Thursday, November 30, 2017

Scottsdale Arizona Rustic French Country Kitchen

This Rustic Arizona Kitchen Feels Like a French Countryside Vacation. The steel French doors are my favorite part of this construction project. Do want! See more inspiring photos and read the article in House Beautiful. This empty-nesting couple really downsized in style.

Life Goals

Send to a young person you love. via

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Spectacular Kitchen

I adore the backsplash with tiny subway tiles and everything else too. This kitchen is simply spectacular. via

Black Otter Rex Bunnies

Have you ever seen a black rabbit? I have not. Have you heard about the King of Rabbits? The  portrait of the two Black Otter Rex Rabbits was found here. They certainly are beautiful, aren't they? I have always heard rabbits make good house pets and their only bad habit is chewing on the electric cords and that always scared me. I guess you have to keep them contained, especially if you are raising them for show competitions. This pen looks soft and cozy.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Small Kentucky Cottage with Woodpile

I am glad this modest Appalachian cottage has a proper overhang on the front porch to protect the woodpile which might be the only heat source. Don't you wish we could peek inside this Kentucky home to see the roaring fire? via

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Kitchen w/ Butcher Block Counter Tops

Bring back the butcher block counter tops. I still love them. via
Read more about this kitchen here.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Amelia Handegan Virginia Restoration

18th Century Rose Hill Plantation

The music room at Rose Hill, an 18th century estate. I adore this painted floor.

The library holds books that have been at Rose Hill for two centuries.

Isn't this the perfect place to enjoy the books in the Rose Hill library before retiring to the adjacent master bedroom? The open fire is the icing on the cake. This old house has been decorated in such a livable manner. Read the article and see many more photographs of this plantation country house via Architectural Digest. Have a great weekend. xo

Friday, November 24, 2017

NYC: Townhouse of Bunny Mellon

Bunny Mellon's NYC townhouse at 125 East 70th Street. See the Sotheby's real estate listing with numerous photos, both inside and out, here. Meet the buyer.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars on PBS Thanksgiving Night

Anne Shirley (Ella Ballentine) is back in the new TV movie "Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars" airing on PBS tonight. In my area it comes on at 9:00-11:00. Can't wait.

Vermont Turkeys walk to Boston

During traditional turkey drives to Boston, children of Vermont farmers typically walked with the turkeys, scattering food to lure them forward -- but perhaps they would have appreciated wagon rides.
"Turkey drives" were an autumnal tradition from the 1800s to the early 1900s, and involved the overland strolling of flocks of turkeys from all corners of Vermont to their destination, and demise, in Boston. Who knew? Read more about the fascinating history of this farm to table turkey drive HERE

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fabulous Bunny Downspout

I need this kind of whimsy in my life. Bring back the bunny downspouts! I could spend DAYS on this page looking at other examples. Have fun looking when you need a break from Thanksgiving preparations. xo

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kitchen Island with Drawers

I like this kitchen island with drawers instead of an overhang to accommodate stools for sitters. Do we ever have enough cabinets? via

This Made Me Laugh

Good One! via

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gorgeous Painted Stairway

I like everything I see in this gorgeous interior. via

Quick Cleaning Tips

This probably isn't the right week to post these cleaning tips since Thanksgiving is on Thursday but who knows, they might come in handy. I had a friend in my youth who didn't have a dishwasher and she used to put her dirty dishes in the trunk of her car if someone called and was coming over unexpectedly. That tip is not on this list. via Pinterest

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Vintage Gas Stove: A Chambers

This functioning 1910 Champion gas stove is simply wonderful. . .love it so much. via

Friday, November 17, 2017

Coziest Dogs Ever

At first look, I didn't realize there were TWO dogs on the bed, warming themselves before the fire. via

A Man Called Ove -- Great Book

I was thrilled to finally find this book at the library after hearing people rave about it for a very long time. I loved it and devoured it in a single day. Read the book, skip the movie would be my advice after watching the trailer. Men will like it too, especially those who know a lot about home construction, Saab automobiles, and motors in general. Click on the link above to read a review from Good Reads. xo my photo

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Charming Dog Photo

Love this dog peeking through the leaves. via

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Charming Clapboard Cottage

I looked and looked but could not find a link for getting inside this charmer. It looks lived in and loved with perfectly imperfect landscaping. I would get rid of the shrubs across the front foundation that are hiding the house. If the foundation is unattractive, I would plant something lower. Maybe these can be severely trimmed, but boxwood would be better. Enjoy this lovely Wednesday. xo via
My readers are wonderful. Read the comments. Interior photos found and they are wonderful. HERE

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vermont Friendship Album Hearts 1849

Friendship album. Calais Vermont. Made in 1849. Hearts of woven hair. via

Pie Crust Tree

Another beautiful pie crust to drool over.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cabin Love with Snow

Gorgeous Winter Scene
It's Coming!
Not quite ready for snow.
But love this photo.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Winter Table in Living Room

I was out pretty early on Saturday with a dental appointment and a real estate showing afterward. On my way home I passed a nice house with "free" stuff in the yard. One was a wonderful metal table base with great patina and definition and I grabbed it. There was a glass top too but I couldn't lift it. I thought I had an old storm shutter in original blue paint in the garage and it turned out to be the perfect size.

