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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rosy Summer Days




It seems only right to reward a few of our hardy rose blooms with a post. What looks a bit pitiful in the garden--a single bud here, a small rose there-- looks fantastic bunched together up close and personal.





July is in full stride here, and we've had a couple of heavy showers that have made us and the garden feel like we can survive the heat a little longer. Actually, the afternoons and evenings have been downright pleasant whether it rains or not. It clouds over a bit, a breeze whips up, and the temperature drops.  





We've made a few changes in the dining room to lighten things up and cool things off too. A new chandelier, and a bit of whitewash.




We replaced this iron fixture above. . .






. . .with a few cut crystals and bling to reflect the light.











The woodwork around the windows, and the dining room door, had a dark wood finish. You wouldn't believe the difference in space and light that the white wash makes. (Well, of course you would.)





Woodwork before.




We have a lot of ongoing changes to make. Small and gradual ones. We wouldn't want to interfere too much with our afternoon siestas. After all, what's a lazy summer afternoon for? 









This piece is waiting for a good spot in this room somewhere. 







A corner of the old oak table shows through here. It's hardly ever without a cloth covering it. It may get a white wash too someday.






A vintage ironstone pitcher and bowl, and a fifties print tablecloth dresses things up.





























I've been a little absent lately here on the blog. We have visitors, and have been touring around a bit as well. But I hope summer is rosy down your way too!

Jacqueline




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37 comments:

Linda said...

Yeah....I'm first!!
You are the only person who could make 4 roses look so glamorous...
love the new chandelier...nothing like crystals...I have a candle chandelier in my dining room, but I have hung crystals from my mom on it..looks very romantic when lit...
Enjoy your guests...I am sure they are having a wonderful time staying in your lovely home...
enjoy the rest of your week...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

You roses, your chandy, your pics - just awesome.

I love your attitude, too - enjoy your company and your roses - both very nice to have!!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Well it is all good at your place today!! The roses are looking cheery... but that bling!! The chandy is a total stunner, that crystal base, DELICIOUS! and you've been painting, it all looks amazing! I think we have the esp going I was looking at my always covered with a tablecloth oak dining table and thinking, it's almost time!
Thanks for the cheery white sparkle :-)
Hugs,
Bella

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, what a delightfully rosy post you've shared. Love the new chandy. As always, each of these charming details delight my heart.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: Your roses are beauties and (sigh) that chandelier with the bling is my favorite. Someday I will have one!..Happy Thursday..Judy

raggygirlvintage said...

Nothing beats fresh roses in an ironstone pitcher! But I gotta say that gorgeous chandy steals the show for me:-)
Tracey

jeanetteann said...

Jacqueline,as usual beautiful images. I would so like a crystal drop chandelier. Maybe one day.Love the new look. xx

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

I love how you put things together. It is such a joy and a respite coming to your blog. You are a very talented lady!!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Gorgeous roses! I'm liking the changes and just bought a similar chandelier for a bedroom. Mine doesn't have the pretty glass beads that yours has, though.

trash talk said...

Fresh...that's the first word that popped into my head. The white, the sparkling crystals, the roses I can almost smell...it all looks fresh like after a rain.
Summer magic my friend!
Deb

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Your roses are so beautiful and your pictures are gorgeous too!!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Such a beautiful pink -- lovely roses. The lights are lovely too!

Anne said...

So ~~Beautiful~~! LOVE those roses and your new chandy is gorgeous!
((Hugs))
Anne

Katie Sue said...

I love, love that chandelier.
Your roses in the pitcher are gorgeous too.
Visiting from Savvy Southern Style!
A follower too!
Katie
Let's Add Sprinkles

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Great reward for those gorgeous roses that continue to thrive regardless of the heat wave!!! Love the difference that the white trim makes! I well remember the difference in my galley kitchen when I took the plunge and painted the mahogany cabinets creamy ivory!!! EnJOY your company!
Fondly,
Pat

Anita said...

Just beautiful! So happy to have found your blog at Common Ground!!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your new chandelier Jacqueline. It is very romantic with the crystals. The roses in the ironstone jug are beautiful. I like the woodwork painted out. We just had our living area painted this week and I had the stained bookcase, support post and bannister all painted white. What a difference! We are enjoying a beautiful week here. It's 30 (90) today! Pamela

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Gorgeous, beautiful & calm pictures....ahhh....love it! Love your new chandy...it's perfect!

Susy said...

You're posts are better than a bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup and walnuts (: yup - it's true!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Chandliers and roses--2 of my favorite things! Pretty post:)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Just beautiful! I can almost smell those sweet roses! July has been brutal to our plants! We are praying for rain!

Laurel Stephens said...

Your whitewashed wood looks so cool and pretty and perfect for the hot days of summer. Your pink roses are beautiful and remind me of my huge First Prize roses. I can imagine the cool evening breeze ruffling the edge of your tablecloth. So pretty!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love those gorgeous roses! The chandy is beauitful too and your post is so serene and inviting. Thanks for sharing.
FABBY

Maggie Ann said...

Your pink roses must be straight from Heaven...so beautiful...

Danielle said...

Your chandelier is beautiful Jacqeline! And those roses are heavenly : )

Enjoy your visitors! Happy July~

Danielle

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

Lovely roses. Mine have been suffering with the amount and force of rain we've been having.
I love the chandelier, they are a lovely addition to a room.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a gorgeous post~ I love your chandelier- what a beauty!!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Honey at 2805 said...

Reading and looking at your posts are always such a treat! How nice that you have whitewashed woodwork now. The roses are gorgeous and your new chandelier is a real beauty!

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! I returned while you were gone and look forward to you gracing Potpourri Friday again.

Debi said...

This is a beautiful post. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/3-face-masks-from-your-kitchen-and.html
It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Your roses are looking gorgeous.

Candy said...

Sooo, so pretty. Love the roses, of course, and the chandelier?? Well, prisms always add a little extra romance. GORGEOUS. Now following you.
Candy
PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com

SizzleandZoom said...

I love, love, love your chandelier.
And your roses. They are gorgeous.

Debbie said...

I've been here at your blog for over half an hour just looking at all of your beautiful photos!
I love all of the soft touches you give to your pictures.
Your chandy is gorgeous with the crystals to reflect the light in the evening.
Such a wonderful, vintage home you have!!
What a delight.

lynn said...

love the chandelier--so pretty! enjoy your visitors, and siestas:)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Gorgeous...just gorgeous!!

Sherry said...

Just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Haworth said...

I love the updates you made, Jacqueline. Very pretty! And those roses are luscious.

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