Friday, January 30, 2009

Knock knock. Who's there? Orange. Orange who?

Orange ya glad it's friday?

Above photos: Houzz

... and a touch of green too...
cause I like the rug.

Random. I know.
that's just how my week has been.yeeesch.

Find more hooked on Fridays at Julia's here...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

small changes....really small.

So...It is a wee small bathroom.
I wanted a bit more space for towels
or bathroom paper
or flowers and candles...
You know. The important things.

Excuse the wonky towels.
They tend to do that when I am not looking. OH!

Small bathrooms.
Ya gotta love 'em.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

...In the land of squat...

I thought this TV stand was quite creative and inventive,
Cleverly re-purposed.

My husband calls it stupid.

Yep. That's what he said.
Something about picture perfomance and tilting...whaa wha wha wha
cue Charlie Brown's teachers voice

I found it on House Beautiful's website,
showcasing Newell Turner's re-do of a lovely Catskill farmhouse.
He has a great blog where he chronicles his farmhouse reno he calls Twighlight Field.
Check it out here.

Another Easel re-use... from M-Group designs.
I do like it better in the country house, though...

And here Danny Seo tries his talented hand at it...

I still like it. And while I love My husband and his amazing

technical expertise....sometimes he don't know squat...

when it comes to design.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

for you...

A kitchen...

A bath...

a cozy spot...
Just because.

Photos: Architectural digest, Houzz

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cozy days....

It is cold...and damp.
I know so many of you are dealing with much colder...much damper.
But I want to light a candle on my nightstand,
and pull the down blanket around me tighter.
Cold hurts in the land of sun.
Our homes aren't built for it,
I can never find my wool slippers...
never have enough warm clothes.
So....I use the down blanket.

...and find a good book,

...and when the sun decides to show it's glowing face....
I'll let it in.

....and maybe tomorrow will be a day of warm breeze,
Doors and windows open...
Pictures: Coastal Living
Warmth is coming, folks....

Saturday, January 17, 2009

An oyster in the raw......

So. There is this amazing little jewel of a resort (but...they are all jewels aren't they?)
on only an acre...though it could be in a tropical rain forest somewhere.
5000 different species of tropical plants...(5000!)
and colorful birds taboot.

It is unpretentuous. Quiet.
a treasure chest of a place.

It has an organic (sans chlorine) pool that have fish swimming in it.
Waterfalls splash gigundus leaved Taro plants...
appropriately, as it is called Taro Gardens.

And all a part of the Sundy House in Historic Delray Beach, FL.

Tiny, yet huge, hidden... yet full of personality.

There are tropical trails throughout the garden...

Gazebos where you can dine.

Only 11 rooms...or little cottages. Beautifully appointed.

A little village all of it's own.

Each room/cottage different...different art, different color...

Simple. Not over the top. Like a good friend.

It is called the Sundy House...after the 8 term mayor that lived in it.
Victorian...with a touch of fun!

The restaurant puts out THE most amazing brunch I have ever been offered...
ever. And food and wine magazine agrees.
The gardens are simply beautiful, and you can stroll between courses...
or dine out with the flora...and some singing colorful birds.
why not?

Don't won't bother them in the least.
they are happily home...too!

SUNDY HOUSE.....close,
but sooo far.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

...Feeling Bleu?

Flotsam...Jetsam...lonely, saltwashed pieces of driftwood

Gnarled...forgotten...beaten by constant waves.

Beach debris. Nothing more, right?


Take a look at the way The artisans of Bleu Nature
make the most of the imperfect
yet beautiful
shapes that they find...

This innovative company produces a stylish eco-friendly furniture range made from repurposed wood, and designed by three French artists...Frank Lefebvre, Bastien Taillard and Laurence Glorieux.

"All Bleu Nature creations are born of an encounter between the technical mastery of a French craftsman and the prolonged work of nature. Nature has fashioned each piece of driftwood over time, rendering every item we produce unique in both form and dimension"

The team combs the beaches of the world
looking for any and all lost, drifted wood. Large or small. Twisted or straight.
Not a bad job...I could happily apply.

And gives each a new life. New soul.

it may be....

Bleu Nature

Sustain. Repurpose. Recycle.



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