Sunday, August 25, 2013

Just Checking...

To see how your weekend was...

(My friend Mary's dog, Benny.
 Isn't he handsome?)

Ours was epic.
Our son arrived home from his internship in New York City and brought back fabulous news...  

We've been celebrating all weekend!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Make Do Maniac

That is what I've become!

Ever since I found my first stapled repair back in February I've been smitten with the art of inventive repair.

(This piece was my 2nd acquisition)

Last month I accompanied a friend of mine who had never been to The Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Fair and decided to follow her lead looking mostly at things that interested her.

She had an agenda and was on the hunt for Fostoria glassware which fortunately for me was where I happened upon a make-do motherlode!

My heart quickened as I picked up the first piece, turning it over to discover the stapled backside.

I then picked up the one underneath it to discover that it too had stapled repairs!

I seriously could not believe my eyes when a 3rd matching piece revealed yet another stapled repair!

(Wedgwood Imprint/Blue Mark "IRIS")
  The gentleman at the booth went on to tell me that they were part of a lot that included a set of matching dinner plates in perfect condition which is why he bought it.

He figured someone could do mosaics or something with the stapled pieces.

(Aren't the backs amazing with the flow blue and Wedgwood Mark?)
The funny part is that I came to The Point with no purse, only my iphone and had to borrow the money from my friend.

Fortunately they were only $25!!!

Now I'm looking for the perfect spot to display them!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Still Tweaking...

I hesitated using the term, "tweaking" as it unfortunately now has a new meaning, but all of us who are design obsessed understand that decorating is an ongoing process made up of constant "tweaks", until we feel we have achieved the look we are after.

Whenever I take on a new room or space, I find it takes me several months of "tweaking" until I'm satisfied with it.

Decorating is a work in process that for me evolves into the room or space I envisioned only after several rounds of "tweaking" or "fine tuning."

I feel it is important to live in the space for a time to really understand what is and is not working.



Our new backyard or "garden room."

I tried working with what we had and kept the lemon trees in their pots in the same location even though they weren't getting enough sun or producing much fruit.

I knew they looked out of place in the formal arrangement we have going on now with the pea gravel, boxwoods and tented pavilion.

So off I went in search of a pair of suitable pots that would work in their new sunnier location flanking the garden workbench in the sideyard or potager.

(These are Marzano tomatoes known for the best tomato sauce!)
I ordered these vintage sage green bicycle license plates from Belgium off Etsy that I'm going to attach to the new black pots I found at IKEA.

I think they are loving their new home and we are hoping they thank us with lots of lemons!

I knew a boxwood shape would be the perfect replacement for the lemon trees and fortunately found myself in Boxwood Topiary Heaven when I was sent out to Devil Mountain Nursery to pick up an order for my friend Molly who was busy setting up for her big sale last weekend.

The minute I saw these 10 gallon spiral boxwood topiaries, I knew they were going to be perfect!

As luck would have it, just as I arrived home my gardener pulled up right behind me and before I knew it they were placed in their new pots.

(I found the small Asian table at a church rummage sale and intend to paint it black and have a box cushion made to fit the top for extra seating)

Don't you just love it when you know immediately, without a doubt, that something is perfect?

I inevitably think, "what took me so long?"


What do you think of my latest tweaks?

On another note...
I've been adding a lot of new treasures to my Etsy Shop over the last few weeks. Check it out if you get a chance!

And thanks as always for stopping by, I appreciate your visits and comments :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

La Flor Creations

My fabulously talented friend Molly, of La Flor Creations, is holding her first ever Summer Sale Event this coming weekend in the backyard of her gorgeous Alameda Gold Coast home.

She has been busy sourcing a dizzing array of unique treasures from around the globe to freshen up your home & garden!

I popped over this morning for a sneak peek at what we might expect to find...

She and her partner Melanie will be busy all week creating beautiful potted gardens in unique planters and pots, orchid arrangements, wreaths and front door baskets.

Along with the living treasures, including a selection of tall, full, fabulous, Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees, there will be a wonderful selection of indoor and outdoor pillows, brass candlesticks, beautiful oil paintings, lamps, rugs, table linens from France as well as vintage white linen and napkins.

There will also be garden mirrors, some furniture, silver pieces, serving trays and tableware for entertaining and a selection of vintage dishes & serving pieces.

If you live in the Bay Area, you know that "our summer" is really just beginning which makes this a perfect time to freshen up your home & garden!

Molly has graciously extended an invitation to those of you who would like to come to Alameda and shop La Flor's First Annual Summer Event.

Friday, August 16th, 4pm to 8pm
Saturday, August 17th, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Bring a friend and please join us!

It's sure to be a lot of fun!

Email me for directions

Friday, August 9, 2013


From my garden

I created this simple arrangement in this ironstone tureen with the most unusual faux bois lusterware handles.  Lusterware is a type of pottery or porcelain with a metallic glaze that gives the effect of iridescence.

I picked up a bouquet of coordinating flowers from Trader Joes to arrange with the dark pink hydrangeas that fill my front yard.

I went out on a limb here as I usually only arrange one type of flower en masse.

 What has your garden been gifting you with?