Saturday, October 26, 2013

Keeping in Touch

October has been a big social month.  First was Autumn Fest followed by a family reunion/70th birthday party and several days enjoying out-of-town family.  This weekend is another family birthday party for my sister who extended her stay.  Consequently, there has been little time for projects and thus, nothing to post about.


while browsing through Home Goods with my sister, I did find this rug.  It is a little odd and I do like quirky, so I brought it home.  It has little balls of yarn imbedded in softer threads.  It probably would not be the thing to cozy up on in front of the fire but it feels like a massage for bare feet.

I thought it would be nice in the guest room.  (The dust ruffle for the bed is still on the "to-do" list.)

It really needs to be in front of the bed which puts it on a diagonal.  I'm trying to decide if I am ok with that angle given the rest of the furniture is against the walls.
I set this area up just to see if I would be comfortable with this look before I went to work recovering the chairs and doing something to the table.
I hesitated to show the overall room shots because it is still so disjointed, but maybe this will get me going on pulling it together.
There are two dormers in this room with double windows in each.
The window seat in this dormer will get some of the toile that keeps popping up in other posts.  It has been my inspiration for this room.
Keeping my fingers crossed I can still make it work.
It is a little bit of a leap with this rug but it definitely has the same bluish background of the fabric and it does anchor the center of the room given all the unpainted wood of the doors and trim.  What is your opinion?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dessert House

Last night was Autumn Fest in the Heights.  That means neighbors, friends, and total strangers were invited into three houses in the neighborhood to visit with each other, partake of food and drink, and tour the interiors of the homes on the circuit.

Although rain threated to put a damper on the event five days in advance, by Saturday the forecast had changed to showers predicted to be out of the area by noon.  The predictions were correct and it was a beautiful evening to take a carriage ride from house to house.

My house was the second stop on the tour.

Preparations started months in advance with planning meetings.

Fall decorations set the mood.
Tablescapes provided colorful backdrops for what was to come.

Pumpkins turned pink where the décor demanded it.

The silver was polished...
 to reflect the candlelight.

And even the hydrangeas dropped their baby blues and pinks for hues to compliment the décor.
The dining room stuck to a pink, gray and green theme right down to the napkins...
While the sunroom took on a vibrant orange in this arrangement.
The candles picked up that same color.
A few mums decorated the coffee center.
And a basket held individual bags of...
THE most delicious peanut brittle.
Bar height tables dotted the backyard.
 A burlap belt complemented...
the door decoration on the studio.
Dan brought his fire pit, built a fire, and provided the sticks for...
 roasting marshmallows.
That turned out to be a hit and not just with the younger crowd.
This is where I dropped the ball.  I neglected to get a shot of the water dispenser filled with ice water and cucumber slices.  Shortly after this picture was taken one end of the table contained a huge bowl of the best tasting strawberries ever.  And next to that sat a gigantic bowl of fabulous whipped cream.  The other end of the table contained another delicious dessert prepared by a neighbor.
The rest of the desserts were all prepared and displayed by one resident of the neighborhood.
Words fail me.  Each and every one of these works of art was delicious.
And, yes, I tasted almost every one.  This platter I missed but the fact that it disappeared so quickly speaks for itself.
There was a backup pan of these so there were a few that didn't make it to the serving table.  I do have a weakness for chocolate and this is one of the best uses of chocolate I have come across.
Cranberry apple pie.  I LOVE anything cranberry so that was a home run.
It was a feast for the eyes.
And a disaster for those watching their calories.
The buffet held what the table could not. That's almond cake in the background.  I overheard two guests having a friendly feud over the last piece.
The desserts were beautiful and delicious.  They had it all going on.

Cream cheese icing on pumpkin cake.  This one had me with the first bite.
I've probably made my point by now.

I wish I had taken more pictures of the people, but as it got more and more crowded my focus was on so many other things that I missed that opportunity. 
It was a great evening to reconnect with neighbors and meet those who have recently moved into the neighborhood.
And create another happy memory of good times with good people. 


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Company's Coming

I am finally getting around to the guest room because I have that valuable motivator called a deadline.  I will be having overnight guests this month.  I won't have it completed, but I hope to have it presentable.

I did a post about this back in July.  It has been sitting on the sun porch patiently waiting for someone to carry it to the third floor guest room.  That finally happened last week.

I also did a post on this art by Mary A. McColl that I purchased for under a $1.  It got hung this week.

I drug these buttons out of the closet for a little photo shoot a couple weeks ago.  So rather than stick them back in the closet, I thought I'd use those as well.

This is a lamp that was in my foyer prior to that makeover.  I wanted to use it somewhere and thought perhaps it might be a nice addition to the guest room.
This is how the top looks without the shell shade.  I wasn't sure exactly what should be painted and what could be left as is.
I thought perhaps I could leave the black metal parts.
So I covered those parts and prepared to paint only the detailed wood.
I chose Champagne Nouveau.
Once that was dry I decided I no longer liked the black.  So I painted that copper.  It is my absolute favorite copper spray paint and it is no longer available!
I had just enough to spray the top metal parts too.
Not much of the metal shows, but what does looks way better with the capiz shells.
I had a little scare when I put the smaller bulbs in and turned it on.  There was a pop and then nothing.  I was not thrilled to think I might have to rewire the lamp.  I tried different bulbs and then put it aside.  The next day I tried to charge my phone in the same outlet and nothing happened.  Yes, something had tripped the breaker. Good news is, my lamp still works.  Wahoo!
I tried this mirror hoping it might work as is...but as you can see, that was a "NO."  So, I painted it to freshen it up, and it was still a "no," although not quite as definite.
I switched it out for some buttons in jars.  They will work for now.
I'll be on the look out for other things to create an interesting tablescape.
For now, one corner of the guest room is ready.
This was taken as the early morning sun was peeking through the dormer windows across the room.
Obviously, I can't show you more of this room just yet.  But, it will be forthcoming.