Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sister Saves Sister From Change Up

Do you remember when I found that iron day bed and decided to use it as an inspiration for
 a change up on my whole screened porch ?

My New Screened Porch Decor

 You also might recall that the change up left me with a room full of wicker furniture.
Death knell for the wicker.
Sister to the rescue.
One of my three sweet sisters describes herself as being in my home decor food chain.
She had just enclosed her back porch and said she'd love to use my wicker there.
Whew!  How timely was that?

My husband and I loaded up the large van before she could change her mind
and drove it over.  We arrived  at her house with quite a load.
We were filled to capacity.

My Filled to the Gills Truck Arriving at My Sister's Home

We had an empty room to work with. 
She painted the walls Benjamin Moore's Davenport Tan and one wall Shelbourne Buff. 
The floors look amazing.  Her handy husband installed them.

We placed the sofa and painted table on the far wall.  The floor lamp is vintage.
The clock completes the vignette.

You know I love to mix fabric patterns.  There was no exception when I sewed the pillows and cushions for the wicker.  The main fabric was the P. Kaufmann monkey fabric.  To the mix I added the houndstooth, the paisley, and the pillows with leaves.

To see more of my mix and match fabric choices, go here, and here.

I was lucky enough to find more of the houndstooth fabric and sewed some draperies for the sliding glass door.  This is looking in from the hallway that adjoins her kitchen.

The side wall with the huge window has a wicker rocker, a wicker chair, and a large wicker sofa table.  They're all vintage.  The carpet is stenciled jute in just the right color tones.  I covered a long bench with coordinating paisley fabric.  It can be seating, or if she adds a tray, a coffee table.

This is another view of the mix and match fabrics, the rocking chair and pillow with buttons, the birdcage, the bench, and the fabulous sofa table.

We even have monkeys on the lamps.

On the wall opposite the sofa is a lounging area with a chaise.

My sister said that the chaise and the glass-topped nesting garden tables with the attached lamp is her favorite spot to relax with a cup of coffee and a book.

My sister and her family are really enjoying the new room. They call it the Monkey Room.

What do you think?


If you missed my original screened porch post click here.
To see view two go here and for view three here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yep, I'm Obsessed with Pinning

Lately I've been creating more and more Pin Boards on Pinterest and loving it.  I just love being able to categorize and save my favorite images.  I had to share this.

I'm not this bad, I hope.


Link to my Pinterest Pin boards here.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Small Entry

My daughter is lucky enough to have a small entry way into her apartment.  At Home Goods we found this amazing suzani-style rug for her foyer.  We loved the pattern and the size and colors were perfect.

She had a small end table which she had used beside her sofa.  We found a different end table for the sofa so we placed the old end table next to her bookshelf in the entrance.  It's a perfect place for her purse, keys, and mail.  Above the table we placed a small ceramic sunburst and a mirror.  The mirror is just right for a last minute check before she's out the door.

So what do you think about our latest update?


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sneak Peek at April Stylish Patina Barn Sale

I'm just back from staging my spot at the Stylish Patina Barn and wanted to share some snippets from my booth.  This month I focused on summer furniture, garden, and you'll see pops of my new favorite color--yellow.  I hope you'll come see us.


for more photos go to Stylish Patina Facebook Page

April 20,21, and 22
10 to 5

Join us for 3 fun filled days and 2500 sq ft of refreshed vintage furniture, home decor elements, salvaged goodies, vintage treasures & more!. Make a day out of it and hit a few of our favorite shops and restaurants in the area.

How to find us!
  4051 Stanford Ct, Frederick MD
- We are right off Rt. 15 {coming from Leesburg it's a right / coming from 270 it's a left} turn on to Mountville Rd.
- 1st left onto Winchester Blvd.
- Wind through the industrial park
- Turn right into the horse farm at Stanford Ct!

*** Stanford Ct is a new road so most GPS's don't find it so use a phone mapping system or print directions from Google before you leave.***

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!!!

Next month we'll hold our sale and have our stuff at the always fabulous Luckett's Store Spring Market.
Don't miss this sale with more than 150 vendors.

  May 19th and 20th   Gates open from 10 to 5

Saturday, April 7, 2012

My Emerging Spring Garden

We've had a very mild winter and while I was outside enjoying the beautiful day,  I realized that my garden is so interesting now that last year's plants are responding to the weather and beginning to reappear.  I wanted to capture them on their way to their full bloom.  Right now they are only giving hints of the beauty to come, but their emergence is just as lovely.  The ferns are still curled, the azaleas not quite open, the peonies barely recognizable and the hostas mere spirals.  The climbing hydrangea is ready to flower any day now while the phlox and the pieris are in full bloom   There are still remnants of the winter garden in the mix--dried leaves, bare spots that will soon fill in, even some winter berries still clinging onto my nandinas.


The pieris is in full bloom with it's cascading flowers and fiery new red growth.

The red tip tree has new leaves and is encircled by mondo grass and varigated hostas which for some reason are larger than the others in my garden.

The phlox carpet is in full bloom.

The garden fountain is waiting to be surrounded by flowers.

The nandina hasn't released its winter berries yet.

 Lamb's ear and sweet woodruff are two of my favorite ground covers.  They'll be spreading and filling in among the shrubs.

The warm weather has confused the rhododendron.  This is a repeat bloom for it.

The climbing hydrangea will flower any day now.

The sedum is just getting started.

The peonies are appearing and give no hint about their soon- to- appear heavy blooms.

The azaleas will pop with color any day now.

Some volunteer wild violets share a flower pot with some sedum.

I love ferns.  I think they look just as good tightly curled as they do when they release and become long and feathery.

So how does your garden grow?


Happy Easter to All