May 20, 2018:


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...


Friday, November 28, 2014

Focusing on My French Campaign Style Canopy Bed

Hola darlings!

As you know, after the collapse of my bed the very first night I moved into this version of Maison Newton (my retirement home) which - alas - I took no pictures of the collapsed bed/mattresses - I decided while searching for a new (cheap) bedframe online to go, instead, in an entirely different direction:

I found this beautiful bed at (it is called "Bailey") and, as I discovered during subsequent research online, it is a close knock-off of the "Maison" bed that has (off and on) been offered by Pottery Barn Teen, except for the price:

Pottery Barn Teen: Maison  full-size Bed.  File photo.

This style of bed is a lot different from the traditional four-poster (rectangular shaped) canopy bed or, in my case, as I had installed at the former Maison Newton, a faux-four poster canopy bed that was created by hanging a four-corner net canopy over my bed's area and "anchoring" it to the bed frame:  But it is very very French, woo woo!

For months, I've been looking at online images of various dressed versions of the Pottery Barn Maison bed and its way more expensive progenitors:

Above is a decorated version of the Pottery Barn Teen Maison full size (I think it's full-sized) bed that I found online -- sorry, I did not save the specific link.  This bed frame is a brushed-gold finish.  So beautiful!  I love how the white and gold bedding coordinates with the stars hanging from the ceiling and from the bed frame.  What's so "junior" about this, I'd like to know!  Not many juniors would appreciate a Queen Anne-styled "tea table" as a bedside table or a turned-leg console table with a French-inspired bench (notice the Queen Anne style legs in white) underneath with a "sheepskin" cover on top to make it soft and comfy.  Subtract the silly "cat" pillow and voila!  Instant Parisienne sophistication.  Note the diamond-painted hardwood floor, what looks like an animal skin area rug and the grey, gold, black, and white/cream color scheme. Tres belle!

The image above has been copied countless times and, sorry again, I don't have the link available at which I found it.  But I can tell you based on information on the image at Pinterest, it is an RH (Restoration Hardware) French campaign canopy bed in a more masculine-feeling setting. What's not to love?  I was immediately drawn to it not only because of the color scheme, given that my mistress bedroom was already painted a medium tone grey and had a golden oak re-finished hardwood floor, I fell hard for the gallery wall(s).  So, I don't have plastered-over stone walls or a grey-washed hand-hewn nightstand and dresser.  A girl can dream, and maybe interpret some of the cool ideas in this room into her own...

The image above is from Traditional Home's Online version of its 25th Anniversary edition, and is titled "Pretty in Pink."  At this point in my life, I'm way past pink: I had a pink mistress bedroom in the first Maison Newton (1986 - 1989), and a pink mistress bedroom in several configurations from 1990 to 2009 in the second Maison Newton.  What I love in this room is the overall cohesion of the color scheme throughout the space and the soft, "floaty" feeling; and I liked the use of drapes across the wall, which is something I wanted to incorporate in my own (much smaller) mistress bedroom.

That soft floaty feeling...brings me now to the subject of bed curtains.  Because why have a canopy bed if it doesn't have a canopy of one sort or another on it in the form of bed-dressings or bed-curtains or at least a "nod" to bed curtains, at least part of the year (like winter, for instance, to give it a "feeling" of warmth?)  You'll notice that none of the beds featured above had any form of cloth or"canopy" on or over them, and they look great.  And yet...

More to follow.

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