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The Eleventh Annual Tour of Fine Spaces… Presented by the Junior League of Winston-Salem

Its that special time of year again…SPRING!! The flowers are starting to bloom and people are starting to be running down Stratford Road in droves. Also, this time of year… The Tour of Fine Spaces presented by the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  This is one of my favorite events EVERY year!!  I love looking at newly renovated homes big and small and getting all sorts of home ideas.  The Junior League is near and dear to my heart, so when they asked me if I would blog about the Tour this year I said YES!!  Also, near and dear to my heart is a contest!!  Enter at the bottom of the post for your chance to win TWO tickets to the Tour of Fine Spaces. The JLWS is responsible for BookWORM, the Child Abuse Puppet Show, as well volunteering with community partners throughout the city. These include the Backpack program, Golor Community Garden and the Children’s Museum, just to name a few!! So lets get to it… here are a few pictures of some of the homes that will be featured on 2013_TOFS_Logo

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Begin the morning at Keller Williams Realty from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 in advance online at

Enjoy breakfast treats and exchange vouchers for maps and tickets while mingling in the newly renovated office space at 280 Charlois Boulevard.


The Raffle Ends March 17th!! Winners will be contacted the 18th of March. Thank you for playing 🙂 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Junior League of Winston-Salem’s Sixth Annual Boutique…Spotlight on City Prints LLC

Its that time of year to get your holiday shopping lists together and figure out who is getting what.  Again, this year the Junior League of Winston-Salem will be holding it’s annual holiday shopping experience the Boutique. As a reminder you are shopping for a cause.  The tickets purchased help the Junior League of Winston-Salem continue their mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The Junior League of Winston-Salem’s current projects include the Child Abuse Puppet Show and also BookWORM.

The annual Boutique shopping event will be held on November 20 and 21, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Ballroom, Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston Salem.

Every year I struggle with what to get Bain for Christmas.  This year I’m so excited to say that one of the vendors, City Prints, LLC is coming to Boutique and is the perfect gift for the man in your life … AND… AND… I just happened to grow up with the couple that started the company Katie and Tony Rodono.

The Rodono Family

Katie and Tony began the company in 2012 and haven’t looked back.  City Prints, LLC creates fine art map prints of college campuses, world cities and sports stadiums.  They have sold over 25,000 prints and there are over 700 different options.  Geez Louise that is a lot of options!!!

Here are just a tiny sampling:

 I thought y’all might really like to see what the UNC one looks like.


Also, personally I really like the Fenway Venue

Even if I didn’t know this sweet family I would still tell you that you needed to check out this booth.  You know the sports fan in your family would be thrilled to find this unique gift under the Christmas tree.   They have been praised in the press by ESPN.COM, Apartment Therapy, and The Atlanta Journal – Constitution .  Katie and Tony will not be there next weekend, so there won’t be any embarrassing stories about me as a tween, but Tony’s brother Tim will be so get your favorite person (people) a City Print at Boutique.

Here is some more details about Boutique:


Girl’s Night Out

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
 Boutique Girls Night Out:

“Twas the Night Before Boutique”

Is your “sneak peak” event. Ticket includes wine/champagne,  dessert showcase, and silent auction, and shopping the fabulous vendors where attendees will find items for everyone on their Christmas list.  Tickets sold in advance are $30 per individual/4 for $100. Tickets sold at the door will cost $35.

Saturday Shopping 

All Day Shopping!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday with Santa:

There’s something for everyone in the family while you shop! Holiday crafts and visits with Santa will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

General admission tickets will cost $5 per adult and $2 for children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 will be admitted for free.

