Great Minds Think Alike

I ordered new sheets last week... Scott and Missy Tannen decided that change was needed when they couldn't get answers to questions about the origin of bed  sheets... So in 2014 they set about to produce a product that felt good "inside and out"... Boll & Branch is committed to … [Read more...]

The Bee Man

A picture of some pretty candles in this month's issue of House Beautiful caught my eye... I loved the shapes and colors so I went searching and found The Bee Man Candles...   Brian Howell, aka The Bee Man, has been around for quite some time and I found a great article … [Read more...]

Kitchen Lighting

One of the last decisions I have to make in my kitchen renovation is to choose a pendant light for above the sink.  I've been searching around for inspiration and have found lots to love. Glass is a great option here for a house built by the owner of a glass company... When I called my lighting … [Read more...]

Holiday Potpourri

The long anticipated event my neighbor and I have been preparing for arrived with the first flush of fall last Friday.   A neighborhood school - First Presbyterian Day School -  held its annual fundraiser, Holiday Potpourri, between our houses and in the boulevard... Come right in... I made … [Read more...]


A friend called a few months back to ask if I would host her antique club and talk to them about some of my collections.  Since I knew I'd be gearing up for another event I readily agreed thinking that it would push me to get things done early.  Well there were a few bumps in the road but I pulled … [Read more...]

The Decorated Letter

Whew!  It's been a while since I've been able to post anything here and I really do miss the contact and feedback with all of you!  I promise there is a valid reason for my absence and will be sharing that with you in the coming days In the meantime, my friend Peggy Goldstein of The Decorated … [Read more...]

One Fun Thing I Did Yesterday

I know I've told you that one of my favorite go-to books for design inspiration is One Man's Folly by Julia Evans Reed.  Reed chronicles design genius Furlow Gatewood's restoration of his family carriage house in Americus, Georgia.  If you don't have it run out and get a copy quick!  I love … [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...]

Lamp Shade Obsession

I readily admit to having a lamp shade obsession!  I can't help it, the shade to me is the ultimate accessory that either makes or breaks the lamp,  which is what led me to breaking open a can of paint and giving these boring shades a facelift... Not that there was anything wrong with the … [Read more...]

RIP Ryan Gainey

Some twenty odd years ago I invited Ryan Gainey, renowned landscape designer from Atlanta, into the garden here OPP for a consultation... Let me tell you, he was quite a character!  He arrived wearing a colorful shawl and carrying a signature LV tote bag.  He gave creative suggestions for a … [Read more...]