We Should Call It The Ivy House

It’s no secret, I love English Ivy.

I have always admired the beautiful cottages in the English countryside

that have many ivy covered walls.

So if I cannot have that ivy covered wall, I am settling for English Ivy in the house.

My hubby looked around the other day, and stated,

“with all the ivy plants you have around the house, we should call it The Ivy House” . . . funny guy!

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A Summer Vignette Featuring Vintage Japanese Fishing Floats

When my mom traveled to Alaska to visit my niece who lived there for a short time,

she bought some vintage Japanese fishing floats that she remembered as a child in Japan.

She carefully packed them all in her suitcase and gifted them to me and my sisters.

That was many years ago, when these floats were not as popular.

I treasure these glass floats and use them in my decor all year round.

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Birdcage Vignette and Dancing to the Furniture Shuffle

Okay….so we buy one thing and then here comes the “domino effect.”

Then we find another great deal and I am finding myself

dancing to the beat of the “Furniture Shuffle”

However, I do not need to purchase anything to warrant the dance.

Just the need for a change. Change is always a good thing.

There are some changes in the Master Bedroom that caused the relocation of the bird cage.

Where oh where was I going to put it?

If I did this . . . then I would have to do that . . . and so it goes . . . and this is what happened.

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How One Piece of Furniture Can Anchor a Room {Sunroom}

There is always a story behind a room,

whether it is how the room came together over time

or came together as a result of a visit to a furniture showroom.

This room was about the showroom and a hubby that loves symmetry and “matchy matchy”

When my magazine feature was recently published in French Country Style magazine,

we both noticed something. Well at least he agreed about “that something”

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A Creative Ironstone Centerpiece and Planter

Hope you all  had a wonderful week.

It has been a hectic one for me of activities and traveling.

However, how can I complain about that!!???

While traveling with my hubby, I was able to meet up with two of my great friends

who also happen to be bloggers: Mary Alice (Chateau Chic) and Yvonne (StoneGable).

AND I finally met the uber talented Loi (Tone on Tone). He was so much fun to be with

and I look forward to “Adventures with Loi”

My hubby and I  traveled back home late into the night

to make our granddaughter’s school program the next morning.

So well worth the lack of sleep!

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Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone . . . I love that look

as it is so serene, classic, and exquisite.

Well that certainly defines a very special blogger who has an over the top

exquisite shop and blog.

Have you guessed yet?

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How I Gave One Area Three Different Looks

I finally undecorated the large great room tree and the space always looks so different after the

tree is removed. The item that was previously in the space found its way back; however, me, being me,

could not leave it alone.

I started experimenting with some different looks.

Antique French Commode-Housepitality Designs

Today, you will see how I gave this area three different looks.

I started by moving the antique French Commode that was in the Great Room, to this space.

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Creating a Kitchen Vignette With New Ironstone Finds

We talked about the thrill of the hunt previously.

The thrill of seeing the item, enjoying it’s beauty, it’s character, it’s flaws.

Well I experienced another thrill of the hunt this week. Where was the hunt?

At a large antique mall in Strasburg, Virginia.

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A Crisp White Winter Vignette

I am slowly transitioning my decor from Christmas to the crisp white of winter.

When I remove Christmas decor from a surface, I cannot let that surface stay bare for long.

In fact, I have to gather items right away to create another vignette.

Coffee Table  Winter Vignette-Housepitality Designs

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Iron and Ironstone

The Monday after New Year’s and the holidays . . .

How does that make you feel? . . . Re-energized to start the New Year with great resolutions?

Or, a bit of a let down from all of the holiday activities?

For me, it is time to take down the decorations and refresh and fluff the house.

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