Friday, May 19, 2017

May Showers

The undeniable urge to put a tablescape together came over me and could not be denied.  Never mind it was raining, we are going to have rain on and off for several days and I knew some of the flowers outside would be knocked off if the rain is hard enough.




The summer flowers make a pretty background for the table.  Lavender, jute, hollyhocks, blue hydrangeas, sweet potato vine, petunias are circling the table.  The centerpiece flowers were a happy from the mister.








This table actually started off inside and I thought what the heck am I doing?



Pretty salad plates from Ebay, Oriana in Teal sit on white dinner plates.  Teal blue glasses pick up the blue from the tablecloth and repeat from the salad plates.







Jan





Saturday, May 13, 2017

Love Embodiments

I found this folded in her bible.

A story of Love, Duty and Moms

A mother has no need for praise, no more than spring has or a rose in bloom.

She is, above all else, love's embodiment, and love seeks no praise for it needs none: it desires only to do its lovely duty.



A mother is the vessel through which love's duty is performed, manifesting itself in the simplest chore as well as in the greatest sacrifice: the made-up bed to self-denial for others.

Love is a mother's instinct, her magnificent gift from nature which in turn becomes a measureless and an inexhaustible fount of giving.  It is the profound theme running the very width and breadth of nature.



I observed a mother recently performing her instinctive duties in a profound and graceful manner.  It seemed the grand symbol of the essence of motherhood.

From a window I watched as she busily brought in food to her three infants and hastily carried out the trash, and when this work was done for a while, she sat on guard nearby ready to defend to her death against any harm that came toward her kin.



Then thunder roared overhead and lighting streaked and rain began to pour, but fast as had been the lightning streak, the mother cardinal was in her nest hovered over her three babies not two weeks old and not a rain drop would touch them.

Turning upward her red-tipped beak as if in a show of pride, the mother bird puffed out her breast and spread her feathers, making a perfectly warm and dry embrace for her young.



The rain poured and splattered about her and a steady stream found its way through the leaves and limbs that cradled her nest, but she seemed not the least perturbed by it.

Even when the wind began wrenching the bush that held her and her young, the mother cardinal moved not a single feather.  She surely would have clung to the nest even if it had been blown to the ground where the flooding rain water likely would drowned her.



The next day the sun was bright and hot, and the mother puffed up  her feathers to allow the coolness  of a soft breeze to touch her young.

And as if she had a built in clock that signaled feeding time she would fly off and return with some morsel for hungry mouths, never gone long enough or far enough for the nest to be without ample protection.


It was a simple symphony of giving.

Love.  Duty.  A praise-worth performance that needs no praise.


Written by Joe L. McDonald/ The Daily Leader


Jan









Monday, May 8, 2017

Almost A Visit To The Past

Mama had told me early that morning to walk to the store for some things.  I am nine and walking to the store barefooted.  The rocks hurt but I am trying to toughen up my feet.  The store is way out in the country as are we.  The store has those old wood floors as all the stores in the country did at that time.  I couldn't get much for me but it was a sure highlight to have anything sweet.

Mama babysat across the lane.  I was a little jealous because they had air conditioning.  Meanwhile we had a fan and it was hot.  When I say hot, I am talking about Mississippi hot.  Humid and hot is a lot different from just hot.  But I was young and didn't notice the heat so much as I would when I got older.  We lived down from my grandparents, they had air condtioning too.  My grandmother always had the best desserts on Sunday afternoon.  I didn't dare go peek and see what it was.  She never fussed at me but I knew I better not go messing around in her kitchen.  She had an air of authority.  We were taught about Jesus and Hell but I wasn't ready to visit either one yet.

You can feel that this photo was taken early in the morning.  It also has the look of history, of remembering all those mornings long before. I love the morning light, do you?  I know you have seen many photos of outdoors where they still carry the night's fog.

It's a sliver of time to play with in my house before the sun moves toward the west.  I try to have things set up prior to taking a few photos.  This morning though I managed to get some shots that I considered a good representation of morning.  Blurry but bright and full of possibilites.















Almost a visit to the past.




Jan






Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Short and Sweet

I hope this post finds you doing well, it's a short and sweet post.  May has arrived and our gardenias smell wonderful.  The blue hydrangeas are growing everyday and putting on their blue.  Layla and Sonny will be getting  haircuts tomorrow.  The mister had eye surgery yesterday.  It went well and he is eager to get back to work.  He will have his other eye done soon.  He hates not being able to physically do what he wants, when he wants.  It makes him an unhappy camper.

