Monday, November 8

Tattered Trash & a Feathered Tin Rabbit!

Whadda weekend!
It was all amazing from the minute I picked my sweet friend Dawn up at the airport until I dropped her back off 72 hours later.
We started out Thursday night hooking up at the book store with blog buddies Lori & Pat.
You think we found anything to talk about???
The next morning after getting the kids off to school we headed to Athens to see Gloria's awesome shop Winnie & Tulula's.
Anyone recognize that crazy girl in the window?
My favorite trash talking girl Debbie!
I think the writing on the window has this girl pegged!
Eclectic, quirky & romantic!
This girl makes me laugh so much.
When I wasn't laughing at her stories I was buying up all her amazing stash!

Gloria has turned this old historic building into one of the best stores I've ever been in!
Linens, clothes delicious food, she's got it all.
My friend Daphnes beautiful bags!
Gloria calls this 'Paris Apartment'.
Some of Dawn's treasure's.
I bought up so much good stuff that day.
I'll show you next post.
After a big lunch & a lot of shopping it was off to see
The drive to Melrose was truly picturesque.
Rolling Texas hills, small farms dotting the landscape & the amazing fall colors surrounding us. 
Even the weather that weekend was perfect.
When we turned into the gravel drive there was a lot of
Ohhs & Ahhs!
The property consists of their sweet cottage, the shop & Ann's 'famous' greenhouse. 
He has put an enormous amount of work into their home & shop, swapping new doors with antique.

By the time we arrived it was dark, & everything was lit up with thousands of white lights. 

It was so breathtaking it actually brought tears to our eyes.
I'm not a bit embarrassed to tell you this, I know you understand.

Ann's greatest gift is her fearless way of putting things together.
Whether it's the way she decorates her home,

or creating art
I just love everything she does!
I'll stop writing for a minute & let the pictures speak for themselves.

Are you tired of looking yet??

 Here's some more!!!!!!!

 It is absolutely the most beautiful home I've ever been in!
Ann is such a precious friend & such a sweet soul.
Needless to say a few lot of the treasures I showed you are now in my possession!
I'll be watching for the postman so I can intercept the Visa bill.
Stayed tuned for my next post titled....
'Lisa gets a job at McDonalds'
were I'll show off all my goodies!


Tete said...


Debra@Common Ground said...

What an amazing place! I'm sure you and Dawn had a blast. I can understand the tears in your eyes, heck, I had 'em too! Great post!
big hugs,

Amy said...

This post was just amazing and inspiring all in one

Charlene said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! I missed a great show! Thanks so much for sharing. I hate that I didn't get to see Dawn either. But, next time! HUGS! SEE YOU SUNDAY!

Lovey said...


sweetpea said...

okay i don't know which i got a bigger kick out of, seeing that gorgeous home or my pal deb in the window at w&t's. hmmmm.... looks like a great time was had by all!



Petite Michelle Louise said...

brought tears to MY eyes too! Wow..i'm speechless..what a lovely, lovely store and what a lovely time you had with dawn. Luck you! Maybe someday this yankee gal will head South and see with my own eyes what ya'll are always yappin about! LOL!

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Looks like you two had a ball. So glad you got to show Dawn a REAL GOOD TIME! Maybe she will come back one of these days. I so enjoyed our visit at the book store. Was so good to meet her in person. Can't wait to see all the goodies you got.
Hugs, Pat

sissie said...

Hi Lisa,
I just love the photo of you in that girly, sissiefied white lacy shirt! You look hot Mama! Wonder if they will let you wear it at MacDonald's drive thru!
I know all about intercepting the visa bill! LOL.

Gosh, I would be crying too and I am right now because I wasn't there to see all that amazing beauty.

Thanks for sharing all these amazing photos and I'm so glad that you had a wonderful time.


Lisa Phillippi said...

I am drooling over all those pretties! I think I may have to look uo those on the map and plan a road trip myself!

diane cook said... all I can say! Looks like you had a GRAND time =))

Dawn said...

Oh the pictures are stunning , I can't believe how spectacular it is in person.

Vicki said...

Her home is really just unbelievable. It is one of those place where I would look at my watch and suddenly realize I had been there for hours studying things. So happy for you girls that you were able to have this trip! I can only imagine what came home in the trunk!lol - Love the McDonald's comment. I always giggle about my favorite local place being called "Hidden Treasures." That is exactly what all my purchases are from there! Hidden Treasures in my trunk! Take care

Angela said...

