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


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gypsy Curtains and Pretty Patchwork

I really love patchwork - I guess that's why I'm attracted to making Gypsy Curtains - patching together vintage scarves,,,


I named this pair "By The Time We Got To Woodstock" because there's a beautiful little purple scarf that's a 1969 calendar.

Some inspiring patchwork lovelies from Pinterest...






Save those scraps!

xoxoMary


Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Best Costume For Today

Fall looks I'm loving - even though it's still in the 90's in Houston.  I can dream...







back in black...

xoxoMary

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Room For Color

My daughter Andrea is a contestant in Apartment Therapy's "Room For Color" contest.  Her living room with it's vintage red velvet couch is full of flea market finds and lots of talent and imagination...


You can pop on over there and see all of the entries ( be sure and 'favorite' Andrea to help her along!)


Andrea and Storey Mae on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

We are family...
xoxoMary