Friday, October 20, 2017

Coming Up For Air

As you have all probably noticed there has not been much blogging going on in my life lately. A lot has been going on and it is all good, but it did require my full attention.

Recently we moved my wonderful, loving, caring, 85 year old mother closer to us. She is only about 5 minutes away from me now. I am so happy to have her close enough that I can go and visit and have coffee chats with her and take her shopping.





Good bye,  sweet little yellow house you have been so good to our family. It all started years ago with my grandparents. I ran through the sprinklers in the backyard with my cousins. My boys hit golf balls and played catch here, My grandchildren played in the backyard and dug a hole in the garden as if they were digging their way to China. We ate cherries,pomegranates picked lemons and oranges. We will be forever grateful to you little yellow house.

Life is a marvelous journey with twist and turns but it is always moving forward and that is a good thing and as it should be.



We are yet again starting a somewhat new journey with having Mom closer to us. I am beginning to feel like a professional mover since this is the third moving process in the last two years. However I will say I hope and pray there will not be anymore moving anytime soon.

Fall has arrived here and the mornings are cool and crisp and that is a welcomed sight as well. I am trying to get myself back into a new routine and hope to be back to blogging on a semi-regular schedule.



Thank you to all of you who continue to read and follow along with me and my journey in life, I so appreciate you taking the time to read my words.



 
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Plantings For Your Yard!!!

 





Are you getting excited about cool crisp Fall mornings yet?

We had about a week of cooler weather and now we are back to a bit warmer temps, but that has not dampened my excitement about FALL!!

There has been a few mums and pansies purchased to go by our front porch.

 Every year I try to change things up a little bit, just because it inspires me to think of how I can change things.

One year I used these plants.......

 All purples and whites, of course there are also some white pumpkins and blue/green pumpkins added to the mix.

 This particular year I chose to mix yellow, whites, and purples. One of my favorite plants to use is the ornamental kale. I have not seen any at our nurseries yet, but as soon as I do they will be added to the mix as well.

 I love the white center of this ornamental kale plant mixed with the white tipped ivy. This made a fun mix.

 This was the ear I decided to add a touch of lime green with sweet potato vine and the miniature lemon cypress plant.

 You can never go wrong with a few mini white pumpkins for a touch of Fall.

 This is on our entry wall into the front door!!

 When you walk up to our porch you will see this black planter!!

Have you started planting any Fall plants outside yet? It really will get you in the mood for Fall, it sure did for me!!!



 
 
 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Changes Have Started In My Greatroom!!

 

The weather has actually shown a few signs of Fall in the air!! I know we are looking forward to a bit cooler temps since we all seem to have had some unusually hot days around here.


I could not resist putting out the new pillow covers for my Fall changes. So a few days ago I began.....

 I kept the sofa simple without too much pattern other than the gold faux bois. The pillow on the left is actually an indigo velvet even though it looks almost black in this image. Blue and Gold are the colors of Fall for me this year!

The reason I kept the sofa pillows subtle in pattern is because the main star of the pillows for fall is this fabric....


A nice deep indigo background seemed perfect for my room. I love a good Chinoiserie and this one just felt right to me. This one fabric created the mood, style and color scheme for the room. I like to call elements that have this quality a combiner fabric or combiner element, because it pulls everything together. Without it the room would not make sense......

You will also notice I added a nice nubby throw to the ottoman that continues pulling together the colors in the room in a subtle manner. There is no gold in this piece, that would have been one step to far towards contrived, IMHO.






I especially love how this pattern looks in my black bobbin chair.



 It's interesting how the room changes a bit in the night time lighting. The golds become warmer the blues become a bit moodier. It all makes me feel warm and cozy, just the look I wanted for the upcoming cooler months.


In the upcoming weeks I will be adding a few more touches. Maybe a touch of wheat to bring out the gold and some eucalyptus as a nice contrast with it's soft green, and of course the white and blue/green pumpkins that always say FALL to me.

 Love this time of year and all of it's beauty it has to offer.  Remember to always.......


 
 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

How To Make Seasonal Changes In A Room!

