Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

How to Make a Comfortscape

It's the end of October, one of those damp, chilly days in the mountains. I'm ready for flannel, fuzzy slippers, hot tea, and comfort food. As autumn deepens, a comfort-scape is always welcome.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

An Ideabook for the Man Cave

I'm a little under the weather today, so I'm diverting my attention from an icky clear liquid diet and focusing on the man cave's blue sofa and chairs. The easiest way to unite the cream walls, beige draperies, and the blue upholstered pieces is to add pillows and a throw.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Design Misadventures

It began with my husband's request for bar stools in the man cave. I found a similar style online, but I was reluctant to match a virtual fabric swatch to the draperies. No, I needed to see these elements together--and in the man cave. The room promised to be difficult, especially since it was shaped like a bowling alley, and natural light was varied in each space--dark in the TV area and bright by the bar.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

The Foodie Friday and Everything Else Party
Thanks for stopping by today--and a special thanks to all of the talented bloggers who participated in last week's party. The highlights include:

A Fall Mantel Display by Dancing Dog Cabin.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Farm

Five years ago, I fell in love with four old green cups. They didn't have saucers, but that didn't stop me. I turned over a cup--the bottom was smooth and unmarked. If you are a dish addict, and I am, matched sets are for sissies, and these cups were lovely, like something Martha Stewart had displayed in her renovating book New Old House. Without hesitation, I cradled the cups in my arms and scurried to the check-out counter.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Creating Comfort and Joy

Once upon a time, home decor had a long shelf life. Trends came and went, same as always, but you had time to catch your breath and enjoy them. In those days, when I needed inspiration, I looked at my favorite shelter magazines--not to replicate a room but to learn. I studied details and asked myself what I liked (and didn't like) about a space.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ranch Renovation Or Design Revelations, Gossip, Fears, and Confessions

 Welcome to my foyer. I have lots and lots to tell you. When I was planning this renovation, I knew that my style had changed drastically--but I also knew that I had to work with existing furnishings. The white walls were my attempt to add visual continuity to a smaller house, along with providing a backdrop to art and toning down my fussy elements, which you'll see in a moment.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to the October 16th Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I'm delighted to share a sampling of last week's festive, fabulous ideas:
You'll want to grab a fork when you see this magical GIF of Chocolate Protein Pancakes by Jennifer Meyering.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ranch Renovation Update -- Mid October

 I haven't given you an update in a while, mainly because of the flooring problem.. Not much to see, really, since the house was filled with plastic sheets and humidifiers. But the floors were repaired last week, and now we're waiting for the plumber and electricians.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How to Make Herbed Vinegar

Kendall Lane Designs traditional landscape
traditional landscape design courtesy of Houzz

Imagine a warm, breezy October morning. You open the gate and step into the herb garden.  The air is crisp and cool, but your herbs are flourishing. Delicious smells waft around you. A lazy bee circles the lavender. Tarragon grows in a patch of sun, giving off the poignant scent of anise. Rosemary (for remembrance) grows in spiky heaps.  The basil has grown knee-high. You brush your hands over the mint and imagine making sweet tea and jelly. You hunker down and pinch a sprig of oregano--it will be perfect for flatbread pizza tonight. Don't forget a handful of dill for the warm potato salad, along with sage for your cornbread (add chopped, fried bacon bits and a handful of chopped chives).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sage: The Alpha Dog (Herb Series)

The smell of fresh sage pulls me far away from the here and now, to a pub in foggy Dartmoor. Inside, flames crackle in a fireplace. The air is dense and smoky, redolent of ale and fried chips. Mr. Sage sits at the bar, an elegant, yet rugged chap, all decked out in his Sunday best--suspenders, corduroy suit, tweed hat, a gold pocket watch ticking ominously in his pocket. His grim, poker face softens after he tosses back a shot of whisky. He reaches for another. As he leans closer to the bar, he gives off the faint smell of camphor. Maybe he has rubbed medicinal ointment on his chest --or is he trying to repel the other patrons? Indeed, he keeps to himself. But after a few more shots, he blossoms into a loud, mesmerizing storyteller. Yes, he has seen it all--sirens and mermaids and even Kate Middleton's underpants. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else -- October 9th

Cookie Ouija board tutorial | The Simple, Sweet Life
You'll find something wonderfully delicious and not-so-wicked at this week's Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Last week, we were wowed by Ouija Board cookies by The Simple Sweet Life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

This Side of Heaven

The changing sky is the first true sign of a Tennessee autumn. The air is musical and iridescent, moving like a strummed banjo.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Blessing of Good Health

"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses."