Friday, January 12, 2018

Let There Be White!

After the exuberant stimulation of festive holiday decor,
I'm craving something calming and simple like white.


White is so easy to live with. It calms a chaotic room and soothes our busy minds.
This simple bookshelf turned china cabinet holds some of my white ironstone
and is a restful focal point in the dining room.


I moved the old clock that had been on the top shelf to the living room mantel, 
making room for a large ironstone pitcher.
Because the pitcher had a tiny crack in the handle, I got it for just $25!


White goes with any style from Farmhouse . . .


. . . to Frou Frou.


It adds a touch of elegance to a simple vignette


and is the perfect foil for highlighting a few special pieces.


I love how white contrasts with dark wood.


A unique piece like this garden statue really stands out among white objects and old mirrors.


This statue was a wonderful surprise Christmas gift from Ron. 
I'd raved about it when we saw it in an antique store 
and he sneaked back to buy it for me. I just love it.


My china cabinet seemed to be overflowing with white ironstone
so I thinned it out a bit, letting each piece shine on its own.


I love how it looks through the leaded glass doors.


Here's where that vintage clock ended up.
The dark wood of the clock looks rich against the white mantel.
I also like the empty space at each end of the mantel, 
allowing some breathing room for the wall sconces. 


White decor makes me dream of a snow-frosted meadow in the Rocky Mountains --
a calming place where I can catch my breath and feel at peace.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Favorite French Country Posts for 2017

Slipping into a new year, I thought it would be fun to look back at 2017 
at some of my favorite French Country posts.
So, please join me as we view my Top 10 picks from the year of 2017.

To read more about each post, just click on the link.

A romantic home has a feeling of being transported to another era.


Ironstone is the perfect accessory for a French Country look --
that timeworn feeling of simple comfortable elegance.


Who knew this French wine went for up to $3,500 a bottle!
Definitely one of my favorite finds!


This white rooster . . . love at first sight.


Before & After -- a private French Country retreat.


My June garden is so pretty, it's blushing! I'm yearning for Spring.


Here are some simple tips to set a romantic mood.


Inspiring Fall touches to quietly complement the season.


That rusty patina captured my heart!


A simple French Country look for Christmas without a tree!


Looking back recaptures fond memories and teaches us a few lessons along the way 
while looking forward brings exciting new challenges and fresh ideas. 
I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog this past year
and hope you stay tuned for a fun year in 2018.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Welcome Winter

It's hard to believe but, as I write this post, it's the first day of winter
and we FINALLY have snow! 
Perfect timing, right?
Although it's only a couple of inches, this fluffy coating of white 
transforms the garden into a frosty wintry scene.


Inside the house, I use a lot of white in my decor. 
Maybe that's why I love the look of the first snow
before it gets all dirty and sloppy.

Roxy loves it too
or maybe she's just keeping an eye on that sneaky mailman!


It's been so dry this year, even the ski resorts have been hurting. 
Some of them have delayed their openings due to lack of snow. 
Of course, our mountains are getting a lot more snow from this storm
than we are in the city so hopefully the skiers are happy.

(photo Vail Resort)

Back to the winter garden, the white stuff makes even simple things beautiful.


And magical.



Now, as the snow floats through the crisp air, it's quiet and peaceful. 
Construction on a nearby house has stopped and traffic on our slippery street has slowed down. 
I could get used to this. 

I only hear the scraping sounds of people shoveling snow from their sidewalks 
and a few Canada geese headed out of town overhead. 


The weather forecasters say temperatures will stay in the teens and low 20s 
so we're hoping the snow will stick around these next few days.


Weather Update:  Yes! We had more snow over the weekend
and a white Christmas!

I've never seen Roxy more excited!
Presents!
Christmas chaos!


We wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas and a Return to the Titanic

A short note to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! 
I hope your holidays are filled with joy and special traditions 
that will become cherished memories. 