This year there are 67 vendors (at time of posting):
1. 4 Fosters Candle Company
2. Above the Norm Designs
3. All Natural Dips
4. All She Wrote Notes
5. All That Sparkles
6. Amy Lynne Originals
7. Bauble and Seed
8. BC2Envy
9. Black Mountain Chocolate
10. Boho Blu
11. Bourbon & Grits Boutique
12. Brown Paper Crafts
13. Camel City Goods
14. City Prints, LLC
15. Collared Greens
16. Connected in Hope
17. Cottage Lane Kitchen
18. Cottage Products / The Candy Cottage
19. Cutco Cutlery
20. Cute Buttons & Gifts
21. Dana LeBlanc Designs
22. Dewey’s
23. Dove Chocolate Discoveries
24. Facemasters Day Spa
25. Fourth & Trade
26. Fraleigh’s Boutique
27. G & S Gourmet Dips
28. Gutter Dome Mid-Atlantic
29. Handpicked
30. Haymarket Designs
31. Heather Leigh Designs
32. Hip Chics Boutique
33. India Hicks
34. J. McLaughlin
35. Jamberry Nail Wraps
36. Janice Cain Stationary
37. Kerr Lake Candles
38. Kim Taylor & Company
39. Lavender Anne’s Herb Farm
40. LuLa Roe
41. LulaJack Designs
42. Mary Kay
43. Mis Match Boutique
44. Paisley Boutique
45. Pendred Keller Designs
46. Perfectly Posh
47. Pixie Garden & Gifts
48. Quick n Brite Inc.
49. Red Clay Gourmet
50. Restoration MedSpa
51. Rodan + Fields / Gigi’s
52. Salem Gourmet Olive Oil
53. Seton McGlennon
54. Stella & Dot
55. Struttin Cotton
56. Swoozie’s
57. Tastefully Simple
58. Ten Thousand Villages Greensboro
59. The Go Girl Shoppe
60. The Pinky Girl
61. The Purple Polka Dot
62. Theresa’s Best Apparel
63. Thirty-One Gifts
64. Tin Roof Teas
65. Tonya’s Cookies
66. Unique Wreaths
67. Usborne Books & More

So get there NEXT WEEK AND SHOP ’til you drop for a great cause!!!!!

Dashing – xoxoxo

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Tour of Fine Spaces is TOMORROW!!

Get your walking shoes on and grab a friend, the Tenth Annual Tour of Fine Spaces is TOMORROW!  There will be ten homes to look at and admire.  Plus, amazing food from some of Winston-Salem’s best spots to eat.  The weather is suppose to be lovely so come and enjoy yourself.


Excited to see what is featured this year???  Look at the spaces below…

Are you excited yet???  I am!!

Half of the fun is getting to go inside homes that you’ve watched go through a big transformation…

Here is one I can’t wait to get inside…

So what is stopping you?  The weather is going to be great, the food is going to be delicious, you will get so many home design ideas…

Purchase your tickets today for the Tour of Fine Spaces tomorrow… plus all the money raised goes to putting trained volunteers into Winston-Salem / Forsyth County.  The Junior League of Winston-Salem has been part of the community for 92 years and has helped the the creation/created organizations such as The Arts Council, SciWorks, the Children’s Museum, Horizon’s, BookMarks, and there are so many more!

What could be better???

Support a great cause and get to see fantastic homes.

Dashing – xoxox

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The Dovecote Home is for Purchase

** This post originally published today on Dovecote Decor as many of you know I have had the great fun to work for Liz for many years and get to call her home my office for all of them.  Her home is now up for sale.  It is an amazing place and she has taken some exquisite pictures for you to get a glimpse of it.  If anyone is interested please let her know, her email is at the bottom of the page.  Her home will be on the Junior League of Winston-Salem’s Tour of Fine Spaces March 21st and I will have a post about that next week. … think of this as is a little tidbit for what is to come on the tour this year!! **

2820 Thornfield Road
By: Liz Morten
We have loved our house on Thornfield Road for the last 14 years. It was conceived by a Winston-Salem couple who owned a francophile boutique and traveled extensively through France–shopping for their store and home. Collaborating with the Wilmington, N.C. architect Henry Johnston the team gathered artisans, Mennonite craftsman, custom millworkers, old wood resources for floors, beams and paneling to create an authentic, charming French farmhouse aesthetic. The house was finished in 1988, so it is a modern house with old world sensibilities.
Anvil studio artist Bill Brown, created these beautiful roof supports at the front door.

French country houses are designed to flow easily to the out of doors. French doors instead of windows compel you to wander out . Breezeways and pergolas provide shelter, allowing you to watch the moon rise, thunder strike, rain pelt or just watch fireflies in June.

Our Lady Banks Rose in the courtyard is a marvel!! This was the best year ever for our favorite spectacle. It gets’s knocked back a bit in a tough winter but is always a welcome portent of spring.

