Top Ten: November Finds

Greg Natale via Desire to Inspire

We are getting so close to officially looking for a house that we’re starting to get our act together. We’ve got a list together of what’s important to have in a house (3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a yard) and a couple of things we’d rather not have (Major HOA fees and house/driveway on a main road). A couple of websites have been a big help in re-examining where we can afford to live in the Charleston area.

Since we’ve gone to Bryson City, I don’t have another trip planned. Of course, I’ve started thinking about it: Amelia Island, New England, wine country in California and so my long list goes on. Of course, it depends largely on what kind of house we end up getting, but nothing stops me from dreaming.

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Katie Rosenfeld Design

Katie Rosenfeld-Collector’s Item

Katie Rosenfeld is my interior design animal spirit. She injects fun patterns and colors in to every single one of her design projects, which is something that I aspire to do. A lot of her designs have a global flair, particularly when she infuses a lot of Asian influence and some chinoiserie.

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Travel: Bryson City, NC


Although I’d been to the area before (one of my sisters went to Western Carolina University in Cullowhee), Bryson City  was new to me. And what a cute little town it is! We did not choose Bryson City for the attractions it offered, but rather the lack of. We went based off a good looking, pet friendly cabin with a secluded feel. I knew from the descriptions on the website that there would be a steep driveway, but not to the point where it probably should have recommended a four wheel drive. It helps, though, to know how to maneuver on hills- knowing you need a little speed and driving slightly off center of the driveway so you didn’t drive where others drove and spun into the ground. My husband is from SC, where it’s flat. Let’s say he learned something new.

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Book Club: Made to Order

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Time is just flying by right now. We just got back from a weekend trip up to the mountains and I lost track of blogging time, which in my defense is quite easy to do when you go up for a nice relaxing weekend to disconnect. But, when the Blue Ridge Mountains are having some unusual wildfires and it’s just all around smoky, it’s hard to focus. The smoke has reached all the way to Charleston and I tend to get light headaches after being around any kind of smoke in my face long enough. I’m kind of surprised- though maybe I shouldn’t be- that there’s not more coverage on it. How do people out in California put up with all the smoke from the wildfires they have every year? And all at once it breaks my heart and pisses me off that there are people out there who wants to literally set the world on fire. I believe most of the wildfires going on right now were started by arson. Why, people? Why?

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Stand Strong, America and Spread Love

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“If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.” -John F. Kennedy

No matter who would have won the vote, with either of the two biggest candidates, we were bound to venture into new waters, whether it be the First Woman or the celebrity business man. One thing is clear: we as a nation are ready for a change. The biggest problem, aside from having to live with each other, is pinpointing a change we can all agree on. We need a change that doesn’t currently seem achievable because we don’t know exactly what kind we need, what we can agree on, and what we can live with.

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