December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pretty Ad for Ballard Designs: The Look for Less - Gourd Lamp

Continuing the quest of producing the Ballard Designs look for less, there was a French blue gourd lamp in the magazine spread that I found at its website.  Here, I'm looking for a less expensive lamp that still gives the look.

(4) Substitute for Suzanne Kasler large gourd lamp at $169.00 in French blue, 29" tall. 

From Penney's, double gourd ceramic table lamp in light blue, 25" tall, 13" wide shade (bottom measurement), $40.00 everyday price:

From, ORE ceramic gourd-shaped table lamp in blue, 28" tall, 16" wide shade (bottom measurement), $120.99 and free shipping:

This identical lamp can be found at for $91.27. 

From, Continuum table lamp in light blue with pale blue shade, 27" tall with 16" diamater (lower measure) shade, $117.00:


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    1. Hi! I do too, and it just so happens I visited Southridge Mall tonight (not far from where I live) shopping for curtains for my "family room redo" which is now turning into dinette and kitchen redo as well, sigh -- anyway, on the way out I have to pass the lamps and I kept an eye out you know, just in case, and I SAW it - the actual lamp I found on line. It is very pretty in person, but I couldn't buy it and lug it along, was already loaded down with six sheers panels, two heavy side draperies and curtains for the window over the sink in the kitchen (first time in 21 years real curtains will go up, I swear!) and two cafe curtain rods to hold them in burnished bronze. Lugged everything to the bus stop to go back home and then trudged the 9 blocks from the bus stop to the front door. What a woman won't do for Love, I ask you! Back to the lamp - gorgeous - the color was a true aqua, not too blue, not too green, and the proportions were spot on. But I am not in the market for a new lamp or lamps for the family room. Not in the budget. Swear it, absolutely.