Friday, March 25, 2011

Outdoor Living

Maybe it's because it seems like warm weather will never again grace our little corner of the world, or maybe because it is officially Spring (despite what the thermometer says) but I've been thinking a lot about how nice it would be to have an outdoor room. I love the idea of lounging on a sunsoaked patio, sunk deep down in comfortable cushions of an all weather sofa. Oh what I'd give to be lingering over drinks with friends gathered around a gently weathered teak table as the sun fades and the crickets start to sing. Sigh- all that would be really nice, but you know, right about now I'd be perfectly happy just to be able to go outside without a scarf and jacket at this point! I'd be more than content with my standard patio furniture and faded umbrella, kids toys scattered at my feet. But on the other hand, it really would be nice to jazz up my backyard. Well.. maybe Restoration Hardware will have another fab 60% off sale at the end of the season and we'll be sipping cocktails in style NEXT summer!

from House Beautiful
from Coastal Living

from Coastal Living

Garden House

from Domino Magazine

from GardenRooms

from Domino Magazine

ok, this isn't outside, but I still would
LOVE to have a room like this from Country Living

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sisal Style

I am not a big fan of wall to wall carpet. Actually, I hate it and up until now have pretty much refused to consider it for any room in my house. I mean, area rugs are fine- even necessary I think and they can really do a lot to cozy up a room, or anchor it. But to me wall to wall carpet always seems to detract from the style of a room. However, I've recently become enlighted! have learned to embrace wall to wall carpet (of a certain kind)!! Well, one kind to be exact. Sisal! I really do like the way it looks in a room. It warms things up and functions well yet offers a pretty neutral backdrop for pretty much any room. I think I'm broadening my horizons! Cheers to that!

Sisal makes this room cozy- love the dog too!
Outdoor Living

Sisal on the stairs, probably not too practical, but love the look!
Lucynia Moodie

Another beautiful stairway, Annabelle's House: Katy Elliot
Another georgous room by Pheobe Howard, and she uses sisal!

More from Phoebe Howard- sisal is definitely growing on me!

Even adds a little somthing-something to an space. Love it!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

In the Beginning...

Here's an article about buying a fixer upper that I was interviewed for. Though it certainly wasn't intentional, it appears as though I was the driving force behind the purchase and restoration of our old farmhouse. We laugh because truth be told my husband is responsible for most of the reno and upkeep of our home- and he's barely mentioned!! The ideas are often mine (and he's pretty patient with me, because I have a lot of them, I have to admit!) BUT, the real work is all him. Anyway, it's an older article from the Boston Globe, but I thought it'd be fun to share!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sooo, I've been away. But, I have a good reason for not blogging. We spent most of December in France without Internet- gahhh!!!), and I've spent most of January shoveling snow. But, here it is Sat am and I thought it would be a nice chance to get back into it.
My mother-in-law recently bought a house in the small village where my husband's family lives and since we were the first to use it, we had the good fortune of getting to buy furniture for it. I at least was happy! However, I did find it's not easy to make even a real true French country house look like, well, a French country house on an Ikea budget! But I tried. Anyway, it's a work in progress for sure!! It's got to be the kind of house that gets filled up over time, so that there are layers and layers of different found objects, furniture and sentimental things.
And, anyway who cares? We had such an amazing time visiting family and celebrating. Every night was like a big party, but no evening was more memorable than Christmas Eve in the barn at Les Landes (though some came close, I have to say!). I've posted some pics below, but think 38 adults, 20 kids, countless bottles of wine, French country charm galore, laughter, and dancing til 4:00 am. Oh yeah!

celebrating my daughter's birthday with a bouche de noel

masked beauties

Christmas Eve- table for err..38?

the gang's all here!

Papo Roger's barn cleans up real pretty, like!

unmasked beauties

beautiful hostesses

family fun

tres belles

LOVE, love, love this picture of Papy Guy!

the gang's all here (again)!

ok, this is a random pic, but it's my favorite purchase- comfy chair from Maisons du Monde and pillow cover I bought on Etsy (that look tres French)!