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Saturday, April 19, 2014

In The Stillness of Hope

As I look out from my window I see the new and long awaited blooms of my magnolia trees.  Some are fraile and not yet opened enough to see their full beauty while others have opened too soon and have suffered from the unexpected frost.  
A friend of mine reminded me that today (Holy Saturday) is a day of stillness, of waiting and of hope.   It could not be more fitting for how I am feeling.  
After many years of living with my mother I am without her.  Her mental state became too difficult and she has become a danger to herself.  I had to make the hardest decision of my life and now my mom is in the first level of hospice for alzheimers and severe dementia patients at a memory care facility close to home.
I am overwhelmed with sadness and like in the stillness of today, I yearn for stillness within myself.  I hope for the moment when I will find peace in my decision and wait for the day when my mom's suffering will end and she may be whole once more and I may finally have peace to know my mother is resting in the joy of heaven.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Perfect Find

 I went to Clover Market today, a lovely market of vendors in a lovely area outside of Philadelphia called Chestnut Hill.  I found this beauty.
 The woman who sold it to me told me it had been in her family and was over 100 years old.  She said it had all the original hardware.

 I think the hardware is my favorite.  But then again I love the top.
 I placed it in my foyer and it was perfect.  I liked it better than the table I originally had there.
 The legs are lovely and the wheels still are intact and work fine.
Although it is not a huge space I think it worked really well.  Love it!  So glad I found it.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Senior Prom

My youngest is not the baby anymore.  Last night was his Senior prom and although there was a threat of rain, we could not have asked for a more lovely evening. Matthew is the one in the middle with the grey and purple tux.

His date for the evening is a lovely young lady and together they looked so beautiful.  
I was so happy for them as I snapped a million photos trying to hold my tears back.

Today, another milestone has passed, but soon more to come.  I am so thankful for photographs (the greatest invention in my mind) and the ability to hold a moment in time forever on paper for us to treasure years later.
I have always taken pictures and photography has always been an integral part of my life.
I treasure each one I take and cherish the gift of a forever keepsake.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Sweet Table

My friend Amy has a lovely little store with antique finds.  I visit it at least once a month.  She has lovely items that are one of a kind and everytime I go I know I will have something in my hands when I leave.  (Don't tell my husband)
So ever since my Sofa came back from the reupholsterer I was looking to change my little brown end table to bring out the lighter hues in the room.  I believe I found it. 
I had seen this table a few weeks before and contemplated on adding it somewhere but it wasn't until my sofa lightened the room that I knew it would be perfect.  
Love the detail in the wood carving.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Sofa Is Here!

Last week my sofa was picked up to be reupholstered.  I got it back yesterday.  I am truly pleased.  I had been inspired by my dear friend Catherine who had reupholstered her grandmother's Duncan Phyfe sofa in white.  It was simply stunning.  See her blog below.  http://acountryfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-duncan-phyfe-after.html Well I decided to change the three pillows to two and it made all the difference.
Take a look.
Here's the before.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Pine Dresser

Today we traveled an hour in the pouring rain to pick up the pine dresser we got from Ebay.  A charming woman greeted us.  She told me she had it for 30 years.  It sill was in good condition.  
I fell in love with it immediately.
I quickly came home and positioned it in my formal living room, a spot that seemed to have been missing that very piece all along.  
Funny how we stumble across certain things that feel like the perfect fit once we place them in their spot.
The color is a warm vibrant honey that pulls out the honey colors in my floor and all the white in the room.  This is the same room that I am putting the newly reupolstered sofa.

Here is a close up shot of the piece.  I paired it with an antique alabaster lamp.  I have two, one in my bedroom and I put this one here.  I love how the white pops.  
The painting above was a print I pulled out of one of my books.
I found this simple washed wood frame and used a white matte.  I wanted to use the colors to match a few accents in the room.

 I am so pleased with this piece.  It is even prettier than it looked on ebay.  When my husband lifted it out from the car a silver dollar fell out from underneath.  The date 1965, the year I was born.
Hmmmm. . .
Inside I placed all my antique white and cream crocheted and lacey tablecloths.  I thought that's what it should hold.  I didn't want to pile the drawers with heavy things since it was an antique piece.  I loved that when I open the drawers I can see all my favorite antique tablecloths. Now they have their own place, as the dresser.  
Next look at this living room when my sofa returns.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Project updates.

My Sofa will be picked up tomorrow.  Wooo Hooo!  So I should have it back a week from tomorrow all done.  That's what they told me.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  I am doing it in a soft white. I loved my friend Catherine's sofa project and loved how it came out and had been thinking of whites and creams but my wainscotting is white and I have a chair in the room that is white as well.  Looking forward to seeing the new look.  
I met with the kitchen designer today/who happens to be my friend.  Measurements are in and she will be selecting a sink for me in the next few days so it looks like that will be on it's way.
I found this lovely antique pine chest on ebay.  Fell in love with it but didn't want to bid until I saw where the price was going.  Well thankfully (which I don't really understand why) no one bid on it so I got it for the asking price.  I haven't picked it up yet becuase I've been waiting for my husband so that he can take me.  I will be picking it up on Saturday.  Will post photos sometime next week when I have the sofa and the pine chest in it's new place.  
Can't wait!  Always fun to have a new project.