Stylish Powder Rooms...It's All About The Details

The powder room is the only space in your home that your guest may spend time alone.

Why not give them a treat?

It may be time to evaluate some changes you can make to yours...

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We are working with a client on a similar version of this vanity ...the cabinet maker did a phenomenal job.


We've shared lots of pretty images...but they all have one thing in common...


Beautiful mirrors...


Great lighting...


Beautiful hand towels...


Special Amenities..


Fresh Flowers...


And always, always candles...


It has nothing to do with your decorating style.  It's about creating a space for your guests that makes them feel special.

We've decided after this, we may need to take a second look at our own powder baths..

Always fun to freshen up the details.

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

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Sunday Supper...Onion Crusted Grouper with Caramel Citrus Glaze

Last weekend we attended a wedding in Melbourne Florida.

 On Saturday evening we joined friends for dinner at Yellow Dog Cafe.


We enjoyed one of the best meals we've had in a long time. The restaurant has been famous for their Onion Crusted Chicken with a Caramel Citrus Glaze. They recently changed the menu offering to Grouper rather than Chicken. It was to die for..

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Here's the recipe.

Onion Crusted Chicken or Grouper Makes 2 Servings

¼ cup vegetable oil

1 lb. boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to a ¼ inch thick

Salt and Pepper

1 egg, beaten

Crusted Onions (recipe below)

(For shortcut, use any store-bought crispy onions)

Caramel Citrus Glaze (see recipe below)

In a nonstick skillet, heat oil. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Dip chicken into beaten egg then into crusted onions. Place chicken in skillet. Cook for 10 minutes, turning once or until golden and cooked through. Spoon Glaze over chicken.

Serve over mashed potatoes or rice, if desired.

Crusted Onions Makes 2 Servings

1 large red onion, peeled and sliced

1 cup milk

2 cups all purpose flour

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp pepper

1 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, place onions in milk. In another large bowl, combine flour, cayenne and pepper. In a non-stick skillet, heat oil, in small batches, dredge milk coated onions in flour mixture. Place in skillet, fry for 5 minutes or until crispy. Remove and place on plate lined with paper towel (to blot excess grease); cool completely. Finely chop fried onions.

Caramel Citrus Glaze Makes 2 servings

4 strips of bacon, finely chopped

1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 tlbs. tomato puree

1 each orange, lemon and lime, juiced

In a non-stick skillet, cook bacon and onion 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add sugar, water and tomato puree. Reduce mixture until thick. Add citrus juices.


Chicken would be divine...but the grouper was absolutely awesome.

 We started with a Baby Bleu Spinach salad with blueberries and ordered a bottle of Brancott Sauvignon Blanc.   It was all so delicious and easy to make at home as well.


This is a $12 bottle of wine at the liquor store and really light and good.

(When it comes to cooking I'm all about shortcuts, so it will definitely be the store bought fried onions for me.)

The table is all set...


It's your turn.  Let's talk.

Images via Yellow Dog Cafe, Providence Ltd. Eclectic Revisited 

A Beautiful Screened Porch...

I promised pics of Sister's screened porch ...  they won't disappoint, and there's a whole lot more ...

A little background...She and her husband built their home 16 years ago.  It's a gorgeous Southern Traditional ..

The front of Sister's house...


Recently the base of the fountain cracked and was leaking.  I think it is even more beautiful planted...


This was our Father's Day celebration for Daddy, so Sister had white sangria waiting for us when we arrived...


Isn't the breakfast area beautiful?

It's hard to believe this is the original paper from 16 years ago.  It's a Boussac and is just fabulous.  She added the pendant light fixture a couple of years ago.


To the screened in porch...

This is everyone's favorite spot... the with new cushion and pillows...


The porch is 12 ft. wide and 45 ft. long.  That's a really big porch.  This seating area is across from the swing on the end of the porch off the kitchen..


These rockers are comfortable as well.  They're older and really comfy.  Very Southern vs. newer and trendy.


This is the view of the landscape from this end of the porch.  You can sit in the rockers or the swing and hear the gentle sound of the fountain and look out at the lush garden.


 The center of the porch also centers with double screen doors that lead to the back yard.

The dining table with candle lit chandelier separates the two ends of the porch...


Two large iron and glass etageres flank the double doors just across from the table...

The large palm also serves as a visual separation.


The far end of the porch is just off the Master bedroom...

Love the new outdoor rugs from Pottery Barn..


We found the concrete pedestal table on the way to the lake Memorial Day weekend...


Lot's of details...  Love the cloche..this dainty wire one with the bird on top is so pretty...


