A Silver Holiday

BELLS ARE NOT THE ONLY SILVER

There is nothing more elegant than the generous use of silver during the holidays. The reflection of candlelight and tree light adds an extra glow to whatever occupies the space. Many of us have pieces that spend most of the time tucked away. When the holidays are upon us, we release these beauties to be filled with greenery or baubles. Their history and age provide most of the charm, so they require very little in design.

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It matters not if your silver pieces are a bit tarnished. Polish a few and let the patina of age rest with the others. Some of us have family heirlooms and have the added sentiment of memories to complete the holiday spirit. If your silver chest is somewhat sparse, visit antique shops and tag sales. Heirlooms must begin with someone. Create memories with silver every Christmas, every day because…

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Coloring Christmas

CHRISTMAS WITH IT’S NATURAL GLOW

As a child, I could not get enough of the reds and greens of Christmas. The brighter, the better. It mattered not if there was a generous amount of plastic and paper involved. Christmas wasn’t Christmas without the red and green. With a great deal of Christmases behind me, I abandoned those Christmas colors long ago. Perhaps I am drawn to the natural evergreens, dry wood, tarnished silver and aged coppers because they need not leave with December. They are welcomed throughout winter.

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We all have our own favored Christmas colors. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…true. Therefore what we are drawn to has little to do with what we see but with what we feel. Christmas is all about the feel. The feel of the ribbon and wrap, the feel of the warm fire on our backs as we sit upon the hearth, the feel of the needles brushing our fingers as we hang the familiar ornament. Christmas is about the feel of gratitude for our blessings, the feel of heartache for those we miss, the feel of excitement for what lies ahead.  Color your Christmas however you wish and feel comfort everyday because…

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This entry was posted on December 12, 2015. 1 Comment

Christmas Wrap

THAT’S A WRAP

I must admit…I do not enjoy wrapping Christmas gifts. Perhaps that is because I tend to do it all at one time.  Perhaps it’s because those little Gremlins run away with the scissors and tape every time I turn my back. Annoying because I have never actually seen the little buggars. I have therefore vowed to make this year different. I began with an honest effort to search for nice paper, not to just pick up a roll. I managed to find six different patterns in the same color combinations. No more bows in a bag either. I patiently selected pretty ribbon. Perhaps if I imagine gift wrapping as an element of interior decorating, I’ll have a bit more enthusiasm.

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Hopefully, if you tend to be a gift wrap curmudgeon, these will have inspired you. My task this year will be to collect, throughout the year, bits and pieces to embellish the creations. This will require a designated place in the house for wrapping and storage. As well as a leash for scissors and tape. Wrapping a gift….chore or charm. We have plenty of chores so choose a little charm everyday because…

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This entry was posted on December 10, 2015. 1 Comment

The Holiday Urn

I YEARN FOR THE HOLIDAY URN

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There is one use of my European urns that trumps all others and that is holiday decoration. I am not one to hang wreath upon wreath or subsidize the local utility by drenching the house with coils of lights. However…those urns shall never stand empty. This is particularly satisfying as they are perfectly appropriate, minus bows and balls, to remain intact until spring. Keeping a small bit of attention to detail alive and well during the slumber of winter.

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What is most satisfying about the holiday or winter decorating of urns is the fact that much of the composition is provided in your own garden. Twigs of various lengths, evergreen clippings, pinecones, perhaps a small stone figurine borrowed from the patio. Gather droppings at the nursery, the owners welcome the tidying up. Add a battery candle. Ribbon? If you so choose. Make it your own but remember two things. The composition should compliment the exterior of your home and keep true to scale. These need not be sweet and petite. The composition should be no less than twice the height of the urn. Trial and error will guide you. Make certain the view from the house is as appealing as the view from the street. Your efforts should be pleasing not only to the neighbors, but to you, everyday because…

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Invitation For Thanksgiving Dessert

OPENING YOUR HOME TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. With the weather recently becoming crisper, this holiday speaks to the warmth of your home. Whether your tradition is ages in the making or one of your own design, it is the combination of food and affection. We concentrate on the main meal to share with family and perhaps a few friends. Those you would love to share the day with may have other obligations. It need not be all or nothing. Consider an evening of friends dropping in for dessert. Be it a written invitation of word of mouth, let it be known your home has an open door from, let’s say, six to nine.

