Thursday, October 2, 2014

Great Before and After Farmhouse Renovation

A year before the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a man named Joseph Wheadon built a modest, one-room house in New Milford, Connecticut. Wheadon cut the lumber by hand and scavenged foundation stones from the surrounding property. After his premature death, a Greek Revival wing was built, followed by other less-distinctive additions.

More than 235 years after Wheadon first wielded his ax, a Greenwich woman discovered the property while searching for a weekend retreat. By this time, the house was dated and neglected, with systems that had outlived their usefulness. "It was my duty to the community to maintain and uphold the architectural history of the house," says the homeowner, a former student of historic preservation, now earning a doctorate in environmental policy. "However, on the backside of the house, I wanted to bring nature in and to connect the house to its surroundings."


The Greek Revival wing had been added after the original house was built — probably around 1820. "We wanted to keep that absolutely intact, and use that as a reference point for all the materials and proportions and style of the rest of the house," says the owner.

AFTER. The architect used a variety of architectural tricks to keep the second floor as low as possible, out of deference to the Greek Revival facade. The old shutters were not original or authentic, so the owner opted to remove them.
Working with Mark Goodwin of Beinfield Architecture, and Jim Blansfield of Blansfield Builders, the owner remodeled and expanded the house, opening the interior spaces to each other and the view. I think this is wonderful, don't you? See the inside too ~ here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October

I can hardly believe it's October already. I got my flu shot today much earlier than usual but that's when my town was conducting the clinic at the Health Department. 
Now you know where ghosts come from -- they are Jack O'lantern breath. via I had a busy day today running around and I'm really looking forward to my bed and some TV time. Have a great evening. xo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Beautiful Owl

This owl is so big and beautiful. I hope I can stay awake tonight for all the good Sunday Night TV shows. via

Crayons with Flesh in Many Colors

This is so great. via

Wink

Isn't this the cutest German Short Haired Pointer pup ever? via I am going to clean out my garage today to put things out at the roadway for our annual pick-up day. Wish me luck. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Be Brave

This looks like an excellent thought for the day. via

Friday, September 26, 2014

Small Lake Cottage

Isn't this a sweet lake cottage? We aren't nearly this advanced but the maple trees in my woods are quite beautiful. Summer's back tomorrow and it's supposed to be 81° and that's a good thing. Have a great weekend. xo via

Interesting Chalkboard Wall

This wall leading into a bedroom is great, isn't it? Especially since the owner has such great chalkboard hand-lettering skills. Ingrid Weir Photography

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lovely Powder Room


Isn't this delightful? Love the wallpaper and everything else too. xo via

Hilarious dog bath.

HaHa. I can hardly believe my eyes. Have you ever seen a more contented face or a more relaxed body on a dog getting a bath? via

I miss having Webster in the Car

Don't worry, he's fine. But he can no longer jump into my car to go for a ride. It's too high off the ground. He can't jump up on my bed either and I actually sleep better because of that. Tabitha doesn't move a muscle all night long when she sleeps on my bed but she gets up much earlier that I would like. Right now, she's fast asleep in the vestibule all curled up on an old wool sweater in her cat bed with her food dish in plain sight. The rain arrived right on schedule and we are all enjoying a rainy day. Enjoy yours too. xo via

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rain on the Horizon for Tomorrow

Many of you already have it and it's headed this way. Be safe and stay snug if you can. xo

Which way are you looking?

I love to face the wind and feel it on my face. I never worry about my hair because I like it messy. via

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Last Day of Summer

A lovely late summer scene in Budapest Hungary. via Are you excited about the first full day of Fall tomorrow? The Virginia creeper is turning red and I'm starting to see color in the maple trees. Fall is right on schedule. xo

Lovely Entrance and Paver Driveway with Grassy Strip

Wow. This photo proves you can have it all. Don't you love the grassy strip down the middle? These ribbon driveways are coming back and this makes me happy. I found this one on Pinterest. There is even a whole category featuring this welcome comeback on Houzz.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MISS MARPLE Double Feature Tonight on PBS

Click here if you can't see the video below.

I just set my DVR to record both new episodes of Season 7 Miss Marple on Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. Tonight is going to be a wonderful TV night. I am also recording Madam Secretary and The Good Wife on CBS. I'm always happy when the good shows start at 8pm, aren't you? Happy viewing.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Did you sew as a child on a toy sewing machine?

