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(Photos above are courtesy of Pinterest)


Monday, November 24, 2014

INSPIRATIONS

With the Wedding over, my youngest in college and nothing else to plan I have decided to re-evaluate where I am in my life and what I want.  As for my writing, that is on going.  With two novels completed, one self-published, I am waiting to be represented by an agent and have several that I am hoping to hear from.  In the meantime my third novel is 3/4 done.  I hope to someday have a publishing house represent me and take on my novels so that I can find them in every bookstore in America.  Writing has always been such a part of my life and will always be, but I need something to challenge me, occupy my hours in the day and give me something to do that I love.  I am a teacher but do not want to go back to teaching.  At 49 I want to do something for myself that is fun and exciting and I won't have piles of papers to grade on my bed every night.  For those of you who are teachers you will understand.

Recently my daughter-in-law and I have talked about doing something creative. (So weird saying that, hee hee) We have decided to open up a store.  As we look for a space ideal for our store we are working hard to develop our style and look.  As I was brainstorming I thought about influences and inspirations that would have much to do with the way I put things together and create a lovely place.

First off, my daughter in law/partner of our new company Lidd & Lee LLC.  I'll let you all know the name of our store soon.  Have to make sure it's ours first.  

Liddy is a freelance graphic designer.  She is a artist and creator of her Made by Liddy line and is an incredible creative person who is an inspiration to me.  Not just because I adore her but she is a true artist.   She loves working with recycled & reclaimed items and loves all that is organic and unique.  Her designs are truly inspiring.

Carolyne Roehm has been an inspiration for me for a long time.  From the first time I opened up her book At Home With Caroylne Roehm and studied her seasonal notebooks I was hooked.  I have had the pleasure of meeting her personally and touring her home two times.  She is a remarkable designer, gardener, and stylist and her photography and books have given me so much guidance in planning my own garden and lay out for my home.

Mary Carol Garrity is an entrepeneur, store owner, stylist, designer, and an incredible lady.  I have been blessed with her mentorship and through the years we have become friends.  She is such an influence in my life and a joy to know.  Her kindness is as inspiring as her talent.  She taught me that with a little imagination an old piece combined with a new piece and a few treasured items can make an ordinary spot truly magnificent.  It's all about combining and making a statement.  

Above two more of my influences and inspirations. One of my best friends KC, a designer, artist and amazing woman.  She has taught me so much and taken me out of a very dark tacky designing stage.  I don't know what I would have done without her guidance.  
Next to her, Susan Taylor.  She is not only a designer, stylist and gifted woman with so much charisma but I too can call her a friend.  So much of my home is filled with her personal items and I truly treasure the fact that with her help I have created not just a beautiful house but a comforting home.
She is truly brilliant and an incredible dresser who is not afraid to take risks in her designing and own style.   Her store Black Eyed Susan is a treasure.
  
Last but not least, my dear friend Catherine.  I have learned so much about simple elegance through her design style and taste.  Catherine is an incredible, writer, stylist and contributing editor for Country Living magazine.  She has a perfect eye and is a true visionary when it comes to seeing a blank canvas in a room and putting it all together.  Her love for white and simplicity and antiques have taught me so much and I not only learned so much from her, she is one of my best friends and I truly consider her one of my inspirations.

So where do I go from here. . . Well I take everything that I have learned from these truly inspiring and phenomenal women, add a little faith and alot of hope and attempt to make something uniquely beautiful that will bring inspiration to others.  Thank you to all these women, I am blessed to have each of them in my life.  

The store will be filled with things that will make a house a home.  All of the things Liddy and I treasure and love and consider truly a necessity to make a home beautiful.
A few things I love:
Vintage & Antique mirrors
Organic and natural blankets and throws
Unique artwork
farmhouse pieces
garden statues & structures used indoors
architectural pieces and finds
recycled & creative treasures

and so much more. . . 

Below a sweet mirror I bought this weekend visiting my son in Tennessee.
As much as I live to decorate for Christmas, I respect and honor Thanksgiving and respectfully wait until the holiday is over before I begin the transformation from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
But I could not resist places a few of my favorite boxwood wreaths.
Here's a look.



In the next few weeks I will post photos of a room makeover, (my married son's room) and the Christmas transformation.  Can't wait to share with you.  In the meantime, I am getting ready for my son's homecoming and Thanksgiving.  So to all of my dear blogging friends out there, Have a wonderful  and Happy Thanksgiving.
Love Lisa








Friday, November 14, 2014

November and the Holidays


It's official!  I made a trip to Williams Sonoma yesterday and am prepared for Thanksgiving.
I don't know about you but I live for the holidays.  When November comes, my anniversary, my birtthday, Autum colors, the golden light, I am thrilled to experience every wonderful part of this month.  Starting with my anniversary and ending with Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  The best day for cooking out of the year in my opinion.  Most of the staples at our Thanksgiving table are made with products from Williams Sonoma so it is a thrill to make the trip and walk around my most favorite store and collect my ingredients and special items to make the Holiday extra special.
Every detail is importan to me to make the table, the evening just right.  From the candles to the brine to the tablesetting.
I'm especially excited because my youngest will be home and our dinner table will be filled with our new daughter in law and son and her wonderful parents.  Karen, my daughter in law's mother is an amazing cook.  "Martha Level"  She has taught me so much.  So when we join forces it is a feast.
And then when the last dish has been put away and the leftovers are in the fridge, the Christmas Season  is here.  I used to start decorating Thursday night but I'm not that young anymore so I wake up early on Friday morning, my husband gets us some coffee and I begin.
I don't love Black Friday for shopping, I actually don't leave my house.  I usually am in comfortable clothes while I'm hanging garland, putting up trees and enjoying the sounds of Christmas music.  This year I have five trees.  I know it's crazy, but it's an obsession I have.  My house isn't even big but it gives me joy to see Christmas in every nook.
I am trying to dive into the Holiday Spirit.  I want to enjoy every minute of this festive time.
I hope that you will get excited too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My 49th Birthday

