from me to you

St. Anthony at Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome
(Thanks to my readers for identifying this statue)

When we travelled to Rome a few years ago, we saw many wonderful sights, but nothing we saw was more moving than this prayer-covered statue. 

I don't remember exactly where it's located because I forgot to write it down.

The breath-taking sight of all the hopes and wishes of so many unknown folks is one of my most treasured memories from our trip. 

I am thankful for each of you; for your visits and comments.

I wish you all health and happiness during the holidays and always.


gray grass cloth

via beauty and grace

source unknown

lovely and moody

original source unknown

friends I've never met

Douglas Friedman

Today I'm dreaming of going to a place I've never been
to be with friends I've never met.
We'll meet at a little rustic cabin on a hillside.

My room might just look something like this.
It will be the perfect little get-away 
during a hectic time of year...

collected art on a gray wall...

Kate and Andy Spade's home...
Eclectic art, gray walls, and a great mix of fabrics.
The red trim on the love seat sings, doesn't it? 

here I am!

a few of these......

Please visit me at belle maison today for 
my picks for great Christmas gifts for girls!

so beautiful...

original source, anyone?

love this rich blue against the gray walls. some day I need to tell you about the wooden bed crown I found for free, just like this one, only smaller. 


Virginia Woolf’s bedroom
Annie Leibovitz,  Pilgrimage

For the past few days I have been immersed in preparing for a presentation about famous portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. I didn't realize that she has also photographed landscapes and interiors for her new book Pilgrimage. I loved this photo of the bedroom of writer Virginia Woolf.  It's so utilitarian and spare, and with the blue cast, so moody and beautiful.

painted dining room chairs

from Circa Antiques on One Kings Lane

I spotted these chairs recently and loved them. They have such a wonderful light look. Or do I love them because the white/gray Swedish look is so popular right now? I love changing my decor up a little. So, I'm thinking: should I paint my dining room chairs...?

three of my six dining room chairs

See? They're so similar! Mine are antiques.
Should I do it?  

(of course, if I did do it, I'd have to have a new dining room table...and maybe re-paint my dining room....and....and...and...)

It's time...

You know I love old, worn silver. But old, worn flatware just isn't cool. That's what I discovered I had when I pulled out my flatware for Thanksgiving.
Time for a new set!

happy, happy,

cozy, warm, family-filled, friends-filled, tummy-filled thanksgiving.

love to you all, donna

'cause I'm crazy

for the work of charleston, sc artist sally king benedict.

visit chassity here for a chance to pick up some of her smaller works.

you're gonna love her abstracts and nudes.   

yummy mix for your monday...

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mirrored furniture

wishing you a dreamy weekend! donna

maybe THE BEST gray art wall....

source, anyone?

ally, this one made me think of you. 

substantial art.
a little mid century goin' on.
AND buddha?

hello handsome...

more layering...

because I can't get enough.

sweet old photos over vintage mirrors.

have a great weekend! donna


You may have already seen these over at Valorie's or Ally's but they are totally worth the repeat.

Check out this piece in the New York Times.

It's fresh. It's gray. It's stunning.   

the trouble with grays...


Kirby Speas bedroom 
 from Country Living Magazine
article producer and author - Jane Dagmi


Same room.
Different light.

no place like it

sometimes I just need to remember to love my own home. 

wishing you a wonderful weekend in the home you love.



via The Roof Over My Head

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

sexy mirror backsplash.

do you dare?


love the look of layering art and mirrors, especially over a mantel.
I want to get brave and experiment with this...  

first look: my master bath vanity

I caught the sun making some nice shadows on my "new" master bath vanity yesterday, so I snapped a few quick shots. I found an old, gray-painted french piece at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta last fall and had it converted to hold two sinks.  (My plumbing contractor may never speak to me again.) I knew I wanted to have something old as an anchor in the new bathroom, and this piece really suits our 1940's home. We added a calcutta gold marble top and I was super happy that we could place the slab so that a large gray vein ran right between the sinks.

It's been a long haul but we are finally finished. I need to do a few more things, then I'll post more photos.

Until then, you'll find me here. In my new bathroom. I may never come back out.

gray kitchen cabinets

this is definitely the direction I'm going in - whenever the big kitchen re-do day comes. 

gray cabinets. check.
warm woods. check.
calcutta gold countertops. check.
backsplash? still thinking... 

a note from me to you

I love reading and commenting on your blogs. I have been so frustrated lately with a Blogger commenting problem that is keeping me from commenting on many blogs. After doing a little digging, I found this recent Blogger notice:

"We're investigating reports of users not being able to comment on IE8/9 from the embedded form. We hope to have a fix out shortly, but in the meantime we encourage admins to switch to either the full-page or pop-up forms which should be working without issue."

Many times lately, I have tried to leave comments on several blogs but have not been able to sign in. It's nothing you have done; it's a Blogger problem. If you are using the embedded comment form, please consider switching to the pop-up comment form to allow for more comments.

(You should see the steam coming out of my ears after I type a lengthy comment to an awesome post, but then I am unable to publish the comment and it's lost...!)

If I am unable to comment, there are surely others out there who are having the same problem.  I hope this helps. I really miss being a part of your conversations!

more old silver

via The New Victorian Ruralist

via The New Victorian Ruralist

just as crazy as ever over the lovely patina and aged tarnish of old silver pieces. my friend diane and I are on a hunt right now for worn silver plates and platters to hang just like in this post.

I wonder which one of us will collect enough first.

happy hunting for your treasures this weekend! donna 

hope your weekend looks something like this...

via decorare


see you guys on monday! donna

the one that got away

via paonote

several weeks ago in an antique shop off the beaten path, I found a sweet little chaise with great french legs but awful upholstery. why, oh why didn't I buy it right then?
when I went back for it last week?
that one will haunt me.