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Thursday, October 30, 2014

French Sidewalk Cafes

The weather in Arizona has turned to fall, which means it's finally time to be outdoors - biking, hiking, gardening, and dining. Our time in France this past summer taught us that the French LOVE dining al fresco, in fact, it seems mandatory! Every street, every neighborhood has restaurants with an outdoor cafe. Our choir group had a photo contest to see who could take the best shot of a sidewalk cafe. What a fun challenge! Enjoy...

          Trust me, we didn't forget to enjoy the cuisine!

      All of these photos were taken by myself or members of the Sonoran Desert Chorale.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pumpkins and Blue Willow

Last week it was my turn to host my book club luncheon. The book I had chosen was the classic mystery Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. In a nod to the English setting of the book I chose to use my Blue Willow dishes. But Fall is in the air and I also wanted to get out my pumpkin collection. Could I mix the two? Hmm, different, but I think the rich orange played nicely against the blue and white.

Remember all of those doilies I collected last spring for a bridal shower? Here I layered them on a vintage white damask tablecloth. I encircled the table with the lacy doilies and placed a grainsack runner down the center of the table.

I started collecting Blue Willow about 20 years ago. It's a classic that is always in style. We do use it for our every day dishes most of the year, but not so much in Autumn. 

 I love pulling out my assortment of vintage silver plate flatware for parties.


And the menu? I served a berry and field greens salad with poppy seed dressing, 

vine ripened tomatoes and cucumbers with a balsamic vinaigrette, 

buttery crescent rolls, 

 and warm blackberry peach crisp.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vacation House Tour

It's finally done! We began the process of building a vacation home over a year ago. First was the job of choosing a lot and a floor plan. I wanted something low maintenance, no stairs! Choosing the interior surfaces was such fun from the tile to the carpet, the cabinets to the countertops. See what I did HERE.

Next came the basic FURNISHINGS.

 Finally, I got to accessorize! I have kept things to a minimum for two reasons, number one - this is a vacation home and I want things to be easy! Second, we will be renting our home to other vacationers and I thought it important to keep the look clean, simple and as nonbreakable as possible!

 I found most of the accessories at consignment and thrift stores, including lamps, candlesticks, and several of the 
art pieces.

The table is set for our first dinner party with old friends. 

 I did find these two painted wooden pieces in Switzerland this summer. Midway was founded by Swiss farmers and it just seemed appropriate to have a couple of things 
from "home".

 I've had this cute little loveseat for years and had it reupholstered in a cream twill  fabric to match the neutral color scheme. I made all of the throw pillows out of black and white ticking and a taupe damask that I've been saving for something special.

All of the artwork in the master bedroom came from a local thrift store. I found 2 different sets of prints also in black and cream and only paid $15 each!

 The office sofa converts into a sleeper.

My grandmother was a folk artist and I thought her paintings would be perfect in our country home.

We had our three children and four grandchildren all here for a week last month and it was noisy and a little chaotic and fabulous! Just what a vacation home should be!

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