While visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina with some dear blogger friends…Barb of Grits and Glamour, Kathysue of Good Life of Design and our wonderful hostess, Carol, Chisenfam of Rate My Space…I was excited to discover that our visit coincided with the 50th Annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour…in the third oldest town in North Carolina! Were we lucky ducks or what?
We got to tour inside the lovely old homes but, unfortunately, no photos were allowed, so I am only able to show you the exteriors. They ran the gamut from Victorian gingerbread to wonderful coastal bungalows. In addition, we stopped to admire some gorgeous old homes that were not on the tour…
…such as Hammock House, the oldest home in Beaufort and the former home of Blackbeard the pirate! And yes…he was real! I had to snitch these photos from the web since the owner was relaxing on the porch, reading a book! I don’t think I would want to live in this one since it is supposedly haunted by Blackbeard's unwilling 18 year old French wife whom he hanged for infidelity! Yikes!
We also got to peek into some wonderful gardens…lush from the heat and humidity. I love the big, overturned flower pot as a birdbath base!
We discovered that Beaufort has a style of fence particular to the town…interesting!
We also saw stepping stones in the shape of sand dollars…love it! So coastal!
Also typically North Carolina…a vintage tobacco basket…used to display tobacco taken to market…serving as wall art on a guest house patio! I would love to have one of these!
Now…I don’t know about you, but I used to return to my humble abode a little depressed after touring all those gorgeous homes. Sooo…I finally discovered a way to take a little of the tour home with me! I would try to steal…er…borrow three ideas! And here are my three for this tour…
I love this coastal look…a blueberry wreath with starfish attached!
And here is my version…easy peasy! I just tied the starfish with some jute twine for an added natural look! I found the wreath last weekend on sale at my favorite flea/antique store and I already had the starfish. It’s hanging on my back door.
I love this little door in the tree…so cute! It is intended to be a fairy door, but it reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books…
… The Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown illustrated by Garth Williams. I love this idea and I am looking for the perfect little door!
Update! I found the very same door I saw on the tour here, plus some cute little windows to go with it! Woo hoo!
And finally…what a wonderful surprise to find this little flower pot man peering out at us from the dense growth of the garden! Love the succulents serving as his hair!
And here is my version…made with a collection of flower pots I found at Goodwill for $2.92! He is held together by jute twine secured by washers and a generous amount of hot glue! A dowel rod through the center helps to hold him erect and serves to attach the “head” topped with moss rose hair. I also dabbed him with a little gray craft paint to add an aged look. Here's a link on how to make a flower pot man, although I did a little adjusting to create one that stands. I think this idea is my favorite! I will remember my time spent with my dear blogger friends each time I look at him!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
See you next time! A la prochaine!