pretty paper

I recently visited the gift shop at The National Portrait Gallery and came across the most gorgeous wrapping paper from Cavallini Papers & Co. With substantial heft, vivid color and wonderful old-school themes, this wrapping paper would surely make any gift standout.

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The papers are so lovely, though, that I wouldn’t stop there. In fact, I bought two sheets to use as inexpensive wall art. I plan on hanging this insect taxidermy sheet in a guest bath.

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And thought this sheet — a collage of vintage tickets — would look great in my son’s room, to accompany his collection of new and vintage wall pennants.

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At about $4/sheet, art doesn’t get much less expensive than this!

Cheers!

Nicole

the moody beauty of Spanish moss

Fans of True Blood and Faulkner alike would easily recognize Spanish moss — those long wisps of flora that gracefully drape trees of all types, but are particularly partial to oak and cypress.

 

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Spanish moss abounds at Savannah’s famous Bonaventure Cemetery

 

Travel anywhere along the low-lying, coast-hugging southeast United States and you’ll see this quintessential element of the Southern landscape.

 

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At Rosedown Plantation, in St. Francisville, LA

 

And though neither Spanish nor moss (it’s actually a type of fern), I’m always enthralled when I encounter its magnificent moody beauty.

 

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An aerial view of Spanish moss, taken from the widow’s walk at Georgia’s Jekyll Island Club

 

To see more iconic images of Spanish moss, you can check out this great article on Evergreen Plantation (site of the film Django Unchained and one of the few intact plantations in the South) in the latest issue of Preservation magazine.

Enjoy!

Nicole

super sweet blogging!

I’ve been nominated for a Super Sweet Blogging Award! Karen of the blog Into My Window nominated me. It was such a sweet surprise, and I really appreciated her kind words. Now, the award does come with some conditions — thank the blogger that named you and link back, answer the 5 Super Sweet questions, and nominate 13 other blogs. I’ve been swamped lately, which is why it’s taken me a moment to fully accept, but accepting I am, and so here are my Super Sweet responses …

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5 SUPER SWEET QUESTIONS

1. Cookies or Cake? Both?  Cookies — oatmeal chocolate chip, please. (In fact, check out the above recipe from Design*Sponge!)
2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate — hands down.
3. Favorite Sweet Treat?  See question 1, although I do love a good pecan pie, too.
4. When Do You Crave Sweet Things The Most?  After lunch for some reason.
5. Sweet Nick Name?  Sweetie — nice and simple. 

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13 OTHER SUPER SWEET BLOGGING NOMINEES 

Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite blogs. I stuck to blogs that (as far as I know) do not have massive budgets or full-time staff — basically one (sometimes two) person shops like me. Each is incredibly different; all are insanely fun. I hope you enjoy them too!

  1. Kate’s Creative Space
  2. The High Heel Gourmet
  3. For the Love of the South
  4. Ooggetuige
  5. Simply Put
  6. Row’s Pottery Shed
  7. Natural Pixie
  8. Existential Crisis
  9. Small Kitchen Chronicles
  10. Southern Belle Simple
  11. That Kind of Woman
  12. DIY Del Ray
  13. Campari and Sofa

And thanks so much to everyone that reads and follows this blog!

Cheers!

Nicole