Rustic, rambling and refined country chic

Good morning……. Hope everyone had a wonderful and enjoyable Mothers day. I have to say mine was beyond horrible but had a very happy ending. Our beloved Teddy went missing for seven long excruciating hours, it was heart wrenching to say the least. On top of our own incredible sadness and distress, seeing my son so distraught, practically unable to speak and express himself because at 15, he was trying to remain strong and “be a man”.?My mothering skills were put to the ultimate test and I realized as I saw my son cry silently in the back seat during our many hours of searching, doing his best to hold it in as most 15 year old “young men” ?feel they should, at that moment I was helpless to take away his pain, I couldn’t make a promise Teddy was coming back. Seeing the tears stream down his face just broke my heart….his best friend was gone.??I was in so much pain watching him suffer like that on top of my own distress thinking about where he was or worse if someone had taken him
?It was a really rough day, we spent seven hours canvasing every street and driveway, walking around, frantically screaming his name and praying. With every passing hour, we grew less hopeful, more worried and I silently panicked as I thought about the sun setting and Teddy being out on his own in the darkness. Finally at around 6 pm feeling totally defeated, I got a call from someone who had gotten my info from the police dept. who had found him!! I don’t need to tell you the happiness and feeling of elation and celebration that went on in our household at that minute. We were all so emotionally drained though I felt like I had done battle, and by 8 I was in bed closing my eyes. (We had had dinner plans with family but the plans had been canceled when all this happened, no one in our family had an appetite) It was a long heart wrenching day. I am still feeling shaken but so happy he is home. I hope your day was much much less eventful! I am just so glad this story has a happy ending…….Teddy is home safe and that is what is important, we are all back together 🙂 Alls well that ends well.
When I think of rustic and rambling, farmhouse chic, country charmer,…..I think of lots of wood, beautifully aged timbers, wide planked floors, small cozy rooms, endless vistas of breathtaking land, lots of vintage looking fabrics, worn linens, aged looking cabinetry, geometric worn rugs,antique dishes,…you get the picture. Maybe its the crazy hurried, frenetic pace that I live my life (and I probably aged another 15 years just yesterday) but I find myself fascinated, captivated and increasingly drawn to the easy, calm, genteel world of country living. Something about the way time seems to stand still at least for a little bit. Maybe its all in my imagination, and even in the country…..maybe even there the pace has picked up but I am going to keep my little fantasy alive, thank you very much!
??I love the way, the rooms are decorated, not overdone, nothing too shiny, every thing with a slightly worn and lovingly used feel, they have character, a personality and each feels authentic. Elegant, but casual and mostly very livable. There is not a “formula” to decorate these rooms..that’s what I love, they are each so?individual. The chances of me one day owning one of these fabulous rustic and rambling homes is unlikely….but its fun to dream as I always say. My dream would be to own one in Napa valley, have a few acres to toy with growing grapes as a hobby, have a few horses, ?my vegetable,rose and herb garden, open a small farm to table restaurant on the property (of course that would become wildly successful and be hailed as the “best kept secret in America”) then keep my house here on the east coast. Now THAT would be ideal! So here is my interpretation of rustic and rambling and its many variations….what do you think?
This rustic and rambling setting truly takes my breath away!! Sandy Koepke
I love that wall filled with all kinds of great worn and vintage looking books..just gives such character and personality to this room, doesn’t it?
This is elegant refined country at its finest! Kathleen Rivers
A big rambling country kitchen with mixed woods and finishes is just perfection! ?Susan Dossetter
