Saturday, July 30, 2011

FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY

I just love little antique fireplaces.
They are just perfect to tuck into a tiny little bedroom
a wee spot in the kitchen
or even in your bathroom~ what an indulgence!

I found this dainty charmer last year on craigslist when I purchased a set of
Swedish antique furniture for $200.
This old cast iron surround and mantel mirror were included
and I absolutely love them.


Originally, they were painted a delft blue color that didn't really fit the colors in my house
so I knew that this little guy would get a little transformation before
it found a perfect spot in my home.


I have been painting away...
but it's been such a crazy couple of weeks,
it's not quite share worthy yet.
But I'll share it in it's new home soon!


Welcome to Feathered Nest Friday!

Here are just a few highlights from last weeks party!
I have also been highlighting on my facebook page & twitter through out the weekend
so head over and follow along there as well if you don't already!

A Petite Cottage shared all that she did with just 1 bed sheet!
Hyacinths for the Soul shared this charming baby bird cloche.
Crazy Wonderful shared this topiary how to-
love a good topiary!

Home Road shared this super cute clock pedestal

Alicia at La Famille shared her charming mantel
Rita at May Days shared a neat cupboard redo!


Grab a Featured button if you would like!
I wanted to say welcome new party goers
as well as say thank you to all my party animal friends :)
for taking the time to come over and share your wonderful
links each week!
:)
You all make this party so fantastic and so much fun!
Can't wait to see what you all have been up to this week!


PLEASE SHARE
decorating, flea finds, designs, transformations
,crafts, table settings, etc.
ANYTHING related to feathering your nest!

**PLEASE BE A GRACIOUSFEATHERED NEST FRIDAY GUEST**
Make sure you post a button or a link back to the party on your post.

I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BECOME A FRIEND/FOLLOWER
if you aren't already.
The Follow button is on my sidebar at the top

THANKS SO MUCH FOR LINKING UP

Sharing with these lovely girls



Thursday, July 28, 2011

COMMON GROUND ~DESIGN CHALLENGE

My sweet friend Debra over at Common Ground is starting a feature on her blog that I wanted to tell you about.
Design Challenge
A little while ago Debra asked for some suggestions for her living room and blog friends chimed in!
Well, it got her thinking... and she thought of starting a blog feature where you can send in photos of a decorating dilemma or any decorating questions or problems you may have and we out in blog land can offer advice or suggestions to help out.
Such a fantastic idea!
Head on over to Common Ground and say hello to Debra and read all about it

See you tonight for Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

PRETTY IN PINK TABLE



An old farmhouse table draped in shabby pink linen

Set with a petite stack of my grandmothers vintage china
- perfectly pretty and meaningful-
& a birthday cake on a silver platter.

Lots of birthday wishes and hugs for a very special girl!
We celebrated my daughters birthday this year
a couple of times to accommodate different schedules
The kids always like to say they have a 'week-long celebration'
:)
For Ansley's party ~party, she decided to invite just a couple of
her close friends over for a sleepover, cake and fun.

A pretty in pink table in the dining room for party food
and the outside table was draped in white tulle.

But instead of party pictures at the table
we had several giggly girls who were running around having fun
who didn't want to sit for pictures~
let alone cake and ice cream.
:)
So I am sharing just a few pictures I took before the party
and my girl on her birthday.

She picked out a white cake with whipped frosting for her party (delicious! )
but I found these frosted gourmet cupcakes at the bakery.
Mint chocolate chip is her favorite and they were perfect
for her real birthday sweets.


Love this precious baby girl.
:)

It's been crazy busy here lately and I am so behind on so many things!!
I apologize for not making my usual visits to everyone~ I will be stopping by shortly.
This Summer has been a bit crazy for sure and I cannot believe
that school is starting up again in just a few short weeks!
Where did the lazy days of Summer go already!?

Hope to see you tomorrow for Feathered Nest Friday!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PASSIONATE FOR INTERIORS

A Passion For Interiors
Carolyne Roehm

(all images from A Passion for Interiors)

This beautiful book is filled with passionately decorated rooms.
Elegant. Refined.
Polished & dressed perfectly.

Page after page of beautifully decorated spaces.

My daughter and I were shopping the small local bookstore for a book for her
when we walked past the one half wall of interior design books they had.
Of course I stopped to browse.
:)
Red being my favorite color, the jacket of this book stood out immediately.
Just look at that gorgeous bold red with the pristine glossy white~ beautiful.

I picked it up and thumbed through & was in love with
page after page of beautiful rooms.

Carolyne Roehm's rooms are decorated with a style and flair similar
to a well-dressed woman.
Her rooms are elegant, luxurious and pulled together
but comfortable and welcoming.
After all~ she worked with Oscar De La Renta...
so you know the girl has some style!

This book is definitely a wonderful book to look to for classic inspiration for your spaces.
Her home is grand and her furnishings and spaces very well appointed (and expensive)
but her designs are a great inspirations.

