Gardening through a drought

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Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
I have been a garden enthusiast since I was a child, working beside my mom in our garden was always fun for me.  My maternal grandmother used to say she thought we picked up our love of gardening from her mother, my great grandmother.  I’m passing my joy for the garden to my granddaughter(s). {Olivia loves working in the garden with grandma, Fae, at 6 months is still young but I hold great hope she will have fun too}.
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Olivia and I planted these petunias on her last visit in March.  They have really taken off, it’s been fun sending her pics of the flowers as they’ve grown.
Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Long time readers may remember that a friend and I had a small gardening business for many years.  Cottage and English gardens were are speciality.  I still love boxwood borders, roses, lavender, penstemon, camellias, all varieties of perennials.  Borders of primrose, pansy or violas in the cooler months and impatiens or lobelia in the warmer months were icing on the garden cake. Seasonal bulbs and other plants that catch my eye at the nursery are also welcome.  
Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Changes may be coming to our garden.  We are in the 4th year of a severe drought. Many, who study such things, say this has happened before.  I remember!  Having lived in SoCal all but 2 years of my entire life I can remember carefully cutting back on water usage indoors so that I felt less guilt watering my garden.
I have a neighbor who has taken advantage of our water district’s rebate plan.  If you remove grass and replace it with drought tolerant plants, they will reimburse a certain amount of money per square foot.  Our water bill is calculated using a tiered plan.  If you go over the amount of water usage they have calculated for your lot, you are charged a premium, each tier (overage) raising your rates higher.
Below is a recent pic I took of my neighbor’s yard. There seems to be several plants in bloom each month of the year.  The plan she’s installed is thriving and looks good.
Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Here’s my issue.  I don’t think I’ll be happy with xeriscape, and budget constraints insist I stay the course.  I simply need to think “drought tolerant” when I buy new or replacement items.  I’ve started a list of plants that will be happy in my garden and crave less water.  This is only the beginning…I hope to learn more throughout this season and into Fall.  I’ll keep you posted.
For a starter list I visited the Sunset Magazine hit list of drought tolerant plants.  I was surprised and pleased to see that for my particular zone ZONE 24: Marine influence along the Southern California coast [as the crow flies we are about 6 miles from the ocean, but there is a ridge of hills blocking us from the full blown coastal influence], I can grow some of the same plants I currently have, in some cases certain varieties are stronger against drought than others, but it’s an easy fix.  Such as:  Lavandula multifida [a variety of lavender, common name ‘Spanish Eyes’] that will grow 3′ wide.
This was growing in and among the roses last year.  I unsuccessfully transplanted it, so I will have to buy another few for the garden this year.
Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Another plant that caught my eye off the Sunset list:  Salvia Clevelandii [common name ‘Winifred Gilman’] This beauty really doesn’t want it’s feet to be wet so it must be planted in well drained soil or even on an embankment (we don’t have an embankment, but we do have one sunny spot in the back yard that drains very quickly). You can order this plant from Annie’s Annuals.
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There seems to be a recurring theme of purple…I guess I’ll have to search out alternate colors to mix things up a bit.  Next on my watch list is: Agastache rugosa [there are a wide array of plants in the species and in a variety of colors]  The plant is know for attracting hummingbirds.  All good by me!  :-)
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Since this post is already longer than most, I’ll share one more plant that looked promising:  Nassella tenuissima [common name ‘Mexican Feathergrass’This grass seems to blend beautifully with other blooming plants and I may need to try some proven winners in this drought condition.
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If you would like to check out Sunset’s list visit HERE.  Otherwise, maybe I’ll just do this:
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I’d try showering less time each day, but I don’t think that would be nearly as much fun as the Champagne idea!

Cottage Living

Hi, Friends.  How is your spring going so far?  Some of you are just now getting a taste of the season.  Isn’t s p r i n g wonderful?!

I think I may have mentioned, I’ve been paring down.  Mr. B. and I are trying to weed out items that we no longer use, neither family or friends want, and just generally getting rid of stuff we often wonder why we purchased it in the first place.  {Does that ever happen to you, or am I the only compulsive buyer out there?} :-) Our home is more cottage than castle and we love it, but it has been stretched to it’s limit storage-wise so it makes sense to create a little more space through elimination.

Even when I realize that storage is critical to an organized life, I lean towards liliputin sized spaces.  A tucked away corner brightened by family heirlooms and a bouquet.

I used to attend the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  The event provides funding for community music programs.  Often the homes were historic mansions, and they were beautiful, but invariably, when one existed, I fell in love with the carriage house.

