Saturday, May 28, 2011


This has been one of the longest days ever...but it was totally worth it! My family of five worked together to lay sod today (after hours of prep work and a leaking sprinkler fix too). We still have more work to do, but our yard is green again!!!

Let's hear it for instant gratification yard work. Sod is awesome. And so is my family!!! Thank you team Young.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend everyone. If you want to be inspired on Memorial Day - go read this post.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Helen Durant Studio Sale May 27-29

Helen Durant Studio Sale
May 27-29
Fri 6-9pm
Sat and Sun 12-5pm

Whittier Mill Village
1966 Butler Way

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Beautiful Fabric by Victoria Larson Textiles

Attention fabric lovers! Here's a new source for fun, vibrant, beautiful fabric. The line is by Victoria Larson. A little about her from her website:

Victoria Larson has been designing home accessories for private clients for several years and is proud to release her debut fabric line to the public. Larson trained as an Interior Designer at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The textile line you find on these pages is the culmination of Victoria's life-long passion for art and design and her love of fabric.

Designs usually begin life as a watercolor or block print. Then the design is printed on to an appropriate textile using eco-friendly, water-based inks. Victoria only selects natural and comfortable fabrics and all production is done in the United States.

The fabric designs follow Larson's basic philosophy that things should be beautiful but useable. Interiors should be beautiful and personal but not precious.

Garden Stool

School O Fish



All of the fabric is printed on heavy weight cotton or organic cotton sateen. It has a great hand and beautiful finish. For more information or to order samples and a price list (it is reasonable too!) visit her website by clicking here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

House of the Week

Hopetoun House, Scotland

photos taken by my husband on his cell phone

A couple of weeks ago my DH went to Edinburgh, Scotland on a business trip. While there he attended a dinner at this amazing house. Can you believe I didn't go with him? It would have been a nice romantic getaway (and who doesn't need that after 22 years of marriage and living with a bunch of teens!). And I would have gotten to see this historic house - which happens to have a great story. When he called to tell me he was back here safely, one of the first things he told me was that he had a House of the Week for me. And he took pictures. Now that is true love!


Hopetoun House was designed by Sir William Bruce for Charles Hope, later the first Earl of Hopetoun. It was started in 1699 and was largely complete by 1707. William Adam was asked to enlarge the house in 1721. So this house had two of the most important architects of the 17th Century work on it - both were from Scotland. The East facade and the wings with colonnades are Adam's and the West garden facade is Bruce's. Adam died before the project was complete and his sons John, James and Robert completed the interiors.

aerial view

East facade, by William Adam

West facade, by Sir William Bruce, image from the Hopetoun House website

One of the Colonnades by William Adam

East facade

West facade

Last four images from the Hopetoun House website.

Isn't it fascinating to see the work of two great architects on one building? The East and West facades each have an entirely different feel. Which do you prefer?

Click on any image to enlarge.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The grass is always greener....

in my neighbors' yards!

the view from my neighbor's yard to my house

Today we begin to redo our front yard. Obviously we did not pick the correct grass 3 years ago, because it has completely died. Wish us luck with our project.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Beautiful Rooms by Jan Showers

Summer is fast approaching and we are drawn to light, airy, beautiful spaces with glass and mirrors. No one does that better than Jan Showers.

all images via Jan Showers' website.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Lighting Obsession and Julie Neill Designs

above, Hallie Chandelier

When we were building our house I spent countless hours looking at light fixtures. Beautiful lights are eye candy! Some of the most beautiful light fixtures are made by Julie Neill Designs in New Orleans. I was hunting down a lantern for a client yesterday and ending up spending way too much time looking at all of Julie Neill's gorgeous lights. Enjoy these pictures.

In this photo above from A Passion for Home blog, Julie Neill made this lantern for Tobi Fairley.

The Ingrid Chandelier

Elizabeth Chandelier from Julie Neill

Love these lanterns...



There is so much more to see on her website and blog.

Monday, May 16, 2011

House of the Week

Designed by Neel Reid for Sigmund Montag, this Druid Hills house was built in 1915. According to the book Architecture of Neel Reid in Georgia
the house is reminiscent of 17th century French architecture. However, the entrance doorway is late 17th century English. I think the quoins and window jack arches in redbrick make an interesting statement.

Click on any image to enlarge.

©2011 Whitehaven

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fun Find - Uncorked

These hefty glasses made from recycled wine bottles would make a great Father's Day gift, or just a great addition to your everyday glasses. They are made in Atlanta by Daniel Hart and are sold on Etsy - click here. to see more.

Thanks to Felicia for showing us this fun find!
Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sale at Jean-Marc Fray!

French Art Deco Period Mirrored Coffee Table

If you love French furniture and decorative accessories, go check out the sale at Jean-Marc Fray.

A few things we love:

Louis XVI Solid Walnut Chest

French Gold Leaf Tole Chandelier

Spanish Vintage Gilded Iron Jardinieres

French Antique Solid Oak Farm Table

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Kitchen Curtains Are Finished!

Do you remember this post on my kitchen window treatment dilemma?

In short, the new house next door to me is very visible from the kitchen and breakfast room. I needed to do something to help block the looming cream colored house. We will eventually put in a green screen of trees outside, but in the meantime I now have privacy and the ability to block out the new house when I want/need to...Plus it softens the whole kitchen and breakfast room. The curtains can close all the way, completely covering the windows, 41 yards of white linen is very helpful! I decided to stop the curtains at the window sill instead of going to the floor so the room didn't look too small. But they go all the way to the crown molding, emphasizing the 10 foot ceilings. I put a roman shade over the sink to give privacy and block the house, but not add too much fabric, which might get wet and dirty when we wash dishes. My curtain maker is awesome! Thanks Craig.

To see the before pictures click here and here and here.

See how you really don't notice the new house as much now. Yay!