I did and I had a similar toy sewing machine. I can vividly remember sewing doll clothes on the screened porch in the summer before I graduated to my mother's Singer in the sewing room. That was also at a very young age. We always had a sewing room too which was wonderful. I am selling this one on ebay. I photographed it in my guest room. This built-in cupboard with shelves above and drawers below has a pull-out slide that was perfect for attaching the clamp on this vintage child's sewing machine.
Webster, Tabitha and I worked outside all afternoon yesterday and into the early evening getting the yard ready for fall. I weed whacked and they watched. Really! They love to watch me work and they give me lots of moral support just by being close by. Our street was repaved this week and it looks so nice. Now both entrances to my circular driveway are nice and spiffy too. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Really Great Walled Garden

I took this photo yesterday with my iPhone. There are some really lovely secret gardens in my area and this one was especially beautiful. As you can see, it was a perfect day for touring several fabulous homes.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Some of My Favorite Things

Cubbies, wire shelves, bins, balls of string, twine, jars, pencils, labels, little gift bags, clothes pins, etc. I love it all. via

E. B. White writing in his boat shed

E.B. White writing in his boat shed overlooking Allen Cove, Maine photographed by Jill Krementz via
There's a lesson to be learned from this photograph. So many of us think we have to have a stage set kind of place in which to work. This isn't necessarily true, is it? Not that this isn't a special place but it doesn't look very comfortable. E.B.White's mind was probably churning with so many things he wanted to put down on paper and he could probably work anywhere. Jill Krementz's childhood home is near my cottage. xo

A Glimpse into Jackie's Fifth Ave Apartment

Jackie lived in the same apartment in NYC on Fifth Avenue for more than 30 years. The apartment overlooked central park and was a lesson in restraint, style and comfort. via Mark D. Sikes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

French Choir Boys


Dreaming of Home. I found this wonderful video on Donna Baker's Blog called Gather. She posted the lyrics and the history of this beautiful song too. Choir boys always make me cry. This old Scottish hymn is from the movie JOYEUX NOEL and it's not on my must see list. Thanks, Donna.

My Fortune for Today

I have a can of Chinese Fortune Sticks that sits on table in my bedroom. When I think about it in the morning, I shake the can and open it up. Then I shake it at an angle and then pull out the stick protrudes the farthest and that is my fortune. The one for today was especially true. Here it is photographed on top of a book. "You(r) work is best done alone not in a group." That's me in a nutshell, the lone wolf. Busy day ahead -- see you later. xo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Do You Procrastinate?

Yes. I agree with this wonderful thought. Love the poster too. via

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cat Cleaning Her Dog Pillow



I don't think the dog ever moved a muscle while this cat worked so very hard to get everything just right before settling in for a nap. I got up way too early this morning thanks to Tabitha and I took an afternoon nap on the sofa all wrapped up in a big woolen throw. It's very chilly outside and inside too. For some reason I always resist wearing socks until it gets really cold. xo

A Sophisticated Bar

I am a complete failure in the bar department but I think this setup is lovely. via I have a similar étagère in my bedroom with 2 drawers. It's perfect for holding all of my iPhone and iPad charging accessories and fits perfectly in its assigned space. I'm always thrilled when I find the perfect piece for the perfect spot. I am officially out of room for any more furniture unless I get rid of something or become a magician.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pretty Soon, This Will Be Me Too.

This is adorable even though I no longer allow dogs on furniture. He certainly must be having sweet dreams on this beautiful needlepoint pillow. I'll be tucking in soon to watch and learn about The Roosevelts on PBS. Will you be watching too? photo source

Perfect Way to Spend a Sunday Afternoon

I adore this photograph. It captures the perfect nap surrounded by a Duke's favorite things.
The Duke of Devonshire Taking a Nap in the Library at Chatsworth, Shot by Christopher Sykes. via

Mesmerizing Stream

This animated gif is absolutely hypnotic. I can't stop looking, can you? See you later. xo

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thornton Hall circa 1695, Simply Elegant

Thornton Hall in Britain. This is late 17th century home is lovely beyond words. via
The windows pictured have segmental pediments and there is an open segmental pediment to the door.

Beautiful Entrance to A Secret Garden

Such a lovely door to a private garden surrounded by hedges. Oh, how I love the Chippendale panels and pediment. via

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Watercolor of Henry, The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

It's been a long time since I played around with the Waterlogue iPhone App. Henry was the perfect subject, wasn't he? He's very responsive to having his picture taken and his cuteness translates well into a watercolor.