Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cozy Spot For A Snowy Day

I have been thinking about you all this week.  How are you handling these extreme temperatures and snow. The winter storm that dumped a foot of snow earlier this week left a trail of bitter cold that lingered through the weekend.  Oh it sure has been a blue January.

But not to worry.  I always find a way to brighten up my days.  A cozy spot where I can nap, read a little and enjoy a little coffee or tea will do the trick today.




This spot is what I call my reading room.  It has lots of natural light, warm tones, vintage decor, painted furniture and a big comfy chair.   This is truly my own private space.  It is filled with all the things that I love.  Do you have a place of your own???  A little hideaway???





Love to have lots of candles in a room.  This elegant brass candelabra has been in my collection for over twenty years.  It is one of my favorite pieces. 








Homer Laughlin Eggshell china.  Truly classic.




More brass candelabras.  This is a set of two.  Lovely cherubs and a flower arrangement that I made many years ago. 








Perfect spot for tea and a little treat.








I love this shot.  So romantic.




Love the detail on this table topper.  





I am always guaranteed to be creatively refreshed after an afternoon in my favorite spot.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  Keep warm and safe my lovely friends.

Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your time and your sweet comments.


Fondly,

Janet



Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Little Romance


Hello sweet friends.  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  I am still refreshing things around the house.  Organizing and cleaning a few of the closets around the house.  Taking advantage of the time spent indoors.  It is such a pleasure to have everything in its place.    

This morning I was switching things up a bit in my dining room.  Making it a bit brighter and romantic. I began by changing the artwork and plates displayed on the walls.  In no time, I was inspired to create this sweet and romantic vignette for you....




Love the soft and delicate color of these roses.  Who can resist such beauty.




Busts are always a staple in romantic decor.  And they are perfect to display my collection of pearls.





Roses and more roses.  I can't ever get enough.

















Love all things beautiful and embrace romance everyday.


Enjoy every idle hour.

Fondly,

Janet

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pale Loveliness

Happy Sunday world.  January brings bit of peacefulness and welcomed serenity doesn't it.  It is a month  of renewal and new beginnings.  A time to look forward and dream of springtime flowers.  The awakening of nature.  I know it may seem a bit too early to think of spring but heart is longing for such days.

The stark landscape and leaf-bear trees around me make the days a bit sad and long.  Keeping an open mind and heart, it is mother nature that gives me endless inspiration.  Pleasant thoughts and dreams of springs soft color palette and beautiful flowers.  

The pale blue and pink tones on this plate and teacup, paired with a simple pink flower and creamy white accents add soft notes of color and spring to my day.  Such sense of calm and romance make my heart sing.  


























Wishing you all a sunny and happy week.

Hugs,

Janet



 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rustic Charm

Another snowy sunless day here in the Northeast.  The trees and garden floors are covered in fluffy snow. Such a pretty site but the brutally freezing temperatures and winds make it impossible to step outside.  So I stayed in my PJ's all day, drank some hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows of course) and decided to put away the Christmas decorations.  

Yes, I was ready to reclaim my home from Christmas and so this seemed like the perfect day to take on the task. Thank goodness my husband was a willing participant.  Each room was cleaned, dusted and refreshed as the decorations came down.  It is such a great feeling to have everything organized and in its place.  I even did a little re-decorating in the dining room and in the living room.  I placed a couple of old faux books stored in the basement on top of a small mantel in the foyer for a more rustic and welcoming look.  I then added a lamp, small topiary and a few accents pieces found around the house to finish the look.  But before completing the design, I took a few minutes to play around with the camera and snapped a few shots to share with you.  

Isn't it amazing how we uncover beauty in the simplest items?  They are all within our reach if we stop to look.  An old book or forgotten pitcher...  A pretty tea cup will always make my day.  We are surrounded by beauty everyday of our lives.  A simple smile from a child, a comforting hug from a loved one, sitting around the table with our families and even the happy welcome of our pets.  All meaningful and beautiful to me.  What gives you happiness??  What things do you find beautiful??

   





























Simple objects and yet so beautiful.





Here is the finished look.  What do you think??








Thank you for stopping by.  I  hope you all have a wonderful week.

Fondly,

Janet

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Romantic Moments





Happy New Year sweet friends.... With the holiday season coming to an end and thinking of all the tasks ahead of me, I took a little time to relax and to get away from the holiday madness.  I do not want to think about taking down the tree, putting away all the Christmas ornaments and decorations.  Taking time to be thankful for all our blessings, family and true friends and the goals and plans for 2014.

So I gathered a few pretty and romantic pieces from my collection, set them on a silver tray and headed to my bedroom which is my little secret hiding spot.  For the next few seconds, I invite you to envision yourself in this perfect space.  Please delight in the flowers and romantic details.  I promise, it will make you smile.




Flowers and pearls always make me smile.




Love the clean look of pure white linens.




So feminine and romantic.  It makes my heart sing.







Be still my heart.
















I want to wish you all a happy and healthy new year.  Now refreshed and revitalized, I am ready for the blessings and challenges that 2014 will bring.  And hope that our homes are filled with laughter and lots of love.  That we are kind to one another  and to value time spent with family for it is family that keeps us strong and together.

Thank you for your support.  I hope you will continue to join me as I create and share my personal stories.


Hugs,

Janet