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...


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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