May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Inspired by "Shades of White"

Hola darlings!

I happened a across a link to this wonderful bedroom makeover yesterday and I wanted to post about it then, but I got side-tracked doing other things -- nothing new there!

It's from Back Porch Musings.  I haven't had time to explore, but from what I've seen, its owner, Pat, and I, must have been separated at birth.  I just love her style and decorative bent; me thinks we are two peas out of the same pod.

I was so struck by Pat's bedroom makeover in 2011 because it was pretty much based on shades of white with a few dark accents.  As it turns out, my own bedroom redo that started out with visions of a sort of sophisticated French toile bedroom morphed into a black and white bedroom, but in execution has resulted in more or less a -- well, let's just say it's a real mish-mash, but mostly "white" -- except for everything that isn't "white."

LOL!  That did not used to be the case with me.  I used to be the sort of disciplined person who worked relentlessly toward a goal, rarely deviating, and that determination has got me to a more or less pretty good place in my life. But starting some months before my 60th birthday, I found myself deviating from my life-long path of making a plan, checking it twice, and then carrying it out come hell or high water.  Since my birthday last August, well, let's just say that the change in my modus operandi has become even more pronounced.  I start out with one vision in mind and by the end of the trail have ended up in a totally different place from where I'd intended to go!  More about that later --

But I want to show you a couple of Pat's before and after photos:


I love this photograph of Pat's bedroom.  In other photos, it looks like she has a very large bedroom, it might be 2x as large as my 11 x14!  And so I concentrated on this photo that shows the bed and its immediate surroundings.

What struck me first about this "Before" room was the dark metal canopy bed.  I have a thing about canopies, and as you know if you've read some of my earlier posts, I recently put up a "mosquito net" canopy over my own canopy-less bed to create the "look and feel" of a canopy bed without the cost of actually buying a new bed -- part of  my current bedroom redo (fortunately now seeing the finish line in sight!)

I love Pat's metal bed, I love its draping without actually being a "canopy."  I love the white table, dressers and accessories.  No white furniture in my bedroom, alas.  Her bird prints seem to echo the bird prints I had/retained in my bedroom, although mine are not Pottery Barn nice! 

What I don't like is the dresser at the end of the bed -- it looks out of proportion to the scale of the other pieces, but not the size of the room overall.  And it's beautiful - and looks French provincial, too :)


And here's the "After" photo!  Canopy bed is - GONE!  Truthfully, I would have kept it.  The dresser at the foot of the bed was moved to another part of the house and replaced by this wonderful bench.

Notice that the white table and dresser in the "Before" photo simply swapped sides of the bed.  New lamps came in, the dark mirror formerly on the left was replaced by a print, and a small pediment was added above the bird prints on the right.  Some accessories were changed/swapped out.  A wing chair and foot stool were also added (on the right, not fully seen in this photo). 

Pat's room (both "Before" and "After") are incredible inspirations -- just what I needed to spur me on toward my finish line!  Thanks, Pat.

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