End of a Season – Again

October 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fall’s undeniably here again. The overnight temps have dipped below freezing a few times already. Daytime temps are also inching closer to wintry numbers. We’re roughly in a mid-50s to low 60s Fahrenheit / 12-16 degrees Celcius range after a late weekend & early week in the 40s F / 6-8 C. I guess these will be the last wild flowers of the season:

Last Bouquet of 2015

The woods do look gorgeous, though:

October 2015 Woods

Hope you’re enjoying October!


Floral Dinnerware

April 22, 2015 § 2 Comments

Right now I’m kinda wishing we were in need of more dinnerware. I really like this cheerful, spring-color set:

Provence Garden dinnerware set, Kim Parker. From Macy's.

Provence Garden dinnerware set, Kim Parker. From Macy’s.

This Kim Parker Provence Garden 16-piece set is available from Macy’s for a limited time.

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Sleepy Fox Rug

December 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’ve never had a thing for foxes, but this Silent Fox rug from Anthropologie is quite cute.

Anthropologie Silent Fox Rug

I like the combination of colors and their proportions. Even purple, which never has been a favorite of mine, looks nice in this mix. 🙂

Special Dinner: October 2014

November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. October’s choice was Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, a vegetarian cookbook that was a gift to Mr. E.

Oct 2014 Special Dinner

We combined a salad with zucchini stuffed with a rice and pine nut mix. The salad consisted of cucumber and red onion with smashed garlic and ginger. The red onion came through a hint too strong, but otherwise the combination was very, very good.

As dessert, Mr. E made crostini, which is basically toast topped with a paste of garlic and pine nuts, plus grilled slices of pear and a sprinkling of mozzarella. The crust of the toast was a little challenging to get through, but otherwise they tasted marvelous. The zucchini and the salad are definitely keepers with nary a change!

Oct 2014 Table

I wanted the table to reflect the fall colors we see outside without being too bluntly in-your-face about it. The reds and purples in these Anthropologie plates coordinate better with my simple saintpaulia centerpiece than the brilliant maples outside; that’s why I added some gold, red and brown ribbons around the plant pot. There’s also green and peach ribbon to tie in with the plates, and turquoise in the dessert plates is also pulled from the dinner plate colors.

Painted Log Retaining Wall

August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

During a random Internet search, I came across these two images of a sunken path flanked by log retaining walls (image 1 and image 2). The log ends that face into the path are painted with various shades of pink and purple:


Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Blue Truck Log Retaining Wall Detail

Blue Truck on Pinterest.

Genius! There’s a particular spot on our front yard that I think would benefit from a retaining wall, but, alas, logs are way too big for the spot. Or maybe not if you cut them into very short pieces… This needs some thinking! 🙂

Bright Interiors to Perk up Early Spring

April 4, 2014 § 2 Comments

I’m so parched for warmer weather and signs of spring I notice myself drinking in pictures of bright and sunny interiors. Here are five that caught my eye most recently.

Megan Price Purple Mantle

Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt.

Purple’s not really my thing, but I really like this purple mantle with the colorful accents. Home of Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt, via design*sponge. (Did you notice the Moomin troll hiding on the mantle?)

Eichler Family Green Bath

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Rubber ducky, you’re the one… Architectural design by yamamar, interior design by Alison Garvey; found via Desire to Inspire.

Rachel Whiting white bedroom

Rachel Whiting.

All white isn’t attractive to me, but when you add colors into the mix, a white space comes alive. By photographer Rachel Whiting.

Elle Interior yellow accents

Photo Idha Lindhag, ELLE Interiör 3/2013.

Ahh, yellow adds such a bright outlook on even the wettest, grayest day! From the Stockholm apartment of Nathaly Salas and Teo Leffs. Photo by Idha Lindhag / ELLE Interiör 3/2013 (Elle Decoration’s Swedish edition).

BHG White Living Color Pops

Better Homes & Gardens.

Lovely light living room with pops of red, yellow and green, not to mention gorgeous wood floors. Better Homes & Gardens; via Get the Look: Pops of Color by Nicole Balch.

Sky Photography by Eric Cahan

October 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

These sky photographs by artist Eric Cahan take my breath away:

Green sunset

Eric Cahan.

Turquoise sunset

Eric Cahan.

Purple sunset

Eric Cahan.

He apparently uses a colored resin in front of the lens rather than a photo processing suite to achieve his works of art. Wow!

P.S. There’s a lot to look at also on Cahan’s Instragram feed!

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