Late week musings…..

Hello, can’t believe it’s Friday. Having been away for part of the week, it really feels like it flew! Hope you are well and have had a good week. I will be out of town today but will hopefully be back with a post on Sunday, if not for sure Monday. Wishing you a fabulous spring weekend, let’s get started…….

My house. Everything is in bloom around here and I am loving it! The azaleas are magnificent in all their vivid pinks and reds, normally I am a “white flower” kind of gal but have to say I make an exception for these beauties…against the backdrop of the lush greenery coming into bloom, everything looks so pretty. I forgot just how beautiful spring is, have a look……..

This is my favorite spot on our property, an old pond/fountain (no longer in use) but we are restoring it. We kept the landscape just as it’s always been, mature and very lush…it truly feels like a little enchanted garden, and there is the original birdbath which we also kept in the same place, its a very special serene place……

The little “trail” that leads up to the house………..









 
Great food. You can always count on me to come up with something good on this subject! If I wasn’t on a diet, this is what I would be attempting to make, how good does this look!!!!!!!! Visit the Greedy Gourmand here to get the lowdown on how to  make it……it’s as pretty as delicious I am sure!

The Mayflower Inn and Spa. Just in case you missed my post/review on my recent stay at this incredible place, you must visit the post, click here.

Artwork. I had sweet Jeanne of I dream of make up my logo, she is a very talented artist and she did a spectacular job. I had shared the completed work here last year but just recently got the original art and it is just so beautiful. Jeanne  had to take some time off due to a relative’s illness but hopefully she will be back in blogland soon, I know her presence has been missed greatly. I am so happy to have this beautiful artwork as a keepsake of her amazing talent.  Thanks again Jeanne!


Crests. I have such a “thing” for them….am always drawn to them. Was in an antique shop a few weeks ago in CT. and spotted this spectacular set of antique prints beautifully framed, so excited!! I needed to do a minor repair on them and they are back and ready to be hung! There are so many places I could put these……

Shop news. I am adding a bunch of new wonderful Staffordshire doggies to my shop. Dogs remain super popular and are just a wonderful decorative motif for virtually any kind of home. Some of these are bigger than some of my current ones and then I am adding some fabulous colors like orange, pink and red in the minis! Aren’t they beautiful! These will up for sale by the weekend.

Love this family of dogs……wonderful!

Love this family! 7 X 6.5 X 3 
Mini Staffordshires in fun colors, too cute…..

And this larger pair in orange…..
8.6 x 6 x 9
How cute are these (comes with one left and one right facing dog)  8 x 5 x 11 (comes in 2 colorways)

And very excited about a few new exceptionally beautiful additions to the statuary line (I literally want one of everything)…..all of these as of today will be up in my online store! This line is just exceptoinal, and every item is offered in one of 6 finishes…the white moss (shown) being the most popular.

Adore this dog holding the basket of flowers, perfect for flanking a front door or on a patio 9 x 16 x 24
And this stunning planter shown on the garland pedestal, also both now listed (I have ordered this identical pair for myself)…….
And how beautiful is this for a garden, a trio of cherubs….love it!   19 x 19 x 23

And this beautiful  shell urn finial atop something or placed on the ground as a pair, very elegant, 8 x10 x 15

And this beautiful oversized acorn finial, beautiful atop something or as a pair by a door…14 x 14 x 29 (also comes in one size smaller)……..

22 x 7 x 30 Beautiful crest frieze

Cromel overdoor frieze…love this!! 32 x 18 x 4

So there you have it! That’s what new and exciting over here. What’s going on in your world? Do you have spring fever yet?  Hope the sun is shining over where you are and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Be back soon……have a great weekend!

Late week musings…..

Hello, can’t believe it’s Friday. Having been away for part of the week, it really feels like it flew! Hope you are well and have had a good week. I will be out of town today but will hopefully be back with a post on Sunday, if not for sure Monday. Wishing you a fabulous spring weekend, let’s get started…….

My house. Everything is in bloom around here and I am loving it! The azaleas are magnificent in all their vivid pinks and reds, normally I am a “white flower” kind of gal but have to say I make an exception for these beauties…against the backdrop of the lush greenery coming into bloom, everything looks so pretty. I forgot just how beautiful spring is, have a look……..

