Monday, October 31, 2011

Have a GRRRREAT Halloween!

G-R-R-R.......HAPPY......G-R-R-R..... HALLOWEEN!!!!.......G-R-R-R

                                               tRiCk oR tReAt ! HE-HE-HE-HE

                                                                             XO  !!!!!
                                                                             Valerie :                                                                        


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Design: Old is Beautifully New!

Halloween -- did you get candy? --  dates back to (and well before) Medieval times. 
So do many homes that have been beautifully renovated:

Still in use after 500 years...beautiful:

Windows and mantle from  the 15th Century, with today's modern decor:

Still lived in, added on to, updated,  -- and you can certainly see evidence of that -- this house was first built in the 15th Century:

Renovated medieval home in Spain is now rented out as apartments:

Cothay Manor, a14th century medieval manor, now a private house and garden located in Somerset, England:

Meanwhile, just an hour outside of New York City is a "young" 300-year-old farmhouse that has been renovated. The glorious kitchen:

Everything old is new again...  Now THAT, my friends is recycling!!!

Tomorrow is Halloween. 

Happy Halloween to You and You and You and You and You and You and You and You and You!


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Stunning Color: Blueberry

They ripen into a delicious blue that feels a bit richer, perhaps a tad more serious, than the lovely, lighter, and brighter shades of blue. The Blueberry has a spectrum of the darker blues, shades that give interiors a more formal, yet wonderfully warm, home-y feel.

How cute is the little boy hiding in that bed?! : 

 If  blueberries are just ripe, you can eat them like candy.  I do that, but not often, since finding such perfect blueberries is not easy. But if they are out of season, the frozen ones taste great in a smoothie.

Did you like these blues?  I bet you did!!  
It's hard NOT to love them. : )

Have a happy, productive, satisfying day!


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prints + Patterns: Mixing Them Up

 Mixing up prints and patterns is fun and beautiful!


Gorgeous -- and since there are so many beautiful wallpapers and textiles out there, who can resist using as many as possible?

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Balcony Beauties

Do you say, "Balcony" or do you say, "Terrace" ?
 No matter what they are called, they are charming and useful.
Who needs a back yard when you can have one of these? With a View!

Clearly, any balcony can be made into a very pleasing space:

Lovely, aren't they?

Have a great day~


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Frighteningly Fascinating Designs

Frighteningly Fascinating is very hard to say quickly 3 times in a row. Just so you know. 

These beautiful images are tinged, more or less, with a slightly edgy or menacing flair --  certainly fascinating,  perfectly suitable for any time of year, but especially good as Halloween approaches!

The most MENACING item in my home right now is all of that TEMPTING
 Halloween CANDY, which threatens to ruin my waistline, and, oh yeah, my health.
What's the most menacing item in your home?


xo ~ Valerie

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