Have you noticed the gas lanterns?  There are eight of them that cast a soft glow in the evening the length of the porch...The tongue in groove ceiling also adds a nice touch.


The doors that lead to the back yard...


All so pretty...


Just a few inside shots...we'll share more later...


Sister had this stunning lamp made from a really old piece of the custom  shade... the scale for this room is just perfect...


The family room...mood lighting not exactly the best for  photography...hey we're here for a party...


The formal living room...Another fabulous old lamp with custom shade...


That's all for now...  We'll show more later, I promise...I've got to get back to the party...My sangria is waiting.

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words...

We're proud of our blog header because it tells a story that's uniquely ours.  Every image is of a special find that was hand picked by the "Sisters", and at one point was for sale in our shop.

Looking back through the stacks of photographs is like thumbing through old pictures of our children. There are hundreds of images, and though most of the items are long gone, I can't bring myself to throw them away.  Each holds such fond memories of trips we took and places we searched to find every single piece.


It would be interesting to know where all these treasures reside today.

  I know that the candelabra found a new home in Aspen, Colorado.  The wonderful cherubs have made someone very happy.  They are fabulous!!!


 The pair of French urns left the store with a couple from Searcy, Arkansas.

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Would love to know where the fountain plaques, candlesticks and architectural pieces ended up.


And this mirror?  Where is it hanging?  Everything in this image has been sold with the exception of the large columns.  They'll add character and great architectural interest to a project at some point.


Because we're not at the store every day we just don't know what happened to all the other items in the collage.   Except for the painted sideboard...

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Because it came home with me!


Our world pretty much revolves around antiques and unique found objects so you know that I was thrilled when Monika with Splendid Willow asked me to join Brooke Giannetti with Velvet and Linen ,Greet Lefevre with Belgian Pearls,Maryanne with Beadboard Upcountry and Gina with Willow Decor to give our 2 cents worth on what we personally consider our "favorite antique ".

Monika is a Swede based in Seattle and used to import Swedish antiques.  She has been a very special friend since we first started blogging and like us, is passionate about mixing very old pieces with modern objects.

Please click here to visit Splendid Willow and discover all of  our "2 cents worth!"

How about you?  Do you like mixing old and new?  Do you enjoy the thrill of the hunt and the excitement that follows the perfect find?

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

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There's A New Store In Town...Rock Paper Scissors

 I apologize for the lack of posting lately but am thankful to be so busy.  We're really excited to share a new resource. For those of you who are out of town, not to worry...  the good news is they ship anything, anywhere!


 Rock Paper Scissors recently opened in the Promenade at Chenal in West Little Rock, just a few doors down from The Anthropology Store.  The shop is the brain child of Reggie Marshall and Jim Clements.   These guys, owners of the antiques store Marshall Clements, travel the earth for you. The duo specializes in discovering unusual pieces from times and worlds long forgotten and showcasing them for sale in their 12,000 square foot showroom in Riverdale.

Just wait till you see what they have brought to West little Rock...


Jim and Reggie have been designing and developing their style together for over 30 years.  Don and I first discovered them 23 years ago soon after we were married. We purchased our first " real" art from them.  That was the beginning of a lifetime of art collecting for us as a couple. 

 At the time they had a little shop in Sheridan, Arkansas.  Our first purchase was this painting of The Fishing Bank signed by H. Wilson.  It hangs in Don's study today...


The next painting we bought from them originally hung in our dining room.  She's at home in the Master bath now and we're still very fond of her.  The patina of the old frame is almost as beautiful as the painting...


Through the years we've continued to be friends and bought many other things from them for both ourselves and clients. 

One of the things that they are known for all across the country are their fabulous ottomans and pillows made from beautiful fabrics and antique textiles...


These guys do everything in a big way, including the wonderful opening party they threw last weekend...


Sit back and enjoy the amazing selection this store has to offer...


I was introduced to Trey McCarley who's art will be featured in the store...


Trey has a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture and studied for six weeks in Italy, France and England where his desire to paint really took off.  He works primarily in oil using vivid color and intense brushwork.  His work is really beautiful.


We're excited to have this new resource available.  One of the exciting things about the store is that the offering is so timeless.  It's not a strictly, French or Belgian or Italian or English look.  Jim describes it as " decayed elegance"  and that's what we're all about.

Stay tuned for more decayed elegance...It's coming soon I promise.  The launch of our NEW Online Shop. If you've not signed up to follow us here or on facebook please do.  You won't want to miss our opening!

It's your turn.  Let's talk!