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March 04, 2009


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Hi Eddie,
I have tried to use my upstate NY family antiques with modern easy care things around our pool but I need lots of help now. We're retired which means we are getting older and less able to do the heavy work so we want to go green and maintenance free as much as possible. We have more time and less money to keep repairing things too! We need to incorporate the flagstone patio, the concrete steps/walkway and the wooden deck around the pool into one unifying look. I love the old weathered Nantucket gray and have used it on the deck and pool house. Any suggestions?
I applied for the trex makeopver and thinikk sucha deck would be fabulous and solve all of our problems!!
We love your style and elegance!!
Cudos on your great ideas!
Marsha Jaenke

I thought i would share with you you how I have been using tea towels that you might enjoy. I have some small windows that I put a pressure curtain rod in and then hang layers of tea towels over it starting with my bigger ones and ending with the prettiest design on the top layer. Super pretty and you can just pop them in the wash when they get dusty.

yummy looking post !!

How cute are you with your little tea sandwiches! Everything that you touch turns to gold:)



LOVE the daffodils - used them as my wedding flowers - they bring such cheer!

As William Wordsworth wrote:

"I wandered loney as a Cloud"

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales & hills
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing daffodils;
Along the lake, beneath the trees
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze

The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee -
A poet could not but be gay
In such a laughing company:
I gazed - and gazed - but little thought
what wealth the shew to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood.
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude.
And then their heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils!

Hi Eddie,

Greetings from Indianapolis! Thank you so much for the towel layering idea...I've got a few and I'll be raiding my grandmother's stash for the rest. They're going on the empty towelbar in my new half bath on the first floor of my 1923 Arts and Crafts home.

I've been a big time lurker here and just wanted to let you know how much I love your style and ideas. I grew up in a family of amateur seamstresses, upholsters, and interior decoraters. My earliest memories were of my mother and her best friend decorating the friend's living room by covering the wall above the sofa with 20 of the same black framed black and white floral prints pictures that cost $1.00 each. Then they took her round dining table, cut the legs down, sanded and painted it with black enamel spray paint and turned it into a beautiful coffetable! That set me on a path that I've continued to follow. Virtually every stick of furniture I own was previously owned. I consider it my own way of caring for the environment. :)

I've been living in my fixer-upper, busily working more on the bones than the cosmetics, and my arranging muscles have atrophied...Keeping up with your blog has helped tremendously!

When you set up a shopping trip in the Midwest (say, Chicago or St. Louis), count me in. It'll be wonderful going shopping with you!

Would you mind if I used your tea photo for a painting? It is quite lovely!

fabulous setting, love the Paris Porcelain and Victorian Gilded Cups. :)
Ready for tea and spring.

What a sense of STYLE you have! STYLE should be your middle name, in fact! Everything you do has just the perfect touch, never too much. I love getting the notices that you have a new post...the highlight of my day. And, like Linda said: WHERE do you find a pashmina for $5.00????!!!!!!!!!!!! Best, Pinky

Hey Eddie,
I love your blog and the way you present everything, your kind and warm personality shines through in your writing. It makes me come back to your blog over and over again. All the best, and greetings from Finland!


I am quite tickled that you made it over to my little website to give gratitude...I actually got butterflies thinking that such a classic, chic, design genius like yourself would look at my site! I was star struck! Anyway you know I am a fan, and love love reading your posts! Thank you.

So very true, details are the icing on the cake.

("First things first", my friend! SO, WHERE does one FIND a PASHMINA for $5?!?!?!)~~~ And Eddie, I sooo love your unerring sense of style~~~ you add "just the right touches"... never TOO much, and JUST ENOUGH to make it quietly elegant & classically glamorous in its own right, ALL withOUT FEEEEEELING "fussy"!!! I ALWAYS sooo look forward to your "postings" ("blog" just doesn't "sound like Eddie" to ME!). These pics make me think of your new home in the nicest, warmest, most welcoming way! Can't wait til you can share more of it! Best, Linda

This is such a beautiful table setting -- perfect for afternoon tea.

Some great tips and advice. Love the pics!

have i told you lately that i love you? no?well, it is my first time to comment, and you should know... i love you! xoxo

just so pretty. i love all the details & of course all the white.

The white/gold combination along with the golden daffodils makes for a striking display-a touch of class! I love the almost Victorian aspect of the "gentlemen’s boudoir" with is "variations on a theme" hand towels. Really nice Eddie. I like the whole scheme of things!

Thanks Eddie!

I want that lemon fork. You didn't put that on Etsy!

I am obsessed with tea towels, I tell you!

Coming over from Patti's blog to check out your wonderful ideas! I love your perspective on decorating and will return often for more fabulous tips!


I love using those $5 pashminas on top of my dresser. Awesome!

One of your loveliest layouts yet.
Clearly the country air is doing wonders.

Having a party next week- cant you just pop down for a visit and help me! Absolutely Divine--

The towels are darling!

So true, the vintage pieces and tea towels in the powder room I love!

Your tea sandies look delish!

Such a pretty picture. Thanks for the reminder.

Beautiful as always! I think I need a stylist.

What time is tea? I'll bring the clotted cream.

You have a touch for elegance and know how to put it together! There is so much to look at in each setting you do. For 20 I have done a talk on Hospitality from A-Z and am putting it into a book... your last statement says it all. Serving others is a gift and when you enjoy putting it together, creating a relaxed atmosphere, your home will become a haven for them to return. You will always be remembered for your serving with creativity and love for people. I look forward to your 'lessons' every day, thanks!B. Wagner




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