Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Curb appeal: Palma Ceia

While visiting the dau in Tampa, we took the pup for a stroll down a street lined with classic and restored to perfection homes and bungalows, close by to her latest residence in Palma Ceia. Click on the photos for a larger example and to see all the wonderful detail.

 This was the dau's favorite, by far. Love the coral door and cushions. Love that the mail is delivered through a slot in the entrance...tres charming!

Porch swing, plantation shutters, brick veranda, existing and preserved oaks.

Lovely fanlight above the door and sidelights.  Perfectly  landscaped for minimal upkeep. Captain's walk on first floor roofing.  Clerestory window above.

Lovely corbels under the detailed portico. 

Unique garage doors

Again, a gorgeous fanlight and sidelights.  Lantern suspended in the carport. Gas-lighted lanterns flanking the front entrance. Upstairs bay window.

Canopy road

Trellis surrounding the front door with what looks to be a jasmine training upward.

 Fabulous brick walkway, columned portico, gas lit lanterns.

Loved the tree cut-outs on the shutters

This home had a large planting of Boston ferns in a portion of the front space...just amazing.

Tree-lined street with sidewalks on both sides of the street. So quaint.

Many of these houses had plantation shutters only on the bottom half of the window to allow plenty of light, though provide privacy to its inhabitants.

Monday, July 18, 2011

... a cooling beverage

Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda
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Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Soda... a refreshing summer beverage and fabulous way to use a bit of the abounding crop of fresh basil.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Village of Pinehurst

Parlor in the Carolina Inn

 Halls are lined with historical photos.

 Fabulous Rolex clocks abound to keep you from being late for your tee time!

Resort Clubhouse and putting green

Cover from a past program

Payne Stewart memorialized.

Many original cottages have been carefully restored and occupied.

Wind vane atop the chapel

A vintage water pump in a garden setting

A cupola

The Sandhills of North Carolina

 upholstery in the Holly Inn

Our lovely bathroom with black and white tiling.  We stayed at the Carolina Inn which is highly worth a visit.