Friday, February 18, 2011


This is something to remember when it's time to redecorate. Lilly Pulitzer has a home line at
 Garnet Hill that is beautiful. Imagine that you can have comforters and sheets as happy and perky as a summer dress. I love it .Lilly Pulitzer Home Collection  has had a debut in  High Point, North Carolina in the fall! The colors are beautiful. It's just a daydream.....the rooms are so pretty. I can dream, can't I.

Well, I loved one of the coverlets so much, I got it for Grace. It's time for a little update. Her room will not be featured in a magazine...displaying the perfectly Pottery Barn Teen room with everything stored and slotted and tucked and boxed and stowed and hung and toted and barreled and closeted and folded in drawers....or flower pots for that matter.  Instead, Grace's room is painted a color that meets halfway between Tiffany Blue Box and Bahama Mama Turquoise! Very pretty.

Before this, it was pretty-in-pink and shabbly chic and cottage style with white furniture and lots of sparkle and a sweet little girl dreamland.! I am not exaggerating. It was my mommy pleasure and joy to create this princess palace for my one little girl...who has loved everything fru fru and sparkle since the day she was born.

Even with her foofy and glitzy ways, she always has a lacrosse stick (pink of course) and some sailing burgees (even though they are red and yellow and navy(.not coordinated) and the rest of the room is wall to wall posters....Dave Mathhews, Jack Johnson and Toy Story (still have that little girl!)......

the other open spaces are covered with photos of Grace with friends throughout the school year and summer.....lots and lots.  i always say, "wouldn't it be nice to put all of those photos on a bulletin board?" NO, she likes them covering every square inch of wall.  LET GO I say. I say and I say. She needs to find her own style and have a place that is just for her. She is becoming more Grace. She is defining herself. She is tossing all of her clothing on the floor.....oops! Did I say that? YUP! It kills me to tip toe through the land mines in her was a set for a great price!  Our girl was born to believe more is more.  Hence, the posters, the photos, the clothes, the shoes, the nail polish.

Our little girl is growing up. She loves her stylin'. Thankfully Grace has great style. Classic. Traditional. Teenager in Connecticut. Thankfully, we approve of each others clothing choices!

So, when I found Lilly on sale... coverlet.and matching shams......they had her name on them! Or maybe her monogram. This is a girl who loves Lilly. She loves color. She loves clothing. She loves her messy room. So, even though her Lilly coverlet and shams will be spectacular in our girl's room.....after the initial joy of decorating with the new home goods, it may still be a challenge to spot the beautiful bed despite the bold colors of Lilly. Ever hopeful, I'm daydreaming that she'll love her new room decor so much, that she will never forget to pick up!We'll see as mom used to say....we all know what that means.

Sweet Puppy Face

That's the cute face. Don't let her fool you.

Longer Days

Daylight. Just a little more each day. I'll take it. Funny how we're teased with a few mild days....and still, the weather report is calling for snow on Sunday or Monday? Good thing we like to ski!

Coffee Break Again?

Fitz can't keep her paws off of my coffee. I'd better start drinking decaf. The last thing she needs is caffeine.

Daisy Looks The Other Way

Whose side is she on?


Ever since Fitz came to live with us, she became one of the family. As with any other new adddition we all had to adapt and make room for our second Golden Retriever. An adorable Golden with a sweet baby face and a nose for mooching, thieving and loving. The loving is easy. Except for when she becomes desperate. A desperate needy girl is not a pretty sight. She, like all of us, loves to be loved. All of the time. Sure we do. Although she has tested us from the moment the other family left her with us and peeled out of the driveway, leaving only dust and their tire marks as they screeched into gear and hit the gas! No forwarding address. They may have gone into the Witness Protection Plan in order to start a new life, post-Fitz, anonymously. We'll never know but I think they may have changed their phone number just in case. Just in case......Fitz, her new name in our family, made a swift move the first night at our busy, yet peaceful, home. Not a good move as it was the dinner of the "master of the house"...Biff. I knew she had come to create havoc in our home on that our sweet, gentle Daisy barked to warn us and Biff shouted while running, sliding and tackling our new beast! Food. That's her issue! T.V.'s Oprah says she has food "issues".....but do her dogs? I think not. It's been a few years now...maybe 3? 4? It's all a blur. We all love her. We just can't trust her. In the last week, she has eaten 1. salad from the top of the garbage in the kichen 2. half a stick of butter from the kichen counter can before I could pivot back to her 3. she drank my morning coffee while I answered the phone across the room 4. She shredded one damp paper towel used to dry my hands after washing dishes 5. Don't tell T.J. but she licked the silverware in the dishwasher as I loaded it up.....and Biff wonders why my dishwashwer organization is so random! 6. Potato chip bag left behind in the car 7. My orange juice at coffee table height 8. Coffee grounds that spilled from the Starbucks bag. 9. Red hot cinnamon candy that spilled from car to driveway on Valentine's Day 10. A Revlon lipstick that was under the driver's seat of my car There's no accounting for taste. I still love her......and I still dream that I can change her. Lord knows, the others in the family are hoping too....certainly Daisy who has always gone by the rules. Well, the first winter, it was my Ugg boots. At least after all this time, it's just food. Oh! Did I mention the vet says that Fitz has allergies? To what? Dog food?

Case in Point!

Just in case you didn't get my point! Fitz and Starbucks - to - go. After all, she leads a busy life. Daisy isn't phased by another one of Fitz's score. Of course, I don't think Daisy cares for coffee. If it had been a pork chop, Daisy might have been right in there to catch the tidbits that would fly through the air as Fitz scarfed it down. Our sweet Daisy has caught on. Now she sticks close by to takes advantage of the situation.