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Sunday, March 21, 2021

When to Start Your Garden Seeds in Your Planting Zone

I found the most amazing link for all of my gardening followers who start their plants from seeds. WHEN TO START SEEDS CALCULATOR

Saturday, March 20, 2021


I didn't hear any crowing when I woke up early this morning but a rooster must have welcomed the first day of spring somewhere. I photographed this image from my 19th century Royal Book of Crests.

I started doing a little bit of spring cleaning yesterday doing the inside windows in my kitchen and two in the living room. It's still too chilly to start on the outsides. Enjoy this promise of finer days to come. xo

Friday, March 19, 2021


I lived in Far Hills for almost 3 years when I first moved to New Jersey in 1973. Sister Parish and Mario Buatta were designers' names I heard over and over when shopping for home furnishings and antiques. I enjoyed this video preview of his own collections offered by Sotheby's 2020 Auction in NYC after his death. via

Buatta’s Manhattan apartment, AD, 1997. 
Photo: Scott Frances

Read his obituary and loving tribute from Architectural Digest here.

Painted Curved Stairs

Don't you love these painted stairs? The hall wardrobe, in the same green paint, is lovely against the white beadboard walls and unstained, natural wood floors. via

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Chintz Fabric on Furniture

Would you rather have timeless Chintz on your furniture or floral wallpaper? via  The room pictured is Yves Saint Laurent's final home.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gorgeous Wetlands with Water Fowl

Someone got up early to snap this gorgeous photo and I love it. 

One of my favorite posts.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Purple Martin Bottle Gourd Bird House

From Illustrations of 
The Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, 1886
Illustrated by Howard Jones

I have a bunch of these bottle gourds I grew one year and they were so much fun. I need to make bird houses from them his year.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Hand holding Christina Rossetti's poem "Echo" by FATIMA RONQUILLO

8×6 inches, oil on panel
private collection 
Hand wearing a lover's eye ring
Holding a Poem
ECHO ~ by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Red-Bellied Woodpecker at My Feeder

Red-bellied Woodpecker at my feeder.
He's my favorite visitor and he comes often.
Winter is back but most of the snow has melted,
except for my Snow Mountain out front.
Have a great weekend! 🥰