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The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek

Okay guys, I promised you a blog post about our fabulous dining experience at The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek...well, here it is! This particular restaurant offers the much sought-after farm-to-table concept. It is located in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, in close proximity to popular Lake Burton, just outside of the town of Clayton, Georgia. The address is 3093 Ridge Gap Road, Clayton, Georgia 30525. If you are even  slightly a foodie...then you owe it to yourself to give the Farmhouse a try. The only rub is that it's only open Thursday-Saturday for dinner and the first Sunday of the month for brunch May-October, reservations required (Website here).  We have been attempting to make it out to this fabulous little gem for multiple trips to the mountains now, with something alway hindering us, but, we finally did. It's located about 45 minutes from our Georgia home, and the drive was lovely.



This was the vision we encountered as we approached the property. The restaurant is set amidst the most beautiful rolling countryside on what, we were informed, was formerly a vineyard.  Driving past this lovely entrance to the back of the barn is the location of what appears to be an old farmhouse. This farmhouse, we were told, was being constructed as a guest house on the property by the owner, when Vincent, the restaurant owner and chef, sought to open the Farmhouse restaurant on the premises. As we approached the house, we were greeted by the sounds of diners on the front porch and by a swing hanging from the tree. The scene was truly enchanting.


The farmhouse is so cozy, and the kitchen has the look and feel of your home kitchen. We could see  straight into the kitchen from the dining room which quickly filled up after our arrival. The overall interior vibe was extremely cozy with tall vaulted ceilings and a huge fireplace. The large windows allowed a marvelous view over the rambling, mountainous property with freshly cut grass and flocks of birds flying in for landings on the perfectly manicured lawn. In one word...dreamy!


The menu selection changes, weekly, I believe, but the menu is listed on the website, link provided above. As a starter, I chose the Tomato and Avocado Salad~photo below~ and it was marvelous. My husband chose the house salad that accompanies the meal, but he ordered the Lobster Bisque soup.  I will admit that I snuck a small taste of his soup, and it was amazing. My salad is pictured below, and girls, how much do you love the monogramed napkin in the bread basket?? Thank you! It's all about the details.



My husband and I both had the Center Cut Filet Mignon. They had some wonderful seafood and veal offerings on the menu, but y'all, I'm picky! I know you don't get that vibe from any of my posts, do you?? Anyway, that filet...described as a "Painted Hills Farms" product from Wheeler County, Oregon with Cabernet Glaze, Potatoes Du Jour and Summer Vegetables was perfection. No steak knife necessary. That's right...you can cut it with your butter knife...they don't even bring you a steak knife...that's how confident they are! I like that...confidence in your product. Now, I must admit, I'm a bad blogger! I got so excited when I saw that yummy steak, I cut it before I took the photo for you all. So, it's not pretty, perfection like everyone expects, but...I'm not losing any sleep over it...because it was delish! I know, the plate is a little messy...sorry! I thought you would still like to see it! At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite (which is a coup in and of itself for me, as I can rarely eat everything on my plate).


Now, for the finale...dessert! Anyone who knows me knows that I have, from time to time, been known to skip the main course and go directly to dessert. Since I ate the entirety of my meal, on this particular occasion, my husband actually ordered dessert, a delicious cheesecake, and I snuck a bite or two or three of his. I could not, however, forgo my usual after dinner coffee. Coffee was wonderful, but the only thing I could ask for, that wasn't available, was a touch of honey for sweetener~my hubby loves it so.


As we departed, I snapped this lovely view of the barn, which is directly across from the farmhouse. There is nothing about this property that isn't lovely. Again, anyone who knows me knows that I love the tranquility of landscapes and views as much as I love my dining experiences. The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek was truly a dining experience. I don't know about you all, but I place a lot of emphasis on ambience and atmosphere. A meal might taste great, but I may not return to a great restaurant as often as I should just because I have a NEED for great ambience. I hate to admit that. It's all about the feels! The combination of ambience and great food at The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek was pure heaven, and we will most certainly be back...sooner rather than later!


I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend and are inspired to seek out a great dining experience!

XOXOπŸ’‹


Julie 



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Georgia Mountain Cabin~Just a Minor Renovation~Part 1


As I mentioned in my Welcome post, I want give you all a tour of my Georgia Mountain cabin and its transformation. It is the happiest of all happy places for me, and it was a true labor of love making it into our home. It's our escape from our daily busy lives, and it's where we go just to unwind as often as we can. 

Today, I want to show you what I saw the very first time I ever saw this house in person and the renovation process in the den and kitchen. I first saw the house in September, 2012. The outside really wasn't that much different then than it is today, but the inside, well...it's a lot different! The photo above is the outside of the house in 2012.  

Just to set the stage for how this renovation went...we looked at the house in September, 2012, closed on it by the end of November and met with the builder to describe what we wanted done, and after meeting with the builder, we returned to Florida. We came back at the end of December, 2012, picked out some things for the house, and that was it. We didn't see the house again in person until February, 2013, when we moved in. It was a complete long-distance renovation, but thankfully, the builder knew I had to see the progress and sent photos almost daily. I selected a lot of items from a distance, but somehow, it all came together.




Above are photos of the living room/den area. It was definitely cozy and had a great cabin vibe, but I wanted to open it up more across the back to let in more light and bring the outdoors inside. Why live in the mountains if you don't have a view. Right? The laundry room is actually in this photo to the left of the armoire, and all I could think about was how much great light that wall was blocking!


