Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Jacksonville Arts & Antiques Show '15

Fresh in from a trip to China and heading out once again for Brazil, Alexa Hampton gave an informational, humorous and quite honest lecture at this year's show. Gleaned from her commentary: 
  • Avoid corner niches; they only serve to collect "stuff".
  • Lower the wainscoting in rooms to create a taller feel to the space. 
  • Consider patterned curtains after years of linen panels everywhere. 
  • Alexa is sensitive to the psychological aspects of design, more specifically how each element and detail in the space will feel and be perceived.

Love her hair. 
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Prior to Ms. Hampton speaking, a heart-warming story of the separation of two local twins who had been born conjoined was presented. Proceeds from the show benefit the Wolfson Children's Hospital where the highly successful procedure took place.

My eye was drawn to an exhibit of Museum Bees.  Created from small pieces of repurposed framing material surrounding an embellishment of bees and other treasures, these miniatures are unique! 

Additionally, Juli Catlin, a local designer and William Nash, a restorer of furnishings gave an interesting lecture on the evolution of architecture styles in Florida over the years. Always worth it to stick around and listen to these two speak.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Second Best Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Marigold Hotel spotlights a fabulous cast with heartfelt intergenerational messages. The final wedding dance is fun to watch. 

If you enjoyed the first installment, this is worth a watch.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Red, white & blue looks good on you...

Loving the apparel worn by the USA participants in the Solheim Cup '15 taking place in Germany.

Cool leggings! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

head covers...

These golf club head covers were hand-knitted by my pal, Golfer Gal. I love that each cover is a different color making it easy to grab when selecting a club. Beauties, they are!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold is a movie about one woman's battle to retrieve a painting stripped from her home in Vienna during the war by the Nazis. Helen Mirren plays Maria Altman who is accompanied by a young lawyer in the fight to gain possession of the painting of her Aunt Adele by Gustav Klimt. Originally entitled, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer not only is taken away from the wealthy Jewish family, the name is changed to Woman in Gold. 

NPR offers more details of this story.

Always a fan of Helen Mirren's performances, I believe this is worth a watch for sure. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

God Only Knows with a British flair

Performers in this well orchestrated video are listed here

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Primland, southern Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Over the Fourth of July weekend, we visited the Primland Resort.  There were several rounds of golf  which included gorgeous vistas of nearby mountains and valleys.  One evening, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the Chef's Table in the Elements restaurant. Worth a visit, for sure! 

Executive Chef Gunnar Thompson

Lots of wild rhododendron growing 

Friday, June 12, 2015


L'Hermione visits Alexandria, VA