{Garden, Home and Party} A designer to love…Melissa Ervin

Tags

The internet facilitates a lot of happy connections for fans of any particular activity or subject.  As a design enthusiast, I’m always excited to be introduced to a new [to me] designer.  Sometimes the way I stumble upon them is surprising, although by now it shouldn’t surprise me what can be found online.

That is exactly what happened the other day.  I started my morning with my “must read blog favorites”.   Talk of the House is one that always entertains.  Kelly does a fantastic job sharing wonderful places to visit, things to do, and in this particular post, shared 21 beautiful window boxes.  One of the homes she featured caught my attention and I left my comment with Kelly and went to visit the source for this charming home.

Garden, Home and Party: Designer Missi Erwin

{source}

That link took me to another blog site.  Holly Mathis Interiors.  There I learned that this particular home was on the cover of Southern Living Magazine this past March and Holly provided the link to see the article.  It turns out Holly has been helping the owners with the interior of this home.  If you’d like to see the inside of this charmer, visit HERE.

While viewing the slideshow at Southern Living of this home (above), I found another cottage that looked interesting… {still with me?} I followed that link and met (figuratively speaking) Melissa “Missi” Ervin of Charleston, South Carolina {thank you, Southern Living and all involved on this magical tour of great cottages and a wonderful designer}.

Melissa a native of South Carolina, earned a degree in design from Clemson University.  After graduation, she earned her architectural license while working in the field.  Her passion for interior design deepened while working for several significant interior design firms for a decade before starting her firm, Melissa Ervin Interior Design in 2008.

With her architectural background and her years of design experience, she has a talent for creating timeless beauty in the homes she works on.

For Charleston, South Carolina, Designer Missi Ervin and homeowner Sam Cato, renovating a former horse stable and carriage house in Aiken meant returning the historic cottage to its equestrian roots. – Southern Living

A Horse Stable Turned Cottage from her portfolio and the Southern Living feature is my favorite.  I invite you to visit her site for more wonderful design inspiration.  Enjoy the tour…

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Ervin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Ervin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Ervin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party:  Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party:  Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

Garden, Home and Party: Melissa Erwin

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Melissa Erwin.  Be sure to visit her site for more of her work.

Karen 

Happy Independence Day ~ 4th of July

Tags

I hope you have plans for a wonderful, restful,  long holiday weekend.  I always consider the 4th of July to be the official start to summer.

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day 2014

Here in Southern California we often endure “June gloom” which means most mornings we wake up to low clouds and fog with the sun breaking through sometime after noon.  July starts the warmer, sun-filled days and temperatures to encourage more outdoor time than indoors.

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day

Dining outside is routine now through mid-September.  Grilled meats, cobblers and salads fill us until October, when we’re ready for fall /winter meals.

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day

Tyler Florence :: Ultimate Barbecued Chicken

Garden, Home and Party:  Independence Day

Bobby Flay :: Mesa Grill’s Southwestern Potato Salad

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day

Trisha Yearwood :: Easy Peach Cobbler

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day

Summer fruit is readily available and the grill becomes the cooking tool of choice.

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day

{source}

I love the celebration of Independence Day.  Fireworks, a sense of patriotism and a holiday!

Garden, Home and Party: Independence Day

I hope this Independence Day provides you and yours a relaxing day filled with good food, fun with friends and family and fireworks!

Happy 4th of July

{Home} Essentials…a mailbox

Tags

Sometimes it’s the little things, the essentials of life, that can surprise us with a punch of unexpected design beauty.  Such is the case with the utilitarian mailbox. Here in Southern California, in the newer housing areas, mailboxes are built to house several boxes within one structure, usually situated street-side, in the middle of a row of 4-6 houses.  If you’re lucky enough to live where your mailbox is on your property, sometimes you are required to situate the box curbside to afford the mail man/woman) ease of delivery without leaving his/her vehicle.  We live in an older housing tract where you still have the option of having a mailbox near, or even installed in your front door.

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

As reported of late, the U.S. Postal Service seems to be struggling.  A detailed feature on this topic can be found HERE.

