Feature Friday: Far Above Rubies

Back today with another Feature Friday and this one is blogger, Anita, with Far Above Rubies. We were in a home tour together this spring and I noticed her colorful and eclectic style and wanted to share with all of you.  Bold color might not be for everyone, but I love how Anita embraces her own unique style and displays it proudly in her NC home that she shares with her husband and 3 children.

I love Anita’s description of her home and property and how much it means to her family….can you imagine  her land being in the family for 5 generations?

We live in a newer house on property that has been in my family for five generations in the mountains of western North Carolina. It was my great grandfather’s summer home away from the heat of Hypoluxo, Florida. Some of the original structures are still here and house lots of treasures from the past. When the original victorian farmhouse was torn down, my grandfather painstakingly bundled and stored all the doors, windows, trim, stair treads, tongue and groove boards, and more, which we have been slowly restoring and adding to our house.  Now when I refer to the “old house” you’ll know what I’m talking about:-) Most of my furniture, art and accessories have also been passed down, and I have added to that with items from antique and thrift stores as well as our travels around the world. Every single thing means something, and that’s what makes it *home* for me.

The original Victorian that was torn down and a new one built.

Anita’s charming home today in the mountains of North Carolina.  These photos are from her Fall tour last year and are so pretty!

What a welcoming front porch.

Anita says that this antique Harden settle was in the house originally and had gotten sold at some point, but found its way back to her and the house.

She and her husband are both musicians and have instruments all over the house.  Anita is an accomplished singer and has quiet the resume of famous people that she has sung with.

I love that that there are so many styles and expressions of home all over blogland and Anita’s is uniquely hers.

I see warm and welcoming when I look at Anita’s home.

The kitchen continues with collections and eclectic beauty.

This kitchen shelving makes me smile, so charming.

Beautiful fruit and floral display on the island.

This just gets me in the mood for Fall!

The dining room houses Anita’s bold pink rug and she loves mixing orange and pink.

And in her house, it all works in harmony.

Her 2 daughters share this pretty and cozy space.

And the master bedroom rounds out the tour.

I hope you all enjoyed this wonderful whimsical tour of Anita’s colorful and eclectic home.  It just exudes fun and colorful hues that are so happy and inviting.  We don’t all have to have the same taste in decorating to enjoy and appreciate other styles.  When I saw Anita’s home, I just had to share it with all of you too!  It’s a happy, happy home!


- Rhoda


  1. I love color too. She’s used it in so many imaginative ways, I think I’ll borrow a few of her ideas. I grew up with the clock radio she has in the kitchen shelf display, forgot all about it until I saw it here.

  2. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    Beautiful, collected home!

  3. I have visited Anita’s blog several times and always admired her home. Her taste and colors used in her home are delightful! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anita’s home “all works together in harmony”, indeed! Love seeing musical instruments being used for playing and as decor to add beautiful color, shape and texture.

  5. I love her beautiful outside fall decor and her colorful home. Lots of ideas here! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thank you for featuring such a colorful home! I am so tired of seeing all the “soothing grey” decor that is all over blogland.

  7. Cynthia Stower says:

    I’ve admired Anita’s house for several years now and I still do. I love the way she puts together the bold colours of orange and bright pink with all of her antiques and musical instruments. Beautiful!

  8. I love this home! What an exciting yet comfortable home. I love seeing collections and originality. Everyone is bemoaning the same old white we see too much on blogs today. Thank you for introducing Anita

  9. Love, love all the color Anita mixes into her home and life. I just purchased a huge new rug for my living room that is bold and bright and so outside my box. I decided to brighten up the world I live in and make a smile every time I walk into that room. My furniture in the room are browns and golds…with some painted pieces also….now when I walk in (even though I still have some tweaking to do!) to the room, I am just awed by how much this one rug of many bright colors has changed this blah room to a very happy place!!

  10. So refreshing to see color in this beautiful home. So tired of all the builder beige or gray or all white rooms. It shows how creative she is. Thanks for showcasing her!

  11. Love seeing all the color! She has so many good ideas to “steal” too! This was a visual feast, glad you shared it.

  12. I have followed Anita’s blog for a while and I love her style! She really knows how to bring in the right pops of color and mixes mid century and vintage pieces that give her home a happy, boho-vibe.

  13. And I love Anita’s style because its all hers and nobody else!

  14. I’m usually the first to say that bright colors like pink, orange, etc. are not for me. However, to quote Matthew McConaughey, “alright alright alright”. I’m bowled over by the charm and sense of welcome this home has! I could see myself feeling right at ease there. The way Anita has tied everything together with rugs and accessories is phenomenal. So out of the box beautiful, indeed!

  15. Though not my style,it’s very charming. The exterior is one of my favorites.

  16. diane in northern wis says:

    I love this house and all the colors! Thanks for sharing it!

  17. wow one of my favorites so far – that last photo is beautiful – love all the native american vibe and color —–well done 🙂

  18. Susan Dumont says:

    Love this colorful and collected home. The mix of styles is done so well. So nice not to see “greige and sparse” for a change.

  19. Denise Thompson says:

    I have been following your blog ever since you started and LOVE it!! Especially love what you share about your sweet Mom and Dad…Just wanted to tell you that when you shared your new house pictures, I especially fell in love with the new color of the island, so much that I got my painter in to paint mine the same color and LOVE, LOVE it!! My walls in my kitchen and keeping room are a soft blue and my cabinets are the antique glazed…this new island color just make my kitchen pop…Thanks for sharing your new home…LOVE it! And, congratulations on your new home and marriage.

  20. Rhoda, thank you, thank you SO very much for featuring my home:-) I’m so humbled and honored by the opportunity and very, very thankful. Thanks again!!

  21. I so love Anita’s home. Her beautiful soul is so reflective in her home. She is truly a very talented person. I so enjoy her blog!

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