Could it get any cozier than this? We would all clamour to take up residence in this little nook! Mimi Maddock McMakin
Mixing woods and painted finishes is a popular way to go for this look….
M Elle has made a career of off designing refined country rustic interiors
This is the quintessential refined country bath! Country Living
This country bedroom gets a French twist, beautiful, soft and serene, Southern Accents
Love this amazing room for its views as much as I love bed made of birch, that it out on the sleeping porch…I would live in a spot like this! Mimi Maddock McMakin
What a great space, a dining room AND a reading nook! M Elle
Rustic with a European flair, Arch Digest
Something about the crisp white on the linens and upholstery and the dark wide planked floors makes this an inviting room, Coastal Living
How about this French inspired rustic beauty? Kitchen of Keith Johnson and Glen Senk
This vintage-y looking bathroom by Sandy Koepke is gloriously rustic
I like the unexpected pop of blue linen, in this otherwise rustic dining room! Megan Rice Yager
Country bath redefined, M Elle
An elegantly appointed country bedroom, Arch Digest (love those beams)
This to me, is the perfect blend of a rustic elegance and simplicity, Barbara Westbrook
Boszhardt took this small country bedroom and with the touch of luxurious white cotton linens turned it into a vintage jewel!
This is country living at its finest!! ?Henri Quinta
Fabulous mixture of vintage florals, weathered woods, stone and antiques, Amelia Handegan
Love how this new space feels old and timeless, Nancy Boszhardt
Love this kitchen, by Peter Dunham….fabulous…how great is that island?
This vintage inspired feeling bathroom is a prefect look for a country home, love the tub!
Rustic in a sun flooded room…..such a happy and great entertaining space! Jeffers Design group
Antiqued timbered beams and floors give this new kitchen a real sense of character, S Russell Groves
Yellow makes a small charming room like this country bedroom feel so inviting, Jeffers
Love the casual but elegant slipcoverd chairs, the whitewashed brick fireplace, Cottage Living
This rustic yet beautiful kitchen is a cooks dream, Nancy Boszhardt
Beautiful antique table and plaid cusioned chairs graces this pretty dining room in this cozy room, Penelope Bianchi
Love the old fashioned feeling of this fabulous bathroom, Nancy Boszhardt
Alot of white was added to this room to brighten up the space..it gives it a very Swedish feel.
Beautiful reclaimed beams, woods and stone were used to build this master retreat, Country Living
Love the mix of the old and new, dressy and rustic, Sharon Mimran
Salvaged beams and floors give this room a timeless and aged but graceful feel
Bringing the outdoors into this elegant country bath…love the wide planked floors! Southern Accents, photo by Antoine Bootz
A coat of blue paint gives a little color to this rustic dining space, photo by Keith Scott Morton
Love this sweet setting…..casually chic
How about this bathroom outfitted in pine beadboard walls? This is something! Mimi McMadin
Mixing of the woods is a popular look, it really warms up the space, Country Living
Doesn’t the feeling here personify country living? Sandy Koepke Interiors
A distressed fireplace mantle and coffee table alongside the white upholstered furniture gives this a bright and airy cottage feel
This is such an inviting, happy and lived in space…..Michael Luppino
The glow of soft pine in this cozy dining room gets warm up with the worn geometric ?rug, Laurey Glenn photo
Rustic and refined…..a winning combination! Southern Accents
Going more rustic does not mean having to forgo the luxuries! Gorgeous Le Cornue range
Rustic fit for royalty! M Elle
So….what do you think about this style? Though it doesn’t fit into my own personal style nor the house I am building I definitely have an apprecaition for it and possibly even more, because of the lifestyle I envision it represents….what do you think? It does make a strong argument for country living. Something about having a charming little cozy place in the country to escape to sounds pretty wonderful! Hope you have an enchanted day.

