Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lucky You!

I think anyone who has a special place to do something they enjoy and love is very lucky.  I have always dreamed of having a 'room of my own' - a place just for me and my special things. I've always thought a reading nook would be fun, too. If you have either, I consider you lucky...and blessed.






Images - House Beautiful

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I Know Why Bears Hibernate

How long would you hibernate if this was your bed?


 



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House Beautiful
Veranda
Traditional Home

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Take or Leave?


This engagement ring, beautifully displayed as a napkin ring, was inspiration for my search. I wondered if I could actually find real napkin rings as over-the-top, elegant, and beautiful.



The answer was yes!  Yes! Yes! Yes!  Well, at least close...it's difficult to top a 'real' engagement ring.

Aren't these napkin rings gorgeous?


 Once I discovered such beautiful napkin rings, I began to wonder about the temptation they might present.  I can't imagine anyone taking/keeping a napkin ring at a small dinner party.  But ,what if the venue was something much larger, like a birthday soiree, a charitable fund-raising dinner, or a wedding reception?  Would you take it or leave it?

I pose this question because I know of an event where several napkin rings disappeared.  The event organizers were mortified to think that someone, or most likely, many someones, took the napkin rings from the dinner.

Would you leave or take?

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Winner of Swank

And the winner is ....Anu Suebsawangkul.  The Metropolitan Home judging team for the Swankiest Small Space contest didn't ask for my input, but I feel certain that Anu would have received my vote. I can't imagine any other design presentation being more sophisticated, chic, gorgeous, or swank than the fabulous apartment she created.

Is this not swanky small space perfection?
   
 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Black and White



Black and White - I think I like this duo.













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Traditional Home
Veranda

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Goodbye - Hello

As a gardener, I am always excited to see a new planting/flowering season come, but a little saddened when it's time to say goodbye (compost) plants at the end of a season. I guess you know what that means for my poinsettias.

Maybe I'm not a 'real' gardener, because full-fledged gardeners most likely take the steps to see their poinsettias through one season to the next. They do the same with their tulip bulbs; dig them up and replant them, season after season. I don't.  So, it's mid January and time to remove the final blip of red left in my house after the holidays.

Although my poinsettias are still beautiful, I am just about ready for them to go. I feel some guilt because, at the same time I'm politely ushering them out, I'm welcoming in some new possibilities - spring bulbs. If I want a full basket of beautiful color when my spring fever hits, I have to plan and plant now.

Check out my spring inspirations.





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Rita @ A Refocused Life

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Monday, January 11, 2010

What Could You Do With One Of These?



At one time I placed a bench at the foot of my bed.  However, as I've mentioned before, I don't do well with horizontal surfaces. Needless to say, I've moved the bench to an upstairs bedroom. But, I still like the look.