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What is most delightful about a Thanksgiving Dessert open house is that the selection of desserts are endless. From cookies to parfaits, pies to puddings. All is easily made ahead by weeks or days. Coffees and liqueurs are the perfect accompaniment to what strikes your sweet tooth. What may start with a few will most likely grow throughout the years. Giving thanks for those who mean so much to us, without interrupting those obligations, is indeed a gift you give to yourself. A memory to savor every day because….

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Caramel Camel & Coal

WARM AND RICH

I am convinced that my affection for October and November is largely due to the return of my favorite trio. These three friends of mine are frequently quiet through the months of summer. Individually, one may be spotted occasionally. However, they rarely travel together. Once the trees begin their transformation into colorful combinations, this rich trio begins it’s obligation to warm us through the months ahead.

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I hope this post has reacquainted you with this trusted trio. Regardless of design style, be it leather gloves or leather sofas, the rich warmth of this threesome has remained constant. So as you bring forward those mittens and scarves, firewood and throws…absorb the warmth of the caramels, the camels and coals. Appreciate those friends who warm your heart everyday because…

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Autumn

AWE   INSPIRING

I am one of those who welcomes  Autumn. I become invigorated by the cooler temperatures as well as enthused by the prospect of snuggling down for winter. I try to take advantage of the pep in my step and go about cleaning and organizing closets, cupboards and drawers. It helps my mind feel prepared for the onslaught of holidays. I love to cook and bake….it’s the soups and stews, brownies and pies….that warm my soul. image

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I hope this post will inspire you to ready your world for the upcoming cold with enthusiasm. Usher in the beginning of autumn by embracing the bounty nature provides. From pumpkins and porridge to acorns and ashes. Savor longer evenings rather than curse the early hour of a setting sun. The days may be shorter, yet no less precious. Be be holding of these gentle days because…

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This entry was posted on October 10, 2015. 2 Comments

My Lovely Charleston

CHARLESTON STRONG

The morning frost has returned for many of us. It may not be quite ready to be a daily visitor, but we are aware of it’s close proximity. As I compiled photos for my next post, I imagined I wasn’t alone in discovering my mind was wandering from summer supper outside to warm soups by the fire inside. Mother Nature is constant with her seasons, yet unpredictable with her time table. Mother Nature will also make her power known. Such has been the case this past weekend with the unrelenting rains and floods in South Carolina. My heart hurts for those who are having to deal with the trauma of having to evacuate their homes, uncertain of what they will return to. Those of you who read this site are aware of my love for Charleston. This lovely city has withstood war, hurricane and flood. This treasure of the South will recover and move forward as it always has. The glorious gardens will have to be given time and patience to revive. Many of the precious homes and shops will require strength and stamina to find their way back. The dear ones of Charleston are a strong lot who adore their beloved city as they do their families. As with all families, they will gather together, weather the storm and stand strong once again.

This entry was posted on October 5, 2015. 1 Comment

Sundays In October

HELLO  AUTUMN

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Summer has slipped away, as it always does.  Bittersweet…not just the beautiful berry of autumn, but a bit of a mood. Weekends in the water give way to weekends in the stadiums. Picnics of summer’s bounty transform to soups and baking in the company of a crackling fire.

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These late days of September, when evening light remains a bit longer still, brings a brief opportunity to take meals outside. Temperatures are fickle, ground cover is complicated and appetites grow stronger.

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Make the most of these fleeting weekends with time spent among dropped leaves and sinking sun. Find the same enthusiasm in the wintering of your garden as you did in the celebration of it’s awakening. Find gratitude in the simple pleasure of little ones in leaves.

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So, welcome to you, crisp and colorful autumn. Come early and stay late. Dazzle us with your remarkable hues every day because…

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Statement Pieces

MAKING A STATEMENT

The phrase says it all. That one particular piece in a beautifully designed room which speaks with noticeable strength. This does not necessarily apply to the largest, newest or most expensive. It very well may be a European antique armoire standing tall and proud. It may also be an aged, marred chest  perched among silk upholstery and porcelain lamplight. Most often it is a precious piece handed down through the generations. Perhaps repurposed to an unexpected location.