Their [USPS] model has changed with 1st Class mail volumes down over recent years as we simply mail fewer letters and pay more bills via the internet.  The cash cow was dying, and farmer Donahoe came up with plans to ‘trim the herd’ and reduce services, post offices and days of service to reflect living within their revenue stream as required by Congress. -Analog Sherpa

Certain this will date me, I’ll be sad to see mailboxes go away.  Maybe they never will, but if they do, the enjoyment of the written invitation, thank you note, and birthday card will be one step closer to their demise as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the ease of email.  Even texting has served me well.  My longtime friend, Linda, lives on Bainbridge Island, WA while I live in Irvine, CA.  We used to write letters to each other to stay in touch, now hardly a day goes by when we don’t catch up with each other via email.  A great comfort to me as I enjoy her friendship and would be sad if I couldn’t talk to her as frequently.

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

Rather than give any attention to the gloomy prospect of mail actually going the way of the Pony Express, I decided to embrace the beauty of the mailbox.  I’m here to share with you some of the prettiest, and one or two most interesting, if not comical, mailboxes found online.

I have to start with this one…if only there had been one of these in our neighborhood when our sons were wee lads.  They might have written more letters to their grandma in Arizona!

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes{source} 

This is my all-time favorite, in part because it’s red, and because it’s found in my favorite travel destination, England.  The classic British mailbox.  What’s not to love?  You can buy similar mailboxes on line HERE.

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, home

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

I digress, back to the mailboxes here in the U.S.  I like the dual purpose of this mailbox, it handles mail, newspaper and bonus, a pretty box of flowers. I’ve planted vines around posts that hold mailboxes for clients before, it always dresses up the mailbox a bit.  Maybe even the postman/woman  appreciate a pretty mailbox.

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

The mailbox below is not what first drew me to this image.  Don’t you love the arched door and transom, stone pediment, stone facade, urn, wooden bench and boot scraper…not to mention the little door-side mailbox?!

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

This door, painted a pale Tiffany blue, and the mailbox within the door are great.  One little personal note on mailboxes that go into your house…I’ve always had a just a tiny fear phobia that someone would put something in the slot, like a snake or something.  Maybe I had a dream  nightmare about that once, but I’ve always been timid about putting the slot for mail into my house.

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

I like the idea of the mailbox being painted the same color as the door.  Even though you cannot see the full mailbox, this box looks homemade, appealing for what looks like a stone cottage. {*sigh}

Garden, Home and Party:  essentials, mailboxes

{source}

No words, aside from “yes, please”…

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

The take away is, there are some gorgeous mailboxes out there.  You may have one.  If not, you can buy one.  This one is available on Amazon.

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: essentials, mailboxes

 

What does your mailbox look like?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy

Tags

Saturday, June 21, 6:51 AM officially marks the beginning of summer solstice.  If you visit my blog regularly, it comes as no surprise that as I’ve matured I find summer doesn’t hold as much joy for me as it did when I was in school.  This is attributable to one main fact…I hate really don’t like the heat.   But, a few years back I made up my mind to make the best of every season, to live in the now and be grateful for whatever the hour, day, month, season has to offer.  As opposed to wishing for Autumn sometime around July 15th.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{Hatfield House}

So, I thought it would be helpful to reinforce my positive attitude towards summer; an exercise to remind me of the joys of each season.  Try to show myself, and you, that I mean what I say.  I am embracing the season of summer!

This will be a little personal, since not everyone feels the same about summer’s features/benefits, but hopefully there will be a few images that make you happy for this upcoming season.  In fact, I hope you’ll share with me what you love most about summer, maybe some of your summer-joy will rub off on me.

 

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Summer vegetables, especially if you’re able to grow them in your own backyard.  If life were perfect I’d have a vegetable plot like the above, but in reality I don’t have enough sun to grow more than herbs.  If I had more sun, this planter below would be my speed.  I like the simplicity of it.  Function over form?!

