Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PUPPY LOVE

'How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the wagglely tail.
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie's for sale.'
I just love animal portraits and this one stole my heart when I saw it.
What a little charmer!
Pastoral and animal portraits are loved in French Country decorating
and some of my favorite designers love to bring animal paintings in
to their spaces.
Charles Faudree is my favorite and he is the king of
decorating with dog portraits in my book!
But here are some others too:
Passionate for Interiors

I love the simple charm they have
and how adding a painting of an animal makes a room
feel welcoming and comfortable even among expensive furnishings.
I have searched high and low for the perfect vintage and vintage inspired
animal art pieces to bring home and they are not easy to come by.
So I was super excited when I found this vintage inspired
canvas art portrait of a little dog at Gallery Direct.
They have a lot of vintage art pieces as well as modern artist pieces

so there is something for everyone.
You choose the frame you like & your piece arrives
ready to hang in just a few days
I love that they have so much vintage reproduction to choose from.
It's fantastic to find pieces that are similar to my inspirations
in my design books
I am loving him.
:)
Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

Here is the link to this artwork for those who have asked.
This is the MEDIUM size and you just chose the frame or style you would
like and it will show you just what it would look like before you order.


Enjoy!!


I was compensated with artwork for this post
but the opinions as always are my own.
sharing at

Sunday, August 28, 2011

PATINA STYLE GIVEAWAY~ LAST DAY TO ENTER!


Sometimes you find a book that just plain
speaks your language.


The colors.
The furniture.
The rooms.
The style.


Starfish,
old faded books
wicker baskets
dried hydrangeas
yep, they are talking to me.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF BROOKE AND STEVE GIANNETTI'S BEAUTIFUL BOOK

PATINA STYLE

GIVEAWAY!!


CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE POST WHERE YOU ENTER

Closes at 12:00 noon the 29th and winner will be chosen using random.org.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY & GIVEAWAY!


Gotta love old burlap sacks.
I found a couple of half pieces at a thrift store recently
and brought them home.


I wasn't sure just exactly what I would do with them
Fold them up and stack them.
line an old basket
or make a few little outdoor pillow covers.


The price was right
and even though they were a little beat up and only in half sections,
there was something about them that was so charming.


They just may pop into a basket for sale at a friends antique show this fall!
But I haven't sewn them closed yet
I am thinking a couple of ties maybe to keep it simple?
Any ideas?

Crazy busy here with back to school schedules and projects!
How's your week going?

HAVE YOU ENTERED THE GIVEAWAY
to win a SIGNED COPY of PATINA STYLE yet?
Only a few more days left to enter!
GIVEAWAY!!


WOWSERS!!!
WHAT A PARTY LAST WEEK!!
We had a record amount of links at FNF- I am going through the links even now!
Thank you so much for taking the time to share over here!

I wanted to say that I hope all my friends in the path
of the hurricane stay safe and sound


Here are a few highlights:

Simply Designing shared this darling subway art for Moms.

Simple Thoughts shared her new 'old' table.

You Are Talking Too Much shared her PB knockoff sofa makeover

The Created Home shared these darling jars & pictures

Fancy Frugal Life shared this darling lunchbox idea- love it


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

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Tale of a French Settee

Have you ever wondered if antiques could talk-
what they would say


What have they seen through the years
as they sat unassuming in the corner of the room?
Did they see history in the making?
Hear secrets?


Or did they sit and gather dust in an old barn or attic
forgotten and just waiting to be rediscovered?


I admit,
it's a little strange to think about a piece
of furniture and what it may have seen
through it's years.
But this beautiful settee...
well, it just inspired me.


I imagine an old stone house
and a little place to sit for a spot for tea,
for reading a few pages of a good book,
for quiet conversation with a friend.


Maybe it sat through the years as the children grew...
as the hours that a young girl spent sitting and chatting with friends
turned to quiet moments with a new love.


I imagine that young woman has now years later
 just married the love of her life in the formal gardens at her home.


Tossing her veil and bouquet on that settee
she left to chase the dreams that stood just before her.


Then I imagine that same now a little bit older girl bringing that old worn
 settee home with her to her own living room
knowing it is the perfect little spot for a place to sit with tea &
for quiet conversations with her own famil



This is one of those pieces that I just fell head over heels for when I saw it.
(okay, that actually happens a lot)
Originally when I found this, I thought I would reupholster it...
The fabric is stringy and worn in places.
The seat cushion- long gone
The wood is dinged up here and there...
&
I love it.


I love the wear and tear and shabby fabric.
I love the old lovebirds in the carvings at the back
and the dainty details at the legs.


Love it. Love it. Love it.

