Spring Re-fresher

It’s Spring, even though the weather may not be cooperating right now! Spring makes me want to clean and freshen up the house.  Here are a couple of simple things you can try in your home. Freshen with flowers! Nothing says Spring like flowers, and I love these Gerber Daises.  You can cut the stem [...]

Monticello Dining Room

When I visited Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson) in 2002, the Dining Room was this Wedgwood Blue. This photo is from my Monticello Guidebook. and now… the Monticello website says of the color on the walls: Color: Originally unpainted plaster, then “chrome yellow,” then wall-papered, then blue in the post-Jefferson era. Currently the walls [...]

Wallis Warfield Simpson

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor circa 1939.  This picture was taken at their villa in Cannes, France. This is Edward VIII who abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis, who was a divorcee (think the movie, “The King’s Speech”).  Aren’t they a stunning couple?  Some of her nightdresses were auctioned off this past [...]

Antique Mirrors

I have a collection of antique mirrors in my home. I enjoy collecting old things either from family or in antique/thrift stores (no kidding)!My motto is “I like things with a history; even if I don’t know what it is”!  Here they are and I will tell you where they are from. #1 This mirror [...]

Figline Valdarno, Italia

some views of  the sweet town and villa where we stayed Figline Valdarno…just outside of Firenze (Florence),  “rises between the slopes of the Chianti hills and the left bank of the Arno river”. at 5pm, everyone comes out to buy what they need for dinner and to visit…sweet! Villa Casagrande Built in the 1300′s, it [...]


the snow is gone so that means no more skiing for this season here is Hope modeling a “retro” ski look… and having some fun in the snow! a couple of outfits from yesteryear; 1969 to be exact… I wish I could look this good on the slopes next year! Photography:  Martha B. Magazine: McCall’s, [...]

Real Women*Real Spaces #8

Today we meet Andrea in her kitchen. Her Dutch roots really shine through with her many collectibles from past generations.  Andrea raised 3 children in this kitchen and she says that even though the family has more than tripled in size, they still like to eat here.  Can’t you see why? Andrea has wondered if [...]

Boston Design Center

I am working on a design project that took me to the Boston Design Center in Massachusetts.  It was a lovely time and we made many purchases that will look great in the house (more on that later).  Here is a glimpse of the center… there are even antique stores…my favorite bye bye Boston, you [...]

Venezia (Venice)

We traveled from Tuscany to Venice for the day.  It was sooo worth the trip! Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) Related Posts: Italy

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