……..

Incredible story! Found this story totally inspiring and the pictures spellbinding! Tippi,  a young girl born to French wildlife photographers who has grown up in the African desert claims many of the wildlife to be her best friends, this is totally fascinating and the pictures just incredible! Click here to read/see more.

Gorgeous wedding.…..proof that it really is all in the details and these snippets are so beautiful! This wedding is sooooo chic, beautiful, elegant and tasteful! Click here to see all the details from Let the tide pull your dreams ashore…….

Shoes! Have to get these shoes. I could see these with a beautiful creamy colored dress/sheath or something lacey for the summer….LOVE these! Gorgeous in the baby blue too…..

My house. Just a few random pictures I took recently and I am  loving my newest planter from my statuary line. And check it out with the newly added hydrangea and ivy. Winning combination!

And me newest urn on pedastal….tah dah! (This item is on my line shop now)

Late day sun…my favorite time of day.



Smelling good. I love a soft and light summer scent for the warmer months ahead. I am a big fan of Jo Malone for her beautiful scents and staying power. I recently bought the English pair and freesia and love it, its very soft and perfect for summer!



Food. Yes, by now you know I love this subject and always have to include something yummy in these random posts. These look soooo good and so refreshing for a summer appetizer. I will be making these for sure, visit the Cookin Canuck for the how to…….





Shop news. Some new beautiful additions to silver and the Staffordshire dogs in all their many colors and sizes are now up for those who asked. Click here to visit the shop…….

And to anyone who had wanted this wonderful best selling bag that was sold out, I just got three more…..

Well, everyone that about wraps it up for this week. Hope whatever you are doing for the holiday weekend is wonderful, relaxing and safe. Here the weather is due to get much cooler but after hitting 85 the other day, the 60’s are quite welcome. I don’t need the extremes and certainly not the dreadful humidity! I likely won’t be back during the weekend but will see you on Monday! Happy holiday weekend,  enjoy and thanks as always for stopping in!

PS Per several requests..heres the link to the shoes above! Sorry, forgot to include it when this posted!

Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning. This has been a crazy busy week. So much going on at the house. We have our inspection in 2 days, ?please cross your fingers and toes for us! We are supposed to be getting a temporary CO. The last few days literally have felt like a souped version of “Home extreme makeover”, we have had so many people in and out, brought in extra crews and nearly all working over time. We have an exceptional group of people working for us and we are most definitely going to throw them a party when all is said and done. They truly deserve it. I haven’t had a tremendous amount of time to do much else other than the house, so this is house heavy but am sharing a few things I am loving or that have touched me this week…..but before I begin I found this bag online from Kate Spade which is just so apropos for what and how I am feeling…what do you think?





HOUSE UPDATES. Oh boy, so much going on. Kitchen is really coming along and I am loving every inch. We had to put on cardboard counter tops, to get the CO….no worries, I didn’t change my mind on the marble, lol! Bathrooms plumbing getting done, toilets in etc……Moldings and woodworking continues to hum along. Outside is buzzing, gutters installed, countertops going in later today in all the bathrooms, floors are starting to get stained, the breakfast room finisher is nearing the staining/limed oak finish. As you can see at every turn, something really exciting is happening…this is the fun part, finally!!

Trying out lanterns for outside…very pretty fixture, but not sure yet
I welcome your thoughts!! I like it but think I want something more French, less Gothic

Love the final finish for breakfast room!! There is one more coat and sealer to go on, but the lime finish is exaclty what we wanted…LOVE!
So warm!
Peeled back a little reveal of the floor to see how it ties in, love how it compliments the gray.

Peeking from the family room into the kitchen, coming along!
Another view from family room….I am thrilled with how its coming along FINALLY
These will all be glass fronted cabinets
Yippeee…..toilet installed in husbands bathroom! Who would have thought a toilet could make me happy?
Shower coming along……
The tub surround, this is the mold that we are using until the final piece comes in
The bare bones of my vanity and mirrored top…..
Sons number 1 bathroom nearing completion
Son #2 tub and newly installed faucet

Son #2 toilet, its staring to look like a real bathroom!
Guest bath bow front vanity, awaits countertops
Balustrades off rear stairhall just installed
Looking down from upstairs, they did a fabulous job
2nd guest bath, love the clean white and beige marble
Needs a good cleaning but you get the idea!
Coming down from 2nd floor to rear stair hall
Mud room/window seat
Kitchen powder room
Love the old fashioned pedestal
Love the polished nickel faucets
Looking from mudroom into kitchen
Pair of hutch cabinets in kitchen looking into family room

Sink wall (those are temporary facuets just to get the CO- not to worry)!

