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Elements of Design ~ Transitional Style Decor and How to Get the Look

Transitional decor is one of if not the hottest decorating style these days and though it may be hard to define ~ you’ll know it when you see it.  

By that I mean you know how when you walk into a home and instantly you feel welcomed and at home?  Transitional decor may be the key so today we are talking how to get that look…

So what is transitional decor?

Transitional decor is the blending of traditional style decorating and architecture with its use of woods in furniture and neutral colors with the more modern glass and chrome interiors and minimalism we often associate with the Atomic era of decorating.

I looked up a definition for you and found this post by a builder which says:

“The transitional style uses a mix of textured materials such as wood, lacquer, fabric, metal, or steel to add depth, appeal to the senses, and help balance the overall aesthetic. Stealing from modern-contemporary architecture, most transitional homes use clean lines and minimalism in their design.”                May 20, 2017   Sandy Spring Builders blog.com

With that definition you can see in the photograph above the classic traditional style of this chair and bench set surrounding a traditional style painted wood table. The lighting fixture overhead is metal with frosted glass shades and the soft fabric element is brought in by the addition of neutral curtains at the sliding door and the bolder geometric placemats.  We get the metallic chrome look of modern style with the “Give Thanks” on the dining room wall.






I love this table with its classic style but it has a little secret to share.  

The top has a wood grain look but is really a lightly grooved laminate sheet ~ perfect for a young family!  This edgy top makes for easy clean up for spills and is also perfect for playing cars and Legos on its surface.  No scratches like with a traditional wood tabletop and it is self healing!  🙂



Texture and metals

Bringing up our lead photo again, this setting is also transitional as you see the play of texture in the sofa, the carpet and the throw on the sofa with its darker neutral colors.  Metals are introduced with the modern metal base side table, the shadow box frames and the tree branch wall decor.  The nubby texture of the carpet with its giant diamond pattern adds another layer to the mix.  

This is my son and daughter-in-love’s home and they are still newly married (just two years) so they are still adding pieces to their home as they find the right look.

  

To keep this in the transitional style, a coffee table with a chrome base and oval glass top would give keep this area light and airy.  Adding in an oval or round table would bring in another transitional element with the addition of something curved.



If they decided to add a wood coffee table this would give this room more of a traditional feel.  Simply changing the style of furniture can make a room lean one way or another ~ part of the fun in decorating!  

When I was at High Point Market last fall I saw some great tables which would compliment this room’s decor.  Although this is an entryway or sofa table the furnishings at Eloquence have a light look to them that carries over to the transitional style beautifully.

I found a chunky metal base coffee table with an oval wood top one online at Pottery Barn.  Another fun rectangular table on their site has sleek gold legs and gold metal top surrounding its glass top ~ very contemporary!



Mixing the old and new ~ contemporary sandblasted green glass bottles with antique pharmacy bottles turned lavender from sitting in the sunlight.


Glass and wood

Any of these coffee tables linked above check the box for transitional decor with their light and airy glass tops and metal bases.  Adding in a metal base gives them that edgy modern industrial look.  Not sure if either of the linked photographs will appear ~ fingers crossed.  🙂

My daughter-in-law loves contemporary stenciled sayings on wood and has several scattered throughout their home.  Here she has mixed burlap and a wood sign with those glass bottles, and metals in the black chicken wire garden trug and the tin flower vase on the bottom shelf.

Texture plays a big part in the vignette Justine created in this bookcase secretary created for her by her father.

I love how the new side table and the clean lines of the sofa and barrel chair mix comfortably with this antique Singer sewing machine ~ a gift to Justine from a coworker.

Traditional heart with contemporary soul ~ keeping those family heirlooms and traditional pieces but creating that transitional style with that mix of modern and vintage.  

So if you are feeling the need to freshen up your own decor try bringing in a couple of new pieces with a little metal and glass to change your room or home to today’s transitional style.

And as the sign on the wall says, they are truly blessed and you will be too.
🙂


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thank you.
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Share Your Style #178

Welcome to week #178 of Share Your Style! 

This week, Kim, from Serving Up Southern is your host.

Hey everyone, Kim here! I am so excited about this week’s party.
I’m honored to be co-hosting with these talented bloggers.


An image of the seven co-hosts of the Share Your Style parties.
I’m sure I can speak for all of us when I say we would love for you to follow us on our blogs and social media. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest and get to know us.

Recently over at Serving Up Southern, I shared:

  A mantel decorated with black crows, a human skeleton picture, a spider web with spiders, and pumpkins.

