Monday, September 25, 2017

Decorating Risks

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I started this blog because I sensed like minds
out there
in cyberspace.


People who love pillows and lamps 
and fresh flowers and paint 
and fabric and candles 
and rugs and antiques and art 
and all things HOME
as much as I do.


This weekend there was some baking (again)
and some futzing.

Plus, it was homecoming, so lots 
of primping and pictures
and hauling kids around.

The light was so pretty in the living room
I had to take more pictures.


Y'all might be sick of my living room by now, 
but I never get tired of it.


These gorgeous plates are called
Rose Medalian, and they belonged to my 
MIL who passed away back in March.

They're too pretty to hide in the cabinet, so
I've been slowly working them into the 
room (and praying I don't break one).


The color scheme in this room is driven 
by these draperies. I had them made about 
seven years ago, and I don't get tired of these, either.

There are so many colors, which gives me lots of freedom
in terms of color.

The whole room was inspired by 
a home I saw featured in Country French  Magazine
several years ago.





Theresa Flannery's Minneapolis home is stunning! This is my kind of pretty!

My room doesn't look exactly like this one, and
that's not really the point.

What I was going for was a similar feel, 
bright and cheerful, 
pretty but also comfortable.


You can see my tools there on the piano.
I get very nervous about putting nails in walls. 
Not because I'm all that fussy, 
but because I'm too lazy to 
touch it up later.

You want to hear something crazy
and scary and exciting?


These fabrics will soon be incorporated into this space. 
There's no going back.
Already ordered.
😳


Yikes!
What are your decorating risks?
Nail holes?
New fabrics?
And why do we decorate anyway?
What's your reason?

Have a great week!





Friday, September 22, 2017

Poundcake and a New Lamp

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We have a thing for baked goods around here.
Poundcake especially. 
My girls like to have it for breakfast.

I like to have it anytime, day or night.

This is a good ol' Southern Living recipe, 
and it's really easy to make!
See below for instructions.


The very best part?
Flipping that pan over, and nibbling on 
those crunchy parts you see here.
It's still warm, and the house smells so good.

On a decorating note,

I can never seem to keep lamps in the same place.

This means there are blank spots that
require new lighting.

Notice I said require.


This curvy thing was a Country Curtains find. 
We have a store nearby.
I'd been searching and searching online, 
but I don't have much luck
buying lamps that way.

Books, yes. Clothes and lamps, not so much.

Here's hoping the weekend brings you
good light and poundcake.



Southern Living's
Million Dollar Poundcake
1 pound butter
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter till creamy.
Gradually add sugar, still beating at medium speed.
Add eggs one at a time until the yolk disappears.
Add flour to butter mixture/alternate with milk/begin and end with flour
Pour into greased and floured 10 inch tube pan
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour 40 minutes.
Test with a toothpick, of course.
Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from pan and allow to cool completely on the wire rack.
Nibble the crunchy parts!

I like to serve mine with strawberries and real whipping cream, with a bit of confectioner's sugar added to taste.





Monday, September 18, 2017

Easing into Fall and Signs

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Yep. Fall is coming. 
We had friends over for dinner last night, and
after we ate, my hubby built a bonfire.

We sat around it and watched leaves trickle down.
There was a chill in the air. 
Not bad.
But not those hot summer nights any longer, either. 

I love how nature slowly transforms my garden. 
She's easing me into this new season.


She knows I go unwillingly.


Gardens help. 
Friends help.


A new pillow helps, too. 
I cannot stress how much new pillows help. 


Candles help, too.


This time of year I miss my mother.
I mean, I always miss my mother.

I miss her Southern twang.
I miss her long-winded stories about shopping trips to Wal-mart.
I miss hearing harmless gossip about the small town where I grew up.

I miss her visits.

I miss her cards and packages filled with odds and ends and nothing much.

I miss her for myself, and I miss her for my daughters.

Lately, I've been missing her a lot.
Yesterday morning I did my usual weekend walk.
I got to the trail which meanders alongside a river.
I glanced to my right and saw this.

It seems my mother is missing me, too.
She gave me a sign.
Just like always, she is with me.



I suppose she's been here all along.

Linking up with Kim at Wow Us Wednesdays!
Wow Us Wednesday!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Valance for the Master Bath

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Our master bedroom hasn't changed much in the past couple of years.
I'm still happy with the draperies, 
and I still LOVE the yellow!