Family room

A match made in heaven….

Butlers pantry in its infancy……
Don’t you love the color?
If you are doing a bathroom, I highly suggest a showerbox cut into the wall and framing it with marble chair rails..it looks so pretty and is very fucntional to keep things out of the way

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. The first time I found out about this, my heart raced and my hair stood on end. Why? Because for so long, I was thinking of how I would eventually like to find a way to give directly to those wounded men and women coming home from a senseless war, whose lives have changed forever in ways we cannot fathom. Many who come home with severe problems, mentally, emotionally and physically. They often come home to humble beginnings, broken souls and spirits and families that need to bond again. It has nothing to do with how you feel about the war, they are doing their job and doing their part to protect our liberties and freedoms. There is no job on this earth as stoic and heroic as that one in my opinion. So this fantastic organization, founded by veterans and friends helps raise money and awareness to help these young men and women come home to recover and transition into civilian life again. Their motto is “the greatest casualty is being forgotten”. I am so in awe of this project and am happy to support it. Hope you might consider doing the same. Click here to find out more. (You must read a story or two…..it will put tremendous perspective on this noble cause)

JO MALONE. You are likely already familiar with?her wonderful scents, I also love the simple elegant packaging. When you are up to your ears in “house business” and every thing else takes a back seat, it is important to still try and take out a little time to do something for yourself. Shopping…whats that? One of my favorite past times has passed me by, but I love putting on a beautiful soft fragrance to give me a little lift. I like many of her scents but two of my favorites are the white tie and tiara, inspired by Sir Elton John’s white scented garden, and I believe part of the proceeds still go to Elton Johns AIDS foundation. Hope they still make it! The other one I have worn for years ( don’t call me an old lady) is Red roses….its so yummy and I must admit it reminds me so much of my great grandmother so it keeps her memory alive for me in a scent that we both love! Love these fragrances…..click here to visit Jo Malone.

THE HELP. I know I touched on this a few days ago the day after I saw it but I cannot tell you enough just how much I enjoyed this movie. I am not sure what percentage of it is because of my southern roots and being able to relate to much of the storyline on a more personal ?level versus how much is just that it was so well done, the characters so well chosen. I cried several times throughout, all tears of joy, sorrow and hope. It is that good, I would and will most certainly see it again. Didn’t think it could hold a candle next to the book, but I was wrong. I hope you will see it too..if you have already, did you love it as much as I did? Emma Stone and Viola Davis in my humble opininon both gave Oscar worthy performances. And that Octavia Spencer, that firecracker of a woman certainly could be up for one too! Hope you will see it……

Well everyone thats about it for this Thursday. As I said have been so busy over at the house, haven’t had a lot of time to discover a lot going on around me, but I am not complaining, anything just to get this done!! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday and I would love to know if something is exciting you this week!

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Things I am loving Thursday and house updates!

Good morning. This has been a crazy busy week. So much going on at the house. We have our inspection in 2 days,  please cross your fingers and toes for us! We are supposed to be getting a temporary CO. The last few days literally have felt like a souped version of “Home extreme makeover”, we have had so many people in and out, brought in extra crews and nearly all working over time. We have an exceptional group of people working for us and we are most definitely going to throw them a party when all is said and done. They truly deserve it. I haven’t had a tremendous amount of time to do much else other than the house, so this is house heavy but am sharing a few things I am loving or that have touched me this week…..but before I begin I found this bag online from Kate Spade which is just so apropos for what and how I am feeling…what do you think?



HOUSE UPDATES. Oh boy, so much going on. Kitchen is really coming along and I am loving every inch. We had to put on cardboard counter tops, to get the CO….no worries, I didn’t change my mind on the marble, lol! Bathrooms plumbing getting done, toilets in etc……Moldings and woodworking continues to hum along. Outside is buzzing, gutters installed, countertops going in later today in all the bathrooms, floors are starting to get stained, the breakfast room finisher is nearing the staining/limed oak finish. As you can see at every turn, something really exciting is happening…this is the fun part, finally!!

