Sunday, August 3, 2014


Saturday, August 2, 2014
Dear Readers,

So...we've moved and left South Carolina behind.  There is still a heaviness in my heart when I think of our friends and the town.  If you've not been to Beaufort, it's almost impossible to describe.  It's the Lowcountry. The live oaks are strewn with Spanish moss, the marshes are full of wildlife, and the humidity only lends itself to the beauty of the town.  

marsh in Beaufort

marsh on Parris Island 

moss on trees at the Old Sheldon Church ruins

In Beaufort, I shop locally.  If I don't, then I'll be spending all of my time in Walmart or driving to Bluffton.  And, I haven't been in a Walmart in over 12 years...another story.  Downtown Beaufort looks like something out of a Hollywood film, and it has been the scene for the filming of several movies, including Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, and The Great Santini.  Bay Street is lined with all   sorts of shops and restaurants.  I can go downtown to have my hair done, purchase some delicious chocolates, find a great piece of jewelry, dress, or handbag...all while my daughter takes viola lessons.

Ami Rabinowitz from the Rabinowitz Music Studio

inside of Rossignols where I recently purchased a Bosom Buddy bag

collection of Bosom Buddy bags

fabulous shop with unique home items, furniture, and even a snack bar in the back with homemade cookies, fried peanuts, and Cheerwine

Rhett Gallery - owned by an old Beaufort family

The Chocolate Tree

Lime Lite Salon - voted best in Beaufort

St. Helena Anglican Church

house featured in The Great Santini and The Big Chill

The Rhett House Inn

The Beaufort Inn 

The Beaufort Day Spa

Forrest Gump shrimped in the waters off of Lady's Island

People call the Lowcountry the Slowcountry because life is lived at a slower pace.  Maybe I'm too biased, but it does seem that the traffic moves a little slower and the drivers are a little friendlier.  I found that I didn't mind waiting for a table because I was going to eat delicious, locally harvested food.  And, I didn't mind stopping to help tourists looking at a map and trying to find their way around.  I felt honored to be a local.

Lowcountry Produce - great restaurant and deli

Wren - a favorite for lunch
The chicken salad is AMAZING!

Q on Bay has the best barbecue, live music, and outdoor seating.

The best breakfast in town!

I only lived there a short time, but I'll be going back.  Husband has already promised me a retirement house there!  For now, I'll say goodbye to South Carolina and hello to North Carolina.  It's our 14th move in 22 years.  I'll make the best of it.

Maybe someday I'll meet Coastal Cottage Dreams back in Beaufort.  I wish her well on her new adventures in Raleigh.


Monday, July 14, 2014
I love blue and white porcelain, but I don't really have much of it.  When I read The Enchanted Home, I fall in love all over again with blue and white, and still I don't purchase much of it.  I've just moved into a new house, and I'm going to add some pieces to my dining room.

This might be my first purchase...

This beautiful planter is from The Enchanted Home shop, and I think it would look fabulous planted with orchids and sitting on the dining room table.

This 18" temple jar is available from Wayfair and Houzz.  I'd like to use it on a bookcase that I have.

I hang Blue Willow plates in my dining room above the sideboard, but I love this look of the platters. I have just the spot for these in my breakfast nook.

What I'd really, really like to have...

The blue and white bunnies are my absolute favorites from Herend.  I've hinted and hinted and hinted to Husband about getting this particular bunny, but I think I'm going to have to get it for myself as a birthday gift this year!  

What are your thoughts on blue and white?  Is it possible to have too much?  How do you mix blue and white porcelain in formal and informal living spaces?  I'd love to read your thoughts!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014
This past week I threw a Lowcountry Boil for about 60 people.  And, of course, in the rush, I didn't take any photographs.  However, I do have similar photos of the dishes that I served.  Here in Beaufort, a Lowcountry Boil is also called a Frogmore Stew.  Frogmore is the business area of St. Helena Island, which is the cultural center of the Gullah people.  A Lowcountry boil is a dish with shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn boiled with seasonings.  


boiled peanuts
grilled pimento cheese sandwiches
lowcountry boil
black-eyed pea salad
sliced tomatoes 
peach cobbler
blueberry cobbler
lemon squares
b&b (bourbon and blenheim)
arnold palmers

 sweet tea

The plan was to hold the party outdoors under our live oaks.  I planned the menu with my caterer, and I hired an event coordinator to string the porch and the trees with lights, set up round tables covered in floor length linens, and create a bar.  It was going to be magical!  However, Hurricane Arthur was hovering off of the coast, and the party was quickly moved indoors.  It was still a wonderful night, and I'll always have wonderful memories of it all!

Fortunately, Hurricane Arthur missed us!

boiled peanuts...DELICIOUS!

grilled pimento cheese

black eyed pea salad

the main course!

B & B

lemon squares

All of our friends know that they'll find lemon squares at all of our parties.  They are my husband's favorites, and my caterer always has some for him.  If you want to host this sort of party, I'd recommend making a pot without shrimp.  It would be a shame to have a guest with a shellfish allergy be left out of the party.  If you are looking for something other than hamburgers or barbecue, give a Lowcountry boil.  Your friends will be delighted!

Now...what to host next?


Monday, July 7, 2014


Sunday, July 6, 2014
I woke up this morning and popped onto Pinterest to see what was new.  I found that one of my favorite pinners, Pink Wasabi Ink, had posted an Inslee by Design print.  Maybe I'm the last person on Earth to hear of Inslee by Design, but in case I'm not, I wanted to share.  Enjoy!

Vespa Tour

This would be perfect in my daughter's dorm room!

Great print for the beach house!


Illustration for Lulu and Georgia

Custom work for Leontine Linens

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