Sunday, September 28, 2014

Saxapahaw General Store in North Carolina

My husband recently reviewed an article in the New York Times, see here in North Carolina about a small town of Saxapahaw.  It is not far from where we are currently living.

The town of Saxapahaw is located a few miles west of Chapel Hill in a rural area!  It was actually a mill town built around the community's cotton mill along the Hall River.  The first mill was built back in 1844 but demolished for a brick structure.  The current standing building was owned and operated until 1994 by Dixie Yarns until a tornado damaged the building and the company never resumed for business. In 2006, renovations were made and completed and now house condominiums.

In the former dye room of the mill is now the Haw River Ballroom which hosts interesting music events throughout the year.  Inside the building it is beautifully restored and renovated with a industrial vibe.  I can't wait to go back to see a concert there!

There is also a small coffee shop in the same building and a gastropub.  Coming this fall, Hall River Brewery will be opening.  My husband loves craft beer and enjoys trying out the craft beers here in NC since there are so many good ones.

I loved the different color of chairs in this room on the upper level near coffee house.  I guess if you are attending a concert here you can also sit here and see the performance on the lower level with a good view.

White enjoying our coffee outside, our view was of the Haw River.....

The general store and gas station was the first establishment in this small town.  We had lunch there and so glad we did.  My husband had the bahn mi and I had the pork carnita. They both were perfect. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and inside and outside seating is available..  The store also sells fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, cheeses and organic meats from local farmers.  You can even find your everyday necessity items.

Bahn Mi

You can even purchase a handcrafted broom made by local artisans.

I am looking forward to visiting this cute, quaint village again sometime soon!

Friday, September 26, 2014

When Blogging Becomes a Slog - New York Times Article

I found this interesting article here in the New York Times,  titled "When Blogging Becomes a Slog". 

I sometimes have trouble on blogging with new topics of interest for my readers.  Do you ever experience the same?

Have you ever considered taking a break from blogging?

Let me know your thoughts!  I would love for you to share them....

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Visit with Madison

I went on a road trip to visit Madison.  I haven't seen her since her birth in April and wow how she grown!  I am so glad that my daughter-in-law has kept up with social media and providing me photos of her during her growing spurts!

During our visit, we went to my son's Alma mater (Edinboro University) football game.  It was a perfect day for watching football.  I was not sure what to expect with the weather since it gets very cool and cold there quickly. The temperature was actually in the high 70s so it was great.

Madison went along and donned her Edinboro apparel and did not make a peep the whole game!

We also visited Presque Isle and enjoyed sometime on the beach.

Here is Madison's brother, Owen.

I was so glad to see everyone and some good news to share is that the family will be moving to NC very soon so I will be enjoying Madison even more!

Oh and last but not least, here is a cute one of Madison's cute little bloomers with her monogram that I bought for her!  Aren't they adorable?

Enjoy your week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Walk Through the Neighborhood

Today I thought I would share some photos of the gorgeous homes in my neighborhood.  Again, the neighborhood is huge, I mean huge!  It takes about 5 minutes to drive through in order to get to my own home.  The homes here are absolutely gorgeous and have such well kept, manicured lawns, too!

There is also a fitness center and beautiful pool and tennis courts.  There is also dog paths around the perimeter of the neighborhood, too!

I had a time trying to take some of these photos!  I felt like I was a home stalker, I took some while on my bike and some in the car!

There are several fountains throughout the neighborhood and also green areas.

I can't wait to see the homes decorated for the holidays as I am sure I will be taking more photos of them!  I like this neighborhood because there are all types of homes instead of the cookie cutter look like some neighborhoods.  (Tudor, Contemporary, Traditional, Bungalow, etc.)

Well I hope you enjoyed a small tour of my neighborhood!  I can't wait to do my house shopping for my home soon!  These photos of these homes give me a lot of inspiration.  Also seeing these homes in person is phenominal!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


If you have been reading my blog for awhile, we just recently moved from Beaufort, SC to NC and currently are renting short-term.

Well I wanted to share some photos of the kitchen so far.  I like it since we are able to fit a small table instead of eating in the dining room every meal.  The color in the kitchen is a medium toned gold/yellow.  Since the appliances are mainly black in the room, I wanted to add black accents to the room.

I also added some small amounts of french accessories - linen on stove - Eifel Tower linen from Paris.

I added my black and white striped Dash & Albert rug to the front of the kitchen sink.

Love my french subway art hanging near my bistro chairs and table, too!

So there you have it, surely but slowly adding small touches to our rental here in NC.

Thanks for your visit!

Note to myself - find ironstone pieces to add to kitchen!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes

I am slowly unpacking boxes from my recent move from Beaufort, SC to NC.  Now working in the master bedroom, I found 2-3 huge boxes of shoes, yes shoes!

How many pair of shoes can a girl have?  Really?  I guess no one realizes how much personal belongings they have until they unpack them! 

When packing them, I had them stored in their original boxes.  How do you store your shoes?
I am also so glad that I did not sell any of my fall/winter shoes back in SC as I rarely wore them and lived in flip flops or summer type shoes!

Here are some of my all time favorites.

Cole Hahn - Mules - worn in just perfectly

Turquoise - Daisy Sandals - Talbott's

Hand beaded sandals from Tahiti

Bought these at Anthropologie!

Pikolino's - one of my favorites!  So comfy!

Oh I almost forgot my Ferragamo driving moccasins!

Well I better get working on unpacking some of them at least to wear while here in NC!

So tell me, are you a shoeaholic?



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