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Outdoor living.  After most of us have been trapped indoors for several months due to weather, we all long to be outdoors, right?  It’s the juxtaposition of the seasons that make us appreciate the change in weather.  Whether you’re enjoying the shade of a tree with a cool beverage, or sitting on a porch swing watching the world [or neighbors] go by, summer creates the ideal climate (most of the time) to slow down and smell the barbecue.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

Garden, Home and Party: Summer assets

{design chic}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{tumblr}

Outdoor Dining.  Ahhh, one of the best things about summer for me is dining al fresco.  We are fortunate to have a minimal number of bugs, i.e. mosquitoes, so we can enjoy the cooler evenings outside on the patio.  What is it about eating outdoors that feels so special?  I don’t know, but I love it.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Pools and Picnics.  I don’t get the opportunity to do either of these activities often enough, but they are a strong symbol of summer’s potential for me.  We’ll be hitting the pool in our community when our granddaughter visits in August, and we may pack a picnic or two during that same time.  Even if it’s in the backyard, that’s the beauty of a 3 1/2 year old…they aren’t fussy about the particulars.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{tumblr}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source unknown}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

Summer indoors.  I’ve read many a blog post that confirms this:  Most of us like to lighten things up a bit during the warmer months.  I confess, there’s a part of me that wishes I had a second home by a lake or bay.  I would consider using a few wicker pieces and a blue and white color palate.  Stripes would play a roll and I’d probably set some of natures summer bounty around, as accessories.  

Garden, Home and Party: Summer assets

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source unknown}

Summer plants. One of my favorite things about summer are the plants in gardens, parks and neighborhoods.  Even without blossoms, trees and shrubs usually look happy and healthy.  Who doesn’t love hydrangea?

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets{My good friend, Cayley, her courtyard garden}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's bounty

{source unknown}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Indoor plants. I tend to buy more indoor plants during the warmer months.  It seems easier to rotate them around as needed and I can give them some outdoor time on a nice day.  They add so much to a room.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source unknown}

Something to sip.  Whether you’re sipping sweet tea, or at day’s end, something stronger, a bar set-up seems summery to me.  I guess I could find a good reason to admire a well laid bar during any season, but these examples are especially summer-like.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

{source}

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets{source}

Read a book, or two! Summer has always seemed an ideal time to put my feet up and read.  I listen to Audible books while working around the house, but I still love a book in my hands, that tactile experience takes me back, and I’m sentimental about that experience.

Garden, Home and Party: Summer's assets

So tell me, what are  your favorite things about Summer?  I wish you a summer filled with all you wish for.

{Party} Wedding bouquets

Tags

As June is traditionally considered the wedding month, I thought I would share some images from our son and daughter-in-laws December 2012 wedding.  I have published posts on the build up HERE and HERE.  Unfortunately, the photographer had to be coerced into finally delivering on the photographs.  We received the full set of pictures in August of 2013.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding bouquets

Rather than share with you a host of pictures, like the overzealous traveler who shows you slides (did I just age myself?  I meant digital images) of their latest vacation, I will show you a few of the pictures and zero in on the topic of wedding bouquets.  Like most brides, my DIL is a talented designer and had a specific vision of how she wanted her wedding to be.  For the reception, the 100 guests were all at one long table, candlelight was used over traditional lighting.  [This is why getting the pictures from the photographer was essential, most photographs taken by friends were taken with a phone and were too dark]

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding bouquets

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding bouquets

DIL’s vision was extraordinary by it’s unique blend of ‘winter wedding meets English castle’  feel to the setting, and thereby all components of the evening. The wedding was staged at the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art.  Dinosaurs were abundant.  The wedding ceremony took place in the African Mammal room and the reception took place across the hall in the American Mammal room.  Her attention to detail transported guests and the feel of the rooms was magical.