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The statement piece will naturally capture the initial attention when one enters the space. Hopefully in a manner that is breathtaking rather than gut wrenching. An oversized television is NOT the type of statement piece that I would label as breathtaking.

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Imagine the piece in the above photo on a family room wall holding books on either end with an assortment of liquor and glassware in the center.

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Nothing makes more of a statement than the unexpected. Other than the inherited piece…most statement pieces are stumbled upon rather than searched.

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Contrast adds to the appeal of some statement pieces. When an antique Oriental temple piece takes residence in a contemporary space…..WOW.

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A singular dark piece among lighter fabrics is one of my personal favorite manners of making the statement.

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Never look past a piece simply because you do not immediately have a location in mind. This is also true when inheriting. A drop leaf table your grandmother had in her kitchen may not strike a chord with you. This is because your mind will not release it from the kitchen. Patience will unveil a perfect placing that will make a statement as well as stimulate a memory.

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Occasionly you may be in search of the statement piece due to a particular focal point in your home. Do not rush the choice, the result will be a piece in a spot. Period. Take time, have patience and always have measurements with you where ever you go.

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My last suggestion is to be open to shuffling some of the pieces you now own. The highboy in a bedroom is nice….the highboy now in the living room is a statement. If you question yourself I’m afraid there is no perfect exercise to perform in advance. Fear not, your emotional reaction will give you the answer immediately. If you aren’t happy, rest and then reconsider. You will know where it makes a mark. Having the satisfying joy of a statement piece is a joy every day because…

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This entry was posted on August 2, 2015. 1 Comment

Suitable For Framing

FRAMING  TREASURESimage

We are all drawn to framed material that speaks to us personally. Be it current and decades old photographs or children’s artwork. Arrangements may be clustered on a bedside table or graphed on the wall in the den.

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Whatever the subject matter, the combination of frames for the composition must compliment one another. It is important to stay true to one consistent element as the combination is created as well as when additions are made. Be it the finish, style or scale. Indeed what the frame holds is actually the central feature, however, the overall effect from across the room is equally important. The photo above illustrates the use of one dominant feature, the black, as the connection.

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There are other subjects suitable for framing that can be both personal as well as artistic. Letters from loved ones, sheet music, pages of antique books, menus….the list is endless.

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Identical frames arranged in a grid pattern is a most satisfying work of art in and of itself.

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Using identically matted and framed photographs as a mirror or fireplace surround is stunning.

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 Perhaps you stumble upon a series of portraits in an antique shop or flea market. If the period of these pieces appeal to you and they are priced reasonably, you have the ingredients for a magnificent feature for an otherwise sleepy wall.

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Another flea market find might be a journal. Aged and discolored though the pages may be, the artistry of the penmanship can be quite lovely. This would certainly be the case if you are fortunate enough to have handwritten letters of your ancestors.

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While discussing antique shops and flea markets, these are fabulous sources of aged frames. Inexpensive and unique, these gems add another element of interest to what you select to frame.

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Framing chalkboards is a favorite of mine. For a kitchen, laundry or child’s room. Attractive as well as useful. This is also one of my favorite ways to personalize a party. Names of honorees for a shower, menu for a casual supper.

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Last but not least…what better way to decorate the wall of a nursery than framed pages of a book of nursery rhymes.

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Now that this post is complete, I find myself anxious to practice what I preach. I have a collection of thank you notes I have tucked away for years. The sweet script of my son, at age six, telling me he loved me. The last thank you note my mother wrote. The thank you from a dear friend for the going away gift. These are the written words of the one’s I love. What better way to keep them close than to frame their thoughts, gather them together and hang them framed to view every day because…

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This entry was posted on July 13, 2015. 2 Comments

Extraordinary Kitchens

 

Kitchens have evolved over the decades from small utilitarian spaces to magnificent works of art.  This does not necessarily equate to more square footage as much as it does to consideration of the elements within. Cabinetry, countertops and appliances are more than functional, they are as reflective of ones taste as are the significant pieces throughout the home.

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I am particularly attracted to kitchens which have unorthodox features. This may be as simple as the absence of upper cabinets or the antique shop counter repurposed as an island.

