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  1. Your home is absolutely beautiful!! I could easily feel very at home there!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Charlotte Gossett says:

    I love reading your blogs. I noticed you are a Jew. Have your been to Israel? We are going for our second time in December. So excited!

    1. Thank you and yes, I am Jewish and have been to Israel… šŸ™‚ What an amazing place! It’s been quite some time now since I’ve been, so would love to return. How lucky for you that you have a trip planned!!

  3. What a gorgeous post Lory…and we are definitely soul sisters! I utterly agree with everything you said. It’s been great getting to know you better through our group. <3

    1. Thank you so much Ann, and I agree it’s been great getting to know you… šŸ™‚ Heading over to read your post next!

  4. Hi Lory,
    You have a great eye and I would be shocked if anyone disliked a thing in your gorgeous home. I too agree that if you like it that is all that matters. One of the great perks of getting older.

    1. What a lovely thing to say, Patti! Thank you so much!! I always enjoy what you post too and I’m really enjoying being in this group together… šŸ™‚ (And I promise I will get to read through the other posts asap… ;-))

  5. Ginger Valdes says:

    Lory, your Passover Seder “plate” is genius. Now that’s what I call thinking outside of the box!

  6. Its been a joy meeting you and getting to know your blog and beautiful home! you have a great sense of style.

  7. Lori,
    I had never been to your blog but found it on Boondocks Blog Fabulous 50 Blog hop. I find it funny to read how you place your silverware to the right instead of the left ! This past Saturday I had a dinner party and as I was setting the table thought to myself, “if I placed the silverware on the right then I would have room for the salad bowls”. Of course it went against etiquette but I said, “oh well….I’ll do what works for me” ! I have also used a new curtain panel as a table cloth because it was the color I needed! I can so relate. I am glad I found this Blog hop. I have actually been trying to hide the fact, on my blog, that I am in fact over 50 but you all have inspired me to embrace it. Thank You!

    1. Jeannee, Thanks for your kind words! Yes, it’s actually really fun scavenging the house for things to use on the table… šŸ™‚ I’m so glad you commented because it gave me the chance to visit your blog as well… and let me say… I’m all over that chicken bacon avocado! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Lory, you are so right about the fifties being about living life on your own terms. It is such a liberating decade in one’s life and there is so much joy in finally authentically dancing to the beat of your own drum. I put my cutlery on the right side too btw. You have such a talent for creating beautiful spaces. I remember being in awe when you posted your butlers pantry (I think that was the post that introduced me to your work). Enjoyed reading your post today!

    1. Thanks, Marie! Ah yes, the butler’s panty – probably my all time favorite project yet… šŸ™‚ Although we just started our kitchen this week, so hopefully that will go smoothly as well. Funny you also do the cutlery on the right thing. We rebels must stick together!!

  9. You have a gorgeous home and it reflect who you are, not someone else. It’s good to break the rules!

  10. I love your elegant style Lory! I think by the age of 50 & thereafter, we’ve earned the right and privilege to decorate as we desire. As I read your post, I see the ways I’m still following the rules, but finally I think I’m giving myself permission to break them. I absolutely LOVE your Mother’s Day table! I wish I had an ounce of your decorating abilities! A beautiful space you have! Is it always that neat? hehheh…

    1. Thank you so much, Florence! And I definitely think you have permission to break the rules… šŸ˜‰ Certainly, I follow rules when they suit me, but so often they just seem like silly rules. As for the neatness thing, maybe it’s not always completely pristine, but I am a bit of a neat freak. It would probably not take more than 5 to 10 minutes at any point to get my home photo ready… lol! I would probably benefit by being not so obsessed with order!

  11. I too enjoy your blog and love your style! And next time you all have another ‘oldies but goodies’ posts, let me know… (would love to participate) – I’m still ‘finding my own’ (so to speak) with this menopause but I DO enjoy who I am as I turned 50 (that was also my gift to myself to go to Italy) – and so worth it (2 years ago).

    Love your home and your smile.

