Thursday, February 23, 2017


Freshly planted seeds
At times, a new home seems to come with a seemingly bottomless list of expenses, one of which is the landscaping. The landscapers were asked (by me) to choose from a list of plants I had created, as long as it fit in the budget (agreed on by my husband). The yard was stunning the day we moved in. (It still is!)

But after the first winter in our house, spring came along with promises of another humid, hot Texas Gulf Coast summer. The winter annuals were not going to be able to handle the upcoming heat.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ginormous pool?

Infinity Edge Pool
By Texas Pools
Photo property of Our Southern Home

It is one of those rare mornings before the pool pump starts running, and the lake behind our house is as smooth as a sheet of glass. Brief moments like this fascinate me, reminding me why we wanted an infinity edge pool on this lot. 

The water in the pool flows into a lower basin which returns the water back into the pool. Beyond that is a raised flower bed, then a few feet of grass before the yard reaches the bulkhead. That few feet of yard totally disappears from this angle. The view from inside the house is only of the pool and lake.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


I have to smile when I hear a man say his wife is the most beautiful woman he's ever known (or seen). There couldn't be that many "most beautiful" women, or they would all look identical!

However, as my wise, wonderful mother used to tell me, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

As a child I would think, "sure, it is!" probably with a hint of sarcasm in my thoughts.

As the years tend to do, they have left me hopefully wiser than in my childhood. I now realize the expression is full of wisdom. As each of those men honestly feel like they married the most beautiful woman, all of us tend to enjoy or find more beauty in certain styles, more than in others.

Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder!

I've shared that we love historic home styles. Yet there are some historic homes I will admit I find more appealing than others. While others might like the turrets on castles, mid-century modern, or homes reminiscent of historic Mediterranean structures, my favorites tend to be Georgian, Queen Anne, and cottage styles.

Friday, February 3, 2017

"Please" and "Thank you!"

As I stood in line waiting to enter a government building earlier this week, I was near a lady and her young granddaughter. When another lady mentioned how polite the child was, the grandmother beamed with pride.

The stranger had asked the little girl a question, to which the child replied, "Yes, Ma'am." For some reason, the grandmother proceeded to share how the child's mother had taught her to say, "Yes, Sir," etc. when responding to adults. However, her other grandmother who lives in a northern state would not allow the child use such terms when speaking to her. She believes it puts the child in a subservient position.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Our home is not a replica of any single home, but simply designed with details that suggest another time period. Lanterns hang over our kitchen island and breakfast table. (A historic home would have had a separate kitchen building because of the fire hazard.)

Beautiful medallions grace the living and dining room ceilings. (Medallions in a historic home would probably have been created of plaster. Our medallions were simply created from a historic pattern.)

Looking at other replicas can also provide ideas for a new build, since the creators of the replicas most likely were detail-oriented architectural history buffs.