The Story of Us

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Valentine's Day is special to me. It was on Valentine's Day in 1987 that Dearest asked me to marry him.  Yes, yes…a thousand times yes! My heart rang out - long before that scene was dreamed of in Pride and Prejudice…one of our favorite movies. We were young and excited. We did an unusual thing, we worked together on our … [Read more...]

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New Year Tabletop Decor

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Quick, Easy and Elegant As I was taking down our Christmas decorations I set aside some silver and gold ornaments to create tabletop decor for New Year's night.   On our dining room table I set a white tablecloth with a light gold runner. On that I placed a Southern Living at Home candelabra. I laid a bed of greenery and then arranged … [Read more...]

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The Cottage Styles Primer

what is beautiful to you? Home Interior style is definitely personal. What might appeal to one may not appeal to another. There are so many 'Cottage' styles that I wondered, what features are signature to each style and what makes it appealing. Finding your Cottage style is fun...perhaps you're like me and you like to mix Cottage styles. Let's … [Read more...]

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Autumn in the Master Bedroom

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This weekend it will be officially Autumn. whether we're ready for it or not. Several are staging dramatic changes throughout their homes heralding Autumn's glory. I'm looking forward to seeing their home tours! In our Master bedroom - the changes are subtle and warm. It's all about color and mood. The first to change over was the … [Read more...]

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Vintage Autumn Romance

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Vignettes in My Retreat Each room in my home is getting a little touch of autumn in the decor. A light touch was added in the Green Room - aka - my Retreat - and a guest room. This is the room I can enjoy all the lovely - Romantic, Cottage Garden style I love. Once a screened in porch This room retains the cedar shingle style of the exterior … [Read more...]

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Farmhouse Cottage Style

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Featuring Town & Country Living by Jennifer Zuri Have you ever viewed photos of a home and instantly felt you wanted to uproot all your decor and to change over to a whole new cottage decor? I certainly did when I saw Jennifer's post on Hometalk...I was scrolling along, minding my own business when these amazing photos seemed to literally pop … [Read more...]

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Slipcovered Chairs

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This is something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time. Well, let's just say NEEDED to do.  We have these two chairs in our bedroom, purchased separately at either Goodwill or garage sales - I was so delighted that their color and shape went so well together. Over the years the fabric began to wear and some stains darkened the … [Read more...]

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My OneKingsLane

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  I am so excited by my recent OneKingsLane purchase. I have been wanting a Mint Julep cup for a very long time, so when I saw this one for sale, I knew it was to be mine. The shape and the pattern on this Mint Julep cup is perfect for flower arrangements - Roses are always a wonderful choice - I found these the day after Valentines - … [Read more...]

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A Romantic Quote

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One of the things Dearest and I have fun doing is quoting from our favorite movies. I shared with you recently one of the gifts I gave him for valentines, the framed quotes from 'The Count of Monte Cristo'. Another of our favorite movies is the latest version of 'Pride and Prejudice'. I found this romantic quote from the movie at an Etsy … [Read more...]

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Romantic Dinner for Two

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Cottage Style   I love cozy round tables in a room, especially near a couch or two chairs...they invite an amiable atmosphere for two to sit together to enjoy each other's company.   I love the Romantic Cottage style of my green room, the room I often refer to as my retreat. There I have my grandmother's couch, … [Read more...]

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