Wednesday, February 26, 2014

House of Cards Has Been Driving Me Crazy...

...for a year.  

If you've ever watched HOC, you know that the intro/credits at the beginning of the show are timelapse sequences of Washington,  DC.  Traffic, buildings, monuments, etc. are
shown. I have been very curious about the monument & building in the pic above & have spent time searching & searching for any clue to about them without any success.

I don't even know what I searched on, but I found a pic online of this monument & building.

The monument is the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial. It is located @ Pennsylvania Ave. & 7th St. NW. Here is a description of the monument. The GAR was founded after the Civil War as a fraternal organization for Union soldiers.

The building is located @ 633 Pennsylvania Ave. NW & houses the  
National Council of Negro Women along with other groups, businesses, etc.
It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here  is a quiz from the Washington Post on the opening sequence of HOC.

Here is an interview with Andrew Geraci, who directed the shoot for the HOC opening sequence.

You can find anything on the internet!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Blue & White Collection...

The top of my armoire...
Linking up with the The Blue & White Bash @ the Pink Pagoda...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Gas Lamp Antiques - Nashville, TN

Photo dump from Gas Lamp Antiques in Nashville... 

The next two photos are from Gas Lamp Too...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Best dressed @ the Oscars 2013

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture...

Image from

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mystery China...

Love this kitchen from the Feb./March 2013 issue (p. 68) of Traditional Home
I love the green and white chinoiserie-inspired china even more. 
I searched unsuccessfully for the maker & pattern until I popped 
over to Chinoiserie Chic and did a seach on "china". Bingo! 
Of course the fabulous Beth Connally had it! The china is made by Isis Ceramics
an English company. The pattern is one of their signature designs. Mystery solved!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Downton Abbey @ the SAG Awards!

Winners all! 

 Image from the Daily Mail

Saturday, October 13, 2012


The Houston home of designer Beverly Jacomini. Image from Antique Shops & Designers, Vol. 8

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More chinoiserie....

Nabbed these Pimpernel placemats from eBay....

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 4th...

The view on July 4th...on the way up the mountain to 

This is Parksville Lake & the marina @ the Ocoee Inn.

I could look at this view all day...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another new face...

This sweet girl arrived a bit early, in March rather than April. 
She is granddaughter #4.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Love this gorgeous coral and jade ring by Kenneth Jay Lane.

Available here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chinoiserie Stamps...

The USPS recently released this beautiful forever stamp to celebrate the 
Chinese Lunar New Year, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.
The USPS has released commemorative Chinese New Year stamps yearly
beginning in 2008. The sheet is beautiful - the scan does not do it justice.
It really is pretty enough to frame.
Run to your local post office - they sell out quickly!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Love this  room - very calm. 
This would work in a bonus room.
Notice the valance.

Image from Traditional Home.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Some new faces...

 Son#3 & his sweet wife are the proud parents of 
a new baby boy born after Thanksgiving... 

This little cutie showed up on our front porch cold & scared in mid-December. 
The kids have named her Emily...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

From Igniter Media...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Absolutely Beautiful...

Absolutely perfect and beautiful room by Bunny Williams from Architectural Digest - The New AD 100.

Friday, December 2, 2011


The foyer of Houston socialite Christina the table, chairs, rug, eveything!
From Antique Shops & Designers, Volume 7.

Monday, November 28, 2011


Lots of plaid/tartan @Williams-Sonoma...


Monday, November 21, 2011

A Pair of Elephants...

I found these two darling blue & white elephants @ Gas Lamp Antiques 
in Nashville last week. So charming!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gatlinburg in November!

Took a quick trip to Knoxville this weekend to watch the girls so 
S1 & DIL1 could go to the UT-Arkansas game. We went to Gatlinburg
for the day on Saturday. It was a beautiful day & the town was packed.
We hiked, explored, went to the aquarium, ate @ Subway, got Dippin" Dots, 
looked at Mimi's family cabin on Baskins Creek from her childhood, 
saw a one-room schoolhouse (Little Greenbrier School) and had a great time!

The first three pics were taken at Metcalf Bottoms in the Great Smoky Mountains 
National Park.  Two of the pics were taken from the wooden bridge across the river. 
The bridge leads out of the park to Wears Valley.

The fourth pic was taken on the bridge outside the aquarium.