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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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Friday, August 22, 2014

Midway Cottages

Many of my followers know that my husband and I have recently built a second home in Midway, Utah. It gives us a chance to escape the Arizona summer heat and enjoy some cool mountain air. My grandparents had their weekend getaway home here for decades and I have fond memories of picnics with aunts, uncles and cousins. Midway was first settled in the mid 1800's by Swiss settlers and has retained a lovely old world ambiance. As I have taken my morning walks and bike rides I have been delighted to see so many historic cottages still standing and lovingly cared for.

Here are a few photos I snapped one morning. I played with them in my new app Waterlogue which gives your photos a watercolor effect.( I know many of you may have used this or something similar, but I'm late to the game!) 

If anyone is interested in using our new home for your own getaway email me

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stained Glass Windows of France

Our recent tour of France included stops at many of the country's most beautiful cathedrals. The Sonoran Desert Chorale had been invited to sing in these marvelous edifices known for their reverence, history,  and awe inspiring architecture. My favorite element of these 
cathedrals were the stained glass windows.
Each is unique, a true work of art and inspirational. Most of these structures were built when the majority of people were illiterate so the windows purpose was to teach of the Savior, the apostles and other saints. 
Some windows are more modern and commemorate more recent events in history or  merely serve to inspire with their beauty.

Sainte Mer Eglise

St. Chappelle 
 St. Chappell

 Notre Dame Paris

Cathedral at Metz 

Notre Dame Cathedral Rouen
Notre Dame Cathedral Strasbourg 

Saint Michael surrounded by insignia of the various members of the allied forces 
My favorite window is in the church at Saint Mer Eglise which depicts the allied forces paratroopers who came to liberate France during WWII.

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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