On The Bookshelf: House Style

My copy of House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth is pre-ordered and I cannot wait for it to arrive after its April 4th release... Chatsworth, a famous historic house in England, has been home to the dukes of Devonshire since 1549.  The estate also has a rich history in fashion from … [Read more...]

Pontchartrain Hotel

I'm lucky enough to be spending a couple of days in the Big Easy with friends and we're staying at the recently renovated Pontchartrain Hotel... The Pontchartrain opened in 1927 as a luxury apartment building and then in the 1940s was refashioned as a luxury hotel. I'm having visions of what it … [Read more...]

Walt Disney Concert Hall and Community Park

While I was in Los Angeles recently I paid a visit to the Walt Disney  Concert Hall and Community Park... At first my friend and I thought we would drive by the magnificent structure just so I could see the building... But the lure to see more was strong and so we decided to park and walk … [Read more...]

London Calling

A couple of friends have been in London recently and I've loved following their travels via Instagram so memories of my trip to England in May are front and center! of course the store fronts are spectacular... An afternoon of walking definitely provided plenty of inspiration... Loved the … [Read more...]

Nashville Weekend

Daughter and company made a move last week from apartment living to house dwelling.  Well,  you know what that meant for me - Laboring over Labor Day weekend! Their new place is right in the middle of Vanderbilt and Belmont making for a cute eclectic neighborhood... Historic Music Row is right … [Read more...]

Welcoming a Chinese Dairy

Some time ago I caught a glimpse of the Chinese Dairy at Woburn Abbey... It it was love at first sight... Oh my, framed by fall foliage... The Abbey occupies the east of the village of Woburn in Bedfordshire.  A country house, it is still home to the current Duke of Bedford and is open on … [Read more...]

A Little Bit About Beaufort

We spent some time in South Carolina recently while Mr. Doctor participated in a board meeting at Hilton Head.  One day we decided to discover a little bit about Beaufort - home to beloved author Pat Conroy... Views were spectacular... Being fans of Conroy, we set out to find the house where … [Read more...]

Birmingham Fun

When my friend suggested that I make a quick trip to Birmingham, AL, to assist with getting her daughter settled into a new apartment I jumped at the chance!  Our girl had an opportunity to select from a treasure trove of her grandparent's collections and I knew it would be great fun to help her … [Read more...]

Farleigh House

A visit to a private home in Hampshire was a highlight from my recent trip across the pond... Hmmm, Farleigh House may qualify as more than just a "country home"... We didn't even have to ring the bell as we were greeted heartily just as soon as we disembarked the "motor coach"... A house … [Read more...]

Judith Blacklock Flower School

My recent trip to London started off right with a visit to Judith Blacklock's Flower School in Knightsbridge... Tucked in a flower-filled mews, the school has an excellent reputation for teaching and flower arranging... Of course Judith and her team had created a fabulous flower filled arch at … [Read more...]