One current trend in decorating both inside and outside the doors of our homes is using galvanized metal, which is metal that has been treated with a zinc coating to prevent it from rusting. During my life and growing up among farmers and ranchers, galvanized metal was mainly used for buckets and large horse tanks to hold water for livestock, and chicken feeders, there were many summers we got in the horse tank to cool off in lieu of a swimming pool. Today you can find galvanized metal being used for all manner of home decor and even lighting. Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at galvanized metal and just how it’s being used. Today we are going to get an overview of its use and see what great craftsmen and designers are coming up with for this metal that’s usually been deemed usable for “lowly” purposes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 16, 2017
So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.
We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.
February 13, 2017
Tomorrow is Valentines Day and I’m busy today working on flowers and gifts clients have ordered for their wives and kids. One item that is always popular for Valentines is roses, the flower that seems to be associated with the holiday of love more than anything else, so I thought today we would take a look at roses used in decorating and home decor. I love roses, I love their scent, all the colors and their look made up of layer upon layer of petals. There are so many different kinds of roses, from the always beautiful garden rose, tea roses, wild roses and the manicured fresh cut rose we are all used to seeing in fresh bouquets. Join me today for a look at roses out of a vase of water and I’ll see you tomorrow for Valentines. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 1, 2017
I honestly can’t believe today is February 1st, we are living in a crazy, crazy world right now and the days are flying by. Of course, when February arrives we all begin to think about Valentine’s day and one of the most fun and bright color combinations is used around this holiday, Red and Pink. If you’ve read the blog for long you know red is one of my favorite colors, it’s just a fun, bright color and can be used with so many other colors to create great looks. I also like pink and while I don’t really have a lot of pink in my own home I do like wearing a nice pink shirt, most everyone seems to look good in pink. I have done some decorating with pink for clients over the years, mostly having to do with little girls, but pink is a color that can be very sophisticated when used in the right way and amounts and that’s what we’re going to look at today. Red and Pink combine for a very sophisticated and at the same time fun look, you get the drama of red and cheeriness of pink, that’s enough talk about it let’s take a look. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 10, 2016
I have a new client that I recently helped her with the decorating of her new home for Fall and her front porch. While we went pretty traditional as far as color on the front porch we went much more neutral for the interiors, think birch branches, white, tan, and gold pumpkins as well as white and gray pumpkins and gourds. There are a lot of choices out there for neutral colored pieces to use in decorating for the seasons and holidays, you can find real pumpkins and gourds now in white and greens as well as all kinds of decorations in neutral colors that also involve gold and silver and neutral colored elements like rope, yarn, and burlap that all work well with the more neutral color schemes of our homes. I thought today we would take a look at Fall decorating in a neutral color palette and all this week we’ll go a little more in-depth as far as materials. Have fun and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 4, 2016
If you’ve followed the blog for very long then you know I decorate several different people’s front doors for the different seasons and holidays, I recently met a new client and she wanted something done on her front porch but she didn’t want “the usual”. She and her husband have a beautiful new home and I love the entrance to it, it’s a beautiful large wooden door with lots of glass around it and beautifully stained wood and I didn’t want to cover all that up with grapevine and silk flowers. My client loves the look of birch branches and had recently ordered some on the internet and wanted me to incorporate them into the front porch decor, she also requested pumpkins and she had some fall garland she wanted me to use. I went to At Home and found the perfect container for the birch branches and also headed to a local pumpkin farm where I picked lots of great pumpkins and gourds. My client also wanted a new fall wreath for her front door, so I made that as well. Here are some photos, I’m really happy with how this turned out. Enjoy!!!
September 29, 2016
I haven’t done much with Grandin Road, I know a lot of people who get their catalog and I always look through it when I see one and really like what I see. So I thought I would take a look at their Fall merchandise and I like it. They have unusual stuff that you don’t see everywhere and they have a lot of great merchandise to use outside, I’ll definitely have to come back soon and take a look at their Halloween merchandise. Let’s take a look at all the choices they have in pumpkins as well as topiaries and garlands to use outside and around your doors. Enjoy!!!
September 22, 2016
Today is day four of our ten days of fall decorations, this week we are taking a look at just a few of the many many choices you have on the Etsy website. Elegant Wreath keeps true to its name, the wreaths created by and sold on their site are beautiful. Elegant Wreath is using beautiful silk flowers, natural looking berries, and lovely ribbons to create wonderful wreaths to use on your front doors and in your homes. I also love the wheat shocks they have to decorate with, many of my family and friends in Western Oklahoma have been or are wheat farmers and I love using the golden grain in seasonal decorations. Here’s a peek at a few of the creations from Elegant Wreath, check out their Etsy website here to see all the choices. Enjoy!!!
September 9, 2016
The eighth color in the Fall 2016 list from Pantone is Lush Meadow, a color that Dorothy and the Wizard should both be able to get behind. Described as a rich and elegant color Lush Meadow brings to mind ultra-lush foliage, emeralds and leather bound books in an old English library. Green is one of my favorite colors, mainly because it is natural and can be found anywhere and also because it works well with most other colors. Lush Meadow is described by Pantone as having panache and being elevated above other more natural greens, it works well with most other colors in the Pantone fall line-up whether you’re looking for a bright and bold combo like Lush Meadows and Bodacious or something more elegant such as Warm Taupe and a touch of Lush Meadow in the form gloves, jewelry or for a room it could be a vase or throw pillows. Whatever you’re looking for Lush Meadow will bring life to your look. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 18, 2016
All my life I have heard of The Hague in the Netherlands and to be very honest I thought it was a building but it’s a city, I guess it’s just the only city I know of with the word “the” in it besides The Vatican. Anyway, we decided to visit The Hague as it’s the center of not only the Dutch government but also the home of the U.N.’s International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. We traveled by train to The Hague which was about an hour outside of Amsterdam, The Hague sits on the western coast of the Netherlands next to the North Sea. My friend Maartje had told me about a wonderful museum in The Hague called Mauritshuis (it was originally a private home) which houses over 800 artistic objects with most of them being paintings by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt, Ver Meer, and Holbein, so we set that as our destination in Google Maps and walked over. Mauritshuis is a wonderful museum, it feels much more intimate than a lot of museums since it’s in a former home and it also allows you get very closely to the works of art and see detail. After a couple of hours at Mauritshuis we explored the city of The Hague, walking through the Dutch Parliament building, we found the Dutch Royal Palace, explored several shops and had a wonderful lunch of salads at ‘t Goude Hooft (The Gold Head) and of course took lots and lots of pictures. Here’s a peek at our day in The Hague, Enjoy!!!