I love that Share Your Style has introduced me to so many new blogs. Several of the blogs that linkup are already some of my favorite haunts, but I’m loving the new (to me) blogs too. Thank you, to those of you who linked to our last party. You gave me so many choices, making it so hard to choose.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week:

Chinoisierie pumpkin sitting on a table
I love how Yvonne from Stone Gable made this Beautiful and Easy Chinoiserie Pumpkin DIY with designer napkins. I happen to already have some designer napkins here at the house. This just makes me want to have a crafting party with my girlfriends so we can make these. You gals know who you are. 😉

Porch decorated in beautiful fall decor.
Kristy over at the Starfish Cottage shows us How To Create A Beautiful Front Porch For Fall. She has put me in the mood to dress up my porch with some classic fall color. I love everything about the way she’s dressed up her porch for the season.

Wooden pallet painted in fall colors propped on porch with pumpkins.
Jennifer over at The Magic Brush shows us An Ombre Painted Pallet Project For Fall. When I saw this I immediately turned to my husband and asked if my pallet collection (collect from building our house) was still out behind the barn. He surely questioned my motives in keeping every single pallet that showed up with building material on them. I assured him that a girl can never have too many pallets. This might be the first pallet project I do from my stash.  🙂

Mantle with bat cutouts displayed in glass cloches.
Jamie over at So Much Better With Age shared this Bat Printable For Halloween (2 Sizes). I love the way she used them to decorate her mantle. Aren’t they the coolest “flying” around in the cloches?
    Living room decorated with fall decor and a vintage basket.  
Karianne at Thistlewood Farms holds us in great anticipation with her Wait Until You See What I Found At A Yard Sale post! I couldn’t wait to see what she had found! And boy-oh-boy did she find some yummy goodness! I love going to yard sales, and vintage markets and finding such treasures. Now go! Go and see what she found!   

Peanut butter pumpkin treats on a baking sheet.
Last, but certainly not least, Tracey over at The Kitchen Is My Playground shares how to make these Easy Peanut Butter Pumpkins. Aren’t they just darling! I think I know several little girls that would just love to help make these treats.

Well y’all, that’s it for this week. As I said, it was so hard to choose. I could have kept going but then this would have been a never-ending post.

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Decorating Inspiration ~ Favorite French Finds

French furnishings  are ever timeless and right now are
so plentiful and can also be found at really good prices!
I am finding so many beautiful pieces of furniture and table decor available at local shops so today I thought I’d share
some with you.

Perhaps a piece or two is just what is needed which could just transform your home into a
little French getaway…
🙂

French inspired furniture 

Let’s begin with these beautifully carved chairs found at HomeGoods.
Right now velvet is sooo the fabric covering of choice
for designers and decorators alike!
I saw a ton of velvet covering chairs at High Point Market last fall.
First I found this lush green velvet chair and thought… Hmmm?
I could store it in our little local storage unit until we
find our next house
{plus my daughter really likes green and it would look cute at her apartment!}
Then I found the blue armchair as today’s opening photograph
and thought, oh my!
Both are nice but if I had to choose between the two?
I don’t know if I could….

A little closer detial of the carved leaves along this armchair’s upper back.  Pretty!
I really like the light stained ash or beech wood with the two different colorways of velvet.  Very pretty!
Sumptuous and sturdy this chair would wear well and the fabric would last for years before needing to be recovered.
I believe each chair was just $299.00 ~ a good price for a very
well made chair.


A photograph I put out on my Instagram account ~ love these Cinderella chairs!
Then I found these molded lucite {acrylic} armchairs perfect to pair with a vanity in one’s bathroom or to place in a girl’s bedroom
as her princess chair!
Ethereal and light enough that a young child could easily
move these chairs around they visually don’t take up much
room so they’d be perfect in a small room.
These chairs have carvings so reminiscent of that beloved French Louis styles us Francophiles love.


From left to right:  a white and gold eyelash pillow, a tufted and twisted round velvet poof,
and a beautiful garden-inspired hydrangea square pillow.

Here I wandered the store and picked out some of my favorite pillows to see what would look good with these chairs.
I love those fluffy and sparkling eyelash pillows and thought one might add a little more seat comfort if one was sitting for
a long time ~ beautiful but perhaps maybe a little big
for this style of chair.

The purple goodness of the round poof fit this chair the best
I thought.  I love it’s twisted edges and I still have yet to figure
out how that is done as these pillows are sewn.
Comfortable and beautiful this pillow would also look
good on a sofa or bed.
The hydrangea pillow was another that didn’t really fit
but was fun to try!

I had fun decorating these chairs with pillows…
😉

These chairs remind me of last year’s post where I shared
some other French inspired furniture created by designer
Cynthia Rowley and another post where I found
more French inspiration at a mall about an hour away.