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The romantic in me imagines living in a cottage the likes of which you might see in England or other historic European or U.S. locations.  I wonder if I’ve pared down enough for one of these beauties…

Parts of Carmel, California offer cottage lovers a community of pure and simple cottage-paradise.  One of my favorite areas in this seaside village is the Comstock Historic District.  The wavy roof shingles provide a thatched roof feel and I absolutely love the charm they provide the cottage.

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{The Grant Wallace Cottage}

Another treasure in the picturesque village of Carmel is the Tuck Box.  I could live in this cottage.  It was designed and built by Hugh Comstock, famous of his cottage structures. It is believed he used the Tuck Box as either his office or home (or both) when it was completed in 1927.  It is now a garden and gift shop has been in commercial operation since 1930.

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{Tuck Box, Hugh Comstock}

Before we leave the west coast, the final cottage from Carmel is the ‘Hansel’ designed and built by Hugh Comstock.  This was his first cottage.  You can read more about it HERE.  The half timber, slightly crooked, stone fireplace is charm in itself.

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{Hansel, Hugh Comstock – Carmel, California}

I’m moving on…The Holiday cottage, rom-com enthusiasts will recognize.  This isn’t even a real cottage but a shell made for the 2008 movie.  I don’t care! It embodies the image of an old cottage somewhere in the U.K. (where it snows a bit for the holidays) and is equipped with 2 fireplaces, who could ask for anything more?

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{The Holiday – Kate Winslet’s cottage}

This English storybook cottage seems, from the exterior, roomier than most cottages.  Ivy on brick is wonderful and the cottage garden is icing on the cake for me.

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{English Storybook Cottage}

Thatched roof, rose covered walls, leaded pane windows…do you think this might be too small?  Maybe, but how cute is this?  I’ve heard it used to belong to 7 dwarves. :-)

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{Fairytale Cottage}

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{Cottage Garden}

I believe I could be happy on the east coast of the U.S.  Jeffrey Bilhuber, designer, found (or rather it found him) this charming cottage on Nantucket (as a summer retreat for himself) as a result of an interview with Architectural Digest.  Picket fence, shingled facade, and more rose covered walls…swoon.

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 {The Rose Cottage – Jeffrey Bilhuber – Architectural Digest}

The barndoor on this sweet cottage in Siasconset, Nantucket would be very inviting.

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{Summer Cottages – photo by Thisisbossi}

Here are a few rooms I can imagine within any of the cottages above. The plaster walls and the rustic ceiling make this living area seem like it could be part of a cottage.

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A cozy corner of a room where you can pen a note or sip a drink.

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A small, but well planned kitchen with a dine in space.

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Could you live in a cottage?

If cottages capture your heart, like they do mine, visit Once upon a time…tales from Carmel by the Sea, you won’t be disappointed.

A Designer to Love: Joy Tribout

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There are homes that you can view online, via a magazine, or in person, and appreciate their beauty.  Then there are homes that speak to you, to your idea of a home you could love and live in.  Designer Joy Tribout has a style that appeals to me.  I’ve selected some of my favorite rooms from her portfolio.

Her use of black and white is stunning, never cold, Joy manages to keep a certain liveable warmth to each space.  The rooms I’m sharing today are from two separate homes but just happen to feature a black and white color palette.

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The black trim on the window is a favorite touch in this mostly white room.

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Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy Tribout

Her design point of view is a simple one, but often challenging for many of us novice decorators.  Tribout believes “…one’s home environment should elevate living on a daily basis…”  It’s something that we all try to accomplish—making our homes inviting and comfortable.

Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy TriboutMy fondness of equine touches in a living space is part of what attracted me to this particular home in her portfolio.  {I must have raced horses in another lifetime!}  :-)
Garden, Home and Party: Joy TriboutShe recently launched her own line of furnishings, the Joy Tribout Home Collection.

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Her signature pillow design features an ‘X’. The pillow above has been adorned with a broach or some metal adornment.

The bed below features another of her pillows with the X.

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In all of her dining spaces, whether its a kitchen or dining room, her chairs are swoon-worthy.
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…another pair of signature pillows
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The cabinets in the kitchen below resemble an antique piece of antique furniture by the way they are finished.
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Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy Tribout
…I love these kitchen chairs.
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The mural on the powder room wall gives this room all the art it needs.
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Such a beautiful dining room.  Once again, love the chairs.  I also like the dark walls in the room, it’s dramatic but has enough natural light to make a striking impact.
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Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy Tribout
I hope you’ve enjoyed the work of Joy Tribout.  Visit her site for more beautiful rooms.
Have a happy Wednesday, my friends.  I always enjoy our visits.

