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Monday, November 19, 2012

There's just no place like HOME

You know there are days that you are truly THANKFUL ? 
 And days you just go about the normal things in life, and at the end of 
a long day. . . . realize that you have a lot to be thankful for ?

Well, this is a truly thankful day , after being here in the Houston area for testing
 ( since last Thursday ) and a rough week in the hospital- we are THANKFUL and
 ready to head toward our home tomorrow.

 We are planning a nice, joyful Thanksgiving visit with friends and family - putting this very
 hard week behind us , YES Ma'am.

 We have a lot to be THANKFUL for !  

 Whether you may live here..

Or here...

Or possibly here...


 Here  ( we wish ) . . .

Somewhere in Vermont- my Favorite :)  Via pinterest

Here. . . just look at that reflection

Lucas Allen Photography  ( via Pinterest )

Or maybe here   ( Probably not- but could be) . . . 

Treehouse Lodge, Scotland

 Regardless of where you may live -

There’s NO PLACE LIKE HOME.... Wait, didn’t someone else say that ?  
I’m thinking in a movie, something about red shoes. . . . 

From our home to yours, we hope you enjoy the holiday week with your 
family , & count your many blessings.. We are.

I am truly thankful to be home with My Darling this week.
Till next time-   Happy Thanksgiving !   What are you truly
THANKFUL this year ?

I know as we share and fill a basket to overflowing quickly-
you will enjoy reading some of the best ( well.. they are ALL blessings
are they not ? )  this next weekend . Sharing soon. 

Till next time-  Happy Thanksgiving

Antique European Grape Gathering Basket by CircleCreekHome on Etsy,
pretty , right ?  Sold- Someone has already snatched it up !

Diana & Aubrie

Aging your home gracefully, home decor with a past.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tennessee Tidbits Too-

We found another great little day trip when visiting in Tennessee and wanted to share.
It is a lovely little town , laid back , full of things to see- thought we would tell you about a couple of them so you can go see for yourselves..

We were in the quaint little town of  Bell Buckle, TN.

The town, although quite small offered a “home-town” charm complete with a cafe on the square 
( great burger )  several small antique shops, and a wonderful ice cream parlor complete with beautiful, original display cases. The kind of case that has rich & dark ( not chocolate , although it sounds good..)  wooden fronts and original glass...

Don't you just love the patina of dark aged wood , &  the way old
glass ages ?   Just gorgeous. 

Had to show you up close.. cute,  right ?  just so quaint

Our favorite antique shop , Phillips General Store- was styled , stacked and otherwise 
 A-R-T-F-U-L-L-Y  laid out - truly , the man’s a display genius !      

The owners are 3rd generation antiques dealers, and have the ability to style the store , literally by “ Color “.  Beautiful -  I didn’t want to leave.

The owner  was very friendly, & sent us down the street to his Fathers Ice Cream shop- the one complete with all the original dark wooden  vintage counters. Oh , and really
delicious ice cream.

I managed to snap a few photos for you to enjoy the layout of this favorite antique shop in Historic Bell Buckle, TN.

White, dove white, creamy whites, off whites..   All beautiful.

Choose from jsut about any color you like- It was there...

I am always drawn to the calming shades of greens

Do they have blue you ask ?  Well, of course... It was like a rainbow in his shop !

Another great place to just enjoy the day , eat a little.. shop some and breath a deep sigh.
All in All- Tennessee is just beautiful, friendly people and a nice place to unwind your clocks.

P.S. Still trying to get to that chair... or bench.. been in
       the hospital here in Houston with My Darling all
       week.  It's down on the list of priorities at the moment.
      Hoping to get one done soon to show you.

Till next time-

Diana & Aubrie

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tennessee Tidbits

Having just returned from the beautiful state of  Tennessee , we have a few 
pictures and list of some fun things to do and see while in the area.

We stayed in little cabins in the Henry Horton State Park . Beautiful walking
areas, a lovely little river- The Duck River to enjoy and close to the lovely little areas of Franklin and Chapel Hill and Pottsville, TN.

Very picturesque !