French inspired vases and table decor

As I wandered the store some more I came across this endcap with this incredible curvy vase and these creamware pieces on it!
I was sooo tempted to put it in my cart and bring it home with me but Mr. Ethereal would probably have my hide.
There just isn’t the storage available in our little Prairie Home
but I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the future.

Couldn’t you see it with fresh cut garden roses cascading about and over those gentle curves?
Or with a bouquet full of many luscious flower types reminiscent
of those fabulous bouquets found in the dark-background
Dutch-artist Vermeer paintings falling over those edges??
Very ethereal!!!


Okay, these vases were really all made in Italy but I had to include
them in my French finds because sunflowers do indeed
grow in France!
Sunflowers in French is tournesols and literally means
“turns towards the sun” and they do indeed follow the sun
from east to west.

I could have brought home any of these vases ~ they would
be just as lovely on a buffet in one’s dining room as they
would be on a side table anywhere else in the home.
Lovely vases to feature and to feature whatever beautiful
bouquets were placed inside them ~
faux, dried or fresh!


Next  I spied this toile de Jouy-covered mannequin.
Her picturesque scenes on burlap of a farmer and his lady quietly speak of harvest time.
Love the little tower with its thatched roof ~ perhaps a grainery where he stores his harvested crops??

Wouldn’t this mannequin look lovely with an apron or
ballerina tulle dress tied around her waist?
I thought so too.
😉

Ah! Sunflower

William Blake1757 – 1827


Ah! sunflower, weary of time,


Who countest the steps of the sun,


Seeking after that sweet golden clime


Where the traveller’s journey is done;



Where the youth pined away with desire,


And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,


Where my sunflower wishes to go.


Arise from their graves and aspire;


Found this sweet poem by British poet William Blake on Poets.org
{which erroneously listed Mr. Blake as an American ~ this is the update!}
and thought it would be fun to share with you.
Did you know that you can get poems sent to the inbox
of your email everyday?  You can.
🙂


Lastly I found several clocks with French style and
a sweet patio set…
I have wanted a French mantel clock for quite some time
and this reproduction clock would do nicely!
I love the vintage look this one has with its burnished and
antiqued gilding and with its ebony case and finial.
Batteries go in the bottom in case you are wondering
so that the back can face out on a bureau or desk ~ love
how today’s modernity is hidden.
Tres magnifique!


This patio set is sweet with its faux bois legs and little
branchlets and leaves.  
It is a nice take on the French look of crafting furniture to
look like it is made from trees though it is made from iron
cement or stone.
I found a site called Hen Feathers which creates faux bois furniture and you can find their link here.
Hen Feathers shares a nice history on the making of
faux bois furnishings.

All in all a pretty round up of French
inspired furnishings…
Wouldn’t you agree?



Sharing with
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Rustic and Refined
Inspire Me Monday ~ Create with Joy
Paris in July ~ Thyme for Tea
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Petite Haus
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage

 A bientôt,

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How to Create a Library in Small Spaces

Libraries although perhaps not quite as popular now with
today’s younger generation than with past generations due to
novel reading on tablets, computers and cell phones.
Despite new technology entering into the world of books
I think libraries can still hold a special place in the home.

They are wonderful to have on so many levels…

Libraries are easy and convenient to tuck anywhere and
within a small home this is especially true and a necessity.
Libraries with their books help give a home character ~ 
something that grounds the home and makes people feel
at ease when they come over to visit.

It’s always welcoming to go over to a friend’s home
and pick up a new book to read the jacket cover ~ you
may find a new author you’d like to try out and see if
you like their stories!
🙂

Library vignette

This little library vignette is easy to make with just a few
vintage hardcover books and one or two heavy objects
to help hold them up.
When picking books for small libraries pick books with
similar subjects or perhaps famous authors or even with cloth covers for your theme when you create
your vignette grouping.

Last Christmas I ended up decorating right around this little library of books I have collected over the past couple of years glamping.
Not having built or purchased small shelving for this location
a couple of pliable books became “a shelf” of sorts.
😉

What is it about books?

Part of any library’s enchantment whether large or small is the taking down of a book and holding it in one’s hands ~ it is a
visual and weighty sensory experience.
You can smell them too which might seem odd but I have heard from many friends over the years that they love the smell of the newsprint on which book pages are usually
printed.

Books are invariably of different weights due to the number of pages each contains plus the physical size of each book.
I love coffee table books for their enormous size!

Do you remember in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility
when the youngest sister Margaret is reading her atlas in the library at their father’s house as his estate is being handed off to the new Mr. and Mrs. Dashwood.
(Emma’s character Miss Elinor Dashwood’s half-brother’s and wife) 
Mr. Ferrars (Hugh Grant) has come for a visit while his sister Fanny and John Dashwood are at the country estate.

