Spring in Atlanta “The Springdale Garden”

This is one of the prettiest springs in Atlanta I can remember.


Last weekend was the first of the Spring Festivals in Atlanta.  It was a beautiful Saturday before a cool and rainy Sunday.  Here’s the sky over the “Festival on Ponce” which is held in Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills.


We parked on Springdale Road and had to walk by a particularly beautiful private home that always has a knockout garden.


It was literally stopping traffic—foot traffic that is.  I wasn’t the only one with my cell phone out snapping away.   There were also a couple of professional types or maybe they were serious amateurs with real gear taking pictures.


The house is going to be on the Druid Hills Home Tour this spring.  Wow.  I’m more interested in the garden than the house. Do you think they’d let me in the backyard? I’ll bet it’s gorgeous, too.


Don’t you just covet this snowball bush?


The color combinations of the tulips really blow me away.


And the pink dogwood…later the roses will bloom and there’ll be more magnificent eye candy.


When you’re in Atlanta driving down Ponce de Leon, turn on Springdale—the house is on the right, you can’t miss it.





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My Pretty Old House Update We’re getting a Pool

If you’ve followed my blog for a while or if you’ve peeked at my Pinterest Boards you know I’m all about swimming pools.  So this should come as no surprise…


Yep… we’re putting in a pool  AND adding on to our master bath in the process.  Some people would do these two huge invasive projects one at a time, but NOOOO, not us…we go for it…all at once.

Here’s our previously lovely backyard as of a year ago. Can you find 87 things that are different?  I thought you could.


If you’re having a little trouble let me help.

1.  We took out the gigantic old post oak that was leaning over our house and our neighbor’s. And we had the Stinky Bradford Pear cut while we were at it.

2.  We gave away the hot tub on Craigslist.  “Come an’ get ‘er”   I got 17 calls, emails and texts in 30 minutes and it was gone in a week…in the ice storm.

3. The grass died on it’s own, with no help from me.  I think it was winter rye so what can we expect?


4.  We had the big ‘ol lugustrum  moved across the yard.  The backhoe driver just dug a hole then rolled across the yard, scooped it up and gently placed it in it’s new home.  It took 5 minutes and no backbreaking labor on anyone’s part.

5. The backhoe driver also broke up the rubble retaining wall by the azalea bed.  Ok, so he totally annihilated the azalea bed.  No love lost.

6.  The deck had to go to make room for the pool and the bath addition.


7. The old shed is gone and has been replaced by a new partially finished storage shed (Steve’s dream shed) that’s bigger and not rotten.

8. Our new bathroom is framed.

9.  We have a new roof.

As we speak there’s a plumbing crew working on the pool and a framing crew working on the bathroom.  There’s a 30 yard dumpster overflowing with trash in our driveway and The Rolling Stone’s “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” is playing on the radio.

It’s all good.




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Pretty House Friday #8






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Tearing Down the House

Today, they knocked down the house next door to Holly.

It wasn’t a total surprise since the house sold a few months ago and we knew the plan, but we didn’t expect an excavator to pull up and go to work today.


So we watched.


There was lots of OOOhing and awwwing.






It took about an hour and a half

tear down

except the pretending which could go on for a while.

Ty playing tear down




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Pretty House Friday #7


Love a Shingled Cottage—okay, this one is a little big to be called a cottage.





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Pretty House Friday #6


This is a Very Pretty House in Candler Park built in the “teens”.  I imagine it has 12 foot ceilings and possibly real heart pine floors—love it.




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Pretty House Friday #5



Happy Valentine’s Day!






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It’s hard to Believe But One Day it Will be May

How do you people up North stand it!

In Atlanta, we’re in the middle of our second winter storm in two weeks and we’re about to go bonkers.

In light of the present weather and my terminal Spring Fever I think this is the right time to look to the future.

May in Atlanta…

Connoisseurs Garden tour May 2013.










…are you feeling better yet?  I am.




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Pretty House Friday #4





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A Pretty Old Gas Station

Hello All!

I’ve finally made a brokerage switch.

After a year of thinking and looking and interviewing and thinking some more I made the decision to join Keller Knapp Realty in beautiful downtown Oakhurst Village –this is a small neighborhood in Decatur, Georgia that’s filled with Pretty Old Houses.

Here’s my new office—

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As always, I’ll be working out of my house, but when I need to pop over to the office, this is where I’ll go.

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Is this cool or what?

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It was an old Sinclair station.  You remember… the ones that gave away the inflatable green dinosaurs.

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While I believe I picked this broker for the personal service they provide their agents and clients…

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and the great reputations of the agents who work there…

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I admit was probably a little teeny bit influenced by the Pretty Old Office.  Come on, how many of you have a vintage gas pump behind your desk like Mary Ann our office manager?

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Or use a conference room that looks like this?

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If you’re in the area on February 22nd, 2014 joins us for the Oakhurst Wine Crawl—I just volunteered to pour.



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