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

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Going to the Dogs, Woof Woof!

Hola darlings!

I had good news from Heart Doctor #1 today, so good, in fact, that I am celebrating with a glass of wine right now instead of waiting until 9 p.m.  I do not have to see him again until April, 2013 and that will be for a check-up.  I still have some issues that need to be cleared up with Heart Doctor #2.  He's the doctor I do not like.  But I managed to coax a couple of smiles out of him when I saw him on September 21st.

Enough of that.  I received my latest issue of Traditional Home magazine in the mail last week and love looking at it on the bus ride to and from the office.  I was much struck on Monday by ads containing dogs!  Check these out:

Ad Number 1: Karastan Carpets


Forgive the ragged edge - I was not careful or slow enough in tearing this page out of the magazine (it was my first attempt).  I don't know why the bottom of the ad didn't scan.  It's an ad for Karastan carpets at Karastan.com.  This is their interpretation of "English country charm or classically eclectic - ."  The moment I turned the page the white greyhound caught my eye.  This dog just projects personality into the photograph!  I loved the room as a result of loving the doggy :) 

It just so happens that I'm also nutso for English country but I've never really done it properly.  Ten years ago I would have coveted this room; not so much today, mainly because I find the bedding overdone and despite the injection of some light, bright elements into the room (such as the soft semi-sheer white curtains beneath the draperies and the pale tones in the carpeting), it's too dark for me now.  The bedding is fine if one can afford to have one's bedding drycleaned every few months (instead of being machine-washable) and has staff to make up the bed with it's myriad layers and fancy pillows!  I have neither the staff nor the patience for such a bed!  This bedroom is, I believe, meant to be "masculine" -- so I do not understand why the producer(s)/artists/photographer used a dog that reminds everyone of Dr. Miles Crane's ex-wife! 

No toiles and chintzes in this room!  It's neutral, but deep and dark neutrals - deep browns, tans, black, taupes, greys. Lots of glitz and glam too, though, in the brocades, gleaming silky finishes, golds, fringes.  Is that overskirt on the bedside table a pale green? I like the striped wallpaper, the opulent look of what could otherwise be a cheap fiberboard skirted table (I still have two in this house, owned for AGES), the brocade drapes and that candle lamp with the black shades!  Ooohhhh, love!  The carpet is also - what else can I say - absolutely spectacular!  I love the design, the colors used, the "feeling" the carpet evokes, and its overall sensibility.  Gorgeous! 

Minus the doggy, I might have flipped to this ad and thought to myself "nice carpet" and then continued turning the pagbe.  But with the dog, I stopped and really looked at this page for quite awhile, and enjoyed it.  Check out the doggy statue.  I see those a lot in the decorating blogosphere!  Me, I prefer the real thing; but my doggy days are over.  I say that now, but it may be a different story once I'm finally retired.  We'll see...

Ad Number 2:  Schumacher


This room really grabbed my attention, and the white dog (another white doggy (see Ad Number 1) just added frosting on the cupcake!  I'm a sucker for symmetry.  It just - speaks - to me.  While I think the dresser needs to be wider (longer?) because the beautiful lamps are too close together, I like the chairs.  Don't they look like they would be incredibly comfy curled up in with a good book or, like I often do, dangling legs and feet over one arm draped in an afghan.  Really like the lamps and the mirror.  I am not a fan of horns, faux or otherwise, used as decorating accessories, but as this is supposed to be a "lodge" evidently in the mountains (check the scenery outside the "windows", they are at least in character. In a suburban home I find them ridiculous.

The neutral color scheme based on shades of charcoal grey and white goes incredibly sophisticated for a "lodge" with the patterned wall covering that looks like one could hug it!  The styling is modern but the overall feeling is traditional.  Love!  I am not sure what's going on with the rug -- it appears to be squares of - something - pieced together but in the northeast corner near the window you can see the uneven character of the rug, which makes me think this is some kind of hide or fur (eek!) or, hopefully, totally faux.  I would prefer the ottoman have a more substantial looking base, but the upholstery (hope it's not real fur, pelt or hide) is beautiful.  If it is not real (which I would find a good thing), it sure looks real.

Ad Number 3: Shaws Floors


Lovely ad, makes it's point poignantly without many words :)  The doggy's expression says it all, to my way of thinking. 

Ad Number 4 Bona Products: 


I included this ad just because it's so darn cute!  The doggy's legs and feet and the legs and feet of the two kiddies, it's a heart-tugger.

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