My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living


I was once told...that weekends were for relaxing!
On occasion, I have actually given this a try! But not this weekend...
This weekend we will be working in the dining's nearly complete,
With the exception of...

The fireplace insert. It will not be installed until Autumn now...the wrong one was ordered by the store and now we must wait...again.
I did manage to get the Mansard Mirror hung this past week and brought some Queen Anne's Lace in from the garden.

For the next few weeks... I will be in my studio as I prepare for the

4th Annual French Market and Artisan Fair 
in Tipton

On Monday, I will start giving you a few more details on the event as well as introduce you to our fabulous Vendors!

Do you have plans for the weekend? Whatever they may be...Enjoy!


  1. Donna,
    That mirror is fantastic! Where on earth did you find it?
    We have great plans for the weekend. I will email you about it!
    So blessed to have you as a blog friend!

  2. Gorgeous. Love the mirror. Hope your weekend is lovely and relaxing! xo

  3. Donna,The mirror is wonderful. My sisters and I plan on being at the French Market. So excited. We have been to Horton's and bought plants/flowers. Thinking of you, Smiles, Susie

  4. Love the way you styled this mantel! That mirror is lovely Donna!

  5. One of the hardest things to do is to wait for something to finally come together - we still have quite a bit of finishing work to do in our tiny cottage, but so many other projects take precedence.
    Can't wait to hear more about the French Market & Artisan Fair!
    Have a happy one, Donna!
    ~ Zuzu

  6. The good news is that you won't need the fireplace until Autumn {hopefully}, and in the meantime you get to play with mantel. It looks great - simplicity and elegant.

  7. The mirror is perfect over the mantle, Donna! You'll have to share with us what you hang on the other side of the pass-through / double sided fireplace. Love the height and softness of the Queen Anne's Lace. :-)

  8. I love it- the mantle and the mirror are both wonderful! And, sadly, it will be Autumn before we know it and you will have your insert (a good thing). Hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  9. Oh Donna, I LOVE these kinds of mirrors and now I know what it is called:-) Looks beautiful!!!!

    Enjoy your weekend,

  10. I love how your fireplace wall is coming along Donna. The mirror and mantle is BEAUTIFUL!!!
    My plans this weekend are to get all the garden beds mulched. I know I'm a little late, but we have had so much wind that it has been impossible to do.
    I hope you have another great show at Tipton's!!!!
    sending bunches of love...

  11. The mantel looks wonderful and I love your mirror. With the to-do lists it's difficult to carve out time for R&R .. It's gardening season here in the pacific northwest, so I'll be getting my hands dirty :)


  12. Love the mirror, Donna. The mantel is just lovely.

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  13. Your fireplace will be wonderful and I hope that store is treating you very well for your having to wait soo long. Love the mirror. For us retired but constantly busy people weekends are no different than any other day...full of life and chores and enjoying. Wonderful week ahead for you.


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