How amazing!! I'm sure you just ran out of words!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

OMG, Lisa so much eye candy... everything at Anne's is just gorgeous!!! I sure hate that I didn't get to meet your girls at Winnie & Tululas, looks like Deb kept yall entertained though! I so wanted to go over and do something to my booth before you got there. I have neglected it for months, just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done... hope you have a wonderful week!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

The French Bear said...

Love, love and did I say love the photos, I can't imagine being there in real life.....I almost cried to think I am soooo far away!!!!! I am sure Visa was happy you were there!!!!
So good to see you gals having a great time!
Margaret B

trash talk said...

I don't know where to start so I'll just let it the tears from seeing Anne's beautiful visions. I am in love with everything...BUT...that ginormous finial is whupping this chubby lady. Oh mylanta and that neck is cramping just thinking about all the time that went into doing it.
Meeting Dawn and getting to play with y'all was a treat for me. I loved every minute I got to spend with y'all, but I am curious about one thing. No pictures of the chef...what gives?
Thank y'all for letting me and Winnie & Tulula's be a pit stop on your road trip. I sang all the way home!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Talk about eye candy! Gorgeous!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I had been a little bit in the Christmas mood already but after seeing pictures of your and Dawn's trip to Ann's gorgeous shop and home, I'm totally inspired and motivated to get the Christmas decoration out very soon. No wonder that you had tears in your eyes when you saw all those absolutely beautiful decorations, Lisa. I'm looking forward to seeing which treasures you brought home :-).
Hugs to you,

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Awesome photos Lisa. What a great trip. Everything at Anns are so beautiful. Love her creations and her home is wonderful. Can´t wait to see what you bought.
xo Tina

Dorthe said...

Dear Lisa,
it`s almost not beliavable that you two actually was there, in this house of beauty, -that`s ofcourse, because I so wanted to see such a fairy land,myself :)
But please take care!!! don`t want you to end up with McDonalds, totally stressed,with no power left,for posting beautifull posts for us,lol---
Lisa I would without doubt have had tears in my eyes, walking into Ann`s fantastic world,too--she surely is a master in creating, and displaying.
I`m so happy for you girls, that you had that gorgeus experience together, sweetie.
Love,and hugs- Dorthe

Lululiz said...

Absolutely stunning.

A Cottage Muse said...

Sigh...tis the season alright!!

Absolutely gorgeously stunning!!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhhhh Lisa, once again I have tears in my eyes ~ It started with Dawn's pictures and now yours of
Ann's amazing and GORGEOUS shop and home ~
YES I totally get the tears of taking in the beauty !
Dang if you go back I want to go soooo bad !!!


Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhhhh Lisa, once again I have tears in my eyes ~ It started with Dawn's pictures and now yours of
Ann's amazing and GORGEOUS shop and home ~
YES I totally get the tears of taking in the beauty !
Dang if you go back I want to go soooo bad !!!


Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhhhh Lisa, once again I have tears in my eyes ~ It started with Dawn's pictures and now yours of
Ann's amazing and GORGEOUS shop and home ~
YES I totally get the tears of taking in the beauty !
Dang if you go back I want to go soooo bad !!!


Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhhhh Lisa, once again I have tears in my eyes ~ It started with Dawn's pictures and now yours of
Ann's amazing and GORGEOUS shop and home ~
YES I totally get the tears of taking in the beauty !
Dang if you go back I want to go soooo bad !!!


Judy said...

Soooo beautiful.


I've never wanted to go to Texas - until now!

First I'll have to see if my MacDonald's is hiring...

Claudia said...

This is the sort of post that requires re-reading, re-gazing, re-gasping. Oh. my. What beauty!

What amazes me is the amount of detail - everywhere. There is nothing left unattended, you know? I would have gone nuts there.

Thank you so much for sharing this incredible experience with us.

Why does it seem that TX has all the neat shops and shows????


Rebecca said...

I am so jealous... and I don't say that ever!!! OK... that is what heaven looks like (to me)
I need to redo every inch of my house :) My first thought was, a man does not live there, but I see one does... he must be amazing. My second thought was, my studio looks like that why not my house, but then I couldn't do it with all the people here, so I will just have to accept it and live through your lovely pictures.
I so want to come down there, ahhh someday.
Blessings my friend and thanks for all the inspiration this morning

time-worn interiors said...

I am speechless and I have tears in my eyes! I have longed to visit Ann for a couple of years now, and it never works out when I'm in Texas!

That woman is the MOST talented woman I know of! It amazes me! And to think she doesn't get out and go to shows, nor does she blog search much (she hasn't even had a blog very long). These IDEAS are all hers!! That speaks volumnes in this business!!

I love her style! OMGoodness, my heart is beating so fast! I have got to visit her soon! Country Living really needs to do an article on this fabulous lady!!!