Trying out lanterns for outside…very pretty fixture, but not sure yet
I welcome your thoughts!! I like it but think I want something more French, less Gothic

Love the final finish for breakfast room!! There is one more coat and sealer to go on, but the lime finish is exaclty what we wanted…LOVE!
So warm!
Peeled back a little reveal of the floor to see how it ties in, love how it compliments the gray.

Peeking from the family room into the kitchen, coming along!
Another view from family room….I am thrilled with how its coming along FINALLY
These will all be glass fronted cabinets
Yippeee…..toilet installed in husbands bathroom! Who would have thought a toilet could make me happy?
Shower coming along……
The tub surround, this is the mold that we are using until the final piece comes in
The bare bones of my vanity and mirrored top…..
Sons number 1 bathroom nearing completion
Son #2 tub and newly installed faucet

Son #2 toilet, its staring to look like a real bathroom!
Guest bath bow front vanity, awaits countertops
Balustrades off rear stairhall just installed
Looking down from upstairs, they did a fabulous job
2nd guest bath, love the clean white and beige marble
Needs a good cleaning but you get the idea!
Coming down from 2nd floor to rear stair hall
Mud room/window seat
Kitchen powder room
Love the old fashioned pedestal
Love the polished nickel faucets
Looking from mudroom into kitchen
Pair of hutch cabinets in kitchen looking into family room

Sink wall (those are temporary facuets just to get the CO- not to worry)!

Family room

A match made in heaven….

Butlers pantry in its infancy……
Don’t you love the color?
If you are doing a bathroom, I highly suggest a showerbox cut into the wall and framing it with marble chair rails..it looks so pretty and is very fucntional to keep things out of the way

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. The first time I found out about this, my heart raced and my hair stood on end. Why? Because for so long, I was thinking of how I would eventually like to find a way to give directly to those wounded men and women coming home from a senseless war, whose lives have changed forever in ways we cannot fathom. Many who come home with severe problems, mentally, emotionally and physically. They often come home to humble beginnings, broken souls and spirits and families that need to bond again. It has nothing to do with how you feel about the war, they are doing their job and doing their part to protect our liberties and freedoms. There is no job on this earth as stoic and heroic as that one in my opinion. So this fantastic organization, founded by veterans and friends helps raise money and awareness to help these young men and women come home to recover and transition into civilian life again. Their motto is “the greatest casualty is being forgotten”. I am so in awe of this project and am happy to support it. Hope you might consider doing the same. Click here to find out more. (You must read a story or two…..it will put tremendous perspective on this noble cause)

JO MALONE. You are likely already familiar with her wonderful scents, I also love the simple elegant packaging. When you are up to your ears in “house business” and every thing else takes a back seat, it is important to still try and take out a little time to do something for yourself. Shopping…whats that? One of my favorite past times has passed me by, but I love putting on a beautiful soft fragrance to give me a little lift. I like many of her scents but two of my favorites are the white tie and tiara, inspired by Sir Elton John’s white scented garden, and I believe part of the proceeds still go to Elton Johns AIDS foundation. Hope they still make it! The other one I have worn for years ( don’t call me an old lady) is Red roses….its so yummy and I must admit it reminds me so much of my great grandmother so it keeps her memory alive for me in a scent that we both love! Love these fragrances…..click here to visit Jo Malone.

THE HELP. I know I touched on this a few days ago the day after I saw it but I cannot tell you enough just how much I enjoyed this movie. I am not sure what percentage of it is because of my southern roots and being able to relate to much of the storyline on a more personal  level versus how much is just that it was so well done, the characters so well chosen. I cried several times throughout, all tears of joy, sorrow and hope. It is that good, I would and will most certainly see it again. Didn’t think it could hold a candle next to the book, but I was wrong. I hope you will see it too..if you have already, did you love it as much as I did? Emma Stone and Viola Davis in my humble opininon both gave Oscar worthy performances. And that Octavia Spencer, that firecracker of a woman certainly could be up for one too! Hope you will see it……

Well everyone thats about it for this Thursday. As I said have been so busy over at the house, haven’t had a lot of time to discover a lot going on around me, but I am not complaining, anything just to get this done!! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday and I would love to know if something is exciting you this week!

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