Sarah’s bouquet complimented the theme, as did her maid of honor and bridesmaid’s bouquets.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding bouquets

{Sarah’s bouquet, held by her mom, during the ceremony.  Note:  The bouquet probably weighed in at 10 lbs or so}

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

{Bridesmaid bouquet}

After seeing the first picture of the wedding (top of post) my bff blog friend, Victoria, suggested I do a post about wedding bouquets {thank you, Victoria}.  I’m always eager to have a suggestion for a post since I’ve been known to have dry spells, creatively speaking.  So here are some beautiful examples of wedding bouquets I found online.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

{source}

In my day the trend in wedding bouquets was all white flowers.  I love the variety of unique plant material that is added to bouquets today,and the color variations of the flowers.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding bouquets

{source}

Ranunculas and Roses, with petite daisies and the sage green leaves of a eucalyptus branch makes for a beautiful bouquet.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

{source}

The beauty of planning a wedding in today’s world is that there are literally thousands, if not millions of ideas floating out there.  Between Pinterest and dozens of blogs dedicated to weddings, you can be inspired and possibly confused by the abundance of ideas.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets{source}

I can imagine using Sunflowers for a late summer / early fall wedding.  I love this bouquet.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

{source}

This bouquet is right up my alley, peonies, roses and ranunculas, all in soft ballet slipper pinks and whites…sigh.  Aren’t they beautiful?!

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

{source}

The lavish use of gardenias, such a delightful choice.  I once heard of a wedding where on all of the windows at the reception hall, there were fresh gardenia wreathes hung.  The fragrance would be fabulous.  Hopefully, none of your guests would have allergies.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

{enchanted forest wedding  photo by Emily Steffen // flowers by Johnny and Dottie via Pinterest}

The tree ferns in the bouquet above give it a magical fairy-like feel.

Garden, Home and Party: Wedding Bouquets

 {source}

 I really like the bright orange flowers with dusty miller and the purple thistle in this bouquet.  I also like the diminutive size of the bouquet.

 If you were planning your wedding today, what would your wedding bouquet look like?

 

 

{Garden, Home and Party} Front Doors, a curbside welcome

Tags

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

Is there anything as inviting as a great front door?  I use the word great because to my way of thinking it doesn’t have to be a grand door to be welcoming.  A simple door to a country home holds as much appeal for me as an European, hand carved beauty {almost}.  Still, I find that when I pass a home with a pretty front door, I begin to imagine a welcoming interior.  I realize this may be a complete fantasy, but it works for me.  {According to my husband (who I met while working at Disneyland) I live in Fantasyland all of the time, he’s right}

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

I love the idea of a screen door to let the cool breeze of summer in, but this screen door is one of the first I’ve seen that looks like it was custom made to enhance this beautiful entry.   In our home we installed a Dutch door to allow the westerly breezes in, fortunately we don’t get too many bugs!

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{unknown}

A stone facade would be pretty terrific.  Unfortunately, here in Southern California, unless you build a custom home, most of the tract homes, even when semi-customized, don’t have stone surrounds.  The other feature I find noteworthy on this pair of doors is the centered door pulls.  The symmetry of the pulls and panels remind me of the doors you see in London.

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

I like the contrast of the pretty orange door with the white trim and side lights.  I also love the door knocker.  Notice the boot scraper to the right of the front door?  The side lights and dormer are leaded glass, pretty spectacular, don’t you think?

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I lean more towards a cottage over a mansion.  Not that I don’t appreciate a good ol’ historic mansion and would take the opportunity to live in one if offered, preferably in England, please .   The arched door and stone fireplace insist on a cozy interior…could this be Bilbo Baggins home?  I love the roof line.

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

This door has the “wow factor” in spades.  From the fresh apple green paint to the pillars flanking the door, highly polished brass essentials, and the arched frame set in a brick facade…yes, please!

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

If I had a beach house, this is what the door would look like.  It’s a Dutch door, but I love that it has a doggie door in it as well as great looking door hardware. No doorbell needed, just ring the string of bells tied to the right of the frame.

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{source}

Isn’t this amazing?  I imagine this door, and the house mansion attached is located in some incredible, estate-strewn area.  I love the door surround and the subtly of green and white plants.  Curb appeal is taken to an entirely different level in this neighborhood.

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors{source}

To prove my point about cottage vs. mansion.  I could be content in this Southern Living Cottage of the Year.  I’d have to remove that palm, which doesn’t belong in this yard {in my humble landscape preferences opinion}.

