Month: January 2014

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Living Small

I grew up in a home that was 1800 square feet. My parents grew up in larger families, but less living space than my childhood home. Then the 1980’s came and homes started getting bigger. By the twenty first century, 3000 square feet seemed normal. I have noticed recently a shift back to a smaller living space. With construction costs high and re-sale low … Read More Living Small

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My Favorite Things For the Month

This week has been kind of crazy for me. So, I was was mimicking Maria von Trapp and thinking about my favorite things. First I was so lucky as to have lunch with my long time friend, Maggie Terry of Best Dressed Interiors, a charming lady, and talented interior designer. She has created window treatments, pillows and other decor for my house for about … Read More My Favorite Things For the Month

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Let Go of House Envy

I just finished watching a great video from a wonderful blog called Thriftdiving  that made me ponder.  I have also heard comments from friends who complain that Pinterest and blogs like mine make them feel bad. This makes me really sad. Homes were designed for warmth and shelter from the elements, and a safe place to gather with loved ones. When I think of home, … Read More Let Go of House Envy

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Great Reads for the House Addict

As part of my house addiction, I love reading books on architecture and decorating. I get at least one good idea from every book, sometimes many more.  It’s interesting to see how people’s career’s start and what makes them stand out from the crowd. Here are some of my favorites: The House in Good Taste by Elsie de Wolfe   Glass on my table, … Read More Great Reads for the House Addict

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Home Perfection for a Family or Empty Nesters

Peachtree Battle is such a lovely area. At one end of this beautiful tree-lined street is all the shopping you will ever need. On the other end, a park and places of worship. If you are looking for walkability, this area may be for you. The houses on this avenue sit among beautiful trees and delightful landscaping.  Here you will find an inspired Williamsburg … Read More Home Perfection for a Family or Empty Nesters

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Sofa Shopping

Sofas make me a little nuts. After shopping for them for a while, they all tend to feel the same and leave me cold. When I go to one store, they seem to sit the same. Go to another, and they have their version of the only kind of sofa to have. It’s a little frustrating to me. So, I started thinking about my … Read More Sofa Shopping

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Rossdhu – My imaginary visit

Just behind Peachtree Street in Atlanta, runs Andrews Drive. And there you will find a Tudor treasure called Rossdhu. This amazing tribute to Scottish architecture was built in 1918, and has been updated to have old world beauty, but modern amenities. As I drive by, I see chimneys that promise a warm repose, a porte-chochére to keep all dry in an unpredictable climate, and … Read More Rossdhu – My imaginary visit

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Cheese Straws – So Nice to Have on Hand

I was recently reading An Affair with a House by Bunny Williams. She talks a good bit about entertaining and say she always keeps cheese straws on hand. She explains that it’s from her southern roots that this is a necessity. I agree whole-heartedly! For years I have been buying Betsy’s cheese straws, which are the best on the market. I have had the honor … Read More Cheese Straws – So Nice to Have on Hand

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Beautiful Features in a Modern Mansion

If someone showed this picture to me and asked me where I thought this home was in Georgia, I would guess the North Georgia mountains. I would have been very wrong. This lovely home is right on a small lake is in the Buckhead/Sandy Springs area! The property is a little more than 3 acres and is lakefront. I love the placement of this … Read More Beautiful Features in a Modern Mansion

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A Tourist’s View of Paris

I had the good fortune to go to Paris a while back. We stayed near the Eiffel Tower at a small hotel called Hotel Muguet. It is a small boutique hotel where English is spoken and there’s a lot to see within walking distance. I found it very charming. We had been to London first, so I had experience with London Walks Tours, and I … Read More A Tourist’s View of Paris

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Windows and Sunlight

I was looking through my pictures from 2013 today and found some that I really love, but they don’t make a collection of anything. I have decided that the collection is just architectural features that I love. Most of today’s windows are double hung. These are triple hung and large enough that when opened well, a tall adult could enter the house. This window … Read More Windows and Sunlight

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Sculptures and Busts

Lately I have gotten quite a giggle in the wonderful ways that people use sculpture when decorating. I thought that busts could be quite staid and serious. Since this is not my library, but at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, I never thought much about bringing one home. But this year, I have found some of the most amusing examples of how to use … Read More Sculptures and Busts