Easter with Beatrix Potter 2015

No tricks, even though it is April 1st.  I’ve never been very good at pranks.

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Easter is on my mind.  I’m not hosting Easter this year {Thank you, Sarah and Kevin} I still enjoy putting out a few Spring/Easter decorations.

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I set my table using my grandmother’s china…it reminds me of my grandma, and the violets are such a pretty representation of spring.  The runner was made for me, and the fabric seems like it was made to go with these dishes. {Thank you, Gretchen}

With two granddaughters in our family, my thoughts have gone to Beatrix Potter and her cast of wonderful rabbits.  When our sons were very young I collected, obviously more for me than for them, many of the Beatrix Potter Royal Doulton figures from her stories, as well as a complete set of her books.  I would pick them up when I could find them at thrift stores or used bookstores.  I eventually collected the entire set, although the final 4 needed are the new white cardboard covers rather than the little green books with slip covers,  that I love.

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The concrete planter is made to look moss-covered.  I planted sweet pea, violas and lobelia to create the center piece.  I move the planter to our atrium during the day to keep it happy, and provide a little sunshine.  It lasts several weeks and then I plant the plants in my yard. Dual purposing, always good, right? :-)

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

The little silver bell is Peter Rabbit and has the sweetest ring.  {Thank you, Debbie}

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

Last year we had Easter at our house and I put together this 3-tiered tray of goodies for family…

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This year’s version of the  little rabbit tags can be found HERE.

The little galvanized cups holding the violas are from Trader Joe’s.  They held something else a few years ago and I saved them, glad I did!  :-)

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Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

Happy Easter, my friends.  I hope you have wonderful plans to be with family and friends.  May the sun be shining on you wherever you are.

It isn’t easy being green, or is it?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all…I hope the snow has melted enough for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Crazy winter this year, right?

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In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring is nearly upon us.  Friday, March 20th!  {as Chris Erskine so aptly stated, “life blasts by, bring a helmet!”} 

Maybe we should plan a parade for a time when the calendar says it’s spring.  Mother Nature, and her weather wizard, can’t be far behind.

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Since I can’t toast either occasion in real time with you, I thought I’d share some scrumptious visions of green.

Come along…

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My history with green goes back some years.  When Mr. B. and I first married white laminate parsons tables were very popular.  Being a young 23-year old, I hadn’t quite figured out what my design perspective was.  I purchased a white parsons table and promptly announced I wanted to paint our guest room walls kelly green, and use my white parsons table.  Mr. B. said, “are you sure?!”  With blind confidence that only a young, not yet experienced design enthusiast could muster, I declared, “I am positive!” I painted the room, with my mother’s help, and within 3 months, regretted the bold decision. :-)  Mr. B. teases me about that room to this day!  This is the look I was going for…I may have missed the mark just a bit…

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Early on, in our current house, with sharper focus and greater clarity, I used hunter green throughout.  I enjoyed that for over a decade, but at some point, ended my affair with green and left it behind (forever?).  Still when I see a room dressed in green I pause…

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Green can be symbolic of St. Patrick’s Day and invariably describes some part of the season we eagerly await, but it can also be soothing and fresh, whether it’s in the landscape or within the home.

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Then there’s green and white toile {sigh}
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Garden, Home and Party: Spring, St. Patrick's Day

 

 

Porch lights

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Happy Wednesday!  How are you?  Is anyone, besides me, shocked that we’re 10 days and counting into the month of March?!  Yikes, slow down, father time.  On that note, daylight savings time is here…so we’ll get an extra hour of daylight.  {I’m not sure I’m happy about this, it’s coming too soon and I’m not ready for the warm weather that usually follows. I know the east is overdue for some warmth.  Can I send you some of ours?}

Still, you can always make room for pretty porch lights on the front of your home, right?

Oh how I’d like to call this stone beauty home!

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I want to talk about (and share) some pretty porch lights.  It’s the little things that contribute most to a first impression, don’t you think?  Where a home’s entrance is concerned, porch lights {or garage door lights, as Mr. B. likes to call them when they flank the garage door} can not only capture your attention, they can steal the show.  Lighting adds so much to the front of a house.

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Our porch lights have been up a long time.  We had to have an electrician install the porch light on the right side of the garage.  California tract houses, you gotta love them.  They put a porch light on the left side of the house and one by the front door, but called it a day after that.  Symetry, people!

