Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catalog Shopping on a Saturday Morning

It's a dark and rainy Saturday morning in our neighborhood.  I am still in my
pj's and am sitting at the breakfast bar listening to my favorite NPR Saturday 
line up of Click and Clack,  Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and What Do You Know.
I am drinking coffee out of my favorite cup that I use only for weekends to 
keep it special.  I love little rituals like that.  Do you have your own rituals
to keep life interesting?

Our postman has been delivering stacks of catalogs everyday.  I am going
through them this morning to see what gifts can be ordered and what
catalogs can be recycled.

I feel like a kid going through these catalogs.  Ear marking the pages of
items I long to own.  

A New York Jazz Christmas ~ hmm.  I love Christmas music.  I will start
putting on the Christmas CD's next weekend.  This is a tempting one for me.
I could order it to do my part to keep the music business alive.  I keep 
reading how it's suffering these days.

David has shown up because he thinks I am not contributing enough catalogs
to the  recycle pile.  Ha~ let's see how far he gets now that he found the
Filson catalog ;-)

He has a Filson briefcase and a garment bag too.  He loves the stuff!

Oh dear ~ this could be trouble ~ he found a Filson edition Jeep Wrangler.
We already have a Jeep Wrangler, but it's a two door.  He keeps 
pointing out the four doors when we are out and about.  Of course, he
keeps looking at Corvettes too.  I think it's a mid life crisis man thing.

On the other hand, I am always looking at things for the home.
No surprise here!

I am always finding something from the Monticello catalog that
catches my eye.   Y'all know I am a traditionalist.

So far I have only eliminated three catalogs ~ not very good
progress!  Of course, David has not done a very good job of
whittling down the stack either ;-)

Happy Saturday everyone!

What's that Bentley?  Did you finally wake up from your
nap on the sofa and think it's time for a treat???

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, November 21, 2014


Home ~ a place where memories are made ….

and where memories are cherished.

Wishing everyone a memorable Friday.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wrapping Up Autumn Tablescapes

A week from today is Thanksgiving and the next day is Black Friday.
This time of the year flies by so quickly.  It's hard to believe that 
within a week the fall decor will be packed away and out will come
the Christmas decorations.  

Autumn is so different in south Texas.  No fall color other
than the mums and pumpkins on the porches.  We only started
wearing our sweaters a couple of weeks ago.  Last week it was
so cold (at least for here) and today we are expecting a high of
71 degrees and thunderstorms.  

It's a different lifestyle, yet we honor the seasons.  

I do miss the sound of leaves crunching under my feet.  Our pecan tree 
drops it's leaves, but it is the only one in our yard that does.

I still have such fond memories of fall back home on the
North Shore of Chicago.  I watched Home Alone again the other
night for the thousandth time because Kevin's neighborhood is
one I know so well. Raking leaves, crisp fall afternoons, college
football, riding my horse through the forest preserve under a 
canopy of softly falling red and golden leaves.

Fall is the time when I want the whole house to smell of 
apples and cinnamon.  Now that we are back to standard time,
I love the soft glow of the lights in the house starting at 
about 5 PM.  Dinners are mostly comfy foods.  Casseroles,
soups and stews on the menu so often these days.  

Lots of meals with baked squash.  David tolerates this, but I love it!
Acorn and butternut are two of my favorites.  

Stacks of catalogs arriving at our doorstep daily.  Frontgate, Grandin Road,
Gumps and the Vermont Country Store.  The holiday additions of
Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn.  The heavy Christmas issue of 
Restoration Hardware.  All so enticing and what David and I grab
to peruse after dinner each night.  

It's such a nesting time of the year, especially in the evening.  Once the
sun goes down we mostly want to stay at home and be cozy.  

Have a wonderful autumn afternoon!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Before and After Sneak Peak

I have been wanting to paint the wainscoting in my breakfast room
ever since we moved in to our house.  Finally, it is happening.  
I will give you a sneak peak.  I hope to have all of it done before next

Here it is.  Looking at this pic I realize that there are shadows all
over the wainscoting which makes it look like the paint has not covered
the brown, but in reality it has.

Here is a question for you ~ I have noticed that after years of watching
HGTV and other decorating programs, I think about a project, plan it 
out and when it comes time to actually complete the project I am 
stunned by how much time it takes to complete!  It seems like I should
be able to repaint, remodel and redecorate in an hour lol!!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twinsets and Pearls

Recently the temperatures really dipped in south Texas.  My daily attire of shorts,
t-shirts and flip flops gave way to corduroy leggings and sweaters.  While I was 
checking out my closet for warmer clothes, I remembered my Mom's collection
of cashmere sweaters.  Dare I ?  I thought to myself.  Mom's beloved array of
simple, timeless yet elegant sweaters.  But I could almost hear her say ….

Who will wear them if you don't?  What good will they be just
sitting unused in the drawers?


I started thinking about my Mom's style.  Always simple, always elegant.
Twinsets and pearls.  Tweeds, tartans and often a little silk scarf tied around her
neck. Minimal jewelry and make-up.  A little bit of lipstick.  Perhaps a Tiffany
bracelet.  The requisite little black dress hanging on a silk padded hanger
in her closet.  Her simple and chic bob hairstyle, parted on the left with just
a slight curl at the ends.  It was her style.  It was her era and the same one
shared by so many of her peers.  Never flashy, always tasteful.  Whether she
was out in the garden weeding, on the golf course or at a formal dinner she
always looked smart.  Smart was a favorite fashion statement of hers as was

So I opened up one of her drawers.  I chose a charcoal gray cashmere to
wear with some black corduroy leggings.  I added a little gray tweed
jacket that I had given her a few years ago.  In a way I felt like a little girl
playing dress up in her mama's clothes.  Could I pull it off?  We went
to a dessert and coffee party at a neighbor's house and I felt so very
comfortable.  I had not made a mistake.

I could still smell her favorite perfume on her sweater.  In fact, everything
she owns smells like Youth Dew by Estee Lauder or Chanel No. 5.
Those were her two favorites.  Classics, just like her.

What's It Wednesday

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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