April 20, 2017

Visiting Louisville

Fun Things to Do In Louisville Besides the Derby!

At this point on the calendar everyone is gearing up for the first Saturday in May, Derby Day. 

Some may be prepping for a fun Derby party at home and others may be packing their bags to head to Louisville. 

April 17, 2017

Setting the Stage

I hope you had a nice Easter weekend. Our daughter in Lexington hosted the family this year. She had some delicious recipes that I hope to share. I am especially thinking of her roast pork loin and pecan pie. Both were just delicious. I should have been thinking ahead and taking pics for the blog. ha ha. 

Now...on to what I did a few days ago. As you know we purchased a new cocktail table for the great room a few months ago. 

April 14, 2017

Happy Easter!

I have been playing with bunnies and eggs for a few weeks...and here is a look back at some of the tablescapes I have created. 

Kitchen Table Love

Sometimes my kitchen table becomes a forgotten workhorse loaded with projects. A pile of mail. Hubby's laptop and notepad. And various things that do not belong on the kitchen table! Before you know it you have a mess and it is only noon!

Does that happen to you? 

Well... I looked at my table and thought something has to be done! 

My table needed a little love. 

Nothing fancy...but something pleasant and simple instead of a mess.

I decided that a simple farmhouse sort of look is just what I needed for this refresh. 

My bowl and tulips remained on the table. 

Then I simply added some chunky candlesticks and placemats...and I felt better. 

It only took a few minutes to put things away...and pull out candles and mats. But it made a huge difference in my kitchen. It's sort of like making the bed in the morning. That simple act makes the room look so much better. 

Here are a few pictures...because I like to snap and play with my camera. I love to play with light and angles. 

 I love to play with light and angles. 

Near focus and far away focus. It's just fun to play. My love of photography is what prompted me to begin my blog, and buy a better camera a few years ago. 

I have lots to learn...but I love to practice, practice, practice. 

The lesson of this post (for both of us) is when you have a mess on your kitchen table...it only takes a few minutes to wrangle the mess and transform your table into a pretty spot for a cup of tea or coffee. You just have to "do it." ha ha. 

Thank you so much for stopping by for a few minutes. 
I appreciate your friendship so much!

April 12, 2017

Random Ideas and Sightings

I have a wide range of reading topics and blogs that I follow. Some of their ideas are so great that I feel compelled to share! 

I hope you find some of these ideas helpful for Easter and Derby celebrations.

April 10, 2017

Traditional Decorating Favorites

This is traditional style day...but most days are around my house. You all know that I lean that direction. :-) 

The thing is, there are different "twists" within traditional style, and I find myself going "there." I have morphed from a Williamsburg style back in the eighties to a mixed, modern, traditional style of today. 

Here is a modern twist on the old colonial wing chair. This design is kicked it up a notch with two fabrics. I have to say that I love the coral velvet. 

The juxtaposition of traditional with touches modern work for me. I used to be a style purist...but I am older, and trying new things. :-)

Look at the traditional wallpaper with the new shiplap look. But when I think about it, shiplap is actually an old historic look just making its way back into design. 

I love the old chest and solid wood table above. They make me swoon!

The photo above is very white...and I am not "there" at this time. How about you? Are you a color person or a neutral person?

We have talked about wallpaper before. Many of us are just not ready to go "there" again. I did wallpaper in our Georgian, and then years later started stripping it off of the walls. Wow...that was WORK! 

This is my style! 
The silver. The mirror. The console. 

But look at me...I am so fickle. I like this console and mirror too! I am a crazy mixed up girl. 

Traditional and Timely! 

What's not to like here? 

And I would love to have a spot just like this...a place with natural light where I could do my makeup. 

Have a great day!

 Until the next time...
Thank you to Traditional Home magazine for permission to use their photos.