This isn’t the greatest picture but the light on the right is the one we had to add.  The one on the left, hidden in this picture by the ivy around it, matches the one we added as well as the one up by the front door.

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Oh, to live in a stone house with this front door surround!

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My personal leanings seem to be towards a pair of lanterns, but Kevin (our younger son) and Sarah have these beauties on the front of their house and I really like the way they look with their paint color and the architectural details of their home.

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Garden, Home and Party: porch lights

The details of the fixture and wonderful oil-rubbed finish, coupled with the glass makes these especially stunning. {Good job, Sarah!}

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I notice there are a lot of pictures in this post with black doors.  I believe I’m partial to dark doors on light houses! :-)

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Even this impressive entrance is enhanced with beautiful entry lighting…by all accounts Ralph Lauren always gets it right.  I agree!

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…and his Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles location

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I digress, Ralph Lauren stores aren’t what this post is about.  It’s about the inviting appeal of porch lights on residential abodes.

This wall lantern on a West Palm Beach home in Florida is attractive. I like the back plate and the unique design of the light itself. {I also love the stone dog!}

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The overhead lantern in addition to the small lanterns on either side of the front door and side lights is ideal for this large front porch.  So pretty with the transom windows, and {ahem} another dark door.

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A simple fixture on this shingled house suits it very well.  Don’t you love shingled houses? Charming.

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The French Country house below might be my favorite in this group.  Donald Lococo Architects did an amazing job with the exterior elements of the home.

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Do you have a preference when it comes to porch lights? You’ll use it 1 hour less now that we’re in Daylight Savings Time, unless you live in Arizona, Hawaii or Indiana!

 

Dark doors and windows

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I want to take a moment to thank those of you sent such kind words of support regarding Mr. B.  I shared the comments with Mr. B. and he said I must have very nice blog friends! {I do!}

I can’t be certain of when I first saw a blog post on painting interior doors and/or window panes black (or charcoal), but I was immediately smitten with the look, the contrast seems to enliven a room.  I really love the look and have toyed with the idea [on paper and in my mind] for years, maybe next house(?)

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Garden, Home and Party: dark doors and windows

I’m still not ready to pull the trigger, so to speak, but it gives a room an unexpected “wow” factor.

These bathroom doors appear to be vintage.  I would definitely go for the dark trim if I had a similar pair.

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Melaine, of My Sweet Savannah, recently addressed this topic and it gave me pause. Here’s what she had to say,

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You see, like Melaine, I have pets and lots of dust.  Mr. B. believes the dust is due in part to the fact that we have the doors and windows open 3/4 of the year due to the warmer weather we experience here in sunny Southern California.  Add the fact that the dogs pretty much have free reign of the house—they are in and out a lot.  So maybe it’s like owning a black car.  Pretty, but high(er) maintenance.

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Still, I love the look and will continue to give it serious consideration.  What do you think?

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Don’t you love this shower?  Dark panes mirror the dark grout on the subway tile and the added drama of the black and white tile floor of the shower is a design win in my book.Garden, Homo and Party: dark doors and windowsThe foyer (below) manages the dark doors with grace; the extra black in the bannister and furniture makes me happy. :-)

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I like this pair of doors.  I think the reason this works so well is the trim remains fresh in shades of white, while the doors stand out.  

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Garden, Home and Party: dark doors and windows

The use of black on these french doors is surprisingly understated in this neutral room.  Chairs in black are so pretty.

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Black enamel dutch doors, so pretty. {our front door is a dutch door, this is very tempting.

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Garden, Home and Party: dark doors and windows

Garden, Home and Party: dark doors and windows

Have you been tempted?  I love the color of this door with it’s brass hardware.

Have a great Wednesday!

♥ Karen

 

Stress and my emotional duct tape

Can we talk?  (remember how Joan Rivers {RIP – I miss her sarcastic humor} always started a part of her comedy routine with that line?) I confess, I rarely share personal stuff here, especially personal stuff that isn’t happy news….this has been because I believe Garden, Home and Party, and blog friendships I’ve developed, is more about the fun stuff in life.  I am an optimist junkie.

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But we all know life is a roller coaster of good and not so good events.  About the time you’re riding high, something happens and you’re knocked down, at least for a little while, then you head back up.  I believe this makes us grateful for the really good times.

