Archive for the ‘gardens’ Category


If the dish fits…part 2

    Tip 22, part 2:  If the dish fits…USE it     This late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement tea service is one of my favorite possessions, partly because it belonged to my beloved grandmother, who had eccentric taste, and partly because I share her taste. I try to keep it in sight all the time, […]

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Magic in Macon

I’m taking my new book and hitting the road next week with lectures and book parties in Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham and Harpersville, Alabama. Please come if you’re in the area and celebrate the joy of living with heirlooms and antiques. Macon—my first whistle stop—is one of my favorite Southern cities because of […]

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Southern Cosmopolitan Travels: Richmond

Richmond, Virginia: Too much to do, Too little time!   Last week I spent a scant 30 hours in Richmond, Virginia, as a guest of the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, where I presented a lecture entitled “Southern Style: Town and Country.” This was my second trip to lecture in Richmond, and both times, the short period […]

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Conoisseurshop: Brunk Auctions

  With Baby Boomers retiring and deaccessioning antiques and heirlooms and Generation X, Y, and Zers decorating in less traditional taste, there seems to be a glut on the market of fine furniture, art, and decorative objéts. All the better for those of us who love such things and are thrilled to have less competition […]

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Design Destinations: Charleston, S.C.

Run to Charleston if you can to catch this year’s Charleston International Antiques Show (starting this Friday, March 19th and ending Sunday, March 21st), organized by and benefiting Historic Charleston Foundation. If you can’t make it in time for that, then take a walk through the city with the Foundation’s annual Festival of Houses and […]

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Southern Cosmopolitan Garden Party

Being a Southern Cosmopolitan (or a Cosmopolite Southernista, which I was delighted to be dubbed by Veranda magazine in their July/August book pages) is not only about decorating with style. It is also about living with charm, elegance, a lot of individuality, and a little bit of humor. To celebrate the launch of this online […]

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