Saturday, June 25, 2011

~ Libraries + Retail Therapy ~

I love my decorating books, but confess that I buy them for the pictures. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a beautiful library?!  Pretty libraries come in all rooms and sizes. 

New in my shop at DuPre's Antique Market are these pretty little bookmarks.  I'm working on making more today.  (It's either that or pulling weeds, and it will be in the 90's today.  Need I say more?)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

~ A Little Pink Dress ~

Do you remember seeing pictures of Jennifer Lopez's restaurant Madras?  Remembering the beautiful, feminine space she created with Rachel Ashwell, I wasn't surprised when I saw Jennifer's wonderfully feminine home on Veranda's website.

Madras Restaurant

Getting back to the beautiful pink dress. . . . At art shows over the past few years, I have been drawn to paintings of dresses.  Who knows, maybe I'll come home with one some day.  After all, the space over my white sofa is still waiting for the perfect piece.  This life sized commissioned painting by Kristin Wolfson of a Vera Wang wedding dress is amazing! 

Ballards has this print by Samantha Carlisle, a fun, affordable alternative to an original.

So much prettiness!
Have a beautiful Sunday, everyone!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

~ One Thing Leads to Another ~

When I saw this photo in the March ~ April Victoria Magazine, first I gasped.  This is my favorite collection of antique botanicals that I have seen.  I love, love, love them in the gilt frames over the French settee.

Thank goodness I saw this photo, because it motivated me to go to my source and get a new collection of antique herbarium.  I was told that import restrictions will make it harder to get shipments from Europe in the future so I got 21 this time.  They are in my little space on the art side of DuPre's. 

My transition to DuPre's was completed Memorial Day weekend.  The move took place in stages over the course of two months.  And, I'm getting back to normal after my foot surgery.  I was so surprised by how difficult it was to get motivated again after being forced to slow down for a while.  Those are just two of the reasons I have been a little MIA lately.  The other two reasons are:  (1)  Words With Friends (lame, I know), and (2)  my cat Boo.  Boo was a wild feral kitty who adopted my house after I trapped, neutered and released him a couple years ago.  After an injury that required a visit to the vet and a drain in his face, my garage/studio was converted to Boo's studio apartment with heating and air conditioning, cat trees in the windows, and lots of toys; and he now lives inside full time.  Because he has feline leukemia, he can't come inside with the other kitties.  So, little Boo requires lots of visits and company and really doesn't like it when I am typing instead of paying attention to him.  He is the third feral cat that I have tamed and is such a sweetheart.

Things are getting back to normal and I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone!

Happy Sunday.

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