It is one of the severest tests of friendship
to tell your friend his faults.
So to love a man that you cannot bear
to see a stain upon him,
and to speak painful truth through loving words,
that is friendship.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Today we are going on a road trip to a home of a friend of mine.
She is the friend in the quote above that loves me so much
that she tells me the truth about myself.
It is the best and truest friend who honestly tells us the truth about ourselves.
Even though we may not like it.
She lives here in Greenville, SC, too.
We met 7 years ago while waiting in the lobby for our daughters to finish their piano lessons.
Oddly enough, she was reading a decorating magazine, and we chatted about decor for awhile.
We became friends through yard saling and bartering.
We became sisters because we both love the Lord!!
We refer to each other as my "Sista from Anutha Mista".
She fills her home with loving reminders of God's goodness and hope.
And her home reflects her passion for each season and for each person who enters in.
She does nothing without a purpose behind it.
I know you will agree that her home is warm, cozy, eclectic and full of inspiration,
as it always is for me.
Her Autumn decor charmed me so, and I wanted to share it with you!
I am proud to introduce you to my friend, Ann:
say "Hi", y'all!
Lady says "ruff"!
(Which in adorable, fluffy, doggy language means "Welcome"!)
Come on into her foyer.
Watch for subtle touches that say "Autumn"!
On the right:
Her Dining Room, my favorite room!
A view into the Living Room, from the Dining Room.
After Thanksgiving I am going to be helping her do a redesign of this space.
(Although it's pretty as is, she wants a change).
Should be fun!
Her Coffee Area.
Another of my favorite spots.
(I know I need to bring you those baskets, Ann, for the bottom shelves!)
So concludes our tour.
Does anyone else think that Ann should have her own decorating blog?
I have asked her.
She doesn't want to do that.
But, thankfully, she will let me come through with my Canon!
Thank you, Ann!
Ponder this today:
Let those be thy choicest companions
who have made Christ their chief companion.