March 20, 2018


Welcome to our home all dressed for Spring and Easter!
The colors are softer and the decor is just"happy!"
This year, I decided to go a bit more casual and just
choose alot of items that had a bit of a country flair!
On our backdoor, I made this wreath of purple hydrangeas,
a burlap bow and added this adorable bird for it's centerpiece!
I smile every time I look at it........

Our front entry is featuring our new rustic greenhouse
which was the perfect place to house our ironstone bunnies.

The mantel is always my favorite area to decorate for every season!
This year, I have this handsome bunny couple to display
all dressed in their Easter finery!

The colors are soft greens, peaches and pinks
with a touch of turquoise......

Aren't they just the sweetest couple....
both are from the Valarie Par Hill line.

And...never forget the banner....
always a necessity no matter what the season.....

The mirror over the buffet is adorned 
with another springtime wreath, with added
bird's nest and a darling whimsical bunny.
Then I draped the egg banner from end to end!

I chose to dress the dining room with a vintage, cottage feel...
I love using quilts for a tablecloth and even chose to use
beautiful white stoneware plates, along with sweet little
paper plates and napkins for dessert.

I am breaking my own rule this year.....
by mixing pretty paper napkins with our wedding silver......

I so look forward to Easter dinner with the family!

I love the burlap bunnies from
Christmas Tree Shops!

I had looked at this lovely 
Bormioli Rocco glassware set from Target
for some time, and finally bought a set for Easter...
IT IS GORGEOUS....perfect for some peach tea!

The colors in the kitchen are letting us know
Spring is here and we are seeing GREEN!

It's time for strawberry sweet endings........

I loved that you stopped by today and hope you enjoyed helping us
welcome Springtime!

March 18, 2018


Hello's the weekend going?
Over Hot-Lanta way, Miss M joined
Luke the Duke, and Caden for
Munchkins with Moms on Friday morning!
Cutest little boys ever!!!

Our Texas kiddos have enjoyed SPRING BREAK
this week, so local excursions were on the agenda.....

A friend of ours visited The Silo's down in Waco this past week....
he noted it was CROWDED......BIG TIME CROWDED!

We had plans for a few months to drive down one
weekend and go shopping however, I believe I have changed my mind...
I don't enjoy anyplace this crowded and jammed with people
and traffic!
Waco is a small little town and this is just too many visitors!!
The Darling seemed somewhat relieved I have decided to put this off awhile.......

Saturday was a marvelous day.....
we enjoyed a late morning breakfast....our favorite kind.....

Then, it was off to Trader Joe's and a great shopping trip
with a basket full of goodness coming home with us.
Orange Chicken with fresh Broccoli and Spring Rolls 
are on the menu this there's something to look forward to....

Then, we took off to Colleyville for the final Select Volleyball play-off's....

Now that Spring Break is over, it will be on to Prom
and Graduation at lightening speed.......

 I still can't believe our beautiful and sweet grandbaby
is now 18 years old and college bound.......

Sunday morning always call of hot cinnamon rolls....

I love using these early morning hours to sip coffee
and catch up on my You Tube channels.....

I am treating the darling to a new recipe which I found
on BJ's blog last week.....I knew I had to try it as
Strawberry Pie is a favorite of the Darling's......

Viola'.....we're going to eat well tonight...thank you BJ!
You can find the recipe over at BJ's blog......

March 17, 2018


We talked about it.......Miss M and I.....
she asked me if I had seen THE CAKE STAND....and OH YES....
I had seen it and loved it.......she loved it too...
so I said I want to buy one for you!
And so I did......

Then I flew home and purchased one for myself.....
Honey, there is no way to be sad when eating cake!

this one has so many uses....can't wait to bake!

So, speaking of baking....
here is one of my favorite recipes from
Southern Sideboards....been a favorite since we were married!

March 15, 2018


Our four days in Atlanta were packed with shopping,
fabulous food, relaxation in the sun, touring historic homes
and spending time with Luke the Duke.
Every visit, I like to do a craft or activity with him
which is "our" special time.
This becomes a little more challenging as he grows older,
so this visit, he and I decorated the mantel for Easter!

Oh, how I love sitting in the living room
while having morning coffee and enjoying the sun!

We were blessed with beautiful spring weather...perfect for
sitting out on the deck with Piper and watching the world go by...just sitting.....

The golfers always wave as they pass by.....

taking a selfie with Luke, who is in constant motion......

Mr. Basemore is doing well.....would you believe
he is in his eighties and still maintains this beautiful home?

Now, my FAVORITE activity, is shopping with my daughter.....
honey, we put some miles on our feet as we shopped through
Publix, WalMart, Target, Joann's, Kirkland's, Pier One and Michael's!
We had a certain goal in mind, which was to design
a wall vignette in Miss M's kitchen.

Watching Luke play hours of basketball reminded me of myself
at this age, not to mention, my four kiddos loving this same activity! 

Our cocktail hours are always fun.....steaks on the grill
and baked potatoes in the oven...yum-o!!!

It was fascinating to see Jay's car which is in perfect condition....
this car comes with history and a story which I shall reveal
in a future post......grab a tissue when you read it.....

Sunday afternoon, it was time to design her vignette...
farmhouse style.
This is not an easy task to pull together different decor items
which will blend and not overwhelm any one piece.....

We accomplished our mission....we all loved it!