One of the highlights of our trip was getting to eat at Marcy Jo’s MealHouse
for breakfast. Getting to meet not only Marcy Jo, but also her brother and
sister-in-law- the AMA award winning singers, Joey & Rory Feek.
We love their show on RFDTV and the slow and easy life they try to live - of
course when not traveling singing across the country.
Such fun, and truly was great to meet them, but the warmth and charm of the
little MealHouse was delightful and relaxing .  It’s located in Pottsville, TN. About 35-40 minutes from Nashville.
What about the food you ask ?   YUM- the best I have had in awhile. Definitely Made
 by hand, definitely made with LOVE. 
They love what they do and it shows. Keeping it simple-  It’s working
for them. 
We're pretty certain it works for all the little things in life :)

Another great area is the little town of Franklin and on out a little ways
towards Leiper’s Fork.  Small antique stores, little gift shops, charming little
places to eat.  Really nice people.  Linsey of LLH designs has just  been fortunate
enough to be relocated there recently.  She is one lucky lady !

The drive out towards Leiper Fork is lovely ( especially in the Fall ) but when
you get there- a quick visit to Puckett’s Grocery Store and the little Art Gallery Next door will provide you with plenty of local charm . Not much to do.. few small, but lovely shops but that’s kind of the point. Just to sit in rocking chairs and totally R-E-L-A-X.  
Yes Ma’am.

My Darling.. just hanging out.

If you want to drive out a few miles you can see the home places of The Judds or
catch a glimpse of Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s home there. Maybe even run into
 or Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban.  They all live close and frequently can be seen just being “normal” folks around town. Be sure to visit Pucketts Grocery- they have an "open- mic" night where you never know just who might show up to join in the fun.

I KNOW. . . you want to go now.

There are also numerous old Plantation houses, Civil War Battle sites , beautiful old
cemeteries all across the state. Steeped in history , the towns are proud to share
the old homes and stories with the public. 

Fun for the boys as well...

RippaVilla Plantation - SpringHill, TN

This next post, we will share a special area in Bell Buckle, Tn
that had the most beautiful Antique shop. Just to stroll down the
quaint little downtown area and enjoy the Fall was so relaxing.

You will want to join us soon for the photos of probably one
the cutest shops ( ever ) and the most talented stylist that actually owns the store. 

So.. lets review - 1. State park  2. Marcy Jo's Mealhouse
3. Franklin & Leipers Fork  4. Stone's River National
Battlefield in Murffreesboro  5. RippaVilla plantation


Till next time-

Diana & Aubrie


Monday, November 5, 2012


I have several favorite blogs that I check in on almost daily- 
one is  Nesting Place.  As I was enjoying her blog several days ago, 
 I began to think about what it actually requires ( at least for me )  to use less, to be content
 and enjoy our life a little more.

Using Less , and having less to keep up with , requires the ability to
say NO.  Sounds Simple.  Right ? 

Sure-  but what else  ?  

It takes a certain amount of resolve to be contented with what we
 have, to acknowledge that we have enough, & possibly to step
 away from the S-A-L-E  table :)   Or in my case. . . Vintage shops .

I think it also, and most importantly , requires a large dose
of  Courage.

It is wonderfully freeing  to muster up all the Courage we have
and say a flat NO to a growing list of “ things” we think we really need
to do, when we really just need to stay at home and enjoy our life.

A life that we have worked so hard to create. To visit friends, actually write
a letter. . . Remember those ?  Bake a cake.  Sit out on our porch and enjoy
the Fall.

It takes a huge amount of  Courage to tell our children that the one activity they participate in ,  is enough.  Ever feel like you live in the car ?
I thought so. . . 

It takes an endless supply of  Courage  to be ourselves, enjoy what we have
and acknowledge that is ok to say NO to “ things” that yes , would bring enjoyment , but know the absence of will not be missed.

We stepped away from our  busy life- we even rescheduled a Chemo this last week , just to be able to recharge our batteries... unwind our clocks and gather the Courage to face daily life, with JOY when we get back home.

We took an opportunity to take a quick Get-a-way up into the beautiful state of
Tennessee for a few days ,  see the turning leaves and brilliant Autumn rolling 
in to greet us. 

Now , what do you need to gather up your Courage for this week ?  What 
do you need to bow out of gracefully ?  Or maybe just a- " Thank you " for the opportunity , 
and a flat, but nicely said NO.

                                                                      We will post again real soon with some photos and Not to Miss things to
                                                                      see near the Nashville, TN area. We did have a lovely time.. and are 
                                                                     somewhat recharged and unwound. 

Found on :
Till next time-               

Diana & Aubrie
Aging the home gracefully, Home decor with a past.

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