Saturday, May 31, 2008
Well, here we are at the end of May! I don't really know where the last month has gone to as it has been a whirl of activity here at the cottage and at the Vintage Home website. Lots of exciting things have been happening here including some re-decoration, quirky purchases of the vintage-type and chance meetings with some wonderful people. I promise I will elaborate on all of this, and more, throughout the coming months! I'm also hoping to spend some relaxation time in the garden during June, appreciating the many flowers; isn't that rose a beauty? After several days of wet and dreary weather, it was a treat to be able to get outside and photograph the signs that Summer really is on its way!
This is a nice little spot, don't you think? I look forward to sitting here with a cold drink and a good read.
We have lots of these wild gladioli growing the garden, such a pretty colour...
One of my all-time favourite cottage garden flowers, the sweet william...
Here are the geraniums in the greenhouse, they are just about ready to plant out into their terracotta pots.
Despite the recent wet weather, we have been out and about gathering together lots of vintage stock for the website. There are some pretty additions which reflect the season ahead; this delightful green and cream basket is so sweet...
...these stunning curtains are covered in carnations!
This pretty lamp has a wonderful floral shade...
...and this 1950s chair is covered in gorgeous roses!
This is the star of the show though; a Victorian prie dieu with original fine hand embroidery - exquisite roses, of course!
A really big thank you to every one who has recently purchased from the shop and I hope you enjoy your browse at the latest goodies. I think I might have that little sit-down now - have a wonderful weekend and week ahead!
Friday, May 30, 2008
and I've noticed,
that without really thinking about it,
I've got a design trend happening.
Can you see it?
I think I'm having a natural attraction to
all things black and white and garden inspired.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Miami Beach (South Beach) Tour
I was inspired to show off these photos of my then two year-old daughter "baking" on my carpet. I remember this day so well. I had gone upstairs to find something, and when I came back down - lo and behold, there was my little one rolling out some icing sugar on my family room rug!! I had always kept my mostly untouched baking supplies in a lower drawer in my kitchen; and poor, little Sophie must have felt we needed something yummy to eat! Evidently, she shares my baking skills...why not roll out some icing sugar when the mood strikes?? I had the presence of mind to stifle my laughter (and surprise) and sneak away in search of my camera. I love the innocence and charm of these photos and I wish she was still as little, so I could give that sweet baby a big squeeze, and kiss those chubby cheeks...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The bathroom of my son's house was a fun make-over. I didn't take before pictures, so imagine a small bathroom with CARPET on the floor, walls with their fair share of dings and patches, and 1980's standard issue light fixture and stainless framed mirror with the attached plastic sliding door storage.
Got the picture?
We ripped out the carpeting, sealed the floor, and applied peel and stick tiles that have the look of ceramic tile. The floor was quick, easy, inexpensive, and it looks good too. We replaced the mirror and the lighting, which helped give the room a fresh look. But it was the walls where I got creative.
I bought several packs of white tissue paper, the kind that you put in gifts. I crumpled the individual sheets. Then I painted a section of the wall, applied a sheet of tissue paper and then applied another coat of paint on top of the tissue. I continued this process throughout the entire room, lining up the sheets. It creates a unique textured finish on the walls. If you click on the picture below, you can see the texture a bit better. Once the paint is cured, you can go over the walls with a glaze to highlight the texture, but that wasn't the style that I was trying to achieve here.
Painted tissue paper is a unique wall treatment. The finished product resembles a combination of a crumpled up cotton sheet and Venetian plaster. It's a great solution for camouflaging banged up walls. And it's fun too! If you decide to try this technique I would recommend that you enlist a friend to help the process go faster.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Last year, while they were on vacation, we did a surprise make-over on the majority of the house. I designed, and we built this shelf unit for the wall in the living room. It hangs above the sofa. I purchase an inexpensive door mirror and removed it from the plastic frame. Then we built a box to the dimensions of the mirror. We secured the box to the wall using wall anchors, and then placed the mirror inside using double-sided tape. The mirror reflects the objects inside as well as reflecting light back into the room.
You are invited to become part of the action. In addition to the thrill of playing in the Pro-Am, volunteering and getting up close and personal with the Pros, hosting customers in hospitality suites and watching championship golf ensure a bright future for this Nationwide Tour stop. Not only does the Tournament boast incredible golf as the pros compete for the $500,000 dollar purse, but this premier sporting event focuses the national spotlight on the community, providing significant opportunities for nationwide recognition of corporate partners. ~ From The Rex Hospital Open website
The Rex Hospital Open will also showcase corporate hospitality at it's finest! You can entertain your clients and best prospects at a premier event. Amateur players are given the opportunity to play with a Nationwide Tour professional and receive a variety of VIP treatment, including:
- Premier Pro-Am gift package & accessories
- Clubhouse Valet Parking
- Golf Bag transfers
- Two complimentary clubhouse meals
- Awards for first - third team placement
- Commemorative Pro-Am credential and guest badge
- Commemorative team photo with Tour professional
The purse for this event is $500,000 with the Winning Share at $90,000.
