Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Catching up ~

I have been busy over the past week catching up with lots of those pesky mundane chores that add up and can no longer be  avoided. And the weather cooled off for a few days allowing me to spend some much needed time in the garden. Alas this weekend it is going to warm up again, hopefully for the last time.

But I did find time for some fun stuff...

A new flag for the front porch which has been washed down and cleaned up for fall. I see so many beautiful pictures of  pristine outdoor spaces in magazines and on Pinterest and I don't know how they do it, I seem to be in a constant battle with dust, dirt, and all of the semi-wild critters that like to lounge on , chew on, and basically destroy exterior decorative items. One morning I came outside to see the whole back garden festooned with stuffing from pillows I had put in the gazebo...why I don't know, I had a feeling it just must have been a fun thing for a raccoon to do! 

Secondly, I finished reading Betty Halbreich's excellent new memoir. For those of you unfamiliar with her she is the grande dame of Personal Shopping, and has worked in this capacity for over 40 years at Bergdorf Goodman.

Anyone that loves fashion and style will thoroughly enjoy this book and may also like the new film, Scatter my ashes at Bergdorfs. The two rather go together, as I understand Betty is featured in the film. I haven't seen it yet but it is number one on my Netflix queue and should come to me this week, I can hardly wait!

Finally, and most importantly, I made the final decorating choices for the guest bedroom, I ordered the fabric this morning. It is a Waverly fabric, Emma's Garden Jewel. The gold stripe will be used as an accent on the day bed dust ruffle and perhaps a pillow or two. The paint, Behr's Vanilla Delight. 

Now all that's to be done is the is time to get out my paint roller and brushes and thread up the sewing machine!

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  1. The fabric is just beautiful and I love that fall flag. Next year I think I will start buying flags to put in the yard. I have seen so many that are so cute.

  2. WOW, I love the fabric. Your guest bedroom will be stunning when you finish. I also like your flag very nice.
    They are working on the 91 freeway, which is about 1 mile from my house and does it every get dirty with dust and sand. I will be so glad when they finish. They are making more lanes.
    Need to get my Fall decoration up. Can hardly wait to see your new guest bedroom.
    Get ready for the hot weather this weekend and like you I sure hope this is it until next year.

  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    J'aime la diversité de vos photos mais toutes nous montrent que Dame Automne est là et que vous lui faites un bel honneur avec les décorations.
    En France, on n'a pas cette belle tradition que de mettre en valeur les jardins, les seuils de portes avec des décors automnaux, sauf à Noël...

    Gros bisous ☼

  4. Adrienne, the choices for the bedroom are just lovely. It is going to be a beautiful room. I can't wait to see it all together, but you have a lot of work ahead! Love your welcome fall flag and your header pics are gorgeous. Hope you cool off a little bit. We have had our heaters on! .Happy Thursday..Judy

  5. It's going to be such a beautiful room. I can't imagine the amount of work you have in maintaining your beautiful property. I hope you continue to enjoy the much needed cooler temps.

  6. Oooh, I love that color combination! It is going to be just gorgeous and oh so elegant!

  7. The fabric is beautiful and I love the stripe with the floral.

  8. The book and the new movie sound interesting. We have been watching Netflix's Orange is the New Black and loved it, so the movie seems promising.
    What a shame to have a decorative pillow destroyed like that! I have never had that happen thank goodness. The fabric for your new decorating project looks wonderful. I look forward to seeing what you whip up on the sewing machine.

  9. That is a beautiful combination. The room will be lovely!


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