He walks into the enormous library room with his sister and sees this enormous book on the floor next to a sofa table covered with a rug (of which Miss Margaret has just scurried underneath).
He rightly surmises that the noise he heard upon entering the room is the young person the family is searching for and with a quick push back of his toe he moves the book under the table and
out of Fanny’s view.

Love that scene!

Another good place to create a small library in the home is surrounding a wall mount television.
This shelf above in the Christmas photograph shows the built-in cabinets below the television create a natural area for showcasing anything from books to holiday vignettes.

Here we are blessed with both.
🙂


Create a mini library with an unused garden stand.


Other small libraries


Recently I posted this photograph on my Instagram sharing a
mini library we have in our living room ~ just one little shelf on this wrought iron plant stand is being used to hold some
faith based books at present.
Two of the three legs of this stand hold up this little

grouping and keep these books within arms’ reach.

Having a small table used as an extra library table like this
creates a rotating display of books and other items and
can be changed seasonally ~ an easy way
to refresh one’s home decor.



Of course having a beautiful rack to hold magazines
in one’s small library is lovely to keep out
on display!

The possibilities are endless with mini libraries in
small homes… and in large ones.
I am an advocate of small bookcases in every bedroom especially in children’s rooms to help promote good reading habits and to
help foster the next generation’s
love of reading.
😉

The simple act of reading a favorite book
is a great way to relieve stress and to
take a trip to anywhere a story leads!
I’d love it if you’d share this photograph, thank you!


Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondock’s Blog
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Life and Linda
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna
Wordless Wednesday ~ Oh, My Heartsie Girl!




Happy libraries to you!
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You’ve Got Mail, Bookshops and Great Design in the Movies

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When I was  a little girl in school there were three
favorite things I loved: first was recess
the second was P.E. and the third was going to the library
each week to pick out a few good books to read…


An interesting fluke showing the ending and beginning of two scenes.
These photos I shot with my iPhone off the television, as you can tell. 🙂

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On Easter Sunday  after going to church and
enjoying the Easter egg hunt that happened for the kids there
and while the potroast bubbled and simmered away
in its crockpot set on top of the stove
{which made our little prairie home smell wonderful by the way}
Mr. Ethereal, my hubby bear, and I watched old favorite
movies.

After watching A Dog’s Purpose which if you haven’t seen it
is absolutely wonderful.
Keep tissues near as you will laugh and cry.
;)’
Then I pulled out our next latest $5.00 video bargain and one
of the best love stories out there:
You’ve Got Mail.

Now you might ask yourself what in the world does
You’ve Got Mail
Tom Hanks’ character Joe Fox and Meg Ryan’s
Kathleen Kelly
have to do with design??

In this scene Jean Stapleton’s character has invited the girls over for a farewell to the Shop Around the Corner tea luncheon.
The setting with all its books, the tea table, the garden chairs and plants bringing the outside in is just beautiful, isn’t it?


Well the answer is…. Everything!

I love how the movie was staged.  The furniture
the lighting and the decorations on the walls.
The brownstone row houses set in New York City.
Timeless. Classic.
Like my favorite Waverly linen pattern called
Norfolk Rose on the couch and on some of the pillows.
{This must subliminally be why I ended up buying
two yards of it last year to make my couch’s pillows!}



You get to see our home as it really is… 🙂  Loved and with a small glowing electric fireplace.


And our home when it is clean and shiny beautiful for you!


I crack up each time I watch this movie when Joe talks about
The Godfather as being the I Ching ~ the Nirvana
of everything.
And an explanation of everything according to him and it would seem every other American male out there.
Even my hubby understands the reference and it is
part of his psyche.
Weird.
😉




But really it’s the love that develops over time that I love about You’ve Got Mail ~ the relationships between the coworkers and
Kathleen and Greg Kinnear’s character and how there’s love there
between he and Kathleen.
But eventually there can only be one great love…


And the always romancing songs with notes just the right
pitch winding its melodic way in the background of the story
culminating in the actualization of a love that
will stand the test of time.


Timeless and classic

Then there is Kathleen Kelly’s bed and the scene where Joe
comes over to visit when she’s sick…
 I have noticed this is also why I fell in love at High Point Market with the beds at Eloquence…
sigh!


You Do Know that I gave our old dark cherry bedframe
to our daughter as it was a queen size and we bought
a California king??
We will have to be buying a new bedframe at
some point…
And probably buying a smaller king mattress as in the
houses we are looking at here in Texas…
the Cali isn’t going to fit.
😀


And of course books  and the mom and pop book shop
versus the newfangled idea of the big box store was all new
twenty years ago and feature throughout this movie
and are characters in themselves ~  along with then newbie
America On Line which we all know now
and love as just plain AOL.

