Things

Things thoughtfully collected.

Antique Linen Coverlet or Tablecloth with Cotton Crochet Lace Border available at billy's bungalow!

Things that have character.

Vintage Flower Frog with Scalloped Edges available at billy's bungalow!

Things that have relationships with other things.

Charming Handmade Vintage Monkey Butler available at billy's bungalow!

Things that we surround ourselves with ~ they all tell a story.

A story of the past, a story of travels, a story of our lives and how we like to live.

This vintage Rattan Picnic Basket is perfect to hold just about anything from art supplies to photographs. Charming interior woven band. Available at billy's bungalow!

I’m reminded of a quote by the first lady of interior design, Elsie de Wolfe, “I opened the doors and windows of America, and let in the air and sunshine."

Photo | Barb Mangini

This is what came to mind when my friend Barb Mangini recently opened the doors to billy’s bungalow.

Shop billy's bungalow on Etsy!

A shop full of fresh air and sunshine where she offers many wonderful things!

Barb’s collections come from her travels, her life in a historic house on Boston's north shore, and currently her small bungalow on the beach.

Her on-line Etsy shop is aptly named after her sweet boy Billy.

I love that!

Billy of billy's bungalow!

Barb says, “This little shop is a place to pass along the things we've loved to new collectors and friends.” Many of my favorites I’ve included in this post would be just perfect for a picnic or setting a summer table!

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A thoughtful collection and a thoughtful owner ~

Barb includes a little muslin bag filled with French Lavender in every order.

Etsy Sachet included in every order!

She also includes FREE shipping!  

http://www.etsy.com/shop/billysbungalow

For more fresh air & sunshine I invite you to visit My Dog-Eared Pages, a delightful blog penned by Barb Mangini. She discusses art, fashion, interiors and design and writes wonderful stories about the fascinating people she has come to know.

I know you’ll love getting to know Billy too!

Happy Shopping

xo Lisa

The Last Wag

Here is a place between the river and the woods that peace calls home.
In Loving Memory ~ Gracie Porter
  Dear friends,
Many of you have patiently stood by while I stepped away for a couple of months. Thank you. I’m also pleased that you’re here now as I’ve wanted to explain the reason for my absence. It’s taken me a long time to find the words.
Quietly on a Sunday morning in May, we had to say good-bye to our beloved Lab, Gracie. Within the arms of her family, she peacefully passed away with her dignity and grace.
She will always be remembered & forever missed.
Gracie became a member of our family ten years ago when we moved to Kentucky. She brought great joy and a wag of her tail to everyone she met. She also became the subject of quite a few blog posts here at TLPC. Before I knew it, she became a socially connected blog dog, started her very own Facebook page and named it The Gracie Porter Collection.
Her bio begins with ~ “Come, sit, and speak. I want to know what makes you wag your tail!”
Well, they came and brought their their smart & stylish owners too! It’s been so much fun dear friends but I must tell you that this blogger has about lost her “bark.”
So before I say “The End” over at The Gracie Porter Collection, I want to thank you for joining us and allowing me the privilege of introducing my best friend to your best friend. You are all just wonderful and your dogs are the luckiest dogs in the whole wide world!

Garden Accoutrements

What do these three things have in common?

 

Heritage Watering Can from Terrain

Edible Violas from TerrainEdible Flowers Tart Photo via Terrain

They’re just a few of my favorite things that I’m talking about in the new issue of Styling Magazine!

 

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You’ll find all sorts of goodies in my article on Garden Accoutrements!

Enjoy!

 

Look for my article in Styling Magazine | Page 114

 

Styling | A Digital Magazine Published by Stylist Coty Farquhar

 

Click to visit Coty here.

Anne Hepfer Design

This morning I added the work of designer Anne Hepfer to Refinedsimplicity, my page of favorites on the topic of interiors & design. 

Easy luxuries and elegant trimmings remain true to this designer’s style.

I think you’ll agree ~

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Crisp blue & white paisley fabric, and dramatic accents convey an exotic feel.

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Cane furniture, sisal rugs, and exposed studs maintain a sit-back-and-relax atmosphere.

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

One airy space leads to another. Perfect for barefoot friends to come together.

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Quiet corners to retreat are pared down perfectly.

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Space is provided for personal luxuries too.

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

I think Anne Hepfer has designed a place that encourages lingering long into the summer!

 

Anne Hepfer Design

 

Like I said ~ refined simplicity.

 

click to visit Anne Hepfer Design

 

Photos | Michael Graydon