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Absorbing the various kitchen features of this post may be a bit daunting, but hopefully enjoyable. You may discover a few hidden treasure ideas to implement in your kitchen. The addition of a small chair, lamp or piece of art. We most likely would love to have a publish worthy center of the home…ahh yet beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your home, your kitchen, your style. Appreciating what you have every day because…

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This entry was posted on July 2, 2015. 1 Comment

Antique Wood

BEAUTIFUL AGED WOOD

What natural element ages as beautifully as wood? As with humans, it is exposed to gentle care and polish when new, exposed to the elements of time when aged. Though the newly constructed highboy stands strong and sturdy, the decades old writing desk has a strength of time. It tells a story, or two, or three. It bares the faded semicircle of a perspiring summer drink. The legs seem not as steady as in the past, yet support the weight of words written and elbows rested.

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 Scratched and scarred matters not to those of us who appreciate the well worn wood. There is no substitute for the patina which occurs over the years. As a matter of fact, designers and builders are repurposing aged wood for flooring and cabinetry. Perhaps an entire room or floor is not in your budget or to your liking, however a sampling of antique wood in some form or another adds character to any space.

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Take a moment and observe the aged wood in your home. Has it been with you for so long, you overlook it? Is it a piece that doesn’t command applause and adoration from others, but you could never let it go? Give that generational hand me down a second glance. Move it to a center of focus, accessorize with a touch of formality. Hmmm…a new life for a dear friend. Pay attention to old friends and aging loved ones every day because…

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This entry was posted on June 24, 2015. 9 Comments

Fathers Day

There are three men in my life. My husband, my son and my father. These are three very, very tall and strong men. As I have watched over the years I have realized that their powerful statures are dwarfed by their immense hearts. Loving their children is in every fiber of their being. Father’s Day is a brief period in time when attention is paid with barbecues and greeting cards. This seems a rather bland salute to the men they are. These magnificent men in my life are deserving of much more than I or their children feel capable of providing. How do we capture the appreciation we feel in a gesture? How do we explain to them that, yes, we are keenly aware of the sacrifices they have made? How do we confess that they were not always successful in disguising the fatigue in their eyes as they were determined to be present completely for every ballgame, program and recital? How do we thank them for enduring those,who tried to dismiss their endeavors time and again, in order to provide for their families. The truth is we may never be able to adequately thank them. All I can do is love my husband with an intensity of gratitude and respect every day of my life. All I can do is take every opportunity available to me to let my son know that his magnificence as a father is the greatest gift of my life. All I can do is remind myself that I did everything in my power to show my Daddy how much he was loved before he left this earth. All I can do is thank God every day for giving me these three most wonderful men. All I can do is love them completely every day because…

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This entry was posted on June 18, 2015. 3 Comments

Picnic In Provence

FRENCH INFLUENCE FOR OUR PICNICS

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a culinary class conducted by Paige Vandegrift. My take away from the evening was that the French are masters of picnics. I suppose we Americans have narrowed our vision of this particular pleasure. A limited assortment of transportable foods that may not always please the palette. The arduous task of hauling coolers, bags, boxes, sprays and bandages. The Google Map minded search for location. Shall we attempt a new attitude?

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The French are much more enamored with ingredient freshness and quality than most Americans. Although we are becoming aware of such considerations with increasing frequency. Organic grocers, farm to table offerings in restaurants and clean eating are more than a trend.

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Picnicing is the joy of delicious food savored in sunlight or under the stars. Whether created in one’s kitchen or collected from the market, most definitely a drive thru is not part of this picture.

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Perhaps we are conditioned to assume picnics fall into two categories…romance or family gathering. Both are lovely, of course, but shall we think a bit out of the box (or basket)? The next time a lunch with friends is on the calendar and the choice of eateries have been exhausted…picnic!!!! As children, we were thrilled by the proposition.

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 With 4th of July at our doorstep, I wouldn’t consider changing one red white or blue part of it. From the burgers and potatoe salad to the flinty aroma left behind by an array of colorful explosives of varying size and shape. However, hopefully this post provides food for thought when pondering a picnic. It may suggest we slow a bit and appreciate the day because…

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This entry was posted on June 15, 2015. 8 Comments

In The Garden

MOTHER NATURE’S LOVELY ROOMS

I so admire the masterful manner in which my dear friend creates her annual landscaping year after year. My green thumb is indeed a very pale digit. Decorating the interior of my home is basically two steps, have an inspiration then put the elements in place. Be it a table vignette or escorting a piece of furniture from one room to another, the design remains in place until I deem otherwise. The beautiful garden on the other hand is a living, breathing design of nature. Subjected to a moody climate, uninvited nibbling creatures, even an overzealous implement…it is in constant evolution. I am in awe of those masterful green thumbed gardeners who passionately prune and pluck throughout the season.

