How They Decorated

I am excited for my friend, Gaye Tapp, whose book How They Decorated: Inspiration from Great Women of the Twentieth Century will be released next month.  Gaye's popular blog Little Augury caught my eye years ago and I have been lucky enough to nurture a virtual friendship with this talented lady … [Read more...]

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...]

The Frozen Empire on the Bookshelf

Hello friends, hopefully 2017 is off to a good start for all of you!  I've got my feet back on the ground and can't wait to tell you about a trio of books that I have been enjoying.  Part biography, part historical fiction and part total fiction, all three have captivated me! Knowing about the … [Read more...]

Listen Up

I haven't had much time for armchair reading during my kitchen renovation since multiple events have required me to move all of the kitchen paraphernalia from room to room.  I have many tales to tell about it all but I will refrain for now! An upside to heaving China and mixers hither and yon has … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf

I just finished listening to two great books both set during WWII (one of my current obsessions)! The Light Behind the Window moves back and forth between present day and 1943, a writing technique that I always seem to enjoy. In the present day, Emilie de la Martinieres inherits her family's … [Read more...]

On The Bookshelf

You know how much I love Downton Abbey!  I would definitely have been in this line had I been around on that first day  when the Abbey opened for tours... Well, since there won't be any new episodes to savor I gave way to listening to two of Julian Fellowes books over the past couple of weeks.  I … [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 of Arne Maynard

With a trip to England looming in May, I am totally focused on English gardens and garden designers (as if I'm not anyway!) and couldn't wait to get my hands on the book The Gardens of Arne Maynard... This is the first book devoted solely to Maynard's work and at first glance I know that it will … [Read more...]

Mired in Murder!

It seems as if all of my entertainment selections so far for 2016 have one thing in common - I find myself mired in murder! Daughter's boyfriend introduced me to the podcast, Serial, last year and I binged it... I really got caught up in the seemingly wrongful murder conviction of a young man … [Read more...]