Sunday, June 1 Pro Junior Invitational 9:30 a.m. TPC Wakefield
Monday, June 2 First Tee of Triangle Cup Pro-Am 9:00 a.m. TPC WakefieldGrand Champions Pro-Am 11:00 a.m. Hasentree
Wednesday, June 4 Official Nationwide Tour Pro-Am 8:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. shotgun starts TPC Wakefield
Thursday, June 5 First Round, Rex Hospital Open 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. & Noon - 2:00 p.m. tee timesSplit-tee start (#1 & #10)TPC Wakefield
Friday, June 6 Second Round, Rex Hospital Open 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. & Noon - 2:00 p.m. tee timesSplit-tee start (#1 & #10)TPC Wakefield
Saturday, June 7 Third Round, Rex Hospital Open approx 9:00 a.m. TPC Wakefield
Sunday, June 8 Final Round, Rex Hospital Open approx 8:00 a.m. TPC Wakefield
Trophy Ceremony Immediately following play 18th green
*All times tentative and subject to change
For TPC Wakefield Plantation Information:
2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614Clubhouse
Golf Shop Phone: 919-488-5200
For more information about Wakefield Plantation please feel free to email meor call me direct! There are numerous styles of homes available and one sure to fit any ones price point! I would welcome the opportunity to give you a tour of the area....
National Spotlight on My Back Yard....
This porch (above) was styled by Matthew Mead and is on the cover of the current issue of Country Home magazine. Isn't it gorgeous??
Well, the folks over at Country Home magazine have inspired me yet again. You all know I love a front porch, and lately have been putting ours to good use. Whether it's swinging on my porch swing... sipping tea... while watching our kids ride bikes, skateboard... or perhaps trying to hide from them (which never works...they always find us) or simply perching on the front step and watching the world go by, it is a happy spot to be.
Mine is not yet complete. We still have a privacy issue to deal with, we have plans for some great planters in which to grow my favourite flowers, and I still need to paint the floor of the porch. Still, the necessary components exist: a good swing, lanterns on a dimmer, and the perfunctory white wicker chairs to sit and relax in. Because really...isn't that what a front (or back) porch is all about??
all photos: Country Home magazine
and new. The one above was taken last year. I will take a new photo after I do my "updates."
Monday, May 26, 2008
that we might enjoy our life and freedom.
It's a time to reflect on the life's of others
who have blessed us.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Would you, could you, shower outside? Exposed to the elements, vulnerable to the biteS of mosquitoes... trusting that the shower curtain won't be flung open by a laughing child?
photo: Coastal Living.com
photo source: http://www.toast.co.uk/
Who am I kidding? Outdoor showers are divine...maybe someday I'll have one...!!!
Friday, May 23, 2008
I finished off each urn with a clear coat, floral foam, moss and a pear.
They sit in my kitchen window sill, above my sink, which is really white and not the sickly pink that the picture shows. I always seem to do a post on my windows on cloudy days, so the picture turns out a little off in color.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
These are some of the thrift store treasures I purchased during the past week. Isn't it a delightful display! It's the stuff that makes my heart skip a beat and puts a smile on my face, which is why I have to openly admit that I am addicted! I can't help it. Just look at this stuff:
*an old picnic basket that matches one I already have
*a tarnished silver tray with a lot of character
*two milk glass Sunkist juicers
*a Martha Stewart measuring scoop
*a great frame and a beaded board clock
*three urns (an idea for a future post)
*a vintage vase
*a striped suitcase---you know how I love suitcases
I do admit that I have an addiction, but I justify it by saying that I only have a few addictions (chocolate, thrift stores---you understand, right?!?!). I think it's one of the healthier addictions to have. I haven't gotten to the point that my family would turn me into Oprah because I have a warehouse full of stuff. . . a room full, but not a warehouse full.
Anyway, the first step to recovery is to admit that you have an addiction. I admit it! But I also admit that I'm not willing to give it up. I mean, what's wrong with a little harmless addiction?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunset Island Home Sold For $5,700,000
This past week alone, 3 luxury homes sold in the Miami Beach area, one on Palm Island, and another on Sunset Island 2, and a third in Bal Harbour. The property located at 4 Palm Ave. on Palm Island is an 8,169 square feet home situated on a 17,603 square feet lot with 100 linear feet of bay front. The home sold for $7,900,000, amounting to $967 per square foot of interior living space
The Sunset Island home located at 1425 W. 27th St. on Miami Beach is a 6,595 square feet home, situated on a 20,000 square feet lot, with 100 linear feet of bay front. It sold for $5,700,000, amounting to $864 per square foot of interior living space. The property located at 268 Park Drive in Bal Harbour is a 6,986 square feet home, and is situated on a lot measuring 15,825 square feet, and is the only one of the 3 properties that is not a waterfront home. The home sold for $5,500,000, which amounts to $787 per square foot of interior living space.
The sales of these 3 homes are significant and demonstrate that the buyers are out there, and that they are slowly beginning to purchase homes. This was not happening in the Miami area just a few months ago, and the tourist season is over. Traditionally, the tourist season, beginning in November and “officially” ending in mid April, has been the most active time for property sales in Miami. This year things have been a little different, however, because sales were few and far between during the season, and they are slowly beginning to pick up now.
Chief Economist Lawrence Yun of the National Association of Realtors feels optimistic about the future of real estate in the US. In his mid year housing update, he spoke about a recovery and when we can expect one. He feels that the worst is over, and that the market is going to soon rebound. He expressed that the real estate market in Florida will also recover, because baby boomers are going to be retiring in the next several years, and buying up properties in the warm Miami climate. He thinks that this time now, might very well be a great time for buyers who have been waiting, to jump into the marketplace, while home prices are still bottoming out.
photo: Butik Sophie
photo: source unknown