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A little over a year ago my husband was diagnosed with cancer.  I confess it was a blow since he hadn’t seemed ill.  We dealt with it and took the treatments the doctor recommended and after one step forward, two steps back, we finally got some really great news on Monday, (President’s Day, my new favorite holiday! ) :-) Mr. B. is cancer free.  We will still have follow up with the doctor,  but it was great news to us and our family.

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Through it all, when things would get very stressful and I’d be overwhelmed with worry, I found that losing myself in beauty, garden or home, was my emotional duct tape.  It helped me put some perspective on the situation at hand, and feel revived.  I realize we all have our way(s) of dealing with stress, but it was interesting to me to discover this diversion truly helped me deal with it all.

Here are a few of the images that made me see that the sun, would indeed, come out tomorrow!

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{Ralph Lauren}

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Garden, Home and Party: Stress and emotional duct tape

Garden, Home and Party: Stress and emotional duct tape

Thanks for stopping by, you are all a constant source of joy.

♥ Karen

Mirrors and art in kitchens

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Good morning!  Happy Wednesday!

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Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite rooms in any house…the kitchen. Have you noticed over the past 10 years, maybe longer, that kitchens have evolved to a higher level of beauty?  No longer is it just the functional room where we prepare food and bake the occasional batch of cookies or birthday cake.

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Don’t get me wrong, we’re still performing those tasks, and the kitchen remains the hub of the family for most of us…but boy, has it been elevated to so much more.  It now warrants a specific decor.

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I love this design transformation.  I like the idea of one more room in the house that can reflect personality and livability with style, all the while retaining it’s official duty as sustenance central, counselors office, coffee shop and all round work room.

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So, its no surprise that I love the unexpected addition of mirrors and paintings that you find in so many kitchens that grace the internet as well as magazine pages.  Why not?! Although there are a few mirrors in locations that make me wonder how often the window cleaner comes out from beneath the sink to shine the glass!

This is one of my favorites, this kitchen appears to be smallish, but the mirror and light fixture gives it style and elegance.

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The juxtaposition of a nod to industrial style while hanging a vintage/antique portrait painting, lovely.

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I really like the looks of open shelving with a little painting, or two….so pretty and adds so much interest to the kitchen.

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This kitchen is a little busy for me, but I love the Hermes lamp and the art on the easel at the end of the room.

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Isn’t this the greatest mirror for a kitchen? Notice the clock in the top of the mirror?  I also like the refurbished vintage stove.

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And last but not least, have you seen these mirrored subway tiles?  How great would these be in a kitchen, if you could keep them free of water spots. :-)

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Do you have a mirror or painting in your kitchen?  What do you think of the idea?

Thanks for stopping by, it’s always nice to chat. ♥ Karen

Romance at home

St. Valentine’s Day, while a sweet notion in theory, is one of those holidays that seems a little overrated to me.  It may be that, like New Year’s Eve, there’s too much pressure to outdo the previous celebration.  I know this perspective will irritate some, but my take is we should treat the significant other(s) in our life (Mr. B, for me) with thoughtfulness, love, and the occasional unexpected treat, almost every day!

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

{Can you guess what year we were married?  Check the flowers in my hair}

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy bringing out a few hearts during the first 2 weeks of February and buying those darling pink, white and red m&m’s every year!  Don’t get me started on other sweets that are symbolic of the holiday…I’m really trying to eat healthy food in 2015. :-)

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

So, since my passion (aside from my passion for Mr. B) runs in the home decor arena most of the time, I thought I’d share rooms that exude a romantic vibe (at least to me).

Candlelight is romantic.  I love the glow and use it all the time, even when it’s just the two of us.

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

Garden, Home and Party:  Romance at Home{for the love of a house ~ Joan recently did a post on using candles}

Lighting certainly plays a part in the romantic feel of a home, mood lighting as it’s referred to, can evoke a sense of comfort and what’s romance without comfort?!

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

{Furlow Gatewood ~ Veranda}

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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A fire in the fireplace is always romantic with the added bonus of keeping you toasty if you live in a part of the world that is experiencing winter right now!

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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A nice meal, whether it’s just the two of you or you’ve invited a few good friends to join the fun, can be romantic. We’ve been invited to a small (4 couples) dinner party on the big day and we’re really looking forward to it. {Thank you Barry and Carol}

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at home

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Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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In conclusion, one of the most romantic, charming cottages I’ve ever found gracing the pages of a magazine, Randy Boyd’s Laguna Beach home

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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Will you be romancing the one you love at home this year?

Garden, Home and Party: Romance at Home

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