Richmond, Virginia

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I had one very busy day in Richmond a few weeks ago, but I learned and saw a lot. Most interesting to me were the statues of soldiers on horses all the way down Monument Avenue. There are several statues but the one of General Robert E. Lee is the largest and was the first installed along Monument Avenue. If a statue is facing north, the soldier died in the Civil War; if the statue faces south, the soldier lived, as in the case of Robert E. Lee. No other city in the world has statues commemorating a war that it actually lost,which is an interesting fact!

Richmond was the Capital of the Confederacy, a commercial center for the slave trade, and the site of several major battles – in fact, the entire downtown was burned to the ground, days before Abraham Lincoln walked the streets. Richmond, Virginia was “ground zero” during the Civil War. This makes it a rich and powerful region to tour, and the ideal place to begin a multi-state Civil War and Emancipation immersion.

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The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween, 1895 instead. The staircase in the center of the hotel is the one said to have been copied for the “Gone With the Wind” scene later in the movie, where Rhett Butler carries Scarlett up the grand,beautiful staircase.

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In his autobiography, The Moon’s A Balloon (1972), Academy Award-winning actor David Niven described a trip from New York to Florida in the late 1930s, when he decided to spend the night at the Jefferson Hotel. Niven said that, as he was signing the guest registry in the lobby, his eyes snapped open with amazement when he noticed a full-sized alligator swimming in a small pool located six feet from the reception desk.The alligators at the Jefferson became world famous. Old Pompey, the last alligator living in the marble pools of the Jefferson’s Palm Court, survived until 1948. Bronze statues of the alligators now decorate the hotel. Its restaurant, Lemaire, has a theme of alligator motifs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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I went very natural this year on my table-most is from our new property. Have a great Thanksgiving, all!

Gobble, Gobble~!

 

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Here are some last minute ideas for your Thanksgiving table-all pretty easy to accomplish.Have fun with pumpkins,cranberries,corn -fill containers with them or sprinkle them on the table….magnolia leaves and bittersweet can add a lot too…I also love my collection of pilgrims,turkeys-get them all out every year….fun to start with kids!

Window Boxes in Edgartown

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Summer may be over for this year but you can certainly start dreaming about next summer ! Here are some ideas for window boxes that I saw in Edgartown….Happy Labor Day!

Reflections In Bloom

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A good friend of mine and I were asked to do flowers for an event called “Reflections in Bloom” which took place at Powers Gallery in Acton, Massachusetts. It was to benefit the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary Programs. We were asked to pick one of the rooms in the Art Gallery  and to tie our floral arrangement in to the room we picked.We both loved the “nautical room” and quickly noticed that there was a beautiful antique boat sitting on one of the tables. It turned out that it belonged to the owner of Powers Gallery and he offered it to us to use with our arrangement.

We were both happy at the event last night-as hoped, our arrangement seemed to bring smiles to people’s faces as they fully realized the waves,spray and the sun depicted…….

Faberge Eggs in Manhattan

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The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt is the world’s biggest egg hunt, with over 260 egg sculptures individually created by leading artists and designers. The sculptures will be placed across the five boroughs of New York City. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt will officially start on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:00 a.m. and will run until Thursday, April 17, at 11:59 p.m. Following the hunt, all the eggs will be placed in Rockefeller Center until Friday, April 25.

Artists who have designed the eggs include Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber and Peter Beard, and fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg.

They were very neat to look at-pictured above were some of my favorites.

Boxwood Tree Party

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This is truly one of  my favorite parties of the Christmas season-I love taking home my boxwood tree each year and we all have so much fun making them.They always turn out so differently and all are so beautiful. My friend gets all of the cut boxwood, the oasis(which she thoughtfully soaks ahead of time), the stands and we bring the clippers and the decorations to put on our trees. A very fun,festive evening!

Concord Museum Holiday House Tour

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I was busy last week getting ready for the Concord Museum Holiday House Tour which took place this past Saturday. I decorated an already beautiful farmhouse here in Concord for the tour and a dear friend of mine did all of the lovely floral arrangements. From the “dog” mudroom to the Simon Pearce trees on the LR mantle to the silvery den-it was all a lot of fun to do!

 

Lots of Ways To Give Thanks

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Bittersweet, pumpkins, feathers, sunflowers,grasses, leaves-so much of what you can use is right in your backyard-have fun and be creative! (All of these were made by friends,family and me)

Thanksgiving Planning

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Sadly I am JUST starting to think about how to decorate my table for Thanksgiving this year. I looked back to pictures I took last year for some inspiration…I love putting the flowers in a clear vase loaded with cranberries (they don’t get mushy for a week)…all receive a chocolate turkey…..sprinkling corn (just buy popcorn) and Lindt chocolates wrapped in gold make a pretty filler…