We finished stage one of our work on the Idlewild dining room and decided to roll with the forest theme for the Christmas decor. We had a blast. See what you think.

As we imagined our forest friends that would be playing in the scenery painted on the walls we began to add them to the tree.

There are nests filled with Robin and Sparrow eggs.There are angels made of pinecones.

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There had to be cute little scurrying critters.


They made their way up on the chandelier so that they could spy on the reindeer grazing at the side board.


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I don’t know who originally came up with the idea for those walls but they are stunning.


I am taking a break to spend a few days with my family for Thanksgiving then it will be on to Tree #2.. and 3… and 4… LOL

Happy Thanksgiving my dear friends. We’ll see you back here in a few days.

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I am working on some landscaping plans for a couple of projects and have been dreaming of gorgeous gardens. It’s funny how much you absorb of your Mother’s taste. When it comes to gardens I always fall in love with formal ones. And if they involve stone and lovely gates and statuary, so much the better. Here are some of my favs.

The iron gate and entrance to the Small Cloister at Westminster Abbey, London.

via Westminter Abbey, London, England


via Life of Polarn Per on Instagram

my favorite table for two -

via All the Kings Houses and Men


House Beautiful

via Mark D Sikes, Inc

Montecito home of designer John Saladino

via katy d-i-d-blogspot.com

Abbey House Gardens, England

via truebluemeandyou.blogspot.com

Can’t you just feel the stress falling away when you put yourself inside those pictures? Well, if you have an army of gardeners that is. A girl can always dream.

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It’s that time of year again.

You better get some rest while you can! It’s baking time.


We have a full day of Christmas tree buying, garland buying, house decorating and choir practice. Hope yours is great.

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There’s nothing quite like a blustery cold day in the country putting up Thanksgiving/Christmas decorations. We got an early start with the artificial base and will add all of the fresh stuff next week. We also finished the kitchen. Woo hoo. I’m bushed but it’s a good, happy tired.

The horses all came up to speak.

The barn had its party face on.

I seriously thought it was going to snow all day. How fun would that have been!

just beautiful

Even the trees have on their sweaters.

Don’t you love these cool pumpkins we get these days… didn’t have those when I was a kid.

Feazy the Pheasant decided he didn’t want to roost in the top of the tree this year so he flew down and landed on the mantle.

Next time I go down we WILL have a cracklin fire in that fireplace. We are ready! ūüôā

Happy Friday! We are going to see our first Christmas play tonight… can’t wait.

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I know that I told you I would show the finished dining room today but I just have to save it for next week. There are “happenings” too good to miss.

However, I will tease you with some shots that we took during the set-up.

A little ceiling love going up.

Experimenting with accessories

oh yeah


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Beautiful fall table

via easybranches.com

Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece

via Martha Stewart


beautiful fall centerpiece


For the less is more look.

magnolia branches and pears... fall mantle

via google.com

Are you ready? It’s almost time to go over the river and through the woods. One week from today for us.

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It is truly amazing the difference a wide angle lens, light umbrellas and …hmmm-know-how make in the results of a picture. Thank you Scott Smith for these beautiful shots.

I still think it is so much fun to see before and after shots -this time with the professional advantage.

The Ponte Vedra Beach Project

kitchen before

kitchen before

kitchen after

kitchen after

great room before

great room before

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great room before

blue and turquoise family rooms

great room after

dining before

Dining After

Dining After

foyer before

foyer after

foyer after

foyer before

foyer after

foyer after

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foyer after

Yep, that really is a buffalo head hanging on the wall.

guest room before

guest room after

guest room after

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hallway leading to guest room

master before

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

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master vignette

Thanks E and R for another great project. We love working for you!

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We are in the final stages of a few kitchen renovations and the beginning phase of a new one. The new one has me stumped today. I can’t find an image to adequately convey to the builder what is in my head for the island. It will for sure be a painted finish. It will be a blueish-gray with an umber glaze but we are thinking about painting something on the end like an old stenciled sign look. I don’t know. Any ideas? I need some help here!

These are a few of the million images I looked at yesterday on Houzz and Pinterest.

I liked the hardware on this one.


