Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beautiful Autumn ~

Autumn has officially arrived!

 It will be a while before we will start to see many changes here in our warm climate,  So to remind myself of  just how lovely it can be I found some pictures that I took last year. It gives me something to look forward to. 

The way the garden takes on the appearance of a slightly worn but still elegant lady...

 Boston Ivy on the fence loosing it's leaves leaving a tracing of tendrils and twigs, the plaque might say Spring, but the colors say Autumn.

Old pots waiting to be cleaned and filled next spring...and an old fence badly need of repair, a good project in the winter months.

 The gorgeous colors of the trees before they drop their leaves. In a way much prettier than green.

I love and look forward to this time of the year.

Thank you for visiting
 I hope this season brings you beauty and joy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The very last Hydrangeas ~

Early this morning after I came back from walking I went out in the garden and  cut the very last of the Hydrangeas to bring in the house for drying.

It has been so hot here the past week with temperatures over 100 degrees every day that it is surprising that there were any of them left in good enough condition to cut. 

I plan on using these throughout the fall in autumnal arrangements. I think they will look pretty in the
 new wooden box that I made combined with white pumpkins. Meanwhile, as they dry they look nice in this wire basket in the kitchen.

Thankfully it is cooling off a bit, it is very difficult to think about Fall decorations when it is so, so hot! I am longing for cooler weather and rain.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a wonderful day

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A bit of an impasse ~

I have a bit of a problem with the guest room, unfortunately the fabric I picked out that would have been perfect has been discontinued. So now I am trying to find a replacement and until I do I can't paint the walls. Darn!

As you see below, I do have some other choices and I also have a couple more fabric samples on the way. I am one of those people that needs an inspiration piece to build a room around and it is usually the fabric.

While I am waiting I was at least able to get the new molding and trim painted. It has been so hot here that I had to do it very early in the morning to keep the paint from sticking. I should be able to get it up over the next week. And because most of the ceiling is white I can paint that.


I sent away for the new decorative ceiling corner onlays.

So even though I am at a bit of an impasse some things are getting done and while I am waiting for additional samples I might get some new inspiration from this book.

I love this author, she writes such interesting and informative books, although I haven't yet read this one I really enjoyed her previous book, The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour. 

Even without painting the walls I think I will have plenty to do this weekend.

Thank you for visiting

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ready, set, go ~

Now that the powder room is finally finished I have started a new project, the guest bedroom that adjoins the powder room. 

As you can tell it has been a very long time since this room was updated...I mean who on earth sponge paints a room anymore or has wall paper borders.  

Here is the room sans draperies, down to the bare minimum a twenty year ode to Laura Ashley.




All primed and ready for the new paint. I am in the process of making some decisions as far as drapery fabric and paint color. I had this all decided but unfortunately the fabric I wanted to use has been discontinued. While I am waiting to received new fabric samples I can add the architectural details to the ceiling and change out that ugly light fixture to...


Wish me luck.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Got milk ~

Last week when I saw these I told myself that I definitely did not need them. I walked around the store trying to keep them out of my mind and out of my cart...I even got in the car and came home. 


that didn't work either and the next day I went back figuring that if they were still there it was fate and I really was supposed to have them. 

As you can see fate was in my corner and now these two adorable pitchers are in my kitchen.

Total indulgence.

Actually I have wanted some white wear with graphics for a long time so how could I even have thought about passing them up!

Anyone for milk? Or maybe a glass of water.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you have a lovely day.