Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Tea to See" and Piedmont Driving Club

I just attended a wonderful benefit, called "Tea to See" that benefits Prevent Blindness Georgia. It was an splendid afternoon with tea, mimosas, tiny tea sandwiches and delicious desserts.  The best part -- it was at the Piedmont Driving Club.

Founded in 1887 by prominent Atlanta businessmen, as the Gentleman's Driving Club, it is on the western edge of Piedmont Park and has served Atlantans for many years.

I haven't been inside that building in at least 20+ years, so I was looking forward to it. I snagged a few pictures to share with you.

Beautiful drawing room off to the right when you first walk in.

 One of the many beautiful paintings that grace the walls. Love the blue and white.

A beautiful sitting area.

Steps going up to a dining area.

Close up of the beautiful wallpaper.

All the rooms have pretty chandeliers.

I think this might be the bar. Comfy club chairs and small tables.

In this bar, quiet a bit of duck motif going on.

I could not tell what this gorgeous room is for, but it had the prettiest fireplace and knock your socks off woodwork. All painted over with years and years of white enamel paint. 

Beautiful plaster work around the doors.

I have to take pictures of the food. 

And then my favorite room. The Ladies room.

And the best thing about this room? The makeup stations all had a can of AquaNet. A Souther Girl's staple.  (and yes, that is me in mirror)

Come join me next year.  There is a whole upstairs and downstairs to explore.
Money goes to a good cause and you have fun in the meantime.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Active Edwardian Women

When we think of the Edwardians, our minds immediately go to images portrayed in Downton Abbey or other images showing long skirts, heavy clothes, serving tea and having babies.

Despite being corseted and all bundled up with what today we would consider very restrictive clothing, these women were quite active, especially the Edwardians, who began to eschew the corset.

"Spencer-sisters" by Unknown - From the private collection of David Ball. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

So what did they do?

They hiked...


They boated...

They biked...
They picnicked...

They camped...
They rode horses...    

They demanded that we vote...  

And I, for one, am awfully glad they did.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

1848 House...Haunted?

Originally a home, then a hospital, then a warehouse, then a restaurant, and now...back to being a private residence after being sold to a physician in 2006 and remodeled by Todd Architects -- this 8 bed, 8 bath beauty is still with us.

From the book, Marietta, 1833-2003 by James Bolan Glover, descendant of the original owners and Rebecca Nash Paden:

“Charleston planter John Heyward Glovers, Jr. built Bushy Park, a Greek Revival plantation house, on his 3000 acre property in 1848. The house had 17 rooms and many outbuildings, including a stone kitchen, which still exists. Heart Pine floors and hand-hewn beams are featured in the house. William King* and his servants occupied the mansion during the Civil War battles in 1864. The house was also used as a federal hospital.”  (*son of Roswell King and Catherine Barrington)

Is it haunted? A lot of the paranormal activity is contributed to the fact it was used as a hospital during the Civil War. When it was a restaurant, many people claimed to see the rocking chairs on the porch rock by themselves. Workers would occasionally claim that there were eerie noises and footsteps upstairs after hours.

Several years ago, a dear friend and I decided to take pictures at the 1848. Accompanied by my husband and her son, we drove right up, parked and got out, ready to snap away. 

We had orbs galore!!  Because it was still an operating restaurant, we decided to go into the old stone kitchen behind the house and take some shots. Here is one. See the orbs?

"Roycatch" published a YouTube Video of the way the house looks now. You can see the gates that enclose it. In front of the gates is a condo development that encompasses what used to be the most beautiful yard and garden. We loved walking around the yard while waiting for our table.

At one time this restaurant was called The Planters and later was changed to the 1848 House.  The 1848 House was owned by former (sometimes controversial) Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway, who opened the 1848 House in the 1990’s. An upscale Southern restaurant it appealed to foodies from all over Atlanta. Once Bill won the mayor’s seat, he got out of the restaurant business, sold the land and that was that.

But I guess I have to be happy that it is now a private residence again and has been preserved.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Lovelies

Want to get depressed fast?  
Nothing is guaranteed to bring on the Christmas blues faster than checking out blogs and Pinterest and Tumblr at Christmas. 

a friend's stairs


a friend's tablescape

a friend's tree

See what I mean? 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Beach Style

What did we do before the Internet and Pinterest? Both are full of fun and lovely Christmas ideas. I just thought that today, I would share some beach-themed eye catchers with you.

The picture above and those below are from Beachcomer. She has a wonderful, refreshing Facebook page as well as a great Etsy Shop. I love her sense of style and simplicity.

Here are some other pretties from other beach decorators.

Found on
I just love love love this extrodinary tree made with oyster shells. It is so Apalachicola, don't you think? From Carla Aston Designs.

Carla Aston Designs

Carla Aston Designs

A fun sign from Meet Me Bye by the Sea.

I particularly like this wreath.


And I end with my own perfect tree made by my creative Sis in law. It has become a favorite.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Russian Santas

When my cousin posted on Facebook a picture of her Russian Santa collecion, I was intrigued.


I have seen them before in passing, in various Christmas Shops (or should I type Shoppes?) but really didn’t give them more than a quick glance.

But today, I did some research and fell in love. Each Santa is carved from solid wood and painted in stunning detail with rich designs and beautiful scenes.

The Russian Santa also called Father Frost, Ded Moroz, and Grandfather Frost, looks like our American Santa Claus… but take a closer look and you notice a few differences. Yes, they both wear boots, a coat, and they both have white beards. However, The Russian Santa wears a long heel-length coat and is seen walking with a magical staff and his hat is  round and fur lined.

Just look at the detail. This one is paticularly pretty with a nativity on his gown.

And here is another nice display.

Santas are dressed in white beards and red coats and Ded Morozes are dressed in blue.

Other differences I found:
  • Ded Moroz rests on Christmas Eve but distributes gifts at the New Year and he rides in a troika - or sleigh - drawn by horses
  • Ded Moroz is accompanied by his attractive granddaughter --the Snow Maiden or Snegurochka instead of elves.
  • Although he is popular now, life was not always easy for Ded Moroz. He was persecuted under Stalin, being branded a 'priest's ally' in 1928. And according to the UK Daily Mail, still poop-pooed by Vladimir Putin

A few more....oh yeah, prices range from $20 up to $2000. Whew.




What do you think? Next time I see them, I may be giving more than a quick glance, if you know what I mean. (wink, wink)