Tea and A Tour of Southern Homes

Hi everyone!
Don’t you love the big glossy coffee table style books? And even better when you get one that is filled with gorgeous homes! And even better when such a book is only $2.50! Less than the price of a magazine? That’s for me!
I found just such a book at a small St. Vincent de Paul store in Northern Michigan recently. It is authored by Mary Emmerling and called “American Country South”.
Nothing fancy for this tea.I just brewed a small amount of lemon balm tea in this newly thrifted “tea for one” tea set and grabbed a plate of sugar free almond cookies and enjoyed browsing through the book.
I love when these books have a beautiful pattern on the inside and backside of the covers. It almost looks like fabric.
The book is filled with wonderful old historical homes in the south and talks to their owners.
I bet this tea for one Mikasa set was given to someone as a gift and that person just didn’t like it for whatever reason and never used it. I picked it up at a barn sale.
So many beautiful rooms and home décor shown throughout this glossy book.
Even beautiful gardens of veggies, fruits and herbs.
A lot of the houses visited showed that they kept up the traditions of their home. This is a recipe for Martha Washington’s Great Cake. Many photos were taken at Christmas and show the amazing traditional Christmas decorations.
Well, that was my little moment of tea, a snack and daydreaming. After I have gone through this book a few more times, I will donate it to a local library so someone else can enjoy it.
I hope you all are having a wonderful day! Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
I am joining:

Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
What’s it Wednesday
Home Sweet Home


  1. Oh I love to find deals like that...especially a book I can look at and drool over! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. LOVE your tea for one, and the book is a fab find! Don't you wish you had the time & money to really decorate? I do, but...enjoy the hunt for the right bargains instead! Thanks for sharing your find and linkiing to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

  3. Beautiful book! I enjoy reading magazines and books like that also! Cute tea for one set@ hugs, Linda

  4. Hi Diann,
    That is a wonderful book and such a good price! Your tea for one is pretty cute and I'm glad you get to enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by to have tea with me. Have a super week.


  5. Looks like a great book! It's so fun to enjoy a book and a cup of tea :-)

    Jocelyn @

  6. What a fantastic book and an even better price! Your tea for one is so sweet and I hope you have a really wonderful week!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  7. I love browsing through decorating magazines, Diann. Pretty teacup and the best thing about it is the price...Christine

  8. The tea for one is cute, imagine the tag still on it! I always check out the books when I see them available, some good bargains can be found such as yours.

  9. ohhh I have book envy soooo badly. I love books and Mary Emmerling is one of my favorites! good score.

  10. I love beautiful books like this one! And what a great price. I need to sit down with a book full of lovely illustrations and do some day dreaming! Enjoy your week! (stop by and visit soon!)

  11. Diann,

    What a lovely book and wonderful bargain. Your tea for one set is adorable! Perfect for those quiet moments.

  12. Hello Diann,
    that a great fin and I am sure it has many more nice inspirations. Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  13. Hi Diann, I love glossy books like that. Especailly if they are filled with gardens and home decor. This one looks like a real beauty and what a great price.

  14. Hi Diann, that is the sweetest little teaset. It is so nice to be able to not make a fuss,but still have something pretty to take tea from. looks like a lovely book too. I like the crystal on that beautiful traditional dining table.

    Thank you for your visit and sweet comments too. It is much appreciated. xxoo

  15. Great find Diann! You always seem to find the perfect bargains though...this book looks like it is filled with decorating inspiration!

  16. Looks like a great book to get lost in for awhile!


  17. I love the little tea-for-one pot and cup. It's very sweet. I have several of these that I've picked up in discount stores and at garage sales. I think they're charming and perfect for when guests come to tea.

  18. What a great book! Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  19. That book is beautiful and I imagine your tea time was refreshing! Thanks for sharing!


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