Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sleeping beauty

He does like to get his beauty rest. But that's ok.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cute & affordable memo board


plenty more pretty fabric covering options from which to select.

This is the one I ordered for the wall over my desk. Hopefully it will be arriving very soon...

Graham Colton rocks

Graham: we're "Always in Love with you!!"

Sorry, BTE, didn't stay for your show, just wanted to see Graham and he was awesome!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wintry white Christmas

Several inches of snowfall on Christmas eve gave a wonderful sight to behold on Christmas morning. Our resident neighbor squirrel stayed in his little house and blocked the opening with oak leaves to keep the cold, cold wind out.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Snowy Christmas eve

Woke to a pretty softly white Christmas morning. after the fierce snowfall last night.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Over the river and through the woods

The fun started at the airport yesterday. We arrived and the fun continued. Wintery weather expected tonight, maybe tomorrow a snowball fight, who knows?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tristan the wonder dog

Survived homelessness, cancer, heart worms, SUV attack and still as sweet as they come.

Christmas brunch dining table

While Cristy is busy cooking bacon, I thought I'd stay out of the way. Not an animal product eater, myself.

So, even though this is a casual brunch for just a small handful of friends, I couldn't help myself. Had to add a touch of easy splendor to the dining table. Courtesy of limes and apples from the farmer's market, green baubles from the dollar store and leftover ribbon from Williams Sonoma packages. Couldn't be prettier.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A helping of Christmas

Tomorrow at this time I'll be working on a few final preparations for Christmas brunch for a few friends. Nothing formal, but I want it to be pretty anyway. Collection of red and white for the serving table.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Jasper, Gracyn & Marlow

Jasper clowning around.

Marlow in his tiny bed. Gracyn likes it too.

Jasper wearing her fashionable sweater.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Inspiration file

Taking a cue from Vicky at I am assembling a grouping of furnishings that somehow make me feel calmer. Colors, lines, patterns that I would love to find in the rooms of my home.
Maybe not all in the same room.
Cushions are by John Robshaw
Chair by Sam Moore
Dominique chandelier
Descriptive words: feminine, earthy, fundamental, comfortable, pretty

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Signs of the season

My beloved collection of Santas.

O Christmas Tree(s)

4 beautiful trees, 1 glorious occasion for filling the house with sparkly loveliness. I adore them all!

The very small pink tree features my late grandmother's silver eyelash tinsel. I only have 1 strand, but it is precious.

The largest tree has the most sparkles, glitter and glam.

This tree in the bedroom has homemade stars, garlands, old fashioned decorations and a couple of my mom's treasured ornaments from many years ago.

This small tree is decorated entirely with wooden toy ornaments that belonged to Cristy's mother.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gadgets anonymous

One of the most-used gadgets in our house is the plastic grocery bag dispenser. With 5 dogs, the possibilities are endless. This was Cristy installing it in the pantry (cookbooks in the background).

Gracyn & Snoopy

Between fiddling with one of the 328 smoke detectors in the house and trying to unsuccessfully clean the soot from Marlow's fur (he apparently decided to do a little exploring in the fireplace) last night, I took this sweet picture of Gracyn cuddled up next to Snoopy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

before & after: Chandelier


We didn't care so much for the bright metal finish or the lampshades, but liked the scale and didn't particularly want to have to buy yet another light fixture. So...

Painted finish with a soft patina. Nix the shades.

Perfect for the parlor.

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