Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flowers on the Table

I love flowers. 

I try to have fresh flowers on my dining room table all the time -- just ask my husband. Since we eat in our dining room every night, I get to enjoy them daily, plus I see them through the kitchen door.  Here are a few of my arrangements I have done so far this year.

Love jonquils. These came from my garden at my mother's house. I planted them years and years ago and they steadfastly come back every year. I paired them with Camellias off my bush in the backyard.



For Memorial Day, I grabbed a huge Southern Magnolia off my tree and some greenery from a nearby bush.




A little later in the season, my neighbor had not cut his grass in a while, so I picked his weeds. Even weeds can steal the show when placed in a festive pitcher turned into a vase.



For July 4th, I thought nice, bright sunflowers would be fun. I just love their fresh faces. I have to admit, I bought these from the local Kroger.



Then just this past week, I sneaked back over the "the neighbor who never cuts grass" and stole these beauties out of his overgrown garden. I am sure he didn't notice.



These days, many flowers are available year-round, but because out-of-season flowers must be grown in a hothouse or shipped from afar, they can be quite pricey. For the freshest blooms on a budget, use what is in your yard  (or a neighbor’s yard.)

Do you put fresh flowers on your table?


Pat

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More to Talladega than a Race

Talladega, AL. 

We all know about the famous NASCAR racetrack located just off of 1-20. How could you not know with a movie like Talladega Nights?

But drive about 6 miles south and you come upon the small town of Talladega. Chocked full of beautiful homes, this historic town is a delight and a surprise.

In typical southern town layout, just find the First Methodist Church and the neighborhood adjoining it,  is often the Historical District. Talladega is no different. You immediately enter the "Silk Stocking Historical District."


The Jones Mansion, c. 1880's (cougar_6 Flicker)





The McElderry-Malone Home, c1905




The Woods-Sims House c. 1891


























The Samuel C Oliver Home c.1890



The Brown-Elliott Mansion c. 1912




Dr C.L. Salter home c. 1840



The Reynolds-McGee Mansion c. 1904



The Jamison-Purefoy House c. 1898



Side view



And a post card of how the Jamison-Purefoy house looked back then.

























This is just a few of the lovely homes found in Talladega. Next time you go by the race track, take the road south, look for the First Methodist Church and drive along the Silk Stocking Historical District.


Pat

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cute Shoes

Last week I was at a real estate tech conference and I saw an adorable pair of shoes walk by. Never being shy, I ran over and inquired. They were Avarca sandals from Spain. The wearer told me about the website, so I immediately whipped out the trusty iPad and ordered a pair.

I got these. Aren't they cute?

Avarras USA

Avarras USA


Here is the other style and I am seriously contemplating.

Avarras USA

















And they come in all these luscious colors. As well as tan, brown, beige, white and black.

Avarras USA

There is an interesting story about these shoes, but I will let you read it yourself on the their website.http://www.avarcasusa.com/bin/ourstory.php


Pat

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Garden Musings

I’ve been gardening a lot lately. By which I mean I’ve been doing everything from mowing my lawn to pulling up weeds by hand to conversing with a bed of vegetables.

In my earlier years,  I would have laughed in your face if you told me that one day I would get excited about little yellow flowers emerging from a tomato plant.

Or, that I would be patient enough to plant biennials and wait two years for blooms.

While I love the activity of gardening, the hobby itself is a little, well, odd. 

  • I talk aloud to the growing things in my garden.
  • I sometimes wear very strange miss-matched clothes – called “yard clothes.”
  • I have given up on having my nail done. How can you have the perfect manicure when you get dirt under your fingernails?
  • I hope for bees to visit.
  • I study how old and dry manure needs to be before applying to the dirt.
  • I buy any new product seen on TV. Like a Garden Weasel. The Weed Popper. The Pocket Hose, because: 

To a gardener there is nothing more exasperating than a hose that isn’t long enough.
Cecil Roberts

Monday, June 2, 2014

When in Rome

This weekend my husband and I did one of our Sunday drives. 
We wound up in Rome, GA., and stumbled upon this beauty:


Be still my heart....

In typical Pat fashion, I made my husband pull into the driveway in the back and I hopped out - I was gonna see this house. This is the Clairmont  Bed & Breakfast,  open to the public like any B&B so I knew could go in and check their rates and perhaps have a quick tour.  

That I found inside was a magnificent, very well cared for and preserved  1882 Victorian. 
(I snapped pics with the old iPhone so they are not the best.)

Staircase in the main hall. 
View from first floor landing
This house is a very preserved Victorian --all of the original woodwork is there -- the plaster walls -- the gorgeous built-ins -- even the door knobs and hinges.

Chandelier in main hall. 
Fireplace in Living room
Child tricycle



Built in in Dining


Archway between two rooms

Buffet in Dining

These hinges were on all doors

Another built in that spans the whole wall of one room

Fireplace



Going upstairs now....

Landing at top of hall

View at end of landing

One bedroom

Fireplace
Adjoining bath


Another Bedroom

It is just lovely, isn't it? I didn't capture all the rooms -- after all it is a B&B and some rooms were locked.

Downstairs was the tiniest bathroom with the most unusual feature. Can you guess what this is?


It is a built in Urinal. Yep. Pull the lid down and there you go. It is original to the house.
Also original to the house is the wallpaper in this tiny bath. 


This is view looking up showing the wallpaper border and the ceiling paper.

I was just mesmerized. And will be making plans to stay here soon.

Outside has interesting features as well.

Original slates still on roof.

Front porch from the side, check out the woodwork.
Beautiful window casings.
And there is a small building out back. It is much older because it is the original house the family lived in until the "big house"
 was built. The B&B uses it for cottage rentals.


Rome has lots of offer and I am sure we will back up there again soon. 

And as far as houses go, no one did it like the Victorians did it. 
Wouldn't you agree?

Pat

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Roper House

Yesterday I received my copy of Columns by the Sea: The Roper House  By Dick Jenrette. I couldn't put it down. He tells his story of how he found the house, fell in love, purchased and lovingly restored.



It is not a very big book, but some of the pictures are just to die for. All the pictures below are taken from the Roper House Pinterest board sponsored by the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and the Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation.













Heavenly, isn't it? I could so live here.
I am not going to publish all pictures because I want you to buy a copy of the book yourself. All proceeds go to preserving some of America's finest classic homes.

Pat