Mantle in our hearth room. Hand carved swan and John Pils print, depicting historic S. Main Street, St Charles, MO.
These books are part of my collection. Mary Carol Garrity has published four books. A fifth is to be released in September 2007. The other book, pictured, is Christi Carter's, Art of Accessorizing.
Mary Carol Garrity is the proprietor of Nell Hill's in Atchison, Kansas. The store is named for her grandmother. I find Mary Carol's books a valuable tool in decorating our home. I own all of her books which are listed in the side bar. Her new book is, Nell Hill's Feather Your nest.
Christi Carter's book, The Art of Accessorizing, is another favorite of mine. The book is packed with information and beautiful photography. Christi uses decorating secrets she learned from her grandmother, Mary C. Crowley, founder of Home Interiors & Gifts.
Mary Carol Garrity's books and Christi Carter's offer wonderful inspiration in home decorating.
This photo shows the cabinet in our hearth room. There is an ever changing display of dinnerware and other items.
At the moment, the cabinet is done in all white, using a mix of dinnerware and serving pieces.


The picture grid consists of photos taken around our home. Some are recent and others are from my archives. A collection of cloches sits atop a cabinet in the breakfast room. Three Lenox jars are shown on my mother's cabinet in the dining room. My most recent vignette is a bust, from Marshalls, a bowl of Aromatique potpourri, a silk floral and tall sconce with candle. This is on the round table in the living room. I use this table in place of a conventional coffee table. There is a sailboat sitting on a small 1950's drop leaf table in the hearth room. Another photo shows the display in the black cabinet in the breakfast room. This display includes salt glaze crocks and a "cow" platter that once belonged to dear neighbors at the farm.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the back porch, this week. I hope you return soon!

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