Monday, June 30, 2014

A Virtual Blog Tour

My friend Daniella from My Little Old World sent me an invitation to take part in a "Virtual Blog Tour".  At first, I was worried about accepting to participate on this fun tour since I am busy working on a few projects right now.  I even questioned if anyone else would be interested in reading my answers but the fact that sweet Daniella thought of me for this fun collaboration gave me all the enthusiasm and inspiration that I needed.  Besides it is a wonderful way to meet new friends and to inspire others by sharing our passions and creative ideas.  

I am thankful to Daniella for the honor and for believing in my work.  I do hope that you can take the time to visit her beautiful blog.  It is full of creative writing and history lessons full of romance, incredible beauty, tenderness and nostalgia.  Each week Daniella's shares interesting facts about art, photography, historical gardens, structures and royalty to name a few.  A blog that embraces real beauty, loveliness and totally inspiring.   

My Little Old World

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1.  What am I working on?

Oh goodness..  Difficult question because I am working on so many things at this very moment.  I guess I can begin by saying that I am trying to establish a little side business as an event planner specializing in vintage themed parties.  To tell you the truth, I hope that I can turn it into a full time business because it is truly where my heart is.  But it is not an easy task because I do have a full time job right now.  Sometimes I wish I could just dive in and dedicate my time one hundred percent but at this time in my life, I am unable to.   But I do believe in dreams and magic and I am hopeful that someday, this will be my reality. 

I am also working on two baby showers. One is for my goddaughter Daniella and the other one is for my lovely niece Ericka.  Both are in July so things a bit crazy for me right now.  I also did my first photo shoot. It was of my niece Daniella who wanted to take a few maternity photos to capture this very precious and beautiful time in her life.  Truth is, I volunteered for the task.  

Here a few shots of my beautiful niece Daniella that I took a few weeks ago.  What do you think??  

These are a few of the things I have been working on for Daniella's baby shower.  Baby blue checked table toppers, birdcages for the center of each table.  Cake stands for cupcakes.  Who doesn't love a good cupcake right??  Painted paper mache boxes and plate chargers.  And burlap party favors so far.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

First of all, I don't even know what genre my work falls into because it can easily be categorized as styling, decorating, table setting, antiquing, cooking and photography for starters.  And frankly speaking, there are many other bloggers that do the very same thing I do. Inspiring and sharing their own unique creations too.  I guess what makes my work a little different is that I have a certain appreciation for detail, aged beauty and pieces that are passed down through life.  I only use the those pieces that speak to my heart.  Objects that were loved and treasured by others long ago and that I bring to my home to be loved and cherished once again.  Every design and creation captures my soul.  But most importantly, I hope that my work inspires and gives a glimpse into my life and the things that make me happy.


3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I write because it allows me to share my thoughts and ideas.  It is a chance to connect with other kindred spirits.  It is when I feel most happy and free.  A way to decompress and to feed my soul.  I put together my designs and creations to inspire.  To share all the things that I find beautiful and timeless.  A sentimental journey.  For me, it is about respecting the past.  Capturing the beauty of old forgotten pieces and to give them new life. To tell their story and perhaps to show that time-worn objects have a sentimental value and a real beauty that is unsurpassed.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

This is very easy to answer.  It is all about what inspires me at that specific moment.  It is never planned. Inspiration can come from my garden, a recent purchase, old china stored in my basement, a magazine or eye-catching fabric.  It is all about my love affair with romance and style.  It is about keeping my home fresh and comfortable and surrounding myself with the things that I truly love.  Creating interiors and tables that are classic and timeless.

And now I will introduce you to another great and extremely talented blogger.  Su from Butterfly and Bungalow who takes us on her design journey of her 1940's cottage.  Each week Su shares an incredible make over of a room in gorgeous her home.  This woman is a true artist and a master at transforming flea market and garage sale finds.  She loves all things romantic, vintage, French, Swedish country style with a Southwest sprinkle.  She also loves easy, inexpensive crafts that are made from something recycled.


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So stop on over to her stylish blog on July 7 to see her amazing talent and then check out her social media sites. She is amazingly talented.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrating Roses

Happy Sunday friends.  It has been a busy month for sure.  Lots of family gatherings and parties to plan. And best of all, I am enjoying the company of my parents who are visiting from Florida.  Oh am I in heaven. Having my mom around is such a blessing.  Especially after having a little scare with her health a few weeks ago.  So thankful for small miracles...

Today, I am sharing a few photos of a sweet tablescape I put together using roses from my garden.  They were the last few blooms on my spray rose bush until their next blooms.

I began by placing a simple white tablecloth on the table and placed a pink and white over sized striped dish towel on the top which set the color palette for the rest of the look.  Favorite mismatched china with pink and white roses complete this sweet and feminine table celebrating roses.

Isn't great to celebrate summer??  

Lovely and cheery pink tones create a romantic table in the garden.

Love breezy summer days and outdoor living.

Sorry for not making my rounds visiting your blogs the last few weeks.  Things have been extremely busy around here.  I hope you forgive me.  

