“Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

One really neat thing about Navy Life…it is a pretty sure bet that you will be living relatively close to a large body of water or, in the case of Okinawa Japan, surrounded by several large bodies of water. Summer is the perfect season to bring the beauty of the water inside by introducing the lovely soft colors of the sea into your decor…


The sea glass and pottery represent many hours of simply combing isolated beach areas in Okinawa while enjoying the sand and sun. I love the way the vintage mason jars reflect the afternoon light!

Antique Japanese fishing floats add the gorgeous color tones of the East China Sea. I love to display them in my Moses basket from the Philippines.  


The beautiful capiz shell balls were part of our wedding decor…held by the water of course. More sea glass! I just could not collect enough…I miss my beach. 


The French bottle drying rack gets a Summer glow from hand blown glass balls that reflect the colors of the sea. 


She may have been born in the mountains but I think the Princess shares my love of the water….and collecting!

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 Feeling a Little Blue Today…

…I mean in a good way…because look what I found…


Isn’t it gorgeous! It had to come home with me…even if I needed to open my purse a little wider than I normally do.  That cobalt blue glass had me at Hello…Me,that red and white loving girl…it inspired me to add a little more blue love in the house. 

Like a beautiful hydrangea in a bone china vase from Japan and a lucious bowl of fresh, local blueberries.  

And a delectable cobbler in my blueberry Polish pottery!


Princess approved of course!

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America

My country, ’tis of thee,Sweet land of liberty,


Of thee I sing;


Land where my fathers died,

Land of the pilgrims’ pride,


From ev’ry mountainside


Let freedom ring!

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A Sanctuary

Early in our marriage my hero and I agreed that we would not place a television in our bedroom.  We hoped the room would be a private refuge from the world and a place of peace and harmony.  We have done a pretty good job keeping our agreement. It is the only room in the house, outside of Saturday morning snuggles, that is Princess free which means we are free to display glass…without constant worry. Come on in…


One of my favorites collections…quilts! I think they lend a cozy element to any room.


The perfect place to curl up and read. A little patriotic touch with the pillows…plus a nod to my half British hero. Isn’t the antique Tibetan Cabinet beautiful?


Probably my most favorite furniture piece in the house is this antique Chinese Chicken coop…completely cleaned and restored as a wardrobe.


Before we had a Princess room, we had a guest room. It was decorated lovingly with English Victorian furniture and antique perfume bottles…not the safest element in a toddler’s bedroom. It makes a crowded but lovely display…safely away from busy little fingers.

When my hero and I were dating we were delighted to discover our mutual love of glassware.  This is a small sample of our merged collections…and a few recent purchases.  I love the afternoon light through this window.  It has often stopped me in my tracks with the beauty.


My Princess and her beloved Baba…they also stop me in my tracks with their beauty.  Happy Father’s Day!

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Presenting….The Dining Room

I hate to admit, a majority of our meals are eaten in the kitchen.  It just seems easier with a three year old who still throws rejected food downward…we’re working on that. I love the idea of a formal room dedicated to dining and conversation.  I imagine 100 years worth of happy announcements from soon to be parents, heated debates from teenagers and life advice passed from generation to generation. This dining room has heard talk of war, discussions about the generation gap and dreams for a prosperous future. I envision wide eyed children listening in rapt attention to a grandparent’s tale from the old country and tear streaked cheeks when faced with a empty chair that was filled just the day before…life happened in this house…and we strive to add our voices to the very essence of this home.


Our dining room, like our living room, is a bit crowded with our treasures from around the world.  I try to keep a happy balance of high and low elements with a few touches of whimsy.


With a very formal antique crystal chandelier,  I  wanted to create a more casual window detail.  These grainsacks from Europe add a rustic touch…and they were super easy to do.


Looking for an adult beverage…just open the antique Chinese cabinet.  My favorite vintage suitcase holds glass decanters and seltzer bottles.


A simple patriotic touch on the table seems so appropriate in the Summer…

…and speaking of Summer, the Princess is quite taken by our vegetable garden, although she does seem a little perplexed as she contemplates a radish.

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The Call Of The Front Porch

True story….I was ready to rent this house the first time I laid eyes on the front porch.


I think you can see why.   Come on up, the drinks are always cold…and always free!

Fluttering flags…


…and a lovely antique potato wagon bursting with blooms.  

The perfect space to celebrate life…

…and show off newly discovered skills. ( I made this wreath myself, not perfect…but what is in life.)


Could you imagine a better spot to relax and ponder good literature?

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Best Laid Plans…

     I was really looking forward this weekend to a repeat of this activity from last year…I know…it is hard to believe she was ever this tiny!


But a whole lot of rain just kept getting in the way. So instead of a luscious strawberry shortcake recipe, I decided to share one thing that seems to be thriving this crazy wet May…our roses.  Because they seem to perk up my people, I decided to bring some inside and spread the love all through the house. Traditional vases are great but it is much more fun to use the unexpected to display these beauties. 


 A single blossom has a lot of impact when displayed in an antique ink bottle. 


The vivid color of the blooms contrasts beautifully with the simple white enamelware salt box. 


Roses in an antique Chinese tea box ?  Why yes!


What a lovely way to greet visitors…roses in a double compote carnival glass dish!

Here’s hoping for drier weather this week. Annapolis comes alive for commissioning and the daring Blue Angels show…plus those strawberries aren’t going to pick themselves!

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