A Cottage on the Square (part 2)

Happy Friday!!

 It might seem I have been AWOL all week. It was planned, but I didn’t post about it pre AWOL. Although I was away, I was on leave.

Las Vegas was the destination and not for the usual reasons. The trip had a purpose other than to get away for a change of scenery. I will post about the trip later and all the excitement concerning the reason to be in Las Vegas.

For now I will continue the tour of the All American Cottage.It is beginning to be a distant memory, so here we go.

 Part One covered the foyer, office/study, kitchen dining room and living room.

The Master bedroom is on the first level and we will start there.

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A bank of windows face the beautifully landscaped back yard. The windows really bring the outdoors into the serene and relaxing bedroom.


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Interesting choice of night tables; two antique Singer sewing machines.

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The screen behind the chair is door panels hinged together and aged beautifully.

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I do not care for the headboard for this room. Although it is a lovely headboard,  one that coordinates with the wooden screen behind the chair would be better, in my opinion.

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This would have not been my choice of artwork for this room either.

I would have liked  something organic looking or a landscape. Either of these would  have continued the serene look of nature seen from the windows.

This mirror in the bedroom seemed to disrupt the hinted calmness of  the bedroom.

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Master Bath

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Master Bath

A crowd of people in such a small area prevented me from getting many pictures of the bathroom.  The room wasn’t overly large which is perfect for a cottage home.  The decor wasn’t cordintated with the master bedroom. Maybe it’s just me, but I like the feel of the two rooms to be a continuation of  each other, just  different function.

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Laundry Room

The washer and dryer was not set up, but I took pictures of the wall decor.

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Part 3 coming soon will be the conclusion of the tour.


A Cottage on the Square (part 1)

Happy Friday!

Southern Living and This Old House teamed up with custom homebuilder, Tom Dillard, to construct an All American Cottage.  Located in the quintessential Southern community of Verdae in Greenville, South Carolina, the All American Cottage is a stunning showcase of products made in the U.S.A. Approximately 97% of the products used in this home were made in the United States.

I was thrilled to  tour the 3019 sq. ft. home during the Open House.

Come along with me as I give you a peek, with my camera, of this wonderfully designed Southern Cottage. Because there are so many pictures, today I am posting part 1 of 3 parts.


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loving the shutters!

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Inside foyer has rustic coat rack and planked wall.

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To the left of foyer is a home office/study.

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Unfortunately, I was unable to take many pictures of the open kitchen. As always, the

kitchen is the gathering place. Lots of people touring and many stopped in the kitchen.

The kitchen, living room and dining room are one open area.

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Granite counter tops

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Dining area

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Living room

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tour to be continued.



Walnut Grove Plantation

On a recent beautiful, spring day, Mr. Finely Done and I grabbed our cameras and set out to seize the moment.

Exploring and taking pictures of a not so far away historic Plantation, would make a perfect day trip. And because it was a weekday, we would avoid the crowd  and could take our time. I don’t know if there are crowds, but it sounds good.

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Although his camera is much more sophisticated and he is a much better photographer, my old point and shoot doesn’t do a bad job. I like simplicity and don’t feel the need  to crowd my brain with knowledge involving all those settings and lenses to get the perfect picture. Confession, I do find myself envying the expertise of others when I see photos that blow me away with the perfect lighting and timing etc.

Sigh…  Ok enought about my lack of camera skills.. This post is about Walnut Grove Plantation.

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Walnut Grove is a fascinating place to visit because of the history. It dates way back to before there was a United States and  survived to tell about it.

Ten children were raised in the modest farmhouse.

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Brief  facts about Walnut Grove as provided by the National Register.

  • 1763 – Earliest known date of existence. Charles Moore received a grant for 550 acres along the Tyger River by King George III. He later received additional grants bringing his total acreage to about 3,000.
  •  1765 – Charles Moore built a house on the property.Charles and his wife Mary raised their ten children on the plantation.
  • 1767 – Margaret Kathryn Moore (Kate), the first child of Charles and Mary Moore, married General Andrew Barry at the age of 15. During the Revolutionary War Kate helped her husband by spying on Tory troops, chasing them away from her home, and gathering men to help her husband fight. She was considered quite a heroine.
  • 1770 – Charles Moore built a school building and operated the first school in Spartanburg County. Rocky Spring Academy was open until 1850.
  • 1961 – The house, along with eight acres, was given to the Spartanburg County Foundation in a special trust  with the Spartanburg County Historical Association as the sponsor for the trust.  Up to this time, descendants of Charles and Mary Moore had owned the house and property.


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Door in Master Bedroom.  The patina is gorgeous.

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Kitchen building

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Doctor’s quarter’s.  Son of the plantation owner was first educated doctor in the area.

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Inside of school building

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 The professional photographer

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Lastly, but not least…. the family burying ground


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