You can see, at the back of the living room/den area, is the kitchen and the staircase. The kitchen consisted of one row of cabinets along the front wall of the house with no divider between it and the living room. The flooring looks like gorgeous brick, but it was actually vinyl. I immediately knew that we had to install wide plank wood flooring. Let me tell you, the folks in Georgia do it the right way. I selected the width of my flooring (7 inches), and the builder had the flooring cut specifically for our house. Then they stained it on site.


Above is a photo of the kitchen prior to the renovation. Okay, so let's look at the renovation in progress! Boy, it was a huge mess!


This is a photo of the back deck, which I completely redid. The spindles weren't close enough to keep my little dogs from falling off, and it just needed a redo.


Above is a photo of the den area in progress. I put in the large picture window to bring the outdoors in, and I replaced the one set of French doors with two sets to open the entire back of the house. The set of French foots to the left are right where that laundry room was---blocking the view!


Above is the kitchen area, in progress. The pocket door to the left was added to close off the sunroom/dining room from the rest of the house. We'll talk about that room in another post. It's one of my favorite rooms in the entire house.


As you can see, the fireplace had a wooden mantle and wood all around it. It really wasn't that safe, so I added a new stone fireplace. Kudos to my hubby for that idea!


Above is the kitchen in progress. I replaced all of the cabinets and appliances and added stone counter tops.


This is a view from the den toward the one bedroom and bath that are downstairs. I replaced all of the cedar inside the house, as it was somewhat discolored. The door to the left, under the stairs, holds a stacked washer/dryer. When you're dealing with a small amount of space, you must maximize every inch of it!


I added beadboard to all of the ceilings and painted it a light color to open things up. It serves two purposes...it covered the outdated popcorn ceiling, and it also gives the space a great cottage vibe.


I had all carpeting removed from the stairs, and added a railing. See photo below...that made a huge difference in the overall look.


Below is a photo of the gorgeous stone fireplace and mantle. That little nook to the left of the pocket door is for the refrigerator.



Above, at the end of the fireplace area, I added a bookcase to match the cabinets. There was originally a bookcase there, and I love the vibe it created for this little nook. 


And...above, one of my all time best ideas was to add this custom bar in between the kitchen and living areas. It divides the spaces perfectly and provides additional, much needed, storage space for the tiny kitchen.

Below, are the after shots of the living room and kitchen areas.  To me, it has a super cozy feel, and meets the cottage look that I wanted perfectly. My decor is very neutral with a light blue theme throughout.


Above is a final shot of the den, looking from the kitchen. 


Above is from the den looking toward the kitchen. These great chairs are from Pier One, and so is the sofa and coffee table (which opens up to a huge wine storage chest). Shop chairs here. Shop similar sofa here. Shop coffee table here


 


Above is the den looking toward that little nook by the bookcase. I added a bench for reading. Shop similar side tables here


Above, you can see I have little stools tucked under the sideboard in order to maximize seating. The sideboard and stools are from Ballard Designs. Shop sideboard here . Shop stools here . Below is a photo of the outside, as it looks now. It's not really that different; although, I stained the outside and replaced the roof. Everything turned out just exactly like I wanted, and I hope you all love my little space as much as I do.



Next up, I'll give you all a tour of the sun room/dining room. For reference, the entrance door above leads into that room. As you can see, it has tons of windows, and that's probably why it's my favorite room! The builder wanted me to move the entrance door to the center of the house and turn the sun room into a kitchen! Hello, just NO! I don't cook that much, and it would have just ruined the unique character of the home!

Please be sure to comment on my post and let me know what you think. If you have questions about any of the decor, feel free to ask. Follow my blog so you won't miss my next great post about the renovation.

XOXO,



Julie πŸ’‹

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Notecards, Thank You Notes & Journals...


Am I alone in my heavy addiction to pretty papers? I suspect not! Journals are my particular weakness, and I have tons of them all around. My desk drawers are full, and they are stacked on my nightstand! It's to the point that my husband just rolls his eyes if he sees yet another journal in my shopping cart. I can't help myself. I mean, they're pretty, and they call out to me. One day, I imagine I'll take the time to stop and fill them all up. πŸ˜‰ 


This year, I was even committed to using this ☝🏻️gorgeous paper calendar and journal from Paper Source. Well...let's just say...it's not exactly full! The office computer calendar and iPhone calendar still prevail. I want to use it full time. I really do! It just hasn't materialized. Anyone else have similar issues? I mean, I wanted to use it really bad, if for no other reason because it's so darn pretty. When you open the front cover, it looks like heavy gold leaf. You can't beat that, and I just love the peachy tones. Alas...

Note cards and thank you notes are almost on the same level as journals. I love hand-written notes. It's a dying art, but one that needs to remain very much alive. Admit it, receiving a hand-written note makes you feel special. I love to send and receive hand-written notes, and I especially cherish the tradition of thank you notes.  I really feel like one thing that goes such a long way in life is graciousness, and sometimes I think we as a society don't show it often enough. It's so easy to write a sweet note to someone who has done something for you. It might just make their day. As for note cards, Crane & Co. is one of my favorite brands. I love for the paper to be thick and sturdy. It just feels nicer and sends the message that you are invested in the thank you or other note you are conveying.  

What are some of your favorite paper brands? I'd really love to hear from you! I have linked below for shopping sources for the same or similar items shown here. Of course, the calendar/journal was for 2017, so I have linked to the new 2018 calendar/journal. It's pretty too! 😘


Info to shop:

Heart Note Cards (Similar style) Amazon

Crane & Co. Bumble Bee 🐝 Thank You Cards Fine Stationary

2018 Luxe Page A-Day Planner Paper Source

Gold Journal (Similar) Paper Source

Please comment to let me know what you think of my posts, and follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest! It's almost the weekend, so, yay! 😘

XOXO


Julie


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