May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

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. 

2 comments:

  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,
    Deb

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    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

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