Operation Rhododendren Relocation

OOperation Rhododendron Relocation was in full force a few weeks ago at the house in Cashiers. Guess who hosted the neighborhood’s outdoor annual gathering? Of course it rained, so we welcomed all the ‘neighbors’ inside our little mountain project, and gave tour after tour of our house and garden (to be.)

Before leaving, one of the neighbors mentioned that the rhododendron at the entry were overgrown and blocking the vision of cars entering. The plan was to cut the trees down. Right away another neighbor said, “I bet Lissy Parker would love those trees.” Mr.’P’ jumped into action and quickly volunteered me to move them to our sparse garden. Luckily, I know a crew of the best garden and landscaping guys around. One quick call and they were there the next morning. Just look at what happened next …

The planning stage of the mission began early in the morning

The planning stage of the mission began early in the morning

 

Lots of equipment and planning were needed

Lots of equipment and planning were needed

 

And lots of helpers—everyone looks so small

And lots of helpers—everyone looks so small

 

The Polaris Ranger came in very handy for leverage and pulling

The Polaris Ranger came in very handy for leverage and pulling

 

I was driving for this tree removal—not

I was driving for this tree removal—not

 

Success! Now for the replanting

Success! Now for the replanting

 

And here I am in front of the newly planted rhododendron—wish

And here I am standing in front of the newly planted rhododendron—wish

xo♥, Lissy

All photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlanta Anemones in Bloom

AMy Atlanta anemones are in full bloom in the front courtyard garden. These lovely little white flowers always appear just when you least expect them—in the Fall. These white clusters were originally planted by Garden designer Ansley Browning, now located in Winston-Salem, N.C.. Thank you Ansley for all the beauty I enjoy Each Fall. I’m going to plant a zillion of these in my Cashiers garden! Hope they do this well in the mountains.

Lovely little clusters of white blooms

Lovely little clusters of white blooms

A little closer look ...  they look like little butterflies

A little closer look … they look like little butterflies

 

Note to self—plant zillions of these

Note to self—plant zillions of these

 

xo♥, Lissy

All Photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.

 

 

Trick-or-Treat … or, Where is Goldilocks?

HIt all started with a little evening apple cider. I had just finished blowing the leaves off of the drive and porch, even cleared the neighbor’s drive and walk, with my new battery powered Stihl blower. I was oblivious to what was going on around me, but I should have noticed the ‘girls’, Janie and Daisy, staring at something in the back of the house—good dogs. I poured my cider and went to relax and enjoy the beautiful leaf display on the mountain. I needed a closer picture of the fall foliage when … OMG … the three bears arrived to have walnut appetizers in my back yard! Suddenly a car drove down the gravel road and the Mama bear stood up—over 6 feet tall—and Goldilocks hurried the girls in the house and plans to stay there … till Spring! Mr. ‘P’ says I need bear sensitivity training. You decide!

This hot apple cider started the whole chain of events

This hot apple cider started the whole chain of events

 

Here is the Fall foliage I was going to enjoy until ...

Here is the Fall foliage I was going to enjoy until …

 

I this Goldilocks house

Is this Goldilocks house

 

"Let's go next door for more Trick-or-Treat goodies"

“Let’s go next door for more Trick-or-Treat goodies”

 

xo♥, Lissy

All photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.

 

 

 

Finally Fall

FThe air is crisp and clean, and the leaves are turning here in the North Carolina mountains. Fall is finally here—love it. Think crunching leaves, comfy sweaters, pumpkins, apple cider, and to quote Meg Ryan “bouquets of sharpened pencils.” Here’s what’s going on in my ‘block of the city.’

Pumpkins mums and corn stalks are everywhere

Pumpkins, mums and corn stalks—everywhere

 

Hay house at Scotland Yard Nursery

Hay house at Scotland Yard Nursery

 

What a Hay ride this would be

What a Hay ride this would be!

 

And now for a little Fall fun at my house

And now for a little Fall fun at my house

 

Love these stacking pumpkins ... more needed

Love these stacking pumpkins … more needed

 

Dutch kitchen door is ready for Halloween

Dutch kitchen door is ready for Halloween

 

Ready are not—Fall is here

Ready are not—Fall is here

 

xo♥, Lissy

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Drapery Drama

DI can hardly wait to bring y’all this post—new and exciting news here in North Carolina. The Master Bedroom draperies and bed hanging were installed last week! The draperies are my favorite style—simple poles and rings.

The new bed treatment is suspended from the ceiling, David Hicks style.The whole bedroom was designed around the beautiful blue crewel fabric that Keven Hawkins found for us—all 200 yards of it … He designed the whole room around this timeless fabric and measured, measured and measured again for this beautiful installation.

The fabrication and installation were done by Tailor Made Draperies of Savannah, Georgia. The bed is lined in the ‘Sky’ ticking stripe and the tiny blue beads that were featured in an earlier post here. The ivory white and blue combination is so restful and cozy … think I will love this for a long time.

Oh, and by the way, this same treatment just appeared on the cover of the October issue of World of Interiors!

Durma com os anjos! (My editor is trying to learn Portuguese, and so she added that without my consent!) LOL!

Draperies went up in the middle of the night—long trip from Savannah

Draperies went up in the middle of the night—long trip from Savannah

 

The frame to support the 'Hicks' style bed was built beside the bed

The frame to support the ‘Hicks’ style bed was built beside the bed

 

Side panels and back hangings

Side panels and back hangings

 

Keven Hawkins and Carlton position the bed in place—it was bolted to the crown molding

Keven Hawkins and Carlton, from Tailor Made Draperies, position the bed in place—it was bolted to the crown molding

 

Then the front of the bed was attached to the raised ceiling with a chain—covered of course

Then the front of the bed was attached to the raised ceiling with a chain—covered of course

 

Antique Italian chandalier was swagged to the side

Antique Italian chandelier was swagged to the side

 

Dust ruffle was pinned in place—love the crazy mattress lifter

Dust ruffle was pinned in place—love the crazy mattress lifter

 

Tada! I may never leave this room

Tada! I may never leave this room

 

The November cover of World of Interiors ...

The November cover of World of Interiors …

 

xo♥, Lissy

All Pictures by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photographs—just please credit the source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Green Stone Road

G I was driving down the road, minding my own business, when this home’s charming driveway made me stop and reach for my camera.This welcoming entry says, “Follow the Green Stone Road!” The monochromatic color scheme is so calming and soothing. This garden begins curb side and continues down the driveway to the front door. I love the curve in the drive that creates hidden garden rooms only revealed as you meander down the drive. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Green, green and more green—just a touch of white

Green, green and more green—just a touch of white

 

Boxwood, hydrangea, hosta and ferns ... who could ask for more

Boxwood, hydrangea, host and ferns … who could ask for more

 

Love the edging and stones

Love the edging and stones

Curving drive and hidden beds of green

Curving drive and hidden beds of green

 

Welcome to our house ...come on in

Welcome to our house …come on in

 

xo♥, Lissy

All photos by Lissy Parker for Lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.

 

 

 

 

Finally—Friday!

FI am so looking forward to a weekend with no moving, packing, unpacking or installations! I’ve been a very busy girl— more about that later. Here are a few beautiful and inspirational pictures to help you start your weekend. Hope you have a great one!

Topiary ... what's not to love

Topiary … what’s not to love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A French garden and gate—yes, please

A French garden and gate—yes, please

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A golden rain tree arch—just makes me happy

A golden rain tree arch—just makes me happy

 

And last but not least—Champagne!

And last but not least—Champagne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xo♥, Lissy

Have a Great Weekend!