My roses are on their way out.  They were so pretty I hate to see them go.  They came from the store and not my yard but they started out looking a little puny but turned into such beauties.  I was fortunate to be able to capture this with my cell phone.  Sometimes a cell phone just works better for me.  By the way, I am on Instagram as well.  Please come see me, I will be hanging out with all the other flower lovers!

May is a busy month for so many with graduations, engagements and weddings.  I hope your month of May is one that brings happy times and some happy memories.





Jan



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pretty In Pink Tablescape

 Mother’s Day is coming closer on the calendar.   Sometimes a get together with a little dessert is just perfect.  Pink roses are a sure way to keep the mood happy and light.  This Mother’s Day tablescape is easy and pretty in pink.





 I know just about every woman on the planet likes flowers in one form or another.  I wonder why that is?  Perhaps a dessert you know she loves will be just the right thing for her this year.  After all, everyone loves a sweet treat.




A gift wrapped in pink or white would match your table and your mother would be so happy.

















Jan







Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Table with Blue and White

We have had quite a chilly weekend.  It felt great to need a jacket.  We never had a winter and the cooler temps were so refreshing.  But the high Friday will be 90 degrees so we will be in summer instead of Spring.  I have a tablescape to share with you.  Picked up lavender and pink tulips with pink roses for the table.







All sorts of blue is happening on the table.  Blue spode dinner plates, with blue and white ginger jars.  A spode vase centered on the table holding all the pretty flowers.













Jan






Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Table

I have my Easter tablescape to share with you today.  There is a lavender tablecloth folded and running down the center of the table.  Brass chargers under white dinner plates with cabbage plates on top are the center focus.  Orchids on the buffet and on the table in a magenta add to the festive feel of the occasion.  My late mother's glasses paired with pink stemware and alternates with green tipped stemware.  A Spring mixture of flowers in each white pitcher to make sure it is full and feels joyful.

My orchids on the buffet needed height so they are covered in moss sitting in a pedestal bowl which sits in a large white bowl.  The white bowl sits in the urn.  The urn sits atop three green vintage books.  How's that for ingenuity!  The light in here is always a little difficult so excuse the clarity of the photos.






I dressed the orchids with green little organza type bags that my paper whites came in Christmas.  They were so pretty I knew I would use them for something and held on to them.  They dress the orchids up so well!

























Jan






Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Living/Family Room 2017


Easter is fast approaching and I haven't shared the my Spring living/family room with you yet.   There's plenty of color and flowers to share.   Just by being born we are given so much color from the sky, grass and flowers.  I love to immerse myself in the colors nature provides.






The is very close to my home, as you can see we have greened up for Spring.  I love this spot, it always looks different.






Things were tweaked again in here.  This sofa was brought further into the room.  I scooted the reading chair into the corner behind it.  It sits further back than it appears in the photo.  It's a good spot for reading and Layla loves to watch the squirrels and birds here now.  On the chest, I brought the painting back in here of the red roof house with a garden of many flowers.  The two paintings are very different in style but I like the colors and it brings a little more happiness into the room.




New red and white pillow covers for each sofa from Etsy.




















And I am have been working on a little something in my dining room.....




Stay tuned!





Jan


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Meggie H. Interiors

I have a special treat today!  We will be touring Meg Hosler's home, that is Meg of Meggie H. Interiors.

Meg Hosler is the founder of Meggie H. Interiors.  As a former educator and full time mother, Meg has always maintained a passion for decorating.  Meg’s interest in decorating was very obvious from early on in her life as she enjoyed her mother's decorating magazines instead of the usual teen ones.  I would say that's a sure sign!

Meg's obvious love for decorating was undeniable and instead of the usual gifts for a graduate she was received her first oriental rug.  Fortunately Meg's husband was smart and understood his wife's love for all things involved with interior decorating.   She chose beautiful paintings and furnishings to fill their lovely home.   After receiving encouragement from a dear friend, Meg started Meggie H. Interiors.  After fifteen years of renovating and decorating five homes of her own and helping numerous friends with theirs, Meg started Meggie H. Interiors in 2008, working part time while still maintaining focus on her family.  Eight years later with her first born setting off to college and her baby about to get his driver’s license, Meg is able to pursue her passion full time.

Meggie H. Interiors is a decorating, and interior design consulting firm located in Wenham, Massachusetts, just north of Boston near Cape Ann.  You can visit and contact Meg Hosler at Meggie H. Interiors.
 
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Meg, your home is rich in color from the walls to the paintings and textiles. Have you always been drawn to color?

