CTL Weekly 03.15

Happy Friday! I hope your week was a good one. Do you have something fun planned for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

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Do you remember reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? Or maybe you saw the movie? Are you even old enough to know what I’m talking about?

Apparently it’s the 30th anniversary of the book and when I ran across this (very interesting) interview with the author John Berendt done to commemorate it, it reminded me of how taken I was with the story on so many different levels.

The story has such a strong sense of place, with both Savannah and the house being characters in their own right. This is not a story that could have taken place just anywhere. (Sidenote: we loved our one trip to Savannah. I don’t remember the year but it was right around this time in March. Here are some pictures if you’d like a look.)

Then there’s the Bird Girl statue in the cemetery. I don’t remember her having any significance in the story but the cover photo has become synonymous with the book.

The publisher calls this a true crime book and I had never thought of it that way but yes, of course it is. There’s a new, 30th anniversary edition out in case you want to re-read it (or read it for the first time). I think it’s one I need in my library.

Here’s more of what I saved to share with you…

Home Tour

A ranch house in Atlanta gets a European transformation. Says the designer: “Everyone doesn’t have the advantage of a 200-year-old home with all this incredible molding and history and windows. The renovation really shows you how, through layering and furnishing, you can totally transform a space to feel Old World.”

What I’m Loving

Recently on Instagram, I shared my love of these little metal book darts. My favorite ways to use them are to mark recipes in cookbooks or favorite pages in design books.

At Christmas, Grant was admiring a little Burlwood box that I have so I ordered him one as a housewarming gift. It’s a favorite of mine too.

On My Radar

Susan Kaufman has a new book of her photography, Walk with Me: Hamptons, coming out in May. I loved her first book Walk With Me: New York so I’ve pre-ordered this one too.

I’m in the market for some new lampshades and I’ve noticed that Ballard Designs has a lot of pretty ones. They’re also on sale right now.

Going to Nashville? How pretty is this AirBnb?

More to Explore

How to avoid home trends and develop your own style. (I loved the advice to think of a home – even a movie house – you’ve loved for at least ten years.)

A garden designer’s list of dos and don’ts for your garden. (Normally I don’t like these kinds of lists, but this one is very helpful.)

We’re still making our way through The Crown (and watching the seasons out of order for some reason) so I found this article about the sets for Season 5 interesting. (By the way, where is Kate?! I’m very invested in that drama too.)

And a little hometown news: Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes are opening an upscale steakhouse in Kansas City to be called 1587 Prime (named after their numbers). I wonder if it’s too soon to make a reservation?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  1. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Look forward to your Friday post weekly.
    Enjoy what you share and your style.
    Where would I purchase the vase wrapped in branches? Gotta have it!

    1. Nan, I bought these a few years back and I can’t find them anymore. I’ll round up some similar ones though! Look for that soon.

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