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

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. 

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  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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