Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's home was recently featured in Veranda magazine. I just love the colors they have in their house...soft blues, grays, sliver, gold and pink! The interior design by Michelle Workman is stunning!
My sister A gave me a lovely cake stand out of the blue. The new cake stand and a quiet Saturday morning was motivation enough for me to re-purpose a rarely used, glass-front kitchen cabinet with a bunch of my cake stands (and hobnail glasses). The newly organized cabinet was immensely gratifying. Chalk up one for my feeble forces of order and organization!
My father was very fond of *Teak Furniture*. I can't help but think of him whenever I see teak. Unfortunately it is so rarely found these days. However, last weekend I got lucky, really lucky. I was out shopping at a second hand furniture store with A (my sister) and Crafty Friend Karen when I came across a teak secretary desk/bookshelf. The piece was a little dusty and had a few pen marks, but my father had taught me how to care for teak (steel wool and teak oil) so I knew I could easily clean it up.
Two days later the desk/bookshelf was delivered to my house. Hubby was there to receive it and surprisingly he voiced his approval instead of inquiring of the price. When I got home from work I ran into the study to admire it. It was perfect! The study already contained a teak desk and a wall of teak bookshelves which I had inherited from my father, so the new piece was the perfect accompaniment. That night I scrubbed it and oiled it, so that it was back to its former glory.
For me it has become a new gem in my home. I feel like my father is smiling down on me and nodding his head in approval. I also feel like I have carried on the torch for the fondness of teak (it sounds silly, but I am proud of it). It is five years today since my father has passed and I am thankful for all the ways I have to keep his memory alive. I miss you Dad. I treasure my memories of you and the parts of me that are you.
I recently purchased these lovely *Lotus Nesting Plates* by Jardins En Fleur from One Kings Lane. I can't wait to put them to good use. If you haven't discovered One Kings Lane yet, then check it out! They offer major discounts on items for your home (you will need to register your e-mail account first). They only have 1-3 'Sales Events' going on at a time, so it is worth while to check back often.
P.S. I can't remember who tipped me off to One Kings Lane, but thanks to whomever it was!
When M and I bought our house, my Mom offered to give me Grandma and Grandpa's furniture---the only catch was the I had to take a set of china with me. Silly me, but I resisted the offer for a while. I just could not fathom any more moving. When I finally decided it was time, Mom kindly reminded me of the strings that were attached to the offer. Mom recommended that I take her Mom's china as it was very simple and she thought it would suit our taste. I did not realize at the time what a treasure Mom had offered me.
A few days before the scheduled move, I went over to wrap up the china and clean out any items that were currently in the buffet. I could not help but smile as I began to pull pieces of china out---the china was perfect---well, really beyond perfect. I loved everything about the china, from the simplicity, line, and shape of the china. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
After the big furniture move, I could not help but smile again as I carefully put away my Grandma's china in her buffet. See my Grandmother passed away when I was really little (I think that I was only 4). My memories of my Grandma are from a very little kid's point of view. I remember the smell of apples that she would cook for breakfast. I remember watching her in the garden. I remember flying with K on the airplane and I remember getting carsick on the way to my Grandparents house. I have all these little sweet memories (well most of them---I do not recall the motion sickness being very pleasant) of my Grandma, however, I did not get to know her as a grown up. Having this little piece of her in my home makes me feel like in a weird way I have finally met my Grandma as an adult (and I like her style!).
In this photo (which was taken by K--both photos were actually) you can see the buffet. I really just heart it so badly. (I think it's okay for me to say that since I am not really complementing myself, but my good fortune). In the upper hand corner you can see a snippet of the Japanese teacup collection that was from my other Grandmother. Truth be told, my house, just like me, is made up of many pieces (a chair, a table, a bookcase, a painting) from my family. Although I am (finally) at the point in my life where I could replace these items with things that I have picked out and purchased, I don't think that I would have it any other way.
PS- There is a little mystery surrounding the china. There are no marks anywhere that gives any indication on the who, what, or where the china was made. Unfortunately, the sugar bowl and creamer did not survive their years in storage and I would love to find replacements. Does anyone out there have any ideas or suggestions on where to look? I borrowed a few books from the library and tried to do some online research and I have found nothing.
I was at Paper Source this past weekend and picked up some fabulous *fuchsia* envelopes. Fuchsia is a new color offering from Paper Source and I already have big plans for it. I have paired it with their Luxe Blush cards to make the V-day cheer we will send out to family and friends. The cards were stamped with a lovely bird and banner motif from Impress' stamp collection. The initial stamp was then filled and glittered to make it a perfect complement to the bright and bold envelope.
Don't forget to add some Valentine love to the back of the card and the envelope flap...
I am really excited about this new color offering because I am a big fan of fuchsia. It is my favorite color of roses (or Peonies when in season) and it is the perfect color to add a punch of excitement and sophistication to any neutral setting. Please see some lovely examples from Domino below:
The final coats of paint have been applied, the final pieces of furniture have been snatched from other rooms in the house, anything else desperately needed was purchased from the great cheap furniture Mecca, Ikea, and then...just like that My Room is done! How does it feel? LOVE IT! No longer do I have projects and supplies scattered throughout the house, no longer do my eyes strain under poor lighting, no longer are my projects interrupted and shoved aside to accommodate dinner or breakfast. It feels wonderful and liberating to have a space of my own.
Remember back in the day when you lived with your parents? You could close the door to your bedroom and it was your sanctuary from the world. Well, this is the adult version of that. Instead of posters and a boom box, it is stocked with my (new) sewing machine & Martha magazines. Supplies galore and fabric stacks are neatly organized (sort of) and ready to be pulled down at any minute to be transformed.