Monday, August 18, 2014

Refresh With White

Coming back from vacation is always a good time to re-evaluate.  Priorities, life-style choices, surroundings...

We have SO much color in our house that I find that I'm craving a bit of calm...

My walls and woodwork could all use a bit of refreshing so I'm going to paint everything white.  Here's my inspiration...










Off to find the perfect white paint...

xoxoMary

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cape Breton

Off to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia...


My heart's in the Highlands...

xoxoMary


Grow Food - Not Lawns

I would love to not have a lawn.  Combined with the idea of growing your own food - it's magical...









planning a gradual take-over...

xoxoMary

Monday, July 28, 2014

For the Love of Old - Bottles...

I'm currently obsessed with the idea of collecting antique bottles.  I have a couple of areas in my house CRYING OUT for a beautiful brass or silver tray with an arrangement of old bottles ...









happy collecting...
xoxoMary

Saturday, July 26, 2014

See it in a Room...

So, all this time I've been dying to see what my customers do with their Gypsy Curtains.  I finally hit upon a great idea.  I'll ask them! ( I know, I'm almost as quick as Homer Simpson.)  Right away I got this photo of the curtains she bought styled in a room from the super-nice and talented Whitney.  Look!


I ADORE the branch with the roses drying!!

Stay inspired!

xoxoMary

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dreaming of Paris

Dreaming of Paris - specifically of Open Windows that allow AIR to flow through your home.  It's so hot here in Houston that we rush to close doors as if the freezing cold air and snow might come in - except it's the wall of thick, humid heat...


Well, yes - although not all that weak - it's 80 at 9 a.m..  After so many years in the north, we STILL expect the heat to subside somewhat later in the day.  It does not.  It gets hotter.  A day that has been in the 90's will work it's way up to 104 by the late afternoon.  And it's NOT "a dry heat", as they say...


So, I'm dreaming of open windows and Parisian views...






All photos of Paris apartments from The Paris Apartment (of course)

c'est bon, n'est-ce pas?

xoxoMary

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reuse and Repurpose

Things made from other things - some of my favorites...










off to the thrift store to get a great old suitcase and make it into something...
xoxoMary