Did you ever think that email would just become a
part of the fabric of our daily lives??



They are remaking memories

Whether it is intentional on the part of producers Nora and Delia Ephron or not that although many smaller bookstores would
go by the wayside the memories of loving books and stories
though changing where we would buy and read them
would remain and never die.

Even the movie itself is like a second or third remake
of a good old late 1930’s classic and this is talked about in a
10 year reunion with the Ephrons, Hanks and Ryan!


Kathleen Kelly climbs into bed while Joe Fox brings her tea over and tucks her in.
Love the gilding on this bed!  Although today we would probably change the stripes
out for a solid linen this bed is still a classic design.



They come full circle

So they come full circle with bookshops changing to meet the needs of the times and for me there is also the scene with Kathleen Kelly’s bed…



I love that bed and it looks like some of the beds I saw at Eloquence while touring there this past fall.
And then last year while wandering around Dillards
at one of the malls in Frisco or Plano
I found this bed by Cynthia Rowley.



Whether one of these companies made the bed used in this movie with it’s striped Ralph Lauren 1980’s look or another big design house made them…
I love the curving design of the headboard from You’ve Got Mail
and it’s sweet antique quilt and comfy bed linens
and the bed’s Gustavian-Louie posts.

Timeless, classic and still on trend and chic!


A photograph I took of books while visiting Second Impression Antique shop in South Dakota.


Remember

I do miss a favorite old bookstore that used to be in Temecula
when we first moved to Murrieta, California in the early 1990’s
and it was called The Little Professor.
I took my two kids there for storytime along one painted wall with children’s book characters brought to life there was a hole.
This hole was big enough for even adults to crawl through so that
we could all go inside and back in time to enjoy the best
stories of our childhood.


Somewhere over the rainbow

But eventually there can only be one great love…

Keep the tissue box nearby

And I won’t spoil it for you if you’ve never seen this movie.
But do go rent it or buy it online somewhere
and enjoy the beautiful set designs
the city of New York in the fall and the wonderful romantic comedy that it is.





Sharing with
Wow
Feathered Nest Friday
Sweet Inspiration
Thursday Favorite Things

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Always… where skies are blue,
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A Quick What’s Up This Week Post

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This week  I’ll be sharing three great posts with you.
The first will share two really beautiful antiques/gift shops
from my trip to California.
Look for this first post to come out on Wednesday.



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Next  I’ll be sharing a little more from Kathy’s beautiful
home in Nipomo near Santa Barbara, California.
Her all-white home is timeless and on-trend with a variety of textures, glass table tops and many crystal chandeliers
gracing her ethereal home.


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And as  we head into springtime and with annuals
just starting to come out at local garden centers
I’ll take you on a trip to one shop filled with early
spring flowers that we visited in Arroyo Grande.


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Sorry  about last week only getting one post out.
I was busy bleaching and washing linens from our
kitchen as we deal with a mouse…
The little rodent{s} have hopped into our trailer’s
underbelly and after going through four live and not-live
traps we are still trying to catch the little beasty.
At least one made it into our kitchen island but
it doesn’t look like any made it inside our home,
thankfully!

I’ve also been working out more as I work to get
back in better shape.
10,000 steps a day is the goal!
🙂

*Update: the Posies and Picket Fence post will publish
on Thursday instead of Wednesday due to weather.
Thank you!
🙂
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See you again tomorrow,
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California Dreaming…

California Dreaming…
It’s definitely a dream trip to be able to accompany my husband
out here for the better part of two weeks here in January.
While it is still snowy and cold across much of the United States
and still getting down into the 20 degree temps where we live in
North Texas, this is a welcome vacation…
This is just a quick post today as I’ll write more over the weekend
sharing some photos from my travels back down the California
coast from Nipomo through Ventura.
 
These two photographs are just as you’d come into Santa Barbara
area and it was about 4:00 or 4:30pm PST or so and it was
66 degrees outside with a light wind blowing so that it was brisk but not cold on your skin.
I love this time of year in Southern California before late spring
and summer’s heat really start kicking in!
It was my favorite time to garden as you could stay outside and
play in the yard all day then take a nap in a favorite patio chair.
{with your feet propped up on a chair opposite for extra comfort}
There’s a photo I took while I was outside reading at our big house
at just about this same time of year and it is a favorite.
 
 
And speaking of gardens… I posted a few photos on Instagram
as I travelled about this week and one of those places I visited
was my friend Kathy’s home up in Nipomo about a half-hour
north of Solvang and an hour or so above Santa Barbara.
 
She is my garden mentor!  Kathy can grow anything and together
with her husband Ken they create the most beautiful gardens!!!
This house they moved into about a year and a half ago now and
this garden is still in its infancy ~ but look at how far it has come!
 
