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April 29, 2013

Anniversary and New Finds

We recently celebrated our 
35th Wedding Anniversary

April 15, 1978


April 15, 2013
Our kids had a lovely cake made up for us
and had it delivered by a local bakery.

We wined and dined at a great restaurant 

The evening came with a pretty sunset.
Overall it was a quiet day we spent by ourselves, but we both felt content and we still can't figure out how 35 years has already gone by!
 
A week later we spot a for sale/lease sign at our Ethan Allen store.  I knew immediately that it meant they were leaving.  Drat!  It's not that I frequent their store, but  when I do I usually find something to fall in love with.

So being the nosy type I am- I suggested to hubby that we 
should stop in and find out what's going on. They have a store wide sale of 40% off plus their clearance section so we combed it 
over real good.
I spotted this picture and was immediately smitten.  I have never purchased a portrait like this before- I always end up with pictures that are of things, like flowers, architecture, nature, etc.
I thought since this was a bit romantic it might be nice for the bedroom, but when we got home with it Dan suggested we try it above the fireplace.  I "recently posted about a new picture" we just put up there, so this was a jaw dropper idea for me.

I've been fussing with it and working on a good 
look to go with it I'm not sure that I've got it right just yet but for now this is how it looks.
 
The new lidded marble piece was another sale
item I found.

The frame has great detail and it's nearly 3" thick 
on the sides.

Upon reading the back of the picture I discovered it's called the "Painter's Honeymoon".  
Since it was near our anniversary I suggested we claim it an anniversary gift to ourselves!

  I've taken a step in a different direction with this
picture- and that's a good thing!

 Speaking of new directions. I've ordered a new sofa and accent pillows.  I won't be in for a while but I'm excited!  I managed to sell my big red sofa on Craigslist so I'm happy about that.  

I'll put something together about it soon.

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April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

This observance always falls on April 22.
On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! 
Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. 
Go outside, no matter what the weather! 


Earth Day History 
Ever wondered how Earth Day started? 
 This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. 
In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. 
The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.
"Quoted from The Old Farmer's Almanac"

 
From a sapling like this that we planted (late 80's)  
It was a free hand out for kids on Earth Day
 
Summer 2012
She's now a big Blue Spruce tree!

Summer 2012
On the right side you can see how tall she's become!

Reaching to the sky...these can grow up to 75' tall!

Have a great Earth Day!  
I hope you get a chance to go outside and 
enjoy a bit of our wonderful earth!
  
Check out my newest post
on my garden blog
 

April 14, 2013

Bathroom morphing!

Last weekend I finally got my wish to have the bathroom repainted. 

Spring 2010
 I had a terracotta color for a while, but
I grew tired of it.
 We put on a color called Eggnog by
Pratt & Lambert
and I worked in my Tuscan accents.

 After a while I popped in some ruby red 
accents and a tapestry.

Then last year I saw the botanical pictures and 
these Shower curtains and fell in love with the 
fabric which I blogged about here.
 I turned one of three curtains into a valance.
I had decided to dump the Tuscan look and
go more towards a botanical look. 
  
 I liked it a lot for a while, but I really wanted more freedom to change accent colors if I wanted so I decided I'd go towards an off white that would pick  up on the tiles.
  
   I ended up going with a color called Ice Formations by Benjamin Moore (matte finish).  It was deeper than I expected to go but it has this nice earthy tone and I will still be able to play off it with other colors if I want to.

You can see here how well it goes with the
tiles.  It's very soothing too.

  It's hard to get a shot in here...I'm up against a
wall trying to get a picture. 

The sun finally shined and I was able to get a few shots with natural lighting.  See my new rose colored mercury glass bottle?  I had recently decided to add a rose color to the room and I spotted this while browsing on One King's Lane (again).
Had to have it!

This is from Pier 1 Imports back in February.
 My robe hook...

 Loving that sun!

 I found this and my tissue box cover (Croscill) marked down last year.  
They were a perfect pick up for the theme.

