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Velvet Drapes for a Paneled, English-Country-Style Living Room

Living Room, English Country Style

Welcome to the 367th Metamorphosis Monday! Do you sometimes find yourself putting off a DIY job, even though it seems like a small project? Maybe you're waiting until the mood hits or you're finally ready mentally to tackle it. That's kind of where I've been with hanging my drapes here in the living room. I was thinking about this on Saturday, about why I've been putting it off, and I think I know why. Decisions--there were going to be a … [Continue Reading...]

Huge Spring Shopping Trip to Pottery Barn…So Many Cute Things!

Floral Bunny  Plate, Pottery Barn

All this spring-like weather we've been having here put me in the mood to visit the Pottery Barn near my home to check out all their new spring goodies for the home and for the table. Spring has definitely hit there, too! When I walked in the door, this was the first thing I saw. I always love to see what they will have displayed just inside the front door. Sometimes it's a beautiful table setting or sometimes it's a gorgeous holiday display. … [Continue Reading...]

Valentine’s Day Table Setting with Vintage Copeland Spode Tower

Valentine's Day Table Setting with Bunny Centerpiece

Welcome to the 385th Tablescape Thursday! With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away, I'm sharing a fun Valentine's Day table setting today. Valentine's Day is normally a romantic celebration for two, but I couldn't resist putting together a whimsical setting for the holiday.   Mr. Bunny is back and he brought us some goodies! He has acted as the centerpiece in many previous tablescapes, but this is the first time he's … [Continue Reading...]

Favorite Finds, Free Monogramming and an Ingenious Device

Screened Porch for Summer

It happens almost every year here in Georgia,one of those strange weeks when you would swear spring has arrived. The daffodils are poking their little heads up out of the ground and the temps actually reached the 70's on the porch today. I just checked and the low for tonight is 63 degrees! Crazy, but I'm loving it! It won't be long before the porch will be back in business. It's needs a good vacuuming and a thorough wipe down, though. Then … [Continue Reading...]

Tour Rachael Ray’s New York Apartment: Cozy and Colorful

Kitchen of Rachel Ray

Welcome to the 366th Metamorphosis Monday! For this week's Met Monday, I have a celebrity home reveal that's pretty surprising. We're going inside the New York home of Rachael Ray. We tend to picture celebrities living in big mansions with over-the-top interiors, but the home Rachael shares with her hubby, John Cusimano, is actually very modest by celebrity standards.   Rachael and her hubby stay very busy since she shoots a 180 … [Continue Reading...]

Ballard Designs Speaks & A Lesson in Drapery Clip Rings

Check Curtains Draperies with French Pleats and Grosgrain Trim

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend! When I awoke today, I was in the mood to move forward on the drapery project I recently started here in the family room. You may remember this photo where I had draped the green, velvet draperies I found recently in a Ballard Designs Outlet over the tops of my plantation shutters to get an idea how they would work in this room.   The Velvet Dilemma: Ballard Designs Speaks Question: Which way is … [Continue Reading...]

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Tables

Valentine's Day table with a Crafted Heart Tree Centerpiece

Welcome to the 384th Tablescape Thursday! Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away. Here's a little inspiration for making it a special day. ♥ Click on and the title below to access that post for more information! ♥ Make Heart Shaped Cakes with this Recipe   Make Music-Covered Hearts for Valentine's Day   Valentine's Day Table with a Heart-Tree Centerpiece   Decorate a Heart Tree for … [Continue Reading...]

A Little Beach Time for Winter Weary Souls

Beach, Mayan Ruins, Tulum

Today I was going through photos I took while "Sailing With the Scotts" and I came across a video I should have included when I posted about visiting the Mayan Ruins in Tulum Mexico. (If you missed that post a few days ago, you'll find it here: A Visit to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum.   It's a video I filmed of the waves coming in. It was a gorgeous day and I figured we could all use a little beach time right … [Continue Reading...]

Tour the Fox Hill, A Beautiful “Southern Living” Plan Home

Built-in Cabinetry in Breakfast Room, The Fox Hill, Southern Living Plan

Whenever I hear a Southern Living Idea home is being built anywhere within driving distance, I get excited and can't wait to see it! Their homes always feel so livable and often have special features that you don't find in other homes being built today. In recent years, we were lucky to have a couple of Southern Living homes built here in Georgia. I'll link to a tour of one of those at the end of this post in case you would like to tour … [Continue Reading...]

A Visit to the Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Mayan Ruins on Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum

Welcome to the 365th Metamorphosis Monday! Today's Before and After takes us on a trip back in time, all the way back to the 13th century. In November while "Sailing with the Scotts," I had the opportunity to visit Cozumel pictured below.   Once we docked in Cozumel, a big group of us took a ferry to the city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.   In Playa del Carmen, it was the first time I had ever seen coconuts on a … [Continue Reading...]

Adorable Carmel-by-the-Sea Cottage With Beautiful Gardens

Cottage for Sale in Carmel-by-the-Sea 03

It's January and January is doing what it does best, being cold and rainy and even snowy in some places. I envy our friends in Australia right now who are most likely basking in warm days and sunshine. If we can just hang in there a couple more months, spring will be here! I am so looking forward to that. Today, to help get us through this cold January day, we're off to tour an adorable cottage and garden in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. For … [Continue Reading...]

Dining in Italy and the Mystery of the Missing Bread Plates

Dining in Hotel Windsor Savoia, Assisi

Welcome to the 383rd Tablescape Thursday! That title of this post sounds a little like a Nancy Drew Mystery Story, doesn't it? lol For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I thought I'd share one of the dinners we were served while traveling in Italy. The tour/trip I took included some lunches and most dinners. Sometimes our lunches didn't include meat and just consisted of salad, a large bowl of pasta and dessert. Drinks were usually already … [Continue Reading...]