29 June 2011

Lazy Summer Days

Oh,,,the lazy days of summer are upon us.... leisurely sipping coffee on the back porch in the morning.  Enjoying the feeling of reading a  real newspaper  that joyfully leaves newsprint on my fingertips. Receiving lovely letters and summer invitations from dear friends and family in your mailbox.  Hanging sheets and beach towels out to dry in the warm breeze of a summer  afternoon.  Smelling the scent of lavender that wafts upon them later. The guilty pleasures of taking the kids out for mini-golf  followed by homemade ice cream in fat waffle cones, and just a little scoop in a cup for me please!   Hope your summer vacation is magical!  

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Sarah Richardson, the Toronto designer recently redid her family's summer cottage on a teeny-tiny island accessible only by boat or plane.  See the stunning results below.  I love her style.  If you watched Sarah's Summer House on HGTV you saw the before's.  I so admire Sarah's bravo for whitewashing her husband's knotty pine paneling.   Hmmmm...that gives me an idea!

Tour Sarah's Summer House : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

Tour Sarah's Summer House : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

Tour Sarah's Summer House : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

Lonely Coast


28 June 2011

A Delicious Room to Dine

Rusti Design, Pictures, Remodels, Decor and Ideas - page 2

Do you ever wish you could recreate a fabulous design that you saw in a magazine, film, or book?  If so, you have come to the right place.  If you send me a photo of the look you love, I will help you recreate that look for your very own space by providing sources that are budget-friendly in this new economy.  Here is a look that is timeless and yet, so very now.  Call it vintage chic, prairie chic, or just beautiful, like I do!  I have found  sources for you to recreate this look in your very own love nest.  Make sure you use an outdoor fabric like the one suggested below to keep these whites stain-free!  Let me kow what you think, and happy browsing!  
The Horchow Collection - Furniture - Light & Natural - Mix & Match - Dining

Frison Dining Table at Horchow

 Harris Marks Home 

Set of 4 Vintage French Cane Back Dining by FullBloomCottage

Louis XVI style chairs at Full Bloom Cottage 

 Brockton chair

Dove White Linen Window Drapes And Curtains – Half Price Drapes

Dove White Linen drapes 

Monterey Matelasse - Orchid - Outdoor - Fabric - Products - Ralph Lauren Home -

 Monterey Matalasse - Orchid in 100% Acrylic Telfon Outdoor fabric

Vintage Painted Cottage Aqua Chic French China by paintedcottages
 Painted Cottages 

The Horchow Collection - Tabletop - Dinnerware Under $300 - Dinnerware
"Bianca" 16-Piece Dinnerware Service 

Antique French Linen Settee with Nail head by FullBloomCottage

Full Bloom Cottage

Orlandi Statuary Grape Urn for Table - 8" | DTYdirect.comO
Orlandi statuary grape urn

Home/Garden D├ęcor By CBK Rustic Black Large Floor Pillar Holder With Glass Hurr

Iron candelabra with glass hurricane 

22 June 2011

Dreamy Bedrooms....

Aspirations of a Southern Housewife: Coccooning

Here are some of my favorite dreamy bedrooms.  Each one is like a sweet lullaby; with soft, muted tones and crisp sheets to gently transport you to the land of nod!   I love them all!  Which one is your favorite? 

9 of 13 | Johns Island
This has to be one of my favorite dreamy bedrooms! I love the simplicity and purity of the design. Plus, it's in my fav color! Perfection!
photos 1 -  5  tphoebehoward.net

Gustavian design combined with a perfect color scheme. I love the wide pine floors too!

French Larkspur - eclectic - bedroom - chicago - by French Larkspur
love the scalloped edges on the furniture and the soft grey tones against all of the white. So sweet.
5 of 10 | Breakers

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RL Home has perfected the British West Indies style with this design. I can just imagine some heroine of a gothic romance novel primly perched on this beauty pining away for her secret lover.
Private House in Tinos | Yatzer™
I love everything about this room. Even Henry David Thoreau would approve of this formula of simplify,
simplify, simplify!
11 of 14 | Pink in Bermuda
Love this nautical style for a boys room. If only one of my sons would let me near their room!

Stylizimo blog: { DIY: Headboard! }
 love this headboard made of vintage recycled planks. The juxtaposition of the rustic headboard against the sleek nickel finish of the lamp is so chic!

Verdigris Vie: A Softer Side
Phoebe Howard nails another bedroom! A classic composition and beautiful soft hues. Love her style!

I always wanted a cupboard bed when I was little. They are so cozy and romantic! And utilitarian, too! Check out the features and details in this room.http://pinterest.com/bonjourmesamis/home-decor-inspiration/

et me know which one is your favorite!   Next time, dining rooms!

17 June 2011

Great Gifts for Wonderful Dads

Are you wondering what to get for that special dad? While looking around I found a few extraordinary gift ideas to share with you.  I promise there isn't a single tie, grilling accessory, or slippers included! Enjoy. 

unique mens' gift ideas - Google Search
perpetual calendar cuff links

Bottle Key | Leather Goods, Wallets, Bags, Accessories | Made in the USA
What a clever bottle opener in antique brass

Ralph Lauren "Bates" Martini glasses

working through the pain of finding balance. | everyday things.
    I love this quote...wonderful advice for all of us to live by. 503galleries.com                                                             

TwinLuxe Chrome Edition Shave Set - silvertip badger brush, razor, and stand.

TwinLuxe Fine Shaving Instruments" Chrome" Edition 

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Oh so masculine!  Menswear bedding from Ralph Lauren Home

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Happy Father's Day!  

09 June 2011

Kitchen Love Fest!

I am in the midst of a kitchen love fest at the moment!  I discovered these pretties and just had to share them.  A bit of advance warning my sweets, you may want to tear out all your cabinets and start anew; or should I say, with the old!  Drool on and feel the magic of falling in kitchen love!

It must be love!  The colors, textures, and light in this room make me swoon! I could gaze at he lovely finish on the hutch all day!  It is to die for!  And I am hypnotized by the latch on the door.  The casual way the window on the door is dressed with a linen tea towel curtain is too clever! The entire room is perfect!

Okay, so I love this little British beauty posing as Provence just as much as the photo above!  I think I'll take off my cabinet doors and replace them with linen grain sack curtains as seen here!  The  blue enamel coffee pots over the stove are just the right touch of color in this sweet little space, don't you think?.  From the beams right down to the stone floors it is rustic simplicity with panache.

This is not your ordinary kitchen, yet it has most of the cabinet space we expect in the U.S.  The island is oh so clever and I adore its limed finish and distressing.  Those pretty little pendants are like jewelry against the chalky painted cabinetry!  And check out the cutest little blackboard ever under the scalloped valance.
These amazing photos are from a wonderful blog, The Paper Mulberry.
I love the Scandinavian uses of white and pale colors don't you?  
More Scandinavian examples since can you ever get enough of the color,white especially if it's paired with grey?

Ahhhhh, the juxtaposition of textures and hues here is phenomenol,  Love the rustic grey table against all of the white dishes and furnishings.  Some  sweet details to check out!  gustavianvintage.

LOVE this!  Check out the writing on the letter!
 I love shabby shutters! shabby-homestyles

 pure joy,  biskopsgarden.

I have more inspiring kitchens to share with you but have to run !