Daily Archives: February 16, 2010

HISTORIC DUKE B & B: Thumbs Up!

We stayed overnight in the historic Duke Mansion B & B for Valentine’s Day. It’s located in the gorgeous Myers Park area of Charlotte, NC. For us, that was an easy drive. If you’re coming through town for a visit, to shop IKEA, or just passing through the airport, you might want to consider staying over for this unique experience. The Greek Revival mansion was built in 1915 by Doris Duke’s father and they only lived in it 4 years before it was sold to other prominent families until eventually it was turned into a non-profit B & B by the local historical society. The entry hall is black and white marble tile, with fire lit seating rooms for guests to linger and take part in coffee and cookies. Other seating areas took advantage of the garden view where huge magnolia trees embraced this architectural marvel.

We stayed in a “king porch room” that was very large, tastefully decorated, and furnished with a flat screen wall mounted TV, two cotton robes, and French doors leading out to the screened in porch on the second floor. The inn has 20 rooms, 3 floors, and a wonderful breakfast room with original lead crystal chandelier. Breakfast is served by the friendly wait staff and you have your choice of any of 8 gourmet selections. This touch of luxury was unexpected as the price for the room was very affordable.
Check out their website for more info.

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FIDDLE-DEE-DEE, FIDDLE LEAF FIG!

I love this pic from Elle Decor because the giant houseplant–a Fiddle Leaf Fig a.k.a. Ficus Lyrata–demonstrates really good feng shui. The broad shaped leaves without points, the lushness and health of the plant, and the way it embraces the seating arrangement are all wonderful points to consider when selecting indoor plants. Your only challenge is keeping it healthy. Unfortunately, Feng Shui By Fishgirl did NOT inherit mom’s Green Thumb so I don’t know how to advise you in that dept. If it dies on you? Fiddle-dee-dee, just buy another one!

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