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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A New Book ~ English Etiquette

I love a good etiquette book. Especially one that teaches common decency, grace and excellent lifestyle choices. Most of you know and I mentioned this on my Youtube channel on Sunday that Jennifer L. Scott posted on her Instagram account a book called English Etiquette: The Motivation Behind Manners

Of course, I went onto Amazon to find it and looked at the "preview" for it. The chapters for it looked amazing! The book is divided up into different sections. The first chapters are about Why Etiquette Matters, followed by Common Decency in One's Own Castle, there is also a section called Gallantry and Grace, and so on and so on. It looks absolutely intriguing. 

Then I begin to search a little further and noticed that there was a second book by the same company, The Darling Academy, called Ladies Like Us. This book is about giving gentle guidance on what it really means to be a lady. They also discuss true grace, quiet confidence and surrounding yourself with everyday happiness. 

I think I may need to order both! I then went to the Darling Academy's website and was blown away at how beautifully done it was! 

Tyntesfield Gibbs National Trust

You must visit the website. There are lots of articles on etiquette and English living. I will be taking a look tomorrow during my lunch break. I am sure that it will be a website that you will enjoy! Also if any of you already have these books let me know your thoughts please! I would love to hear them. 

Thanks for reading!!! 

(photos via Pinterest and The Darling

Monday, June 17, 2019

Flowers are Life

Summer begins officially this week and I am already dreading the summers here. It is so hot and humid in Indy. For the first time this year, I felt like we actually had a spring! We have had 60-degree weather for most of the spring. Some nights have even gotten down to 40 degrees! I love it! I love those crisp mornings. Especially heading into the office during the weekday. I love those morning walks. 

Some mornings I get a chance to look at Instagram for a bit and I always smile when I see a post from Cathy Graham's account. If you are not following her than I would suggest that you should. Cathy is an awarding winning artist and fashion illustrator. Her first book Second Bloom: Cathy Graham's Art of Table was published in 2017. In her book, she covers elements that will make any event shine.  Her beautiful photos will put a smile on your face every time. 

I love all of the colors that she uses and her whimsical style. I have been taking a second look at single stem arrangements. 

Beautiful and yet so simple. 

Her gorgeous vanity. 

A recent arrangement on her Instagram account. 

Someone recently asked me, "Why do you love flowers so much"? Was it because of a grandmother or parent"? I simply told her, "I don't know". I just do". But honestly, how can you not love flowers. It's natural beauty. They are just splendid creations. I have always loved flowers and I always will. I hope that you have found inspiration in this post and follow Cathy's account. I have also attached a video of her doing what she does best. Creating beauty. Have a wonderful Monday!!!!

(photos via Pinterest & Instagram)
(video via Youtube)

Friday, June 14, 2019

A Dining Room Update ~ Part 2

So here is where we left off. My Charthouse Dining Room Table arrived two weeks ago along with my beautiful host chairs. I was then told that my other four chairs would not arrive until sometime later (this past Tuesday). 

Well, they have arrived and I adore the way my new dining room table looks.

My Queen Anne Chairs look lovely and are very comfortable. I selected the water white color. I wanted a neutral color and something that would give the table a fresh look.  I am so pleased to finally have a "normal" dining room table. It's nice to have a sophisticated eating area rather than something that feels like a bar. 

It's been a long journey but I am glad about our selections. 

Love my pom-pom throw that I found at Homegoods. It looks so comfy hanging over my host chair. 

The dark color of the table is the perfect look. I love a dark table with neutral color chairs. The contrast between the two goes so well with our other home decor. 

I look forward to entertaining this holiday season and for many seasons to come! 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

My Dream List on Wayfair

Most of you have heard of Wayfair and have seen the commercials. "Wayfair they got just what I need"! Well, unfortunately, that is true because my wishlist from this website has grown since I purchased my settee from last year. There are so many more items that I want to purchase... it has gotten really out of hand.

Now I have not made any new purchases from Wayfair but that does not stop me from looking and adding things to my wishlist. I wanted to share a few items that I am "stalking" right now...

First on my list is this beautiful Upham area rug. This has been on my list for some time now. I love the contrast that it provides and the color. Just elegant... 

The next item is, of course, some blue and white. I love the reverse color on this one. This is called the Paugh Garden stool and I would love to have about two of these! One in our bedroom and one in my sitting room. 

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They also have Royal Albert Old Country Roses! What a dream come true! I am trying my very best not to order any but looking at those customer photos does not help! I would love to have more teacups, saucers and some dinner plates! Those would be lovely for Christmas dinner! 

I have also been wanting a new tufted chair for our bedroom and I saw this on the website. It was made by the same company that I purchased my settee from.

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Then I started looking for artwork and found this oil painting called Twilight Romance. I think it's lovely. The price is great but I would love to see it above a piano. I think that would be elegant. 

I am still on the lookout for bedside tables. I would love some chinoiserie tables! Wouldn't that be fabulous? 

I did type in chinoiserie in the search box to see what I would get and I did find this lovely arrangement.

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And these wonderful art panels. I have always wanted some of these. They are so hard to find at a good price. 

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This list could keep growing my friends but I will end it here. Wayfair has made it so easy to obtain home decor items that you love. I am seriously thinking about getting that rug and the Old Country Roses set. Maybe the garden stools too! Oh, here I go again. Getting into trouble! I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you have some favorite items on Wayfair share those with me too!

Thanks for reading!!!

(photos via

Monday, June 10, 2019

Simple Picks

Good Morning! I was not sure if I was going to be able to get a blog post together for today but here we are with something simple. 

Darn those Ann Taylor Factory emails! I found some beautiful yet simple pieces to share today. 

First is this lovely boatneck sweater. I love a good boatneck. They are so feminine and classy and this one comes in nine different colors. Oh joy!   

I ordered it in slate blue. I can see it now with a pair of pearls. 

Next is this simple yet beautiful striped shirtdress. The price is outstanding and who would not want this beautiful piece in their wardrobe? It's so versatile. You can wear it to work, a wedding, church, dinner with your husband or with a friend. I know I look forward to wearing it. I ordered it for myself. 

The third item is this soft but fitted ribbed trim sweater. This also comes in seven different colors. I had to order it in the dogwood pink. It was too pretty not to. 

And last but there certainly was more that I wanted to order are these charming pom-pom slippers! Aren't these lovely? I had to have a pair and at $14.99 who wouldn't! They also come in three different colors and I had to have them in the frosted pink. Wonderful right? 

I hope that you all enjoyed these simple little finds. These slippers would also make a great gift if any of you are looking for something. Well have a great Monday and remember to look your absolute best today!

(photos via Ann Taylor

Friday, June 7, 2019

Thinking about Weddings

I was recently reading some of my first year's blog posts. I remember my first post about weddings. I was so inspired at that moment. I had just started my new Pinterest board and was getting the swing of social media. 

Do you ever look back on some of the pins that you posted to your own boards? Do you see a change in how your taste in clothes and decor may have evolved? I know for me my taste in things is changing but I still love weddings!

In 2016, I wrote about Renewing Our Vows and we still want to. Our 20 year anniversary is about 4 years away so we will see. I was recently pinning some new photos to my wedding board and wanted to share a few that are just so magical and elegant. I thought this would be a wonderful way to start a Friday morning. Looking at wedding dresses....

I really love how delicate and exquisite this is? It's stunning!

I don't know why I love this dress but I do. I love the white and blush together and how the shoulders are showing. I don't mind that at all. I could definitely see me wearing this with my hair down and lots of curls. 

I also love this. I believe you could wear this again. It's simple yet elegant. 

Another dress you could wear again. I don't know why I am drawn to these simple dresses. I guess it could be a sign of age? Not sure but I want much more feminine and delicate clothing. 

Love the details in the sleeves and the layers and layers of tulle. 

Other photos that I have been pinning are ceremony decorations and details. 

I would love to have a ceremony like this and renew our vows in dress one or two. 

Like a dream....

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. Oh, fingers crossed you guys! I posted my new dining room table and hosts chairs last week. They are suppose to deliver my four Queen Anne chairs, a new host chair (the zipper is broken) and my daughter's new bed on Tuesday. I hope everything comes. It's been a long wait and we have not been able to use our new table. Then on June 22nd my new dresser will arrive I am looking forward to that new piece also. I may not post anything on the blog on Monday but hope to have a full blog post on Wednesday with my new complete dining room set. 

We will see....

(photos via Pinterest)
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Office Inspiration ~ Part 2

The last time that I wrote a post about office inspiration was in 2014. The very first year I started blogging. I must admit my taste in decor has changed slightly.....

I was reading another blog and she mentioned this inspiring office space on the One Kings Lane website.  Now I believe that most of us have heard of them. They sell some of the most beautiful furniture, art, and home decor that I have ever seen. I couldn't tell you how many times I have wanted one of their vintage Hermes scarfs!

I clicked on the link and it was like I could hear a beautiful chorus. So much inspiration....

This is the office of Stellene Volande's. She is Editor in Chief of Town & Country.

Okay, can we start with this beautiful chinoiserie desk? How gorgeous is this? I actually saw one of these in an antique store last year. I wish I could have purchased it but it was really expensive! 

But don't worry it has not left my list! I will own one of these or something similar to it!

Now opposite of the desk is this beautiful gold mirror from Ralph Lauren, a gorgeous photo of Babe Paley and I love the glass desk with gold accents and ranunculus. 

I think that it is wonderful that she is using the glass desk as a double table. I really like the lacquered bamboo chairs. 

This etageres is gorgeous! Do I spy a silver tea set? I believe this is the Darian Tea Set by Ralph Lauren and one's office could not be complete without blue and white. 

Here is a look at the office with the desk cabinet open. Look at all of that wonderful storage space! 

And what an elegant conference room? I would sure love to have meetings in this space. 

I love, love, love this space. One could get some many ideas from this. I know one thing is for sure. I am definitely going to keep looking for a chinoiserie desk. I think a piece like that would be wonderful to own. If you wish to read this article you may view it here. There are some many details in this one room. Enjoy it!

(photos via One Kings Lane)