What happens when you gather 23 Hometalk-loving, hat-wearing, thrift-shopping, tea-drinking, Downton Abbey obsessed bloggers together?
Lots of fun, laughter and friendships.
We had a blast at the inaugural Hometalk N.C. Bloggers Meetup, held in Greensboro, N.C. on May 11.
We did some serious shopping. We stuck our pinkies in the air, drank tea and feasted at the lovely Deer Cottage. We imagined what would happen if Edith from Downton Abbey started a blog. (Be sure to check out the video for a good laugh!) We proved that blogging friends are real friends.
But if you like seashells and gold, brass, silver and metallic tones, then I have the perfect DIY project match for you: two super-easy techniques for gilding and gold leafing seashells. (You can use shells you find at the beach or the craft store!)
I love my mid-century house by the beach, but I've always regretted the fact that the previous owners ripped out the original kitchen and put in one of those characterless and cheap
oak-trimmed laminate kitchens that for some inexplicable reason were so popular in the 1980s. When I finally bit the bullet and decided to re-do the kitchen, I wanted to create something that was appropriate to the house and found my inspiration in a 1959 ad for a Hotpoint kitchen. It was both practical (tiled walls) and handsome, with a great punch of color from a tiled accent wall containing the turquoise (!) wall oven. While I ultimately decided a wall oven wouldn't work for me, and I went for the durability of stainless (the salt in the air is tough on things here at the beach), I think I've ended up the with a kitchen that honors the inspiration, and my home's history.