Friday, February 2, 2018

The "Paris Grey" Dresser for the Guest Room

      Happy Friday Everyone!
                   Todays post is about this cute little dresser I found .
I had been searching for a small dresser for quite some time for our guest room.  It was such a difficult task because the room is so small. The dresser has to be narrow and small.
Not easy!
After months and months of searching I finally found this little dresser hidden in the back room at an antique shop. It was just the right size and an added bonus was the attached mirror.
I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint," Paris Grey"and protected it with Annie Sloan,"Clear Wax".
Now, I just have to say something about this was easy to work with and covered the original black paint on the dresser and mirror in only two coats. The clear wax also was easy to apply. I did follow directions and allowed it to cure as suggested. The end result is a very professional piece of furniture.
I am in love with this paint!!! I will use it again! The Annie Sloan paint finish is just beautiful. The color is just what I've been looking for.
It's funny how one piece of furniture can add just that finishing touch. This little dresser took the room from ordinary to fabulous!

Guest Room


                                                Have a great weekend!!

xoxo Sue

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Gilded French Mirror

Hi Everyone!

                                      I have been hibernating this winter
    The cold weather, snow and ice has made me just want to get under the covers and stay there. I seemed to lose my motivation. You would think I would use this shut in time to be creative, but instead I spent a lot of time dreaming of what changes I want to make this year in decorating the house.
     January seems to be a time for change. And that is exactly what I have began doing!
If you have followed me you know that the townhouse we live in  has an open floor plan. I want to begin to make changes to all three rooms...the living room, dining room and kitchen.
During my hibernation this last few weeks I began to reread some of my favorite magazines. It's funny how reading a magazine for the second or even the third time allows you to see things you missed or dismissed the first time.
My favorite magazine has been " French Style". I came away with a million ideas. The best words I read in this magazine were, "Don't just play it safe when decorating your home, decorate with the things that give you butterflies"  Great advice! Especially for someone like me that always plays it safe.
     The motivation has returned.....I am excited once again. I want a different look than what I had in our other home. I spent the first few years we have been here settling in, but now I'm ready for change.
       I purchased a beautiful French mirror for the living room. It was my Christmas present. The room is small so the mirror will make the room feel larger. The gold added just the right about of
bling.  I am in love with it! Bring on those butterflies!!

French Gilded Mirror

             Have a great week!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas Wish...

                         From Our House To Yours,

                                                 Wishing All A Very Merry Christmas!

May we all find the Magic of Christmas as we did when we were little children.
May that Magic fill our hearts always!!
xo,  Sue

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Paperwhites in Time for Christmas

Happy Almost Christmas Everyone!

         Here we are down to the last few days. Sometimes these days are the busiest.
The house is all decorated, the presents are wrapped and most important the paperwhites are in bloom. I held my breath waiting for these blubs to bloom in time for Christmas. There were days it looked like nothing was happening...and then there was no stopping bloom after another.  I am always a little doubtful. I think the fact that I talked to them every morning helped! It's hard to believe something so beautiful could come from something that is so easy. All it takes is patience.
They are well worth the wait. They never disappoint!!!


Friday, December 15, 2017

"It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas"

 Hello Everyone!
     Well, here we are 10 days until Christmas! I know, how did the time go so fast? Wasn't Thanksgiving just yesterday? I know for me, there never seems to be enough time. But this year we started decorating a little early with the intention of saving some time to enjoy the season. Well you know what they say about the best of intentions!!! It seems that I'm never done! I always seem to find one more ornament to hang on the tree or one more Christmas item I just have to buy at Home Goods.
So today I am taking a pause....
When I mentioned enjoying the season what comes to mind is our family trip to New York City.
I don't know just when it started, but it became a family tradition. We would take the train into the city to enjoy the excitement that New York City offers at Christmas time. The beauty of the store windows that are decorated for the holiday. Macy's has a whole floor of decorated Christmas trees. I  so look forward to seeing those trees. They are so beautiful.  They inspire me! I can't forget the smell of chestnuts roasting,or the sound of the bells ringing by the street corner Santas. We would always visit Saint Patrick's Cathedral which was filled with what seems like a million poinsettias. It's a sight to behold.  Just the hustle and bustle of the shoppers on the city streets brings excitement. At the end of the day we would make our way to Rockefeller Center to see the lighted Christmas tree. Now, I can't say enough about the beauty of this magnificent tree. It is truly a sight to see.  It's one of those things you cannot describe in words or even pictures. It is so beautiful it takes your breath away! This one day in New York City at Christmastime would give our family that feeling of warmth that only Christmas can give.
Just thinking about all our trips to the city for Christmas brings me back there. They are great memories!  This is my favorite time of the year!
       I believe my love of Christmas is what makes me enjoy decorating the house for Christmas.
Let me share some pictures with you.....

                                                                      Living Room Tree

                                                               Christmas in the kitchen

The dining room table set with the Christmas china. The centerpiece of Paperwhites. I planted the bulbs the beginning of December. I can't believe how well they're growing.I will take another picture when the Paperwhites come into full bloom. They should be in bloom by Christmas.

                                                Hot chocolate station with all the fixing

                                                               Guest Room Tree
May we all enjoy the Christmas Season!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!
      Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! It goes by way too fast!
Our holiday did not turn out as planned!
Our son and his family were traveling to our house this year for Thanksgiving. We shopped, we cleaned, we prepared the food, we set the table. We were preparing for days all excited to spend a long weekend together with our kids and grandchildren.
      I received the text that they were on their way. Everything was going as planned. Well, that was until I got a phone call from Paul saying that our granddaughter was sick and they had to turn around and go back home. We were all so disappointed!!! But all we wanted was Emily to feel better.
Things don't always go as planned.
The good news is, Emily is feeling better! Lauren was able to buy the last turkey in the supermarket when they got home. And in spite of the change of plans we all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families. It doesn't matter if we are seated around the same table. We give thanks for each and every one of them!!!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

" Little Italy " in Pittsburgh

          Hi Everyone!
              Today I'd like to take you on a trip to the"Strip District" in Pittsburgh, Pa. This is the Italian section of Pittsburgh....even Pittsburgh has a "Little Italy".
This section is one long block of wall to wall Italian specialties,dried meats, homemade pastas, ravioli, imported olive oil, olives, cheeses, pastries, biscotti. This is only a small list of what is available. You can find everything you need to cook an Italian feast! 
 One of the things I miss most about living in N.Y. is not being able to find all the Italian foods I am so used to. This section of Pittsburgh was like a trip back home. I wanted to buy everything and bring it back to Northeastern Pa. but we did the next best thing...we ate lunch in a great little café.
Enrico's Café was like going back to Venice, Italy. The food was just wonderful!!

Now, no matter where I go I always manage to find at least one store that has something to do with decorating the house. I found the prettiest little shop, Roxanne's Dried Flowers. A beautiful shop filled with dried flowers. My daughter-in-law, Lauren and I got lost in this shop. Lauren and I share the love of flowers and gardening. We both find dried flowers the next best thing.  The
displays were to die for!!! Roxanne was gracious enough to allow us to take some pictures.