It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy

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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.

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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.

 

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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?!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

{Party} Wedding bouquets

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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.

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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]

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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{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.

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 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

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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}

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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}.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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Who can resist this?!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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before ~ Montclair listing

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after ~ Nancy Fishelson design

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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}.

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Sunset, California

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

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and with If It Were Mine to the rescue…

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The living room captures the relaxed feel of California living.

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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.

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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. 

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{Home and Party} Mad for Plaid

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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?

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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{Home} Home Tour II : Guest Room

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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}

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

{Home} Designer Love: Amy Meier Design

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I first discovered Amy Meier’s talents by way of a blog site.  I do not remember which site it was, and it was a few years ago, but I loved the image below and saved it to my files. {the blue columns and the brass lamps were such an unexpected detail, and so pretty} I still love this kitchen and would do something similar if ever the opportunity presented itself. Garden, Home and Party: Amy Meier Later, I read about another kitchen she renovated from The Lettered Cottage.  I knew I had to follow her work.  She makes a room come to life with her eye for detail. I subscribe to Amy’s blog site and always look forward to new posts filled with helpful ideas and beautiful rooms from her projects, as well as the occasional list of shops where you can find some great antiques.  {Amy designs for homeowners all over the U.S. but lives in the San Diego area, since I’m in Southern California too I can often visit the antique stores she recommends}

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 I love these chairs and the use of brown and white transferware in this dining alcove.

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Her bio from her website sums it up best…

Her work is always fresh, beautiful  creates interiors rooted in tradition, personality and quality. She approaches each project with the goal of capturing her client’s essence and creating timeless spaces.

“Amy has designed homes in climates and cultures as distinct as Boston, Scottsdale, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta and San Diego. After forging her career at Parsons School of Design, she opened the doors of Amy Meier Design in 2009 and quickly garnered recognition from numerous national publications including House Beautiful, Luxe Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, New England Home and Ranch & Coast.”

Here are some of my favorite rooms designed by Amy.  Visit her web site and blog to read more about this talented designer.

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Garden, Home and Party: Amy Meier Design

 

Happy Wednesday, I hope you have enjoyed Amy Meier’s designs as much as I do.

Garden, Home and Party: Amy Meier Design

 

 

 

{Garden, Home and Party} Happy Easter – welcome spring

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I sure hope my friends that have experienced the coldest winter in recent memory, are finally catching a glimpse of spring.

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

I’m hosting Easter this year for our west coast family members and I thought I’d share some of the inspiration and ideas I’m using for our celebration.

I’m finalizing the menu (the ham has been a staple to the meal for some weeks, but I have flip flopped on the sides).  Here are a few of the items that I’ll fix.  Sweet Sarah will prefer the fingerling potatoes I’m preparing (much healthier), but I know a couple of family members that will enjoy scalloped potatoes.  My office gives Honey Baked gift cards to each of us at Christmas.  Honey Baked stores, which are plentiful in California, not so much elsewhere in the U.S., are known for their honey glazed hams.  It will make my day of food prep pretty easy to have the ham cooked and ready.  I think I’ll prepare some deviled eggs, a slaw salad that Sarah introduced me to, a few appetizers, cookies for dessert and that should be plenty.

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

Table setting is the icing on the cake for me.  I look for any excuse to create a pretty table.  Here are some ideas I’m contemplating compliments of the creative bloggers I visit regularly. {Thank you!}  I like the idea of potted bulbs (preferably in bloom) and nests with eggs.  Trader Joe’s has been carrying daffodils, hyacinths and tulips in little pots.  The place mats are really cool and I believe they’re paper.  I may not be able to find these but I have a collection of Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter rabbits that I can scatter among the nests and flower pots.

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

Garden, Home and Party: Easter

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

The happy faces on these pansies make simple eggs look festive.

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

If it’s a pretty day we’ll sit outside for appetizers so I’ll create an Easter basket similar to what I did last year.  I used an assortment of color-pack sized flowers and they lasted for most of the early part of summer before fading.

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

I’ve ordered these tags from Everyday Occasions and will bake Jenny Steffens Hobick’s cookies with buttery icing.  Recipe HERE.  I’ll plate some and send each person home with a cookie or two wrapped like this.  Jenny’s blog is filled with great recipes and ideas for setting the table.  She provides detailed instructions for each recipe, and the best part?  She has an online store filled with fun items for home and entertaining.

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

 I hope my cookies turn out as well as Jenny’s.  Aren’t the baby chicks cute?

