The original pool house which we will eventually redo, but for now it will remain as is
Opposite side of the house from breakfast side (walkout basement side) East elevation
Teddy inspecting latest delivery of limestone coping
Teddy walking home after a long hard days work
First sign of spring! Daffodils have sprung!!!
A side view....
Fountain from original house
I love this view
Part of the a small fountain that we will restore
One of the many original stone benches behind the bushes
The chairs are there for the milder days to just sit out and relax a bit
Teddy assessing the progress
Needs work but it is a beautiful setting with the mature landscape
From the pool
Tony putting up crown moldings for us to try
One sons bathroom in progress
CHINOISERIE. This has not been kept under wraps, throughout my short blogging history..I have made my love for chinoisiere no secret. It is one of my absolute favorite decorating elements. I cannot wait to use it in my dining room and formal powder room. I am having a local artist put together some samples of her work (she is uber talented) and I may be using her to paint murals for both of these rooms. In fact, I am meeting her this afternoon. I go back and forth on colors as lets face it..chinoiseire looks pretty fabulous in a whole host of colors! But in the dining room I am going for a more "antiqued" look while in the powder room I am leaning towards a blue/gray/green cast paper. There are a few things I just won't budge on..one was my kitchen floor, the other is the chinoiserie. I would rather have white walls until I can do this...nothing else will do! Here are some inspirations...do you like chinoiserie?
A relatives house with antique chinoiserie panels...my real dream!
LANTERNS ABOVE AN ISLAND. In looking all over for divine inspiration for my island I have pretty much decided to go the way of using lanterns above the island. First I love the look, its so classic and European influenced and I love the fact that you don't see it nearly as often as you see the ordinary kitchen lighting that you typically see in every design magazine coming and going. I love some of the lanterns above from Currey, and am still continuing to look until I have to make a decision. I don't want something too formal or jazzy I want something that looks old and ever so slightly rustic. What are your thoughts?
Chelsea Elizabeth Interior Design Blog
GREAT GOURMET FOOD. I love great food, what can I say what is life without great food! One line which I discovered years ago and whose products I stock regularly in my home is Bella Cucina. They are an award winning product line, good enough for Oprahs O list that makes some seriously great products from their kitchen to your table. From their pestos and brushettas to flatbreads and pastas, anything I have had has been FANTASTIC. My personal favorites are their artichoke lemon pesto which I could literally devour by the gallon (yes its that good) the fresh basil pesto, their olive oils and their spinach artichoke brushetta spread. Their flatbreadlol. I have also tried some of their online recipes which were really good..so if you are looking for a few recipe inspirations and want to explore their site, click here.
FUN THINGS FOR THE TABLE AND COPPER POTS. I love setting a beautiful table. I also love history and architecture and when you have the opportunity to combine the three...how can you resist. So how neat are these napkin rings from Dransfield and Ross? Featuring four iconic structures, the pagoda, Eiffel tower, The Empire state building and the Taj Mahal.....love them! Also while we are on the subject of kitchens, I am very overdue for a good set of pots...haven't bought them in many years and the ones I am using have been seriously abused. The ones I have my eye on are the Ruffoni line...not only are they incredibly gorgeous but apparently cooking in these copper pots which is the choice of the best chefs around the world due to their superb ability to conduct and evenly distribute heat is sublime. The line is just beautiful!
BEING MY OWN FLORIST. I love flowers...I always joke in my next life I want to be a party planner/florist extraordinaire. I loooove creating pretty arrangements around the house with my own containers and get really inspired around spring, summer and Christmas. This week with spring in the air, I went a little nuts and went orchid, hydrangea and spring flower shopping and had so much fun putting them in my own containers. Here is a sampling of my "creations".
OK...so that is just a sampling of what I am loving this week....as I always say what is life without beautiful things to inspire us and keep us going? I love discovering and admiring sensational new finds. I am so inspired by beauty and great style. Would love to know what you are loving and what is exciting you this week.....please share! Hope you have a wonderfully enchanting day!