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Monday, October 3, 2022

Vegetable Drawers That Can Breathe

I love these wooden crate drawers. They don't match the kitchen cabinets but they match the butcher block counter. They are probably designed for vegetables so they can breathe but I will fill the second one with dish towels. I love the look, don't you? via Enjoy this October Monday. xo

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Perfect Small House

I realize this wonderful small cottage has a large house attached. I hope it isn't dependent in any way to the big one but could easily stand alone.
I have mowed all of my grass very close to the ground with the #2 blade setting on my push mower. Now all the leaves can blow away with no raking required. I still have a few geraniums outside in big planters that I have to repot and bring inside. My peonies haven't been pruned to the ground yet either. And I need to put in more weatherstripping on a door or two but otherwise, I am pretty prepared for cold weather. I haven't turned on my heat yet and am wearing warm neck scarves indoors. If my neck is warm, I feel warmer all over. I do this in bed too when watching TV before I turn off the light. Try it, it really works! photo source

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Swan Mom and Cygnets

Swan Family Outing

When swans are born they're called cygnets, which is pronounced sig-net. Cygnets keep their name until they're a year old at which time they have two options for names. An adult male swan is called a cob and an adult female swan is called a pen.
Darling photo found on Tumblr. 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Wonderful Vintage Bathroom

 The Sleeper-McCann House
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Instagram Photo @torimellott

A designer’s dream 
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a National Historic Landmark, was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport was Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, and professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited. 

After Sleeper’s death, Beauport was purchased by the McCanns, who left it largely intact. Visit Beauport and see Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, and each is more visually dazzling than the last. Get to know Sleeper, a gay man living in the early twentieth century; his housekeeper, Mary Wonson; his fascinating neighbors; and the house’s many colorful guests.

How has this eluded me all these years? 
Now it's on my bucket list.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Open Porch connecting to Screened Porch

If this isn't the best of both worlds, I don't know what is. How wonderful it would be to have an open porch that connects to a screened porch? ‘Weybridge, farmhouse renovation.’ Smith & Vansant Architects, 
Norwich, VT. J. Gantz Photography.
Photo found here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Brass Bathtub Fixtures

So beautiful but I would never be able to remember which knob was for hot and which one was for cold. What is the big one in the middle for? The Shower? Anyway, they are beautiful but not for me. You couldn't even reach the top knob if you were soaking and needed more hot water. Found on Pinterest. xo

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Wonderful Pantry

So pretty.
Photo found here.
I hope there is another place
for the canned goods and things
that are not pretty but essential.

Monday, September 26, 2022

New Curtain Rods at Firehouse Flea Market

My favorite day was Saturday. The annual Firehouse Auction and flea market was back after a two-year absence due to Covid. I have been looking and looking and looking for new curtain rods for my dressing room and found them just before I was leaving for the day. I spent most of the day on Sunday looking for screws to hang them with the wooden brackets I already had. I looked through all of my screws and found nothing so I was forced to go to Ace Hardware nearby and one of the men there helped me find the perfect ones. 

I dashed home, got out my trusty new ladder, and hung the first one. The one on the right is the before photo. I have been unhappy with the old rods for a long time but have been making do until I found just the right new ones. Saturday was the day for scoring them. Now I can close them in the winter quite easily to prevent heat loss at night. My old rods were tension rods within the window frame and the curtains fell out when I tried to close them. I think moving them up to the top of my woodwork has transformed the whole room. I am in the process of putting away summer and getting out winter clothes and bedding. I put the cover on my air conditioning unit outside yesterday too. I had a great weekend, hope you did too.

UPDATE: See an older blog post with the old look of these draperies HERE.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Blowing Leaves

It's happening, slowly but surely. Some trees turn loose early and some wait as long as they can. I slept so soundly last night under two blankets. Will repeat the process tonight. Have a great rest of the weekend. via

Friday, September 23, 2022

The Queen's Last Corgi Pups

The Queen's Corgis miss her.

 Sandy and Muick were the last pups Queen Elizabeth had during her life. They were a gift from her son, Andrew, who will now take over the dogs' care. Read more about them here in an article that says they are likely aware of her death.♡🐾🐾♡

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Old House with Fall Mums

I have always loved center chimney colonials.
This one looks spectacular all decked out for Fall.