A Mother’s Day Wish

The lack of posts lately hasn’t been intentional. But given that it is Mother’s Day weekend I wanted to pop in to honor my readers that may also be mothers. I’m not a mother myself, and that’s probably a good thing, but it gives me a great reason to a celebrate the mother’s in my life. If you’re a mom I sure hope you are pampered and spoiled rotten today! What does the day hold for you?

Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.


For me, Mother’s Day and flowers go hand in hand so I thought I would share some of the flowers that recently adorned our home. If I could, I would most definitely gift you with a bouquet or bloom to call your own. Consider the lovelies in this post a virtual gift. Happy Mother’s Day!

reviving charm at home with flowers on coffee tableThe white orchid has been sitting on the coffee table for a couple of months. The spotted orchid is a new addition that I purchased at a garden show a couple of weeks ago. I was immediately sold after seeing the combination of butter yellow and magenta (my favorite color).

I took some of my own advice which I posted about in one of my Tuesday Tips. Last weekend I pulled some branches from a front yard tree to place on the living room fireplace mantle. When in bloom, the tree provides the most beautiful purple flowers. But the interesting foliage makes for a great display any time of the year. This arrangement keeps the mantle from looking naked since it’s one of many rooms in the house that is still “in progress”.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen this picture of the entry table in our living room. It is decorated with a few of my favorite books and a pretty springtime arrangement.  decorating with books and flowers

There is one particular rose bush in the corner of the backyard garden that I ignore but it always manages to produce the most beautiful flowers. I happened to walk outside one day to find this cluster of beautiful blooming roses. I thought to myself, “when did that happen?” Luckily, I was able to notice in time to enjoy them before the blooms faded. garden roses Reviving Charm

Revisiting Turkey Hill

I’ve had gardens and landscaping on my mind for the past week. Last weekend I attended a garden show, this weekend I visited a few homes on a local garden tour, and earlier this week I received an email regarding a garden tour taking place in June. The email was sent to announce a garden tour sponsored by Positive Directions, a provider of behavioral health treatment and prevention programs. However, this is no ordinary garden tour. What caught my attention was the fact that the event will be held at 48 Turkey Hill Road South, Westport, Connecticut. Does that address sound familiar? It is the address of the property known as Turkey Hill, the Connecticut property Martha Stewart once called home for over 40 years. It also served as the backdrop for her original television show and magazine. One could say it was the house that helped launch an empire. The event will feature self-guided tours of the garden, garden talks with Martha Stewart and a chance to tour the home and have refreshments on the terrace with Martha. I won’t be attending the event but I am using this as a wonderful excuse to take a look back at some of my favorite images of Turkey Hill and see how the property has evolved. If you’re a fan of Martha you may have seen many of these pictures. They are oldies, but they are goodies. And with any enduring style, they continue to inspire. And that’s “a good thing”.

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In 2007, the property was sold to Chuck and Casey Berg. The new owners began to make changes of their own. The couple called upon architect John Fifield of Fifield Piaker Elman to help the couple redesign the home in a manner that was “part restoration, renovation, and addition”. In 2009, the homeowners were presented with a Preservation Award by the Westport Historic District Commission “for enlarging this outstanding Greek Revival house in a sensitive and appropriate manner…The unobtrusive addition, which is at the rear of the house, does not detract from the original historic structure.” The Commission further stated that “This is an example of how an antique house can be successfully rehabilitated to accommodate the needs of a 21st-century family.” Here’s a look at the home after it was purchased by the Bergs, including the changes made both inside and out. martha stewart turkey hillwestport-Home-Tour-Designer-Berg-Front-Door Reviving Charmturkey hill reviving charm 2Turkey-Hill-family-room-from-kitchen Reviving Charmturkey hill reviving charm 3turkey hill reviving charm 4turkey hill via reviving charmTurkey-Hill-kitchenturkey hill reviving charm 5Turkey-Hill-sunroom Reviving Charmturkey hill reviving charm 6Turkey-Hill-dressing-room reviving charmTurkey-Hill-master-bath reviving charmturkey hill reviving charm 7In 2014, the grounds of the home were featured in Cottages and Gardens Magazine (photos below). The head gardener, Levy Froes, stayed with the Bergs after working with Martha for over 20 years. It’s his legacy, he explained. This was a good move on the Bergs part as he has been the one constant working on the land, other than Martha herself. But when the property was purchased by the Bergs, the landscape was very agricultural. They hired Chris Kusske, of Kolkowitz/Kusske Architects, to help them clean up and edit the property. The site is lovely. And given that it is Martha’s first home that helped launch a career, I would venture to say that visiting Turkey Hill is bittersweet.

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If you want your own personal tour of Turkey Hill and a chance to meet Martha Stewart in the flesh, you can get more information here. 

Images via Westportnow.now Martha Stewart, marthamoments.comFifield Piaker Elman, Cottages and Gardens Magazine

Derby Day Festivities

Today marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. For a majority of people in California, celebrating the Kentucky Derby is not at the forefront of their mind. I might be the one exception. There is something to be said about such a long-standing tradition and the stylish outfits people wear to the event. Plus, it’ a great excuse to celebrate and throw a great party. Each year Kentucky landscaper Jon Carloftis and his partner Dale Fisher throw a Derby-inspired party. I have to agree with Jon who recently shared with One King’s Lane that Derby day is less about horses and more about people. “There’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re celebrating with the rest of the world,” says Jon. I sure hope that when I get the chance to attend the Derby in person that I get an invitation to one of Jon and Dale’s fabulous events. It will give me a great excuse to have another custom hat made for me. But for now, I will have to celebrate across the miles…

Vintage runners line the path at Jon and Dale’s home. This is your first clue that the event is sure to be a beautiful bash.
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A couple of stylish guests arriving. Her smile is contagious, isn’t it?
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Jon Carloftis (left) and Dale Fisher enjoy the festivities. Don’t they look dapper? Jon Carloftis Dale Fisher kentucky derby party

A delicious spread of quick bites are set up inside the pool house. kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 2

The table is adorned with a bouquet of red roses paying tribute to the official flower of the Kentucky Derby since 1904. In 1925 the tradition was strengthened when New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.” Each year the winning horse of the Derby is draped with a prestigious garland of more than 400 Freedom roses, each inserted into its own vial of water. Given that one statistic, it’s not surprising to learn that the garland weighs in at approximately 40 pounds and measures 122 inches long and 22 inches wide.
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Jon and Dale serve beverages up in style. The Old Forester Mint Julep is the official drink of the Derby. I posted the official recipe in last year’s post.kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 7kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 4

Happy Derby Day!