September 24, 2016: I finally removed that Christmas header from last year, oh my! Much of the last half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 was absorbed in family matters. Now I'm returning to making this retirement home into a dream place for moi. The outside has been my passion this summer. There is just something about working with your hands in the earth. I established a new garden along the south side of the driveway and it is doing very well. I will do a feature on it soon. Fall is here, we've been getting too much rain here after a very dry summer that jacked up my water/sewer bill (if you use more water here, they automatically also raise your sewer bill, even if you are a single member household and your sewer usage hasn't increased) because my gardens needed watering and so did my front and backyards. I can't stand to let the grass go brown/dormant, it drives me nuts! And with the sod-web worm epidemic around here, not keeping the parts of the lawn NOT under attack by sod-web worm healthy can actually kill off your lawn altogether. My neighbor across the street three houses down learned that lesson the hard way, oh my! The entire curb-cut area across the front of his house died off from lack of water and no relief from the scorching sun we had all summer, in combination with a severe infestation of sod-web worm. Record temperatures and humidity in SE Wisconsin. May as well be living in southern Florida, for pete's sake! Yuk! Now I've got my Shezebo up, though, and I'm loving it! And too soon it will be time to put away all the summer furniture and accessories. But not yet! The trees are still very green in these parts, so I figure I have maybe another month to enjoy my Shezebo before getting her ready for winter. Meanwhile, I'm loving what the rain and slightly cooler weather has done for my lawns! And in a few weeks my new privacy fence along the north lot line is going to be installed! Whoop whoop! Take care! Jan

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mario Buatta: The Prince of Chintz (and English Country Style!!!)

Hola everyone!

I've got a thing for English Country.  While I'm not "chintzy" per se (I'm sometimes frugal but not chintzy, har!) I think if you look at my overall approach to decorating Maison Newton, you'll see that English Country influence expressed here and there.

I've ooohed and aaahed over Mario Buatta's interiors ever since the 1970's when I was living in apartments, and I've never stopped.

This month's edition of Ruby Lane's online magazine has a feature article on Mr. Buatta, not very long, that you may enjoy reading. 

I love this bedroom.  This is a Mario Buatta room.  The classic design principles incorporated into this room designed years ago by Buatta are incorporated and used in countless bedrooms today, right down to the glittery "chandy."  The photo is from a 2009 article in The Examiner. 


  1. Jan,
    This room really caught my eye!! I love it and you know that I would love it !!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for all of your kind words. I have been so busy and so stressed out lately that i have not been a good Friend and visited you. i am so sorry.

    I hope to do things differently this year and take time and focus on ME but you did already read my post about My One Little Word for 2014.

    I am slowly taking down Christmas. I am in no hurry. I have been a bit under the weather with my IBS.

    Wishing you a Happy and a Healthy New Year, my friend!!

    Many Hugs,

    1. Hi Debbie, thanks so much for visiting. I know you haven't been feeling well lately, and you certainly have had an overpacked schedule the last several months. I'm so glad you are taking the time in 2014 to concentrate on yourself and your own well-being, and that means saying "no" sometimes, hard as that may be! I'm not ready to banish Christmas entirely from Maison Newton yet! I am totally enamoured with the decorations I did this year and I don't want to say goodbye to them yet. Even after the tree comes down in the front room, I will keep the mantle pretty much as it is; in fact, I've been adding framed deer pictures printed off the internet, from Christmas cards and even my new 2014 Journal/Sentinel calendar -- the cover is gorgeous. I'll have to take a photo of it and post it! You take care of yourself, my blogging friend. You know I am a big fan of yours and I want you to be healthy and happy! Happy New Year, Debbie (and to Joe). JN