Hello friends! Over the years fads and trends come and go and tastes change. Some of my decorating choices from when I was first married now make me cringe! My style is pretty traditional but it’s fun to change things up now and then.
One thing I have always loved is blue and white porcelain. Ginger jars, vases, dishes, planters, any and everything. I bought my first double happiness jar at Bloomingdale’s many moons ago and the collection has since taken on a life of its own. Even found its way to my desk.
Can there ever be too much? Never!
One of my first attempts at a furniture makeover was a beautiful mahogany secretary desk. My parents purchased it in 1950 right after they were married. (I still have the receipt!) It was damaged during a move at some point and to hide the damage someone used wood grain contact paper in the back of the piece. Well, in time this piece became mine. I love it and have always had it in my home but for some unknown reason I never removed the contact paper. Contact paper!!! What was I thinking??? You could tell from a mile away what it was! Anyway, a couple years ago, I fixed the back and painted the inside black. At the time of loved it.
After a while, the black seemed to dark. Enter fabric backing………
That was good for a while, but a little limiting. Time to finally give chalk paint a try. I love it! I think it will stay this way for a while. Just keep trying til you get it right (for you)!!
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Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s weekend doing whatever makes you happy. I love to go out to dinner! There was a time when we went out so much, it almost became a chore. Well, those days ended a long time ago and now whenever we have a free night (which is seldom) I love to go out. Except Valentine’s!! That’s when the rest of the world takes over the restaurants and I’m okay with them having it to themselves. We already went!
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Hello dear friends. With the all the purging, simplifying and restyling going on around here I have figured out what three things I need to have around me. Flowers, shells and books. A lot of the other clutter can go (and has!). Here’s a peak at the current flower situation.
P.S. If you haven’t forced bulbs in a while, give it a try. Over the holidays I bought narcissus and hibiscus (shown) bulbs and they all produced gorgeous flowers. Super easy and inexpensive. I found mine at Walmart. I can’t wait to try hyacinth!