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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Look for Less: Ballard Designs "Bar" 3

The inspiration image:


I wanted to add this sideboard/table that I found at Penney's and emailed myself back on May 4th, but I somehow overlooked it when I posted about "the look for less" tables and/or sideboards.  It's gorgeous but it's pricey too, at $700, and it's not the same look, per se.  For one thing, it is a brown-finish (not black) and for another, it's got a full "back" on it -- but I think you'll see why I selected it as a possibility for those with the budget:


This is the Kings Bay Buffet Server for $700.  The size is good (compared to the sideboard/table in the inspiration photo): 58 long x18 wide x42" high.  It is made out of rubberwood and poplar and has a mahogony finish (isn't it pretty!)  It has two drawers and two shelves in addition to the top.  The high detail on the turned legs and the proportions are beautiful.  This is a much more traditional look than the inspiration table - it reminds me of the English countryside or the antebellum South.

And now, on to the clock!  Here is the information on the clock in the inspiration photo:

L'Hotel du Vieux Quartier Clock, crackled dark chocolate face, 23" diameter, beaded brass see-through pendulum and pierced spear hands. Decoupage over wood composites. $129.

Hmmm, in looking over my various selections I wasn't very true to the brown/bronze colored face, but I did stick to 23" diameter.  There are tons of wall clocks available on the internet and you may be able to find a really great bargain for yourself in the perfect colored clock face that you love!  Here are my "the look for less" selections:

From Overstock.com, Wood Provence Wall Clock, for $69.00:



Slightly over 23" in diameter.  Personally, I think the black-and-cream clock goes much better with the black "bar."

I took a different turn with this clock (it's got a frame), but think it would look gorgeous on my (your) wall -- with or without the Ballard Designs inspiration bar look.  From Amazon.com, Floral Center Beige and Black wall clock, slightly over 23" in diameter, for $69.99:



Back to Overstock.com for a blatantly French look in the Casa Cortes Republique Francaise Metal Wall Clock, $65.99, with a dark brown metal frame, 23" diameter:


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