Category Archives: Favorite Homes

Oh, to be in London today…

The Duchess at Devonshire

I would go straight to Sotheby’s.

Not to buy, mind you. I haven’t won the Powerball.

But to look and just to be in the same room as the collection. To get a glimpse inside the walls of Chatsworth and the world of Deborah Mitford Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.

Her “treasured mementoes”will be up for auction on March 2nd in London.  Continue reading

Advice from 1913

Elsie de Wolfe- the first lady of interior design

Elsie de Wolfe- the first lady of interior design

The first lady of interior design proclaimed, “This is what I am always fighting in people’s houses: the unsuitability of things. They see something “pretty” and buy it…Then when they have treated each of their rooms in a different color [and in a different style], they wonder why they always fret going from one room to another.”

Despite having said this in 1913, it is still true today. It is timeless advice. Continue reading

Jesus, Mama, & Designing Women

I love mixing patterns of the same color. Embroidered napkins are from Mt. Vernon in their "Mt. Vernon Toile."

I love mixing patterns of the same color. Embroidered napkins are from Mt. Vernon in their “Mt. Vernon Toile.”

This past weekend, Saturday morning to be exact, I remembered something. It was one of those moments where you didn’t realize you were searching for anything, but then it finds you and you have that peaceful, settling, “oh, it all makes more sense now” moment. If the question, “Who has influenced you the most?” had been posed prior to Saturday morning, my immediate answer would have been, “Jesus and my mama.” But now I realize there is a third part to my answer: Designing Women. Continue reading

our first home: turning inspiration into a reality in the dining room

Just because a room is currently a family room, doesn’t mean it can’t be something else! The room that is currently our dining room was the previous owner’s living room. But their layout, which had their dining room at the front of the house,  didn’t fit our needs or my Mt. Vernon vision.

George and Martha’s front door didn’t open into their dining room and I  just couldn’t escape my colonial inspiration.  Continue reading

our first home: finding inspiration for the dining room

Find something to inspire your room.

Find something to inspire your room. This lamp inspired my dining room.

A lamp inspired my dining room. Actually, it was a pair of lamps I found at a second-hand store in Jacksonville Beach. They are a beautiful pale, matte blue porcelain with  intricate gold flowers painted on them. They were delicate and strong at the same time, and in the midst of a menagerie of things they caught my eye.  Continue reading