A COTTON COVERLET FOR YOUR BED

2019-09-23T05:35:46-04:00By |8 McDowell, Shopping|

A cotton coverlet is a joy to behold, and to sleep under! Do you use one? So many beds are now covered with a duvet which is then covered with a removable cover. Well, we tried that route. And tried again. And found it just was NOT for us. A faux-down, or real down comforter/duvet sounds wonderful especially if you live in a cold climate.  But we found that the lightweight cotton cover somehow made the wrapped duvet very heavy and cumbersome. It was worse with a faux down than with the real thing...but back in those days we had a dog (who, yes, slept on the bed!) who was allergic to down. In any case, it didn't work. I opted to try the "old-fashioned" way: a cotton coverlet or, dare I use the word, BED SPREAD! I grew up with these but oh my, they went out of fashion.  What goes round, comes round, as they say. And now, we have quite a nice selection of all cotton coverlets and bedspreads to choose from!   Below is our current bed situation! Classic white quilted coverlet: mine from Linens 'n Things many years ago! Antique bed tables (two: each from very different sources but they almost match!) A classic table lamp Custom made fabric headboard with nailhead trim   From Serena & Lily. [...]

MY SHOP UPDATES

2019-09-15T19:40:43-04:00By |Shopping|

If you're new here or haven't followed me for very long you may not know my Etsy Shop ONENUMBEREIGHT If you look to your right you will see a small preview of some of the items! But let's talk about what is NEW Calendars This is brand new for 2020! A wall calendar, 6" x 6", with each month showing one of my Flower Portrait images. All are on a soft but dramatic textured grey background. It's printed on a nice heavy/but not too heavy gloss paper.  It measures 6"x 6" or 6" x 12" when fully open. There is a hole at top for you to hang the calendar.     My most loved item: "Jewel Case Calendar" This has been my #1 selling item for three years now! It is available as the full calendar in the plastic jewel case but also as a refill. If you already have the case, just order the refill!   And these NEW NOTEBOOKS Each notebook has 50 pages with a double sided envelope in back to help keep you organized! Spiral bound with a heavy waterproof cover, they have either lined or graph pages. Your choice. I have designed them with a brand new graphic: each one is colorful and contemporary and sure to be noticed! This, the Hibiscus Notebook, is the best seller so [...]

SHOPPING FOR THE PERFECT ‘BRETON’ SHIRT

2019-09-08T11:48:00-04:00By |Shopping|

Let's start with the definition of 'Breton Shirt' : The Breton shirt was first made for the Royal Navy in 1858. It was thought that by wearing this uniform sailors who went overboard would be much easier to spot. Each shirt had exactly 28 stripes: one for each of Napolean's victories! Then, in 1917 Coco Chanel incorporated the look into her nautical collection and, as they say, the rest is history. They were an immediate success and have not really changed much over the years. New fabrics and new, expanded colors have all become popular. Some are long sleeve, but the short and three-quarter are just as popular. Boat necks, round necks and v-neck are all available. There are many, many versions out there. I have done a round-up of some of this season's most popular and easily accessible here for you: #1   #2   #3   #4     #5   #6   #7   #8   This one ships from France but arrives within 7 days! A true Breton look.. HERE   Love this look with the shoulder detail. I had never heard of this shop: HERE So now you know all about these  iconic shirts. Are you going to buy one?

FRIDAY FLOWERS: TRIP TO BIG BLOOMERS!

2019-08-15T17:36:17-04:00By |Friday Flowers, Shopping|

Unless you are local to this area of North Carolina you probably do not know the name Big Bloomers It's an enormous flower farm, retail garden center, and home of so many plants of all sizes and kinds that it can be totally overwhelming. But if you ARE local, then you need to get over and down there. Annuals, of which there are thousands (?) are more than half price off.  They even have healthy petunias in nice size pots for $2.00. My flowering cannas, Chocolate Sunrise, were $6.95 each. I didn't take any pictures while we were there...it was just TOO HOT to do much of anything. I was on a mission to buy plants and DID accomplish that! All this for $40.00. Pretty pink portulaca for my hot western rock garden. They had been, and are everywhere else, $3.95. Marked down to $1.00.  You just can't beat the prices, and these are all very healthy plants. I asked how long the sale lasts: until they sell out and then the pansies start. Yes, pansies!

HOUSE RENOVATION: THE STAIRS

2019-08-11T21:45:19-04:00By |8 McDowell, Shopping|

Our house was built in 1992. One woman lived here until we bought it in 2010. We think she never, ever went upstairs (master bedroom is on ground floor) and thus the carpeting on the staircase and upstairs was barely used. So yes, this was a good thing for us. I guess. But was it our taste? Certainly not. The builder had installed same carpet in every house here and some houses even had it in the bathroom. Horrors. At least our bathrooms had vinyl tile! Here is the original bland carpet extending almost wall to wall on stairs and landing. It also covered the entire upstairs hall and guest room. We lived with said carpet for 8 years. We had carpet companies, carpenters, and builders all in about five years ago to see our options. We thought long and hard about how to move forward. Cost was a consideration in that I would have liked to sand and stain the treads. But the wood under the carpet was rough pine and would never have looked smooth or taken a stain well. So, short of removing the bannister and replacing all the treads and the entire floor on the landing, we were left to deal with the existing flooring. Paint would do be fine. A nice gloss finish. And I knew I wanted a [...]

A Shout-Out to Garnet Hill

2019-07-29T14:54:32-04:00By |Shopping|

Do you know the retailer, Garnet Hill? They do actually have an outlet store in Franconia, New Hampshire, but most of their business is on-line. I have been a very faithful customer for years and years; I think I started ordering from them in the late 80’s! I will start this short post by saying HOW much I adore this “store.” Their sheets are, with maybe one exception, the ONLY brand I buy. Ever. And I don’t buy the Eileen Fisher or Wamsutta or anything else they actually do sell but rather I only buy their own brand. The percale sheets are superb. They fit beautifully, they wash superbly, they last for at least fifteen years (remember, I don’t own a clothes dryer!), and they iron easily.  Yes, you will see a set of their sheets hanging in my laundry room about every ten days. Recently I have had a yen for linen sheets. I looked and looked and researched and realized I wanted the softest possible fabric, as per many reviews. So, of course, I went to Garnet Hill. This is what I bought: These are the Solid Relaxed-Linen Bedding in Tourmaline Blue.   Well, you just never know, do you? I washed them and put them on the bed. After about five nights husband said he really DID NOT like [...]

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