December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Look for Less: Pearson Room in Traditional Home 2

Well, I changed my mind.  I thought I wasn't going to shop for accessories, but I just can't get this image out of my head:

The accessories are the printed pillow, the orchid, the painting, and the Chinese vases.

But first, I am adding one more rug I found at that I think would go well with the furniture I put together (and the furniture in the inspiration photo).

Another Area Rug:

 I had offered two rather plain geometric area rugs in my prior post to complement my proposed furniture and I think either one of those would work well with the furniture I selected, depending upon the upholstery color chosen.  This rug goes in an entirely different direction in its looks, but I think it would be just wonderful working with the elements in the room and it's got such fabulous colors that would tie-into the colorways of the inspiration photo.  It is from, Loomed Free-Form Sage Geometric Rug (5'3" x 7'6") for only $91.99 (today's price) - nearly knocked me off my chair when I saw it (and the price):

This rug, in the inspiration room or the alternative looks I offered, this would definitely be me! But it definitely would take the room in a different direction than the inspiration photo, where the pieced-together stripped area rug interjects a "moderne" look into the traditional scheme. 

Decorative Pillows:

I love these Geneva pillows.  The paisley print just sends me over the Moon, it's so rich and evocative of the Orient and opulence, but still goes with just about every style. They come in a nice array of mostly neutral colors. I consider them a real bargan at the two-for price $36.99 (at least, for today that's the price) at

Going in a different direction, I liked these Roman pillows.  If you want to introduce some blue or grey/blue into the equation, these pillows offer that option, and they're on sale (for today) at $37.99 for two at

And, even less expensive but in beautiful colors - I love this solid with a little bit of "pattern" - also frm, the Helena pillow, two-for $27.99 (just today):

The Orchids:

I thought I wrote last night (but I must have deleted it) that the look of the orchids sitting on the coffee table could easily be duplicated by buying some white long stemmed orchids and putting them inside a square heavy-based clear glass short vase. 

But as an alternative, I offer the following, all from  Gump's is one of my favorite sites to window shop.  Sometimes I even buy something.  Gump's can be very expensive, but all of their merchandise is high quality, and sometimes there are amazing bargains to be found. 

This Gump's orchid is a single stem, 23" tall offered in "dark metallic patinaed" planter, $48.00. 

A slightly shorter (by an inch), dual stemmed white Phalaenopsis Orchid is offered in a "twig basket with a flared wooden dish" for $60.00:

Maybe these could even be taken out of their containers (which could be put to use for another arrangement elsewhere) and put into a square glass vase, as in the inspiration photo.

Chinese Vases:

Awf!  I've found lots of Chinese vases and all I can say is that, regardless of whether they are for real or are absolutely fake, for the sizes I'm shopping for, they are way too expensive for my pocketbook.  I hate to use this as a cop-out, but Chinese-style vases or something that has the colors you've used in your room and not necessarily "Chinese-style" should probably be shopped for in gently-used furniture stores, commercial outlets and charity outlets like Goodwill, Purple Heart, etc.   What I was looking for was LARGE pieces that could anchor the top of these relatively short bookcases/cabinets.  My goal is budget decorating.  The vases, urns and jars in the inspiration photo are beautiful -- and did you notice they're all the same pattern and color?  But they are expensive!  Too expensive for my pocketbook.

Creative alternatives abound, of course!  First, a personal collection of vases, to interject your own personal signature into the room.  I've seen collections of "white" (fired white and also spray-painted white) vases that are really cool.  You could actually do any color you wished if you're willing to shop around, buy cheapo ceramics and spray paint them, perhaps even venturing into the artistic and adding some stencils, paper-mache' or hand-painted designs. 

For some beautiful pieces of blue and white "pottery" (I cannot attest if they are actually true porcelain or if they were actually hand-crafted, or even created in China, etc.) here are a few websites I found with big inventories:

Oriental Furniture (vases, also look under jars)
Blue and White Vases (etc.)

If you have $299.00 (plus shipping and insurance), check out this beautiful 'antique' that looks VERY much like the design in the inspiration photo Chinese pottery.  It's a Ching Dynasty interpretion of a Ming Dynasty design (circa 1750 CE).  No representations as to whether this is real or not, but it sure is beautiful!

The Painting:

Ahhh, yes, the painting.  Aside from the purely personal matter of aesthetics and the individual tastes that each of us brings into our own heavenly homes, there was the practical challenge presented of the size of this painting!  It is really really long!  I figured it would have to be at least 66 inches(5' 6") long to cover two sets of bookshelves or cabinets; or two (or more) similarly themed paintings covering at least that much space would be required. 

More about the painting (or paintings) tomorrow.

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