Friday, January 28, 2022


It's the last Friday of January. Are you ready for February? I am loving the cooler weather that finally arrived! And even though I always welcome the spring months, this year I'm savoring the cold. I'm no where close to being ready for the southern summer heat.

Friday's Five

Here are five links for you to check out as you get ready to enjoy the weekend!

1. A must-see renovation in a Nashville home chock full of bold color, patterns, and unbelievable before and after photos. 

2. A stunning Instagram account you'll want to follow if you love traditional decorating. 

3. Have you bought any furniture online yet? There are soooo many options out there. This article may help us narrow them down. This chair is from Amazon

4. I'm loving following Chris and Julia as they remodel their new home in North Carolina. Their blog is ChrislovesJulia and it's a favorite. 

5. I've been using these under eye patches that my friend Meg told me about. I think they are working. :-)

Have a great weekeend! Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022


A few years ago when our oldest son moved to New Orleans to be near his girlfriend who was already living and working there, we went down one weekend for a visit. During our trip we stopped by an antique store near the French Market, and I came across these numbered vintage bird prints. 

I knew right where I wanted them to go, and how I wanted them to look. I took them to two different framers for estimates, and both estimates were around $125 + tax for each. I decided to wait on the project, and stuck it on the back burner. 

But, as luck would have it, a few months later, I found two pretty faux bamboo frames while thrifting one weekend. I didn't buy them at first glance, but when I got home and remembered the birds, I knew the frames would be perfect for them. I went back to the Alabama Antique Market as soon as I had a chance! One picture was $40 and the one with the broken glass was $25, AND they were 25% percent off. (48.75 + tax) 

My friends at The Frame Shack are great to work with. They helped me pick out the mat (who knew there were so many shades of white) and then they fixed me right up. ($55) 

I don't think I could love them more. They were hung on either side of the couch above each of the tables. I really wanted to hang them together, and maybe one day they'll hang as a pair, but for now I think they look pretty good where they are. 

Left side...

Right side...

Once again, being a little patient and a little thrifty paid off. Grand total about 108, which beats 250. :-)

Here are a few of my other thrifting posts you might like. 

Friday, January 21, 2022


The Downton Abbey Exhibition

I still love Downton Abbey as much as ever. So much in fact, that over the Christmas break, I conned Mr. Woodbank into traveling to Atlanta for the exhibition.

The exhibit was set up just as mentioned on the flyer: the history, the fashion, the house. 


I know it looks like I cut off half their faces, but I didn't. This is how the banners actually looked. 


And my favorite, THE HOUSE. 

I was amazed at the reality created in the downstairs area. 

The kitchen...

Lady Mary's room...

The dining room...

I hope you enjoyed the view of a few parts of Downton Abbey. And in case you haven't heard, there will be another movie out this March, Downton Abbey: A New Era. I'll leave you with the trailer. :-)

See you guys next week.