How Many Is Too Many?

bedroomWhen he turns back the bed, the hubby’s question is always the same.  “Is it necessary to have all these ****** pillows?”  

bedroom“Some of these suckers weigh enough to qualify as weights,” he goes on.

img_8553I smile to myself pretending not to hear and envision the bed looking like this

img_8554or this.

Now those looks don’t work for me, but maybe the rest of you should chime in on how many pillows is too many.

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A Peek Inside

Maine homes are as diverse as the people who live in them, and I am enthralled by each one I’m lucky to experience.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow could one not be comfortable here where casual is so inviting?

At every turn is a vignette which to my eye invites being captured on canvas.  Since I’m not adept at painting, using a camera will have to do.

The house is full of items collected here and there, and I’m betting there’s a story behind each,


including how this guy came to find his place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe kitchen with its organized clutter is so inviting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand I can only guess at the stories that have been shared around this table about life in Maine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, I love these peeks inside that give insight to people and suggest so many ways of living.  There’s more to come.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind


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The Scoop

Wow Us Wednesday

Remaking a Carriage House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA couple of weeks ago we visited one of the few historic neighborhoods in Houston and were privileged to have a peek inside a friend’s home.  Today join me in visiting the beautifully redone carriage house where the owners’ personalities really shine.  They love the country, ranch life and hunting, and that is reflected in every inch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is so much to like here it’s hard to know where to start.  This large open space is a terrific place to chill with family or friends.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bar is so Texas with beautiful woodwork reminiscent of the stairwell in the main house.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy favorite feature here is the hammered copper sink.  It is touches like this that make the carriage house so special.

The second level is dreamy.  Either of these bedrooms would suit me fine,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand this one is a young girl’s dream.

The faux fireplace is more than it seems.  Give it a little tap and the doors open to what would be a wonderful secret hiding place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis cheerful space, part of a fully equipped kitchen, looks out to the pool and green space and is a great example of my friend’s attention to detail.   Note the floor of antique French tiles, the colors of which are repeated throughout the carriage house.


Another thing I learned about her is that she especially enjoys doing bathrooms which explains their unique features.

Last but not least is the hubby’s study, a true man cave filled with trophies from his hunting adventures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is nothing not to like in the carriage house the use of which is a far cry from the original.  I think I would be happy spending time here.  How about you?


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Inspiration Thursday

A Trip Back in Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYears ago I fell in love with a street in the heart of Houston that dates back to the early 1900’s and is one of the very few locations in this big city where historic homes have been preserved.  These elegant residences were designed by some of the foremost architects of the times…John Staub, Birdsall P. Briscoe, Alfred Finn to name a few…and became home to the then elite of Houston.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday, the street remains a gracious oasis, a trip back in time.    The houses, of course, have been updated to include conveniences suitable for today’s living, but the lovely architectural elements remain intact.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo exception is my friend’s home which she is generously allowing me to share.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom the front door 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto every nook and cranny, there are traces of the past.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe incredible stair rail is Victorian dating back to the 1800’s.  The home’s original owner had it disassembled from another of his locations for installation here.  Its beauty sets the tone for the entire house.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATall ceilings were characteristic of the era as is the beautiful marble fireplace surround.

Informal sunrooms were common, and this one is a cheerful and inviting space that exemplifies how tastefully color is used throughout the house.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhere neutrals keep tight areas from being too dark, there are surprising splashes of color in upholstery choices.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThough the spacious kitchen has been completely updated, it retains much of its original feel thanks to the style of the appliances and the cabinets.

Touches like the corner cabinet over the sink and the glass front cabinets do their part to add charm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs in other of the houses on this street, the dining room was designed for entertaining. In this beautifully appointed room, it is easy to imagine elegantly clad men and women arriving by horse drawn carriage for an enchanting evening.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat is wonderful about the home today is that it not only provides glimpses into another time, but it totally reflects the warm character of the people who now live here.  I give total kudos to my friend who has so lovingly decorated it, making every decision as to how it should look and feel.  For all the years I have known her, she has been collecting unique pieces that are now so at home in their space.  She must have known all along where they were waiting to go.

As wonderful as the house is, my favorite space is the carriage house, but that will have to wait for another day.  Do come back.


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The Scoop

Wow Us Wednesday

Dishing’ It & Diggin’ It

A Look Around

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I’m in someone’s home, I look around for hints that tell me more about the person.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVignettes always catch my eye and impress me as being quite personal.

IMG_5829They reflect so much of what is interesting to the people who live in the house

IMG_4060as well as show how different we all are.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVignettes run from the more formal



IMG_5091They say much about our style

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand what we like to collect.

IMG_2932Always vignettes reflect one’s creativity which is something I always love knowing about a person.

I’m wondering what do you notice in someone’s home and what impression does it make?

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Metamorphosis Monday

Make It Pretty Monday

The Scoop

Glass or Wood?

When it comes to choosing a dining table, there are thousands of styles which can make selecting a bit of a challenge.  Though there are many surfaces, the most popular appear to be glass and wood, and there are advantages to both.

Judy's tableWith its lovely burnished sheen, wood has a welcoming warmth.

54ea10f2bea85_-_cottage-character-kitchen-0215-xlnIt fits a variety of decors from farmhouse rustic

French country tableto French country

54eb61ff1b01e_-_the-real-deal-dining-room-0313-xlnto contemporary

101344921.jpg.rendition.largestto understated elegance.

So, what is the downside of wood?  It is somewhat hard to maintain as polishing a wood surface does require a little elbow grease.  Stains and blemishes are visible, and wood tables can make a small area fill a bit tight.  Finally, if it has a defined look it may be a tad difficult to change from one style to another with new chairs or accessories.

Glass has a number of advantages over wood.  There’s no worry about stains or spills.  They wipe right up and once the table is cleared, Windex and a soft rag has glass looking like new.  The real beauty of this surface is that it transitions easily from one look to another.

dining+room-1A glass top is incredibly versatile and complements  any style.

meadowmere+bungalow+by+nathan+taylor+for+obelisk+homeBy seeming to disappear, it shows off stunning bases.

get+attachment+3+aspxIt opens up spaces to make them feel larger.

I have both wood and glass tables, and I must confess to having a slight preference for glass not only because it is easier to care for but because I find I don’t get tired of it as easily.  Too, it gives me a sense of freedom that works well with my desire to change things around from time to time.

Well, that’s my take on wood and glass.  What do you have to offer?

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Metamorphosis Monday

French Country Meets Farmhouse

Since she was a teenager, my now farm girl daughter has been drawn to French country style and has done a great job making it her own.  As it turns out the style lends itself to farmhouse touches appropriate for a  new lifestyle on the Franklin farm.  

Take a look at how she has combined the two on the screen porch.

IMG_5093 (1)At one end is a comfortable sitting area where friends can join for tini time or the family can have a casual meal at the large wooden table.  I believe it was a find at Texas’s Round Top Antique Show.


At the other is a swing, something every porch should have for those moments of total relaxation.  Throw pillows and the indoor/outdoor rug are in the French tradition and blend nicely with the Farmer’s Market sign.


The daughter and her hubby take pride in their new identity as farm girl

IMG_5103and farm boy.  May I tell you that I am jealous of the apple ladder in this photo?  One of these days I’m going to have one if I can just figure out where to put it.

FranklinWith its accessories, this table that once stood behind a sofa, is totally French country.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Well, maybe that’s not true of the candles which the son-in-law cleverly made from spirits bottles.  Talk about an easy do-it-yourself project that adds a touch of character!

As this one so clearly shows, porches can be an extension of your personal style.

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