New blogger friends, a mountain show house and a bit of thrifting

If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you know that I’m not a big thrifter.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I just tend to hoard items with grandiose plans and no actual completion.  This past weekend was an exception, however.  Why, you ask?  Because there is no way to not enjoy thrifting and come home with a few goodies when you find yourself in the NC mountains with new and old (not old, old, you know what I mean) blogger friends.

Edie, Lisa, me, Sherry and Rhoda


The main reason for our trip, (Oh, who am I kidding? Who really needs a reason to go hang out in a beautiful cottage, talking about nothing but design with 4 other women who feel exactly the same way…) I sure don’t, but we did actually go up to see this year’s Cashiers Designer Showhouse.


It did not disappoint.  They don’t allow photos inside, but here are a few of the outside.  The inside was just as beautiful and the view was to die for.




I can really see myself sitting here, a glass of wine, the kids playing in the yard…Then I remember the $5,000,000 price tag.  Oh well, it’s fun to dream.


Once we’d gotten our fill of $5,000,000 fabulousness, we moved on to the things we could afford.


Our first stop was the Tobacco Barn, which really was a tobacco barn for years, until the thrifting craze took over.  If you follow me on instagram @lorimayinteriors you saw this and a few more photos on Saturday.

Here are a few of my finds.

Don’t you love the color of these?  They were super heavy, but I’d love to see them on a bookcase or one as a door stop.


Yes, more chairs.  I’ve decided I have a chair problem.  But, just like this one that I wrote about a few weeks ago, I didn’t come home with these either.  Really love the shape of the one on the right…


This lovely almost came home with me, but I decided it was too big (and too heavy).  Lisa picked it up though, so if you shop her booth at Scott’s, it could be yours…


I’ve decided I need to do a post on horses.  I just love them and I’m not sure why.  It all started when I saw these gorgeous photographs at Scotts.  I can’t seem to stop thinking about them.  I really think I need one.  (Not a real one, way too much trouble.)


And last, but not least, the things I did come home with, a box o’ books!  Yes, that’s what it said on the side of the box along with the ridiculously low price tag.  The marbled papers are so pretty and I do have plans for them.  Hopefully, I’ll get to them and they won’t go into the thrifting graveyard that is my garage.  I’ll keep you posted.



An instagram tour of Charleston

Okay, so I know I promised a different post for today, but we took a surprise trip to Charleston yesterday and I wanted to share my instagram photos with you.  If you’ve never been to Charleston, you should certainly put this on your bucket list.  It has some of the most beautiful homes that I’ve ever seen.  And not to mention the food, which is where our tour starts…


Toast was our first spot for a delicious brunch.


Charlotte was thrilled with her breakfast favorite!



Next was a carriage ride tour of the city.  This is where the fun begins!  (My sweet nephew Jeremiah was less than thrilled with the ride, but he and Charlotte soon fell asleep and missed the majority of the ride.)


Love all the architectural details and the beautiful blue paint color.


The porches on the sides of the homes were once used to receive guests, especially during the heat of the summer.


Many of these doorways are “false” doors.  They open up to the sitting porch of the home.


Gotta love the blue ceiling.  They are everywhere in Charleston.  The blue is called haint blue which was used by the early residents of Charleston to keep the evil spirits away.



I loved these shiny red doors.  The windows were so clean that they look like mirrors.


One of Charleston’s quaint hotels.


These morning glories were so blue that they almost didn’t look real.


There are so many amazing churches.  These gorgeous columns are actually brick covered with smooth stucco and painted to look like marble.


Another wonderful place to visit are the many old cemeteries.  It’s fascinating to read about the people buried there.


I know this picture is a little wonky, but I had to lean out of the carriage to get it.  I didn’t want to miss this gorgeous pink home.


This home was under going a major renovation.  It’s so different from all of the others.  It felt so sturdy, yet so beautiful.


And, last but not least, this is the most photographed home in Charleston.  It sits right on the water.  People were lined up to take photos of it.  Can you imagine living here and having people look into your windows day and night?  I can’t, but I guess that’s just part of living in one of the most beautiful homes in one of our most beautiful cities.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my instagram tour.  If you’d like to see more photos, be sure to follow me on instagram at @lorimayinteriors.  I love to take photos when we travel, but I also share photos of my daily shopping adventures for clients and of course, myself.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!