Even though my dear friend, Cynthia, lives in an historic set of quarters on one of the oldest Army posts in the country, I always expect to see Ernest Hemingway sitting on her wrap around porch sipping something wonderful when I drop by. "Beachy" is not a word Cynthia particularly likes when describing her lovely turn of the century (20th century!) home, but her cool and simple style exudes serenity and has guests feeling like they are visiting a beach somewhere in Bermuda!
Cynthia loves Paperwhites and Amaryllis, they look beautiful in silver urns.
Dark wood, neutral fabrics, cream walls, and plantation shutters, just say… "come in and relax"!
The living room mantle is simply decked in fresh greenery, candles and a wreath hanging from a garden gate.
Succulents in silver goblets are festive and also beautiful year round…so easy to care for if you don't have a green thumb!
Christmas ornaments in glass jars add a holiday pop.
I love these simple pieces of art, antique floor grates and a framed crocheted snowflake.
One of several trees in the quarters, this tree is decked out in silver ornaments and family momentos…a pewter polka dotted tree skirt gives it that perfect finish. Cynthia created this particular look by cutting branches randomly from the trunk, creating the perfect vintage tree.
One of my favorite pieces is this vintage shadow box made by her grandfather and showcasing her children's baby cups. Green was the original color of the little shadow box.
In the dining room, the table belongs to the quarters and so does the chandelier, but everything else is Cynthia's.
Another wrought iron gate adorns the mantle with red candles in silver containers.
Cynthia is one of those people who has a gentle and calm voice, the kind that can deliver bad news and make it seem not so bad…do you know what I mean? But, she is lots of fun and so adventurous. These next few photos show her whimsical side…
Just a touch works!
Even the small kitchen (for such a large house) is in on the action! This Christmas card holder is really a store counter stand for small bags of chips. Cynthia picked it up at a flea market and re-purposed. I know I'll be on the look out for one of these for sure!
I'm so very grateful to Cynthia for letting me in her beautiful home and giving me lots of great ideas…for next year!
You can see these and more photos of her quarters on our Facebook page