04/4/17

Soldiers, FireTrucks, and a Yellow Car

Soldiers, Fire Trucks and a Yellow Car, oh my!

Spring …………love it!

Spring Festivals……………….love, love, love them.

The loveliness of spring is all around town and the Cottage on Greene, 

despite the sad faces of the Azaleas damaged by the last punch of winter.

The prettiest little town in Dixie came alive this past weekend with visitors attending the Spring Festival.

My first ever  

Antique Fire Truck parade…

 

 

As the fire trucks rolled out of town, gunfire erupted downtown.

It was the beginning of a reenactment of the 1865 invasion of General William Sherman and his troops.

 

 

The battles continued down to the river where soldiers had set up camp.

 

 

 

Yes! Women fought, on both sides, in the war.

 

 

Smoke from the just fired Cannon

Old St David’s Church built in 1770, was used as a hospital in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

 

Our time at the festival ended with a tour of the classic and antique car show and a chance to sit behind the wheel of this restored 1950 Ford.

Sigh…………I love Spring Festivals!

03/21/17

Three ideas to decorate rich

 

 

Decorating can be expensive.

No matter your style; paint, rugs, lamps, mirrors, furniture and all that goes into making a home beautiful and/or comfortable,  doesn’t come cheap.

And if you’re going for a magazine worthy room, the budget can be blown before you get started.

While my budget is not high end, my tastes sure are.

I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to get a high end look without breaking the bank.

 These ideas will work for most decorating styles.

 

The first is Display Something Antique ist. 

In our contemporary world, antiques may be old school. But …..

if you want a give a room a sense of history and a rich feel, you need something that can’t be bought at a big box store.

You don’t need to fill a room with antiques to create that feeling of  richness. This can be achieved with small accessories.

A metal engraved box,  I recently found,  is a wonderful addition to the living room at the cottage.  I  love

the greenish patina. I don’t know the age of the box. It may or not be an antique. It doesn’t really matter.

It’s the rich look without paying big bucks that makes this work for me.

 

 

Next include Curvy Shapes

Using a variety of shapes in a room adds interest and depth.

If you want the room to look more expensive, add some curvy items.

This can be in the accessories….mirrors, clocks,  lamps etc.

The globe on the desk, the curve of the mirror, the round clock…all give the room interest.

The curves balance out the straight lines in the room.

 The next ides is to add Fresh Flowers to the room.

Fresh flowers can change and lift the mood of a room. Go big if possible.

A big bouquet of flowers on the coffee table. mantle or side table adds instant class.

 

 

 

This artichoke statue adds curves to a bookcase balancing the straight lines of the shelves and books.

 

The recently painted (again) bookcase in the hallway at the cottage.

Have fun with these ideas and see the difference a few changes can make in the mood of the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/16/17

Spring, oh spring

Oh Spring,  spring

Where forth art thou?

Oh Spring, you were here last week. I took pictures of the evidence.

Azaleas in the yard at the cottage a little over a week ago.

And now this…………. picture taken today after almost a week of record breaking cold..

I can’t control the outdoor weather,,,, but, it can be spring indoors. That I can control.

 

An economical,  colorful  and fast way to decorate for spring. Plastic eggs.

And a plus….these eggs will be used for an Easter Egg hunt in April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more night with freeze warning temperatures.

Oh Spring, spring……Your arrival Monday, March 20 will be welcomed with sunshine and a high in the mid 60’s.