You can tell how happy they are with the update and change...
I love the message it sends.....

My favorite part of the day...the gloaming... 

We had a marvelous, marvelous time....
hopefully, we don't need to wait so long between visits..
our nine year old is growing into a happy and handsome young man...just LOVE
this kid!!!

March 13, 2018


One of the things to love about Atlanta is all the history
and stories it holds within her beautiful landscape.
Today, I thought y'all may enjoy seeing
two pre-civil war homes that are still standing
and have been lovingly restored.
These historic homes absolutely fascinate me
and I love exploring every garden, nook and cranny.

This home is known as Barrington Hall. 
It is a Greek Revival design, built in 1839 by Architect Willis Ball.
 Many homes built in the south prior to the Civil War were Greek Revival 
and after the war, home designs changed to Antebellum. 
Barrington Hall sits on seven acres of land in Roswell, Georgia.
This view was taken standing in the very front entry of the home.

In 1842, the house was finally completed
and the owner Barrington King moved in with his wife, Catherine.
The Kings had nine children, eight sons and one daughter.
Barrington King died in 1866.

The Kings only daughter, Eva, moved back to the home with her husband,
Rev. William Baker in 1883, to care for her mother, Catherine.

The Baker family lived at Barrington Hall until Eva’s death in 1923.
 William Baker had died several years before in 1906.
 After Eva’s death, the house and property was left to Evelyn Simpson, 
Eva Baker’s favorite granddaughter, and Eva’s seven children.

 The other heirs wanted to sell the house, but Evelyn was determined to keep it in the family.
 With the help of her mother Kate Baker Simpson and other family members, 
Evelyn raised enough money to purchase the house from the other Baker siblings.
 With limited money and the help of her sister Katharine,
 Evelyn Simpson preserved Barrington Hall until her death in 1960.

We were waiting for our tour to begin and were ushered
into the front parlor, which was an interactive room,
where you were allowed to touch and play a bit!

I thought their accessories in this room were so very interesting!

It was very unusual to have the master bedroom
right off the front parlor. 
There was much history in this room.
Two photos were placed on either side of the bed,
one which you can see from this photo on the right
and were of the two sons which were killed during 
the Civil War.
Both photos were draped with black ribbons.

Notice, the green rocking chair at the foot
of the bed.
Both Barrington King and a baby granddaughter
died in this rocker.

Upon Evelyn’s death, her sister Katharine Simpson
 became the owner of Barrington Hall. 
She left her teaching job in Atlanta and 
moved to Barrington Hall to manage it on a full-time basis. 

In 1970 Katharine met a woman named Lois Carson; 
they became good friends and Katharine adopted her,
 so that she would inherit Barrington Hall after Katharine’s death. 
Katharine died in 1995, just before her 100th birthday.
 Lois Carson continued to live at Barrington Hall until her death in 2003.
 Before Carson died, she entrusted Barrington Hall to her friend Sarah Winner.

The new owner, Sarah Winner, spent two years restoring the property. 
She had all of the original furnishings and paintings restored. 
Craftsmen also painstakingly restored the horse-hair plaster walls, 
ceilings, heart-of-pine floors, and moldings.
 Her efforts won the 
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Outstanding Restoration Award.
In 2005 she sold the property to the City of Roswell, 
with legal agreements designed to ensure the home 
would be permanently protected 
and open to the public for historic, educational, and cultural purposes.

I found it so interesting, that the person who ended up loving and
caring for this home's preservation was not a family member.
None of the sons wanted to move back or care for the home
their father built.

This home, known as Smith Plantation, was built in 1845. 
The home was built by one of Roswell's founders, Archibald Smith,
 and housed three generations of his family. 
The home was restored by the third generation,
 Arthur and Mary Smith, in 1940. 

The original home prior to the remodel ordered 
by Arthur Smith.

Archibald and Anne raised four children in their Roswell home: Elizabeth, William, Helen, and Archibald Jr. Both of their sons fought in the Confederate Army, and Willie, the eldest, enlisted with the Signal Corps at the outbreak of the war.

 The family’s letters from the Civil War period were collected into a book in 1988, by Dr. Lister Skinner and Arthur Skinner, entitled "The Death of a Confederate." Willie’s life was lost to disease not a month after the Confederate surrender. The war also had tragic consequences for the mill town of Roswell. Although the homes were not destroyed, Sherman’s Army occupied the town. The Smiths along with the other founding families fled to other points in Georgia, not to return until after the war.

The Smiths also hired a cook, Mamie Cotton who spent 54 years of her life working for the Smith family. Mamie also raised two of her grandchildren in this home. After Arthur’s death in 1960, Mamie Cotton moved into the Smith’s home to take care of an ailing Mary, who became ill in her last years. Mary died on New Year’s Day 1981, and the Smith estate was entrusted to Josephine Skinner, niece of Mary Norvell Smith. 

 When the Smith property was sold to the city of Roswell in 1985, one of the stipulations of the sale was that Mamie Cotton be allowed to live the rest of her life in the house.  Mamie passed away in 1994. 

The Smith Plantation grounds also include
a guest house, slave quarters, cookhouse, carriage house, barn,
spring house and water well. 
There are 300 acres which originally
were all planted with cotton. 

The slave quarters

In 1985 the Skinner family sold the house and grounds 
to the City of Roswell in order for the home to become a house museum. 
The City also used the Smith property to construct a new municipal complex.