Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Terry John Woods...and a Sale

This week is off to a busy start.  It's funny how that happens after a holiday weekend when you've kicked back and done nothing, and then all of a sudden you check your email to find that everything is happening all at once!  It's a good kind of busy though, one filled with excitement and anticipation for projects to come and fun assignments!

It's been hot, hot, hot here the past few days, so I'm staying inside and pretending my AC is really a cool bay breeze.  Last week was much more pleasant, and I even spent some time out in my hammock catching up on reading.  You see, I got a wonderful surprise in the mail last week...Terry John Woods' new book...Summer House!  Amazon said it wouldn't ship until June the 1st, so I was thrilled when the mailman dropped it off last Friday!

I couldn't wait to sit down and properly devour it since you might recall how much I loved Terry's last book which I wrote about in this post.   I had loved his first book so much that I was almost a little nervous that this one might not live up to my expectations.  The moment I opened it and began reading the words so lovingly written by Dale West and began gazing at the amazing photos taken by Kindra Clineff, all of my fears were put to rest.


The book, which is peppered with wonderful vintage family photos from summers gone by, takes you back to a time when the scent of honeysuckle filled your soul as you rode down deserted roads with "no hands" and skinned knees.

The words and pictures intertwine to create an image of the perfect carefree summer, and a decorating style that lets summer live year round in our hearts and in our homes.

The more I read, the more I thought...I wonder if Terry and I were separated at birth...maybe we are long lost twins?!  Ok, ok, I know we were born on different days, in different places, to different people, and in different years...but the similarities are quite striking!

I mean he loves old watering cans and so do I!

And see that vintage Wayrite kitchen scale in the photo above...yup I have one of those too!

A love for old white wicker and petunias...yes, we share that same love.

Now this may just convince you that we truly are long lost twins, see those shell covered pillow shams in the photos...well guess who else has those same shams?!  Ok, are you freaking out a little about this...should I call someone from Ancestry.com to clear this up?!

And while Terry and Dale are sippin' on some San Pellegrino, there is always some chillin' in my fridge!

Blue and white platters with starfish anyone?  Why yes, I think I will!

Even if you aren't Terry's long lost sister/twin like I clearly am *wink, wink*...I think you will still love this amazing book.  Once again, I'm left speechless at how this book, Summer House, will have you plotting ways to sell everything you own and move to your very own summer house in Maine!  If you haven't ordered your copy already...then RUN, don't walk over to Amazon and get yours today!

Thank you Terry, Dale and Kindra for another wonderful book that will be a fixture in my decorating "must have" library!  And I would also like to give Kindra Clineff a special shout out and thank you for spending time talking to me on the phone recently about creating my website!  Your advice and help were much appreciated!

Now, on to some important info if you are within driving distance of southern Maryland and are looking for something to do this weekend.  My friends Susan and Julie are working on another wonderful sale to be held at Susan's waterside cottage, and you won't want to miss it!  Below is a flyer with all of the info...it's sure to be another winner, just like her last sale!


  1. Wish I could be at the sale this weekend, but I can't - hope all goes well for you...Also, the photos of the book are a visual vacation...thanks so much!


  2. Thanks, 'Twin' ;) , for sharing the new book. It looks wonderful and it is amazing that you have so many similar props. I'm all over the watering cans and Muskoka/Adirondack chairs. Blue and white pottery too. I really really need to find a cool vintage scale.

  3. Ok, I think I need that book to assist me with my florida decorating don't you think Kat?


  4. Thinkin' I need to go order me up some new eye candy for the summer...thanks for sharing Kat!

  5. I have that same scale, too and looks like a great book. I may have to order it.

  6. It really does look like you 2 are on the same wave length. I love the style you both have.

  7. Check out my blog today, I took a small video at the beach of some kite surfers - this will give you the feeling of that cool sea breeze you are looking for. Love your photos today.

  8. What a beautiful book (and post here). Going to check it out now on Amazon. Cannot believe all the similarities.

  9. Uh-oh......another book for my "gotta have" list....!!! lol! I'm off to Amazon.....! :)

    xoxo laurie

  10. love the book! such beautiful things. thanks for sharing it.

  11. the book looks amazing... i will look for it..and i too love watering cans.. i own 5 of them! xx pam

  12. Kat what a dream book!! I love it and all you are doing!

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  13. Hi Kat, isn't it funny to see so much of what we love in other people? If not related physically I believe that we are all kindred spirits on some level! Thanks for sharing - sounds like you are making some progress on your website too! Ciao, bella xxoo

  14. Gorgeous book.... just your style....mine too xx

  15. Came up for air just long enough to say adorable post, want the book but not in budget just now but on my wish list, and now I'm out the door to make my next 50 pair of earrings... sigh


  16. What a great book and I love your photos. Always good to find that "twin" in this world. ;) I wish I was closer, the sale looks like so much fun.
    I hope you enjoyed your day.

  17. This looks like a must have book - wow! It does look like you guys were twins :O)

    Thanks for all the fabulous photos and review. Hope you're having a really great week, Kat.


  18. Hi Kat,
    Terry's book truly does look wonderful! And yes, you guys seem to have the same great style...I'm just sure you have to be twins in spite of all that other stuff.lol!

    I have to thank you Kat for blessing me with your comment. It was a gift!
    hugs from here...

  19. Oh Kat, I too love and own old watering cans, petunias, vintage scales and have 6 bottles of San Pellegrino on my countertop right now! You've got me on that beautiful pillow sham though, but it just hasn't crossed my path yet. Triplets anyone? xo ~Lili

  20. This looks like a wonderful book! Can't wait to read it! Love the header, Kat! Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend!

  21. Glad you enjoyed the book so much--I'll have to track it down and spend a quiet day reading. Lovely photos--I love old watering cans too!! Have a nice weekend. Mickie ;)

  22. Thanks for spotlighting
    what looks like a terrific
    book, Kat! I remember that
    the first blog giveaway that
    I won was from YOU, and it
    was a book about Waterside
    living. THAT is still my
    #1 dream house idea and I
    just devour books on the
    subject. Hopping over to
    Amazon now.....!
    xx Suzanne

  23. Kat, I am sitting here smiling at all of your pictures and seeing that the book features very similar collections as yours. I would LOVE some of those shell pillows. Where did you find them? I will have to buy me one of those books as I know I will love, love, love it.

  24. This looks like my kind of book. Thanks for the link.


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