Sexy Baroque Hanging Votives ~ Glistening, Nighttime Beauty


Baroque Hanging Votives

I adore candles.  We use them often, day and night.  I like fragrant candles especially, in scents of warm sandalwood, vanilla and musk.  Yummy.  I thought these were absolutely gorgeous and would be lovely grouped in a corner, hanging in a garden.

Dangle a myriad of these overhead to create an ethereal retreat. 4 x 18″.


Forget Black Friday…. Shop ETSY!

As many of you have noticed, I am a huge supporter of ETSY.  It’s filled with artistic and wonderfully charming wares for your home and garden.  Amazing vintage and handcrafted  clothing and accessories, delicious snacks and so, so much more.

To follow along with my buy local quest I am just letting you all know that on ETSY you can search in your own area for lovely items to fill those stockings with.

However, if you do find something from one of the small stores that is not in your area.  Consider it a good thing either way.  You’re supporting small businesses and that is a VERY good thing!

Happy holidays friends!

Glowing Hurricane Glasses ~ Thanksgiving Table Decor

Wrap hurricane glasses in layers of colorful tissue paper to glowing effect: Although it appears there are multiple tints, only one shade is used.

Tools and Materials
Assorted sizes hurricane glasses or similar clear glass cylinders

Tissue paper in assorted colors


Small votive candles

Glowing Hurricane Glasses How-To
1. Cut 4 pieces of 20-by-26-inch tissue paper in half crosswise. Lay flat on a work surface, and make a 1- to 2-inch fold on the bottom of one piece.

2. Make a larger fold in another piece, and fit it into the fold of the first piece of paper. Repeat process with remaining pieces of paper, making some folds thinner and some wider.

3. Wrap around hurricane glasses, and then secure with tape. Place a small votive candle in each. Be sure wick is cut short and doesn’t come in contact with the paper.

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

My work as an interior designer for an estate on Cousins Island, Maine

Another one of my projects in Portland, Maine

A bathroom remodel I designed  Chester, Vermont

As some of you know I have been an interior designer now for about 25 years.  Design was my first love, before meeting  The Mr.! This article on Fresh sums up beautifully the positive things of hiring an interior designer.  I thought I would share it with you.  Enjoy!

The Rocking Bed from Shiner

The Mr. and I were discussing this very bed last night as we lie on our traditional mattress.  I asked the question that begged to be asked,

“So could you sleep on a bed that rocked…?  And what about making love?  How do you do “it” with the bed rocking as you are??!”

He and I agreed that while it’s super cool looking, we’re not sure we would find a rocking bed enjoyable, especially with a sleeping partner that may rock it more than you do.

But, since I like to bring you unusual things to peruse, I decided to add this to the repertoire regardless.  The dude is on wordpress so I’m sure you can say hello.  He’s out of Georgia and makes a lot of beautiful things, so you should check out his page.

Now THIS rocker I can get with!

Here is an excerpt from his page:

“What is Shiner?

Joe Manus remembers his first black eye. He was 7, he deserved it, and he wore it like a badge of honor. Ever since, the shiner has become his personal emblem for something tough, dark, and proudly damaged.

Joe applies the manufacturing techniques and brutal aesthetic that earned his reputation for high-end boutiques and nightclubs in Atlanta to his first collection of modern, eco-friendly furnishings. It’s dirty, sexy, clever, and dark. Of course, he names it Shiner.”

SeXxy Steampunk Decorating~ Victorian Medical Quackery at its Finest

An Octavia’s Vintage Exclusive Find!

Discovered at a West Virginia auction this late 1800’s early 1900’s medical device is a uniquely beautiful treasure. It’s quirky, sorta creepy, but elegant, too.

The unusual diagonal closure styling of the warm hardwood case is beautifully clasped with a pretty brass hook. The boxes interior is amazingly interesting to gaze upon with its bits of colorful wire, electrical inputs, violet fabric walls and mirror.

This would make a gorgeous piece on a low shelf or sideboard where curious eyes can view its strangely interesting interior. We thought adding some lavender, helped to soften it a bit. Almost an intentional juxtaposition of therapies, if you will.

Whitall Tatum Co. were crafters of electrical insulators and then in the 1800’s branched off into making medical devices for various ailments. Whitall Tatum Co. medical line was revolutionary in that they ran on a Dry Battery, which made them less messy and portable.


Size: 9 3/4″ H x 8 1//2″ W ~

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