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Rustic, rambling and refined country chic

Good morning……. Hope everyone had a wonderful and enjoyable Mothers day. I have to say mine was beyond horrible but had a very happy ending. Our beloved Teddy went missing for seven long excruciating hours, it was heart wrenching to say the least. On top of our own incredible sadness and distress, seeing my son so distraught, practically unable to speak and express himself because at 15, he was trying to remain strong and “be a man”. My mothering skills were put to the ultimate test and I realized as I saw my son cry silently in the back seat during our many hours of searching, doing his best to hold it in as most 15 year old “young men”  feel they should, at that moment I was helpless to take away his pain, I couldn’t make a promise Teddy was coming back. Seeing the tears stream down his face just broke my heart….his best friend was gone.  I was in so much pain watching him suffer like that on top of my own distress thinking about where he was or worse if someone had taken him
 It was a really rough day, we spent seven hours canvasing every street and driveway, walking around, frantically screaming his name and praying. With every passing hour, we grew less hopeful, more worried and I silently panicked as I thought about the sun setting and Teddy being out on his own in the darkness. Finally at around 6 pm feeling totally defeated, I got a call from someone who had gotten my info from the police dept. who had found him!! I don’t need to tell you the happiness and feeling of elation and celebration that went on in our household at that minute. We were all so emotionally drained though I felt like I had done battle, and by 8 I was in bed closing my eyes. (We had had dinner plans with family but the plans had been canceled when all this happened, no one in our family had an appetite) It was a long heart wrenching day. I am still feeling shaken but so happy he is home. I hope your day was much much less eventful! I am just so glad this story has a happy ending…….Teddy is home safe and that is what is important, we are all back together 🙂 Alls well that ends well.
When I think of rustic and rambling, farmhouse chic, country charmer,…..I think of lots of wood, beautifully aged timbers, wide planked floors, small cozy rooms, endless vistas of breathtaking land, lots of vintage looking fabrics, worn linens, aged looking cabinetry, geometric worn rugs,antique dishes,…you get the picture. Maybe its the crazy hurried, frenetic pace that I live my life (and I probably aged another 15 years just yesterday) but I find myself fascinated, captivated and increasingly drawn to the easy, calm, genteel world of country living. Something about the way time seems to stand still at least for a little bit. Maybe its all in my imagination, and even in the country…..maybe even there the pace has picked up but I am going to keep my little fantasy alive, thank you very much!
  I love the way, the rooms are decorated, not overdone, nothing too shiny, every thing with a slightly worn and lovingly used feel, they have character, a personality and each feels authentic. Elegant, but casual and mostly very livable. There is not a “formula” to decorate these rooms..that’s what I love, they are each so individual. The chances of me one day owning one of these fabulous rustic and rambling homes is unlikely….but its fun to dream as I always say. My dream would be to own one in Napa valley, have a few acres to toy with growing grapes as a hobby, have a few horses,  my vegetable,rose and herb garden, open a small farm to table restaurant on the property (of course that would become wildly successful and be hailed as the “best kept secret in America”) then keep my house here on the east coast. Now THAT would be ideal! So here is my interpretation of rustic and rambling and its many variations….what do you think?
This rustic and rambling setting truly takes my breath away!! Sandy Koepke
I love that wall filled with all kinds of great worn and vintage looking books..just gives such character and personality to this room, doesn’t it?
This is elegant refined country at its finest! Kathleen Rivers
A big rambling country kitchen with mixed woods and finishes is just perfection!  Susan Dossetter
Could it get any cozier than this? We would all clamour to take up residence in this little nook! Mimi Maddock McMakin
Mixing woods and painted finishes is a popular way to go for this look….
M Elle has made a career of off designing refined country rustic interiors
This is the quintessential refined country bath! Country Living
This country bedroom gets a French twist, beautiful, soft and serene, Southern Accents
Love this amazing room for its views as much as I love bed made of birch, that it out on the sleeping porch…I would live in a spot like this! Mimi Maddock McMakin
What a great space, a dining room AND a reading nook! M Elle
Rustic with a European flair, Arch Digest
Something about the crisp white on the linens and upholstery and the dark wide planked floors makes this an inviting room, Coastal Living
How about this French inspired rustic beauty? Kitchen of Keith Johnson and Glen Senk
This vintage-y looking bathroom by Sandy Koepke is gloriously rustic
I like the unexpected pop of blue linen, in this otherwise rustic dining room! Megan Rice Yager
Country bath redefined, M Elle
An elegantly appointed country bedroom, Arch Digest (love those beams)
This to me, is the perfect blend of a rustic elegance and simplicity, Barbara Westbrook
Boszhardt took this small country bedroom and with the touch of luxurious white cotton linens turned it into a vintage jewel!
This is country living at its finest!!  Henri Quinta
Fabulous mixture of vintage florals, weathered woods, stone and antiques, Amelia Handegan
Love how this new space feels old and timeless, Nancy Boszhardt
Love this kitchen, by Peter Dunham….fabulous…how great is that island?
This vintage inspired feeling bathroom is a prefect look for a country home, love the tub!
Rustic in a sun flooded room…..such a happy and great entertaining space! Jeffers Design group
Antiqued timbered beams and floors give this new kitchen a real sense of character, S Russell Groves
Yellow makes a small charming room like this country bedroom feel so inviting, Jeffers
Love the casual but elegant slipcoverd chairs, the whitewashed brick fireplace, Cottage Living
This rustic yet beautiful kitchen is a cooks dream, Nancy Boszhardt
Beautiful antique table and plaid cusioned chairs graces this pretty dining room in this cozy room, Penelope Bianchi
Love the old fashioned feeling of this fabulous bathroom, Nancy Boszhardt
Alot of white was added to this room to brighten up the space..it gives it a very Swedish feel.
Beautiful reclaimed beams, woods and stone were used to build this master retreat, Country Living
Love the mix of the old and new, dressy and rustic, Sharon Mimran
Salvaged beams and floors give this room a timeless and aged but graceful feel
Bringing the outdoors into this elegant country bath…love the wide planked floors! Southern Accents, photo by Antoine Bootz
A coat of blue paint gives a little color to this rustic dining space, photo by Keith Scott Morton
Love this sweet setting…..casually chic
How about this bathroom outfitted in pine beadboard walls? This is something! Mimi McMadin
Mixing of the woods is a popular look, it really warms up the space, Country Living
Doesn’t the feeling here personify country living? Sandy Koepke Interiors
A distressed fireplace mantle and coffee table alongside the white upholstered furniture gives this a bright and airy cottage feel
This is such an inviting, happy and lived in space…..Michael Luppino
The glow of soft pine in this cozy dining room gets warm up with the worn geometric  rug, Laurey Glenn photo
Rustic and refined…..a winning combination! Southern Accents
Going more rustic does not mean having to forgo the luxuries! Gorgeous Le Cornue range
Rustic fit for royalty! M Elle
So….what do you think about this style? Though it doesn’t fit into my own personal style nor the house I am building I definitely have an apprecaition for it and possibly even more, because of the lifestyle I envision it represents….what do you think? It does make a strong argument for country living. Something about having a charming little cozy place in the country to escape to sounds pretty wonderful! Hope you have an enchanted day.

