The City Sage: The Houseguest

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March 15, 2009


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Is room #17 available? I think I remember it being near that scrumptious library.

Shell Sherree

Anne, when do you have a clear spot on your guest calendar? The parlour view sounds irresistible if I can tear my eyes away from the flowers and botanical prints. And do you mind if I tuck that oversized, gilt framed drawing into my carpet bag when I leave? I thought not, being the generous hostess that you are. Thank you!


it's all so lovely..."I'll show you to your room now. The sheets are freshly washed and pressed, of course. I bought the artwork above the bed on my recent round-the-world tour." ....and the pillow cases are stuffed with towels as they lovingly are for all guests who stay here with me... ;))))

juuuuuuuuuust kiddin!!! haha i'm sure you're hospitality makes up for the towels ;) just thought it was funny that you posted this house guest post so soon after the pillow case fiasco ;) again, kidding...a little 1:57am humor for ya, it's what i do best. hope all is well x c


oh and that pic with the bookcases is faaaaantastic. i should be so lucky to have all that luxurious space for books.... a little 1:59am day dream for ya...i also do that well!!


How lovely, I'll come by for tea any day and enjoy all those fresh flowers :) I'll visit the library aswell, since a good book can really make your day.


Now this is definitely a home I'd like to visit...and never leave! x

The Deco Detective

Thank you for inviting me - any of these rooms would be fine, really!
Have a lovely Monday Anne=)


I would love to make a reservation!


Now the only question is, what on earth do I bring as a hostess gift? Vintage Baccarat vase with ranunculus? A long-staple cotton Turkish bathrobe embroidered with your initials? A towering box of delicacies from Pierre Herme? Hmm ...


when can I make a reservation? now? ok, I'll be there in 5.


That was such a great issue, wasn't it!

I love that breakfast nook, so cheerful. And I think I could gladly spend a good portion of my life in that gorgeous library. But if I do need to go rest my head, to crawl under that sublime suzani would surely send me into a perfect state of slumber.

Just gorgeous, Anne!


This is a *fabulous* idea! I'll blame it on waking just a few mins ago, but I completely believed you had a houseguest staying with you, and I was completely admiring you taking pics along the way -- I fancied it up a bit for our houseguests this past weekend (setting our table, that's about it) + wished I'd taken photos :D But I *love* this idea of a story behind all the fabulous rooms :D I might steal this idea -- you know, positive affirmation + all :D

Peonies and Polaroids

Can I visit please? I'll bring bunnies?

vicki archer

You made me smile Anne - I still am actually - lovely rooms and lucky guests. xv


WOW. I absolutely LOVE this post. I'm going to feature it on my blog, if you don't mind. Great one!

{this is glamorous}

Oh my goodness! How have I not seen this issue yet? Just stunning, especially the first image, which makes me want to travel.


Oh, the library and that red Morrocan style bedding is gorgeous.


Looks like we'll have a lovely time! Such gorgeous pictures...


Lovely post!
When can I come visit?


Don't be surprised to find me languishing on the chaise with a copy of The Mysteries of Udolpho when you arrive home this evening.


How kind of you. I was in desperate need of a getaway. This should fit the bill quite nicely.

Anonymously Chic

holy's hard to imagine a home this beautiful and opulent. the fun patterns bring the decor a bit more down to earth. lovely.


yes yes yes!! i just looked at that issue of elle decor..wasn't the house of the artist (the one with the gorgeous suzani in your post) amazing?) i loved all of this house. all of it is beautiful. thanks.


I just ordered The Outlander! I figured anyone with as impeccable decorating taste as you would also have spot-on reading recommendations. Now I'll have something to read when I come over!

rea (my lovely notebook)

Didn`t know you`re place was that big! Oh i just love you witty story telling with pictures!

Have a lovely week!


Thanks for the smile. I was starting to feel quite overwhelmed with work and decided to wander over here for something relaxing and pretty to look at.

On another note - I really think I need to start climbing again. It's been forever, and it's probably a good idea to give myself a lot of time to figure out how to climb in a dress...


This is such a great post and such a beautiful place :)


say no more, i;m packing my bags now! ;)

dolce chic

Thanks for the invite, Anne! I think I may overstay my welcome :)

I just tagged you on my blog!

joanna goddard

oooh i love love love the flower prints on the wall. gorgeous selection of images. thanks for the inspiration! xoxo joanna


If I could have a place that looked like any one of these rooms, I'd be happy. That mirror on the 4th picture down is so beautiful.

Kelley {Kosmopolight}

Just beautiful!

Michelle@ My Wedding Report

This post makes me just feel like finding a cozy corner and resting or reading a good book from the library.

Miss B.

Ah this post was so very clever and sweet, just lovely!

wide open spaces

you're adorable.


how i miss my sweet Anne!

i'd be there in a flash if this was a real invitation! i just spent four days at my sister's incredible (and very large) vintage apartment in the city. being a guest at a lovely place is so much fun. and i went from room to room adding my touch (or correcting all of her interior design hiccups). it was so much fun! oh the fun i could have interior designing her place if money was no object.


I've got a houseguest coming on Thursday. As much as I'd love to fill my house with scented lilacs, I think I'll have done well to do the tidying and clear all the junk out of my spare room! Love your writing style, Anne.

Pat H

What a wonderful approach to displaying these photos! And your wit made this "story" so enjoyable. Thank you for such a delight.


Excuse me, I think I need to use the restroom.
I'm sorry, we're re-modelling the one downstairs, it's a mess. Please use the one upstairs. It's the scendth door on the left.

Remember this movie? Oh how I miss watching it over and over with you!
Your post reminded me of it.

Kimberly Julie

These rooms are absolutely fabulous. Every last one of them...


Can I visit? I promise to bring a bottle of bubbles!


you are such a wonderful storyteller.

Linda/ RMS "Mom of a German Shorthair"

*** How delightful! Enjoyed the spaces you shared, the clean lines of your blog & your witty n' lighthearted writing style~~~ totally F-U-N! Many thanks, Linda in AZ ***

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do do do...Savannah road trip is a dream :) ~-~
hope to visit it soon thanks for picture :) like it!!!

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