Thursday, September 18, 2014

Signs of a New Season

I like dried flowers the most in the fall. They seem most natural this time of year when all of nature is ripening, seeding, and expending its last effort of the growing season. I'll be checking out fields for all manner of dried beauty in the weeks to come.

The roses you see here are the same that are in my blog header and on the sidebar where they were still pink from their early drying days. They have evolved into a more amber hue with the passing months.

A lot of things in my rooms can remain unmoved for weeks and weeks as we stay busy visiting, traveling, taking care of business, and just spending time outdoors as summer whizzes by. But I just changed up my dining room picture frame collage a little for a new season.

And a little tinkering and tweaking lends the suggestion of a farmhouse in fall. . . . 

I'm still enjoying my wicker planter in here much as it is.

The old reliable vintage high chair still holds court in this corner too. A lot gets temprarily tucked in out of the way here to blend in while it finds its place in Cabin & Cottage world! Haha!

So we are enjoying a quiet unfolding as summer slips away into fall.
 It will all be official soon!

I hope it's a lovely time for you too!


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Moving Into Fall

I'm no longer in denial about the changing weather. Days are still warm, but nights have gotten wonderfully chilly. The best night's sleep happens under a light quilt in the fall!

The change in light and temperature in the daytime has me switching things up too. An umber colored picture frame holds a couple of botanical prints hung loosely inside creating a leafy still life with the lamp shade and dried blooms. Little tokens of autumn will no doubt be added here as the season progresses.

A vintage whisk broom from a summer junking foray sits on top of a small woven trunk given to me by old friends and adds to the earthy elements that I like to use in fall.

It's a busier look than I have had in this room for awhile. I had a very spare treatment here all summer with only a chippy tin tile and lamp on top of the cabinet. But with the changing light the white paint was looking especially dingy, and I am ready for a change.


 I'm enjoying the difference. Especially in evening light.

I have also pulled out a few things that have been stowed away for awhile like these older clock motif dipping bowls from Pottery Barn. I often keep the packaging, like this box they came in, because it's all styled so well.

Time is marching on. . . .

I have also pulled out my newest brown transferware find to hold small bits of things on the coffee table. I wonder why I find these old pieces so comforting?

So perfect for fall. . . .


And a shot or two under lamplight. . . .

I hope you enjoy these last few days of summer!
It's time to get cozy. . . .

Have a great week!


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

White Glads, French Cows, and Carolyn Westbrook's New Book

Hello friends! I've been out to pasture for a couple of weeks, so if my pictures are blurry it's because I'm a bit fuzzy myself too! Thanks for checking in on me while I was away.

Nothing like a few Gladiolas to cheer you up whether they are in focus or not, or in season or not too for that matter! One of my summer favorites in any color, but especially in white.

A cheery surprise came in the mail while I was convalescing; my beautiful copy of Carolyn Westbook's new book that I had pre-ordered this summer! Full of all the gorgeous things that you would expect from her wonderful French style.

The beautiful photo on the cover is of her own dining room found in chapter five.

Now just guess why that chapter is my favorite!

I couldn't forget this image of her dining room buffet after going to bed and closing my eyes. I love the stacked ironstone platters to display something special on top. But wouldn't it be wonderful if it was a beautiful porcelain figure of a French cow like this one?

It made me have to get out the closest thing I have to it. My little transferware butter dish in the Charlotte pattern. (A good cow name too don't you think?) But I'll be on the lookout for a figure similar to Carolyn's.

I was also fortunate enough to win a giveaway of the premiere issue of Bella Grace Magazine from Sylvia's giveaway over at the beautiful Sylvia's Simple Life blog! Thanks so much Sylvia! Can't wait! You can read more about this gorgeous magazine here.

It is still an absolutely gorgeous late summer here in Albuquerque.
 I hope it's beautiful where you are too!

Happy White Wednesday!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vintage on My Tabletop

I found this weathered grey wood mesh rack thingy on my trip to Arizona this summer. I thought it would make a nice stage for a changing tabletop display. This time it corrals a still life in the sitting room.

I use this chippy table a lot for serving, so a tray that is easy to whisk away works well. (I'm a little crazy over that rusty metal label holder too.)

The more rustic collections like these rusty top jars tend to hang out in my dining room for some reason. I guess that's because I have more storage there. But they don't often get appreciated close up. (I love old jars don't you?)

I've also gathered up some recent finds for an interesting look.

The wrapping paper is from Jeanne d'Arc Living. I picked it up locally from Vintage Market & Design.  (Too pretty to put away.)

This length of crochet shelf edging was exciting to find. Love anything with a bird motif!

The indispensable magnifying glass nearby.

And the merest hint of fall.

Still space left for some "necessary" things. . . .

I hope it's turning into a nice week for you!

And hope you have something cheery going on too. . . .


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