Sunday, April 30, 2017

Uptown Acorn Travels {Northshore}

Yesterday, J & I headed away from the hustle and bustle of New Orleans and travelled 30 minutes across the Lake to the Northshore.

Our first stop in Mandeville was lunch at The Lake House located on Lakeshore Drive. The views from the front porch second floor balcony are breathtaking. J & I had a couple cocktails, a wonderful appetizer of fried green tomatoes, and shrimp tacos. Delicious and the view was amazing.

We then did some retail therapy. The Northshore is also known for their quaint shops and restaurants. 

Niche Modern Home in Mandeville is filled to the brim with home furnishings, accessories, and fine gifts. There is something for everyone in this well-appointed shop.

NICHE, [neesh] 

  •  a modern home furnishings store with an emphasis on smart design at affordable prices. 
  • a store to find the perfect hostess gift, amazing original artwork, or that smart accent chair for your living room.
  •  a store providing assistance in helping you find your niche in home decorating and design
Our next destination took us a short distance north to Covington.

In the heart of downtown Covington, The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo is a feast for the eyes. A renovated, old home featuring many design options - furniture, fabrics, artwork, rugs, and accessories.

Just a few homes down, History {Antiques & Interiors} is filled with antiques of all kinds set in beautiful vignettes. 

History Antiques and Interiors began in the Fall of 2012 as a unique antique and interiors shop. History told through the story of people and their homes, customs, and traditions is fascinating. Beautiful porcelains, art work, silver, rugs and furniture all have a story to tell!

On the way home, we stopped at Greige.

Greige Home Interiors offers the very best in custom, classic furnishings, all showcased in a relaxed and comfortable 20,000 sq ft showroom. Greige specializes in interior design, remodeling, floor plans,custom furnishings and original art.

It is always fun to get away if only for a day.

Discover Northshore, y'all!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#tbt {Atlanta: Early Spring 2007}

This post first appeared on Uptown Acorn on March 23, 2012. I think it is perfect to revisit this post from my Atlanta home back in the early spring of 2017.

One of the things I miss most of my Atlanta home was the huge, lush landscaped yard. Well manicured and abundant with flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses, my Atlanta yard was well perched high upon a hill ready for passer-byers to witness her in her springtime glory.

Take a look back with me as I remember the beautiful early springtime blooms and plants of an Atlanta Spring circa 2007:

Happy Spring Planting, y’all!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What Makes Me Happy {Infuse with Liz}

Welcome to another week on my series, What Makes Me Happy. Liz of Infuse with Liz is my guest host today. Liz is a great blog friend, and I am happy to share her "happys" with you today.

Hello everyone! First I want to thank Ron for inviting me to be a part of his 
What Makes Me Happy series!

I live in Traverse City, Michigan which is in a very northern region of our state. Our area is full of lots of pine and hardwood trees, lakes, rivers and plenty of wildlife!

Winter can be very long up here and there are too many gray days!  Because of that the first thing that comes to mind that makes me happy is Sunshine!  

This picture from last summer showing a happy sunlit summer day brings me great joy!  I love to relax on the deck with some iced tea and stare out to the gardens.  We also have a seating area out on the patio and enjoy how much cooler it can be in the shade.  Our summers are the best up here- the temperatures are fantastic.  

I look forward to picking out the flowers each year and watching everything come alive.  I am definitely at my happiest during this time!  We built this patio ourselves and put in the water fountain too!

I also have a small fairy garden which appeals to my whimsical side!
I have a 2nd blog dedicated to sharing my gardens at

A wild turkey coming out by the woods viewed just below one of the bird feeders
This is a fairly current picture and as you can see spring is still unfolding here.  Visits from the wild turkeys are a regular thing these days!  There are usually 3 toms and 4 or more hens visiting.   It always brings a smile to my face to see nature in action!

I am always happy when we can get away on weekend trips to visit some of the touristy towns and small boutique shops.  This is from a trip we made to the Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort, MI which about 40 minutes away from us and is off of Lake Michigan.

A quick walk to the lake shore is a must!  Walking on the warm sand is a treat!

This guy makes me happy!  Dan and I have been married 39 years now!

My entry to the blogging world was to share my love for decorating and to find others with similar interests.   If you've followed me for any length of time you will know that I love to shuffle my furniture around in the living room and to reuse the decorative accents I already have.  This all makes me happy and I so enjoy the new friends I've made through blogging because of this.

Son and daughter in-law     my sisters & I (stripe top), mom and great granddaughter        daughter and mom
Of course being with my family and having our children home for visits makes me especially happy.  I am blessed to still have my mother who is 94 yrs. old now and my three sisters too!

We have come full circle now becoming grandparents and we are happy beyond measure! 
Life is good!

Sunshine, Gardening, Weekend Trips, Decorating and being with Family pretty well define the things that make me happy!  

Thank you again Ron for inviting me to be part of the What Makes Me Happy series!  You are such a sweet guy and I enjoy following you on your blog as well as Facebook!

Thanks Liz for sharing your "happys" with us today.

What Makes {Infuse with Liz} Happy, y'all!

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