gracious homes of greensboro

Last week I attended the High Point Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. I stayed just down the highway in Greensboro. During my last commute from the exhibition location back to my hotel, the van driver took me through a very handsome neighbourhood. I made a mental note of how to retrace the route, then just after he dropped me off I set out to walk back and take in the sights. The sights included some of the loveliest homes with neatly clipped hedges and cherry and dogwood trees in their fullest glory. It was quiet and divine, yet I did get a few sidelong glances -- I'm sure the poshies who live in this 'hood are a tad suspicious of someone taking photos of houses.

I certainly have much more to share here, over at the STYLE AT HOME blog, and in the pages of the magazine about my visit to High Point. Currently I am editing and mulling everything over...stay tuned and check back.

I have a serious weakness for a stone centre hall plan. I love the upper balustrade and doorway.

An adorable petite stone beauty.

This one looks like it's from a fairy tale -- the clipped hedge and trees add some mystery.

A very handsome approach -- great inspiration for several ways to perk up the curb appeal of my red brick home in Tweed, Ont.

A porte-cochère designed for receiving visitors via horse and carriage. Many of the homes in the area had closed theirs in to make a sun porch. This one happily seems very much as it would have been a century ago.

Oh the green of the rolling lawn, the clipped low hedge and the grandness of this home. Just dreamy.

This smaller ranch style home looks so elegant thanks to the grey-painted brick, the shutters, door surround and the octagonal architectural window. They dress it up without looking disharmonious.

I'll take it.

Even the retaining wall is beautiful here!

I was captivated by how the iron fence, blooming azaleas and the trees framed this entranceway.

...and here's the front door -- a louvered exterior door to protect the inner entry door against wicked southern storms.

And finally, this scene in a small garden next to a Catholic church took my breath away. Isn't it magical how the dogwood blossoms surround and frame the statue of Mary? The way her hands are outstretched makes it look as if she is offering the world these blooms.