Good morning! First can I just say I HAVE THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOLLOWERS AND READERS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!
The long awaited floors!
The following pictures are of stain samples against the stone for breakfast room paneling
Kitchen pictures below....
Install has officially begun!
Close up of lightly glazed finish
Back stair hall banisters getting put in
Stove and stone hood will eventually go between these cabinets
Family room getting secondary beams installed
Breakfast bay getting secondary beams installed
Back stair hall
Back stair hall
This will eventually have a window seat
The stair dome, picture doesn't do it justice but its a 9 foot beautiful plaster dome
These next few pictures are from inside the porch....
PRETTY WRAPPING PAPER. I got a lot of inquires about the "peacock paper" I used for my gift wrapping for my good friends birthday. I found it!I love wrapping gifts and get into trying creative things. I was asked by several as to my sources. Good ol Michaels for ribbon and when its 50% off which is often, I stock up. I keep organza in several colors on hand, as it adds such elegance to any gift. I always buy cheap fake flowers to embellish gifts with too, its a beautiful touch! Back to the paper, bad news is it comes from Europe (figures). However I do believe that the company Hartman stationers in NJ carries this line so I included their website below and you can pursue it! (As I will be doing). Also the link below is directly to the Museum source where the paper is made. So pretty!! And sure enough it IS originally from a wallpaper so for those of you who said you would love it for wallpaper, you were very observant as that is its original use, that was my first thought too...its so beautiful! Click here for Hartman and here is the direct link.
DEALS ON COPPER POTS. I happened to have been near a Williams Sonoma outlet in my travels and they had the Ruffioni gorgeous copper decorative cooking pots on sale! I invested in two stunners, one sauce pot and another large soup pot. They are gorgeous and were an extra 20% off the discounted price. Think this promotion is still on if you are interested.
A FUN ROAD TRIP. I love posting about travel but what I am really craving right now is a great road trip down South. I would start it exploring beautiful Virginia's horse country then work my way down to Richmond, Charlotte, Charleston, Savannah and end in Atlanta. I would love to take it all the way down to the grand dame of southern cities, New Orleans but I would need two weeks in that case. I hope somehow some way I can make this happen before summer ends (hint Mom, so if you are reading this start packing your bags, lol) I imagine some of my highlights might look something like this. Do you enjoy road trips?
Ahhh....this is what I want to see!
Maybe stop in to one of Virginia's well known wineries?
I will hope to spy an open hunt scene
I will so enjoy touring a few plantation homes
Of course a trolley ride is a must do!
Eating al fresco in Charleston
Exploring elegant and quintessentially Southern towns and neighborhoods
And strolling through elegant lush open spaces like this one...
House drooling is part of the fun!
I look forward to taking in the splendor of tress that are hundreds of years old draped in moss
Of course dining in beautiful old world Southern establishments is a must do
This is so typically South!
Would love to visit this classic beauty in Atlanta
BEAUTIFUL HARDWARE. Well after going full circle, on what hardware and finish I am using, I have at last settled on oil rubbed bronze. It is in the end, the perfect choice for all the materials and finishes I am using. So I am finally "at peace" with my decision. Now the real work begins, what kind of knobs, pulls, etc....I use. This is going to be a trial and error process with me as I am very meticulous so I am going to be ordering a few different styles and "playing" with them on the cabinets once they are fully installed. Any tips from all you experienced pros out there?
A GREAT SUMMER WINE. Why not end it on a great glass of wine. For summer in particular, Domaines Ott is an all time favorite. We have become great friends! And the fact that its packaged in a gorgeous bottle doesn't hurt, a little pretty always gets extra points. This is a very light and crisp rose. Though I love my red wine, this is a little lighter for summer and I promise you if you try it you will LOVE it.
So cheers! That's what I am loving this week. I always love to know if there is something special that caught your eye or that you are loving this week! Wishing you a wonderful and happy Friday!