Sunday, November 21, 2021


The process of invigorating and updating our southern home has been a little daunting for me. Because our location is about 5 miles from the Gulf of Mexico I was concerned that our present furnishings would be a bit too traditional and had no idea how to incorporate that "lighter coastal vibe" into our new permanent residence.

Monday, October 25, 2021


Good Morning TLB friends,

We finally see the "light at the end of the tunnel!" Over the course of the last "4" weeks, hubby and I have met so many wonderful people that were all so excited to buy so many of our treasures.  It has not been "all sad," because everyone was so appreciative and excited about the treasures they were buying from us. I must say it has not been easy on us though. It's funny how attached we as human beings become attached to "things!"

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Happy Tuesday TLB friends!

I hope that my post finds you all well and enjoying this beautiful Fall season! Right now I'm looking forward to enjoying some of the Fall days ahead here.

Monday, September 13, 2021


Good Morning TLB friends!

I hope this post finds you all well. My hubby and I are practicing safe measures here in Florida to stay healthy. It certainly is a different world we are living in so please stay safe!

On to TLB.... You will notice some subtle changes that will aid in bringing my blog up to date with todays standards. With everything going on in our lives I decided to take a breath and hire a wonderful woman, that is much more "tech savy" than I am to assist in this change. I am so pleased she did an awesome job! 

Many thanks to my blogging friend Rita from Panopoly the referral of the "very patient and talented.... Linda from My Fairy Blog Mother  Please stop by their fabulous blogs for a visit!

I have a new update on our personal front too! After much thought and consideration in regards to the Florida housing market, we decided to test the market and put our home up for sale. We actually had just worked out all of the normal issues from our new build, and homes started popping up on the market "For Sale" from our 2 year old cul-de-sac. They were selling in two days at prices that were quite tempting to us.  So......yep we discussed our options, and decided to "take the plunge!" We hired a realtor to sell our present home, and WOW it sold in two days! We close September 24th.

We've been so busy since making this decision. Frequent trips back and forth to our southen Florida home; lining up vendors, and watching our home "transform" into our final home has proven to be exhausting on some days. But with this new "challenge of transformation", both hubby and I were able to make selections, chose colors, select vendors, all together!  As many of you know, with all of our relocations with hubby's jobs, those responsibilites primarily had fallen on my shoulders and now I have a partner in "crime!". I must say we've only had a couple of decisions that we varied on, which made things quite easy.

We will now be living in the #2 Best Places to Retire to according to US News & World Report! At this stage of our life that sounds great! I'll be sharing our transformation pictures with you as work progresses. 

Have a wonderful day and stay safe!


           First step get rid of "2006" color palette!

New color is Sherwin Williams-

Shell White SW-8917

Saturday, September 11, 2021


 Good Evening TLB friends!

I'm stopping by this evening to let you know that you will be seeing some changes to update my blog.

Please stay tuned. You will hear from me again very soon!


Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

Remembering those brave soldiers that have kept, 
and continue to keep us safe.

Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day!



Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Good Morning TLB friends!

I hope things are well in your world! Hubby and I are very grateful that both of us are fully immunized. My husband had no side affects, however, I was not as lucky. I was down for three days, but all is well now.

As most of you know we have three daughters. Two out of three are currently moving into new homes within a week of one another. Our oldest, that has our granddaughter, lives close to us here in Florida and has built a beautiful new home. Our youngest lives in Chicago and has just purchased a charming Row home. Our middle daughter and son-in-law live in Raleigh where they're beautiful southern brick home sits amongst the trees.

The world we are currently living in is so unpredictable.  We haven't seen our two daughters and son-in-law for quite some time. It's a great feeling to finally be able to visit them.

While I was getting ready for the trips I thought I would share a little "blog inspiration" with you.

I've been doing alot of browsing for unique decorating touches for the new house. I really don't like my kitchen island to be cluttered with paper.  I like to keep it clear of "stuff." While searching I found a unique idea that satisfied both my decorative side and de-clutter side.

I took the left corner of my island and created a very simple vignette. I found beautiful gold and white vases on Amazon. I purchased two different sizes, one large Imax 14797 Flynn Large Vase, White  and one medium, Sagebrook Home 12540-04 Ceramic Vase 8", White/Gold, 5.75 x 5.75 x 8 inches, but I still needed a small size, so I "shopped" my own home. 

A few years ago for Christmas my daughters gave me a gift from one of my favorite artists, Jill Rosenwald. It's a beautiful small vase that was painted in gold/white gingham plaid. It was called the "Jilly" vase. I currently did not find the vase in gold on Jill's website, however, she does paint custom orders if you like the gold.

In the end I was pleased that this simple project added just the right touches I had envisioned for our island.

By going shopping in my own home, I was able to add a couple of "new" inexpensive pieces, making the vignette of "3" just the look I was searching for.

Don't forget to shop in your own home and if you don't find what you need AMAZON's choices are certainly makes life much easier!

Happy Shopping,