Yellow has been my favorite color since sixth grade.
I'm quite a bit older than that now, so
I guess that's not likely to change.


The shower curtain was added later, but the blast of
color gives a little oomph to an
otherwise neutral space.


The towels are from Pottery Barn—so soft
and they wash very well!

The shade is from Next Day Blinds.
All good.

In the next few months, I'm updating things.
Not ditching or gutting, 
just tweaking.


See that gorgeous fabric?


And that trim?
Yep, it's coming to live with me!
Eventually.


Recently, I was in one of my favorite antique shops. 
The lady there remembered me, and she said, 
"Aren't you a designer?"
I was very flattered, but had to confess that I was not.
She had been in the antique business for 40 years.
She said, "I still love it. It's my passion!"


Decorating is certainly a passion for me.
I'm not a designer.
I have no clue what I'm doing.
😳
I just never get tired of pretty things
for my home!

Hope you have a great weekend!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Magnetic Crystals for the Chandelier

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The old light fixture in our dining room (technically a new fixture)
was removed and consigned fairly soon after we settled in this house.
It was way too big for our narrow table. 



In its place I had an oil-rubbed bronze fixture installed.
Nothing fancy, but nice.
The shades I purchased at Ballard.

Easy upgrade.

Now that we've been in our home for a while (eight years almost), 
I have time to tweak things and focus on details. 
This does not mean I'll ever "finish" decorating.

As relieved as I still am not to have the clunk-your-head chandelier,
I've been regretting picking one so plain.


I was very tempted to replace it. Again. 
However, I don't chuck stuff lightly.

I ordered a chain sleeve and magnetic crystals from Ballard.
I loved the crystals, but still hated the look overall.



You know how we decorator types do, right?
I stood around and kept eyeballing things.
I moved from from place to place, hoping a different vantage point
would make me like it better.

Nope.



It was too much white.
Soooo...


I took the shades off.
The bulbs were hideous—dusty and smudged and ugly.

New bulbs?

OR

Windex and paper towels?


I took these photos in the early evening because the sparkle was soooo pretty!

When my husband got home from work on Friday, 
he found me cleaning lightbulbs.

I suppose he thinks the school year is already getting to me.


I snapped a few pictures in the daylight hours, too.



If you're in the market for magnetic crystals,
I can honestly say these are great.
The magnetic pull is strong, and
the crystals are heavy and clear.

I read lots of online reviews before ordering them
because I absolutely detest having to return things.


Hope you have a sparkly week!
Linking up with Kim for Wow Us Wednesday!



Friday, September 8, 2017

Plant It!

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I know I say this all the time, 
but when we moved in nearly eight years ago, 
there was very little in the way of a garden.
Some not-so-great-cookie-cutter
landscaping in the front, 
and that was about it. 

Fast-forward to eight years later, 
and we have these lush shrubs and flowers
that make me so happy I can't even say
just how happy!


This is one gorgeous mum!
She was leftover one fall, and 
I just plopped her in the ground, not thinking she would live.
Now she's huge.


That massive pink mountain is a strawberry cream hydrangea, 
and when she shows up in summer, I feel like
an old friend is visiting.
She blesses us with her beauty on into fall.

See?


I feel downright spiritual when it comes to gardening.



Gardening can feel overwhelming, especially if you're starting from scratch, 
but it will grow, I promise.

We constantly look around our yard and marvel at what we've achieved 
in a few short years, mostly
one plant/tree/shrub at a time.



And some of that bounty we bring inside!


Planting in the fall makes spring all the sweeter when it comes.


It's almost fall, y'all!

All week I've been thinking about everyone in Irma's path.
Prayers for safety!

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Red Door

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I love my red door. Several years ago I repainted it, 
and I have never regretted this decision. 

I used "Rembrandt Red" and purchased the paint at our 
local Benjamin Moore shop.
It's from their European paints line.


It really is THAT shiny, 
and next to a color that is debatably 
khaki/green/brown, 
it stands out, truly.


I like that when service people come I can say, "It's the house with the red door."
No mistaking us!

The basket was purchased at Ballard Design back in the spring. 
It's not technically meant to be exposed to the elements, 
but I'm taking my chances
because it makes such a strong statement.

Home is truly where my heart is, and I love
pulling up my drive after a long day
and seeing this pop of happy.


What color is your door?



Linking up with Kim!
Wow Us Wednesday!

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