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Friday, October 1, 2010

the birthday gift of a lifetime!

remember back here where I said this......

Dan gave me a gift of a lifetime!
A gift to end all gifts.
I can say unequivocally that you do not know anyone who has
been given this gift.
Seriously, if I were to tell you now what he gave me, one- you
wouldn't believe me and then you would be really, really mad at
your husband, and then you would faint! I kid you not!! So, since
I love you and don't want you mad at your husband today, and I
worry about your health;) I can't tell you what it is right now!!!
(I want to get permission first;) But please, please stay tuned.....
I promise you (I even swear to you) you will NOT want to miss
If I haven't made myself perfectly clear- this is an off the chart,
over the top, unimaginable, crazy-wonderful gift of a lifetime.
You have been so patient (well, most of you!) in waiting to hear what this extraordinary gift is, and now I can share
the birthday gift of a lifetime
with you.....

Tomorrow, I am having lunch with Bunny Williams.



  1. Did you really faint - because I would have! What a fabulous gift and an even more fabulous husband! How thoughtful - I hope you share how he came up with the idea and actually got it.
    I love her book, her home and her gorgeous all looks heavenly. I love wallpaper because of her.
    Have a wonderful wonderful time! :)


  2. You know you bear the burden of having lunch for all of us....we all will be in the house with you.

    Stretch out the stories for days - heck this could be the next book !!

    SOOO happy for you - no one could appreciate it more than you will.

  3. I have goosebumps. Now I think we all love your husband, too.

    Please, details. And lay it on thick...

    Have a wonderful time...


  4. Wow, What a birthday treat...I love Bunny Williams style. How great you get to see her fabulous home in person! You have to share every detail. I can't be too jealous since I had lunch yesterday with Charles Faudree! I'll have details posted tomorrow. Have a fantastic time.

  5. Joan- I DIE!!

    Have the BEST TIME (and remember to file away every single fabulous detail!!)

    That Dan- give the guy a hug, k??

  6. Yep! It's true - just like I told you - Dan wins the best, most perceptive, sensitive,generous husband of the century award! His generosity is from his heart and his love for you - oh you are so blessed. Thanks for the email and can't wait to hear. I will be thinking of you and your new best friend, Bunny, tomorrow!

  7. I'm laughing so hard from Janet's comment, I can barely see. My guess was going to be immortality. But I guess I wasn't thinking big enough.
    Have a great time! S.

  8. Joan,
    ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! I know you two are going to hit it off as you both have the same fabulous style. Dan is the best - such a wonderful, thoughtful gift.
    Can't wait to hear all about it!
    X Trina

  9. Jealous! And want to know what it's like to be in the house rather than the pictures. Nes pas?

  10. What a thrill! Have a wonderful time and we're looking forward to hearing all about it. And how did you manage to keep this a secret for so long?

  11. ...oh my are so right...this IS a gift of a lifetime! are going to breathe the very air of bunny williams and that fabulous wonderful...cannot wait to hear the tale ...(and just so you know...i think we all will agree...bunny williams is getting a pretty good deal too...having lunch with you)

  12. I am so excited for you! I hope you have a wonderful time!

    I love you,

  13. You told! I'm so jealous but so happy for you. I hope you have the best time ever and Rick is no longer talking to

  14. My daughter gave it to me for Christmas, so I know how you feel.

  15. Hope you are having a nice time. Please tell us how your lunch has been.

    Kind Regards,

  16. Oh my! I have this book! What a lucky person you are!

  17. Joan, enjoy yourself and have a darn good old chat! Good man, that husband of yours. I know - I have a partner as loving and as generous.

  18. Wow - what a fabulous birthday present!! I adore Bunny Williams, and my favorite design book is An Affair With a House. Can't wait to hear every detail... Thrilled to have found your blog - it's wonderful!

  19. I can not wait to hear how it went. What a fantastic birthday gift from DH, Congratulations. Hey, he moves up to the MOST fabulous DH ever.

    I met Bunny and her DH at the Thomasville, GA antique show two years ago. She was one of the guest lecturers and I was NOT disappointed. She is FABULOUS!!!!! LOVE her books but "An Affair with a House" is certainly my favorite. That book gave me a renewed feeling of my own home of 30 years.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  20. Loved talking to you both last night and hearing some of the details of your fabulous day first hand!!! Can't wait to see what you put on your blog about it all.

    Love you

  21. That is amazing! I can't imagine my hubby ever doing something quite on that level. In honor of you I am pulling that book off the bookshelf and rereading it today!

  22. All your comments are priceless...I'm laughing with you! I'm so excited for you and cannot wait to hear all the details. Honestly...the best part of her house for me...the dogs. Like Jen...(who is Miss. Awesomeness herself...:))I am going to pull my book off the coffee table today and open it up for another read. Course I do that several times a week anyway. Then I'm going to go find her pics on NYSD and check out her apartment again.

    Have fun Joan!!

  23. I have no idea how he would have done hat but you are the luckiest person on the face of the earth and you better have pictures and a blow by blow of the whole day!

  24. I have never heard of Bunny Williams. I am clearly tragic! Look forward to finding out.x

  25. joan - i really need to hire dan to set up a "special" afternoon for me w/one of my fav people.

    and belinda above. you are the most awesome person i know right now. i'm so jealous of you.


  26. What an awesome gift. I cannot wait to hear more about it:)

  27. ...i have been thinking....since your dan is such a wonderful should do something truly wonderful for him on his next birthday...perhaps you could get in touch with your good friend bunny and arrange a lunch for dan and guest...(that would be you of course) her new york city apartment...just a thought...

  28. laney- me thinks I shouldn't push my luck;)!!!!


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