My name is Cynthia and I love interior design, architecture, antiques, all things vintage, all things British (a tried and true Anglophile), a love of things that are time worn and hold secrets of days gone by. I love animals and try to respect their place in our world. I enjoying talking about the most beautiful places in the world, some exotic, some in our own neck of the woods. I love family and friends, music and movies. And most importantly, I love talking about these things with a daily dose of humor because I love to laugh and we all deserve to. So come on...let's go for a stroll.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Sweet, yet Bittersweet - Ready to Relax Beside the Fire

Photo Courtesy of Notebook Magazine

Today was my last day with the big law firm in the sky.  It was a bittersweet kind of day.  I said goodbye to many, "see you later" to others and cried crocodile tears, knowing that I will miss it terribly in some ways, but knowing that I won't miss the almost 3.5 hours per day I spent in my car 4 days a week for the last 22 years.  I won't miss filling up my gas tank to the tune of 2.5 tanks a week, nor will I miss parking and walking to the building, as I did on Wednesday after my umbrella blew inside out, and as I dropped my debit card underneath my car, all the while navigating a downpour with a cup of coffee, my purse and my work tote (it wasn't pretty, but I had to laugh and did manage to provide some smiles to my co-workers).  I won't miss reviewing the 300 emails I reviewed each day for content and urgency, I won't miss waiting for the elevator for what seemed like forever to take me to the 45th floor, nor will I miss looking out the window and seeing soldiers with guns in helicopters as I did on 9/11.  I won't miss the client billing I was responsible for, and I won't miss preparing expense reports.  I won't miss road rage, the wind that blows between the skyscrapers and often made me feel as though I was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz during the Kansas tornado, nor will I miss trying to cross West Peachtree Street before all of the cars start drag racing at the green light.  I won't miss asking people for things 5 times and finally getting it on the 6th try, and I won't miss spending 9-10 bucks a day on lunch.  What I will miss is my place on the hallway where my best bud and I practically read each other's minds throughout the day, where my boss would come whipping around the corner, pulling her rolling work bag, her long hair bouncing slightly in her hair clip as she flipped on the light in her office to do what she had done every weekday for the last 21 years.  I will miss the kindness that the place showed to me as I fought for my life in the midst of breast cancer,  through 32 chemo treatments, while rubbing my head, wondering what my hair might look like, should it ever show up again.  I will miss the people who bought me the world's ugliest nightgown, only to dip their hands in paint, and then place those same hands on the gown, along with a sentiment of how much they loved me.  I will miss the way that these people stood by me when I lost my beloved mother to cancer last year.  I will miss how they asked me every day, "How are you feeling?  How is your family?"  I will miss how, after I learned that, once again, my family was faced with the big "C" when my beautiful husband was told he had lung cancer while undergoing tests for congestive heart failure, they continued to walk beside me.  But I am hoping that the very same technology that often drove me to the brink of insanity at the office will now keep me in touch with these people, these souls that I will miss seeing face to face through half-opened eyes at 8:30 am every Monday through Thursday.  Because of technology like this blog, Facebook, and email, I will get to hear their voices and see their faces, just differently.  Although I left there today with a spring in my step, carrying two large shopping bags filled with my life for the last 22 years, along with a beautiful orchid plant, I know that I made some of the best friends ever, and hoping that they will keep in touch and continue to be such a wonderful part of my life, even if I am sitting on the sofa all day beside the fire, eating bonbons.  Love and hugs.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New venture, new look

So there are only two days left for my 9 am to 5 pm life -- I have been working for attorneys for 27 years, 22 of those years where I am currently working.  But just recently, I decided to take the plunge and pursue my dream of doing something that I love and trying to make a living at it.  So as of November 5, instead of having fun with this part time, I will be going at it full time, selling antiques, collectibles, all things vintage and retro, upscale designer clothing and accessories and books.  My items will be on Ebay, Bonanza and Etsy. I will also be working as a picker with The French Nest, a simply divine antique store in College Park, Florida, and planning my place in an antique store in my neck of the woods.  I'm sure there are some other things I can get my hands into, this blog being one of them.  And starting this coming weekend, my blog will have a new look, even though it's only been up and running for 5 days.  A wonderful seller on Etsy has a design that is calling my name and it's a "one of kind" - one to call my own.  She has even offered to put it all in place for me as I try to figure out how to get this blog exactly how I want it.  Blogging is fun, but it's a lot to learn, so please stick with me and learn with me because I can't do it without you!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One of my favorite websites is Velvet and Linen ,,
 from designer Brooke Giannetti.  To say that everything on her site is gorgeous is an understatement.  In addition to loads of gorgeous updates, she recently featured a home in Santa Barbara, California that was original brought to us from House Beautiful.  This house is only 12 years old, but what the owner and interior designer Penelope Bianchi did with it is extraordinary.  Out of all the houses I have perused over the years, this one ranks way up at the top.  Her "decorating" is exquisite because it looks so undecorated, as if it evolved over decades.  The vines are Virginia creeper, which are now going into the house, which is ok with Penelope.  Take a look - it is absolutely enchanting.

