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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Early Fall Entryway at Bluestone Hill


As much as I love fall weather, I wasn't really ready for fall colors, especially this early in the season, so I was so excited to find a few light blue-green pumpkins the other day! I added one of those and a bunch of cut branches to the entryway and pretty much called that my early fall decor! 




I've tried out this Gettysburg Battlefield print in a couple spots (the family room and here) and am still trying to decide where to leave it for fall, because I like it in both!






Have a wonderful day! - Jamie

Source List:

Wallpaper - Kamala in Dark Blue by Wallpaper Direct
Dresser, mirror, framed print, blue patterned umbrella stand, gold framed painting, bench, suitcase, and books - Antique/second-hand
Light fixture - existing
Pitcher vase - Target
Brown hat - Target
Baskets under bench - Home Goods
Gold bird - Home Goods
Plaid throw - TJMaxx

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

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