Tuesday, November 20, 2012


"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

G.K. Chesterton

via Martha Stewart

via Garden&Gun

via Garden&Gun

via Garden&Gun

Monday, November 19, 2012


GRACIOUS: "Marked by kindness and courtesy, characterized by charm, good taste, generosity of spirit, and the tasteful leisure of good breeding."

This definition embodies all that is my dear friend Barry Dixon and his home Elway Hall. I have had the great privilege of traveling well and yet have seldom experienced the gracious hospitality shown to us by our consummate hosts in Virginia. To say there was "no stone left unturned" is an extreme understatement-right down to the herd of deer appearing on the lawn precisely at dusk just as you were handed your signature cocktail by the fire.

The property is sprinkled with fairy dust-every moment more magical than the last- truly gracious living at its very best! Barry is the embodiment of gentility, and is my role model for all that is good, kind, and right with this world we live in. His Edwardian sensibilities are alive and well and I so hope someday we can all return to such a civilized way of life!