Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
When Mary Ann of Classic.Casual.Home and Cindy of of Rough Luxe asked if I wanted to join of group of bloggers in a three week project about Gallery Walls….of course I said yes. I’m a pleaser, what can I say? The first week we posted about inspiration. Well I have plenty of inspiration and ideas….many collected on my Pinterest board aptly title Beautiful Wall & Art. Week Two is the tricky part. Well it’s tricky for me because I’m pretty sure I go about the practical side of creating a gallery wall all wrong. I start out okay….I collect things that will all look good together. I measure the wall where I’ll be putting this gallery of things. I tape a square the same size on the floor to get an idea of where I’ll put everything. I place the items on the floor and get a pretty good idea how they will look on the wall. Then I start hammering away….yeah, you may have noticed how I did not mention measuring again. So for each item I have hanging on the wall, there are at least four or five holes. When a friend at dinner recently asked if I could help her create a gallery wall….I was sure I heard my husbands thoughts….noooooo!
My living room right after we moved in a few years ago, walls freshly painted and nothing yet hung on the walls… There are some really great ideas out there. Mary Ann and Cindy have a Pinterest board with inspiration and the how to’s of creating a gallery or salon walls and the following bloggers have shared their ideas as well. Or for a sneak peek of everyone’s projects, check out #projectdesigngallerywalls on instagram.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Madeline’s dorm room has the typical block walls that call for a little softening with a combination of travel photos and pillows. The pillows add color, but also comfort since the bed is pretty much the only comfortable seating in a dorm room. A new addition to her pillow collection is a custom state pillow that places the heart in a location of your choice. For Madeline the heart signifies her birthplace in Dana Point, California. Uncommon Goods has tons of unique personalized and handmade items that make great gifts for every occasion. There are lots of ideas right here!
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Monday, October 6, 2014
Over the next few weeks I’ll be joining Mary Ann of Classic . Casual . Home and Cindy of Rough Luxe Lifestyle and a group of bloggers with our tips on how to create a gallery wall. I have always admired the look of gallery or collage walls, but it wasn’t until my current home that I actually created one. I’ve been collecting images on my Pinterest board, Beautiful Walls and Art for a couple of years and that has been a source of inspiration. Before Pinterest I collected ideas in a binder full of magazine pages showing beautiful rooms featuring gallery walls. I’m really looking forward to seeing the how to of creating a gallery wall next week because for every picture I hang….there are about five or six nail holes behind each one. There has to be an easier way! Below is a list of bloggers that will be posting their ideas.
My sister Lynn’s wall of crosses that she has been collecting for years. This is only about 1/8 of her collection.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Today is Good Neighbor Day. I have no idea how I know this stuff, but I happened to see it a few months ago and put it on my calendar. Mainly because I have the best neighbors and I wanted to let them know. I purchased a fall mixed bunch of flowers (my favorites….dahlias and zinnias) from the local farmer’s market and one bunch of roses from Costco. I added a few things from the garden including a little basil and thyme. Using salsa jars that I had removed the labels from, I added a piece of kraft paper tied up with bakers twine. I saw an arrangement this weekend while I was in Phoenix and that was my inspiration. You may have seen it on my instagram. It was from Camelback Flower Shop inside a wonderful restaurant, Chestnut Fine Foods.
If you didn’t reach out to your neighbors today, there’s still time. Some calendars list September 28th as National Good Neighbor Day.
Friday, August 22, 2014
I recently found a gorgeous rug at Ikea. Of course I couldn’t just buy it and be done with it. I had to go home and think about it. While I was thinking about it I was asked by Rug Pad USA if I would like to review a rug pad. I have to admit I have never really put enough thought into buying a rug pad. I have always bought the inexpensive non-slip kind that never stays in place, stains and discolors the wood floor underneath….your basic nightmare. Rug Pad USA has rug pads in every size or custom sizes and for every surface, like rugs pads for hardwood floors. They are all made in the USA and are guaranteed. They have a 15-20 year warranty! As soon as I received the rug pad and unrolled it and put it into place, I noticed a huge difference. I placed my new rug over it and have been enjoying it ever since.
Our new rug is just what I wanted, but it’s quite thin and so the rug pad gives it all the comfort and actually makes it feel more luxurious and comfortable. Check out Rug Pad USA right here and use pr15off code for a 15% discount!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I decided that I needed to do one more post on Italy because the place where we stayed deserves its own post. It was pretty amazing! I found it through the usual means of research….I googled “What’s the name of the resort in Letters to Juliet?” Yes, we are those Americans that went all the way to Tuscany to stay at the same hotel where the charming movie was filmed. Upon checking in and touring the grounds a bit, my husband asked, “How did you find this place again?” Since it was even more beautiful than I had imagined, I was okay with letting him know that my extensive research was basically a google search.
Borgo Scopeto Relais dates back to the eleventh century. Every building has been meticulously renovated and is truly magnificent. It is set up on a hill overlooking Siena. Upon entering the property you drive up a road lined with cypress trees. The buildings are made of stone and the shutters and doors are the perfect shade of gray blue. The rooms are gorgeous, many with their own terrace area. We had two rooms that felt really more like a small apartment with beautiful furnishings, stone floors and an iron staircase that separated the two rooms.
The property had everything from two pools, tennis, a spa, walking and bike trails along vineyards with gorgeous views. The cellar had a pool table and workout room. Breakfast was served on the patio each morning. The service was impeccable. As much as I love to travel to new places, I know we’ll head back to Borgo Scopeto Relais. The only question is when.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I think we enjoyed every meal outdoors the entire time we were in Italy. Almost every cafe and restaurant had outdoor seating and in the evening the paper place mats and napkins were replaced with beautiful linens. In Italy there’s never a rush to finishing your meal and you must ask for your check. It’s not just a meal, it’s an experience. And we love that. Well that and the wonderful food.
Monday, July 28, 2014
When we arrived in Rome we had about a four hour drive to the first place we would stay for a few days. I wasn’t sure if driving approximately 320 km was the best planning on my part since we had just lost a nights sleep, but within 20 minutes of FCO we were driving along the coast line and fields of sunflowers were everywhere. It was the shortest long drive ever.
The countryside was just as picturesque as I imagined. The sunflower fields seemed to be at their peak, although I don’t exactly know when that takes place for sure and it can change from year to year. I had read here that some years are sunflower years and others are not. We saw plenty of sunflowers on both the drive from FCO to Livorno and then from Siena back to Rome.
The light was amazing and seemed to last for hours. The last three photos were taken at a roadside gas station along the autostrade. As I was walking back to the car I noticed lavender plants against the yellow building. Beauty really is everywhere.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Summer in Italy and every house has potted geraniums. Bright red and pink and overflowing. We noticed if someone had a larger piece of property it was almost certain they had a proper garden. But even those living in stone or brick apartment buildings with maybe a window or two had geraniums. There were window boxes, pots on balconies and often basil plants were tucked in between the flowers. Geraniums are like the universal plant that’s hardy and easy to grow. Our porch growing up had large pots of perfect red geraniums that my mother cared for by deadheading the flowers, feeding them with Miracle-Gro and tilling the soil to make it look as though they were just planted. In Italy the geraniums range from robust, overgrown to a bit scraggly and yet all beautiful.
We took many dirt roads that lead to a house or two at the end. No one seemed to mind that we were there or that we were taking photos before we headed back to the main road. I think here we call it trespassing. Often we were even greeted by the homeowner or caretaker…I was never quite sure. We were driving a rather large Mercedes rental car. Maybe it was the car….maybe we looked innocent enough, we’ll never know for sure, but I made a mental note to always rent a luxury car.