Monthly Archives: July 2013

a Virginia country scenic view

Tye Overlook Scenic view

This past weekend we took a break from our regular weekend chores and shenanigans and headed for the Virginia country.  This is the Tye Overlook at the James River State Park and the view is majestic.  We have visited this park a couple of times in the past few years and it is definitely becoming one of my family’s favorites. It is a beautifully romantic location with grazing cows, abundant scenic views, and wildlife at every turn – including bears.  […]


light and airy curtains

Oh dear, the curtain saga, let me tell you – it is endless.  At first I wanted shades, and then, naaa maybe drapes, nope that won’t work either. I thought about tone on tone stripes, but with the horizontal stripes of the shutters I thought it would look a bit busy.  Agreed?  This is the guest room window and though you may not be able to tell from the photo, it faces the street, and therefore requires something light in […]


summer berries

summer berries in a vintage colander

I am one happy lady!  I have been waiting weeks for these blackberries to ripen.  Now that they are dark and juicy it’s blackberry cobbler time. Blackberries are fairly easy to grow and it seems you can just ignore them until picking time.  I wish I could say I have a green thumb, but I am incapable of growing anything that requires a lot of fuss.  We make all kinds of cobblers all summer long and this recipe is at […]


cottage luxury linen

cottage dining room

Luxury linen may not be in the budget for the upholstery, but I think I can swing it for the paint color. I painted our dining room a of couple of months ago this soft shade of ivory called Luxury Linen by Valspar. I have a hard time picking out paint colors, and there are usually paint swatches here, there, and everywhere! I’m lucky if the swatch that I struggle to choose is the one that makes it to the […]