Love the end panel and the stools being in-set.

Mixed door styles and finishes. Traditional kitchens often use multiple finishes. Sometimes you'll see one color or style cabinet on the perimeter and another on the island, for example. And you don't have to stop at just two; feel free to mix in a tall cabinet with a natural stained-wood tone. Even a section of cabinets such as a breakfast bar or butler's pantry can be done in a third or fourth color. Mixing finishes gives traditional kitchens a collected-over-time fee

Like that there’s no wasted space.

Great Kitchen Island!

LOVE the rounded ends

III DomA Architects, Inc. III - traditional - kitchen - san francisco - Doma Architects, Inc.

Kinda digging the old wood added in…hmmm

Antique Kitchen Islands

Like the simpleness of this.


SEE, I’m all over the board on this. Help me out people. What am I trying to say!!!! LOL

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Yesterday I had Marilyn painting a tree branch on a ceiling, today I asked for an entire forest. I am just going to offer you a sneak peak of what is to come. This wonderful old Tudor in the historic  Idlewild area of our city is getting just what it deserves: a large loving family to fill it with joy and laughter again. Those eight tiny feet and four more substantial ones had long ago outgrown the tiny breakfast room so we are giving them a dining room that will make all ages want to linger and linger around the table.


Inspired by a photograph of a house I saw years ago in Southern Accents we set out to provide a backdrop against which the children would sit at the table each night and create stories concerning what was taking place in their magical woodland picnic room. I can already see my own little furry friends rustling through the leaves, rolling down the hills and bidding me come play. I just love it. I know they will, too.

Thank you Marilyn Heard. I love you.

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We have been doing some really exciting work recently involving the renovation of  older homes. I have the best team in the universe. Hands down.

To refresh your memory I am going to share a few of the before pictures from the Union Springs project and then show you where we are to date… almost finished!

breakfast room before

kitchen before-sink wall

This one makes me giggle. It looks like Mark and Marilyn are thinking the exact same thing, “Hmmmm, what in the world is she going to do with this?”


We gutted it and started over; Said “bye,bye” to the oppressive green and the 1980’s border; moved the sink under the window where it belonged to take advantage of the wonderful garden view and re-configured the work stations. The orange terra cotta floors tiles were replaced with 2″ oak to match the rest of the house. The tiny wall ovens were replaced with a jaw dropping commercial Wolf.

See what you think so far.

oving that Carrera going up! Notice the lovely base piece that sets the subways apart.

I¬†think the hood is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to see the pot filler and sconces go up.

Beautiful new hood

The ceiling fan is coming down. Beautiful over-sized lanterns will take its place. One¬†serendipitous¬†thing that happened was that in the process of scraping back to the final layer of paint on the plaster corner units we hit the most lovely shades of blue-greens and yellows that echo the feel and color of the original handpainted murals in the dining room(just behind that closed door). Marilyn and I happened to arrive at work and walk into the room at the same time one morning. The plan had been for her to repaint the cabinet that day. At the same moment we said,”We can’t paint over this.” It is just too great the way it is. Sooooo, instead she just stabilized the paint so that it wouldn’t flake anymore, clean it up a bit and sealed it. We are now building the room around that element.

For instance, look back at the above picture; see how plain the ceiling now appears compared to the rich texture of the cabinet? This spring we will be expanding the size of the veranda that this rooms spills onto and a pergola will be built to provide protection from the hot afternoon sun. Knowing that this was the master plan I began to dream about bringing that outside element into the room. Inspired by a James Sampsel painting that Jeff and I just purchased I asked Marilyn Heard to paint the ceiling to look like a big branch from the oak tree outside  was reaching into the room and offering shelter. The leaf colors would echo those found in the recently discovered palettes from years gone by.

Originally the plan was to do this as eglomise’, a technique which involves reverse painting on glass. We were going to use acrylic mirror as the base since it was a ceiling installations but this did not prove to be practical so in the end we simply painted the ceiling ¬†adding subtle doses of silver leaf and metallic paints to create the ¬†magical effects with light play that the eglomise’ would have offered.

Hopefully, on Monday I will be able to show you everything except for the rugs and new chair seats.

What do you think so far?

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