Here is a photograph Kathy took of our tea group a number of years ago at their former home in Escondido, California.
You can see how drop dead gorgeous their garden was there!
 
L-R:  Friends Carolyn, Sandy, Julie {foreground ~ she’s the sweet friend whose bathroom I shared the other day!}, Sandy,
me {looking much thinner then… working on it! Lol!}, and Gloria {in the white blouse}.

Here is a photograph of Kathy and Julie at my snowman tea
however the post that went with this no longer exists ~ probably
a casualty of moving from Weebly to Blogger back when…
 
But here is another tea with the gang of girls at my home if
you’d like to check it out.
😉
 
I’ll be sharing more next time I post… until then enjoy
this last photo from Kathy’s lovely garden.
 
Sunrise in Nipomo, California… Wouldn’t you like to wake up to this view everyday?
 
 
Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine’s Corner
Friday at the Firestation ~ A Fireman’s Wife
 
 
 
 

Well, that’s it for today, folks!
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Small Space Living ~ Sharing Kindness through Organization

Sharing kindness  and helping someone to
organize their home is something
I love to do!
Today’s post will be sharing the beginnings of this
new project I am helping a friend with and
that is organizing and redecorating
her small rv home.
🙂

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Today I am joining
a wonderful group of bloggers
who are sharing their stories of kindness
with you, our readers, and those links are included
in this post below.
Please enjoy your visit with a warm cinnamon scone
and a hot cup of tea…
:)’


These two new pillows my friend loves!  Her favorite color is blue so that will be our main hue.

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I have  a friend here where we live who has special needs and lives on her own however organizing her living spaces
is just not her forté.

She and I have been friends for a little over a year now and we walk together all the time and I help her with things
she may need from time to time.
I have helped by taking her to get groceries or driving her to the doctor, as a number of her other friends also do.
It is a privilege to be able to help in this way and it is really an honor to be able to use my organizing and decorating skills
to make her life more
functional and beautiful.
🙂


Begin by clearing out

My friend had already begun packing up things
she no longer needed and had outgrown in bags.
We continued some of this on our first day organizing.
Since she has lost a considerable amount of weight
she is excited to be receiving gently used clothing
from friends and finding new clothing at a few nicer local thriftshops.

We concurrently went through her kitchen pulling out
duplicate and unneeded items and talked about having everything you need to prepare meals and for baking everyday right where you cook and mix things.
We also discussed ways to organize the kitchen ~ by use and item.
You can see in the top photos we have begun putting all the
kitchen appliances in the cupboard above the tan chair.
Then we worked on putting paper goods and less needed
kitchen items together in that same area.


Reorganize and space planning

Since my friend has lost a considerable amount of weight she is excited to be receiving gently used clothing from friends and finding new clothing at a few of the nicer local thriftshops.
A mutual friend takes her out shopping about once a month
or so and they make a day of it by going out to lunch, too.

As we worked on purging those no-longer-needed clothing pieces
I spent time teaching my friend about hanging long items
together and about taking unrelated items out of each closet.

Small space living is the same whether one lives in a trailer,
a small cottage home or in a studio apartment.
Really organizing one’s built-in cupboards and closets
is key to making our homes look and feel bigger!
😉

Our Yoda shows an interest in helping clean and organize. 

Clean as you go

One of the biggest tips I can offer is to clean and wipe down
cupboards inside and out and the items going inside as you go through them.
Putting everything away all nice and clean makes a big difference in how we feel about ourselves and about our home!


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Part of the fun  for us was just looking at what
my friend had and seeing things with fresh eyes!
Since there are only three small storage drawers in the kitchen which were meant for the silverware, some utensils and a few linens for wiping and washing dishes,
I showed my friend how to display her silverware in large
water glasses up on her counter along with an unused crock
to hold her utensils.
Just doing this gave us a free drawer to have the
ever-needed “junk drawer.”

Repurpose closet spaces

Above her television is a perfect spot for my friend’s jeans
casual pants that can be folded and t-shirts.
Here we will put in some foldable shelving to give her
better stacking ability.
This closet will probably hold other things as well
but she really needs clothes closet storage ~ 
her chief complaint with not being able to put
things away as she would like.


Store away non-used items

Christmas is just over for the year so we worked on
giving her a bigger storage box for her needs.
In this new box we were able to put in all of her blank
Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations
and ornaments as it was just the perfect size!
This box fit perfectly in her really unused storage area
on the outside of her trailer.
We will be storing more items there as we get further
into our reorganizing adventure.
😉

Fixing up the bedroom will be here in the next few weeks.
To be continued…
I’ve been over one other day and we worked more on
putting things for donation out in my car
so…
The next time we get together we will probably tackle
the bedroom closets and storage needs in there.