Thank you so much for sharing all the lovely photos! Although I am a little jealous I wasn't there! I know Dawn from Atlanta and I bet you guys had a great time!!

This post is all I'm gonna think about all day long!!


Debby said...

WOW!!!! Lisa what an amazing weekend. Everything is just so beautiful and getting to spend your time touring such a beautiful home with Dawm must have been just awesome. Lucky Girl!! Can hardly wait to see what you bought that is sending you off to work at

Miss Sandy said...

Magical, purely magical!!! Thank you for taking us on this dream tour of inspiration! I can't imagine getting to live and work among such beauty. Hope you have a great day and yes, I'll have fries with that please ;c)

lynn said...

Oh Lisa! How fortunate you are to get to visit these places. It is gorgeous beyond gorgeous!!!! For me, blogs have almost replaced magazines, since there is much more "meat", the photos are beautiful and so many of my favorites went out of publication. Thank you for sharing these with us and I do look forward to lots more! Lynn

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

All I have to say is, next time I'm going!!!!!

June said...

Lisa, I had to get my bib for this post! I am drooling over every picture. Thank you, thank you for being so sweet to get these photos so we could all share in the fun. Sometimes it is so difficult to have a great time and still take photos to remember it all by, so I thank you.
I adored the pictures of you and the girls. I want to meet you and Dawn in person so much. I loved the picture of Ann and her husband. It was my first glimpse of this amazingly talented woman.
I don't think I have told you how much I loved your feature in Somerset Life O/N/D. It was so amazing! I don't think you'll ever know how much you inspire me!!!
love to you,

The Feathered Nest said...

WONDERFUL post sweet girl!!!!! I still can't EVEN, EVEN believe we did this together!!! It truly does seem like one big, beautiful, Heavenly DREAM....and you sweet Lisa were so very good to me, treated me like an absolute queen ~ I'll never ever forget this past weekend, thank you for everything precious friend!!!!
OH and BTW what's the deal with me in that photo??? I look like I'm waiting for someone to kick my butt!!!! Maybe I thought standing like that would make me look skinny HA!! love you, Dawn

Linda said...

Wow, it looks like you had the BEST time...such eye candy...Ann's home is really beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing it~ she is a very sweet blogger...

Anonymous said...

No, not tired of looking and reading about your jaunts out with special friends! What could be better than good friends, good conversation, good food, good shopping!! Not much!

sandra said...

Oh my word, I knew Ann's home would be incredible, but your pics have blown me away with all the beauty. Everything Ann touches is gorgeous...she truly has a gift for turning everything into a work of art; and she's just as sweet as she is talented. Love that gal!
Your post was so's hard not to be jealous of your's and Dawn's fabulous trip! ;-) I've followed your blog for quite a while, but this is my first time to comment. Looking forward to many more of your beautiful creations and posts.

Laurie said...

Oh my goodness, I'm on beauty overload! Whoa, I need to catch my breath. And your McDonald's comment -- LOL! You make me laugh!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

okay girl...
I don't know of any other words to express how I feel except...
"all this is FABULOUS!"
72 hours of Dawn (sigh),
visiting with Pat, Lori, Gloria and Debbie (another sigh, sigh, sigh, & sigh) and seeing all of these treasures...
I think I would have had a heart attack (a happy heart attack!)

I absolutely cannot wait to see all what you took have the bestest husband in the world girl. If something ever happened to Thad, I'd stalk your house like a vulture for Kevin...and I'm NOT lying either so watch out sista!!!!

hurry up and post...I'm dying here!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Looks like you girls had a wonderful time together!! I LOVE sweet Ann and her gorgeous and magical home, shop and creations! I hope I get to visit her and her shop someday! The photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Delighted to see your photos, as they are different from Dawns, and we cannot have too many photos of Ann and her home and shop. She is a delight, an inspiration, and all around good person. I am glad you had so much fun. oxo

Attic Rat said...

I'm sure you girls had such a grand time. Thanks for posting the lovely pictures. I really enjoyed them :D


Linda M. said...

Lisa, Thanks for sharing you fun and your treasure finds. Beautiful, wonderful things.

Kathy said...

Lord have mercy -I would have just flipped to see all that beauty in one home :-) It is wonderful you were able to visit and shop!:-)

Storybook Woods said...

Akk, I am dying to come to TX and shop. Add meeting you (add Dawn) what a dream day xoxo Clarice

Tammy said...

Sounds like you and Dawn had a lovely visit. I think Ann's home is so special and filled with love. How pretty! She and her husband have done a very nice job on it. I loved seeing all of the loot you came home with on your shopping spree.
How fun!