Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Jacksonville Arts & Antiques Show '13

This year's show featured a number of style-makers. 

Miles Redd presented via Skype as he was unable to travel due to poor weather. Humorously, MR did a wonderful job narrating the slide show. That is quite a bathroom you have there! 

Bunny Williams appeared solo as her husband, John Roselli fell ill and had to remain in NYC. 

A tidbit taken away from her words: pieces lacking patina or are less than appealing should not be trashed or avoided. Paint them white, better yet flat white. BW favors a Farrow&Ball white; Europeans just do paint better.  

Bunny discussed her travels, homes and details of her wonderful life and marriage to John. Lovely and fortunate person, she is.

Danielle is a party stylist living in Atlanta with her children in a gorgeous Trammell-Stutze home, Boxwood which took her four years to renovate.  DR has entertained celebrities like Oscar de la Renta and promotes her book, Soiree: Entertaining with Style. Although DR leads a seemingly glorious and glamourous life, she has dealt with more hardship than anyone could imagine, for sure, with a child seriously injured in an accident and a failed marriage.  My best to her as she remains tenacious and devoted to her children. 

Lastly, I attended a lecture on the history of European Period Furniture, more specifically those in Britain and seen in the manse (Highclere Castle) where Downton Abbey is filmed. Juli Catlin and E. William Nash paired up for this very informative talk.  I learned a new word: stackage.  This refers to the layers of paintings and other accumulated art which stacks to the ceiling in old British homes and palaces. 

Always a holiday joy to have the chance to listen to the featured speakers at this annual event in Jacksonville. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Turkey Day


Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to all.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

bird of prey...

This red-tail hawk was spotted recently while driving into the golf course.
 These birds have amazing eye-sight and deathly talons.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

birthday tea...

Sixty years ago, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. A special blend of tea was selected to commemorate the happy day. It was one of my favorite gifts received for my birthday this month.  Apparently, the tea and tin have sold out! No surprise there.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Downton Abbey costumery

A collection of costumes from Downton Abbey will arrive next spring to Winterthur.  

A selection of 40 original costumes as well as photographs will be displayed beginning in 
early March '14 at the duPont home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Also scheduled to take place are discussions, lectures and other events 
related to country manor life in the UK. 
Stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Stitching needlepoint...

A recent needlepoint project for a newly married bride and groom is completed. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bermuda in the springtime

small harbor

Chickens and roosters everywhere

Views from the cottages at The Mid Ocean Club

 Bath in the cottage

Heated towel racks are awesome!

Door designation made of porcelain on our cottage.
Notice the tee and the ball which serves as the peek hole from inside!

Roof formations

Tucker's Point Beach Club

Soaring Longtails 

 Longtail solo

Saturday, July 13, 2013

awaiting the Royal birth...

My friend, Golfer Gal presented these teabags to me this week. She picked them up while traveling in the UK.  Love the Queen's cup of tea in her hand!  

Many thanks, Golfer Gal! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Vivino app

Never forget a good wine again. For the the iPhone or iPad, download the Vivino app

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013