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I am equally enamored by the hard scape of a glorious garden. Perhaps it is due to my affinity for structure or the way these gates, walks and walls seem to spill from the house itself.

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Nature’s generosity with shape and color is most definitely a work of art. As with all works of art, they are accentuated by light, supported by structure and confined by determined space. Thus we rely on lantern light, urns and stone to bring attention to nature’s artwork.

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Curb appeal seems a rather bland description of beautifully designed landscape. What it actually is is an introduction to those who are the heart and soul of the home.

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A backyard is grass, shrubs and trees. A summer room is garden beds, water, sunsets and shadows. These are the spaces that soothe souls and encourage laughter. Conversation echoes from tree tops as bare feet slap the wet pavement then are quieted by soft grass.

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To all of the gifted gardeners, you have my admiration and envy. You have a natural instinct to bring out the best of what nature has to offer in a manner which benefits us all. As I stand among my plantings this summer with hands on hips and eyes perplexed, I will send a silent nod to a gardener in Maryland and wish she were with me. Perhaps you too, will have an occasion to think of a particular garden and the hands of the one who is it’s caretaker. Such are the sweet thoughts we have at some point in our day because…

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Antique Trunks

THE TREASURE CHEST

I would imagine I am not alone in my experience of having spent time in a grandmother’s attic searching for treasure. Those treasures were often void of monetary value, however the stories woven through the dust was of great personal value. The aroma of aged paper and cedar chips. The dim light from the overhead exposed bulb. The warmth, check that, the heat from the summer days visiting the grandparents. The many traipses down the steep attic stairs asking to keep a chipped China doll or scarred velvet purse with tangled fringe and tarnished chain. The adventure most likely included that heart pounding anticipation of lifting the stiff, reluctant lid of a trunk. Whatever lay inside was undoubtedly a magnificent find, be it photos or newspapers, sweaters or scarfs. It mattered not their importance to anyone else…they had been relegated to reside in the trunk!

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Our youthful anticipation rushing to discover the interior caused us to foolishly overlook the beauty of the exterior. Fortunately, with age comes wisdom. We retrieve these wooden caretakers and bring them out into the open. They are now charged with providing a resting place for cocktails and coffee, for lamplight and novels.

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Perhaps you have possession of one of these beauties. Has it been dismissed to a rec room or garage? Have you deemed it not to “go” with anything in the house? Please reconsider.

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The days of foraging a grandparents attic may have given way to our current lives of mobility and technology. However we must never underestimate the sentiment of youth. We take it with us wherever we go and for as long as we grow. Beautiful trunks will accentuate our decor in countless locations. Their very presence will create memories. Their contents, a babies blanket, a ribboned bundle of Valentines, a pair of tiny mittens are yours to choose. Tuck such treasures inside as our grandmothers would tuck treasures in her attic. These children of the digital age will someday be quite grateful. As we are grateful to our ancestors for preserving and protecting everyday because…

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This entry was posted on June 3, 2015. 4 Comments

Open Shelves

OUT IN THE OPEN

What once was old is new again. This is true of tie width, dress length, hair style and room design. Recently there has been a reaquaintence with open shelving in kitchens. While the uniform appearance of closed door cabinetry continues to be preferred, open shelves offer a much desired twist.

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Kitchens, particularly European, of the past had open shelving throughout the work space. Closed cabinetry was actually individual furniture pieces, free standing and beautiful! The American farmhouse continued with this concept, however it eventually surrendered to the “custom cabinetry” of past decades.

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 New construction or major renovation need not be the only occasions to consider implementing a bit of open shelving in your kitchen. Removing a few existing cabinets, particularly on either side of a window or stove, and replacing with thoughtful shelves is a satisfying task. Take time to contemplate the material. Rough hewed wood, black iron, marble, smoothed with milk paint…

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The arrangement of what you may choose to display in the open brings about a reaquaintence with my number one design consideration…balance. Remember with open shelves, the entire wall becomes a design work.

