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(Photos above are courtesy of Pinterest)


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Finishing Touches

I had ordered some artwork and a chair from Joss and Main.   I wanted the art work to signify that in this room a boy was raised and here he grew and became a man with his mother's help of course.  So even if my son taunts me and jokes that I erased his presence because I redecorated his room, I wanted to put reminders of what the room was and whose it was.  
I also ordered this chair after I fell in love with my friend Catherine's toile wing chair which I like to call the most incredible find.  When I saw it I couldn't get over that someone had let it go.  So after that I was on a mission.  I was in search of a toile wing chair.  I searched on Etsy and Ebay and all the neighborhood antique stores but nothing.  And then Joss and Main had this chair.  The Riley Chair.  Now it's not what I truly wanted but something about it stood out and gave me a home, charming and comforting feeling.  I also loved that the print had images of Philadelphia.  Since we live in Pennsylvania I thought it was perfect.  


 Although the chair is modern it does have an antique look which I loved.  Notice the legs.  They have wheels.
 Below is the artwork I ordered from Art.com.  The best website ever.  Pardon the reflection of my flash.  This one is a mother and son painted by Renoir.    I always like to pick subjects with dark hair since I have dark hair.
 Below the second print I purchased was a mother and son from Mary Cassette.
 Oddly Mary Cassette could not have children of her own but most of her paintings have a mother and son subjects.
 I had plain pottery barn curtains in cream for this room but I love these printed curtains that my friend and told me about and I have had them for along time and still love them.
 And even though the chair has a print I don't think it competes with the curtains.  The quilts on the bed have touches of blue in their patchwork.  I like that the blue in the chair and on the quilts is faded and soft.
I had my first overnight guests the night of my christmas party.  My friend's sons stayed in this room and the smallest of the two brothers who is 5 said when asked how he liked the bed , he responeded with a smile a yawn and a deep breath that put him right to sleep before I could even say goodnight.
So at the end of the day I am pleased with my choices.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Room Is Ready

My first born just got married in October and I decided to redo his room.  I have to say that it has brought me more pain than I anticipated.  I have had several crying spurts in his room.  His walls were damaged from years of posters and nails and hanging hockey gear and it definitely needed to be done.
I honestly could have put his bed and dresser back and just kept it like that but I found these beds that I fell in love with and wanted to make a change.  I have gone back and forth in my head with this decision, as any mother who loves decorating would.  I am happy with the outcome but sad that it's changed.  I guess I should have thought it through before but for now it is very pretty and who knows, maybe his children will love it someday.
Here it is.

 Since it's Christmas I had to put a little Christmas touch on the beds.




On the small antique table is a photo of my boys.  The loves of my life.  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tis The Season

Tis The Season: To be Thankful
To acknowledge your blessings
To share what you have with others
To appreciate
And to . . . . . . . . . . DECORATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have decided to go all out!  Maybe it's because my son will be coming home from college and I want him to find the house more beautiful than ever in his honor.  Maybe it's because my son and his wife will be coming over and I want to make it festive for them.  Who knows!  All I know is I want it to feel magical.  A friend asked me the other day what my theme was.  I changed things up this year but the one thing I can't hide is that I totally copied Mary Carol with her signature Christmas tree in an urn look.
Take a look and see.


I placed the Nell Hill's Tree inside an urn.  (The tree is only the top part and middle. I didn't put the bottom part on.)  


My foyer is so tiny.  But I don't let it discourage me from adding a little seating and a slim tree to add a magical feel as one enters through the front door.  (For the MCG fans who have been to her house, I was going for her foyer look with her white chair but in a smaller scale, much smaller.)

