18 September 2017

Cream and Coral Autumn Arrangement

When I walk in the front door, I can see all the way to the back porch, 
and this chalkboard is where the eyes rest. So, it's a great spot for an autumn arrangement!
I love coral-pink, warty pumpkins, and this year, I grabbed one while they still had them. 
I mixed it with the small cream pumpkins and a few things from the sea.
I bought the acorn garland, but painted the orange pumpkins Annie Sloan Arles.
The flowers are a coral shade of mini carnations combined with eucalyptus in a gold metal watering can.  Carnations often last a week here, but I think a bunch of baby's breath would be pretty as well.
The drawing is mine.

At night, I add a small candle.

These colors have such a beautiful pink glow at night.

It's uncomplicated, but elegant.

The other spot that is decorated was done by my daughter for her teen shed.
Ten Touches of Autumn

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15 September 2017

Chalkpainting and Distressing an Old Table

I didn't take a before, but this table has appeared in many porch photos.
I purchased it several years ago from a second hand shop.
I wanted to refinish it at the time, because it was so flat a color, but it went reasonably well with the other chalk painted pieces.

Well, I finally decided to tackle it, after Esther (our pug) took to distressing it herself.
It ended up being a bigger project than I thought, because it turned out to be latex paint.

I ended up putting it in the yard, and the heat helped out.
It melted the surface, so I could peel and sand several layers of it off.

I began this project thinking that I wanted to see the wood, but eventually realized the two sides of the top of the table were finished differently.
I ended up chalk painting with Annie Sloan's French Linen,
 white waxing with Jeanne D' Arc, and washing some Annie Sloan Duck Egg.

I went for a little more distressed look.
Some of the primer that had been on it under the latex just didn't want to come off, and I rather like it, when it was sanded way down.

I ended up painting the tabletop in linen and washing the duck egg over the apron and legs and then white waxing the piece.

I really like it now. The old french style table sort of has a Swedish Gustavian color to it now, which I love.

I also finally got around to slightly distressing and waxing the giant armoire, but that's another post.

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12 September 2017

Autumn Flower Arrangement

A few days ago, I was sent these beautiful roses: two dusty purple, two deep red, and two dark pink. I placed the flowers in my container after trimming the ends and setting them in a soaked floral sponge, and then filling the pitcher with water. They last longer. But, the bouquet had no fillers except for some variegated cranberry and orange lilies, and the arrangement still looked bare. So I went into the yard, snipped some branches from an olive tree and an unripe lemon branch (due to my daughter's pug) to add to the bouquet.  
You could add different fruit. For example, I thought plums would be pretty if they grew around here. Fortunately at this time of year, you should be able to find faux fruit at a hobby store.

That's all for today. Hopefully, I will be back soon with another post.  I'm getting restless. I noticed that after four years, I need to touch up the kitchen paint or at the very least wash it down. 

I recently refinished a table.

I baked some brie with apples.

We had a dog birthday party.

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29 August 2017

Ten Touches of Autumn Decor

After our summer holiday, I finally meandered my way to the blog. Not that I am busy, but life has a way of happening. More about that later... Today, I begin by showing you my daughter's cottage teen shed.

My daughter rearranged her space, because she found something special! Two months ago, she saw this French style antique bed in a vintage shop. She really loved it then, but wasn't sure! At that time, she hoped  that whoever purchased it would not paint the beautiful details and inlays. Fortunately for her, when we returned from Europe, and found time for weekend window shopping, it was still there! Obviously, it was meant for her! The bed had only one owner, and the shopkeeper thought she was told that it was from the 30s, and as you can see it is mint condition.
So she paid an amazing price, and brought it home.
I can proudly tell you that the bed, the new arrangement to show off the bed, the painted side table, and the hints of autumn in her Teen She Shed were her ideas. Here I present ten touches for autumn decor.

1. Golden books... She turned the books around to showcase the pretty pages.

2. The salt lamp. When lit this lamp has a beautiful glow from pink to gold depending on the setting.
It is suppose to be good for you. She doesn't believe the part about the ions, however she thinks that the glow is up lifting.

3. Simple linens. She used touches of black and white. We have had these sheets for awhile, but the black and white take you through Thanksgiving.

4. She painted her side table Annie Sloan's Arles. She is an art history buff and this is the name of a town that Van Gogh lived in for over a year. The happy color is reminiscent of sunflowers that bloom in the southwestern autumn, the french countryside, or simply autumn leaves.

5. Natural colored baskets for storage.

6. Touches of nature:  Branches, dried orange flowers, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, nuts etcetera... are a must...