This is my favorite spot on our property, an old pond/fountain (no longer in use) but we are restoring it. We kept the landscape just as it’s always been, mature and very lush…it truly feels like a little enchanted garden, and there is the original birdbath which we also kept in the same place, its a very special serene place……

The little “trail” that leads up to the house………..









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Great food. You can always count on me to come up with something good on this subject! If I wasn’t on a diet, this is what I would be attempting to make, how good does this look!!!!!!!! Visit the Greedy Gourmand here to get the lowdown on how to? make it……it’s as pretty as delicious I am sure!

The Mayflower Inn and Spa. Just in case you missed my post/review on my recent stay at this incredible place, you must visit the post, click here.

Artwork. I had sweet Jeanne of I dream of make up my logo, she is a very talented artist and she did a spectacular job. I had shared the completed work here last year but just recently got the original art and it is just so beautiful. Jeanne? had to take some time off due to a relative’s illness but hopefully she will be back in blogland soon, I know her presence has been missed greatly. I am so happy to have this beautiful artwork as a keepsake of her amazing talent.? Thanks again Jeanne!


Crests. I have such a “thing” for them….am always drawn to them. Was in an antique shop a few weeks ago in CT. and spotted this spectacular set of antique prints beautifully framed, so excited!! I needed to do a minor repair on them and they are back and ready to be hung! There are so many places I could put these……

Shop news. I am adding a bunch of new wonderful Staffordshire doggies to my shop. Dogs remain super popular and are just a wonderful decorative motif for virtually any kind of home. Some of these are bigger than some of my current ones and then I am adding some fabulous colors like orange, pink and red in the minis! Aren’t they beautiful! These will up for sale by the weekend.

Love this family of dogs……wonderful!

Love this family! 7 X 6.5 X 3?
Mini Staffordshires in fun colors, too cute…..

And this larger pair in orange…..
8.6 x 6 x 9
How cute are these (comes with one left and one right facing dog)? 8 x 5 x 11 (comes in 2 colorways)

And very excited about a few new exceptionally beautiful additions to the statuary line (I literally want one of everything)…..all of these as of today will be up in my online store! This line is just exceptoinal, and every item is offered in one of 6 finishes…the white moss (shown) being the most popular.

Adore this dog holding the basket of flowers, perfect for flanking a front door or on a patio 9 x 16 x 24
And this stunning planter shown on the garland pedestal, also both now listed (I have ordered this identical pair for myself)…….
And how beautiful is this for a garden, a trio of cherubs….love it!?? 19 x 19 x 23

And this beautiful? shell urn finial atop something or placed on the ground as a pair, very elegant, 8 x10 x 15

And this beautiful oversized acorn finial, beautiful atop something or as a pair by a door…14 x 14 x 29 (also comes in one size smaller)……..

22 x 7 x 30 Beautiful crest frieze

Cromel overdoor frieze…love this!! 32 x 18 x 4

So there you have it! That’s what new and exciting over here. What’s going on in your world? Do you have spring fever yet?? Hope the sun is shining over where you are and wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Be back soon……have a great weekend!

Sunday around here…..

Hi and happy Sunday to you. Feel like I been “missing in action” a little this week….its been an exceptionally busy week, and this coming week promises to be more of the same. So I am really looking forward to a total day of downtime today, to catch up, take a deep breath, take Mr. Teddy for a long walk and maybe even catch up on some reading.

How about you? Is the weather finally thawing out over there? As the weather seems to be getting milder, there are small signs of spring sure enough blooming around here, small signs but signs! I have finally started venturing outside again after what seems like an endless winter, took a few pics along the way of what’s going on……..

I started planting my planters inside when the spring bug bit, even if I couldn’t get outside, I was determined to feel a little spring inside……

Hard to believe just two weeks ago we had this…….

Then the thaw finally came and Mr. Teddy reclaimed his perch outside………

So I went for a long walk on our property and only then was I struck by the degree of devastation from Sandy, I lost count of how many trees had been lost, and whose very old trunks had to be cut down into firelogs…..I think we have enough firewood to furnish a small country, it was unbelievable! This is only a fraction…….

