The Sweet Smell...

...of a Southern Summer.

As the unofficial start of the summer begins this weekend, in my garden the fragrance of baby gardenias, crepe myrtle, mock orange blossoms, and magnolias...

and more magnolias...

and even more magnolias...

flow in the warm breeze and has become the perfume I inhale every morning and throughout the warm days.
The velvety petals and sugary white over-sized blooms on the towering magnolia trees are lusciously sweet.

Late spring and early summer always treats us with these candy flower blooms. 

While spring is so lush and colourful, the hot summer sun is cooled by these refreshingly pure white flowers throughout our garden.

Enjoy your days and stay cool my friends!

Ciao amici,


The other day I went to Bollingbroke ~ a tiny town the size of a minute and just ten minutes up the road from my home ~ to do some antique furniture hunting for an office I am designing and to meet a possible new client. 

I was a bit distracted from my original goal when I realized that I was in the midst of all this  S O F T N E S S.

Soft as Georgia cotton...

Soft as the gauzy window sheers...

and the ruffled petals on these silk flowers.

Soft as the shadows behind the delicate wrought iron scrolls of these chairs...

Soft as the skin on these naked babes...well, not quite since they are wood, but I could not resist!

Soft as this pretty hand made fabric journal...

This petite hanging bird's nest...

and the light shining through these vintage jars...

...was just perfect!

{By the way, I did find a fabulous custom built antique "hunt board" for the space I am working on.  Now I just have to convince my client that he cannot live without this piece.}

Thank you for your visit, as always.

Ciao amici,

Graduation Day

...from Kindergarten, that is.

I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately ~ both with work and with the fact that my little boy is “graduating” from Kindergarten this week ~ hence the lack of substantial blog posts these last few weeks.

On the one hand I am very pleased that I have some terrific projects in the works ~ I love what I do.

It is so fulfilling to do what you want to do and like to do and are good at doing it and…get paid for it and acknowledged publicly for it.

On the other hand, I am in a very melancholy mood these days…five years ago when I enrolled my baby in a Mother’s Morning Out program when he had just turned one and could barely talk, I knew I had found a safe place and a haven for us. As a newcomer to a small Southern town, it was {and still is} challenging to meet and make true friends. When we found this little school, it just fit. Both for us and for our little guy, but most of all I believe for me. He has thrived and so have I ~ learning along with him, making new friends {Moms of his best buddies}, gaining an enormous amount of respect for those tireless teachers who work with toddlers and pre-schoolers day after day, and most of all seeing the phenomenal growth in my child’s brain and emotions.

From not only the first day of Kindergarten,

but throughout the last five years...

Learning the arts
{a little bit of my influence here, don't you think?}...

Exploring different cultures and countries
{show and tell day during the week they studied Japan}...

Touching the beauty of our Mother Earth {picking fresh juicy strawberries at the Fun Farm}...

of course the basics of reading...


and arithmetic.

But, most of all

his LOVE.

What a joy this is to watch. It never would have been the same if he had not been exposed to this little jewel of a school. A big thank you to all of you who taught him and cared about him during these last five years. You are appreciated.

I have deliberately stayed away from the computer to write because I knew that once I started on this subject, I would go on and on and probably bore all of you to death!

Friday evening we are going to our son’s graduation from Kindergarten. I never “graduated” from Kindergarten ~ perhaps because I stayed in the same school for first grade. Next year we go to the “big kid” school so it’s a BIG DEAL!

So that’s all I am going to write about this subject ~ this is about as personal as I may have ever been here “in my studio.”

Most of you have been where I am or are headed in that direction and you all have your delightfully unique stories about your children too. Happy graduation to all those who are crossing the threshold.  It’s a wonderful time in your life.
Enjoy it all!

Ciao amici,

Where I Will Be...

The weather has been gorgeous and perfect for working in the garden...

which is just where I will be and what I look forward to this weekend.

Happy Friday Friends!
Whatever you may do, have a wonderful time doing it.


Happy Mother's Day

Although Mother's Day has become so commercial in recent years, as a relatively new Momma, I thoroughly rejoice in the happiness of the pride gleeming in my little man's sparkling eyes when he shows me a flower pot he painted and card he made just for me.

I love the celebration ~ however, I am sure I will one day tell him, "Oh honey, you don't have to send me a card" or "don't spend your money on flowers" or something like that. But for now, I like it!

Wishing my Mom...

...and my husband's Mom

a very happy Mother's Day. You are loved.
~ ~ ~
Happy Mother's Day to all of you too.

Ciao amici,

Just a Note... say hello.

I have been busy working on some "real" work lately ~ several interior design projects, some writing for Somerset HOME, a bit of illustration and artwork, and updating my Etsy shop with new collections ~ that has kept me away from the computer and staying in touch with you.

However, this Italian Girl in Georgia did enjoy some moments in the garden the other day. The last of my delicate white pansies that made it through the winter snow and freezing weather had to be pulled out of the soil, to make room for some hot pink geraniums I planted, which I hope will bear the heat of the Southern summer.

All the best for a wonderful remainder of the week.

Ciao amici,

Visit Faded Charm for another White Wednesday tour this week.