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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Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Love of the Past Opens Antique Booth at Rockin' B Antiques

  Well, I am getting  closer to realizing my dream of selling antiques and vintage items for a living.  Today was the first official day of my antique booth at Rockin' B Antiques in Newnan Georgia.  I have had a great time getting ready and getting the booth set up, although I must say I am exhausted!  Load the truck...unload the truck...load the truck...unload the truck.  But that's the name of the game and I love every minute of it.  So here are photos taken by the lovely Denise who maintains the store's blogspot,  She was kind enough to take these.  Please keep in mind there is only so much you can do with high ceilings and lighting when you don't have a team of professionals holding large white drop cloths and flashes for you!  She is doing a great job at getting this blog up and going and today she and I spent hours designing booth space and getting the front porch of the store into shape after some high winds knocked out some of the decor.  Rockin' B is full of wonderful people who have been so kind to me in the last few days and the owner, Lorraine Beckman, is a dream.  I am fortunate to be in this space and am so looking forward to being a part of the store.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Eloquence, Inc. -- I want it all!

Louis IV Cane Back Sofa, c. 1930

After deciding that I am going to buy that old water mill in Wiltshire, England that I featured on my last post (in my dreams), I now need some additional furniture, so I walked (typed) on over to Eloquence, Inc.   Amelia Cooke and Kim Redmond of Eloquence certainly have an incredible eye for wonderful antique and vintage finds from Europe, and have also created a new line of furnishings and accessories that are amazing.  Although I will need to rob a bank, win the lottery, divorce my spouse and marry a wealthy man, become an arms dealer, etc. in order to afford to furnish my entire water mill estate with this line, I'm willing to give it a try.

French Armoire, c. 1850-70

Vintage Entry Doors with Original Chippy White Paint

Reproduction Tear Drop Chandelier

Armchair c. 1940 with original finish and burlap backing

Louis XV Serpentine Armchairs, c. 1930
French Louis XIV Armchair with original worn leather c. 1780's  

Gothic Mirrors, French Influence

French Trumeau, c. 1910

Reproduction Louix XV Bed

Antique Cast Iron Door Knockers

Dining Table, c. 1940

Old Armchairs, c. 1950

Monday, November 29, 2010

Perfection in England - There is Such a Place

You all have listened to my ramblings about my love of England and all things British.  Well, I happened upon the most amazing website and I have to share.  I had seen this site before, but lost the address and was devastated.  This Anglophile was bummed!  Well thanks to Zaira at, I have found this wonderful site once again.  After drooling all over my laptop keys, I pulled myself together and wrote this post.  If you love dream cottages, old country houses, the countryside and places that look as though they are straight out of a Jane Austen novel, then you must visit  JJ Locations provides sets and locations for film and photography shoots.  I think I killed a good 2 hours at this website.  There are country houses, city houses, farms, English and French.  It is TO DIE FOR.  Have I mentioned that it's TO DIE FOR?  Ok good...just wanted to make that clear.  So here's my favorite out of all the locations.  I encourage you to check out the website and pretend that you can actually choose which one you will be living in.  For a brief moment, I convinced myself that I would be packing up and moving to this one, never to be seen or heard from again because I would have no reason to ever leave.  But then, everyone would want to visit me because it truly is perfection.   This is actually a converted water mill in Wiltshire and it may be the dreamiest place I have ever seen.  Enjoy and please tell me what you think.

Love Love Love - a perfect boat house

Diamond grid windows and a black and white checkered tile floor...ahh

That wonderful English look - as if it was put together over decades, perhaps centuries

Tea, anyone?

I'm sure they are priceless, but the chairs would have to go - maybe a London apartment

What a beautiful vignette...shells, a silver hand mirror, floral curtains and a diamond grid window

This is where I would cut the thorns on the roses I would be gathering

You can't replicate this with a McMansion - why anyone would want a new house when they could have this...

Someone likes cups and saucers - I might have to downsize this collection

Swans are always welcome

Love the "horsey" look of this room

I would paddle that boat around here until I got to the waterfall and would then have to jump ship

Love the low ceilings with the beams - who needs a tv? only a good book is required

I see a few full time gardeners in this picture


Blue runner must go but I could probably overlook it if I had to

A lovely foot path

Gothic windows and wrought iron...another "AHH"

And a green house too?  Beyond beautiful

An aqua door = happiness

Dilapidated and delectable 

This is where I park my vintage Jaguar when I'm at home

Diamond grid, gothic door in a happy yellow

Let's not forget the geese - we must have geese

What a beautiful frame this arbor makes

Thanks for looking and supporting my blog!  Have a great Monday evening.  I need to go purchase lottery tickets if I am ever going to make my dream of living in England become a reality!

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