This was a little treasure I found when I purchased that set of
Italian painted furniture on craigslist.
The woman selling the furniture was so sweet and as we sat to chat
we talked about this little dainty settee that was in her sitting area.

Ohh how I wanted it and she was selling it...
but someone already claimed it as theirs.


Keep me in mind, I told her.... Just in case.
A few weeks later, she called me and said if I wanted it
it was mine.


It has been sitting in my daughters bedroom piled with pillows
but I pulled it outside for a few photos.

Since her 'sitting area' was in the backyard...
I talked my daughter into a few pictures.


She's a bit of a character this girl...


Yes...carnation antennae...


I really don't know where she get's it from
;)

This post is from last year but it is a favorite of mine
and this girl who is having fun for the photos  turned 14 recently
My baby- baby is fourteen!!!
Cannot believe it!


Happy Birthday baby girl!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

WEEKEND READING


While in Santa Cruz last weekend my sister and I
shopped a funky little bookstore where
I found a little weekend reading...


It came with a few ooohs...


and a couple ahhhhs...


and lots of
'ohh, I Love this!'


It's par for the course when finding the
latest copy of
COUNTRY FRENCH
magazine.


I am drooling over that bedskirt.


and this dining space and kitchen
~ love~


I am always so excited when I find that a new issue has come out
This one is fantastic as usual and I will be delving into it over and over.
I also found another good read at the same bookstore
COASTAL LIVING
BEACH COTTAGE ISSUE


Beach Cottage style is another love of mine.
The sand, the surf, the starfish and shells...


Colorful, bright and cheery.
Relaxed, casual, warm and inviting.


The rooms are always breezy and beautiful.


Loving this magazine as well.

So fun to find a new favorite bookstore in Santa Cruz
especially since Borders has closed it doors.
I always enjoy stopping to pop my head in a couple local shops downtown.
Santa Cruz is an interesting, funky beach town if you have never been.
So while the kids were at the Boardwalk ~ my sister and I shopped.

While we shopped,
we might have had a little mishap that involved
an uneven sidewalk
my right ankle
and a cup of freshly brewed Peets coffee...
hehehe...
Well, it kept us laughing for hours AND I saved the coffee!
Only a few drops spilled!

Did I ever tell you that I am a great source of entertainment?
:)

I am finishing up a couple of projects this weekend~
I will be off to the fabric store this morning and am keeping my fingers crossed that
they have what I am looking for.

GIVEAWAY!!

Also since it is my Birthday month...
:)
I just might be adding a little something to the
PATINA STYLE BOOK
GIVEAWAY
to help celebrate
Don't forget to enter!!
You can find the details

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY & PATINA STYLE GIVEAWAY!

What is Patina to you?
Chipping, peeling layer upon layer
of old shabby paint?
The gorgeous finish on a beautiful armoire or table that has been
hand rubbed for years and years?


The cracks, chips, dings?
The imperfections and wear and authentic finish
that show that something has been
loved & appreciated over the years?


To me, it is all of those things.

This old mirror hangs above the bathtub in my master bathroom.
Several of you have asked to see more details on it since I shared
my vintage bathroom remodel & I thought it fitting to share it since I have a
PATINA STYLE giveaway right now.

I found it in an abandoned antique store
along with quite a few other extremely crusty, dirty finds that I love!
I don't remember how much it was, but I think it was about $5.00
I loaded it in my car, brought it home and hosed it down
(literally!)
and discovered the most beautiful old colors
hidden under the years of dirt.


The seller thought that it was far too damaged to be worth anything.
That the mirror was ruined with it's old spottiness,
loss of silvering and hazy clouded reflection...
yes, it's true that it never looks clean and sparkly...
but it has great character and charm
and I love the mottled and streaked finish the mirror has.


As well, there are those would say the painted finish is ruined
and should be stripped or repainted.
That it looks more shabby than fabulous.


I love the old colors in the paint-
layered green, yellow and turquoise...
& the way the old wood peeks through in areas.
It only needs a bit of sealing to keep any more of those
layers of colors from falling off.
:)

This mirror has a pretty perfect shabby patina in my book!

Do you LOVE patina too?
Have you entered my
PATINA STYLE BOOK GIVEAWAY yet?

Don't forget to enter to win a signed copy of
Brooke & Steve Giannetti's new book!

The giveaway is open for 1 more week!

You can find all the details and enter here:

~ON TO FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY~
What a great turnout last week!
Thank you so much for taking the time
to come over and share.
Here are just a few of the great links!

The Turquoise Piano shared this darling little settee makeover.


Faith and Pearl shared some beautiful red kitchen cupboard ideas.

Confessions of a Plate Addict shared her darling tea towels


Cottage Beach House shared her darling little lantern.


Faded Charm shared this pretty in pink bouquet &
creative embellishment ideas from her mom.


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