Wishing you all a beautiful week.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blue and White Tablescape

Happy Sunday friends.  What delightful weather we are having here in the Northeast.  Warm and sunny days with perfumed breezes that are perfect for entertaining outdoors.  Just Impossible to stay inside.  And I find that it is so much easier to entertain in the garden.  So carefree and relaxing.  

Why not gather a few of our favorite vintage pieces and picks from the garden to set up the perfect table to enjoy with a loved one or friend.  For this table, I was inspired by my peonies.  Oh have the blooms been glorious this year.  And is there any flower more gracious and elegant? Really...  Look at the petals and colors on these blooms...  They truly steal my heart.

My color concept for this intimate table were shades of pink, white and blue.  I started by creating a neutral background by using freshly pressed crisp white vintage linens to dress the table.  This created a fresh and clean setting for the pink Peonies centerpieces and my favorite blue and white vintage china pattern by Clarice Cliff, Charlotte.  This pattern is such a treasure. Ageless and breathtaking.  I often wonder what tables it dressed.  What stories it can tell.

The delicate wine goblets are Mikasa and the vintage silverplate flatware was found at a flea market in Lambertville, NJ.  Accents pillows, pearls and figurine complete this romantic and beautifully decorated table.

So proud of my Peonies this year.  They are such a joy.

One of my favorite spots in my garden.  Perfect for enjoying a good read or chat.

My little pooch loves this spot too.


Wishing you all a wonderful week.  And thank you for your support and for taking the time to leave me your lovely comments.  They are such a joy to read.



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Beauty of Roses

My roses have definitely arrived.  And they are in their full glory in my garden.  Soft tones of reds, creams, yellows, peach and pinks are all competing for attention.  They have taken over the fence around the back of our home.  It is an amazing site.  An explosion of buds, petals and blooms all over my fence.  All I can do is seat back and enjoy the show.

So romantic and graceful.  A true Queen in her garden.  I love to cut them and display them around the house. There is something so comforting and magical about roses.  They just fill the heart with happiness and instant romance.  

Pitchers are always my favorite way to display them.    Nothing formal or fancy.  They are stunning on their own.  Here are a few I cut early Saturday morning.  I could not help snapping a few shots.  I hope you enjoy the show.

Wishing you a wonderful week.  Thanks for coming to visit.  Your sweet comments always make me smile.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

The New Leaf Tea Room

Hello friends.  Happy Thursday to you all.  We are still having good weather around.  They days have been sunny and warm and people seem to be in very good spirits.  It is so nice to see all the pretty gardens and neighborhood children playing in their yards.  Summer is just a happy and fun time of year.

Today, my post is about Tea Rooms.  Previously, most of my experiences with tea have been at historic hotels such as The Plaza and The St. Regis in New York City but recently, I have been looking into independently owned tea rooms.  As I have discovered, these privately owned establishments offer lots of warm hospitality, friendly service and endless old world charm.

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law Lilly and I had the pleasure of visiting the New Leaf Tea Room in Riverton, New Jersey.  A very lovely and attractive tea room located on the main street of a town which features lots of Victorian homes.

We arrived at 2:00 pm and were greeted by owner Phyllis Rodgers who promptly guided us to one of the front parlours of the Victorian Home since a private event was taken place in their main tea room area and did not want the noise of the crowd to interfere with our tea time.  We thought this to be very thoughtful and considerate on her part.  And frankly, it allowed us to have a more relaxed and private experience.

Shortly after we were seated, is when we had time to truly take in the decor and details of this pleasing and well decorated tea room. Fire places, Victorian furnishings, fine china, tapestries and crystal chandeliers adorned with glass tea cups all play part in the old world charm of this lovely tea room.

We chose to have The Queen's Tea which offered assorted tea sandwiches, scone with Devon cream and preserves, fresh fruit, miniature desserts, pot of tea and a choice of soup or house salad.  My tea of choice was the rose tea and my sister-in-law decided on the earl grey with lavender.

At first we were served our house salad, scone with Devon cream and preserves and tea.  Next came the tiered trays filled with savory and sweet fare.  A feast for the eyes and a delight for the palate.  The salad and tea sandwiches were my personal favorite but all the food was especially delicious.   A truly enjoyable experience.

Service was very attentive but not rushed.  We were allowed to relax and enjoy our afternoon tea at our own pace.  This place is cozy, comfortable and very welcoming.  It is certainly one that I highly recommend and that I will visit again.

Whether looking to celebrate one of life's milestones moments or gathering between good friends, the New Leaf Tea Room is a great place to delight on the pleasures of afternoon tea.

Love the cute shop.  Nice selection of vintage tea cups and tea pots.

The New Leaf Tea Room
606 Main Street
Riverton, New Jersey 08077
Tel. (856) 786-0323

Thank you for visiting my sweet friends.  I love to read your lovely comments.  They always make my day.

I will keep sharing my summer outings with you all.  I hope you share some of yours too.