I'd been looking for a rose colored towel for a while but they were always the wrong tone.  There is a rose colored accent in the pictures on the wall that I was trying to come as close to as possible.

I found these at Younker's and they're made with Eucalyptis fibers and 
they're super soft too!
 
I promised my hubby I won't ask to change this
again for a long time!  (He's my painter)

The room was flooding with sunshine today.  It was such a cheerful welcome since we've been experiencing snow, rain, snow, rain etc... all this past week.  
We're really getting a s l o w start to spring here!

Thanks as always for visiting!

Liz

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April 12, 2013

A quick chair side story....

Ahh, a nearly forgotten chair
Several years ago a little secretary desk sat in this spot.  I needed a chair for it so I ordered one with legs to be stained the same color as the desk.
 I had curtains made for the slider door by the kitchen table that's just off to the right of this area and the
fabric came from Ballard Designs.  
I had the same material sent to the manufacturer that was making the chair and they used my fabric.

Since I had my new office desk the little secretary desk went into storage 
along with the chair. 
I basically forgot all about it until recently!
 
 This round table took it's place and has been a lot more fun to decorate and offers hidden storage underneath!   
You weren't expecting that 
were you!  It's another Ballard item. 
 
 So that's my chair side story! 
 
 Thank you for visiting!



April 10, 2013

Some things old, some things new....

After Easter passed I wanted to try something new on the mantel.
I spotted this picture and my hubby liked it so I took a chance and brought it home.  I was going to put in on the wall where we just put our Grandfather clock, but that would mean another move for the clock and hubby wasn't too excited about it........so I decided to try it up on the wall above the mantel.

 I took pieces from the room and tried a few
different ideas and finally landed on this.
I realize it's not your typical picture for a mantel 
but like I said I did have another spot in mind.

 A closer view...
(my ceiling fan is reflecting in it)

The spaniel dogs are off set from each other as
far as I could go and the two decorative orbs are
also offset, one way behind and one forward.  I 
kept the big green fern arrangement for color.

 I tied a tassel onto the French pedestal vase. 
I really like how it gave it a little style!
I had the tassels sitting on the dining table after 
we took down the tapestry that used to be
where the grandfather clock is now...it was setting
near the pedestal vase and my brain connected the
two!  The domino affect....I love it! 

   Down below is a large candle holder I found at
Ethan Allen on mark down for around $30...
 I've always wanted one of these types with
this shape and couldn't resist grabbing it
up when I was in their store.

 Speaking of deals at Ethan Allen....I went 
back a few days later and decided to scour
their clearance area and this lamp appeared.
It was $399 original (gasp) and I took it
home for around $85! 
 It has a really cool finish on it
 Good details and a real silk,  fully lined
lampshade!  I don't know if all the
Ethan Allen stores mark things down 
like this but I recommend looking!

  The decorative box has a hinged lid and I put 
all the remotes in it.  I bought this off of Ebay a 
month before I found the lamp but I thought 
they looked quite good next to each other.

Now what to do with the mirror that used to
be above the fireplace?

  I had hubby mount it above my small
accent table near the door.
 Those are the pussy willows I used for
the Easter Egg tree.

I decided to have some fun and tuck a few
pieces in the box that used to be
for the remotes.

 The little mirror used to be on the wall by the sconce candle holder.  
I set a candle in there that used to be on the sconce and the little sphere is covered with a world map that I hadn't found a home for.  
I have some antique looking keys (I need to find)
that may look good with this too.

 The olive green container holds magazines...I moved it over to the right 
and now I want to move it back to the left!  
Actually I have a chair that would fit there too but I need to get it 
dug out of storage. 
I think the mirror needs to come down a bit...
Does it ever end??
I hope not!!

It's fun to play and change things around.  
It's even more fun when you can pull it together with
things you already own!
So that's what I've been playing with!
From what I've seen in blog land we've all
been playing!


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