Everywhere I walked, there was another neatly stacked collection of wood, a bittersweet reminder of Sandy’s destruction…..

 Teddy missed his walks!

 Teddy next to a huge uprooted tree, this gives you some perspective on the size of some of these lost trees!

And though we are a long ways away from things looking green and spring-y, slowly that pale straw color is giving way to more green…..

 Not sure if I showed you my new lantern (from Arte De Mexico) we had one made just to be sure we love it, and we do!

 The breakfast room side…..

 The first blooms……very exciting!

 And finally for the first time, I sat here in the loggia with a book….it was so wonderful and peaceful, my new favorite spot, that I think I am going to be spending a lot of time in!  I ordered new furniture due here in a few weeks…..

So that’s a little peek into whats happening on the outside over here. Lots more to come, but it was so wonderful to finally get outside, breath in that fresh air, get a glimpse of a budding flower or two and take Teddy on his beloved walks that I know he has missed. Slowly we all come out of hibernation and I know the best is yet to come. Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday around here…..

Hi and happy Sunday to you. Feel like I been “missing in action” a little this week….its been an exceptionally busy week, and this coming week promises to be more of the same. So I am really looking forward to a total day of downtime today, to catch up, take a deep breath, take Mr. Teddy for a long walk and maybe even catch up on some reading.

How about you? Is the weather finally thawing out over there? As the weather seems to be getting milder, there are small signs of spring sure enough blooming around here, small signs but signs! I have finally started venturing outside again after what seems like an endless winter, took a few pics along the way of what’s going on……..

I started planting my planters inside when the spring bug bit, even if I couldn’t get outside, I was determined to feel a little spring inside……

Hard to believe just two weeks ago we had this…….

Then the thaw finally came and Mr. Teddy reclaimed his perch outside………

So I went for a long walk on our property and only then was I struck by the degree of devastation from Sandy, I lost count of how many trees had been lost, and whose very old trunks had to be cut down into firelogs…..I think we have enough firewood to furnish a small country, it was unbelievable! This is only a fraction…….

Everywhere I walked, there was another neatly stacked collection of wood, a bittersweet reminder of Sandy’s destruction…..

?Teddy missed his walks!

?Teddy next to a huge uprooted tree, this gives you some perspective on the size of some of these lost trees!

And though we are a long ways away from things looking green and spring-y, slowly that pale straw color is giving way to more green…..

?Not sure if I showed you my new lantern (from Arte De Mexico) we had one made just to be sure we love it, and we do!

?The breakfast room side…..

?The first blooms……very exciting!

?And finally for the first time, I sat here in the loggia with a book….it was so wonderful and peaceful, my new favorite spot, that I think I am going to be spending a lot of time in!? I ordered new furniture due here in a few weeks…..

So that’s a little peek into whats happening on the outside over here. Lots more to come, but it was so wonderful to finally get outside, breath in that fresh air, get a glimpse of a budding flower or two and take Teddy on his beloved walks that I know he has missed. Slowly we all come out of hibernation and I know the best is yet to come. Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Bring on the green…..and a green thumb giveaway!

Good Thursday morning to you!  One of my favorite things, especially this time of year is gardening, watching everything turn from a pale dull brown to a rich vivid green. Of course normally in April, we are getting our gardening gloves out, and hitting our local nurseries on a weekly basis. Don’t know about you but over here we are still having winter like weather….mother nature are you listening? Assuming spring really is coming…….is anything more exciting than seeing a simple long stalk start to bloom into something wonderful, floral and fragrant? I think not! I love it and except for the potential poison ivy risk (for those of use who are allergic like me), nothing can keep me away.

I have a particular obsession with white flowers against manicured boxwood, have for years and my online album is chock full of reasons why this combination works. So today, we are taking a look at all the beautiful ways to grow a beautiful lawn/garden and then the lowdown on a wonderful gardening gloves giveaway courtesy of   Angela’s Garden, home to some of the prettiest gardening items  I have ever come across.  So its a double treat today. How about you? Do you have a green thumb or maybe an “aspiring” green thumb?

 

White against the green is always spectacular!

  This is total perfection!! Vicki Archer of French Essence
 

Who said blue and white porcelain is just for the inside!

