November 12, 2017:


It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

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  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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