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

{tumblr}

Pretty vibrant color but I like the details on the surround that ties it all together.  I don’t remember which tumblr I got this image from but I suspect the door is on a home in another country.  I like the address, painted into the stone crest above the beautifully carved doors.

Garden, Home and Party: Front Doors

This is the front door to our home, photographed in the winter.  I’m thinking there might be a dark blue or black door in our future.  Should I leave the side lights white or paint the doors and side panels, if and when we paint?

 

 

 

{Home} It’s time for favorites

Tags

It seems there are at least a couple times a year when my creative juices dry up.  I have no original ideas for a blog post and the more I try, the harder it becomes.  These blocks have always been temporary, fortunately, but it can be frustrating.  I’m a creature of habit and my habit (and joy) is to post a new blog once a week.  {Compulsive much, Karen? No, why do you ask?}  That’s when I decide to do a “favorites” post.  In my files I am forever finding favorite rooms, favorite pieces of furniture, a kitchen or bathroom that makes me dream of one day having it, even ‘unbelievably cute pictures of animals‘ have their own file.

There’s always blue and white favorites.  As you probably know, there are entire posts dedicated to Blue and White, something I always enjoy. There are link-up parties  dedicated to blue and white beauty in all forms and fashion.  I’ll throw in a couple of my b+w favorites.

Food, don’t get me started, gardens, oh my!  If this kind of post seems like I’m calling it in, its because I am, sort of.  While I search for my creativity this will have to suffice.  If you’re bored by Garden, Home and Party’s idea of great images, I’ll understand.  Hopefully, by next week I’ll have an idea for a new post.  Thank you for your patience.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

So, join me and my dog as we walk through this grouping of favorites.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

For me, England could be home, I love the city and the country life in England.  If I lived in the country I would want my house to be split timber, covered with flowering vines and of course, a cottage garden.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

I’d like a fountain in the yard of my English split timber home, surrounded with ferns and flowering plants (but if these are oleanders {they look like oleanders} I’d have to replace them with hydrangea).

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

This garden might seem a little more French or Italian, than English, but I really like the stone path with the lavender and other plants bordering it.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Any file marked ‘favorites’ will usually include at least a few animal images.  My small dog, Madison, is a mix Border Terrier/Jack Russel Terrier, she has this same look of enthusiasm on her face, especially if she thinks we’re headed out on a walk.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

When there’s a picnic in a peaceful field with a dog nearby, that’s an image that makes the favorites list.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Who can resist this?!

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Mostly, my favorites files include rooms…with lovely furnishings and maybe some old world feel to them.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

 

Isn’t this a great bathroom.  I love the use of the furniture piece, I suspect the paint is new but the wall mounted faucets give the piece such an antique look of authenticity, along with the mirror and sconces.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Well done wall galleries always draw interest.  I realize you can’t really see the gallery on the right, but I can imagine it.  The bell jar lighting, the painting on the left with the art light, all things that make this space a favorite for me.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Buffalo check, a favorite in a room that has so many more formal features create a juxtaposition that I can’t resist.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

…and then there’s blue and white.  Anything done well and then the added attraction of blue and white, I’m sold.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Um, Carolyne Roehm, where can I pick up a couple of these blue and white planters?

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

That’s right, it doesn’t have to be fancy to make the cut.

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

Even these blue and white cupcakes not only look great but are undoubtedly scrumptious, who could resist?

Garden, Home and Party: Favorites

{all images, other than magazine marked pictures, are from tumblr}

Do you keep a favorites file?  What kinds of goodies might I find in it if you were to share?

 

{Garden, Home and Party} A new friend

Tags

I have been more than a little surprised at how welcoming and warm people who visit my site seem to be.  In more than a few instances, I feel as if these people are people that, if they lived near me, would be close friends.  We’d antique and share ideas over coffee, tea or wine.  I consider many of them friends even though we’ve never met.  If you are a blogger, I know from reading your posts that I’m not alone in this.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

I continue to find new places to visit in blog land.  Sometimes it comes as a reference to a photograph with the source linked, other times, when its one of those aforementioned “friends” that I feel a kindred spirit with, I’ll click on their blog roll.  I want to meet their friends and see what other wonderful talented people I can learn from.

