Monday, April 14, 2014

Palm Beach Posh

With the lovely weather this weekend, it made me think of warm weather, sunshine and bright colors.  More! But with another storm rolling in this evening, spring will again be taken away.  So I'll leave you with warm weather thoughts, Palm Beach posh!  I love the Palm Beach look - clean lines, bright colors, Lilly.

This Jonathan Adler Bar has the right look.....

 Loving this Elizabeth McKay top in shocking pink:


And of course, Lilly everything!


And you can get posh on a pauper's budget from Pier One this spring.  All of these came from Pier One.  Gotta love it!




Enjoy.  We can dream about being in Palm Beach right now, can't we?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lovely Lola - New Pics

Lola arrived in January and after a few very cold months, she's settled in nicely to farm life.  She gets turned out with Sega and has bonded well with "the master."  She'll have the spring and summer off, enjoying life until she starts work in the fall.  I had to wait until the weather improved, the blankets came off, to snap some photos. Thank goodness spring finally arrived!









She has real personality, likes to show off, is very friendly and kind.  Lots of potential to tap into and we love her already!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kentucky Derby Party Primer, Part One

It's less than a month until the "Run for the Roses" and I've wanted to host a Derby Party forever.  It coincides with a horse show I like to attend so for this year at least, we're doing a fantasy Derby Party.  I hope others out there have parties to celebrate this fun event.  If not, then maybe I can inspire you.

First things first.  The invitation. A cute and clever invitation is a must.  Here are a few ideas....







Menu ideas.  Here are some great cookbooks that might give you menu ideas beyond the prerequisite Mint Julep:




I like appetizer food for a Derby Party, here are a few more ideas.... Mint Julep cupcakes!


Another Mint Julep dessert!

Etsy is a great source for cookies.  They can overnight them to you...



And this brie wheel made to look like a Derby Hat is so clever...


Table decorations are so easy for a Derby Party.  Here are few ideas....



Cute idea to number tables or do placecards:


This is an easy idea, use your old trophies:


Some personalized cups are another fun idea....


Use this as a prize for who picks the top three winners:


A wreath on your door is a must.....


  A clever idea for wine and beer...


Stayed tuned for Part Two!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ben's Mom's Saddle Soap - The Conditioner

Many of you know about Ben's Mom's Saddle Soap.  You can read an earlier post about it here.  The business is thriving thanks to a well-priced, very good quality saddle soap that comes in various scents. But have you tried the conditioner? People are raving about it and the quality is as good as anything out there on the market for much less.  Here's a link to the Etsy site.




And if you order today, April 9th, you can get 20% off your order!  Use the code HAPPYBIRTHDAY at checkout.  If you haven't tried this wonderful product you won't be disappointed. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Otomi Influence in Everything from Etsy

I am in love with these Otomi-inspired home accents.  Guess if it has an animal on it, I love it.  You can find each of these on Etsy, reasonably priced, of course!  These note cards are just adorable.  Love, love, love!


You can find these here.



This adorable pillow can be in your living room in only a matter of days.  Buy it here in time for Easter.


This drum lampshade will add spice to any room. Find it here


This screams spring.  Bring it on.  See more here.


If you can't decide on a color then buy this one, it will go with everything. Enjoy your Tuesday.  Spring has arrived, again, here in Virginia!



Monday, April 7, 2014

The Glorious Greenbrier Resort


The famed Greenbrier Resort is about an hour's drive from the farm. Thanks to a meeting my husband attended this past weekend, I got to tag along for one night.  I hadn't been in about 20 years so it was quite a treat.  This place is so amazing.  26 Presidents have stayed here. 



The resort was originally centered around a white sulphur spring and the hotel is near the town of White Sulphur Springs, WV.  You can still see the springs, covered by this dome, now the trademark for this remarkable property.  


In 1858, a hotel was built on the property. The Grand Central Hotel, known by the moniker "The White" and, later, "The Old White", was torn down in 1922, several years after the addition of the current building.



In 1910, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway purchased the resort property, building additional amenities and The Greenbrier Hotel in 1913. At this time, the name officially changed to The Greenbrier. 



The hotel is decorated by legendary Dorothy Draper and its bold colors, large prints, great use of black and sometimes a "Palm Beach" look are her trademark.  The who's who of the world have stayed her over the years:  the Kennedys, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, movie starts, high society mavens such as Grace Kelly, the DuPont's, there are walls of photos of past guests.

 On March 20, 2009, the resort filed for bankruptcy, listing debt of up to $500 million and assets of $100 million. The resort lost $166 million in 2008. Pending court and regulatory approval, the resort was to be sold to the Marriott hotel chain (which has operated it).  But in May 2009, the Justice family of West Virginia publicly claimed that it had purchased the resort for $20 million.

The interior of the hotel is breathtaking.  The chandelier below belonged to Debbie Reynolds and was in the movie, Gone With the Wind.

The hotel now boasts an underground casino and is well known for its golf courses and hosts a summer PGA golf tournament.

You can also ride.  This is the area right outside the hotel where you go to get on your horse....






More interior shots. Carleton Varney, the current decorator, comes through every 6-8 weeks I am told.




If you have not been to The Greenbrier put it on your bucket list. You won't be disappointed.
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