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Monday, September 26, 2016

Keswick Hall

Last week we had the opportunity to spend two nights at a beautiful historic resort in Charlottesville called Keswick Hall. The hotel itself was beautiful and the grounds were spectacular. There were rows of beautiful hydrangeas both out front and in back and perfect roses blooming on vines that were crawling up the trellises out by the infinity pool. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and right in the heart of Virginia's wine country it is the perfect location for a romantic weekend getaway. Monticello is just five minutes away and Charlottesville is loaded with things to do and see.

(We had sunshine one day and rain the next so that's why in some pictures the sky is nice and blue and other's gray).

Although you most definitely feel like you are at a grand resort, there are only 48 guest rooms and suites which helps give the whole place a much more intimate feel than I was expecting and I think that was one of my favorite aspects of the whole trip. I can honestly say I have never had such amazing service anywhere I've stayed. Jon travels regularly and that was one of the things he was blown away by as well. Every little detail is taken care of and every person there made us feel so special and was so incredibly helpful.

Although I loved walking around and looking at all of the old artwork and architectural details I think my favorite spot was out here by the infinity pool. The building, pool and beautiful trellised walkway were just so beautiful!

The main restaurant was called Fossett's and I can't begin to rave enough about it! The whole setting was breathtaking and I adored to windows. Someday I would love to have windows like but that is probably wishful thinking -haha! The food was impeccable. We ate dinner there our first night to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary and I think I can honestly say it was the best meal I have ever had. And we had breakfast there the next morning and let me tell you the stuffed french toast was mouthwatering...

Because it was rainy for part of our time there we spent some time wandering around the building and learning it's history. The historic north wing of Keswick Hall, Villa Crawford, was built in 1912 as a beautiful Italianate-style mansion. Here you can see the original staircase. I loved the history of the place and the feeling of stepping back in time. There's an article in DC Refined that states "Keswick Hall is basically Charlottesville's own Downton Abbey" and I have to say I agree!

I loved the arches running all the way down the upstairs hallway.

Our room and bathroom were spacious and elegant and equipped with everything we could possibly need,

but the best part was this balcony area right off of our room. It was so peaceful and the views were stunning!

All in all, I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience. If you are looking for a luxurious yet intimate getaway to a fabulous part of Virginia that is rich in history and culture I highly highly recommend heading to Keswick Hall!

One of our nights was provided free in exchange for this post/review.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Back Hallway at Bluestone Hill

At the back of the house, there is a hallway connecting the family room (which used to be Uncle Bob's dining room off the kitchen; we put a table in the kitchen and use the rest of the space as a family room) to the living room. As with the rest of the house, he packed this space with storage potential! There is open shelving with cabinets below on one side, and on the other, a large broom closet and a couple of smaller closets.

We store most of our Emma set and other dishes that were passed down from family and we don't use on a regular basis in the back hall.

I am so happy that there is a door here, because the girls love to run laps around anything. We keep it closed most of the time for that reason!

I love this little mirror I found at an antique store in the area this spring:

Source List:

Wall Color - Blue Note by Benjamin Moore
Wall Color in Family Room (Seen Through the Door) - Pale Smoke by Benjamin Moore
Ship - Joss & Main
Gold pheasants and dish, painted teacups - from family
Small vintage mirror - antique store
Most dishes shown - Emma set from Pottery Barn
Glasses - Home Goods
Trophy vases - Target
Small woven bucket - IKEA
Small wooden bucket - antique store

Hope you have a wonderful day!   - Jamie

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Farmhouse Holiday Series - Our Fall Dining Room

Today in the third installment of the Farmhouse Holiday Series hosted by Ella Claire, we are going to be sharing our dining room decorated with a fall look that would also work well for Thanksgiving dinner! We were so thrilled to be working with our AllModern on this post. Although I love the blues and grays we usually have in this room I thought for this setup it would feel a little more "autumny" to remove the grayish blue drapery panels and tufted bench and some of the other blue accents we usually have in this room and bring in more some more wood tones as well as some more gold and copper touches.

I had been eyeing this huge gold rimmed Bronwyn Mirror from AllModern for quite some time now. I love the antique finish on it and the size and color worked perfectly in our space!

I love how copper looks in this room especially for fall and winter. We love the way this Hammered Copper Pitcher  and these Mule Mugs look in here and I love the size of these mugs!

And how adorable are these little 2 oz. miniature ones! They come in a set of 8 and although they are technically little shot mugs I think most kids would love them too. My girls think they are so cute and they make great little mugs for apple cider.

You can get a better feel for the beautiful antique finish on the mirror in this image. 

I don't know about you but I absolutely LOVE soup and get so excited when the weather starts cooling down. I got so excited when I saw these AllModern Soup Bowls and Saucers. I love their simple yet elegant design and they are the perfect size for all my favorite soups including this Butternut Squash one.

I also like how the gold in our "Every leaf speaks bliss to me..." sign mimics the gold from the mirror.


And be sure to head over and check out all of these beautiful dining rooms in this Farmhouse Holiday Series:
Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

Fall Farmhouse Holiday Tablescape

and our lovely featured guest this week- Buckets of Burlap

And here is the Source List for our Dining Room:

Wall Color - Dove White by Benjamin Moore in Eggshell Finish
Trim Color - Simply White by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Door Color - Mopboard Black by Benjamin Moore in Semi-gloss Finish
Chandelier - Savvy in Williamsburg, but same one can be found here 
Beadboard Wallpaper - Allen and Roth from Lowe's
Small Wood and Marble Cakestand - Russo Cake Stand from Birch Lane 
Faux Pumpkin - HomeGoods
Wood Bookcase with Glass Doors - Wayfair
Farmhouse Table - I made it using this plan from Ana White's site. Stained with Rustoleum's Weathered Gray and Minwax's Provincial
Wingback Chairs - Birch Lane
Pillows - HomeGoods
Upholstered Side Chairs - World Market 
Side Chairs - Joss and Main 
Runner - Pottery Barn
Sideboard - Found at an antique shop in SC almost ten years ago, recently painted the same Mopboard Black as the doors
Lamps - HomeGoods
Blinds - Lowe's (have since been discontinued)
Clock - Savvy Home and Garden about 7 years ago
Hobnail Detailed Water Goblets - O'Keefe Water Goblets from Birch Lane
Hobnail Detailed Glasses - O'Keefe Glasses from Birch Lane

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