May 20, 2018:


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...


Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Couple of Celadon Inspiration Rooms

The first two images are from a New York Social Diary interview with high-end (WAY high-end) designer and socialite Clare Fraser.  I couldn't even afford to rent a stair of the building she lives in, darlings!

The description for this photo says that the "Louis XVI chairs are covered in celadon silk from Scalamandre."  The walls are shiny and smooth, probably lacquered to perfection.  When I saw images of this room before I tracked down where it was from, I went DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL OOOOOOOOOOH.

Obviously not in my price range, and I'm not going to attempt to do "the look for less" either, let me tell you!  But the wall color reminds me very much of the color I picked out for my humble family room.  The celadon Scalamandre silk upholstery is perhaps a bit more green than I want, but I love the Chinese accents, which are continued from room to room in this glorious New York apartment.  This is how people with inherited money and possessions from many generations live.  I think they need to pay more income taxes, darlings.  I mean, Really!

Check out the coffee table, which according to the article was made out of a panel from a Chinese screen.  Imagine breaking down a Chinese screen just to make a coffee table.  Guess that says it all, doesn't it?

Here is another coffee table that cost it's owner $10 at the time (2007) from E-bay.  Now this is much more my price comfort level, and it's a lovely, comfortable room as well.  I came across it at "Becoming Home" and it is a blog update from August 6, 2007.  The blogger was furnishing/decorating their very first home!

The table color is just spot on what I want!!!!  I want it, I want it!  I'm not sure what the wall color is, didn't read back to when the walls were painted.  The window behind the sofa is covered in a damask print that looks like a sage green color, so perhaps the walls are a tan/green.  The paleness of the "blue-green" celadon table definitely works well in this space!  It's hard to believe that the blogger transformed this table simply with a coat or two of paint:

Despite the obvious discrepancies in price points on the objects and furnishings filling these rooms, I see many similarities between them:

(1) Ceiling color
(2) Wall color
(3) Trim color
(4) Mirrors used strategically
(5) Comfortable squishy sofa seating
(6) Comfortable squishy throw pillows
(7) Light-colored window coverings that let abundant natural light come into the room
(8) Celadon as an eye-catching accent color on furnishings
(9) Oblong/rectangular coffee tables in classic styling (oriental and Italian provincial)
(10) Lux fabrics - lux-looking fabrics (silks, damasks, brocades, velvets)
(11) Overall classic (traditional) styling of furniture and furnishings

Good taste isn't limited to those who can afford to buy uber-expensive furnishings and finishes or priceless inherited objets d'art and gold-leafed framed oil paintings.  Always a good lesson to keep in mind.

These two rooms have given me a ton of inspiration! 

Now, I am actually looking forward to tearing down the old pink-gold-grey wall paper and border and covering over the old tri-toned sponge painting and stenciled ceiling border!  For now, walls will be finished as originally planned --- unless I get a brain storm or have another dream-vision about how I need to finish them.

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