Monthly Archives: January 2015

A Southern Mirror

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

The Federalist mirror above the bed gives this room character and interest. ~from Domainehome

It has been said that the South is more real than other parts of the country. It’s because the South has lived through more.

We’ve dined on our region’s delicacies like grits, dumplings, and gravy, but we’ve also eaten our fair share of crow. We are continuing to evolve and change from our dark, lean Post-Antebellum years, and we’ve still got a long way to go…  but there is something wonderful about the pluralism of a past.  The merging of the high and the low gives us, and our homes, character. Continue reading

Window Dressing

Notice where Mrs. Bunny Williams hung her drapery; ceiling to floor panels bring your eye up and add a touch of luxury.  ~from Architectural Digest

Notice where Mrs. Bunny Williams hung her drapery; ceiling to floor panels bring your eye up and add a touch of luxury. ~from Architectural Digest

Window metaphors and references are endless.   Our eyes are windows to our souls, God is said to open one when a door closes, and the law of window cleaning claims that “it’s on the other side.”

Despite our love of window analogies, often times the windows in our homes get neglected or poorly dressed.  I have been quite guilty of this, too. Continue reading

The Rules of Breaking Rules

Designed by Katie Dickerson, this room uses fabric designed by Dorothy Draper and follows the rules of scale and balance. ~photo by Michael J. Lee

Designed by Katie Dickerson, this room uses fabric designed by Dorothy Draper and follows the rules of scale and balance.       ~photo by Michael J. Lee

My mother never stops teaching.  While this has caused more than a few fights during my teenage years (and in my twenties… and last week), I am forever grateful that her chosen career in education never stopped when the bell rang at the end of the day. Continue reading

I Will Wear Pink Lip Gloss Everyday

A Suzanne Kasler designed room in Veranda. [photo from Veranda Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015]

A Suzanne Kasler designed room in Veranda. [photo from Veranda Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015] The contrast between the glamorous pink chair and the weathered wooden table is genius.

“I will wear pink lip gloss everyday.”

I proudly proclaimed this as my resolution on New Year’s Eve when I was seventeen years old. Why that is the only resolution I remember is beyond me, but it is.

How embarrassing.

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