Aiming for progress, not perfection.

"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6

Monday, March 28, 2011

spring break 2011: the cottage.

before this time, the last time i went to see my grandparents was spring break of my sophomore year at smu. they still lived in etowah, nc, in the only house i'd known as theirs. shortly after that visit, they moved to a little cottage in carolina village in hendersonville, nc where they live now. i have always loved my grandmother's things and her clean, classic, southern style of decorating. there are many things about her i'd like to emulate and one of them is her homemaking skills. she has pale green walls, plenty of natural light, and silver that she keep polished all.the.time.

lylah's middle name namesakes are both my maternal and paternal grandmothers, both named ruth. these are grandmother's baby utensils. i absolutely die for them. so beautiful.

these dishes were also grandmother's when she was a child. she has an article that shows they were made in the early 1900s. what a treasure.


living room.

this bench (and its partner in another place in the house) were built by grandmother's father, my great-grandfather. grandmother more recently upholstered them.

the dining room and office.

THE silver.

tea anyone?

a shelf hanging over their entry desk.

i love this mix of candles by the back door.

the kitchen.

the bedroom.

the vanity.

i can remember marveling over this silver monogramed mirror and brush set as a little girl. they were a gift to grandmother from granddaddy.

a pretty chair.

the bed they have slept in since they were married 60+ years ago. a full size. (!!!)

the quilt grandmother handmade for granddaddy for their 50th anniversary.
i love the all-white.

the most popular room in the house, the TV room. where lots and lots of ncaa tournament basketball was watched. college basketball is huge in north carolina, acc country, and my grandparents are not exempt. they are all over it.

a framed news clip announcing that virginia tech (granddaddy's alma mater) beat no. 1 duke earlier in the season sits prominently next to the tv. virginia tech missed the tournament, but granddaddy pointed out no fewer than 10 times that "tech beat duke!" :)


Tricia & Anthony said...

What a sweet visit!

mari said...

seriously, better homes and gardens could dedicate an entire issue to this house. perfect.