Thursday, April 27, 2017

Virginia's Blue Ridge Parkway

Braxton and I have enjoyed the trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway for years.  When the girls were little we used to stop along the way and hike.

  These days B and I enjoy a picnic around the lake at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.  The one mile hike around Lake Abbott is perhaps my favorite walk ever.

The speed limit is 45 mph along the parkway, so be prepared to take your time and lots of pictures.  We almost always see a few deer and hawks, and if you are very lucky you  might see the otters at Lake Abbott.  They make the most adorable chirping noises!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's dogwood season in Virginia

Seriously, the following pictures are of the same tree but a few days apart.  Wow, spring is not kidding!

BTW:  this post is actually a tease for Braxton's new Dogwood Collection of home furnishings.  I'll include the link as soon as it's ready!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Do you Hygge?

My last post was brief.  A gentle hello I'm back  if you will.  
Now it's time for a bit of an update.

After working in finance for 30 years, Braxton has decided to take a much needed and well deserved break.  We are currently planning for his hiatus to last a year, but who knows,  this could easily turn into a permanent vacation.

We have many plans.  Grow a business we've been working on for quite a while (more later), travel a bit, improve our much loved home, and generally enjoy a different pace.  Less of a gallop, more of a saunter.

All these changes just in time for hygge.  Have you read any of the books?  We have been lighting more candles, spending more evenings in front of the fireplace, having cocktails on the patio.  We even had breakfast by candlelight this morning, and I'm pretty sure my tomato toast tasted better than ever.

It's been such a long time, y'all, I've kind of forgotten how to do this.  Please be patient with me.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hello again

It's been a while...

Five years to be exact.  
Thought it might be fun to catch up, talk about what B and I have been up to, talk about what all y'all have been up to.  Just talk.

I probably won't be blogging every day, but I'll definitely check in every few days.  How's that for vague?

I'm also getting an instagram up and running and B and I now have an etsy sight and a Zazzle sight to share.

So....whatcha been up to?  It's been a while.


Friday, August 10, 2012



I really wanted to capture the best of British designer Tom Dixon as part of an archive of inspiring artists for Braxton and myself.  I decided not to include information about his life, education or the quotes that I usually pepper my posts with.  Mr. Dixon is quite google-able and worth a moment of your time, if you are interested.
Have a beautiful weekend!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


The last time our older daughter was in town she used our studio to work on a project.  After she left, I found a roll of paper she had been using....wonderful wonderful magical paper.

So far I've made three lamps.

 And used some for my fabric designs.

 Looks like I owe someone a new roll of paper!

 The following pictures are from a weekend getaway when we decided to leave the too hot city.  Have I mentioned our air conditioner broke during a heatwave?

 Have a beautiful day.

Monday, June 4, 2012


 Braxton and I have been blogging for almost two years now.  With over 500 posts, representing hours and hours of work (and loving every minute of it!), it's time for a break. 

There have been a few things I have been neglecting of late....our business, our house, my devotion to all things culinary, and many more I won't mention here.

We will continue to check in from time to time, mostly for the purposes of posting our progress on our design business, sometimes to share a wonderful photo, or just to say "hi".

For now.....adieu and thank you.
Much love and gratitude.
braxton and yancey

Friday, June 1, 2012



 I decided to end our week of happy by sharing some of the happiest photos I could find....I hope these make you smile!

wishing you all the happiest weekend ever!
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