Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I love the look of this handpainted vintage glassware I found recently in an antique booth (I believe it to be hand painted... the stripes appear to be applied by hand). The plates and saucer champagnes were priced at $5 each. And there were so many!... at least two dozen of the plates.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I ran across the collection of brass hotel signs above at an antique mall here in Franklin, Tennessee. I was instantly charmed by them and was taken back to my trip to Paris last summer.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I was born in 1972. There. I said it. I'll turn 38 in a few weeks.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
My favorite purchase today was the covered Old Paris sauce stand with underplate on the fourth picture down. It's on the far right of the piece of furniture. The handles were just so lovely that I just had to make the piece my own.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
While perusing some of my fellow bloggers' posts, I ran across this one over at Habitually Chic. The post consists of the most beautiful photos taken at Le Petit Trianon on the grounds of Versailles. She also posted the day before about Bastille Day, as I did below.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Any excuse for a party, right? I know I have lots of French blood in my veins, so I think I'm good.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
While out antiquing this weekend, I ran across this delightful book. I paid $8.75 for it and it was a deal at twice the price.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Today, MSSA is what one might call a resort, but not in any traditional sense. There is one small inn on the grounds, but otherwise visitors must either own a cottage or rent one from an owner. There is no restaurant. Bikes and golf carts are plentiful.
MSSA has remained faithful to its original mission and offers a variety of activities for adults and children during the summer. There are lectures - a Civil War lecturer was there while I was there - art classes, tennis lessons and all kinds of other activities. The lending library is full of wonderful fiction and books on art and history. There is a quite hour after lunch and there are nightly prayers. Night-time activities include visiting with friends on porches, watching movies in the auditorium, playing Bingo and organized kids' games like capture the flag.
It really does take you back to a different time. It's reminiscent of small Southern towns where children ride their bikes everywhere and friends spend hours on the porch visiting.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I just spent the most delightful evening at Carnton Plantation. If you aren't familiar with Carnton, it played a pivotal role during the Battle of Franklin here in Tennessee. The home served as a large Confederate field hospital and there are still bloodstains on some of the floors upstairs. Ultimately, over 1,400 soldiers were buried on several acres adjacent to the house. The cemetery is haunting. If you ever get the chance to visit, you should. Thousands of visitors come every year... even more now that Robert Hicks published his bestselling book The Widow of the South, which is based on the events during the Battle of Franklin.