With that, I would like to introduce you to If It Were Mine blog site.  The title alone is clever but what Vicki does with If It Were Mine  is to my mind, pretty amazing.  In her own words,

I like to browse real estate sites and imagine how I would decorate the rooms. Even though this is imaginary decorating, I still am budget-minded, so I focus on furniture placement, scale, and carrying a similar aesthetic throughout a house.

Besides the fabulous rooms she finds to share with her readers, she actually finds examples of rooms that are similar in architectural specifics.  As a blogger who has spent seemingly endless hours searching for an image that reflects an idea, I’m always surprised and pleased with how Vicki shows us remarkable ideas for the rooms of each  home.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

If I were a Realtor I’d want to hire Vicki to give buyers ideas for the homes listed.  One of the features that I always enjoy is that initial picture that Vicki shares from the listing of the exterior of the home, done like a water color.  I don’t know if she uses Waterlogue, but it makes almost any home look appealing and charming.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

Montclair

A fairly recent post featured a home near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Vicki, like so many of us, had read Miss Mustard Seed’s blog post about looking for a new home that would accommodate her growing business.  If It Were Mine presented what Vicki does best, a home for sale in Marion’s area and furnished it in her style.  As I was touring the home via Vicki’s post, I felt it was certainly reflecting Miss Mustard Seed’s style.  If you haven’t ever visited Marian at Miss Mustard Seed you’re in for a treat.

If you like before and after examples, and who doesn’t, this site shares the best of this daily.  Here is the ‘before’ living room of the Montclair house.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

before ~ Montclair listing

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

after ~ Nancy Fishelson design

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

Vicki even did her Photoshop magic for the kitchen that “would be” Miss Mustard Seed’s kitchen and hung a favorite painting of Marian’s over the range.

Vicki does a great job of linking her finds to the source.  I had forgotten how much I enjoyed seeing Nancy Fishelson’s design work and was happy to spend some time perusing her rooms from the link provided.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

Briar Hill ~ Syracuse, NY

Earlier this year If It Were Mine introduced us to a home in Syracuse, NY.  Briar Hill captured my interest by name alone.  Wouldn’t you love a name like that for your home?  The foyer Vicki selected to “design the space is that of Hal Williamson and Dale LeBlanc’s home {below}.  It epitomizes Southern beauty with its soft lighting and elegant chest, flanked by a pair of velvet upholstered Bergere chairs.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

Attention to architectural design of the home is noted and the selections for the home are fitting, like the dining space at Briar Hill.  As Vicki explains describing the Wendy Meredith designed room, “It’s respectful to the era, but not stuffy”.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

{Wendy Meredith}

The final example of the great work Vicki does with her blog is a home in California called Sunset.  {I forgot to mention, Vicki lists the designers and the states she’s used for her posts on the sidebar of her site}.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

Sunset, California

This little bungalow has a foyer that could use some help…

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

and with If It Were Mine to the rescue…

sunset after

{Photo by Sandbox Studio} 

The living room captures the relaxed feel of California living.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend{Muskoka Living Interiors}

I love the bedroom, I know, I know, not everyone likes antlers, but I do and think it looks great on the wall above the bed.

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend

{House Beautiful}

I hope you’ll stop by If It Were Mine and say hi to Vicki.  I know I have enjoyed recently discovering her site and I think you will to.  Thanks, my “friends” for stopping by. 

Garden, Home and Party: A new friend.

 

{Home and Party} Mad for Plaid

Tags

As some of you may remember, plaid is my favorite colorand, no surprise, I’m not alone.  “Plaid Day” is May 18th, but there’s a new celebration of plaid as well. Plaiddurday is the first Friday of every October, so Plaidurday this year is October 3, 2014.  Since I love plaid, I figure I might just celebrate both.  It is a holiday, right?

