Hickory Cottage Update Part 5 and Taking a Break

Hello Dear Readers!

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Things are moving along at Hickory Cottage.

They started placing the shingles on the roof

and once the roof is complete, they will be starting

more work on the interior.

But first, let me show you another treasure I found

at the consignment shop, Always Home in Durham, N.C.



A LaBarge mirror (French Garden Harvest)



The carving is beautiful…who can resist a gorgeous mirror?!!

I am now just in need of a pair of mirrors for the Master Bath.



I found another treasure at Always Home that day.

This pineapple motif Quoizel chandelier.

It will most likely be hung in the Master Bedroom closet.

You always have to look up when in that shop

as there are many great lighting fixtures on display,



My counter stools have arrived (Frontgate).

I love that they swivel and are very comfortable.

Two stools (without backs) to tuck under each end of the kitchen island

and 3 stools (with backs) to be placed on the front side of the island.

Love the design of these kitchen counter stools.

The seat is made of a beautiful soft gray leather.



The cupolas were ready to be placed until we discovered

the bases were not high enough for the pitch of the roof.

So waiting patiently for a solution to this problem. Ugh!!!



Lots of activity and that’s a good thing!

Also, just to let you know

that I will be taking a little break from the blog. 🙁

Things will be a little hectic these next few weeks.

I am just fine!…Just a little lump in the road! 🙂

I will be doing updates on my Instagram.

So please follow along with me!

Have a most beautiful day!

I’m craving ice chips!

See you soon and in the words of Arnold, 

“I’ll be back!”

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  1. Shirley, you have found some lovely items for your new home. I saw the mirror on Instagram, and I love it! It is stunning, and I can’t wait to see it in your new house. I hope you are feeling better soon and that you are getting some much needed rest. You amaze me with all you do! Take care, sweet friend!

  2. I don’t blame you one bit for taking a break. You impress me to no end with how you’ve managed to keep up with blogging to this point, but I’m really glad, because I love seeing the process (progress and issues, both). I really think I need to make a trip to Aways Home. Wow, you always come away with such beautiful items, Shirley! That mirror and chandy are gorgeous. Great finds from Frontgate too.
    I’m not on IG but will look forward to seeing you back on the blog. Take care.
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  3. That mirror is gorgeous! Sorry about the cupolas….bummer. Surely someone can fix them. Yes, you will be back better than ever!

  4. Oh I do love the mirror and that light fixture! I imagine they can built an additional base to the cupolas to customize their fit. Your home is looking beautiful. Take care of yourself. Hugs, Liz

  5. Alice genzlinger says

    I love your choices and your new house. It’s coming along nicely and I can just imagine how beautiful you will decorate it. The last two times I was in NC I tried to go to Always Home but it didn’t happen, next time for sure!

  6. I will really miss your posts! You are one of my favorite bloggers! I love all blue and white and can’t wait to see the new house all decorated. Enjoy your break!

  7. I will miss your posts! Take care and I can’t wait to see the new house in all it’s secorated glory!!!

  8. Ron Carrier says

    I’m sure the cupolas can be customized. It just takes $$$$$$. I love the mirror. I love your ability to shop!!!

  9. Bummer about the cupolas but sure it will work out. Love the mirror, who wouldn’t. You’ll be back anticipating get into this new home.


  10. Love your style! Wish you could help me! LOL But at least I have your lovely photos for examples to refer to for ideas in my own home. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful day of rest.

  11. Shirley, love the mirror and the pineapple chandelier, you have outstanding taste. I am so happy that the house is moving along at a humming speed . I am picturing you there surrounded by those you love perhaps for the holidays.

    The builder will figure out something great with the cupolas, he’s so good. Take good care of yourself during this hectic and busy time.

    xoox Lidy
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  12. Bobbi Duncan says

    Shirley, you always find the most beautiful treasures! Always Home will be a definite stop on our way to and from my son’s home in Charlotte–can’t wait! Although you’ll be sorely missed, you should take a break to concentrate on your home build–much time is required when trying to get everything just right. I am looking forward with anticipation to following along on instagram. Hugs!

  13. Susan Smith says

    Shirley, I like your chandelier with the pineapple motif. It will say, “welcome to the closet!” I like how you always have little pineapples displayed around your home. Now you have me buying pineapples! You truly are an influencer and I will miss you while you take a break, but you deserve some time off. That little stool is so stylish and looks so comfortable. Can’t wait to see it in your new house. Love and hugs from Oklahoma, Susan

  14. Shirley, you always find the best treasures at your favorite consignment shop. The mirror and pi;dapple chandelier are exquisite. Your builder will figure out the cupolas for sure. I am so glad everything is moving along with Hickory Cottage.. Take care during this busy time!

  15. Shirley, You find the best things at ATH! I have mirror envy but would have no wall to hang it on. The pineapple motif Quoizel chandelier had your name written all over it. 🙂 Love your stools and sorry to hear about your cupolas. Hopefully your builder will find a solution for them to fit. Take good care and I’ll be waiting for your return. ♥

  16. I saw the mirror on Insta and love it! That carving IS gorgeous! Love the stools and the chandy is YOU! Your master closet must be big (I am JEALOUS), to hold that chandy:) Sending you love, hugs and take good care!!!!! XO, Pinky

  17. Thanks for great idea. I love this style of decor’. The Mirror looks unique.
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  18. Looks great and huge!!!

  19. These accessories are all so unique. They look amazing!
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