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Who has the biggest, baddest, fluffiest, bed?

Anyone who knows me also knows of my obsession with my bed. They know of my quest to have the fluffiest, softest most “cloud like” bed known to mankind and by golly, I think I have achieved it! I LOVE a soft, cozy, fluffy, heavenly bed. I mean, seriously after a long hard day doing battle in the trenches of life, is there ANYTHING better than sinking into a deliciously soft bed? I don’t think there is anything that even comes close! Lets face it…you spend nearly half of your life in bed!! What better investment to make than in a place where you spend anywhere from 6-10 hours a day in? First it must start with a good mattress, and that cannot be emphasized enough but then again I know all you savvy readers know this already so no need to belabor the point.?



Then the bedding…aaahhh, the fun part! Get the softest highest thread count sheets you can afford. Ideally try to go for at least a 400 thread count.Today, they happen to be more affordable than ever….and are more readily available in more stores than ever not just very exclusive ones. Then the comforter, it must must must be down, super light, goose down. Remember, fill power is generally determined by the sleep temperature of your room, not the outside temperature of where you live. The fluffier the better! Pillows? Goose down all the way!!!!! At least for me there is no substitute. Like the comforters, most good companies also make different fills for the pillows, think of this as an investment in your sleep therefore in your life and well being. A goods sleep has such a HUGE impact on your day, as we all know. So today I bow down to the softest, fluffiest, baddest, biggest beds I could find………and here they are! What are your secrets for a soft, cozy inviting bed?

