These lovely images came from here.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The trouble with living in a dry, arid climate is
determining which plants will flourish
Last year, I visited a friend of mine in San Antonio, Texas.
She took me to the hill country-to visit this wonderful family owned
lavender farm and market
Not only was it one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to-
it was also one of the most enlightening.
Did you know that not only will lavender thrive in my west facing front yard..
it is has analgesic properties for treating sunburn...
it cleanses and tones dry skin (another conundrum of living in a dry climate)
and it is a perfect ingredient for margaritas...?
I just thought that it was great for making my lingerie drawer smell heavenly ;-)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you to my followers-I am so excited to have you stop by.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Today I am celebrating
the man who...
...makes my toes tingle
...fills my life with laughter
...gives me strength
...is my loyal companion
...loves with his entire heart
Happy Birthday, J- :-)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of time to post today :-(
and since I needed a little inspiration...
I thought that I would share some of the images that I find to be...
Have a wonderful and inspiring evening...wherever you are.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Last weekend my husband celebrated his
High School Reunion
Two very dear friends of ours came to stay with us.
During their visit-I started thinking about how
fleeting these moments are...
and how difficult it is now
-with busy lives, careers and children-
to get everyone together again.
Looking at these warmly inviting dining spaces remind me
of the together times and how truly special they are.
May you have many more times together...
Class of 1985
Photographs 1, 3 and 4 are from House Beautiful magazine.
Photograph 2 is from Southern Living May 2010
Photograph 5 Regis High School Class of 1985
Thursday, July 15, 2010
My window seat was featured on one of my absolute favorite blogs- (and Etsy shops)
It was here that...
-after months of searching-
I found the perfect fabric.
Here it is...
It is screen printed by hand with the french word for "bee"
The original fabric had a white background.
I thought that a creme background would suit my purpose a little better so...
I asked Karyn of Compulsively Compiled
if she would custom make it.
She did not hesitate and before I knew it I had the perfect addition to my window seat :-)
So if you are in the market for the absolute perfect fabric-
head on over to Karyn's Etsy shop!
She has a wonderful selection to choose from too.
Below is the "before"
And here is the "after"
May all of your findings be perfect :-)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Today I decided to participate in my first blog party-
by Kathleen at this wonderful place
I know what you are thinking...
where is the white?
Although I love, love, love neutral interiors
-rooms all dolled up in glorious shades, textures and contexts of white and off white-
I suppose that I would be considered more of an eclectic type...
-opting for elements of white -
like the iron garden urn hidden in among the old tattered leather bound books
(books are a true favorite of mine-I even love the musty smell)
Or the backdrop of vintage bird prints,
(old prints and bookplates are also in my favorite things for decorating repertoire)
antique jewelry embellished candles, and
an old doorway crown from a Denver salvage yard
Truth be told-it is the element of white that indeed steals the show
and makes everything around it more special somehow.
Thank you for participating in my first blog party.
I had a good time :-)
I hope that you had a good time too.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Whenever I think of posting photographs of my own home...
I say to myself it isn't quite perfect yet.
Then it occurred to me-it will never be perfect
-especially the way I like to move things around on an almost daily basis-
So why not bask in the imperfection of it all?
These are photographs of my perfectly imperfect living room
-after I got a hold of it-
This is what the Living Room looked like when we bought the house.
Somehow-the things that I thought to be imperfect don't seem quite so bad :-)
May you enjoy the perfect imperfections of your rooms too-
wherever you are.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Have you ever wandered around your neighborhood and
wished that you could just take a peek at the inside of your neighbor's house?
...or better yet simply trade houses with them ;-)
I remember when the realtor brought us in to what is now our neighborhood.
There was one house in particular that made me swoon instantly
...and it is currently for sale!
Unfortunately, the price tag is a little out of reach for us at the moment
(I have been contemplating purchasing a large number of powerball tickets).
The wonderful thing about houses that you love going on the market is
the invitation to explore the inside through MLS photos!
All of these photographs are MLS photos of the house that I covet on Olive Street.
The first photograph is the Living Room.
I adore the dark wood fireplace mantel and the beautifully substantial crown molding.
The second photograph is the kitchen.
I can just imagine myself sitting in front of those expansive windows
listening to the birds and admiring the hydrangea bushes
..oh and writing in my blog of course.
I am trying to convince the mister that my cooking would be so much better in a kitchen like this ;-)
The third photograph is the dining room (actually it is one of two dining rooms).
Love the built ins and the hardwood floors.
Doesn't it conjure up the smell of honey bacon and first cup of the morning coffee?
The last two photographs are my favorites.
The exterior view-what a glorious garden! ...and that turret...oh my heart twitters.
Finally, the piece de resistance-inside the turret is...(insert big build up here)
Boasting floor to ceiling bookshelves, three enormous windows and built in window seats.
I could spend every rainy day from here on out just curled up in front of these windows
reading "Goodnight Moon" to my children
or going back in time and dancing the night away with "The Great Gatsby".
Have you ever had house envy?
I would love to hear about it.
Friday, July 9, 2010
I am thinking of converting our covered back patio into a sleeping porch.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to slumber to the sounds of nightingales and soft summer breezes?
Of course-we live in a city so the nightingales
may be drowned out by
police sirens and traffic noise.
No matter-when I close my eyes I will just bring up the vision of one of these
serene and spectacular images...
and drift off in a sweet summer slumber.
Sweet Dreams...wherever you are.