March 3, 2016

What I'm Reading

It has been a while since I shared some of my reading/research sources. Here are just a few that I wanted to pass along. I hope you enjoy. 


I found a new source for room inspiration on real estate website. Click on the types of rooms you want to see, the color, floor finish, etc. It's all pictures. I could waste so much time here. :-) You may have to pace yourself. Truly a great resource if you are looking for decorating ideas. 

Traditional Master Bedroom with Safavieh Hudson Leather HUD8209A Accent Chair, Carpet, Exposed beam, Paint1, Crown molding

Inspiration from Zillow

Benjamin Moore, Color Trends for 2016

I like to keep up with the new colors each year...and here is a great color chart if you are thinking of updating some of the paint colors in your home.

This next reading selection delves into old Kentucky silver, an old Kentucky family, and a Lexington silversmith, Asa Blanchard. 

I drooled over the silver...and found that the story of coming to ky as pioneers is much like my family pioneer story. Down the wagon trail in Virginia and through the Cumberland Gap.

I love old Kentucky silver and I love visiting museums with it on display. I guess it figures into my love of Kentucky history and early pioneer families. 

We have a couple of old very old silver pieces from hubby's family, but they certainly don't date back to pioneer days. 

I encourage you to read the brief passage below about Susan Mitchum Ball talking about her precious silver...prior to her passing. I can imagine my telling my children about important family pieces in my last hours. (Well, really I have already told them, but I will tell them again. ha!)

From the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts I found a wonderful discussion about "pioneer refinement." based on the early Kentucky Mitchum family

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Figure 1. Maple Hill Plantation, South of Versailles, KY
Home of the Mitchum family  source

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This sugar bowl is marked by Kentucky Silversmity, Asa Blanchard. There are many more wonderful pics at the links in this post.


Old Lexington Newspaper Ad for Asa Blanchard

note: This journal publication has a copyright of 2014. I have tried to give you enough information to make you interested in visiting the website without my violating any copyright laws. It is not my intention to infringe on copyright. I feel that this article is both informative /educational. And It is in that spirit that I share it with you. 

I will wrap up my reading selections here... I was thrilled when I came upon this info on silver. The pictures of old Kentucky silver are beautiful, and their provenance makes them priceless. 

I have such a crush on old southern silver...and especially Kentucky silver.

If you are interested in having some Asa Blanchard reproduction silver beakers take a look here. Lexington Silver. The beakers are available in sterling silver as well as polished pewter...depending on how deep your pocketbook is. :-)

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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