Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Random Thoughts on a Tuesday

Well, this Winter is dragging on and ON. I feel STUCK. Not much is going on around here, decor wise or anything. I am ANTSY to start decorating for SPRING, but the weather outside is still frightful! However I WILL be doing it next week: weather or not! Till then I am sharing some pictures of the snow and ICE we got Sunday and some pictures from  2 weeks ago when we had the floors in the kitchen and breakfast room replaced. I did NOT want to do this but Joe did so..... They were squeeking and at first they were going to replace ALL the hardwoods but we would have had to practically move out again! NO WAY was that happening. So Joe settled on them just doing the kitchen and breakfast room cause that is where the squeeks were. I am happy to reports all is good now!!! This first picture is the snow coming dowm Sunday morning.

 Then later we got ICE, for hours!


 This was Monday morning, the bottom of the driveway started to melt in the sun.
 Here we go with the floor pics. What a MESS it was!
 Ripping up the old...





 Installing the new....

 
Thank God that is done. After they left EVERY, single thing had to be cleaned and dusted. It was everywhere. But now all is clean and put back together. I am very happy with Ryan Homes that they were so willing to do this.  Hope you all have a great week and soon all this winter weather will just be a memory:):)  I am partying here:

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

~~~To Be, or Not to Be~~~

I have been thinking lately about growing older, and how attitude affects EVERYTHING we do. The choices we make and the way we live.  I see alot of negativity; on TV, on social media, in the news etc. So, it got me thinking and I made a list of what and how I want to BE. And how I do not want to be. I want to BE:
Loving
forgiving
generous
happy
positive
thoughtful
serene
fun loving
empathetic
creative
strong
reliable
a good friend
supportive
encouraging
joyful
nurturing
respectful
gentle
humble
a good listener
accountable
compassionate
hopeful
spiritual
knowledgeable
accepting
 I could go on but I also want to say I do not want to be ANY of the opposites of these. Some things I need to work on. And I will continue to do that.  I have found that as I get older, I feel a LITTLE wiser and focused on how I want to give back to the world. I don't know what exactly prompted this post. I will let you know how I do on getting better at some of these things on my list:)
Thanks for the love and support I feel from all of you. Have a beautiful day.
XO, Pinky
This is an old picture but the only one I could find of just me. This was my daughters wedding day and one of the happiest days of my life.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dreaming of the Tropics!!!

I know this sounds like a broken record and I know ALL of us on the east coast are OVER winter. So, I am dreaming of the tropics in the midst of the 6 inches of snow we got Sat. night. Sun. it went up to 45 and alot melted but now it is freezing again. UGH. I set a table for us to enjoy and make us feel like being in the tropics:) I got this dinnerware several years ago. I have always wished we lived in a warm climate but it is not to be. So, a girl can dream right?
 I am using one of my favorite tablecloths. It has bamboo trellis like design with palm trees. I love it!!!
 The napkins are a good blend and I did a simple fold to hold the fork.

 There are 4 different salad plates and these are 2 of them.

 The cups and saucers are a good size for morning coffee.
 The cereal/soup bowls were pefect for our chili, as you will see at the end of this post.

 These palm tree candle holders are heavy and another favorite.
 I had this arrangement of grasses that I made years ago and have it in a rattan designed pot.

 The S and P that were my in-laws  are perfect for this setting. They sit in a base that was for a candle.
 Bamboo handled flatware and round rattan chargers.


 For fun, I added some textural elements to the table setting.



 Let's light the candles for dinner!

 Joe's chili is so delicious. I was glad we had a container in the freezer!
 YUM!
 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I Changed the Mantle!

Yup, even though it is snowy, cold and WINTER outside I needed a little change. Since I had changed the credenza and the coffee table, I changed the mantle too.  I am antsy as heck for Spring but it just isn't here yet. So this is an in between mantle. Who knows, it could change again:) This jar, even though it is not old (I found it at Home Goods several years ago) is a favorite of mine. It is metal, I love the handle and the details.
 This is the Mama elephant of the set from my in-laws. Such beautiful craftmanship!! Carved from one piece of wood, beautiful.
 That is a box in the center that looks like a large piece of bamboo.
 The 2 end pieces were purchased at the place where I used to work. I just filled them with simple greens. Love the height, perfect for the mantle!

 I found this picture, several years ago at World Market. We used to have one nearby but it is gone and I REALLY miss it!!!!
 I added the garland of greens for some softness on the stone mantle.



Thanks for your visit!!! XO, Pinky
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Monday, February 16, 2015

~~~Collected Over Time~~~

That is what our home is now. Things that we love and have collected over time. I thought I would share the living room. Our homes are our sactuaries, the place where we are comfortable and where we show our love to our family and friends. I know many of you have seen the living room  before. I will tell you about some of the pieces. This is the living room as you come in from the foyer. When we moved in, I knew I wanted to do the matchstick blinds on the windows. I then asked Joe to make me the valances and make then so I could display things on them. The lamps are from India and are carved elephants. They used to have other shades but we got these rattan ones many years ago.
 This is a beautiful chair, that FITS me. I can sit in it comfortably. It was  my sons, and he gave it to me when he moved to Florida. It has beautiful, silk upholstery. I placed the 2 tiered rack next to it with 2 Asian pottery pices.
 On the other side is a carved table from India that was my in-laws with a blue and white planter holding ivy. The pot on the stand I bought at Epcot 24 years ago....the year my Mom died.
The curio cabinet was purchased about 29 years ago. It holds blue and white pieces and Hummels. The tree was made by my brother-in-law.
 This sofa is also 29 years old!!! My Mom bought it for us when she came to live with us. I needed a sectional in the old house as that is the only thing that would look right in that space, and I found this PERFECT one! It is amazing that it fits right in here too!!! Of course all my blue and white pieces have been collected over time as well. The screen was my in-laws as well. We have inherited so many beautiful things for which I am SOOOO grateful!
 The elephants, one of my prized possesions were also my in-laws. My FIL was a pilot and got them in Vietnam. I ADORE them. UH OH!!! I just realized that there are paint swatchwes on the wall!!! We are about to paint, FINALLY, and are choosing colors:)
 Recently I came across this needlepoint that someone made for my parents when they got married. I realized I have a few boxes that new got unpacked!!!!So, I decided to hang it here in the living room.
 I found the bamboo ladder many years ago too. It hung in the stairwell at the old house. Now I have a great spot for it here! The Asian guy is a fairly new purchase, (again, Home Goods) and the 2 vases were purchased several years ago. The LARGE blue and white jar was also a gift from our son.
 This is a favorite jar that I got at Home Goods many years ago. I am also giving you a sneak peek at the mantle. I will share that next.
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines and spent it with the ones you love. We went out on Friday night to beat the crowds and were very glad we did. Thanks for your visit. XO, Pinky
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