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

So tell me, what are you doing this Easter?

Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2014

 

{GHP} We’re having another baby!

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If that heading didn’t make you look then I don’t know what would.   :-)

Those of you who read my posts may know we have 2 adult sons, both are married to wonderful women…we really lucked out.

A little over 3 years ago we were blessed with our first grand baby, a sweetie-pie named Olivia.  Olivia lives with her parents in Austin, Texas. Her California grandparents (Mr. B and me) visit as much as we can and they come this way at least twice a year, sometimes more.  We love Austin and as a plane-ride destination to see your granddaughter, it’s the best.

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{Livi now sleeps in a big girl bed (twin) and has Pottery Barn linens in her favorite color}

Our youngest son married in December 2012 and they have just announced that we can expect the arrival of our second grand baby sometime in late October of this year. We’re over the moon with joy!

This got me thinking about nursery design in this day and age, and kid-friendly rooms in general.  I thought I’d share Pinterest images I’ve discovered, as well as a few blog and retail sites whose images I was able to gather, for some great examples of bedrooms for children of all ages.

It should not  surprise anyone  that the newest generation of parents have some pretty amazing ideas for their children’s bedrooms.  Gad, I wouldn’t mind having one or two of these rooms to daydream in myself.

Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have revolutionized the options for the nursery.  Sarah, our daughter-in-law/mother to be, selected this crib for Baby B.  The bed was “inspired by a French antique”.

Garden, Home and Party: kids rooms

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The youth bed conversion is so pretty.  I could see using this as a piece of furniture in another part of the house once baby has outgrown the bed.

Garden, Home and Party: kids rooms

{RH Belle Upholstered Crib}

 The possibilities are endless where nurseries/kid’s rooms are concerned and most of us seasoned [read: older] moms know, babies, all over the world have slept in less stylish digs and thrived.  Still, as someone who dwells on feathering the nest, including each and every room of our home, it’s fun to dream of how we would design a baby’s/child’s room in this 21st century.

Garden, Home and Party: kids rooms

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{Elle Decor ~ photograph by Pieter Estersohn}

From the opulence above, to the reality below…

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

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…children really only need space to dream and feel comfortable and secure in.  As a mom, I can say the years from birth to college years pass by in the blink of an eye.  The needs change too, so sometimes it pays to decorate with an eye to the not too distant future to avoid need for costly renovations.

This is a room that, except for the wagon of toys and the trundle bed, any guest would be delighted to slumber in. It’s also pretty unisex, no striking pink or blue touches.

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

Same with the room below.  Although I’d think this might be a boys room, what do you think?

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's Rooms

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I love the wallpaper and roman shade in this room.  Furnished with a larger bed, or a desk this space could serve any purpose in the family home. I could see it as a guest room, TV room and/or study.  For now it’s a great kids room!

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

{Elle Deocr ~ Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna}

A cowboy themed room is fun, but you can see that it wouldn’t take too much to convert it to a college age person’s bedroom, right?  At least one of our son’s would have loved this and probably would want to keep the carpet with it’s cowboy and Indian images through the college years!  Why not?!

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's room

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The nice thing about a tepee is you can store it and no one would realize this was a little boy’s room.

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's Rooms

I love built-in beds.  Especially with a built-in book case.  Would I enjoy making these beds, probably not.  This is why we’d train the children to make their own bed at a very early age. :-)

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

{Catalano Architects}

Whoa.  How many will this room sleep?

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

I really like the idea of a window seat bed…this could easily transition to a room for any age person.

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

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Just last a couple of weeks ago Belclaire House wrote about this fantastic Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper, “Battle of Valmy”.  I love it and could almost put it in a room in our house.  I think even a girl would like the horses, soldiers and flags, don’t you?

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

The nautical themed room (below) might be my favorite.  Having boys, I tend to gravitate to something like this.

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's Rooms

 

Garden, Home and Party: Kid's rooms

As I was proofing this post, I realized that nearly all of the images are geared to a boys room.  I confess, I think that is my default.  Raising two boys does that to me.  So, to be fair, and because we have absolutely loved having a girl baby in the family, here are a few amazing rooms for girls only.

Garden, Home and Party: kid's rooms

{Restoration Hardware ~ above & below}

Garden, Home and Party: kid's rooms

Pink toile, I love this room.  I realize not very little girl will be thrilled with it, but it’s pretty all the same.

Garden, Home and Party: kid's rooms

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Are there any little ones in your life?  How do you decorate their rooms?

 

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