 Love the way the white flowers border this magnificent hydrangea garden! Dirt Simple

Love the idea of a pebble walkway bordering a lush green lawn, Grace Design

 Love the tulips with the topiaries…..Midway Nursery
Stunning white hydrangeas with the rich dark green…..so pretty! Deborah Cerbone

I love the idea of an arbor feel…and the white flowers against the green backdrop is breathtaking! Grace Design

I want to be sitting there right now with Teddy at my feet, a cold glass of lemonade and a great book! Care to join me? Statlie Todd

Adore the gorgeous roses flanking this stunning balustrade wall……I bet the scent is intoxicating!Grace Design
Totally dreamy! I love small courtyards and intimate enclosed spaces like this…..
YES to climbing ivy!!!!!!!!

 How beautiful and luscious this is! Lenk Design
You know my feelings on black doors, topiaries and ivy!

 Breathtaking! Proof that white and green are always a winning combination! Deborah Cerbone

This space is incredible!

 
Love how the orbs have a “base” of beautiful white flowers…gorgeous! Deborah Silver

Another beautiful shot of s small enclosed courtyard, so inviting and lush….

  Love the orbs, statuary and the boxwood wreath

  Wow!! Isn’t this a stunner of a garden, Tuinadvise
 

 Never has green, purple and white looked so spectacular together!
 
 
And to get your green thumb on…..here is the giveaway lowdown from Angela’s Garden!
 
 
GIVEAWAY!! A wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angela’s garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion! 
 
To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,  click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce  the lucky winner on Friday morning!
 
All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.
 

 

And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

On a totally different sidenote…..I just got 10 more of the navy trimmed raffia bag that sold out almost immediately. I promised to announce if I was able to get more. This is it for the season so if you were one of those who wanted to buy it but got there too late….they’re back for a short time! Its such a chic bag and only $75.00! Click here to purchase.
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Bring on the green…..and a green thumb giveaway!

Good Thursday morning to you!? One of my favorite things, especially this time of year is gardening, watching everything turn from a pale dull brown to a rich vivid green. Of course normally in April, we are getting our gardening gloves out, and hitting our local nurseries on a weekly basis. Don’t know about you but over here we are still having winter like weather….mother nature are you listening? Assuming spring really is coming…….is anything more exciting than seeing a simple long stalk start to bloom into something wonderful, floral and fragrant? I think not! I love it and except for the potential poison ivy risk (for those of use who are allergic like me), nothing can keep me away.

I have a particular obsession with white flowers against manicured boxwood, have for years and my online album is chock full of reasons why this combination works. So today, we are taking a look at all the beautiful ways to grow a beautiful lawn/garden and then the lowdown on a wonderful gardening gloves giveaway courtesy of?? Angela’s Garden, home to some of the prettiest gardening items? I have ever come across.? So its a double treat today. How about you? Do you have a green thumb or maybe an “aspiring” green thumb?

?

White against the green is always spectacular!

? This is total perfection!! Vicki Archer of French Essence

?

Who said blue and white porcelain is just for the inside!

?Love the way the white flowers border this magnificent hydrangea garden! Dirt Simple

Love the idea of a pebble walkway bordering a lush green lawn, Grace Design

?Love the tulips with the topiaries…..Midway Nursery
Stunning white hydrangeas with the rich dark green…..so pretty! Deborah Cerbone

I love the idea of an arbor feel…and the white flowers against the green backdrop is breathtaking! Grace Design

I want to be sitting there right now with Teddy at my feet, a cold glass of lemonade and a great book! Care to join me? Statlie Todd

Adore the gorgeous roses flanking this stunning balustrade wall……I bet the scent is intoxicating!Grace Design
Totally dreamy! I love small courtyards and intimate enclosed spaces like this…..
YES to climbing ivy!!!!!!!!

?How beautiful and luscious this is! Lenk Design
You know my feelings on black doors, topiaries and ivy!

?Breathtaking! Proof that white and green are always a winning combination! Deborah Cerbone

This space is incredible!

?
Love how the orbs have a “base” of beautiful white flowers…gorgeous! Deborah Silver

Another beautiful shot of s small enclosed courtyard, so inviting and lush….