Behind the Bethelehem lights tree from QVC that I bought after watching Lisa Robertson for two hours at 12:30 at night because my husband was away and I could get to sleep, is the mirror I bought in the sweet little store, Back Porch Merchantile in Tennessee last weekend.
 Above the Bethlehem tree is filled with oversized pinecones.  Some have been dipped in glue and glitter for an added shine.  But I didn't want to fill the foyer with heavy ornaments.  I wanted it to be just a greeter, to set the tone for the guest, the house and the celebration.
 Above, my masculine tree in my husband's study.  It is covered with owls and twig garland and wonderful forest creatures.  Last year I used a plaid ribbon to make a garland this year I went with less is more.  I used the ribbon on the mantle.
Above my white tree which every year I say I'm going to retire but then change my mind.  Only because it is the hardest and longest to put up.  It is filled with crystals almost on each branch and it has the most ornaments.    Then behind it in the sun room I have another tree with just lights and pinecones.
There are some trees that just look lovely with lights and maybe just a few little bunches of faux greens to fill in the holes.  Not every tree needs to be jeweled and bedazzled and covered in ornaments.  At least that's what I think.  Each room has a mood, a feel and a tree should take that into consideration.    So if your in a formal room then that should be the most fomal tree.  A small tree in a childs room or a study maybe shouldn't be covered in crystals and glass balls.
Hope you are enjoying decorating and changing it up a bit this year.  Try to make your decorating fun and try new things so that it's not always the same.  Remember, tis the season to make things magical!

Monday, November 24, 2014

INSPIRATIONS

With the Wedding over, my youngest in college and nothing else to plan I have decided to re-evaluate where I am in my life and what I want.  As for my writing, that is on going.  With two novels completed, one self-published, I am waiting to be represented by an agent and have several that I am hoping to hear from.  In the meantime my third novel is 3/4 done.  I hope to someday have a publishing house represent me and take on my novels so that I can find them in every bookstore in America.  Writing has always been such a part of my life and will always be, but I need something to challenge me, occupy my hours in the day and give me something to do that I love.  I am a teacher but do not want to go back to teaching.  At 49 I want to do something for myself that is fun and exciting and I won't have piles of papers to grade on my bed every night.  For those of you who are teachers you will understand.

Recently my daughter-in-law and I have talked about doing something creative. (So weird saying that, hee hee) We have decided to open up a store.  As we look for a space ideal for our store we are working hard to develop our style and look.  As I was brainstorming I thought about influences and inspirations that would have much to do with the way I put things together and create a lovely place.

First off, my daughter in law/partner of our new company Lidd & Lee LLC.  I'll let you all know the name of our store soon.  Have to make sure it's ours first.  

Liddy is a freelance graphic designer.  She is a artist and creator of her Made by Liddy line and is an incredible creative person who is an inspiration to me.  Not just because I adore her but she is a true artist.   She loves working with recycled & reclaimed items and loves all that is organic and unique.  Her designs are truly inspiring.

Carolyne Roehm has been an inspiration for me for a long time.  From the first time I opened up her book At Home With Caroylne Roehm and studied her seasonal notebooks I was hooked.  I have had the pleasure of meeting her personally and touring her home two times.  She is a remarkable designer, gardener, and stylist and her photography and books have given me so much guidance in planning my own garden and lay out for my home.

Mary Carol Garrity is an entrepeneur, store owner, stylist, designer, and an incredible lady.  I have been blessed with her mentorship and through the years we have become friends.  She is such an influence in my life and a joy to know.  Her kindness is as inspiring as her talent.  She taught me that with a little imagination an old piece combined with a new piece and a few treasured items can make an ordinary spot truly magnificent.  It's all about combining and making a statement.  

Above two more of my influences and inspirations. One of my best friends KC, a designer, artist and amazing woman.  She has taught me so much and taken me out of a very dark tacky designing stage.  I don't know what I would have done without her guidance.  
Next to her, Susan Taylor.  She is not only a designer, stylist and gifted woman with so much charisma but I too can call her a friend.  So much of my home is filled with her personal items and I truly treasure the fact that with her help I have created not just a beautiful house but a comforting home.
She is truly brilliant and an incredible dresser who is not afraid to take risks in her designing and own style.   Her store Black Eyed Susan is a treasure.
  
Last but not least, my dear friend Catherine.  I have learned so much about simple elegance through her design style and taste.  Catherine is an incredible, writer, stylist and contributing editor for Country Living magazine.  She has a perfect eye and is a true visionary when it comes to seeing a blank canvas in a room and putting it all together.  Her love for white and simplicity and antiques have taught me so much and I not only learned so much from her, she is one of my best friends and I truly consider her one of my inspirations.

