December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

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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