November 29th, 2011 Honoring Gertrude

Today’s blog is dedicated to garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, on the anniversary of her 1843 birthday.  Gertrude Jekyll designed over 400 gardens in England and the United States and helped create the look of what we know as  the traditional English country garden.  She was a plantswoman and a colorist who introduced a painterly approach […]

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November 28th, 2011 Black Monday

Deer hunting season started today, so for deer in Ohio it could be Black Monday. The start of this week puts antlers are on my mind.  It is a rural tradition in many parts of the country, and here in Ohio, the Monday after Thanksgiving is more anticipated than the holiday itself. In honor of […]

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November 26th, 2011 Antler Bar

Great finds today from the antique flea market….great addition to any holiday bar.

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Vintage antler bottle opener and corkscrew

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November 25th, 2011 Thanksgiving Wood Fire Pizza Style

Since my veterinarian husband was on call for the county for Thanksgiving, we had to stay at the farm for dinner.  So we invited some friends from Columbus to come up for a non-traditional dinner of wood fired pizzas.  We built the oven ourselves and have enjoyed making pizzas from scratch and firing the oven […]

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We lit the pizza oven mid morning for late afternoon pizza baking

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November 23rd, 2011 Thankful For Flowers

Thanksgiving table inspirations…..no matter what you are having for dinner. The Today Show filmed a Thanksgiving meal at Martha Stewart’s Bedford, New York estate.  She used small pots of orchids mixed with various pumpkins and squash on top of a great woven table runner.  A cotton rug runner would work great.  When you live on […]

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November 22nd, 2011 Curiosity Cabinets

What separates a collector from a hoarder?  A proper cabinet to display their collection of course!  It is a fine line between collecting and chaos, but while the odd object on its own could be considered weird…together with others in a well appointed cabinet makes it a proper collection. The following are a few shots […]

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November 21st, 2011 Crazy for Conran Country

Anyone who knows me, understands my obsession with all that is anything English country house….and after seeing some of the photos from the weekend house of British fashion designer, Jasper Conran, maybe you will understand.  Conran’s country estate, Ven House, in Somerset was recently featured in the November issue of my favorite “decorating porn” magazine, […]

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Conservatory complete with mature Tree Ferns imported from New Zealand

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November 20th, 2011 Urban Farmhouse Holiday

    My good friend and Rural Society Sale anchor vendor, Lisa, owner of Urban Farmhouse, recently hosted a holiday open house at her shop in Thornville, Ohio.  This year I think everyone is looking for a little seasonal inspiration….and a place to shop locally for unique gifts.  

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Urban Farmhouse store front on opening night

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November 20th, 2011 Grocery Flowers and Guinea Feathers

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