If you are looking for elegant, traditional, beautiful spaces
decorated with passion to inspire you
this is a must have.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I have been feeling kind of yucky the past several days
but am starting to get some pep back &
worked a little on painting those french doors yesterday.
Hoping to get that finished up and shared soon!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

WELCOME TO FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY!

I feel like my projects are taking over and I am run down.
I haven't been feeling well
the past couple of days
so taking a break from projects for a bit.

Are any of my friends going to Blogher in San Diego?
I need a buddy! Email me!

GIVEAWAY
After sorting through the entries
and adjusting those that were missing info. or not an entry, etc.
We have a Winner!
A Rosy Note
Please contact me within 48 hours with your shipping address


Onto last weeks review~
So many great link ups~ here are just a few of them:

5 days 5 ways shared this fantastic tufted ottoman -
it didn't start out this way!
Studio 1404 shared a shabby delightful dresser!
Love the color!

Art is Beauty shared her French label table
- so cute.

Adorn on a Shoestring shared a charming version of subway art.

Burlap Luxe shared her Home that speaks French...
ooh la la love!!!

Grab a Featured button if you would like!
I wanted to say welcome new party goers
as well as say thank you to all my party animal friends :)
for taking the time to come over and share your wonderful
links each week!
:)
You all make this party so fantastic and so much fun!

PLEASE SHARE
decorating, flea finds, designs, transformations
,crafts, table settings, etc.
ANYTHING related to feathering your nest!

**PLEASE BE A GRACIOUSFEATHERED NEST FRIDAY GUEST**
Make sure you post a button or a link back to the party on your post.

I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO BECOME A FRIEND/FOLLOWER
if you aren't already.
The Follow button is on my sidebar at the top

THANKS SO MUCH FOR LINKING UP

Sharing with these lovely girls





Thursday, July 21, 2011

SUMMER CLOCHE VIGNETTE~GIVEAWAY LAST CHANCE!



A simple glass cloche filled with seashells brings beach daydreams to my mantle.


Thoughts of warm sunshine...
fresh sea air...
the sound of the waves against the shore
Lazy, restful days and
sand in between in your toes

A scattering of pretty shells &
a few old mottled vintage ornaments
that remind me of little pearls.

Simple but sweet & perfect for the center of my living room mantel.

~
Busy working on notching some projects off the list today
but I wanted to join the fun over at
Pop on over and look at all the pretty links!!
Happy Wednesday Everyone!!

DON'T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!
JUST A FEW MORE HOURS
TO ENTER TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF FIFI O'NEILLS
'ROMANTIC PRAIRIE STYLE'
GOOD LUCK!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

SHABBY SUMMER INSPIRATION

I am in love with the soft pastel colors of Summer right now.
Sweet pinks... shabby greens...
soft whites, faded aquas and lovely lavenders...

Just laying these sweet peonies atop the ruffled cloth,
adding a pretty ribbon to tie them together
and dangling it over the edge
makes me smile.


Silver goblets, pewter chargers and
a stack of favorite seashell dishes...
just waiting for a little lunch to be served.
Loving my Kmart bistro chairs~
and for $30.oo and a little paint to transform
them into 'antiques' a bargain!

I am dreaming up pretty ideas for a birthday party for my daughter.
Yes, I am officially the mother of
not 1...
not 2...
but 3 teenagers now.

Can you feel my mid-life crisis through the computer?!
When did I become old enough to have 3 teenagers!?


For my daughters party I am thinking
a little shabby.
A little girly.
A little fun and lots of pretty pink!


This is my party inspiration table for outside
It's so much fun to decorate for a girls party!!
Though a boys party can be lots of fun too...if they would let me do one!!
Cullan just turned 16 & he didn't want a party~
we just celebrate with our family.
Both of my boys don't like to have parties with their friends anymore...
they just want lots of cake and presents
& they're good.

Maybe it's because I would decorate the house and patio
for their 'Man Party' and that wouldn't be 'Sick or Cool'
it would just be embarrassing.
Yes, I all of a sudden became embarrassing a few years ago according to the boys.
I really don't think I am that embarrassing.
Now, if you look at MY parents~ wow... THEY were embarrassing...
but me? Not so much. I don't see it.
:)



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Monday, July 18, 2011

LITTLE GARDEN VIGNETTE




There's just something about a little table and chairs set up outside
I love smelling the fresh air and
being surrounded by greenery & pretty flowers in bloom.

This chippy old iron dining table is about to get a makeover.
It's the one I purchased in the spring and had under my pergola when it collapsed.
So the glass top is missing a section that broke, but thankfully the set didn't have any other damage.
I have been contemplating a new glass top, but have a different idea
that I hope to get done this week.
So for now, it is draped in burlap and sits in the yard near
my weathered picket fence with a couple of chairs.

A chippy old wooden bench
an antique birdcage that was a SA find
and a some fresh picked roses and hydrangea blooms.


Such a sweet somewhere to have a seat in the evening,
and enjoy a glass of wine and dessert.

Do you ever feel like you have a never ending list of projects and things to check off?
I have so many projects on my list right now... I am working on notching one off at a time...
and then hopefully I will have a bunch of new posts lined up to share!
Hope you all had a great weekend! :)