So where do I go from here. . . Well I take everything that I have learned from these truly inspiring and phenomenal women, add a little faith and alot of hope and attempt to make something uniquely beautiful that will bring inspiration to others.  Thank you to all these women, I am blessed to have each of them in my life.  

The store will be filled with things that will make a house a home.  All of the things Liddy and I treasure and love and consider truly a necessity to make a home beautiful.
A few things I love:
Vintage & Antique mirrors
Organic and natural blankets and throws
Unique artwork
farmhouse pieces
garden statues & structures used indoors
architectural pieces and finds
recycled & creative treasures

and so much more. . . 

Below a sweet mirror I bought this weekend visiting my son in Tennessee.
As much as I live to decorate for Christmas, I respect and honor Thanksgiving and respectfully wait until the holiday is over before I begin the transformation from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
But I could not resist places a few of my favorite boxwood wreaths.
Here's a look.



In the next few weeks I will post photos of a room makeover, (my married son's room) and the Christmas transformation.  Can't wait to share with you.  In the meantime, I am getting ready for my son's homecoming and Thanksgiving.  So to all of my dear blogging friends out there, Have a wonderful  and Happy Thanksgiving.
Love Lisa








Friday, November 14, 2014

November and the Holidays


It's official!  I made a trip to Williams Sonoma yesterday and am prepared for Thanksgiving.
I don't know about you but I live for the holidays.  When November comes, my anniversary, my birtthday, Autum colors, the golden light, I am thrilled to experience every wonderful part of this month.  Starting with my anniversary and ending with Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  The best day for cooking out of the year in my opinion.  Most of the staples at our Thanksgiving table are made with products from Williams Sonoma so it is a thrill to make the trip and walk around my most favorite store and collect my ingredients and special items to make the Holiday extra special.
Every detail is importan to me to make the table, the evening just right.  From the candles to the brine to the tablesetting.
I'm especially excited because my youngest will be home and our dinner table will be filled with our new daughter in law and son and her wonderful parents.  Karen, my daughter in law's mother is an amazing cook.  "Martha Level"  She has taught me so much.  So when we join forces it is a feast.
And then when the last dish has been put away and the leftovers are in the fridge, the Christmas Season  is here.  I used to start decorating Thursday night but I'm not that young anymore so I wake up early on Friday morning, my husband gets us some coffee and I begin.
I don't love Black Friday for shopping, I actually don't leave my house.  I usually am in comfortable clothes while I'm hanging garland, putting up trees and enjoying the sounds of Christmas music.  This year I have five trees.  I know it's crazy, but it's an obsession I have.  My house isn't even big but it gives me joy to see Christmas in every nook.
I am trying to dive into the Holiday Spirit.  I want to enjoy every minute of this festive time.
I hope that you will get excited too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My 49th Birthday

Before anyone gets excited this photo is from Pinterest, not my own.
Today is my 49th Birthday.  
It was one I dreaded because it was the first I had without parents and without my sons with me.
It actually turned out to be a beautiful day from beginning to end.  
  I was reminded by my dear friends and family that I am loved and that I matter.
And after all isn't that what's important?  Knowing that you matter.
Thank you to all who made it a special day for me.  I expected to feel sad and alone and yet I was surrounded by signs of love that truly filled me with joy.
I feel blessed.
xoxo
Lisa

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Photos Are Here ( On My Anniversary, The Perfect Gift)

With the Bride & Groom's permission I wanted to share these photos of such a magical day.  
I can't look at most of them without crying.  So beautiful.  Enjoy!
xoxo
Lisa  The Mother Of The Groom  (Hee hee)
The photographer Karin Belgrave posted these on her blog: http://www.karinbelgraveblog.com/blog/





(Below: My boys)

















 (Above: A very emotional mother, Below: A full circle moment)





Memories of a lovely day and a union of two lovely people.  I was just blessed to be part of it all. ( My husband was there too I swear, but for some reason didn't make the blog cut.  Promise will post more when they come.  He probably dodged the cameras all night.)
xoxo