The front courtyard is also the perfect spot for tent parties. Our guests park up at Reynolda Presbyterian Church and Summit School and walk down. In case of rain, we offer the local teenager valet service.
Our kitchen window box has been an endless source of amusement for me….

This incarnation is my favorite, inspired by Ed Hollander’s personal garden in Sag Harbor. He brilliantly planted tall Oriental Lilies in the roots of their Hydrangea bushes and they magically dangle over the flowers acting simultaneously as support. It’s a stunner and this is my mini version.

A New Dawn Rose from the back of the house was transplanted to the front courtyard. A great adage to remember for all climbers is: “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap. This was a mature climber so it immediately embraced the space.

One of my favorite diversions is the container garden in the Spring. I came up with this Cleome/Plumbago combo and it is my favorite. As the heat goes on, they just get more wild and woolly, which is always gratifying to the gardener. The Hydrangeas through the door came in small pots from the grocery store. I enjoy them indoors, but they thrive and grow in the garden, when they’ve stopped blooming.

One year, my neighbor’s tulip Magnolia was ripped to shreds and laying on the ground, so in one of my very early blog posts, I entertained myself with this “Windfall.” Walking into the house and changing seasons we are working on a Winter Wonderland fabulous dinner.

We like the Christmas Tree in the dining room and open our gifts over breakfast strata on Christmas morning.

The entry hall has been a great overflow dining spot. We have seated as many as 22 people in dining room and the adjacent hall.

I would say our happiest times start in the kitchen and end in all the different areas we have decked out for our feasts.

Anyone who follows me on Instagram or FaceBook knows that I am the undisputed Queen of the antipasto platter.
The wonderful courtyard off of the family room is a frequent gathering spot.

The terrace off of the living room/dining room areas draws guests out for conversations. I have occasionally set up for dining out there as well, but notice that guests love an almost desperate proximity to the kitchen.  In winter, it is a great spot to gather with a blazing fire.

There are also areas in this house, where believe it or not, are not food locations.

The family room is open to kitchen area,  and I admit we eat there too.

The house was designed with 3 master bedrooms, one down and two upstairs. The fourth bedroom has built in shelves and a desk area as an optional office, but we have used it as a 4th bedroom, as have the preceding owners. There is a man’s paneled office downstairs as well with dressing and bath areas adjacent.  There are  3 separate energy zones, which make the house energy efficient. When I am the only one home, I turn down the living, dining, halls, and upstairs bedrooms.

My bedroom, which is the main floor master opens on to the dining room/living room terrace and its own secret garden on the opposite side. It is my recharging station. I am sure you are wondering……why this very long post, which could have been broken into at least3?. I have decided to move and am selling the house.  Friends have asked me to post images, so they can pass it on to their friends. Also, we have had so many beautiful occasions here, I wanted to keep a memento of all the wonderful times the girls and I have had with our relatives and great friends.  If you live in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro or High Point area, please share this with your friends.
Price available on request.




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Boutique is Tonight and Tomorrow

Boutique starts TONIGHT!!  All the women on the committee have been working as hard as elves to make sure that the event is a huge success!!

A new element that has been added to this year’s Boutique are wreathes…

I offered to make one, I thought I’d show y’all how you could easily do it too.

I started with you basic 16″ form and these cute bulb ornaments.

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Boutique … I’m giving away Two Tickets to the Girls Night Out Party

As many of you know I am deeply involved in the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  I firmly believe in our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  I take a lot of pride in what the Junior League has accomplished in Winston-Salem and all of the amazing community volunteers of the JLWS.


As a member of the Junior League I am  proud today the JLWS is community partners with such organizations as Golar Community Garden, The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, HOPE and many more.  The JLWS also has some phenomenal signature community projects including the Child Abuse Puppet Show, where the JLWS has reached every third grade child in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System for almost the last thirty years.  The JLWS is also proud to have a new community project BookWORM which is working with five community partners distributing age appropriate books to children in need.

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The very Last Rummage Sale is this Weekend

This weekend will mark the last Junior League of Winston-Salem‘s Rummage Sale. Every year (for sixty!!) the women of the JLWS come together, spending a lot of time away from work and family, to produce one of the largest second hand markets in the country.  All the money raised goes right back into Winston-Salem through the trained volunteers of the JLWS.

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