Friday, October 31, 2014

Signs of Intelligent Life on Earth


Jessica Lange on the cover of Elle magazine.  RAVISHING at 65!


Gorgeous Helen Mirren is 69 and the "new face" for L'Oreal Paris.


Frances McDormand is 57 and totally ok with aging and how she looks!  Read about it here...

xoxoMary



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Five Festive Halloween Mantels

Beautiful fireplace mantels all decked out for Halloween - all from my Pinterest "HOLIDAYS" board...






Witchful thinking...
xoxoMary


Friday, October 10, 2014

Rest and Relaxation

I notice that when I'm browsing decorating ideas on Pinterest, I'm really drawn to cozy beds.  I think this is because I have such trouble sleeping...


I attribute this to the fact that I come from a long line of world-class worriers.


I'm sure there are happy-go-lucky people in the world but they are not Scottish Cape Bretoners.


I guarantee I am not remotely related to anyone who was on the Titanic.  When the ship was declared 'unsinkable', my ancestors would have known it was going down...


When we are in Cape Breton on vacation my uncle calls daily with dire warnings.  Peril is everywhere.

Although his list of ways a ride-on lawn mower can kill you is impressive, my Aunt and I are no fools.  We both learned from the best - my grandmother.

When my first daughter was born my grandmother came to see us in the hospital.  I was sitting in a chair with the baby on my lap.  Grandma's first words - "Don't forget and get up.".


If the Cape Breton men were gadabouts with their coal mining and lobster fishing, the women were not.  They held it all together.  They expected the worst.  No shenanigans of any kind were encouraged.   And no one in my family has relaxed till this day...

Be careful - you just never know...
xoxoMary

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Color Inspiration

My idea to "Refresh With White" did not go over well with my family.

My Husband-Who-Will-Not-Criticize was silent (oh oh), my granddaughter teared up at the paint store looking at neutrals, and my grandson insists that his room be painted red (or black).

Here, then, is my revised color inspiration...











 from our crazy, colorful family...

xoxoMary


Friday, October 3, 2014

Peacocks in Houston

I came across this photo on Pinterest.  Beautiful textiles and a peacock just outside the window...


Impossible - right?  Well, NO!  Here in Houston, not far from where we live, there is a neighborhood with their very own wild peacocks.





The first time I saw one I was so amazed I stopped and told a policeman further down the street.  Of course, he already knew about them and told me there are about 50 of them in the area.  Some of the residents don't like them but I think most do.  I would totally love to live in peacock land!  

Would you?



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Gallery Wall

As a maximalist, I love the gallery wall.  Why have one of anything when you can have many?














More is always the answer!

xoxoMary