All photos - copyright House Beautiful

A copper tub - my favorite

Virginia creeper vine

Her style is traditional, yet unexpected

What a gated entrance - love the lanterns

Notice how she uses so many elements, yet it doesn't look like your old neighbor's front yard - sophisticated

The "barn" garage

Chaise lounges on gravel overlooking one of her many gardens

The wildlife pond

Another view - again, this was a vacant lot with a few trees when she purchased it

You can't go wrong with this color - so gorgeous

I can't even speak - look at that panel

Her bedroom - I just want to curl up!

Her bath - I love the dress vanity in the corner and the color, too

Look at the assortment of photographs and artwork on the walls...

An asian bridge over a dried creek bed makes a beautiful scene in another garden

Monday, November 1, 2010

It was a great day back in September

 Many of my friends and family have already heard about the fantastic time I had on a Saturday this past September, doing what I love most...picking!  And that's not's for junk...rusted, crusty, old and dusty.  The stuff that alot people don't want anymore...but now there's a whole new set of folks that do want it and it's getting more expensive.  However, if you don't mind digging, getting your hands dirty and shoving away the random dog and spider, there are some awesome old things out there, waiting for that new forever home.  I am posting pictures of some of my finds from that day in was a great day in so many ways.  I was doing what I love, meeting some very interesting people, the sunlight that day was amazing, and it was one yard sale after another for about 30 miles (Hallelujah, hallelujah).  Perfection with the exception that my sweet Lucky dog (my gigantic mixed breed rescue - had him for 12 years and he was my sidekick through life) and my sweet mother were not with me.  My mom was my partner in crime, my cohort, my love, my best friend.  But she was really with me...I believe she was sitting on my shoulder.  I could just hear her saying "What are going to do with that?" or "I don't know...I wouldn't buy it but you know more about this stuff than I always do well...don't listen to me."  And I did do well that day.  I found some wonderful, interesting items..some to keep, some to pass on to others.  and all the while I had a blast doing it with the most extraordinary angel in the world telling me to have fun, to move on past my heartache and to be true to myself.  Which is why I am, at this very minute, posting to this blog and knowing that my last day of the 8-5 grind in downtown Atlanta is approaching, November 5th.  Thanks Mama.

And to all you followers and readers out there, send me some love by leaving a comment...It's lonely out here in cyberspace:)

Still haven't figure out what this iron lid once belonged to - but I loved it anyway - will be a great addition to my kitchen.  If anyone knnows what it belongs to please let me know.  My research hit a dead end.

She is warped and tattered but still beautiful - Keeping her
The perfect little table for that perfect little place in my bedroom
An arcade machine from 1941..."Your Ideal Love Mate" - could have sold it a dozen times
 before I even got to my car that day
Loved this old wooden crate - perfect for holding towels
A fun vintage bar tray with the folding legs in the back - perfect for that retro look
A tattered old book from 1901 that I love - the patina is beautiful
Not worth much but liked it anyway
A ceiling tin from an old building in Senoia Georgia - now in my living room
The picture doesn't do this lovely maiden justice - again, not that old and not worth much but a great look
From the Belmont Textile Mill in North Carolina - I am keeping this one

Yes, it is the real deal and it really did belong to THAT Colonel Tom Parker
My love of turquoise - I had to have it.  The perfect ending to a perfect day

Sunday, October 31, 2010

How did we end up with these two dogs?

As I sit upstairs, looking out over my rose garden through the upstairs window, watching a sweet family stroll their infant son down the street, I'm reminded that I have two extremely crazy dogs...they are doing laps around the coffee table.  After doing that endlessly for about 5 minutes, they tear off down the stairs to the living room, where they proceed to spin in place for a good 5 seconds because they can't get their footing in order to run like a herd of horses again.  Then I hear Tony in the kitchen, "ya'll are crazy!".  Then he yells up to me, "they are crazy!"  No...really?  Anyway, enough about those two nut cases, whom I might add, I am crazy about and love so very much.  I am still waiting for my blog headers and design template to come through so you have really use your imagination for now.  Maybe grab the latest House Beautiful magazine and then quickly read my blog...perhaps you will get confused about where you saw the gorgeous pics of the latest dream home and you will think you saw them here -- I promise that this will get better!  In the meantime, I hope everyone had a fantabulous Sunday, filled with all the things that Sundays are supposed to be about...worship, sunny skies, football, food and drink, shopping, a nice walk, great times with family and friends...and I hope your dogs are as zany as these helps me to know there are others like me...those who share their nest with crazy canines.  Until we meet again, have a great evening.

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