Tuesday, November 24, 2015


As I clean up the kitchen anxiously watching the time, my son is in the air on his way home.  I have just finished making his favorite dinner, changed and prepared his bedding, baked cookies and sorted out the last bit of laundry from the dryer.  Hard to believe he is in his second year of college and my oldest son  just celebrated his first wedding anniversary.  The passage of time never ceases to amaze me.  I feel excited for Thanksgiving.  Call me somewhat antiquated but it thrills me to know that I will be making my youngest all his favorite foods while he is home.   Yes I love to put an apron on and bake christmas cookies and wake up at the crack of dawn to put a 20 pound turkey in the oven.  I even love during the holidays going to the market with a list as long as my arm while crossing items off as I place those holiday favorites in my cart.   It's what I grew up with and what I have tried to do with my family.  This is my first Thanksgiving without my mom.  I miss her terribly, especially on Thanksgiving, but I know she is whole again and mentally healed and that brings me peace.
I am Thankful for so many things.  I wanted to do a short post to say to all my blogging friends that I am thankful of you and this blog as well.  
So in the next few days let us do a few things.  I made a list to share.
Let us . . . 
make something from scratch for our family
try to create a peaceful environment in our home
hold our tongues with a family member we might find hard to do with
reach out to a friend who might be alone
take a moment by yourself to whisper the things you are most thankful for (to God or the universe)
let those closest to you know that they are amazing and a blessing in your life
and most of all. . . 
remain in the mind set of knowing that all in life is temporary, the bad and the good, the stressful and what brings us joy and with that in mind see your life for what it is and . . . 
be forever grateful. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bathroom Done . . . Check

The hall bathroom was completed today.  After many months of waiting here is my post.

I had a built in made and topped it with marble and just added a molding around the perimeter of a rectangular mirror.

Even before Pinterest I loved the idea of using a real dresser or antique piece as a vanity with a stone top and sink.
I found the mirror in Knoxville, Tnn.

I found this lovely antique chest.  It was then that the bathroom project became a reality.  
As with everything that involves our house, there is always a waiting period.  Due to scheduling complications, a job that should have been done in September became November.  
A few complications:  We discovered the marble tile was never completed below the built in.  Wall needed some repairing after removing the mirror, and chest needed some tweaking and fine detailing in order to be used as a vanity.  


Instead of marble we opted for Quartz.

The end of yet another project.  I am so happy with the results.  
Thank you for following. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Special Gift.

If I had to pick my favorite home accessory it would have to be all my mirrors.  I adore a good mirror and have quite a collection.   My husband doesn't seem to get it.  He thinks we should just have one mirror in the bathroom for necessity.  Men!  We recently visited our dear friends Catherine and Mike.  Catherine is in my opinion "the mirror queen."  I love her taste and have always admired how she can make any room unique and beautiful.  I'm not ashamed to say that I have copied many things in my home from her.
A few years ago, Catherine's home was featured in Country Living Magazine, twice.

I think everyone saved that issue.  In my opinion it was the most beautiful issue CL has ever released, but then again my opinion is biased. The photo showcased a beautiful gold mantle mirror.  
I loved that mirror from the moment I saw it.  On our recent visit, Catherine gave the mirror to me.  I could not believe that she was going to give  me such an extravagant gift.   I asked her repeatedly if she couldn't  use it in the new house but her new home is larger and has higher ceilings and she has quite a collection of lovely mirrors to place all over her magnificent home.    She assured me that she wanted me to have it.  I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get it home.  It never even dawned on me to measure. . . 
Well, when my husband unwrapped the mirror, raised it up on the mantle and attempted to put it into place,  we encountered a problem.  It didn't fit.  
Our family room has wooden beams along the ceiling.  The one directly centered over the mantle was in the way of the top of the mirror.     It was then that my husband gave me that look.  You know the look ladies.  The one that is shouting at you without saying a word.   I could hear him saying . . . "So I guess you didn't measure huh?" That was what  I imagined he was thinking and unfortunately he was right.  I didn't measure.  Would you,  if one of your best friends gave you a precious antique mirror?  
Before he said another word I was about to burst into tears.  I guess he saw the look of sheer desperation and somehow took pity on me.  A few seconds later, he was cutting into the wooden beam.  
(Please excuse the above, having blog trouble centering and working with margin.)
I don't know if it was the right thing to do but Rob carefully notched it and fit the mirror into place.

Then he painted the inside so that it would hide the freshly cut piece.
I love the detail.  There are lovely roses on each of the four corners of the frame.

Once the mirror was in place I welcomed it and introduced myself by saying: " Welcome, I am Lisa, Catherine's friend.  This is your new home.  I will love you and cherish you forever.
I am blessed to have such a generous friend.  I am thrilled to have such a beautiful mirror.  
" A thing of beauty is a joy forever." John Keats
I guess I'm gonna have a lifetime of joy.