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...]

Lucky Me

Lucky me!  A friend invited me to attend a meeting of her Play Readers Club last week.  She was hosting the group and had pulled out all the stops... The group meets monthly in each other's homes and members take turns reading short plays... On this occasion a partner was unable to attend and … [Read more...]

Sneak Peak

I had so much fun helping a friend stage and style her home for a Delta Magazine photo shoot a few days ago... In the dining room we arranged flowers for a Valentine dinner party and I thought you might like a sneak peak... As soon as we knew when the shoot would take place I called my friend … [Read more...]

The Incredible Story of Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbruck Lapins

A recent listen on Audible has me reading everything I can find about the incredible story of Caroline Ferriday and the Ravensbruck Lapins. Let's begin with author Martha Hall Kelly's journey to Ferriday's home and garden, Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem, Connecticut... Ms. Kelly had read an … [Read more...]

The Gardens at Farleigh House – Part 2

The first two segments of my visit to Farleigh House may be found here and here Today I'll finish up the tour with the remainder of the gardens... A welcome spot for a bit of respite while gardening... Behind the little shelter, a well on the grounds is embellished with a most interesting … [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...]

A Garden Club Field Trip

A few weeks ago some friends from The Garden Club of Jackson headed to Lake Bruin, Louisiana on a little field trip.  One of our members has her own retreat at the lake and is also great friends with the uber talented Becky Vizard of BViz Design fame.  I have written about her before so if you need … [Read more...]

Garden Tour

I've been away from OPP for a few days and here is one reason why - The Garden Club of Jackson's Spring Garden Tour!  I was co-chairman of the shop, The Secret Garden, which was open for the two tour days but required several days for setup. It was all great fun and a huge success and hopefully … [Read more...]

Spring Garden Tour

I want to recommend an event taking place this week... The weather is promising to be glorious... I guarantee the gardens are glorious... For the first time this year's event will incorporate a gardeny gift shop... (Which I just happen to be the co-chairman of!) and among many other … [Read more...]

Sherwood Forest Garden Club

I was so happy to be asked to speak to the Sherwood Forest Garden Club this week -  what a fun group of ladies!  A friend lived in this home for many years and it was nice to see what the new homeowners had done... Very welcoming entrance... It was hard to pass up the refreshments... Pretty … [Read more...]