Sunday, July 23, 2017

Nasturtiums in my Garden

I sowed nasturtium seeds in a large outdoor planter this year and I am really enjoying them. The edible flowers are often described as "peppery" but mine are easily as strong as horseradish.  Wow, talk about clearing your sinuses. I love the lilypad leaves too. I am going to save the seeds for planting next year. They are such cheerful flowers! Enjoy your Sunday. xo

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Baby Robin and A Pot of Corriander

I had a robin's nest with 5 baby robins under my balcony on top of one of the brick pillars.
This is the only fledgling who is keeping in touch. Don't you love those eyebrows?

I planted organic coriander seeds in this pot and am enjoying my harvest.

A larger view of the baby bird visit yesterday.
You can see more of him on my Instagram.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dahlias in Asheville

Originally cultivated by the Aztecs, dahlias are perennial mountain flowers that survive until frost.
The Technicolor whorls of a Café au Lait dahlia.


Read the article about this Asheville NC Dahlia Farm: FOR THE LOVE OF DAHLIAS

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

“Cosy Corner”. Carl Larsson, 1894

“Cosy Corner”. Carl Larsson, 1894. This rendering still looks very timely except for the pipe. via

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cottage Near Me with Hollyhocks

I've been meaning to stop and photograph this sweet cottage I pass when going to the Post Office to pick up my mail and today I pulled over. There were a few cars behind me and I waved for them to go around me so I could get a decent photo. The cottage is close to the road so I cropped out the asphalt. I love the old-fashioned flower garden with beautiful hollyhocks, don't you? Click on photo to enlarge.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nice Formal Living Room

Formal but cozy. I like the conversation area around the fireplace. Found here.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cutest Farm Cottage

Very nice, indeed.
It's awfully close to another dwelling though.
But I like it.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Perfect Summer House

The Blue Awnings and Blue Shutters are perfect for this house. I love the simple plantings and the window boxes too. The Chippendale railings are pretty as well. Have a great weekend. via

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wonderful Paintings

This is an absolutely lovely room. I could easily live with and love every single item I see. via
It belongs to Bunny Williams.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wonderful Home Office

This home office is spectacular.
There is no window for daydreaming so you could really get a lot of work done there. I once converted a walk-in closet to an office and I loved it. via

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Home in Williamsburg

The Simpson House
Yes, please. I love this new reproduction home in Colonial Williamsburg. Want to see more? A lot more? Click here. It's much larger than it looks. Wait until you see the back view. Love!!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Historic Farmhouse - A Tour

A Southern California couple bought a 1700s stone farmhouse in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York and have slowly been restoring the interiors ever since. Filling the space with vintage and antique finds sourced locally, there are plenty of nods to the history of the area. via You will love this tour!

Many more photos here. The structure is wonderful.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cat with her Mini Me

Two of a kind. Really! Love this photo. via 
The link says their names are Floof and Floof, Jr.

Milkweed Seed Pods

I have one volunteer milkweed plant growing in the bed next to my Limelight Hydrangea. I can't wait for the seed pods to form and take me back to my childhood when we lived in a house with fields full of these plants the Monarch butterflies love. via

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Very Welcoming Home

I like what I see here, don't you?
The architectural detailing is wonderful.
The rest of the house is probably amazing.
Enjoy your Sunday Evening. I'm planning to spend it with PBS.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Nice Landing at Top of Stairs

This is a nice glimpse into someone's home deor and I like what they've done. The landing at the top of the stairs is especially nice since it has great bookshelves and walls of artwork. via 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blueberry Cake Photo YUM

I wish I could tell you I had the recipe for this particular delicious-looking cake but sadly, I do not! I found another one that looks similar -- recipe here. I am finding I can decrease the amount of sugar called for in all recipes, and the taste is still fine and not overly sweet. Enjoy. xo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Porch with Two Swings

Read about this 660 square foot cottage here. When the page opens, scroll down immediately to get rid of an annoying banner that won't go away.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

English Decoration: the book

I know how much most of you love authentic English decor with rooms that have evolved over the years. Tour 18 quintessentially English homes in this new book here. You will love what you see. Have a great July 4th. xo