Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Linen Storage

Many of us remember hanging sheets and towels out on a clothes line to dry.  That wonderful smell of the fresh air on the sheets is a wonderful memory - one we can almost still smell today.  However today, many suburbs have ordinances against clothes lines.  Washers and dryers have become a staple in most American homes.  The clothes line has become only a way of life in parts of rural America.

Many older large homes were built with large rooms to store linens.  Table clothes were rolled on tubes instead of being folded.  Sheets were ironed and placed on shelves.  Napkins were starched.  I  love pressed sheets- at least the pillow case-  and a nicely starched linen napkin. 

When designing my new home, I worked with a closet designer to create functional linen storage.  I have a large collection of tablecloths and I wanted to store  them in an efficient manner.  I needed space to sort bed linens by size, so that it would be easy to grab them when grand kids came to visit and I had to set up 4 additional  air mattress beds! During the week of my daughter's wedding, I had to find sheets for 5 additional beds and it took me hours. I vowed to myself - "Never again".     This week, I finally got the time to organize my linen closets.

This is a small linen closet on the main floor.   Extra towels and bath products are stored inside, along with my dressier table clothes and napkins. 

The tablecloth storage rack rolls out for easy access.  Each cloth is stored on its own rack.
I have found it so easy to use and I can easily find what I am looking for.

Napkins are stored in the side cubbies by color story,
allowing me to mix and match as I create a table setting. We have the same
set-up in the kitchen for everyday table linens.

 Extra bath products are stored here for guests.

On the guest level, I am lucky to have a large walk-in closet for linens.

 It is large enough to store an ironing board to press linens. 


It has large open shelving  to hold heavy tablecloths and comforters.
 The same rollout system is in this closet, but it holds bed coverlets and spreads.

 Storage boxes have been tagged with their contents- ie  Standard pillow cases

ie- pillow protectors-

 Sheets, mattress covers and blankets are identified by a tag and stored by size. .  That makes it easier to grab the correct size quickly rather than opening each item  up to check the size.

So now that I have conquered linen storage issues, how do I create that wonderful scent for my linens?  I found these  beautiful "Wax Curiosities" in a great store in Asheville called Desirant.
They were placed   in the closets to scent the linens,  

They are beautiful scented wax flowers and so pretty to look at while getting linens from the closet.

You can also  find these little works of art on line.

Another great  laundry scent is Glamorous Wash in the Tyler scent.  It gives sheets a
wonderful clean sexy scent.

They also make sachets for the dryer- perfect for infusing a lasting scent on towels and sheets .
Purchase these on Amazon. 

An organized linen area is a dream come true. There is something to be said for the old fashioned  wisdom of having a linen room in the home.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Our House Construction Completion Party

After moving and settling into our new home, having our daughter's wedding, it is now time to finally celebrate with our construction crews, builders and architects.   With Platt Architecture designing our home and Tyner Construction building it, we truly had a dream team.  No building nightmares, just a smooth wonderful process.  I am sad that we are finished as I have developed a fondness for many of the people that built our home.    My husband and I wanted to show our gratitude and throw a great party to celebrate their talents.

 It was wonderful to finally have time to think through the extra details that make a party special and actually do them!  Like making floral and fruit ice cubes to ice down the white wines.
 Time to cut the small pink roses from the organic drift roses in the front and wash them thoroughly to remove any bugs.

 Filling the oversized ice trays with cherries, berries, mint and roses to be frozen.

 And while I was busy socializing last night and didn't get a picture until the guests had left,
you can see how pretty these were in the giant  bowl surrounding the chilled wine.

As we live pretty far out in the country, there is not a close florist.  So grocery store flowers are our source for any floral need.  They seem to stock a fresher selection on weekends, so you need to buy them then.  

 I filled my refrigerator on Saturday with flowers that I would not be using for 4 days.
 They held up perfectly!
 We have this gorgeous coleus growing in the yard, so I added it to white roses for the entrance table.

 It tucked in beautifully to the clam shell beside the roses for the gathering room table.

Since cherries are in season now, I had time to pit and cover fresh cherries in edible gold and chocolate.    So much better than maraschino cherries.

This was a thoroughly good time getting ready for this party- no stress and lots of time to do it!
Classical music on, windows open with the sound of the river coming in- I am very happy.

  We had Chef Brian from the Star Diner in Marshall coming to prepare a feast for our guests.
His food is inspiring and I must confess- he  probably does make the best crab cake in the world!

 A large carving station was set up with perfectly charred pulled pork, beef tenderloin and pork tenderloin and a choice of 4 sauces and rolls. 
 Marinated tomatoes
 Pickled Vegetables

Heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella  salad

                                                                   A shaved Brussel Sprout salad
 Roasted Salted Beets with goat cheese and pistachio pesto.

Crab Cakes and Chicken Saltimbocca completed the proteins with a side of mashed sweet potatoes with pineapple.

 For dessert, a cart was set up with deconstructed berry shortcakes, along with Peach Cobbler macarons.  As we are celebrating the completion of a French inspired home in the Southern rustic mountains, what would be more appropriate than a Peach Cobbler macaron???  

Raspberry and  chocolate macarons were enjoyed  too!

 The table was set with all the roses and a collection of culinary antiques.
Normally we fill this table with the food buffet, but this time we placed the food  on the buffets and island. Space was left for guests to sit and enjoy conversation and the food.

 The reclaimed wood table sits a lot of people around it and last night it was full!
 We had a wonderful turnout and a lively evening. We gave a few humorous awards to some key people in the project. Wives got to see their husbands work in a finished home and that was a first for some. Tears were shed and there was a lot of  hardy laughter .. A lot of food was consumed and people went back for seconds.  Some even took doggy bags home.  That's why I know it was a
great party!

I will miss not seeing these people on a daily basis.
But somehow, I think some life long friendships have formed.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wedding Pictures!

Receiving the professional photographs from your daughter's wedding is a greatly anticipated event. After all, they record one of the most special times in you and your loved ones life.  Last week, we received our wedding photographs  from  Parker J. Pfister and were thrilled with the visions that he captured.  Parker is a true delight to work with- funny, sweet, kind and extremely creative.  He truly is a master of his craft.

The wedding was held at the Biltmore Estate at Diana- a pavilion that overlooks the great house.
Diana is the goddess of the hunt, so we added feathers and antlers to the décor.

 Table décor as a mix of rustic and formal elements, all blending together to create an enchanted forest. 
 Wine glasses at the head table.

 All of the tables were decorated slightly different, but all blended together.

 A large antler chandelier was in the center of the tent over the head table.  A mixture of long farm tables and skirted round tables floated around the head table. 

 Cake stand in rhinestones, sitting in a bed of flowers and moss.

 The floral décor was done by Stacy Brown at the Bloom Room in Asheville, NC.

                                              First look in a bamboo field on Biltmore Estate!

 Flower girls and ring bearers after the ceremony!
 Moscow mules were the cocktail of choice for the groom.

                                    Thanks Parker for capturing these memories so beautifully.

                                                            And they lived happily ever after!