Sunday, July 5, 2015

Rustic Elegance

What is it about rusty, crusty, and worn pieces that attracts us?
Bringing pieces inside that once graced gardens, and patios are now found on our tables, and mantels.

Mixing items with our indoor furnishings.......

Peeling paint, and moss covered items........

Cracked and rusty.

Clay, wood, tin, cement, and iron.

Adding ribbon and lace takes the rusty to elegant.

It puts the chic in shabby.

It adds the country to French.

and adds the style to prairie.
It's all a matter of individual taste. Rustic is not for everyone....just as rust, crust, peeling paint, moss, iron, etc. is not to every one's liking. That's okay. We each have our own particular style, and that's what makes the world such an interesting place.
I love old fence posts, porch posts, and iron frames inside the well as fences, and gates. 
We live in an old cottage. It allows me to be able to decorate in the style I love.....VERY shabby, with lots of architectural pieces. 
The more rustic, the better!
The title to this post in no way applies to my home.
I am referring to pieces that I collect only, and love to add ribbons and lace to them for a romantic feel.
I hope your holiday weekend was enjoyable.
I had a blast!
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

A tiger in the garden!!!

Someone was showing her tiger around the garden this afternoon.

Charlotte took a break from swimming, ate some lunch, then took a stroll through the flowers.

The newest members of the wren family decided to come out of their house while Charlotte was sitting among the flowers.
How nice that she was there at just the right time.

Time for tiger to take a nap, and Charlotte to head back to the beach for another swim.
We are waiting for the rest of the gang to get here and celebrate the holiday weekend.
Happy Fourth of July to you!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vacation Time!

We just returned from our annual camping/water-amusement park/soccer in the sand tournament excursion.
We LOVE the Lake Michigan shoreline!
Sadie and Zoey played on the beach the entire day of the tournament.

The weather was great, and lots of people were out enjoying the day!

My grandson Ethan is number 15, and his long time friend Noah is next to him.
They've been playing soccer together for most of their young lives.

Noah will be heading off to college this Fall, and Ethan will be a senior.
Ethan is playing for Schoolcraft College this summer, while practicing with his high school team for the Fall season.

This is our traditional family photo at the water/amusement the end of the day.
Ethan wasn't with us for this.
He was heading off for Schoolcraft to start playing with the college team on Monday.
We move into the amusement park section to ride the coasters, and other rides for the remainder of the evening.
I look forward to this vacation time with my family every year.
I cherish being able to spend time with everyone together.
We can compare the photo's from year to year, and see how the kids are growing, and changing from one year to the next.
We all went back to the campground after, and made s'mores around the campfire.
Today I'm catching up on laundry, and putting things away.
Anson and Charlotte came home with us, and more of the crew will be coming up tomorrow for the fourth of July weekend.
I'm hoping the weather warms up, and the sun comes back out!
Have a great holiday weekend!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Searching for the roses.

I went into the Cottage Garden searching for roses.
I knew there were a few blooms in there, because I could see them from the upstairs window.
What I found were hundreds of buds getting ready to open!

You can see more rose buds to the left of the spikes in this image, and more on the arbor.

There were few blooms, but the ones that I captured were stunning.

As I made my way out of the garden, I found the pretty Yarrow that the Butterflies love so much.

Lavender Speedwell....great for drying.

Some of the Lavender is starting to open.

A climber making it's way up the back of the house.

Lavender Veronica welcoming visitors along the walkway. The red species is almost ready to bloom as well.
In just a few days there should be a profusion of roses...filling the air with their glorious scent.
You can be sure I will be back out in the Cottage Garden with my camera taking more photos as the petals unfurl.
I doubt I will have to stand in the upstairs window to find the blooms!!!
Have a happy day.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A lovely afternoon.

What a beautiful afternoon!
I've been outside painting the mailbox, and front door.
Before coming inside for a break, I decided to cut some peonies.

My favorite are the pink for the color...but for fragrance, I love the white ones!
They fill a room with their scent!

I love putting them next to my bed.

I have more painting to do, and some weeding to get caught up on.
Break time is over for me.
I hope you are enjoying your afternoon!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Some neat stuff!

While I'm waiting for the rain, I thought I would show you what I found recently.
I love this French runner for the table with just a hint of a blue grain sack stripe down the center.

I've been looking for charger plates for my creamy white Target dishes for quite a while.
When I saw these on sale recently at Joss & Main, I couldn't pass them up.

Wouldn't they look beautiful on a wedding table?

I saw this distressed metal table a few months ago on an online shop.
I passed it up the first time.
When it became available again, I bought it!!

Eventually I plan to put it behind the settee.
For the summer months, the furniture is brought all together for extra seating.
Where as in the winter months, the room is divided for watching television.

I really  like the rustic look of the metal table, with the elegance of the candle sticks.
It ties in with the eclectic look of the room.
Still waiting for the rain to start.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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