Monday, April 15, 2019

UNCC Botanical Gardens

Good morning my dears, 
 
Springtime in the Carolinas is magical. The flowers begin to bloom and the petals that blow off in the wind leave colorful walkways - like confetti. The weather, besides the rain, is an ideal high 60s - high 70s so we can wear our sun dresses and sandals again. Hallelujah! 

What better way to get back outdoors in nature than take a trip to a botanical garden? We live in close proximity to a few different botanical gardens, but this was our first time an the University of North Carolina Charlotte botanical garden. The campus is beautiful, surrounded by trees, nature trails with walking paths, streams, and gardens to explore. There's no admission, but an honor code donation box that helps to keep these gardens taken care of. Here's a glimpse at our time there. 











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Thank you for stopping by. 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pinehurst, NC With Mum

Good afternoon my dears,

We recently had an overseas visit from my Mum. On her first day here we went to brunch and then home décor shopping (on a quest to find a deviled egg dish). Then, the following day we went on a day-trip to the charming and idyllic village of Pinehurst, NC which I wanted to share with you today. 

Pinehurst, NC is about an hour-and-a-half drive from our home and is where we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day here for our anniversary that we put it on our calendar to come and visit every year. My favorite times to visit (if your not a golf player or golf watcher) is during the spring, when all the flowers are blooming, or in the fall, when the leaves are colorful and crunchy. Also highly recommend high tea at Lady Bedford's Tea Room, although call and reserve in advance, as its a popular place for locals to celebrate. 






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Grab yourselves a cup of tea and enjoy scenes of our day-trip to Pinehurst, NC with my Mum



Thank you for stopping by. 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Spring Home Tour

Good afternoon my dears,
I'd like to welcome you to our spring home tour


We moved into our home almost one year ago, on March 22nd, so this was our first year getting to decorate with spring décor. So grab yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy the tour. 

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Thank you for stopping by. 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Monday, March 18, 2019

New TV In The Family Room

Good afternoon my dears,

When we moved into our home, a year ago, we decided to turn the third floor - would be sixth bedroom - into a family room. Firstly, we don't need six bedrooms, and secondly, this space upstairs is cozy and has the best view in the house of the Moon.

We had a tiny television, it often left us squinting at the screen and turning up the volume to hear as if we were elderly folk in an old folks home. Have you ever encountered that problem? So we knew that we'd have to start saving for an eventual upgrade. Which we just did. 

We bring up a tray with tea or coffee, a few snacks, and settle up here in the evenings to watch our DVR'd shows. Our cats, Boo and Milly also enjoy coming and spending time with us up here. Other than an hour or two in the evenings we don't watch any other television throughout the day. How about you? Do you watch a lot of television?

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Here's a sneak peek...



...as you can see, our family room still has a bit of a new home feel. Eventually, I would like to add a country green hue to the walls, frame some maps that we acquired of North America and Europe to put behind the couch, and give it a more lived in feel. 

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The shenanigans of bringing up and setting up a 65" television.



Thank you for stopping by. 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Happy Birthday Mum

Good morning my dears. 

Today, I'd like to wish my Mum, Julie Ann, a happy birthday. Throwback to 1971, during her ballerina days. 💙 


Birthday blessings, 

-Kiki Nakita-

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Library Tour and Project

Good afternoon my dears.

Welcome to our library. Its one of my favorite places to curl up with a cup of Earl Grey tea, a magazine, a book, or a family photo album. Its also one of the first two rooms you see when you come in the entryway, so its also a great place to chat with neighbors and visitors who stop by unannounced. Please have a seat, I'll go put the kettle on, what kind of tea would you like?



Our library is where I keep all my magazine subscriptions, and as you can see I have many issues. I stopped subscribing a few years ago, in favor of browsing with my chai tea latte in Barnes & Noble, but I couldn't part with these. I rotate them seasonally, so that all the current seasons issues are on display and ready for me to page through. My favorites being Victoria, Southern Lady, Romantic Homes, and Tea Time (not pictured). I also have a few vintage Christmas magazines that were my Granny Veronika's that always remind me of her. Do you have magazine subscriptions? If so, how do you organize your collection?


On the bookshelf, is this souvenir my Nana Mabel gave to me. She retired from Rolls-Royce at University of Warwick in 1999. My Mum attended her retirement party where they gifted her a flight experience at a local air field. My Nana always had wings, she always traveled, and one of her favorite travels was to China. She walked the Great Wall of China at nearly 70. On that journey she bought souvenirs for all of us. This was mine, a hand painted from the inside globe which came with a wooden stand and this darling fabric covered box. It sits in our library, and whenever I open it up I'm reminded to step outside the box and spread my wings.


Now I'd like to share a recent project we recently finished, the painting of our mantel.

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We used a drop cloth, 2 sponge brushes, and some color matched, semi gloss paint.


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Here's a tour of our library, including a peek at our built in bookshelves, books, mementos, and project.


Have you done any home improvement projects recently?

-Kiki Nakita-

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sweetheart Tea and Dining Room Tour

Good afternoon my dears.

We recently hosted a Sweetheart Tea in our formal dining room. You are cordially invited to join us too, please pick a seat. We served Earl Grey tea from Harney and Sons, in this teapot (technically a coffee pot) from Bavaria, which we acquired around the time of our engagement at Farm Chicks in Spokane, WA.



Tea I acquired from London, England during the summer of 2017.


Fresh floral arrangements from the farm and market.


My favorite sweethearts. My parents on their wedding day on August 10th, 1985.


We served lemon curd tea sandwiches with twisted lemon, vanilla meringues with strawberry preserve, and strawberry shortcakes with fresh strawberries and mint. 





We had the most splendid time.

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When did you last host or attend a tea party?

-Kiki Nakita-

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Monday, February 11, 2019

5th Annual Valentine's at the Ballantyne

Good afternoon my dears.

We recently celebrated our 5th annual Valentine's at The Ballantyne. Its always delightful to have an excuse to dress up; chit chat over pots of loose leaf tea, nibble on delectable tea sandwiches, and taste tasty treats. You'd be surprised at how filling a three-tier cake stand can be, we didn't make it to the top tier - the third course. 





After tea, we asked for someone to take our picture under the arbor. The view overlooks the golf course and all the beautiful trees in bloom. One of my favorite things about the south, is that you often see rocking chairs under arbors or on front porches.  







We enjoy having traditions. Once you establish traditions it becomes effortless to think about what to do on certain holidays. I'm so thankful to live in this beautiful state, where there's so many places to dress up and go for tea. It reminds me of my childhood days in the heart of England. 



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Wishing you and yours a happy Valentine's Day. 

Tell me, do you have a tradition of how you celebrate?

-Kiki Nakita-

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