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Be not afraid to give this design a try. Countertops have long carried the burden to display. Lift those cherished pieces upward and give them their due. Store the cabinets. This gives you the assurity that you always have the option to return to the original design. I love the stimulation of stretching a few boundaries now and then. This sprinkles life with the seasoning we need every day because…

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The Entry

A HOMES ENTRY SAYS MORE THAN JUST WELCOME

I’ve often imagined what it would be like to have a short, temporary case of amnesia. What would be my impression when stepping into my home without the benefit of expectation. There is no ideal form of measurement for impressions. The closest I suppose is to watch the face of a first time visitor. Do their eyes settle on one specific feature? Do their eyes dart about as if in search of what lies beyond? Do they ever so slightly tilt their head in a manner of approval? My point is, well actualy what it is is a cliche…you never have a second chance to make a first impression. The entry of the home is that first impression. It requires serious consideration.

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Lingering in the entry usually occurs upon an exit. Yet however brief the time spent before being ushered into another room, it speaks volumes of what lies ahead and who lives there.

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The Entry is not necessarily a specifically cordoned off space. It may be open to the main room just inside the door. This actually affords an opportunity for a more visually impactful impression. A runner will help to define the length of space being considered as the entry.  That along with a buffet or sideboard will transform what may have been previously viewed as the “other end of the room” into a substantial entry and therefore a substantial impression.

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The lighting in the entry is critical. A lantern or sconces or chandelier are standard yes, however, there must be one or two elements of lamplight. There is a comfortable effect that is expressed in the presence of low lamplight.

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Visually, the entry may in fact blend further outside the space. It is important to have continuity with color.

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There are homes that have been designed with elements so outstanding that they alone make the greatest impact on the first impression.

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The entry is an opportunity to assemble pieces that are reflective of what passions live inside.

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Long and narrow or abundant in space, there is no reason to neglect giving the entry it’s well earned attention.

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There are countless pieces to be used in the entry. Express what is pleasing to your eye and it will fall into place. There is one crucial rule though which must not be ignored. That is scale. Furniture should not pose an obstruction by being too heavy or large. By the same token do not place diminutive pieces that are swallowed by the space.

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If you are inclined to take a second glance at your entry, hopefully you will have found ideas or inspiration to search your own thoughts for creating the entry that satisfies you.

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My final thought when contemplating what is welcoming upon entry to a home is…scent. Second to vision, the sense of smell is the most powerful impression maker. Be it one of the magnificent scented candles ( I love Trapp Orange Vanilla), wax chips, potpourri or fresh flowers. The pleasure of opening the door to your home, greeting those who frequent your doorstep as well as those new to arrive is a gift every day because…

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This entry was posted on May 21, 2015. 5 Comments

Having The Girls Over

  • GROWN UP GIRLS STILL LOVE TEA PARTIES

There is no question that the older we become the more we treasure our female friendships. With age comes wisdom and the gratitude of being wise enough to recognize how precious dear friends are. Gone are the days of competition of who has what, who looks how and who went where. We have history with one another. We have celebrated our children together and said good-bye to our parents together. We have supported one another through bad hair color, mammograms, spontaneous furniture arranging, husband’s career changes and appliance repairs. All of this is to say that the wisdom age has brought to us has also prompted us to make time for our girlfriends. Some gather once a month for “”Bunco” or “Book Club” or whatever the tagline may be. Some of us call at 9:00 and are at Starbucks by 10:00. Being together is a priority and giving to one another is an honor. The tea parties of our little girl pasts hopefully are not forgotten.

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Women are naturally sensitive to recognizing and celebrating birthdays. The joy of celebrating the birthdays of our dearest friends is as much a gift to ourselves as it is to the birthday girl herself.

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Perhaps the Kool-Aid of our past has been replaced by a bottle of something more fermented.

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Crackers with peanut butter finished with graham crackers and Oreos was perfectly fine then….but

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Our dearest friends may be two blocks from our front door or several hundred miles. Neither time nor geography will diminish their value in our lives. The point is to celebrate the joy of these bonds, be it a pretty party or a cup of coffee and a long distance phone call. The love for our female friends gives us strength every day because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS