Archive for the ‘Decorating’ Category

Pom Pom Bouquet

April 6, 2011

This week’s Wonderful Wednesday is my makes-me-smile pom pom bouquet created by my talented buddy Julie.  (Please click on her name to see even better views of her faux flowers.)  Another snappy detail is the German glass glitter doing its magic on the neck of this gorgeous bottle.  This is just the touch of spring we’re all craving!


What’s In Your Magazine Basket?

March 16, 2011

Even though I am embracing on-line mags, I still have a soft spot in my heart for paper magazines.  Here are eight favorites I am really enjoying these days.

Where Women Cook – Oh my my, this is a dreamy and inspiring collection of a wide variety of women cooks.  I seem to never tire of getting a good look at how each one of them celebrates food, and how they organize their kitchens. 

Flea Market Style – I certainly wish this was a monthly publication instead of twice a year (so far).  Chock full of my favorite vintage decorating styles.

ReadyMade – After reading this magazine, I feel edgier and younger.  Yippee for magazine osmosis.

GreenCraft – Recycling and Repurposing Waste into Ecologically Chic Creations – their description, and so very true.

Sunset – It always delivers some hot tidbit for a new place to check out in the Northwest.

Country Living – I’m grateful it survived the magazine masacre of 2008.  I’m still grieving for the loss of Cottage Living, Domino, Country Home and Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion.

Martha Stewart Living – It’s such a darn beautifully made publication.

House Beautiful – Depending on who the editor is, I’m either a fan or I’m not.  I’m liking the current one, but still miss Peggy Kennedy’s touch.

I’d get a kick out of hearing what your favorite magazines are these days!

Keeping It Simple

December 17, 2010

Here’s a simple arrangement on our coffee table.  A couple of hand-carved Santas, and this vintage game I found in a consignment shop in Aix en Provence this last September. 

The game pieces are dried seeds of some sort.  I couldn’t resist putting some bottle brush trees in some of the other compartments.  Easy and done.

My Slightly Tacky Wreath

December 10, 2010

I have been wanting to make a wreath like this for years – since I was originally inspired by one I saw in a Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazine – gosh maybe 10 years ago.  I have a penchant for somewhat tacky, plastic holiday decorating elements, and have been adding to my stash of them over the years.  So if I’m still not busy enough getting our new house all set up, and figuring out where to put all our holiday decorations, why not start creating another project?!

This wreath survived the moving purge.

I had bought two cans of Santa Snow and held onto them all these years, for this purpose – to flock my wreath.  So I did.  It is sort of messy stuff, and took forever to dry.  I did like the look.

My stash.

The magazine article suggested attaching everything with wire.  I went with a glue gun for faster results.  I shook my completed wreath a few times to look for loose items, and gave them an extra blast of glue.  I tried to take an ornament off to switch it with something else, and it wouldn’t budge.  So I felt it was good to go.

It was worth the wait.

French Graters on a Shelf

December 9, 2010

A book case shelf holds some vintage French finds.  The interesting metal circles are grater attachments – probably for something like a hand-cranked food mill.  They were discovered at Emmaus, which is like a French Goodwill.  We visited the one in Marseille, and I’m still pining for this metal bed.  But the 10 graters and a couple of leather belts were a lot easier to bring home!

A Dresser in the Dining Room

December 8, 2010

Our great room is the perfect fit for us.  Living, dining and kitchen all together.  No need for a family room, because this space is so family friendly by design.  This dresser serves as a buffet next to our dining table.  Of course for this special month, it holds holiday decor.  The mirror was rescued a long while ago from my mother’s neighbor, who was being evicted by the sheriff!  Another colorful story for another time.

A closer look to show you the one and only picture of me taken with Santa.

And the not-as-photogenic dresser drawers hold napkins, placemats and trivets.  Every piece of furniture is earning its’ keep these days.