? Love the orbs, statuary and the boxwood wreath


? Wow!! Isn’t this a stunner of a garden, Tuinadvise

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?Never has green, purple and white looked so spectacular together!

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And to get your green thumb on…..here is the giveaway lowdown from Angela’s Garden!


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GIVEAWAY!! A wonderful giveaway from my favorite gardening website, Angela’s garden. In honor of the spring and gardening season just arriving, they are offering a wonderful gardening giveaway of a gorgeous pair of gardening gloves and matching knee pads!! Such a great thing to win….and the perfect items to get your green thumb in motion!?

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To be eligible, just visit Angela’s Garden by clicking here, come back and tell me a favorite item or pattern. Want a second chance? Like them or leave a comment on their Facebook page,? click here to visit them at Facebook. I will announce? the lucky winner on Friday morning!

?

All anonymous users…you MUST include your first name and last name initial in the body of the comment to be eligible.

?

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And the matching knee pads (all available in one of four colors)

On a totally different sidenote…..I just got 10 more of the navy trimmed raffia bag that sold out almost immediately. I promised to announce if I was able to get more. This is it for the season so if you were one of those who wanted to buy it but got there too late….they’re back for a short time! Its such a chic bag and only $75.00! Click here to purchase.
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Things I am loving Thursdays….

I start this day with a prayer for Japan. The devastation is beyond comprehension and it seems that every day I wake up, I have to brace myself for an even more dire report than the previous day. I pray for all the people of Japan, both those that lost their lives and those that are survivors, and for the swift recovery and healing for the country and its stoic people. Hope we will each do our part, there is nothing too small to help in this enormous relief effort. I have been recommending this link (from Time’s newsfeed) as a short, to the point list of ways one can help. Click lick here for the link

I am also participating in The bloggers day of silence, tomorrow March 18th and will not have a post on Friday (will resume Sat) This is being done to raise awareness for the relief effort and how important it is for everyone to help in their own way. I ask my fellow bloggers to consider participating, if you aren’t already.

More information go here


So on things I am loving Thursdays, I talk about what I am loving or what I have discovered this week. Since I am in the full throes of doing multiple things for the house, I am exposed to a great deal. Sometimes too much. Sometimes, it is overwhelming and just when I think I know what I want, BAM, I see something else that turns me in a whole new direction. Thankfully, this isn’t happening too often but when it does, I just go with it and figure there is a reason for everything! I am concentrating on getting the bathrooms done, the kitchen and carpeting for the bedrooms (yes, looks I am winning….) but below are some other goodies that I have found in my travels..some I would like to use, others to put on my wish list. Whats life without aspirations and dreams! What are yours?
INSPIRATIONS FROM WALLPAPER. Do you ever find something you fall in love with so much that you allow it to inspire you to complete a room? Well I do this all the time and I am feeling very inspired by these two papers, by Ralph Lauren. I think they would both be stunning in a powder room…..I also put the picture of a tonal marble basketweave in the middle that would work with both just to give you an idea. I love them because I love birds and the colors are elegant and timeless.   What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
NAVY UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD/BED. Thinking about this idea for my sons room. Very elegant, timeless and certainly very handsome/masculine especially when accented with things like nail heads and more masculine feeling fabrics. What do you think?  I love the look paired with rich dark woods and can see it with plaids or tweed fabric as an accent. I just love the richness of the navy, though I would add more plaids and or woven fabrics. 