    1. Thanks so much and yes, you should join in next time!! And yes, Italy is always a great gift to give oneself… šŸ™‚

  12. And all those broken rules are gorgeous!

    The whole silverware thing has never made sense to me. I never try to set a pretty table, but just throw that fork on top of a folded paper towel on the right side of the plate. Or we just get it out of the silverware drawer. LOL

    1. Thank you, Wanda! I guess I’ve always been a bit of a rebel, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s only become more pronounced… lol! Thanks for stopping by… šŸ™‚

  13. I love how turning 50 we do become our own person and decorate to please ourself, not because it is the trend. Your style and home are gorgeous.

  14. Oh, I love every single style! I always place my silverware to the right as I am right handed and I prefer it that way. I’m with you on breaking the rules at certain age. I lost my filter and started taking care of myself for once. It doesn’t mean I ignore everyone else around me, but I no longer walk on eggshells as to spare someone’s feelings. It is so liberating! If you don’t like it – tough, lol. Pinning and sharing!

    1. Thanks so much!! It’s great being an individual and not following the crowd, isn’t it? Liberating indeed! Thanks for visiting!!

  15. I love this post, Lory. I think it’s so important to design your home in a way that works best for you. That butler’s pantry of yours has always been one of my favorites. I actually used that photo as one of my inspiration pictures when we were designing our kitchen. Mine is not a butler’s pantry but a beverage area in our kitchen. I had planned to include the wine fridge below like you have but my frugal husband started cutting me off on the “unnecessary” extras I had planned. šŸ™ I also love the way you have your back entry decorated. So nice to see beautiful things when you enter your home!

    1. Thanks so much, Shelley! Funny thing is, I just started my kitchen renovation and I’m using the butler’s pantry as inspiration there too… lol! I will still have some black counters, so it won’t be exactly the same, but I’m trying to stay as close as possible. And yes, we too have had to compromise some for frugality’s sake. Looking forward to seeing yours… šŸ™‚

  16. Pat Crowder says:

    What I really like about your blog Lory, is that you channel your own unique ideas. You truly romance your home. Enjoy all of it.

  17. Rules, shmrules! Who needs them? Your tablescapes and photography are just stunning, Lory!

  18. I enjoyed reading your post, and I am a rule breaker too. It is so fun to use items for a totally different purpose.

  19. Girl I LOVE your style, and we have lots in common! I’m so into using garden statues inside and repurposing linens. Love that your a rule breaker like I am šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much, Anne!! I’ve been a fan of your style for quite some time… šŸ™‚ Definitely like minds! Thanks for stopping by.

  20. I like women who break rules. I’m a rebel at heart. šŸ™‚

    I enjoyed reading your post and looking at the lovely pictures of your beautiful home.


  21. Lory, my all time favorite was your Chanukah table setting.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. I am for pretty vs fad.

    1. Thank you, Myrna! I think that one might be my favorite too, but there will be so many more coming… šŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting!!

  22. Love your home and your design philosophy. My home is MINE, so it is full of the things I love and I really don’t feel any obligation to please the masses.

  23. Lori, Thank you for sharing how you break the rules. It is inspiring to see your style. With each piece styled wuth perfection.
    I am learning something new from ypu all the time.

  24. I love your style and agree wholeheartedly with all you express here! I do things I like and my way in my own home. I usually don’t follow what others think I should be doing and if it suits me, then I do it. It sure works for you as all that you show here is just perfect and lovely! I love a pretty quilt as a tablecloth and a table at the end of the bed for breakfast is perfect.

  25. Lori your last sentence says it all. Do you think left handed people prefer the traditional setup? Different strokes for different folks and that is especially true when we hit our fifties and become comfortable in our own skins. I love all of your rule-breaking and have done quite a few of those myself. The point is to be comfortable in our own homes. I have to say I love your style and especially that pantry in the closet. It looks so elegant.

  26. I confess I didn’t wait til 50 to break rules, I guess I always wondered who made the rules anyway and how were they qualified to tell the rest of us how we should live life? *winks* But I wholeheartedly agree that this Season of Life is liberating, much moreso than Youth, who knew? Now I totally know why my Nanna and Mom were Cool Seasoned Ladies, they relished this Wonderful Season of Life and thus set an empowering example that growing Old is a privilege not afforded to many, so Enjoy it thoroughly and notice the particular benefits! Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian