Category Archives: Favorite Sources

“…and therefore to me.”

Writer's entrytable

I take in an obscene amount of magazines. They arrive in droves the start of each month and I will say most of them get read cover to cover… eventually. I’ll never forget my husband Matt’s face the first time we went out of town together and he picked up my carry-on bag for the flight.

“Mollie, what in the world do you have in this?”

“My magazines, why? Is it heavy?” Continue reading

If you “only” had $1,000…

Million Dollar Decorating Podcast

“If you only had $1,000 to furnish and decorate your empty home,
how would you spend it?” (James Swan, Million Dollar Decorating Podcast)

That is the last question interior designer James Swan asks each guest he interviews on his podcast Million Dollar Decorating.

And I have answered it differently in my head after each podcast episode I’ve listened to!

Everyday my answer changes.  Continue reading

Pommade Divine

“’You won’t believe, dear Louise, what a good thing this Pommade Divine is. I am sending you a box, so that you can carry it with you at all times. Another thing this pommade is good for: if you have burned yourself badly with sealing wax and treat it immediately with the pommade, it reduces the pain. I don’t know how one could not like the smell of Pommade Divine…”’ ~Princess Elizabeth Charlotte, 1720, from the Court of King Louis XIV, France
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Party Alfresco

…before it gets too hot!

Anchor your table with one repeating color. [photo cred: Bloomingdales]

Anchor your table with one repeating color. [photo cred: Bloomingdales]

In Florida, we are on the edge of “sauna weather” where even with the setting sun, we don’t have much of a break from the heat.

So, before it gets unbearable outside, plan an alfresco fête! And, don’t worry if your backyard or patio doesn’t look like something out of a magazine. Those pictures are planned, styled, filtered, and unrealistic. I love what Mrs. Bunny Williams says about not waiting to live well, “Don’t put off enjoying your home and friends. Don’t wait to live well.” Continue reading

The Southern Tradition of Toting Around Our Home

Author Julia Reed in her library with her treasured tortoise shell. ~from Garden & Gun

Author Julia Reed in her library with her treasured tortoise shell. ~from Garden & Gun

We may live at many different addresses in our lifetime. Through the years, a number of different keys will be on our ring to a number of different front doors.

There will be thresholds that mark great “crossings” in our lives: one we cross for the first time in our first home, doors that may seem to revolve as children traipse in and out, and doors we close for the last time because life has given us another key to a different door on another street. Continue reading

Fall Tablescapes

 

A touch of sparkle contrasts with rustic touches and buffalo check table runners.

A touch of sparkle contrasts with rustic touches and buffalo check table runners.

Decorations for fall are often displayed longer than Christmas decor. Usually debuting in our homes near the end of September, they take center stage on our tables and porches through the Thursday of Thanksgiving. Continue reading

Friday Favorite: Oriental Rugs in the Kitchen

I love the contrast an oriental rug adds to a kitchen. From www.homebunch.com

I love the contrast an oriental rug adds to a kitchen. From www.homebunch.com

I’m currently on the hunt for an Oriental or Persian rug for our kitchen. I LOVE the warmth they bring to kitchens.

Kitchens, with their chrome appliances, shiny tiles, and slick countertops can sometimes seem too cold to me and so unlike the other parts of the home.  With fall approaching, I find myself being drawn more and more to elements of warmth and the addition of an antique or Persian rug to the kitchen seems like the perfect touch. It creates contrast, and contrasts are what create interest.

Here are some of my favorite looks and sources:

Favorite Sources of Inspirations:

Camille Styles
Peppermint Bliss
The Peak of Chic

Let the hunt continue.

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