Friday, February 12, 2016


Please excuse any weirdness when looking through my blog.  I am struggling with blogger.  It has been awful.  So please excuse any change in appearance.  Working to fix it.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Great Big Canvas Art

When I had the exciting privilege and opportunity of visiting Mary Carol Garrity's home (founder of Nell Hill's stores in Kansas and Kansas City Missouri) not only once but twice thanks to my husband, I was forever changed.
Mary Carol has the most incredible talent of grouping things together to create the most comforting and beautiful home.  She adds old with new and rustic with traditional and the end product is a dream.  But one of her greatest loves and additions to creating the perfect home is the placing of the most beautiful art work.  One of the lasting impressions I had walking through her home was the placement of this gigantic religious painting.  I marveled at how beautiful and compelling it was in the room and how I wanted to some day create that same feeling in my home.

Since my trip, Mary Carol has sold her amazing Georgian Revival home and she and her husband have moved into a Lake House that they had built.  She named the new house Innisfree.  In her latest blog post she posted about her bathroom.
WARNING: For those of you who are art lovers and love to decorate I am not responsible for what you will do after seeing this post.  My husband is threatening to block her website and blog from my computer.

Below her painting that once hung in her living room now is in her master bedroom.  I love that Mary Carol is not inhibited.  When she designs a room she doesn't go by rules and doesn't care about scale. She only considers what she loves and having it close enough to enjoy it.  I find this to be absolutely gorgeous.  
In her recent blog post, (which you can click above and see) She posted about her bathroom.  Take a look:

Once you can compose yourself and get up from the floor you can continue reading my post.  So needless to say I have been obsessed with creating something similar in my own bathroom.  I ordered a few paintings and have added a few of my own sketches.  Once I am done I will post my own version of Mary Carol's bathroom gallery.  Until then I can tell you what I have done in my staircase gallery.   I wanted to  share with you an amazing website.
I ordered this beautiful painting and got it in the same week.

 The Madonna and Chiild.
 Okay so as much as I love how it looks I don't want to keep her here only because the light fixture we installed covers the full view of how beautiful it is.

Ideally I would like to put her in my bedroom and get a larger painting for this spot that will be higher and wider and not be covered by the light fixture.
She will hang here temporarily until I order the new one.  I am torn with a few other choices.  This website is so wonderful and there are a million choices to look at and create your great big canvas art masterpiece for you own home.
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.  Until then I will be working on my bathroom gallery.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Nice Find.

This is a before photo:
A few years ago I added the antique pine dresser that I found on eBay.

It has become one of my favorite pieces in this room.  Ever since then I felt that the Ethan Allen piece (the one with the silver matching candlestick lamps) no longer fit.  I have been searching for quite some time for something to bring the room together.   This room has evolved over the years.  It has gone from an eclectic mess to a "formal " sitting room, to what now I believe is more of an example of what has become my taste and what I truly love, a little eclectic, farmhouse and traditional, old and new, elegant and casual mix.  
Last weekend my husband and I took our usual weekend drive and we did a little antiquing in some of our favorite spots.  I hadn't been back at some of them in quite a while.  As I walked into my second stop, I spotted this table.  

When it caught my eye it was open in the center of a room with four dinning chairs.  The top is a swivel top that opens to create a full length table for four.  I fell in love without knowing the top could close.  I asked the woman only because I thought perhaps I could use it in our store for display if the price was right.  That's when she told me "And did you notice that the top can fold and swivel?"
I gasped!  Eureka my table!  I said "please tell me the price" and she said 300.
Now although it was a little high for me the table was totally worth it.  I quickly batted my eyes at my hubby and said a little prayer and before I knew it Rob was loading it in our car.  

I hope you can see what I was trying to accomplish.  Now the room is tide together by a few things to bring it all together.
I grabbed the botanical from the store to test a few things above the table.  So far I'm getting used to it there.  I think it works because the frame is simple and rustic and isn't too flashy like the mirror I had in it's place.  
Below is the mirror I had placed in that corner.  This is a before photo.  As much as I love the mirror I felt it added to much to the room and demanded to much attention taking away from the entire feel of the room.  (Does that make sense?)

Below is another before photo.

Here is one more look.

 Ta da!!!!!!!!!