As you can see the top turned out to be perfect! It really looks made to measure.

It's nice for my potted plants and various pretties i already had. You really can't see the table base in these photos,

Here is a repeat of the first photo with less contrast so you can see the table base better. I had a tea table in that spot before but like the lower table so much better. The nesting has begun.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Flags All Over Town for Veterans Day

Madison, NJ
Veterans Day 2017

Every lamp post has a flag. It looks deserted but the town folk were gathering for a parade. My photos. The trees are bare and today was our first really cold day but the sky was blue and the sun was out. Later in the day, it warmed up a bit. It was a lovely Saturday to be out and about. xo

Friday, November 10, 2017

Turn Off Your Outdoor Faucet

Don't forget to turn off the water for your outdoor faucets and drain the line. It's going down to 19° at my house tonight. I winterized all my faucets a couple of days ago. We've been blessed with mild weather and today was a real shock to my system. Nesting season has arrived. google images

View from a Covered Bridge

Looking at this photo is almost like being there, isn't it? Simply gorgeous. via

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Watercolors and A Butterfly

This animated butterfly gif is so mesmerizing it almost puts me to sleep. via

Needle Felted Grey Hare / Rabbit

So charming. This was made from a kit.
No, I am not going to make one but I love this.
From Etsy.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

More Generator and A/C Photos

After taking these photos of my 14 year old air conditioning unit, I put a cover on it for the winter. As you all know, I don't use it daily in the summer, just on very hot days. But I'm glad I have it on those days. I love to sleep with my windows open whenever possible.

Here's the generator after some pruning and raking a couple of days ago. The black pipe above the gray piping is the new gas line.

This is the company I used for purchasing and installation and future service. I got their name from Generac. There are very few companies in New Jersey that are authorized to install and service these machines so the customer gets the full warranty. Every step has been wonderful. The two young installers came at 8am and left at 6pm and they worked straight through without one break. I like workers like that. The plumbing guys who extended my gas line were like that too. It is so refreshing to see young men who don't lean on things, smoke cigarettes. play loud radios, and take breaks and leave the property to go out to lunch. The company is in Denville, NJ quite close to Morristown. If you use them and mention my name if you buy a generator or use them to service the one you have, I will get a referral check. Thanks. I can recommend them with no reservation.

More beautiful piping.
Now it looks like rain and I can take a breather before the four days of bright sunshine that start tomorrow. Sorry to have bored you with home maintenance photos but that's been my life lately. I went to an open house this morning but it wasn't worthy of any photos to show you. I see an afternoon movie in my future. xo

My New Guardian

My new 9KW Generac Guardian Generator.
This is an old photo when the work just got started and I had not done any outside work myself. I will post photos inside the fence to show you the neatness of my contractors later. Yesterday I took the grill off the top my air conditioning unit and cleaned out all the debris (old rotten leaves) with my shop vac and cleaned the "green stuff" off the fan blades and gave it a true fall cleaning. I never thought I could do this myself but it was very easy and I am so pleased. Now I have to get my day going and vote for a new New Jersey governor and some local officials too. See you later. xo

Monday, November 6, 2017

Beatrix Potter Red Squirrel

Here is another watercolor that is new to me. Beatrix Potter's Red Squirrel. via

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Most Gorgeous Living/Family Room

This formal yet casual cozy large living/family room is fabulous. What a great seating arrangement for conversing with family and friends. I like the rag rug too and the wallpaper is subtle and interesting. I see it was in Architectural Digest and would love to find it online but haven't yet. via

My tired bones are looking forward to PBS tonight with The Durrells and The Collection. I raked tons of leaves and did quite a lot of outside work. I got a 9KW Generac Generator and it was installed on Friday. The plumber is coming tomorrow to connect the gas line and the plumbing inspection is on Thursday. It will be turned on and tested when the electrical inspector comes. It looks gorgeous and made my picket fence and the north side of my cottage look shabby so I washed everything down with Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day multi-surface spray and the shingles, my air-conditioning unit, all the panel boxes and pipes and especially the picket fence look almost new. I got rid of that green algae or whatever it is that likes to get on surfaces where there is no direct sun. It wasn't that hard since there was the nicest very soft rain that wet down everything for me so my spray cleaner could get right to work. I didn't have to scrub with any brushes, just a 3M thin pad and some old rags. I did a lot of raking and pruning earlier in the day before the rain. Will post pics later. Enjoy your Sunday night. xo

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Vintage Gas Prices -- Remember When?

I must admit, this photo stopped me in my tracks. The least expensive gas I have seen lately in my travels locally was $2.49 a gallon. I don't even know if that includes tax, must look. Have a great weekend. via

Friday, November 3, 2017