 
 Autumn decorating idea using a stack of thrift store book and a Free Printable for fall to add to each book in the stack.

Anyone that knows me very well knows that I change out some of my accessories for the seasons. One of the questions I get asked is, 

"How do you do that?"

Trust me when I tell you that it is not hard at all, in fact if it was hard I probably would not be doing it.

 Wheat bundle.....did you know that wheat is a symbol for prosperity?  I hope each and every person who sees this is blessed with great prosperity!!:

Since my home is not overly decorated with a lot of stuff that does help me out in placing some of the seasonal changes. Over the year I have developed a method to my madness.

 (My fall mantel last year.)

Today I am going to share with you how I would add accessories to a clients home and this is how I have done it for years.

 The girls and I spent last week in New Hampshire with my family. There is nothing more beautiful than autumn in New England. I hated l...

On decorating day I will have the client remove all of the accessories, only leaving larger pieces like table lamps.

I have found it is so much easier to have a clear vision once the room is void of any and all accessories.

 mixing patterns

I will have the client put their accessories in groupings of......

  • Shiny textures, like glass, or mirrored pieces.
  • Metal pieces
  • Wood pieces
  • Textural pieces like baskets
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Plants
  • Framed photos

Basically they are creating a shopping area for me. I will go to this  shopping area to find what I need to decorate the room.

 Fall Tour 2016 (and a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)

I always start with the larger pieces first and then fill in with the smaller or medium pieces.
The best place to start is you main focal points such as a fireplace mantel or a coffee table. Since these are the areas that will most likely set the mood for your room.

 Love the idea of using natural elements for decorating for fall!

When choosing elements I like to vary my textures. I have found if a room has all shiny objects it becomes contrived and boring, just not quite right. Remember the 80's brass and glass era!? Oh my!!

 Cozy


It is also important to keep out the elements that are important to you, after all that is what makes your house a home.

One thing to always keep in mind is my little mantra.....


One of the biggest mistakes I see homeowners do is to have so many little pieces in the room that the eye does not  see any of it because it creates constant movement, jumping from one piece to another, never painting a complete picture. The room is more like a puzzle that has not been put together yet.

 shelf in rendezvous room, fur and antlers and instead of the other stuff, ad one of our lanterns (old shop) and an old southern whiskey pitcher or a spitoon
 via

Remember not every surface and/or wall has to have something on it. If you want your guest to stop and look at something put it out, or up on a wall, but if the wall is just a pass through area it does not necessarily need something on it.


 Tone on Tone  ornamental Kale and white pumpkins♥♥♥
 Loi Thai's lovely home from Tone on Tone blog!

The other thing I tell my clients when they are trying something new to them in their homes is to do the morning test!!


I have found this to be true in my own decorating life and many of my clients and friends can attest to this working as well.

 If it does NOT pass the morning test I take it back or put it away.

Something else you need to have in your rooms to keep it fresh and alive is......


There is nothing better than plants or fresh flowers to add life to a room. Try to avoid faux flowers when ever possible. They tend to look old and a bit dated. 

I know there are two camps on this subject and I am falling in the camp of no faux. Plants are so inexpensive to purchase these days and so are fresh flowers. 

 17th century French stone counters

The one exception is a large tree for a corner, but be sure it passes the touch me to see if I am real test!!!

When adding your accessories to a table, mantle, or shelf it is always a good idea to work with odd numbers. I am sure you all probably know this, but for those that don't it is a good guideline to follow.


 nancy fishelson

When using elements in a vignette you will need to vary your heights as well as your textures. Your elements  need  to go up and down in a soft flowing motion, varying your heights will do the trick.

Here is a good example I found that shows how to vary heights and objects on shelving. This can also be applied on a mantel or a coffee table as far as textures and heights go.





Both were found HERE!!

Notice in the last picture how the same objects can look so much better by making sure there is an up and down imaginary line from one object to another.

 Cozy

The other thing I want to tell you is to NOT be afraid of making changes, have fun with your home, enjoy making it uniquely yours. 

Get ready to make some changes because Fall is right around the corner.

Here is another post that you might find helpful, 
click HERE!!