Thursday, November 1, 2018


Fall is my favorite time of year, I know I have said this before, but it is true. Here are
a few pictures from my neighborhood.

The last of my roses from my garden and a pretty yellow Birch near my back yard.

Colors peaking through the roof tops and a stunner down the street where Mandy and I

 My front door is ready for trick or treaters and a last look in the back yard at the colors of
Fall and a great scary sky.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Pretty In Pink Drapery Installation

I have finally finished the living room I was working on in Stuarts Draft.
I meet with the client in the Spring to talk about what they wanted to do.
Picked out the colors, fabrics and waited for the painted to come in, he was
booked till August. Had the chair seats reupholstered, ordered the fabric and
trim, the trim was on back order for 17 weeks, yes 17 weeks! Ordered beautiful
hardware, installed that in September and Friday we hung the drapes. One job done!
The results are stunning, so here is the before and after......

This is what the room looked before, straight up 1990's decor. The walls had been
sponged, there is a wallpaper border and it was dark and cramped. The rug is beautiful
and I used it as my inspiration. The clients wanted to make the room appear bigger, let
more light in and bring it to a more current look.

We painted the walls a Benjamin Moore Shell Pink and painted all the wood white,
put in a chair rail and framed out the bottom portion of the room. It made the room
bigger and brighter.

Here is Donna hanging the panels after we put the Duralee hardware up. What a big
difference. I couldn't get a full picture, to many people in the room, me, Donna and the
Here is a close up of the main products, the top herringbone is the seat cushions on the dining
room chairs is from Stout, the silk tone on tone floral and pink ball fringe is from  Robert Allen with
the B. M. shell pink paint color. Next, new chandelier. I help them with their kitchen after the new year.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Weekend Birthday Celebration

Weeks ago we planned a get together to celebrate my daughter Ellie's birthday and mine.
October the 14th was the first Sunday that we could all get together to celebrate. Everyone
was here except my Mom who is having surgery in Florida and my brother Alex who lives
in Florida. We chose Pollock Vineyards, this is a beautiful setting, they gave us a private
room for the tasting.
That's my daughter Ellie giving me the fish eye.

 Here we are doing our tasting with our great server, JP.
My sister Beth organized the whole thing, including quite the spread.
Siblings with my dad, Grandad, as we call him.

My sister Helen takes over with my camera.
Our server and my brother L.H.
My son and his Dad.
Grandad and L.H. by the fire.
And lastly,  I was able to sneak out of the store on Saturday and view the vendors
at Waynesboro's Fall Foliage Festival and I bought some pretty jewelry from the
vendor Melanie.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Is Fall Finally Here

My favorite time of year is Fall, I think it finally arrived here to day at
noon thanks to the newest storm. It had been hot and steamy for days which
makes it hard to figure out what to wear. I have been working on my Fall
wardrobe  by donating to Goodwill, listing things on Ebay and consigning pieces
to Twice As Nice. I really need new shoes, so I took advantage of my free shipping
on Amazon Prime. I was ordering my ink for my printer and remembered that they
have cute shoes. I wasn't finding anything locally so I ordered three pairs with my ink
purchase on Saturday.

 A tan pair with cute bows by Sam Edelman
A black patent to go with my mainly black wardrobe.
And a snakeskin pair to put a little punch in my wardrobe.

They arrived Tuesday and today which is really fast. Today after a half drapery installation,
we hung the hardware, I will post about the finished look later once the panels go up. The
job was in Stuarts Draft, so after the job was done I drove into Waynesboro to Ross for Less
and found this;
A cute Fall purse and scarf.

The purse is Vegan and the handles have a tortoise loop detail. The scarf is hand emdroidered
and I love the colors.

I have a big birthday weekend planned so I will be able to wear some of my new purchases
as the weather cools down. Yay, Fall

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Search for New Draperies for My Bedroom

I have been thinking about replacing my draperies in my master bedroom.
I got prices from The Silk Drapery Company on line and they sell by the panel
which turned out to be over $500 dollars, I could by the material and have them
made for less. At Ballard Design I looked at pretty white panels with a Greek key
in grey, with my designer discount, over $400. The curtains that I have now are
Chris Madden for JCP that I bought years ago when I first moved up here. They are
inter lined with flannel, white with embroidery and machine washable. They have served
their purpose with each move.

J C Penney still has a good selection of curtains, not always in the store, but on line and
delivered to the store for pick up. I bought pretty lined cafe curtains for my laundry room
in natural when I moved in here and love them. I have a client that wants black out shades
for her new home and they have them, they also still do blinds, cut to order. So, I needed to
head up to The Daytons Farmers Market to have a lamp prepaired and decided to head over
to Harrisonburg's  to Tuesday Morning and was shocked to find an unbelievable selection
of draperies. I found a pair of sheers I loved by Philby and Rowe and thought they would be
great for the bedroom. But then I saw these white brocade panels by Charisma on sale. So here is my plan....

Sorry the pictures are dark, it is the afternoon and I am to lazy to retake them. So my
plan is to have solid side panel on the side. This is the front of this house and I need
privacy and may need to close them if it is to cold out side. In the center I will have a
faux flat roman, right now it is the embroidered panels hanging on the rod. I want to get
valance rods for the sheers to hang at the top of the window and near the bottom to create
the look of a flat roman under the solid panels. The pair of solid drapes where $39.99 each
pair and then 20% off, they are heavy and quality fabric, the sheer pair cost $22.99, so in all
it was a great save for me and I love the change in the look.

Monday, September 10, 2018

New Fall Attire

I spent today getting my wardrobe ready for Fall and the new season coming up.
I spent to day organizing my clothing getting ready for Fall. I have filled a bag of
older clothes for Goodwill, I have a stash to list on Ebay and put the white jeans away
for another year. After my organizing, I ran over to TJ Maxx to look for some new accessories
and ended up with a cart full of goodies.
A pretty Vince Camuto Scarf, a Nanette Lepore wallet, Hue Tights in Purple and Black.
I picked up some new boots, I needed a black pair and a brown pair to replace old ones
that were either too worn or not comfortable to wear.

The brown are Unisa and very sporty with the buckle and the quilted back.
The black pair are Carlos Carlos Santana and will be prefect for work.
I also picked up some good traditional basics to help update my wardrobe. The plaid
vest is by British Khaki.
And the jeans are incredible, I tried on every jean in my drawer and eliminated the bad
ones from the good and added these three. I have found that what I feel the most  comfortable
in are super high rise and super skinny stretch jeans.
These will be the perfect colors for Fall, black, brown and denim by d. jeans. It feels
good to do a cleanse with my wardrobe and have a few new things to start out my transition
to a new season. We went from 90 degree days to the 60's, cold and a huge storm getting ready
to hit us, hello storm Florence.