Ashley Goforth has practically made a career designing not only beautiful beds but ones you want to sink into and never leave!
Glorious space gets a dose of crisp white linens with a tone on tone monogram, elegant! Southern Accents
Nancy Boszhardt created this gorgeous bedroom setting…creams and whites are always a winning combination!
This bedroom by Phoebe Howard, a longtime favorite has serious?
“cozying up to” power!
Ann and Jane Dupuy created this elegant blue and white getaway
Soft, formal and gorgeous in blue! Kellogg
Nancy Boszhardt used stark white linens with a beautiful embroidery to give this bed an old world appeal, beautiful
Love this bed, as beautiful as it is inviting,Ashley Whittaker
Bunny Williams has the formula down pat for creating a sumptuous bed!
Tracery created a soft, cloudlike bedroom here…..
Beautiful brown and white makes for an inviting and streamlined look, Southern Living
This looks really calming and inviting! Decorpad
Nancy Boszhardt used soft colors and textures to create a welcoming room and bed
Elegant with the crisp white, the rest of the room does the talking, Kendall Wilkinson
Cozy comes in many colors and styles…..this is so fresh, Lynn Morgan
This is a very inviting space..soft, serene and the ed is loaded with soft cozy pillows! Cathy Kincaid
Bold beautiful and makes you want to take a plunge!!?
Phoebe Howard created this cozy oasis, the bed is nice and tall…love it!
The temptation of a pure white soft fluffy?bed is awfully strong! Molly Frey
This vision in cream decadence is stunning! Rinfret
Proof that black can indeed be cozy! Mary McDonald
An eclectic space gets a fluffy white comforter accented by fun green pillows, Southern Living
Nancy Boszhardt went monochromatic for this elegant bedscape
This Tracery bedroom just begs for an afternoon nap and cozying up in bed reading
Christina Murphy went for serious pillow power in this cozy bedroom
Beautiful clean white is nice and crisp in this soft gray bedroom
A soft inviting bed in this elegant transitional bedroom, My home ideas
Eric Cohler chose soft white linens with a simple steel blue trim to keep it clean and fresh
A vision in mint green and white, Alexandra Rae
Brian McCarthy gives this bedroom a sleek black and white makeover, but keeps it incredibly inviting with an equally inviting bed?
Like a white cloud! Country Living
Gorgeous white down, just the way I like it!!
Ashley Goforth choose soothing colors for this soft room, white linens do it every time!
I just want to jump right in!! TheLennox
Albert Hadley makes this look awfully inviting!
Makes me want to jump right in! Ashley Goforth
Like sleeping on a pile of freshly laundered linens, light fluffy and soft! Jim Howard
Ashley Goforth used mostly white for this cozy looking bed in this attractive guest room
Elizabeth Dinkel gives us a double dose of coziness in this fabulous guest room
The “shabby chic” look and fluffy soft beds go hand and hand, shabbywhite
Aslhey Goforth gives this bed some serious cozy power to this charming little bedroom
Cream and whites almost certainly guarantee a restful nights sleep! Country Living
Phoebe Howard, proof that simple is sometimes all that’s needed when its comes to comfort
Phoebe Howard adds the fluff factor to his pretty navy and white bedroom
Interesting mix of fabrics and colors but it works! Southern Accents
Love the brown trim on the crisp white. Very soothing and serene for a bedroom, Coastal Living (Love the shell collection displayed…..I will take the Hermes bag too)
Fabulous and soft, this bed is perfection! James Michael Howard
I am sorry if this post makes you want to jump back into bed because it sure has that effect on me! But, just think a good nights sleep is only oh about 14 hours away…..how important is your bed to you? What is important to you to create the coziest most comfortable bed possible? Please share your secrets, tips and advice! Love to hear….have an enchanted day!

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Who has the biggest, baddest, fluffiest, bed?

Anyone who knows me also knows of my obsession with my bed. They know of my quest to have the fluffiest, softest most “cloud like” bed known to mankind and by golly, I think I have achieved it! I LOVE a soft, cozy, fluffy, heavenly bed. I mean, seriously after a long hard day doing battle in the trenches of life, is there ANYTHING better than sinking into a deliciously soft bed? I don’t think there is anything that even comes close! Lets face it…you spend nearly half of your life in bed!! What better investment to make than in a place where you spend anywhere from 6-10 hours a day in? First it must start with a good mattress, and that cannot be emphasized enough but then again I know all you savvy readers know this already so no need to belabor the point. 

