Friday, September 30, 2011

Unexpected Guests

The last roses of the season are celebrated here as much as the first. We never get a profusion of blooms because we don't really deserve it! We don't pay much attention to gardening, and we only have a few bushes. But our roses are a testament to the hardiness, reliability, and resilience of the most beloved of flowers.

Our bushes are mostly inherited. They were in place when we arrived on the scene, and we never knew their names. So we just call them all beautiful. A few china roses round out the festivities for our unexpected, but very welcome, October guests. . . .

I hope your week is as lovely as roses!
Ciao! for now!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I've been craving farmhouse red. Maybe it's all those colorful displays we've been seeing lately. I've said before that I can't live with a lot of red up close and personal EVERY day. But I need it every once in awhile. Sort of like I need anchovies. A little goes a long way.

Can checks and stripes be done in a better color? I've gotten out my vintage farmhouse cotton and linen towels to use as napkins. Nothing feels more indulgent to me than a thick soft cottony swath of cloth in my hand while I'm at table. Some crisp whites for balance, and a bit of vintage glass rounds things out.

I've taken up station under the trees for a bit of cookbook browsing. I have a new one that makes my mouth water every time I open it.

After seeing it in House Beautiful, I had no success finding it locally until I tumbled upon it at ANTHROPOLOGIE!! People flock to Ottolenghi's London restaurant for these vegetable dishes. It won't bore you.

We're still plucking a few garden peppers outside the back door. And the herbs seem to go on forever. It's easy to imagine on a day like this that the gorgeous weather will go on and on too. . . .

I hope your lovely weekend goes on and on too!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Settling Into the Season

My mantel shelf is usually pretty understated. It has a narrow ledge. And I tend to like to keep it simple. All summer I've had this chippy architectural piece laying on it with just a couple of shells. But since Autumn seems a showy time of year, I've added a few things I'll enjoy looking at for a little while. 

I always like nature prints, and haven't found another place yet for these moths I've had around. I'm thinking of black and white for Halloween, and they lean in that direction. I also have a furniture applique of oak leaves front and center that is usually at the hall tree by my front door. 

I borrowed a nest from one of several that are usually displayed together, and a sampling of old books to give it height. A few more shells, and voila! It's Fall Y'all! As the season goes on we'll be tucking leaves, and feathers, and whatever else turns up into the mix too. After all, fall is the season for gathering in.

The painted wood was one of those pieces that the man at the junk shop asked me, "What are you going to do with it?" How many times have YOU been asked that question?

 I hope you're enjoying settling in to Fall!
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