Fall Tea – Get the Look

This past week has brought days of crisp weather and a touch of drizzle.  As much as I have resisted (denied!) the retreat of summer, I’m starting to welcome fall.  I’ve pulled my favorite comfy cardigan out of the closet, and I’ve found myself brewing a few cups of tea.  Yes, fall seems to be creeping in whether I like it or not!

I found this beautiful tablescape at Stone Gable Blog.  If we’re headed into fall, we might as well celebrate in beauty, right?

via Stone Gable Blog


Blue and white porcelain happens to look amazing with fall colors (what does it not look fabulous with?!).

If you’re inclined to set a pretty fall tea table, you can get the look at Pursuing Vintage!

Blue & White Tea


Each of these beautiful blue & white pieces is available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop!  Go ahead and get that fall tablescape ready!








Planting for Privacy

Our home is on a corner lot.  In many ways, I love it.  We only have a neighbor on one side, we have easy access to the rest of the neighborhood from our backyard.  In the “time before kids” I didn’t think we needed a fence – I liked the idea of (eventually) letting the kids run through the yards up the street to play with friends.  I didn’t mind seeing everyone come and go down the street.  But now, with two little guys that love spending time in the backyard, I’m getting tired of waving to everyone as they drive up the street, or walk their dog, or jog by.  I’d just like to sit on my back porch without monitoring the neighborhood.

My husband and I have toyed with the idea of a fence, but it seems like going a bit too far.  We don’t want to totally shut ourselves off, just create a little  barrier between us and the street.  We’ve decided the best way for us to create some privacy is through plants.  And, because we like to be difficult, we don’t want boxwoods or laurels or traditional evergreens.  We want “pretty” greenery, preferably that stays green all year.  Tall order, I know.  I’ve been looking for inspiration on Pinterest.

via BHG

I realize a lot of this dies back in winter -but I like the layers of the plants.

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We already have our porch surrounded by hydrangeas, but I’d love to have more along the border of the yard.  Again, another plant that won’t offer privacy in winter!


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Rhododendrons will stay green all year, and produce beautiful flowers in spring.  Right now, this is my favorite option for our yard.

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Another beautiful rhododendron.


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Azaleas could be another option.

I’m hoping we can do some fall planting to get things started, and add to it in spring. Have you planted for privacy at your home?  Any advice or suggestions on plants?









Gold & Glam

Have you checked out Chairish yet?  It’s all the buzz right now, so if you haven’t taken a peek at the wonderful vintage items, now’s your chance!

I’ve created this Gold & Glam room using only items found on Chairish (well, except the plant and the beautiful art by Kerry Steele.).  The room features club chairs and Baughman table available through Pursuing Vintage on Chairish.


Gold & Glam

Isn’t that Dorothy Draper chest amazing in that coral color?  It complements the coral color in the club chairs.  Every room needs a hint of pink, right?!

These amazing finds, plus many many more, are available at Chairish.  Go check it out – but be careful!  You won’t get any work done as you get lost in the terrific finds!




Repro Thursday – The Line Bar

Repro Thursday

This isn’t the first bar featured on Repro Thursday – you know I love a good bar or bar cart!  But this Design Within Reach bar made an impression on me, and I just had to share it!

DWR – Line Bar

The Line Bar is designed by Nathan Yong.  “I have always been inspired by the simple forms of turntables and entertainment units from the 1960s,”  Yong explains to DWR.  Don’t you just love the slatted front?  There are other pieces in Yong’s collection, including a credenza and media console.

DWR – Line Credenza


DWR – Line Media Console

But let’s get back to that bar!

DWR – Line Bar


DWR – Line Bar


And if you like to park  your motorcycle in your home, the Line Bar will complement your ride.  (Random?)

DWR – Line Bar

Motorcycle aside, I think the Line Bar is a great piece, with terrific vintage-inspired lines and function.

What do you think?