Then the bedding…aaahhh, the fun part! Get the softest highest thread count sheets you can afford. Ideally try to go for at least a 400 thread count.Today, they happen to be more affordable than ever….and are more readily available in more stores than ever not just very exclusive ones. Then the comforter, it must must must be down, super light, goose down. Remember, fill power is generally determined by the sleep temperature of your room, not the outside temperature of where you live. The fluffier the better! Pillows? Goose down all the way!!!!! At least for me there is no substitute. Like the comforters, most good companies also make different fills for the pillows, think of this as an investment in your sleep therefore in your life and well being. A goods sleep has such a HUGE impact on your day, as we all know. So today I bow down to the softest, fluffiest, baddest, biggest beds I could find………and here they are! What are your secrets for a soft, cozy inviting bed?

Ashley Goforth has practically made a career designing not only beautiful beds but ones you want to sink into and never leave!
Glorious space gets a dose of crisp white linens with a tone on tone monogram, elegant! Southern Accents
Nancy Boszhardt created this gorgeous bedroom setting…creams and whites are always a winning combination!
This bedroom by Phoebe Howard, a longtime favorite has serious 
“cozying up to” power!
Ann and Jane Dupuy created this elegant blue and white getaway
Soft, formal and gorgeous in blue! Kellogg
Nancy Boszhardt used stark white linens with a beautiful embroidery to give this bed an old world appeal, beautiful
Love this bed, as beautiful as it is inviting,Ashley Whittaker
Bunny Williams has the formula down pat for creating a sumptuous bed!
Tracery created a soft, cloudlike bedroom here…..
Beautiful brown and white makes for an inviting and streamlined look, Southern Living
This looks really calming and inviting! Decorpad
Nancy Boszhardt used soft colors and textures to create a welcoming room and bed
Elegant with the crisp white, the rest of the room does the talking, Kendall Wilkinson
Cozy comes in many colors and styles…..this is so fresh, Lynn Morgan
This is a very inviting space..soft, serene and the ed is loaded with soft cozy pillows! Cathy Kincaid
Bold beautiful and makes you want to take a plunge!! 
Phoebe Howard created this cozy oasis, the bed is nice and tall…love it!
The temptation of a pure white soft fluffy bed is awfully strong! Molly Frey
This vision in cream decadence is stunning! Rinfret
Proof that black can indeed be cozy! Mary McDonald
An eclectic space gets a fluffy white comforter accented by fun green pillows, Southern Living
Nancy Boszhardt went monochromatic for this elegant bedscape
This Tracery bedroom just begs for an afternoon nap and cozying up in bed reading
Christina Murphy went for serious pillow power in this cozy bedroom
Beautiful clean white is nice and crisp in this soft gray bedroom
A soft inviting bed in this elegant transitional bedroom, My home ideas
Eric Cohler chose soft white linens with a simple steel blue trim to keep it clean and fresh
A vision in mint green and white, Alexandra Rae
Brian McCarthy gives this bedroom a sleek black and white makeover, but keeps it incredibly inviting with an equally inviting bed 
Like a white cloud! Country Living
Gorgeous white down, just the way I like it!!
Ashley Goforth choose soothing colors for this soft room, white linens do it every time!
I just want to jump right in!! TheLennox
Albert Hadley makes this look awfully inviting!
Makes me want to jump right in! Ashley Goforth
Like sleeping on a pile of freshly laundered linens, light fluffy and soft! Jim Howard
Ashley Goforth used mostly white for this cozy looking bed in this attractive guest room
Elizabeth Dinkel gives us a double dose of coziness in this fabulous guest room
The “shabby chic” look and fluffy soft beds go hand and hand, shabbywhite
Aslhey Goforth gives this bed some serious cozy power to this charming little bedroom
Cream and whites almost certainly guarantee a restful nights sleep! Country Living
Phoebe Howard, proof that simple is sometimes all that’s needed when its comes to comfort
Phoebe Howard adds the fluff factor to his pretty navy and white bedroom
Interesting mix of fabrics and colors but it works! Southern Accents
Love the brown trim on the crisp white. Very soothing and serene for a bedroom, Coastal Living (Love the shell collection displayed…..I will take the Hermes bag too)
Fabulous and soft, this bed is perfection! James Michael Howard
I am sorry if this post makes you want to jump back into bed because it sure has that effect on me! But, just think a good nights sleep is only oh about 14 hours away…..how important is your bed to you? What is important to you to create the coziest most comfortable bed possible? Please share your secrets, tips and advice! Love to hear….have an enchanted day!

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