Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dreaming of Downton

The slight (very slight) chill in the air has got me dreaming.
Not of this

or this

or even this.
Oh no. I'm dreaming of the 6th and final season of PBS's Downton Abbey.

How about it?
Are YOU a Downton Abbey watcher?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Adorable Dorms

Summer is winding down for those of us with children still in school (Yes they are still children as long as the bills come to MY house)and many of you us are still scrambling around to find various dorm room accouterment. Well, technically kiddo #4 will not be in a dorm this year because she and several friends are moving into their first apartment which is even WORSE than the dorm because we have to buy sofas and such. Anywho look what I found!

the most adorable dorm stuff evah!
They are famous for their headboard pillow

Why didn't I think of that? Is that not the cutest?

You know this would be precious in your guest room too.

And will you look at this curtain call bedskirt!

What couldn't you hide under that?
They have the prettiest fabrics and make gorgeous pillows that would look amazing on YOUR couch!

I told ya!
They have all sorts of pretties and colors and prints to suit every one

Go check them out here.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Reading List

I haven't been to the beach yet this summer but I have been reading like I'm on the beach!
This book was a surprise favorite!

Both delightfully charming and quirky I couldn't put this one down! Who wouldn't love a book that centers around a bookstore? My guess is no one. That's why it's been a crowd pleaser on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

I happened to pick this selection up at Barnes and Noble's just because and am so glad I did!

Now this is part of the Cobbled Court series. Of course I didn't choose the first in the series. That would be too much like doing the logical thing. Not to worry. The author gives you enough background on the characters so that you can easily pick it up. The main draw for me with this novel is the main character is left an inheritance of a derelict cottage that she transforms into an inn. Delightful!

We all love a good interior design book and there are a plethora(I don't get to use that word much!)of choices out now.
First up

The Bee Cottage Story
How I made a muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness
By Frances Schultz.
I know you all remember Frances and the wonderful column she wrote for House Beautiful back in the day. And even if somehow that doesn't ring a bell I'd bet my bottom dollar that you remember her adorable kitchen.

with all the blue and white

Any who it's a great read. Part gorgeous interiors part memoir.

I've really enjoyed this book

Paige Schnell's interiors are often times hard to describe but undeniably beautiful. Part traditional but on the other hand modern, clean lines but cozy. I have gone over this one with a fine tooth comb!

Page designed the interiors for the 2012 Southern Living Idea House

Loved that house!

Last but not least I'm reading this

Set in the English countryside.Big Sigh. I'll be back with a real review soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Neighbor's Table

Sarah Harmeyer

is a self professed people gatherer.
Since 2012 Sarah has opened her heart and rustic style backyard table to nearly 2000 guests.

Sarah's Dallas house is small but her yard is not , so she had her Dad build a cedar farmhouse table and benches that seat 20. She hung chandeliers from the tree and got busy inviting neighbors, friends, co-workers and absolute strangers to gather around her table.

Sarah has hosted lunches and showers, concerts and Thanksgiving dinner all around this table.

At each gathering guests sign the table.

Sarah is passionate in her pursuit of hospitality and sincerely sees this as her ministry! I LOVE that! Sarah inspires me so.
I want to love and show hospitality with abandon. To not worry about the napkins all matching or the rolls being slightly overcooked but to delight in the simple presence of my guests and to show the Father's love to each one.
Follow the Neighbor's Table on Instagram here.Or check out her website here.
Did you know you can get Sarah's Dad Leroy to make your very own Neighbor's Table?
Sarah has a goal to have a Neighbor's Table in every state and I hear tell she is well on her way!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Evolution of a House

Dallas designer Lisa Luby Ryan who owns the iconic interior design boutique
Vintage Living

recently sold her home and I thought it would be fun to go back and see all the changes she's made over the years.
The home located in the Park Cities area of Dallas is very English cottage in design.

Now in the beginning she decorated in a traditional English Country cottage style. Lots of chintz and color!

Now this bed is definitely the cat's meow!

So pretty! But soon the talented designer began to lean towards a more neutral color palette.

And these are the photos from her homes real estate listing.
You can see Lisa went with cooler whites and grays.

So gorgeous!!!
For more pics of Lisa's spectacular designs visit her website here

Did you notice the scripture reference used as a border in Lisa's family room? Well she is a born again christian with the most inspiring testimony ever of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Go here to hear her testimony!
Hope you had a wonderful and safe 4th of July Dear Hearts!