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...


Monday, July 9, 2012

Is Chartreuse the New Turquoise?

In going through the July/August 2012 House Beautiful (print edition) I noticed that there seemed to be more chartreuse and akin colors than I've seen before.  I scanned images from the magazine -- the color didn't come out exactly as it appears in the magazine, but I hope you'll get the general idea.  See what you think:
Ad for Lazy Boy featuring Brooke Shields.  The border around the ad
is chartreuse, the walls in the ad are chartreuse, Brooke is wearing a chartreuse
sweater, and the Charlotte chair is a chartreuse and olive green print.  The sofa,
from the Kiefer room group, is a pale chartreuse -- a little hard to tell from this scan.

Ad for Candice Olson for Kravet Collections.  The border on the ad is a sort of greyed-down
chartreuse color; the pillow on the sofa is chartreuse, and it's hard to tell but there is chartreuse
in the curtains.  Under lamp light (I'm looking at the ad in the magazine right next to my
laptop at about 4:23 p.m.) the top and bottom border on the ad look very green, almost
an olive green color!

A selection of jute rugs.  Anthropologie offers the entwined leave jute rug,
bottom right.  They call it "lime" - but we all know it's chartreuse!  5' x 7' for $398.

From the New York apartment of designers Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Gragisic.
The walls are painted "mustard olive" -- okay, chartreuse :)  The extravagant draperies
(not seen in this image), are also chartreuse lined in pale blue and to die for!
Notice the chartreuse-y color in the area rug. 


  1. i have always loved chartreuse. I have touches of it in one of my bathrooms , and actually my living room. Lovwe that area rug in photo.

    1. I have a couple of vintage-y decorating books by Mary Gilliatt out of England that I bought oh, geez, back in the early 1980's and they may already have been "dated" by then. Except, Mary was really good at showing a person what the color wheel was and how it worked. She was a big fan of what she called "yellowy-greenery," which combined various shades of green and yellow in harmony. Chartreuse is a blending of yellowy-greenery, in varying tones and shades! I am happy to see color -- coming back into decorating, not just in accessories, but actually in wall color and furniture upholstery and rugs. Maybe the pendulum swung too far in the direction of unrelenting WHITE! Ultimately, though, you are so right. We must decorate with what appeals to US best, whatever the trends and fads happen to be at the time, and then we will be happy and our surroundings will reflect that happiness. Thanks for posting!

  2. Oh I love all three pictures with all the colors. Esp. the last one you shared. I love color as you know! :) I know a lot of people love white and grays and do their WHOLE house in white...but we like to be different! COLOR makes us happy and don't get me wrong I think that all the WHITE some people do is beautiful too. Just not for us...we will be sharing more of our home and you'll see just how much we love color! LOL! I really am loving that bottom picture....lovely lovely! So with all these colors you see going there a chance you'll be adding some of these colors to your home anytime soon?!

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Erika. I am a big fan of your blog.

      The article on the NY apartment that pic came from is just loaded with useful information and more beautiful photos of their space. Would you believe - that apartment is a mere 640 square feet! The issue was devoted to how to make a big impact in small spaces. I will do more scans and see if I can get an entire photo of that portion of the room -- there is a gallery wall that, for some reason, just did not come out on the scan (maybe I had the pic turned the wrong way???) Well, it's just so beautifully done. Of course, these dudes are decorators, but where there is a will, there is a way, and what someone has done before can be copied and done again! I am SO with you about color. So what am I planning on doing in my family room space? Going totally dark taupe and white, LOL! But I already have my celedon blue/green accents picked out and I'm going to throw in black and red too, just for the hell of it, cuz I love those colors :)