Friday, December 21, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
When I was a kid I always wanted to live in a two story house. My parents bought and sold a lot of houses, but we always ended up in a one story ranch. My father believed staircases resulted in 'wasted space'. Now as an adult I still don't really have a great staircase. Even though I live in the old plantation house the staircase is steep and narrow - not any thing like the one Scarlett tumbled down. I had been collecting these photos as inspiration for my next house's staircase. However, I've now decided that my next house will be on one level. Not because I'm concerned about wasted space (sorry dad), but I don't want to worry about my future knee replacement or spending my 401k on one of those old people chair elevators! At least I'm thinking ahead.
But, if you need stair inspiration these are good ones!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Now I have working shutters. They’re original – 1830. We had to replace some of the hardware. The shutters had been screwed to the house - of course. But, the hinges were still attached and working.
This house is perfectly positioned to make the most of the sunlight. The sun hits the back of the house warming the kitchen and hangout area in the morning and warming the living room and dining rooms in the afternoon. In fact the sun is positioned directly in the center hall entrance. I keep the shutters closed during the summer months. The afternoon sun is like an oven.
Last weekend it was time to open up the shutters.
While I was working my shutters, I had a moment of inspiration and decided to do some holiday decorating.
Last year I think I tossed a wreath at the front door and called it done. Even inspired I still lack patience, so for me decorating has to be quick. Killing two birds with one stone, I cut down a couple of cedar trees growing too close to the guest house. Instead of tossing them on the compost pile I stuffed them in the empty concrete pots on either side of the front door, filled the base with boxwood, fluffed the wreaths with cedar, red ribbon and painted gourds from the garden.
I might not win the Garden Club prize but at least I’m no Scrooge this year!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I have really been so busy professionally this past year I've neglected my blog schedule. I keep finding photos and notes I had plan to post but never found the time to do so. The other day I ran across a few photos from this years garden. It was a big year for peppers, tomatoes and beans - and perennials. Now that we've had our first frost it's nice to look back on these photos and remember the results.