Magical Blossoms Everywhere At Kimberly’s Greenhouse In Tazewell, Virginia

Magical Blossoms Everywhere At Kimberly’s Greenhouse In Tazewell, Virginia

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.

Kim at right and sister Kelli Cruey at my 2019 Burke’s Garden Art Getaway event.

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.

And more.

A gourd tunnel. A stone maze. A senior photo backdrop. A 100-foot-long Foxglove bed. Sip & Plant events.

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Use An Old Gilded Picture Frame For African Mudcloth

Use An Old Gilded Picture Frame For African Mudcloth

Some weekends I find it fun to challenge myself to create something from items crammed into my studio closet that I saved “in case I need it some day.” I bet you have a similar stash of favorite stuff too. Last weekend I decided to frame something in this old gilded piece from a yard sale. It’s been sitting on my dresser, empty, forever. I looked in a drawer full of treasured fabric and found this black mudcloth, and then – hooray – a scrap of white mudcloth.

Then, of course, I needed glass to fit and a mat. I robbed the glass from another old frame, and bought the double white/black mat at Michael’s. Perfect!

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Styling Our Miniscule Master Bath

Styling Our Miniscule Master Bath

If you’ve been reading along here on my newest blog journey, you know that we live in an updated 1977 ranch home. We’ve lived here for 30 years, and contractor hubby Steve and I have made some amazing changes in some rooms, and not so much in others. Take our master bath. We could have turned its miniscule self, with no window or special features, into a closet. Then we could have broken through the wall to the nearby small fifth bedroom to create a fancy bathroom with all of the amenities everyone on Pinterest seems to have. But no. We did not.

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A Moroccan Rug Softens Our Red Leather Den Furniture

A Moroccan Rug Softens Our Red Leather Den Furniture

Our den really needed an uplift. The caveat being that the red leather furniture needed to stay. It is 20 years old, and so ultra soft and cozy perfect that we can’t bear to let it go. But, you’ll probably agree that it’s like a sea of warm red. Especially before when the original rug had a black background with large, colorful flowers.

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Moroccan Bling In Our Master Bedroom

Moroccan Bling In Our Master Bedroom

Adding Moroccan bling in any room is quite easy – just find one fabulous wedding blanket with lots of spangles and bling happens in an eye-popping flash!

Late one afternoon in the souks of Marrakech in February, the ladies of the Magical Morocco Girl Trip were queued up at the ATM and my eyes wandered to a tiny, but fabulous shop. From underfoot to way up high, there were THE BEST colorful wedding blankets. Not the antique kind, but new ones in chenilly-brights like my had-to-have teal choice.

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