Blue and White

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.

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Can there ever be too much?  Never!



Keep Trying

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………

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day

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.jan 15 2016 023  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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Bring in the Flowers

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!

Happy February!