As this year is the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the movie Titanic, 
I thought it would be fun to re-post my story about Molly Brown's house. 


So, if you haven't read it or want to revisit it again, here's a link. Enjoy!


If you're a Titanic movie fan, there is a fascinating special on the National Geographic channel
(on demand) called "Titanic 20 Years" that I think you'd enjoy.

Merry Christmas to all my Blogger Friends!!! 
Pat

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Christmas Night to Remember

On a mild December evening with an enormous supermoon lighting our way, 
Ron and I took our little dog, Roxy, for a walk in our neighborhood.  
The houses on our street glittered and created a festive holiday feeling. 
As we enjoyed the Christmas lights, we shared our childhood Christmas memories.


Ron and I both remembered the family piling into the car 
to drive to the "ritzy" part of town to view the lights, 
oohing and ahhing as if they were fireworks. 
Compared to the intricate displays today, they probably weren't all that amazing 
but to us, they were magical.

Today we keep our lights pretty simple with a string of twinkly lights on our fence. 


I also remembered the arrival of our Christmas tree every Christmas Eve. 
It was a family tradition to wait until the night before Christmas to decorate our tree. 
Dad would drive down to the corner gas station and buy a tree. 
Then, pushing and pulling it through our front door, we'd set it in its metal holder, 
turning it this way and that until it looked its best or at least straight.


Ron said he remembered how the tree lot smelled. 
Growing up in Oklahoma where there weren't any pine trees, 
he thought the smell of fresh pine was different and wonderful.

He also mentioned those Christmas novelty songs they played on the radio. 
I remember them too especially that Chipmunk song (Alvin!) that they played over and over, 
no doubt driving our poor parents crazy. 


Do you remember those strings of different-colored lights 
when if one light went out, the whole string died?
And carefully placing each individual aluminum icicle on the tree? 
Time consuming but definitely worth it.


After the tree was decorated, Mom would sing Silent Night in her clear deep voice 
and my sister and I would go upstairs to bed while Mom and Dad 
brought our presents out from their hiding places to put under the tree. 
It was hard to go to sleep when we kept hearing noises that sounded like reindeer on our roof.

Here's a picture of me (left) and my sister with Santa in the 1950s
about to give him our wish lists.
I never did get that pony!


Christmas morning we waited impatiently for our grandparents to arrive so we could tear open 
the wrapping paper on our presents. I remember a slinky, play dough, and a battery-operated bear 
that drank a bottle of Pepsi. (I see those in antique stores now!) 
Santa always brought my sister and me matching PJs. 
Ron loved his model airplane kits, Lincoln Logs and little soldiers.


Seems Christmas then was more simple and less stressful than it is today. 
It was about family and tradition and cherished small town memories that we still hold dear.



I'd love to hear about your treasured childhood Christmas memories.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

A French Country Christmas Living Room


In my last post I'd decided not to have a tree this Christmas. Wait! What?
(If you missed that post, you can read it by clicking this link.)
Instead, I thought I'd decorate my living and dining rooms with vintage pieces,
while giving these rooms a little French Country flair.

So, let's start in the foyer. 
Welcome to my French Country Christmas!


This old nativity scene is actually Italian so it has that European feel.
I love the blue and red together.
The angel wreath always hung in my mother's kitchen window when I was growing up
and my sister hand painted the three sheep.


Come on in to the living room.


The mantel is always the focal point in holiday decor.
I love to use lots of candles and a few bottlebrush trees.


Cozy up to the fireplace.
An ironstone pitcher holds a stash of white candles on the console table behind the couch. 


A few baubles on a vintage wire tree and a candle bring sparkle to the living room . . .


and a French market basket, filled with holiday goodies, adds a bit of French soul.


An urn laden with holly, pine cones and antlers is a simple natural touch,
an important element in French Country design. 


Of course, I think everyone should decorate with whatever makes them happy.
But I've decided I'm content with how our house looks this year (without a tree).


So enjoyed hearing all your comments and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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