REPRODUCTION ACCENTS FOR THE KITCHEN. These refrigerator doors are just incredible! I love them, its too late for me now as my panels are being made as we speak but I think in the right kitchen, these could rival anything else in the kitchen as the real showstopper! (love the clock on the top of the second one…how neat)
LIQUID SOAPS AND CANDLES BY SEDA FRANCE. OK, I know this is a super teeny tiny indulgence and that’s why its so great….a cheap thrill! I normally do not get too excited over liquid soap or candles, trust me on that one. But Seda France makes the most wonderful smelling soaps and candles whose scents linger on your hands like perfume. They come in several scents, french tulip is one  my favorites. I buy them by the half dozens….and put these gorgeous refillable bottles of liquid soap in all the bathrooms. The candles are amongst my most favorite and I am really a serial candleaholic. They now come in the gorgeous containers below which are a chinoiserie ceramic….so gorgeous!  I have over the years tried almost every candle manufacturer, or almost all and Seda France ranks among the top two for me. Again these are scattered all over my house and the scents are so beautiful and permeate everywhere…..a treat!
GOTHIC INFLUENCE LIMESTONE MANTLES. Something so old world about these, they give a room a certain authentic appeal. We have been scouring many sources for the perfect Gothic influenced fireplace mantle for our family room. We finally found it….its very similar to the one below. An exact reproduction of a period mantle, made in limestone which has a natural “antiqued feel” to it. It will make the room and I am sure be a focal point.
GORGEOUS GREEN GRASS AND A SMALL FORMAL GARDEN IN A YARD. I love these images from Wild flower grounds, magnificent not overly landscaped yards but with an architectural quality to the landscape….a small beautiful hedge garden or pretty cutouts using grass and stone, so pretty..I must have spring fever!

REPRODUCTION PERIOD HARDWARE. I love old hardware….always been drawn to it if I see an old piece of furniture, the first thing I look at is the normally gorgeous vintage looking hardware…that has that special aged patina on it. Even the new ones meant to look old still look new, but there are some great choices out there. I am just starting to look for both my kitchen and the doors…lots of choices and am sure there are many yet to discover.
MARBLE MOSAICS. What is one of my Thursday posts without something from my favorite marble mosaic company, New Ravenna. Their imagination and creations know no bounds..they are just jaw droppingly

GREAT LINENS. I am a bedding fanatic. My justification and mantra is  that we spend nearly half our lives in bed! Why not sleep in the best most comfortable luxurious bedding you can afford! One of my favorite companies is Home Treasures, they make beautiful incredibly soft cotton sateen bedding and sheets.The detailing can be kept simple or they can put gorgeous laces on the edges….they customize it however you would like but their attention to detail is wonderful. Many of the sets I have, I have owned for several years and they  hold up beautifully. At the end of a  long day, coming home to a luxurious bed swathed in the softest cool linens is the ultimate reward! If you want to indulge in a really amazing set of linens…I highly suggest these!
BOOKS. I am a definite bona fide book junkie and in particular love interior design and architecture books. Have stacks and stacks of them all over the place. Two coming out that I have just preordered that I cannot wait to receive are Charlotte Moss’s new book, Charlotte Moss decorates and the new Ferguson and Shamamian book, New Traditional Architecture..they both look wonderful!
So that about sums up what I am loving today, of course tomorrow is a whole new day! Would love to know if you like anything above or if there is something new that you are loving this week..always fun to hear. Wishing you an enchanted day.

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Things I am loving Thursdays….



I start this day with a prayer for Japan. The devastation is beyond comprehension and it seems that every day I wake up, I have to brace myself for an even more dire report than the previous day. I pray for all the people of Japan, both those that lost their lives and those that are survivors, and for the swift recovery and healing for the country and its stoic people. Hope we will each do our part, there is nothing too small to help in this enormous relief effort. I have been recommending this link (from Time’s newsfeed) as a short, to the point list of ways one can help. Click?lick?here?for the link




I am also participating in The bloggers day of silence, tomorrow March 18th and will not have a post on Friday (will resume Sat) This is being done to raise awareness for the relief effort and how important it is for everyone to help in their own way. I ask my fellow bloggers to consider participating, if you aren’t already.


More information go here


So on things I am loving Thursdays, I talk about what I am loving or what I have discovered this week. Since I am in the full throes of doing multiple things for the house, I am exposed to a great deal. Sometimes too much. Sometimes, it is overwhelming and just when I think I know what I want, BAM, I see something else that turns me in a whole new direction. Thankfully, this isn’t happening too often but when it does, I just go with it and figure there is a reason for everything! I am concentrating on getting the bathrooms done, the kitchen and carpeting for the bedrooms (yes, looks I am winning….) but below are some other goodies that I have found in my travels..some I would like to use, others to put on my wish list. Whats life without aspirations and dreams! What are yours?
INSPIRATIONS FROM WALLPAPER. Do you ever find something you fall in love with so much that you allow it to inspire you to complete a room? Well I do this all the time and I am feeling very inspired by these two papers, by Ralph Lauren. I think they would both be stunning in a powder room…..I also put the picture of a tonal marble basketweave in the middle that would work with both just to give you an idea. I love them because I love birds and the colors are elegant and timeless. ? What do you think? Do you have a favorite?
NAVY UPHOLSTERED HEADBOARD/BED. Thinking about this idea for my sons room. Very elegant, timeless and certainly very handsome/masculine especially when accented with things like nail heads and more masculine feeling fabrics. What do you think? ?I love the look paired with rich dark woods and can see it with plaids or tweed fabric as an accent. I just love the richness of the navy, though I would add more plaids and or woven fabrics.?


