Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring has arrived in New England

Spring has finally arrived in New England and I welcome it with open arms.  Our winter this year was not that harsh, and the snow storms were minimal, but I am ready for the warmth of the sun, walks around beautiful historic New England towns, and working out in our yard planning and planting new gardens.  

This photo is of a historic home in Concord, MA and I just had to take a snapshot of it during my walk.  It was so nice to see fresh flowers.

The daffodils in my yard finally opened after being covered by an unexpected snow storm.

The hyacinth enjoyed a quick spring shower followed by full sun.

During my walks, I love taking in my surroundings and on this warm spring day, the flowers popping everywhere was a welcoming site.

Just before a dinner date with my soon to be husband, we sat on the front porch of The Colonial Inn in Concord.  Two days after this 70+ degree day, is when the wacky snowstorm it and dropped 6 inches of snow.  Luckily that did not last long and "currently" we are back to normal.  That said, you never know what the weather will do here in New England.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Alternative Wedding Outfits to Wear for a Second Wedding

So let me put this right out there, I turned 50 in 2015 and got engaged to the man of my dreams a few months before my 50th birthday.  While planning our wedding and knowing I didn’t want to wear a traditional wedding dress again, I found myself looking at alternative ideas to a traditional wedding dress. 

Both of us had large weddings when we were in our 20's and this time, we just want to celebrate with our friends at our home and then escape for a warm tropical island honeymoon.  Since we are having an evening cocktail party celebration, I know I want to wear a cocktail dress with a bit of bling to it. 

Depending on the time of day, the venue, and the theme, there are a lot of options to choose from.  

Don’t let the word PROM dress scare you away from looking in a certain department. .  There are so many beautiful and elegant dresses out there and you never know what you might find.  How about a simple white sundress, for a casual wedding, or a white jumpsuit to create a classic and stylish look.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New England Style Door Knockers

New England Style Door Knockers

During my travels, I am always on the hunt for antique homes.  It is one of those childhood passions that has stayed with me for over half a century (ugh, did I just admit that out loud).

While looking at and absorbing the design of a home, I also have an affinity for the smaller details.  The details that add character, charm, and a personalized touch to each home such as window boxes, lanterns, the number of panes in a window, down to one of the smallest accessories.... the door knocker. Something so small holds a very important role on each home and the reason one is added may be different for each homeowner.  It gives audible notice to someone awaiting entry, it's a decorative and personalized nod to the geographical area or passion of the homeowner, and some believe the scary faces of people and animals warded off evil spirits.

On this colonial home, in Newport, Rhode Island, the door knocker is super simple in style.

On many of the other homes, classic brass door knockers were used.

This door knocker adorns the Longfellow Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA and is the oldest continuously run inn in the country.  In 1896,  Edward Rivers Lemon purchased the property and at some point after that added his own personal touch.  When Ben and I are sipping cocktails out on the brick patio, I can't help but wonder how many patrons have noticed this little treasure.   I was actually surprised to find such a similar style to share with you below.

On Beacon Hill, in Boston, Massachusetts, this brass door knocker is simple yet elegant in style.

This brass fox door knocker greets guests entering the Misselwood Estate in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kitchen and Copper Pots - Breakers - Newport - Rhode Island

This my first "Shop the Look" post using photos taken during my travel excursions in New England and beyond. 

This photo is from my visit to the Breakers, one of the grand mansions, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Showcasing a 21' cast iron stove, heated by coal, the kitchen is home to many copper pots and pans that hang from an oval pot rack.  At the end of the kitchen island, a stone mortar and pestle was used for grinding herbs, nuts, and other items used in preparing meals. 

Why cook with copper pots and pans?
Apart from silver, it's the best metallic conductor and most effective for cooking.
Cooking temperatures spread evenly on all sides of copper cookware.
Perfect for simmering due to the accumulation of heat.
Associated with gastronomy for many generations.
Copper stands for class and perfection.
Timeless in style, copper pots and pans fit perfectly with any kitchen interior.

Below, I have selected a few items that have the look and feel of the items I saw in the Breakers kitchen.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New England style homes in Newburyport, Massachusetts

Please enjoy a few New England style homes found in historic Newburyport, Massachusetts. 

A beautiful antique center entrance colonial decked out the the Christmas holidays