Thursday, January 29, 2015

Living Room Renovation

The living room in my house was never decorated when we moved in five years ago.  There was so much excess furniture, we just threw it into the room and closed the door, for five years.  With the cabin acquisition we found a place for most of it and it even left me without furniture for the entire room.  We painted it yellow when we renovated. But now I am able to start totally new.

 I started with this rug which is on order as the one I bought is too small. It's a wool Ikat, with blues and beige, no green.  I am usually a green person so this is a new direction. But I love the rug.

My sofa will be recovered in a deep blue velveteen.  It's a slate blue, not navy.  It is called Ocean.
 This check will go on a chair and ottoman.
 This Clarence House embroidered fabric will be on sofa pillows and on the seats of two chairs. Love this! Every room needs some whimsy.

My windows need to be covered, too much morning sun.  And there are four of them, nine foot ceilings.  Read lots of money and lots of fabric.
 I am thinking that I like these chairs but will paint them to go with the Clarence House fabric.  That's the current plan anyway.  I cannot order these any longer. I want a pair and I like the size and they are comfortable. I wanted some painted furniture in the room too. Too much brown wood makes for an ugly room. I will use glass garden stools to accent but that's after everything else is in place.  I have a lovely painting for the mantel and there will be to television here.
 I need a light fixture but will do that last. I like this one:

Need two lamps for the sofa end tables.  Like all of these:

 The windows are a big dilemma. I must be able to cover the windows.  Roman shades are an option and also drapes with woven shades but I need a ton of fabric for four windows. So I may opt for the Roman Shades.  Walls - not sure of the color yet, maybe a very pale blue.
 Stay tuned!

More Les Thomas Paintings

Les Thomas is my favorite artist and I've blogged about him before. He's Canadian and we've bought several paintings from the gallery in Banff. And I must say they are good investments that you can enjoy every day.

I thought you'd enjoy seeing his work. And it is even more incredible in person. His paintings are often painted on wood boards with a wax finish and the light changes the way the paintings look at different times of day and from various angles. Hoping you'll fall in love too!  The Artic Fox is my favorite!

Read more about Les Thomas here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Help Save a Horse!

I don't often use this blog to get on my soapbox but for a tremendous cause I sometimes will try and shout from the rooftop.  Undoubtedly we have a serious problem in the US - despite the fact that killing horses for meat is unlawful here, it continues to go on, maybe not here but nearby.  Literally thousands of horses are rounded up, auctioned, and transported to Mexico or other places where they are killed for meat.  Out of sight, out of mind?  Maybe, but ignorance is not necessarily bliss. These pictures were taken in the past few days at an auction in Pennsylvania.  These poor souls are in their own death camp of sorts, being taken by buyers who knowingly are buying them for slaughter.  So sad isn't it?  It's like the animal shelter where I live in Virginia, the cats are there just waiting to be nuked unless someone comes and rescues them!

But you can help.  If you live near New Holland, you can go there and literally outbid these people.  Or more easily, you can help donate to Omega Horse Rescue.  See their Facebook site here.

Kelly Smith uses her time and tremendous energy to gather forces to help save these horses from slaughter. She gathers money, people, interested buyers who agree to take these horses so they have life, a purpose.  Many are in bad condition.  Some need medical attention. Others just need a home with love.  You can help Kelly by going to her Facebook page, donating money, helping spread the word about this terrible situation that does indeed exist in our own backyard.

Please donate your time or your money if you can. Here is a link for a donation

Help save a horse today. Help Kelly if you live near her in PA by helping to trailer a horse, finding a home for one that needs to be cared for. It is money and time well spent. Ask me how I know?

Donations raised also benefit the Rescue’s Slaughter/Rescue Fund* or the Humane Euthanasia Fund** (see footnote).  The Rescue is grateful for donations of any amount, from individuals, families, groups or businesses. Donations to the Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit, are tax-deductible.    

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Does Equestrian

I love looking at antiques on 1srdibs. You never know what you will see here and it's a great way to shop for antiques if you live in an area where the good stuff is hard to find.  And equestrian is always popular. 

I love this piece of Staffordshire.  Very unique.

See it here.

I adore this painting. See it here.
This screen would look great in a den or library and it is surprisingly affordable.  See it here.

I love this boot scraper with horses on it. See it here.

This Gucci scarf would look good framed or to wear. See it here.

Wouldn't these Hermes place card holders look good on your table?  Yes!  See them here.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Timeless Style of Barclay Butera

I'm in love with this man and I don't even know him. Not as good looking at Montgomery Cliff but man does he have style, for the house that is.  Look and see what I mean.

His lamps are exquisite...

 So are his rugs....

 He also writes books, three so far...

In the Red

Red's a color most people can wear, well, and it makes a great statement for Valentine's Day, for those who feel inclined to buy a gift for someone.  I love red but don't wear it enough.  I guess we should all follow this advice..

Tory Burch has some great red going on in her latest collection.  Love this tunic. See it here.

 This scarf would make a great Valentine's Day gift for someone who looks good in red and navy, maybe a Patriot's fan?  See it here.
This tiger print from Cowtan & Tout would liven up any decor, don't you think?

A set of bright red chairs would brighten any decor.  See them here.

Red lamps? Maybe they were used on the Damn Yankees set? See them here.

Kate always looks good in red.  See her here.

For those of you lucky enough to be down south, way down south, you might enjoy this chair right about now.  See it here.

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