7. Tea in pretty cans displayed (Hers are in her glass cabinet.)

8. The warm glow of a fire, even if it is faux, and the heat element is turned off...

9. More books... but this time arranged in autumnal colors on a reading cart...

10. Glow and scents... This little tree casts a nice glow, but so do golden twinkle lights outside a window, and candles... Incense and essential oils are also comforting.

As I wrote in the beginning, life has a way of happening, and it is difficult to see suffering in the world and in our own country, backyard, or family.

Three of my family members happen to be safe. Though all the belongings may be gone, some were far less fortunate.
It is difficult to start over, but at some point in our lives many of us have or will start over. We all know that in the last ten years this country and individuals have been through a lot financially and naturally in the form of disasters.  Moreover: war, terror, street violence, and violence against police who put their life on the line and try to protect us...
So, when we reach with our hands to help people in our country, neighborhood, places of worship, family, or even strangers, we make our country a little better.

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness". Desmond Tutu

Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_hope.html


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There you will find photos of our summer travel to St. Petersburg, Russia and France.

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19 August 2017

Home Tour 2017

This is a re-share first published 3/28/17.  We were out of town for the summer with limited internet, so I hope to share here soon.
This is an older small home. 
I chose the colors based on Burano, Italy and a once neighbor who had a pink house. 
I didn't want a shade of brown house.
It looks like a beach house, but it's in the desert. I spent almost half my life in California, so it probably had some effect on the choice as well.
It is small... less than 1100 square feet, but the porch is almost 300 square feet.
The porch has no AC... You would think that would be a problem here. It's not, because there is a really thick foam roof over it and new insulation in the walls. I can leave the doors open all year round, and we can do the laundry and work out there without fainting. All I have is a fan on the ceiling. That's it.

This is what I love. When you walk in you can see all the way to the porch.  It didn't always look this way. It was a lot of work, mostly done by my husband and I over the course of four years. 
My style...
I love French country and Nordic style, but I also love Italy and the Mexican influence in the southwest.
Sometimes, you can see the influences in what is displayed.

This is the place for keys.

Living Room
Antique couch.
New table.

Antique couch.
Antique mirror.
Old candlesticks.
Newer tray.

These are not paintings, but the frames are exquisite.

This is a small kitchen. It has about 80 square feet. 
I wanted my kitchen to look Swedish or French Country. 
I love Swedish kitchens because they are small and white.
I love French kitchens because they are creamier and have texture and rougher surfaces.
I did something in between.

That's our Italian refrigerator, Swedish stove, French pans, and American mixer.

The glassware is a mix of found, new, old, and an accent of Anthropologie (no one made me say that.)

Outside the Kitchen Door in the Carport
Because it is a carport, I had to have something pretty to look at directly outside my kitchen door.

Dining Area with View to the Sleeping Porch
Presently I have Easter decor on the porch, but I change the display in front of the chalkboard seasonally.

Sleeping Porch
I drew the art and made the eggs, white pointed garland, and wreath.
The chalkboard, the console, the chair are all second hand.

A Place to Read 
Old with new and handmade again...
The walls on the porch are block bricks and wood siding all painted white.

We use this as a daybed or a spot for relatives when they come into town.
The pillows are from local shops.

One of the desk areas...  I had not shown this before.  I've had this desk sort of pushed off to the side for awhile, because I did not know what to do with it.  I love it, and I didn't want to put it in storage. One day last week, I was looking at this wall, and I thought, turn it to fit in front of the door to a bedroom that we don't use, and move the painting to this side.  Well it looks so pretty, and now it is a favorite spot! There is also a table behind the sofa for projects and a computer station and armoire by the laundry area.

On this side of the porch is the laundry, computer, and tea/coffee area and storage for towels and more books.

The Madhatter Library 
Whenever I can, I prefer a painting to a print.
I love landscapes and sometimes portraits.

Our library is a little over the top. We love Alice in Wonderland.

lots of books and lots of collectibles
Most of the furniture and accessories are second hand finds except for the Bombay chest and mantel.

Fireplace Mantel in the Library

"Master" Bedroom (more photos)

3rd Bedroom

Our One Bathroom (more photos)

We make up for lack of footage in our sheds.

The Potting Shed Entry

The Potting Shed
This room is open to the weather.

My Spouse's Office and View of the Potting Shed
My spouse has a portable AC to cool it.

The Teen She Shed

The Garden

We grow oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, Meyer lemons, tangelos, and peaches.
We also grow lettuce, tomatoes, arugula, basils, rosemary, lavender, mint, cilantro, sage, and oregano.
We also grow flowers like roses, sunflowers (in the fall though they will grow twice per year), and others.  Plus there hopefully will be a wild flower bloom. Some years it is good, some years not so good.

The pergola follow the shape of the patio, so it's curved.

That's our olive tree. 

The three amigos. My older poodle never gets involved in these adventures.

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