I love color, however it is more about the space and the climate. My first home was in the Silicon Valley where it is sunny and hot most of the year. Add to that, most of the architecture leans towards contemporary. Using lots of bold color in our first home wouldn't have worked. It would have made the space feel as hot as the outdoors, as well as dealing with high ceilings and walls without breaks, saturated wall colors would have been too intense. I went with an all blue and white theme, keeping the walls white and the textiles in various blues and white. It wasn't until I moved back to Massachusetts, where the climate is colder for most of the year and many homes have been built before 1930, that I began to go a bit bonkers with saturated colors. If I were to decorate an older home on the east coast in a warm climate, like Florida, I would use color, but paler softer colors for walls, then bring in more saturation with accessories and fabrics.


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Do you believe that people can have an emotional response to certain colors?

Absolutely, emotionally and physically!! It has has been scientifically proven. The book 'Drunk Tank Pink' written by Adam Alter is a great resource on the science behind how color affects us. I highly recommend reading the Prologue and chapter seven, entitled Colors. The title of the book is based on Professor Alexander Schauss' paper he wrote for the academic journal 'Orthomolecular Psychiatry' where he goes on to explain how pink is a soothing color, hence why drunk tanks were painted pink. Pink was also used in sports, using it to paint the visiting team's locker room. It was shown that the athletes with the pink locker room did not perform as well. It is now illegal to paint an opposing team's locker room pink. I love pink in a living room because of its soothing quality, well that and pink makes everyone look better.


Dining Room

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When decorating a room, what is the first step for you? Everyone starts somewhere different it seems. Is the color first? Where does the idea come from? Is a fabric pattern? Wallpaper? Or art?


Great question and my answer is simple. What will the room be used for? Will children be in here, pets? Will it be used for entertaining? Is it going to be a formal or informal space? From there I will go to what the most costly item the client owns that will be in the space. Usually it is an oriental rug, but it may be a piece of art work. If we are starting the room from scratch then I start with a printed fabric. This will be that to die for fabric that the client absolutely loves and has to have. Now that I know what colors I have to choose from, I let the room pick how those colors will be used. How much sunlight does the space get? Do we need to make the space bigger or cozier? How do the clients want to feel while they are in that room? Once I have all these questions answered I can pull it all together.



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As you all know my house is over the top with color, however my kitchen is very neutral with white and cherry cabinets, soapstone counters, black appliances, dove white woodwork and pale oak walls.  My pop of color would be the oriental rugs I have on my pine floors.  They give the room so much warmth and they are marvelous at hiding dog fur. - Meg


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I know many with the neutral homes rely heavily on accessories to bring interest into the room. In a sense does the color fill the room so that there is less need for small clutter?

I don't think so. In fact, I think the answer to that can be found in the first part of your question. If someone needs more accessories to make their neutral space interesting, then that tells me that they aren't happy with their space being neutral, but are afraid to commit to painting the room a color or to use a bold fabric. Accessories should be things you LOVE, collectibles, family heirlooms, art and memories. You can have a very colorful room and still have lots of accessories. However, when you are purchasing pieces to just fill space, they will just be things and things can't make you happy. Take the chance and paint the room, if you hate it after 4 months, paint it back. It may end up being less money than all that useless tchotkes you would have purchased.


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The biggest mistake being playing it safe.  Now I believe do what you love, never settle, and if it doesn't work change it. - Meg

Library

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I painted the whole room in a high gloss coral.  The only way to make a dark room light is with lamps, not paint.  However, you can make it feel warm and that is why I had the entire space painted coral. - Meg


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Some say we are drawn to the colors we would wear, is that an accurate description for you and do you think that is why you are drawn to certain colors?


I do believe that there is some truth to that. We all have colors we love and colors we dislike, so it only makes sense that we want to surround ourselves with colors that make us happy. I tend to wear a lot of black and grey, colors I rarely use when decorating. However, I do find myself drawn to orange based pinks, whether they are pale peach, apricot, salmon, or deep coral. In almost every room in my home you will find an orangey pink, even if it is just a bit in an oriental rug or painting.


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Dressing Room


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Are you loyal to a color or do you find yourself bored with colors and want to change them often?


The curse of being a decorator. We always find something on our hunts for clients that make us want to redo our whole space. Right now I am still in love with my pink living room and coral library, and they have been these colors for over five years. I love my bold blue dining room and it probably receives the most compliments, but I have seen a half dozen other wallpapers I would love to redecorate with and they are all green. As for my clients, I pay attention to the colors they love and how those colors will work in their spaces.


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Jan