Monthly Archives: November 2015

Designer Barbara Westbrook | Shaped by Jesus & Antiques

Barbara Westbrook Gracious Rooms
Interior Designer Barbara Westbrook grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the heart of the Bible Belt. She remembers accompanying her mother to Mrs. Jackson’s Antiques Shop as much as attending services at church, “You could say I grew up shaped by Jesus and antiques.”

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Jackie O’s Interior Designer is Coming to Jacksonville

From Architectural Digest 2014

From Architectural Digest 2014

Jackie O’s interior designer, Richard Keith Langham, is coming to Jacksonville. What an opportunity we have to hear from the man that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose to be her designer. 

“I hope life gives you back all the nice things that you put into it for other people,” Mrs. Onassis wrote to Langham on the back of a postcard of the Louvre in Paris.

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The Genuine Article

Christmas Card

To my husband, Matthew, on his birthday. 

It has been said that you can tell a man by his shoes.

Even my Papa believed in that maxim. A man not to spend money capriciously, he always spent what he called “good money” on his shoes. He always followed that expenditure with a story about his daddy.

“My daddy always bought 3 pairs of shoes at a time. He would wear a different pair each day, so they didn’t show wear as quickly.”

Buying three pairs of shoes at one time may not seem like a stretch today, but in the 1930’s getting three pairs of “good shoes” at $8 to $10 each was quite staggering, especially considering the average 50 cents an hour wage that sawmill foremen made.

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