Welcome to our Texas county home…I have a weakness for all things Americana. As you can see from this display my interests are varied. My obsessions range from books about the great state of Texas to vintage cameras and barn pulleys…
I also have a fondness for bottle brush trees…so here I have just accented one collection with another…
A few years back I stumbled on a pair of vintage dice while checking out at an estate sale…this chance meeting has led to a strange love affair with the colorful die.
Wishing you a season of collecting memories.
Welcome Back to my 25 days of Christmas home tour. I am playing catch-up with my daily postings. This is what happens when I woke up on December 3rd and decide it would be fun to post a photo a day of our home all decked out for the Christmas Holidays…and then decide to call it 25 days of Christmas…
Hoping you have a season filled with JOY…
It’s time to open the windows, toss warm cozy throws over the backs of chairs, sweep off the patio and invite friends and family to stop by and Welcome Fall….
The fall season is an experience for the senses…the explosion of red and orange colors, delightfully cooler temperatures and the warm comforting foods made with nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.
I absolutely love having fresh flowers around the house…year round. It’s one of the easiest ways to add a smile to your decor. And it’s so easy…grab a seasonal bouquet from your local store, dust off an old mason jar, dollar store vase or in this case I used a trifle bowl. Add something unusual to the mix and voila…a pretty little piece of happiness.
When the seasons change I take the opportunity to rearrange a few of my favorite things and give little nooks and corners a fresh look. This table sits in my morning room…I have tucked my small collection of crocks under the table. On top of the table I have arranged a few of my most recent purchases; a vintage egg crate and egg scale and a collection of vintage seltzer bottles. I added the back of a sweet little antique chair as a back drop for the whimsical fall floral arrangement.
…Surprisingly simple and fun to make.
…Fall seems to be synonymous with all things pumpkin spice, or least that is what my little sister has convinced me of through her daily postings of all things pumpkin. Then of course there is the never ending barrage of all things pumpkin that show up daily in my inbox and news feeds. So, I gave in…the cookies are good but for the record I prefer pumpkin bread smothered with cream cheese.
…The cooler Fall temperatures are a welcome change from the dog days of the southeast Texas summer. In this part of Texas the Fall colors are minimal…on a good day we may see a splash of red or orange from the Chinese tallow tree or a splash of salmon from the occasional rain tree. Our backyard space is perfect for spending time alone relaxing in the hammock, snuggled up in front of the fireplace with my personal fire-man or dancing the night away under the stars with close friends. What ever the occasion adding a few fall touches adds a level of warmth.
Zapp Hall…October 2015
They call this time of year the dog days of summer. I live on the Texas Gulf Coast where the temperatures in August are well over 100 and if it were any more humid it would be raining. But even on the most brutal of summer days relief can be found where the road meets the water…the salty sea breeze, crashing waves, the call of the seagulls, children and dogs playing in the surf, an aged couple walking hand in hand…and before you know it your enjoying a SeaScape.
We recently purchased the two acres of property next to our home. Our plans for this additional land is to create a beautiful green space with walking paths and sitting areas. The property was so heavily overgrown that it was nearly impossible to see more than a few feet in either direction of the path that my husband cut through the woods.
This will be a life long project but the first step in the process was to clear the under brush and the trash trees. Once the clearing was completed, it allowed me the opportunity to wander through the property and take in the beauty of nature. I like to think of my discoveries as Yard Art.
…This is the trunk on an almost petrified tree…This will become a focal point in a sitting area that I have planned for the center of the property.
…This is the bark on a 300 year old live oak…He could be older but he’s not saying.
…These tree roots grabbed my attention because they were the only ones like them.
…Spider webs fascinate me but are typically very hard to photograph…
Texas Red Bud
…slow down and appreciate the beauty that is part of your life.
Even in the dead of winter there is the promise of spring…and here in Southeast Texas old man winter is losing his grasp as spring overtakes the race…we are now in the season of Sprinter.
Autumn Chopped Salad
6 to 8 cups of Chopped Romaine Lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices thick-cut bacon (applewood) crisp and crumbled
4 to 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I like Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)
On a large platter, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese. Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. (I would estimate that I used about a cup of dressing…70% poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette). Toss and serve immediately!
Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.
After a few minutes I could no longer see the road or our house. I was surrounded by overgrown underbrush, trees and brier patches…
I was totally focused on watching where I was walking so I wouldn’t step in a rabbit hole, trip on a fallen tree or walk into a Pyracantha branch.
The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...
the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.
I was quickly reminded that walking in the woods is like visiting someone else’s home.
Walk softly and leave things better than you found them…
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