REPRODUCTION ACCENTS FOR THE KITCHEN. These refrigerator doors are just incredible! I love them, its too late for me now as my panels are being made as we speak but I think in the right kitchen, these could rival anything else in the kitchen as the real showstopper! (love the clock on the top of the second one…how neat)
LIQUID SOAPS AND CANDLES BY SEDA FRANCE. OK, I know this is a super teeny tiny indulgence and that’s why its so great….a cheap thrill! I normally do not get too excited over liquid soap or candles, trust me on that one. But Seda France makes the most wonderful smelling soaps and candles whose scents linger on your hands like perfume. They come in several scents, french tulip is one ?my favorites. I buy them by the half dozens….and put these gorgeous refillable bottles of liquid soap in all the bathrooms. The candles are amongst my most favorite and I am really a serial candleaholic. They now come in the gorgeous containers below which are a chinoiserie ceramic….so gorgeous! ?I have over the years tried almost every candle manufacturer, or almost all and Seda France ranks among the top two for me. Again these are scattered all over my house and the scents are so beautiful and permeate everywhere…..a treat!
GOTHIC INFLUENCE LIMESTONE MANTLES. Something so old world about these, they give a room a certain authentic appeal. We have been scouring many sources for the perfect Gothic influenced fireplace mantle for our family room. We finally found it….its very similar to the one below. An exact reproduction of a period mantle, made in limestone which has a natural “antiqued feel” to it. It will make the room and I am sure be a focal point.
GORGEOUS GREEN GRASS AND A SMALL FORMAL GARDEN IN A YARD. I love these images from Wild flower grounds, magnificent not overly landscaped yards but with an architectural quality to the landscape….a small beautiful hedge garden or pretty cutouts using grass and stone, so pretty..I must have spring fever!

REPRODUCTION PERIOD HARDWARE. I love old hardware….always been drawn to it if I see an old piece of furniture, the first thing I look at is the normally gorgeous vintage looking hardware…that has that special aged patina on it. Even the new ones meant to look old still look new, but there are some great choices out there. I am just starting to look for both my kitchen and the doors…lots of choices and am sure there are many yet to discover.
MARBLE MOSAICS. What is one of my Thursday posts without something from my favorite marble mosaic company, New Ravenna. Their imagination and creations know no bounds..they are just jaw droppingly

GREAT LINENS. I am a bedding fanatic. My justification and mantra is ?that we spend nearly half our lives in bed! Why not sleep in the best most comfortable luxurious bedding you can afford! One of my favorite companies is Home Treasures, they make beautiful incredibly soft cotton sateen bedding and sheets.The detailing can be kept simple or they can put gorgeous laces on the edges….they customize it however you would like but their attention to detail is wonderful. Many of the sets I have, I have owned for several years and they ?hold up beautifully. At the end of a ?long day, coming home to a luxurious bed swathed in the softest cool linens is the ultimate reward! If you want to indulge in a really amazing set of linens…I highly suggest these!
BOOKS. I am a definite bona fide book junkie and in particular love interior design and architecture books. Have stacks and stacks of them all over the place. Two coming out that I have just preordered that I cannot wait to receive are Charlotte Moss’s new book, Charlotte Moss decorates and the new Ferguson and Shamamian book, New Traditional Architecture..they both look wonderful!
So that about sums up what I am loving today, of course tomorrow is a whole new day! Would love to know if you like anything above or if there is something new that you are loving this week..always fun to hear. Wishing you an enchanted day.

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