Here are some items we might need in my friend’s home
that I began pricing when I picked up my own groceries
this past weekend.

Stay tuned!
Being kind and helping others is what I believe in.
I love my decorating and gardens but my heart is
firmly planted in helping others and especially friends
to achieve their dreams and goals, too.

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Sharing with
Wow Us Wednesday ~ Savvy Southern Style
Hearth and Soul Linky ~ April J. Harris
Totally Terrific Tuesday ~ The Savvy Apron
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage
Thursday Favorite Things ~ Katherine’s Corner

*An Update
My friend and I walk together and attend the same Bible
study, but we haven’t really got back to more organizing
in her little trailer home.
I did share some organizational skills with her and we
took a bunch of outgrown clothes and other clothes
which were donated to her to the Salvation Army.
People at her church and here where we live give her
bags of clothes to sort through all of the time ~ one of
the problems she has with organizing.

So… with that, we will get back finishing organizing as
the weather cools off, hopefully!
🙂

Also  I’m resharing this post with
Spread the Kindness Link Up #80 ~ Shelby on the Edge




Thank you to – our hosts on today’s
PERK  Project
{kindness the last in the series}
Jemma and Stacey

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Here are all of the ladies sharing their 
posts with you:

Jemma ~ At Home with Jemma
Discovering Kindness on a Yellow School Bus

Stacey ~ Poofing the Pillows

Throwing Kindness Like Confetti

Jeanie ~ The Marmalade Gypsy
When Kindness Brings Tears

Kris ~ Junk Chic Cottage
PERK Project and Kindness

Lavender Dreams
The Give Way of Life

Cindy ~ County Road 407
Serve and In Turn You Are Served

Tammy ~ Patina and Paint
The PERK Project

Terri ~ Our Good Life
One Word ~ Kind

Carol ~ Bluesky At Home
How to Write Your How for Your Why


Stay kind, always,

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Christmas Touches at the Biltmore

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With Thanksgiving now behind us and the
Christmas season upon us
Today we are heading back to visit the
Biltmore  for Christmas…


This cozy dining table is set with the Vanderbilt’s personally monogrammed china.

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Biltmore House is lovely any time of year and
when I visited in early October most of its rooms
were decorated just as they normally would have been when
George W. Vanderbilt and later his
family lived there.

Mildly disappointed that I wouldn’t be seeing
the house during the holiday season
in all its Christmas finery,
while on the self-guided tour I came upon several women
who were busy putting up greenery and ornaments on a fireplace mantel.
My heart leaped and I oooohed outloud,
“You’re decorating for Christmas!”

One of the staff members said that yes, they started early
as there are 250 rooms within Biltmore’s walls
and it takes a lot of manpower to finish the work ~ 
a plus for all of us who were
now visiting!
My trip would be complete.
🙂


This table setting is situated on the left side of the great Banquet Hall.  Fabulous handwoven tapestries hang within
many of Biltmore’s main rooms.  Here three fireplaces on this end of the room would have kept guests and family members quite comfortable during festive winter parties.

Today’s post is timely too if you haven’t seen and read
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out on news stands now.
The Biltmore is shown in all of its Christmas beauty
within the magazine’s pages and was
most likely photographed during last holiday season
once all of its decorations were on-display.
{Please click on the wording above to order your copy.}


Sorry, a bit blurry!

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Another dining room is set here for more intimate gatherings…
Setting a beautiful table is something I really enjoy so with
great pleasure I tried to photograph took all of the dining areas featured at Biltmore Estate for you.

I love how the color red was carried
throughout the home
don’t you?
🙂


Here the flocked burgundy velvet dining chairs and the
matching velvet curtains continue the hue as it also done
in most of the home’s other rooms.

Check out all the gilding on this lovely writing desk and the pen and ink set!
This particular sitting room with views of the valley below
had no deep red in it that I recall but was decorated
in lovely shades of periwinkle and navy found here
in the settee, armchairs and in the rug underfoot.

A gentlemen’s room above left and top right, and in a ladies’ parlor share more of the deep reds turning to wine.
I love the depictions of the stag and boar running away from the hunting party along the fireplace soffit in the
gentlemen’s smoking room.
The small table set for tea was in one of the ladies’
bedrooms.


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In this stairway the swirling black ironwork
winding up the staircase and echoed in the triple chandelier carry on the hunting lodge theme of the whole estate.


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Moving along  into the upstairs and into a family room
symmetrically decorated with four ten-foot Christmas trees
set with matching gold orbs and twinkling white lights
a mannequin is dressed in character Rose DeWitt Bukater’s purple full-length Edwardian gown
from the movie Titanic.
Over at The Inn at Biltmore more of the Titanic film’s
dresses are on display.

