Entrance with gorgeous laurels just starting to bloom
Breakfast room basically done..now we need to stain!
Door casings all complete upstairs!
Kitchen powder room, basketweave honed with mini subways and chairrail
Stairs is starting to look like a staircase...railing to come!
Living room floor primed and ready for floors
Dining room ready for floors
Mahogany paneled door on 1st floor
Favorite time of day..its so hot that there is a haze in the air!
Original columns with stone fruit basket..I love this
Laurels in bloom
Aren't they pretty?
Breakfast room windows are done with their casing
Beams ready for family room
New batch of beams at the ready
Guest room shower done..ming green and thassos marble
Love this growing on a covered patio!
CHINOISERIE. Once again back into looking at chinoiserie which I have always known I am using in my dining room and maybe in our formal powder room. I had spoken with a few artists about hand painting my dining room but have since decided against it, first because its much more expensive and most have said it would take approx. 6 weeks and I just don't want anyone in my house that long every day working on my dining room. So back to looking at a few manufacturers and I have narrowed it down to two. But the even bigger problem I am having is figuring out which color I want. I go back and forth between staying neutral and "earthy" to pale blues and greens to a more dramatic metallic paper. Too many gorgeous choices! So here are some ideas...does one really jump out at you as a clear cut favorite?
This metallic paper is stunning...love the glow but not sure for a big dining room
This color green is so light and airy and fresh, probably never gets old
Or do I think outside the box and go with a pinky peach color? This is just too gorgeous!
Then I see this yellow and its so beautiful and soft and welcoming
Or do I go neutral and stay with the golds and beiges?
All you style mavens...feel free to weigh in and give me your opinions!
FUN DINNERWARE. I love the company Golden Rabbit. Have an enamelware dinnerware set from them that is several years old but still looks brand new. I just ordered the first set below and cannot wait to get them! I love their patterns, they feature so many wonderful summery looks, and have many coordinating pieces from plates, chargers, bowls, cups, mugs,etc.....Click here to see more of their fabulous collection.
HADDONSTONE STATUARY. I love Haddonstones exact replicas of period statuary and planters. Their line is quite extensive, all expertly cast from stone, with an assortment of fabulous finishes. There is even an "aging solution", called Stoneage designed to speed up the aging process if you really want to get that old look fast (I do). Before you know it, moss and lichen creep their way onto the statuary to make it look like its been there for hundreds of years! Their statuary is so beautiful. Take a look and click here to see more of their incredible line.
WONDERFUL SOAPS. I just love bath products, give me great smelling soaps, wonderful scented candles, rich luxurious creams and I am a happy camper. One line I discovered when we were in Provence a year ago was this amazingly wonderful line, Pre De Provence. All their products are made in Provence, the soaps are French milled and last a LONG time! The scents are beyond heavenly and this is a product where you truly get what you pay for. The soaps are made from coconut and palm oil and are so rich and wonderful.(they are comparably priced to other higher end American companies) Click here to order.
Well that's about it for this Thursday. Anything excite you? Is there something you are loving this week that you care to share? Please let me know, I love hearing about new things that have caught your attention! Hope you have an enchanted Thursday.