5 Creative Tables for Summer

5 Tables for Summer-2018

Welcome to the 516th Tablescape Thursday! I can't believe it's already August! Thankfully, it will still be warm here in the south for another month or two. My heart is still in summer, fall will get here soon enough! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing a few of the tables I've set this summer.   Click on any title below to view that table setting in more detail. Happy Summer to you! Dining Outdoors for Summer: A Mostly … [Continue Reading...]

Tour the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland, Part II

Green Suit Worn by Tippi Hedren as Melanie in Hitchcock Movie, The Birds

On Monday we began a tour through the Museum of Style Icons, a museum owned by Newbridge Silverware in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. It was a wonderful, unexpected highlight during my trip to Ireland last year. In that previous post, I shared this pretty cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's.   That dress was displayed near several other dresses worn previously by Audrey, including a pretty yellow floral dress worn in … [Continue Reading...]

A Visit to the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons

Newbridge Silverware Style Museum, Ireland

Welcome to the 498th Metamorphosis Monday! I've been away the past few days visiting family. As I was thinking about what I might share with you today, I remembered a fascinating stop we made during my trip across Ireland last year. I think it was on the same day we visited Blarney Castle. As we were heading back to our manor home for the night, we stopped for a little shopping excursion inside the Newbridge Silverware Factory. We saw a lot of beautiful silver … [Continue Reading...]

Limelight Hydrangeas, Butterflies and Birds: A Summer Table Setting On The Porch

Sweet Bird Hiding in Limelight Hydrangeas

Welcome to the 515th Tablescape Thursday! The Limelight hydrangeas in front of my home are still blooming, so I couldn't resist using them again in a summer table setting here on the screened porch.     See that big gap, one hydrangea fell over and I didn't notice it until I was done taking pictures.   While I was setting the table, little birds flew in and nested down inside the hydrangeas! ;)   So you may … [Continue Reading...]

When Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana Conspire, Something Wonderful Happens!

Dolce Gabbana Stand Mixer

I always have a running list in my head of things I want to share with you. Today I'm finally sitting down to share them all in one place. They run the gamut in price, some are super affordable while others are pricey but just too good to not share. This morning I purchased a pair of these L.L. Bean Sport Shoes for myself and my daughter-in-love. I think they will be great for the hiking trips we go on whenever I visit. I should probably buy another pair to just … [Continue Reading...]

It Took a Year to Get It Right, But Finally This Makeover Is Complete

Minwax Polycrylic Finish in Matte Finish

Welcome to the 497th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments on Saturday's post. It was so heartwarming and encouraging to read your comments and stories! You shared so many of the same thoughts I have and I truly appreciate each and every comment. I was so surprised by how many of you had actually had the opportunity to visit A Classy Flea in person! I know a lot of folks mentioned they had hoped to visit and were disappointed … [Continue Reading...]

Change Can Be So Hard Sometimes

When I first moved into my home almost 30 years ago, I struggled to furnish it. As a faithful reader of Traditional Home and Colonial Homes magazines back then, I had fallen in love with classic-traditional furniture styles and antiques. I would regularly visit some of the best furniture stores in the Atlanta area--stores like Matthews Furniture, Beverly Hall, and Furniture Craftsman. I drooled over the beautiful inlaid Councill Craftsman dining tables, Baker … [Continue Reading...]

Making My Own Sunshine for This Week’s Tablescape Thursday

Vintage Table Setting with Metlox Poppytrail, Sculptured Daisy

Welcome to the 514th Tablescape Thursday! I think I may be living in England these days...or maybe I'm in Ireland. I've never seen so much rain, and this has been going on for much of the summer. It has been nice not having to worry about watering the plants on the deck, but I've almost forgotten how sunshine looks!   So please excuse the moody skies in the background. Today is definitely going to be a "curl-up-with-a-good-book" day. The … [Continue Reading...]

Geesh, I Knew It was Hot, But Never Expected This!

The Secret of The Handbag by Meredith Etherington-Smith and Caroline Clifton-Mogg

The eagerly anticipated Louis Sherry chocolate truffles arrived today. A bad feeling crept in as I opened the lid to the decorative tin and saw chocolate smeared on the papers inside the box. Uh, oh. Apparently, the truffles didn't survive the summer heat during the shipping process.   For reference, this is how the chocolates are supposed to look.   I had also ordered a tin of Louis Sherry Chocolates as a gift. I noticed via tracking … [Continue Reading...]

A Bit Like Having Your Own Personal Chef


Welcome to the 496th Metamorphosis Monday! Many years ago I read an article in the local paper about a woman who had worked her whole life in the corporate world. One day, tired of the intense stress under which she worked each day, she gave her notice and quit. She opened up her own business doing something she really loved: cooking! According to the article, she would drive to the home of her customer(s) and spend the day preparing 20 home-made entrees so … [Continue Reading...]