Convex Mirrors

{Mount Vernon Federal reproduction Convex Mirror by the Friedman Brothers  $3200} I’ve had my eye out for a Federal-style convex mirror for a while…  Alone, they can be very serious pieces, often thought of as formal & symbolic.  Above, the 13 balls surrounding the mirror represents the 13 original colonies, and of course, the Eagle, chosen […]

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November 30, 2010

Our Thanksgiving Table

This year we’re having Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s an “off” year for our family so most of them are travelling and the gathering will be small.  My dad’s driving out from Chicago but hasn’t left yet so we’ll see if he makes it to Virginia in time. {Our table set up in the lower level in the […]

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November 25, 2010

I made curtains!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I do a lot myself but that I’m not really that into doing it.  I’m after results and don’t savor the process.  I’m not a perfectionist and I get sloppy when I do projects.  Watching Dave stencil our living room wall when I was pregnant was torture.   However, I do […]

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November 24, 2010


Hi!  Just wanted to send out a quick post to those who’ve asked about specific sources used in our house..   (Our entryway…  photo by helen Norman} The Da Vinci book I used for the framed sketches in our entryway is Leonardo’s Notebooks and the frames are from and were a little over $20 […]

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November 21, 2010

Today & Yesterday

Yesterday was the quintessential Fall day: brisk, sunny, trees bursting with color, leaves crackling up the sidewalks…  I loved it.  We went on a nice walk and Justin toddled along side of us instead of riding in his stroller. {He thinks he’s big stuff}  One of my favorite things about walks is coming home just before it gets dark […]

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November 19, 2010

It’s Out!!!

The December issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine featuring our home is out on newstands!!!  I was also chosen as the blogger of the month and am on one of the earlier pages for that.   I fell in love with the other homes featured in it and they all have a fresh, natural feeling […]

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November 16, 2010

Garden Corner

{where plants go to die…  my house} I love the fun little “garden corner” vignette that photographer Helen Norman & I did during our photo shoot.  We thought it would be fun to show how you can take a simple corner in your living room and turn it into a little plant haven.  The “ball” you see […]

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November 14, 2010

What it’s like on a photo shoot

Well, yesterday’s over and we did it!!!  We hauled booty and got in all of the shots I needed.  I really can’t believe it.   {not a professional photo..  will get them in a couple of days} The first time I had some work professionally photographed- about 3 years ago- I was shocked by the […]

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November 12, 2010



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