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Plaid Day, May 18th, is the day where the sheer magnificence and general wonderfulness of plaid is celebrated around the world. Plaid Day is celebrated by wearing plaid on your person. Those who refuse to adorn themselves in the Sacred Flannel are duly sacrificed. Serious Plaidies indulge in tribal plaid face paint and the ceremonial burning of a kilt. Common phrases used on Plaid Day include, “I’m plaid with that,” “You’re TOTALLY plaiding today,” and “That’s SO plaid.”

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

{via}

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Garden, Home and Party: plaid

{via}

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid{M A C}

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

{via}

I used to want to collect Tartanware.  After spotting so few pieces at the antique stores I frequented, and noticing the prices, I decided I would do without a collection.

Garden, Home and Party: PlaidGarden, Home and Party: PlaidGarden, Home and Party: PlaidGarden, Home and Party: Plaid{via Marcus Design}

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

{via}

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid{via}

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

I saved the best for last…an old Elle Decor feature on Glen Feshie Lodge.  Never did so much plaid look so great!

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

I realize plaid isn’t for everyone, especially today with our Scandinavian influenced neutral palate with lots of gray and weather worn woods, but a room like this wins my heart every time.

Garden, Home and Party: Plaid

{Home} Home Tour II : Guest Room

Tags

Garden, Home and Party: Guest Room

I promised to share more of our home with you so…walk this way.  I have shared this room before, it was in my post about finally having a blue and white room, thanks to a major remodel my friends Carol and Barry completed a couple of years ago.  During their remodel, they bought a king size bed to replace the queen in their guest room.  The custom blue and white linens were offered and I was like a kid at Christmas with joy.

The walls are painted Brown Tepee, Behr. {they look like there’s more green to them than in person}  My painter talked me into eggshell finish and I’m not thrilled with the glossy look of it.  I understand from a few friends that know more about design trends than me, that eggshell is the preferred finish on walls now.  Share your thoughts on this with me, I’m curious.  Is it just me?  Am I the only person that doesn’t care for eggshell finish?

Garden, Home and Party: Guest room tour

The blue and white toile is so pretty and Carol had a round table covered with a cloth of this fabric, so I was able to upholster the little French chair you’ll see below.  The framed prints are from a family art book which I posted about HERE.

Garden, Home and Party: tour, guest room

I know you will understand when I say almost everything in our home has a story and a memory attached to it.  This little French chair was in the back room of an antique warehouse I used to frequent with my friend Carla, back before I was working 40 hours a week.  It was dusty and the seat was missing, but as Carla pointed out, it had great detailing and because I had a store credit from a return, I bought it.  It’s very sweet and works well in our guest room.  A place for our guests to sit and put their socks on.

Garden, Home and Party: home tour, guest room

The same goes for this nightstand…it came from one of my favorite antique stores in San Clemente, Stanford Court Antiques.  It’s one of those places where there are many different stalls but the owners are very particular and the stalls are staged and very appealing.

Garden, Home and Party: home tour, guest room

This mirror started in our guest bathroom years ago.  When we remodeled the bathroom I decided a mirror in this room could come in handy so we hung it where it can reflect light from the window on the other side of the room and I hung a few of my favorite blue and white transferware plates {which were part of the generous gift of blue and white goodies from Carol and Barry}

Garden, Home and Party: home tour, guest room

On this side of the bed is a repurposed Pottery Barn lamp from Mr. B’s year long job in Northern California.  I always liked the lamp and with a new shade, it works in the room.

Garden, Home and Party: home tour, guest room

This French nightstand  used to have feet that elevated it, don’t hate me, but I had them removed because I like the height better for the bed.  The chair is Ikea, I personalized it for our granddaughter’s visits.

Garden, Home and Party: home tour, guest bedroom

The Beatrix Potter books were well-used during our son’s years of a story before bed nightly.  The Van Gogh print was brought back from the Museé d’ Orsay by our youngest son, Kevin, on his trip to Paris during his spring break his senior year of college.  It’s “Siesta” and seems appropriate for the guest bedroom, right?

Garden, Home and Party: home tour, guest room

I hope you’ve enjoyed Tour II of Bethany House.  I’ll work on another room in the not too distant future.

Enjoy your week and as always, thank you for stopping by, you’re the best.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 587 other followers