Before anyone gets excited this photo is from Pinterest, not my own.
Today is my 49th Birthday.  
It was one I dreaded because it was the first I had without parents and without my sons with me.
It actually turned out to be a beautiful day from beginning to end.  
  I was reminded by my dear friends and family that I am loved and that I matter.
And after all isn't that what's important?  Knowing that you matter.
Thank you to all who made it a special day for me.  I expected to feel sad and alone and yet I was surrounded by signs of love that truly filled me with joy.
I feel blessed.
xoxo
Lisa

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Photos Are Here ( On My Anniversary, The Perfect Gift)

With the Bride & Groom's permission I wanted to share these photos of such a magical day.  
I can't look at most of them without crying.  So beautiful.  Enjoy!
xoxo
Lisa  The Mother Of The Groom  (Hee hee)
The photographer Karin Belgrave posted these on her blog: http://www.karinbelgraveblog.com/blog/





(Below: My boys)

















 (Above: A very emotional mother, Below: A full circle moment)





Memories of a lovely day and a union of two lovely people.  I was just blessed to be part of it all. ( My husband was there too I swear, but for some reason didn't make the blog cut.  Promise will post more when they come.  He probably dodged the cameras all night.)
xoxo

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A New Room

Another Anniversary is here.  Tomorrow my husband and I will be married 26 years on Guy Fawks Day.  
Hard to believe all this time has gone by.  My son is already going on three weeks married.  Unbelievable to me.  
So my sweet husband took me for a long weekend away.  We stayed at a lovely inn, one of our favorites and we had the best dinners and a lovely ride and enjoyed each others company and the company of our sweet friends.  My birthday is on the 12 of this month as well and I was surprised by the loveliest gathering and lunch during my visit.  
The weekend was perfect.
(Below my husband.  It's the only way I can photograph him, he does not enjoy being photographed)

A magnificent Halloween day.  Look at those colors.
After a weekend away I'm back home and the wheels are turning.  My married son's room is about to be restored.  After almost twenty years of growing up in a room, bouncing baseballs against the wall, basket balls, hockey sticks, soccer balls, nail marks, atleast 5 coats of different color paint layers, poster residue, hooks that although they claim are easy to come off and non damaging to the walls really are, are all about to be sanded and taped and made new again.
So if you've ever looked at a pottery barn catalog or rented a cottage in a charming town for vacation, you have probably seen a photo or been in one of those charming rooms where there are always two matching antique beds with the patchwork quilts and comfy blankets.  My husband thinks I'm a bit strange for wanting to do this to my son's room but I am.
So I found these lovely matching beds.
I thought they were so so beautiful.  
I'm excited to begin.  There will be painting involved and alot of spackle to get the room the way I see it but all good things take some time.
Yesterday I found the prettiest bench along with these matching quilts.  It was a very productive day.
 Above is the bench.  It was perfect in my tiny foyer.  And below are the twin quilts.  Aren't they lovely.  I washed them on a delicate cycle and now they are ready for the beds when the beds arrive.
 Below a shot of each.  I paid fifty for each.  You can't beat that!

Once the room is complete I will do a post on it.  Also waiting for some wedding photos from the photographer to post.  xoxo Lisa



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Its all about Nell Hills.

I was walking my dogs looking up at my porch and laughed to myself as I realized everything on my porch is from Nell Hills store.
Please tell me you know what I'm talking about?  Mary Carol Garrity's stores in Atchison Kansas and Kansas City Missouri. www.nellhills.com  Almost everything I do in my home is a reflection of a visit to her stores, a chapter in one of her books or just photos from her blog.  I admit it!  I am a copier!  I don't care.  I'm proud to be one.
 Nell Hills Below MCG herself.  
A wonderful, lovely lady both inside and out.  She is kind and thoughtful and the happiest person I've ever met.

If you don't know what I'm talking about then please see the site above.  WARNING:  Your life will never be the same again.
So here are some pics of my porch.
 Above my porch a few minutes ago.  It's dark outside so my photos are a bit dark.
 One of the eight lanterns I ordered for the wedding.  Very affordable and beautiful.
On the rockers my custom made Nell Hill monogramed house number pillows I feel in love with when visiting Mary Carol's home in Atchison Kansas.  So lovely.  Had so many people comment at the wedding about my lanterns and pillows.  People strolled around during the cocktail hour and saw them.  
Also above another of the white lanterns.  Look at that pillow stitching!  My goodness what an art!
 Below symmetrical original Nell Hill lanterns.  These are the large.  I adore them.  They also were used in the barn for the wedding.  One guest asked me if they were rented I chuckled and proudly stated:  "they are mine!"
 Below Mary Carol's metal fall orbs.  I have used them two years in a row and place the pumpkins inside.  So fun and so elegant.


 Close up above and below of the lanterns.  Too beautiful.  Love them.  Also have two different lanterns inside and on my deck but too dark to show you.  Will post about them next time.
 If you are on facebook make sure that you check the Nell Hill page.  She posts items almost every day and if you see something that you like all you have to do is call the store number.  It's as easy as that!  The Briarcliff store in Kansas City, MO number is (816) 746-4320
And the Atchison Kansas store number is  (913) 367-1086
Make sure you check out her weekly blog, her website and her page on facebook.  The ladies are lovely and kind and extremely helpful and with a quick description will help you find the item you desire.  Tell them Lisa from PA sent you.  Hee hee.