Capturing Some Southern Grace

Sadly, my husband and I became empty nesters this year. It’s a lonely transition for us. Believe me, you never know how precious a sink full of dishes or a bedroom floor covered in discarded clothing is until you don’t have them anymore. Here’s my two “angels”:

Happily, there is an upside (besides a cleaner house)…Both girls are at schools that require countryside driving to visit, so Mama is happy to map out those drives by way of charming sideshows, often involving roadside stands, antique and thrift stores, newfound favorite small towns and eateries…and collecting, of course….

One of my happiest places is Southern Grace (, on Rte. 29 South in Virginia. We discovered it during college visiting, and I’m thrilled that my daughter made a decision which keeps me frequently passing through….Ah, sweet daughters! Aptly names, this charming house turned vintage-and-gift market is always lovely, with inspired displays.

And as a gardener, I love the grounds! They also specialize in water features, and ship everywhere:

I have a garden bed that will need one of these in the Spring, once I figure out the electrical.

In the meantime, I’m all about breaking up my drives while shopping small all the way to colleges and back.