Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Little French country in my space at Rusty Saturday

 I got a little of my own interpretation of what French Country looks like to me over at my space at Rusty Saturday.

 I love this old plate rack I found, and that Bakery sign is pretty sweet too!!

 This is more of the great stuff I found on my trip to Pennsylvania this Spring.

I have 2 of these chairs. They are are the sweetest little farmhouse chairs and are definitely quite old.

 I love all the shutters and those vintage molding picture frames are yummy! I also have a thing for white pitchers. (Can you tell?)

 The vintage egg basket is really sweet too.

 I love these old crates. They are so much nicer for storing things than a plastic one and they lok soooo much better too!

Isn't that such a sweet little rush seat stool? I got it from a lovely old man who said it belonged to his grandmother.

There are lots of wonderful goodies to be found. If you are in the Phoenix/Metro area... come by and say hi!!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sweet Savage-Summer Lovin'

 This last weekend was Sweet Salvage's Summer Lovin' Show. If you longed for lazy days by the beach, and wanted to fill your home with beachy treasures this was a good show to attend.

 Little mementos of the beach were everywhere.

 The colors were the soothing tones of beach side living. Greys, whites and lovely sea blues and greens.

 In addition to all the wonderful beachy goodness, there was also enough of my favorite farmhouse style to keep this girl very happy.

 I ask myself every time I am there... "Where do they find all this stuff??"

I loved this little wooden wagon!

And this shelf unit was pretty awesome too!

 There were lots of cute outfits displayed all over the store too. 

Summer is definitely in full swing here in Phoenix! The temps were right around 114 degrees last week but that didnt stop us from making our monthly pilgrimage to Sweet!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

It's party time again!!!!

I can't believe I am kicking off year 7 of the Where Bloggers Create Party! I look forward to this event every year. You girls have some of the most inspiring and beautiful studios I've ever seen!! In the past years we've seen, beauty, ingenuity, amazing organization and  some really cool ideas! The studios have been enormous professional studios and little sweet corners of your homes. They are all fun to look at so I hope you will join in on the fun whether you've never participated or you've played along since 2009!

I tried something new last year and it really seemed to work well. It kept folks from signing up for the party and then forgetting to do their post, so we will do the Linky party again!

With a link party, everyone does their post first and then comes over here to link up. You do not need to contact me to let me know you are going to be participating. (although I would love to know that you will be) Just come on over on the 11th and add your blog post to the list.
If you are unsure of how to participate in a link party, click here for full instructions. (It's really easy)

So the rules are as follows... (It's a short list, I promise)
1. On or around July 11th do a new blog post that shows off your creative playground. Please do not fear that it is not good enough. There is always a wide variety of creative spaces to be found during the party and yours will be loved and appreciated by all of us.
2. On July 11th, come over here and link up your post. (again if you need help, the instructions can be found here)
3. Please do not link up if you are just trying to advertise something or if you are not sharing a place where you create beauty of some kind. I will remove any blog or website that does not comply with this. :)
4. If you plan to participate PLEASE grab the code under the button for the event and put it on your blog. (It's in the top right sidebar.)  If you would do a short blog post to let your readers know you will be participating that would be wonderful. The more bloggers that know about the event, the more participants we will have and the more inspiration you will have!
 If you want to visit last years attendees, click here for last years party post and links to last years party goers.
Don't forget, it doesn’t matter if your space is big or small, it’s yours and that makes it special!!!
I hope to see lots and lots of you on the July 11th!!!
PS... (If anyone wants to get a pretty new look from Valentine Design for their blog before the event....there's still time! I am offering a 15% discount for anyone who is joining the party. Shoot me an email and I'll get you on the list!)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Did that just happen??? My photo shoot with Fifi O'neill!!

 Last Sunday I had the honor and privilege of meeting two very talented people. Fifi O'Neill and her photographer Mark Lohman. They came to my house to do a photo shoot!! I can mark that off my bucket list!!

 It was really cool watching them work as they staged each room to be photographed.

 I loved being able to see my house from someone else's eyes!

 As each photo was taken, it's image would show up on the computer screen and Fifi made changes to each vignette until it was just right for the photo.

 They were here all day, but I think some of that was because both Mark and Fifi took frequent snuggle breaks with Jasmine and Rocky!!!

I mean, really... one has to keep their priorities straight right??? LOL!

Unfortunately I am unable to share the photos that Mark took until the magazine comes out. I think it will be in Romantic Country in December but don't quote me on that! There are several possibilities so I will let you guys know as soon as I do!

In honor of the photo shoot (and while my house is still REALLY clean) I thought I would share pics that I took myself of the house. They aren't nearly as good as the ones Mark took. He made my somewhat dark house look bright and cheery!!!

 Many of you have seen the house before but in case you haven't or you want to see it again here we go! This is the front Living room. It is the brightest room of the house.

 I've recently added some pops of aqua to the mostly neutral color scheme. I really like it!

This is one of my favorite views in the house. I just love all the architectural stuff and my Howe scale sign.

The dining room is between the living room and the kitchen. Unfortunately my sweetie uses this room more as his makeshift office than we use it to dine in!

 This is the family room and the room we spend most of our time in. I have slipcovers on everything because when you have furry children sofas get dirty!!

Comfy chairs are a must have in our house!!

 Being in Phoenix doesn't give us much need for a fireplace. I like having a  mantle but didnt like the big black hole from the firebox, so I made a ruffled curtain and tied it to the iron gate.

 My collection of English Marmalade crocks is growing!!

 I love my collection of ironstone pitchers too.

I cant seem to stop collecting them!

 The kitchen is one of my favorite room because it has sooo much natural light and gives me a view of my garden.

This color just makes me happy!!

 This is my bedroom. I love the old doors used as a headboard. The duvet cover came from Restoration Hardware and I got it when it was on close out. It is linen and just keeps getting softer with every wash.

 I actually use this fireplace in the winter, but during the summer there is no need to see the big black hole!!

I always wanted a cream and grey bedroom, and now I have one!!

This is my office space on the other side of the two way fireplace. I would show you the desk and computer but I think I'll save that for the Where Bloggers Create party coming up in July! I will be making the announcement on those dates very soon!!!

I hope you enjoyed the tour! I must say thank you again to miss Fifi and Mark. They made what could have a been a very stressful day very fun and enjoyable!!

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