If you know me a bit, you know how much texture – in all forms – is just ME. Old, distressed paint on wood, chunky faux finishes, or simply crunchy fall leaves arranged in rustic bowl. You also may know that we live just 20 minutes from the famed High Point Furniture Market. And shopping at Blue Ocean Traders. Twice a year, usually in April and October, designers, independent shop owners, and huge furniture and accessory store buyers arrive from around the globe to shop like crazy for about a week. So many locals crave the chance to attend, however, it is wholesale only, meaning to the trade.Continue reading
Often I am asked where I shop for our living room.
SO, here I am sharing exact sources for items like the rug, and items I have found that are quite similar to get the look!
Locally, near Greensboro, North Carolina, I love to shop The French Farmer’s Wife and Chartreuse barn shows for those unexpected finds. In the upper left photo, Steve and I made the old window header into a mantel. I discovered the chunky wood coffee table at a used store fixture shop. And the old columns were collected around town from flea markets and antique stores. My fave white leather Moroccan poufs were gifts from the ladies at The French Farmer’s wife.Continue reading
Years ago I was on the board of directors at our local art organization. There, I met several women artists and art supporters who became long-time friends. We met for dinner monthly and named ourselves the “Art Ladies.” One of the Ladies, Nancy Greever Brooks, a wonderful jewelry and glass artist, moved to Tazewell, Virginia to restore a magnificent 200-year-old home on a hill. Nancy’s artful home has become our base for art projects, adventures, wonderful food, wine, and shopping excursions of all kinds.
During our trips around the Tazewell and Burke’s Garden areas, we have had the pleasure of meeting many of Nancy’s dear friends, including Kim Santolla, owner of Kimberly’s Greenhouse at Pisgah. Kim’s passion, enthusiasm, and gift for nurturing plants and sharing her gift with all is addictive. Her greenhouse is only open a few months during the year, and it seems we NEVER get there during her selling season.
But! Last weekend Nancy took us there to see Kim’s newest venture – a fabulous cutting garden that extends as far as the eye can see, in a gorgeous mountain setting.
A gourd tunnel. A stone maze. A senior photo backdrop. A 100-foot-long Foxglove bed. Sip & Plant events.Continue reading
A new rug and new white wall paint in our living room – what? Wait, I can explain!
Above is our former look. A plush rug I brought back from Marrakech years ago for my former decorative painting studio, and soft grey Benjamin Moore flat wall paint. I have loved this living room décor for years, and honestly there was not a thing wrong with it. It’s like a warm hug in the mornings, drinking coffee and reading my favorite magazines. But I’m willing to bet that you know that decorating itch that just happens. Here’s how a new rug that just happened begat new white paint on the walls.Continue reading
SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS OUR HOME’S STYLE?
I call our 1977 brick ranch “rustic elegant.” Leading into the front door is a lovely courtyard full of plants and an Italian pottery water fountain that are our home’s defining features. Inside, find painted and unfinished wood furniture, ethnic textiles, one-of-a-kind accessories, local pottery, crusty columns, old doors, and whatever I discover as life goes on. I am excited to show you how you can shop my favorite rustic home decor sources.Continue reading