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Friday, September 20, 2019

MBR Facelift


Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your week.  I was fortunate enough to spend some time in beautiful Madison, Connecticut visiting with a couple of friends.  I will tell you all about it in the next couple of weeks.

In January, I wrote a post about doing a little updating on our master bedroom.  Well, it's finally finished.


This is what the room looked like when we toured the house.  The owners enlarged the room by taking down a wall between the MBR and a small bedroom.





This was the bedding that I had made in Texas a few months before moving to Massachusetts.



When I first laid eyes on the stove I got a little nervous about the heating in the room.  I needn't have worried because the radiators do a bang-up job keeping the room toasty.  

I don't use the words bang-up lightly.  The radiators create a symphony of knocking, banging, and whistling sounds all night long. The Mister and I barely hear it anymore.  Or maybe we are just losing our hearing.

In any case, this is part of the charm of owning a hundred-year-old house.





I knew that I wanted to keep the wall color and the furnishings. My main goal was to brighten up the room. I fell in love with the combination of the Wedgewood blue and celery green.



Voila!






I found these botanical prints and frames on Amazon.
They are much prettier in real life.




I always like to have my bedskirt puddle to allow the dust bunnies some privacy. 






If you are looking for some Sheets on the cheap, I found some on Amazon that I love.  They are nice and big, they don't shrink and they have deep pockets.  They are also so soft and comfy.

Btw... I do my best work while having the Real Housewives on in the background.

Sidenote:  who likes Kelly's new beau?



Goodbye old stove, hello fireplace!













Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.
It's time for me to get back to the Housewives!


Until next time...



Monday, September 16, 2019

Southport Garden Tour


Hello dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.  The Mister and I met Sista, her Mista, Nef #1 and Nef #2 in Boston for a celebration of Sista's Mista's 60th Birthday.  Try saying that three times after two glasses of vino!


That afternoon, Sista and I got in our cardio via two hours of power shopping.  Let me give you a hint... we weren't shopping for the birthday boy. 

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Grill 23.  
I highly recommend it if you live or visit Beantown.

*****

Days after I began my Summer Sabbatical, I attended the Southport Garden Tour.  

Southport, Connecticut is a little slice of heaven located along the Long Island Sound and borders on Fairfield and Westport.  Notable celebrities who have lived there are Jeffery and Ina Garten, Jack Welch, and Jason Robards.  If you are under the age of thirty, feel free to google the last two names.



We lucked out with a picture-perfect day.  I parked in front of this gorgeous home.  Don't you love the blue door?
Note to self:  buy the Mister some paint this week.



Pequot Library hosted the tour.  I happen to have a history with this beautiful library. At the tender age of thirteen, I attended ballroom dancing classes here.  And guess who was in my class!  No, not Jason Robards.  None other than my BIL, the birthday boy!  







Sista and I met at registration.  The rose between the thorns is our dear friend, Caroline Crawford who is the head of PR for the library and in charge of the event.  She managed to pull the whole thing together in a matter of six weeks.

I am not just saying this, but this garden tour was the best tour I have ever attended.  It was so well organized, most of the homes were on the water, and the entire route was done on foot.  My favorite combo: cardio with a side of eye candy.

And the fabulous homes and luscious gardens... well, stick with me and you can see for yourself.







Photo Credit:  Sista




Sista and I already used up our oooh and aah quota for the day, and we were still at the first house!




On to the next charming home and garden.





I told Sista that she wasn't the only black sheep around town!


Doesn't this house look like it should be featured in a TV show?








Open Sesame says Sista.










I love the pop of orange!




I took lots of pics of the charming homes along the way.











How 'bout this pool?


I showed this pic to the Mister and told him I wanted him to build me a Blog Cottage just like this adorable pool house.
I'm still waiting for an answer.



Can you imagine sipping your first cup of coffee taking in this view every morning?


I can't imagine what my two hooligans would do to this impeccably-kept garden!






















Thanks for joining me on the tour.  
I appreciate your sense of decorum.
I wish that I could say the same about my Sista!

Until next time...




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