This Christmas tree and armoire are situated in an upstairs hallway which
displays many paintings and drawings by famous artists such as John Singer Sargent.

I loved this ladies bedroom which had lovely cream colored walls, more of the flocked burgundy wallpaper and drapes plus softly draping silk shades set in the French Doors and the bay window facing the front of the home.


The writing desk set here by the window must have been a wonderful place to write letters and invitations…

This bedroom was decorated with less ornate
Louis XV style French furnishings than those found in other parts of the home ~ a more conservative
French country style.

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Back downstairs  and into the kitchen staff areas
the last stop on this tour today…
This is the servants’ dining room and though conservatively furnished with 
simple bentwood chairs
the table itself is enormous ~ it was
quite up to date in its time.


Last month I wrote  two posts about touring the
of which the latter includes a little video.
To find more information about Biltmore Estate’s history
please click on these highlighted words and please visit
for tickets to visit and to stay at The Inn and other local
accommodations in the village.


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Our Home…

Second bathroom is done ~ passed inspection last week! Yeah!

Happy Summertime!
Evenings are so wonderful this time of year…
We can go for long walks,
everyone is out bicycling, or running, or walking their dogs,
and playing at the parks,
 or just hanging out with friends.


We are no exception! Yoda is looking at me right now
thinking
“Walkies???”
We may go in a bit… :)’
(that’s Yoda and his tongue!)

Tonight I thought I’d share our finished bathroom
and a few rooms all cleaned-up
in the house.
🙂



Here are the dining room and living rooms
all dressed for summer!
Many of the teacups

usually stored in the corner-round cupboard

have gone to storage for now.

The chandy is still wearing its
usual crystal finery and a few geese
which are sometimes out at Christmas…

Upstairs, here is my craftroom!
(my happy place!)
Usually, there’s a bit more stuff on the tables,
(okay, A LOT more stuff!)
so I am happy that it is pretty clean so I can share it with you. 
🙂


The ceiling was blue when we moved in 12 years ago,
and I was yearning for a pink room
back then,
mostly due to
Romantic Homes

magazine,

so…

that’s how we got the pink and blue room.
The beige striped/rose balloon shades came with
us from our first home
here in Murrieta.
Some of them I sold to my friend Sandy
who really, really loved them!

***

On another note,
I am finally finishing the second 
settee cover ~
that’s the pleated skirt by the sewing machine

upstairs in the Craft Room

that I am finishing up.

Been working on it for a couple of evenings now
after painting in the house.
(this is typical for me… I finish big projects when I am on long vacations from school)


I was able to sew on the piping yesterday morning.
With the settee’s legs,
this piping and skirt needed to sit roughly 9″ off the floor.
So nice that the travertine is so even!
Made it a dream to set a thick ruler 
vertically on the ground
and measure upwards along the body of the slipcover
to put pins and pencil markings.
(I have already cut-off the excess fabric.)

Tomorrow I hope to get the pleats sewn on.
Here’s hoping that I have enough fabric sewn on this time!
😉




Our lovely bedroom
with our one-year-old California King mattress set!
(one of the best things we have EVER purchased!)
These curtains are Rachel Ashwell’s
Simply Shabby Chic
curtains bought at Target long ago.
You can still find them at flea markets and such,
as I have seen them out there.


They all began life as 84″ panels.
The shortened ones on the three windows seen here
at the end of the room, were cut to fit these windows 
plus
about 8″ additional to make the curtain rod casing and ruffled edging
at the top
and the matching, thick casing at each curtain hem.
Each new curtain is double-width the window
for fullness.
🙂
In the sitting area,
those curtain panels are just shortened versions
to make a valance.
The longer ones made could have worked
on this window, too, and I tried one,
but I just didn’t like how it looked
with the window seat.


The t.v. stand/entertainment center,
Hubby and I built with a $100 gift card
from good friends about eight years ago.
We also had a bunch of scrap plywood
in the garage
and that is what made up the DVD/Blue-Ray shelves
(which can hold DVD’s four rows deep!).
Hubby drilled holes in the sides so the shelves
can be raised to whatever height is needed.


The rest of the cabinet is just 2 x 4’s,
and an 8′ sheet of thick plywood for the very top piece,
and a pre-made piece of oak for the piece holding
the television.
That was my hubby’s favorite t.v. ~ 65″ of movie viewing!
The twin lined baskets are also
Rachel Ashwell ~ Simply Shabby Chic.



And,
just a teaser from an upcoming
summer garden post!


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Happy Friday to you!
Blessings wished for you ~ always,  🙂