Colors – All together now v1.0

Just to keep track of some of my color scheming on a recent picture trolling while stuck inside (sick again!) on a cold and rainy Sunday.

First, how about a beautiful pop of lime, in an otherwise light-oyster-white dining room, to off-set my lovely and homemade dark mahogany dining table. I’m thinking I’ll slip-cover the chairs in a bit of off-white linen, and voila! Perfect – especially leading out to a patio, perhaps with a few pots filled with little plants? Check out this combo, via Remodelista


and these lovely lime-bits (and pear!) via Bloesem


concrete-mix pots via Shelterrific for Obleek


and then to merge the dining area into the kitchen area, this shot, via HouseBeautiful (though always a tad traditional for my taste though), seems to have good things going for it – including lots of white, but still carrying through with some of the rich brown (do people who really cook really have white countertops?)

kitchenthemeNow in this kitchen though, I do need to take advantage of my travertine subway tile supply (scraps!) – and while 10KKitchenRemodel’s interpretation is not what I’d do for cabinetry, color or size (theirs is more brick than subway), I did want to document the look of a travertine backsplash.


Still debating on the flow to the living room – probably keep it pretty light – maybe even white? and then over to the stairs, I SO think I’m going to get in over my head and try to make a copy of this light fixture (sorry David Weeks – I know yours is the original and the perfect, but I can’t afford!). Shall I go to a blue-ish scheme as we head up the stairwell?

stairlightOnce at the top, in a little half-bath, I do so love the idea of this deeper-than-navy blue (via Domino), just rocking off the crisp pure white (and have added the lovely diagonal floor-pattern to the honey-do list!)

bluebathAnd finally, on the outside, to wrap up all these color-bits and pieces, I’d really love to go to a classic and demure gray/white scheme



Attics and Wine Corks

Two neat ideas:

1. A fabric alcove in the attic from photographer Paul Massey

2. A wine cask for holding wine corks (my collection is outgrowing it’s vase) from MintDesign

Happiness in the everyday

Du bonheur au quotidien – Happiness in the everyday. A charming simple French phrase sums up for me the lovely collection of ‘favorites’ that SimpleLovely rounded up from Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt:

Lanterns in the trees…


Lots of family photos, and pineapple centerpieces!


and lovely blues and white gardenias against garden greens…


Garden Party Set – Cute!

Found a photo of this darling plate set over at maydreamsgardens – how cute!!

Plant Stands v. Vertical Gardens

Just when you think you’ve seen it all – check out Smith & Hawken’s set-up you can purchase to construct a Vertical Garden. That’s right, short on space? Grow up your walls!


Now for those of us who do have, oh, at least a few square feet to spare, some plant stands probably come to mind for an organization solution.


or this one on sale (for a mere $160) from Smith & Hawken


Then comes a bit of a debate over pots – go super cute and super cheap (but not frost-proof or especially hardy) or go super expensive to get a little more hardiness. I think I’ll stick with the former, and grab a couple Bladet pots


Luckily, when it comes to clean and simple (which I would prefer against the verdant plant selections) IKEA has me covered.

So all that’s left to do is to add a garden stand to that honey-do list!!

No Seeds Planted – Not Just Yet

Welllllll, sadly the garden blogging gods (see herehere and here) continually warn me against planting my plethora of seeds (someone is prone to overspending stocking up on garden-related-anythings) this early in the game.

Yes, there’s nothing I’d like better than to stick one in the dirt, blaze a grow light on it for 23.5 hours a day, and shake my fist at the snowy-gray sky and say “AHA! I’ll show you, spring or no spring, my spring is COMING baby!”

A Way to Garden’s Margaret Roach includes some great little doodles by Andre Jordan, which include just the right balance of whimsy, simplicity, and a dash of winter-appropo melancholy…



Margaret also wrote a timely call for seed-planting-patience here. Feel free to read in case you’re also about to embark on a seed-buying-bender due to oh, let’s say these bits of flower-porn:







(all flower-porn courtesy of classic gardening purveyor Jackson & Perkins)

Stark Bro’s Nursery

Oh of course. Of COURSE! Stark Bro’s has totally remodeled their already gorgeous website, just to maximize the tempatation….as though I needed more reason to want spring at this time… 😉

I can just speed forward a few months and see myself eating these…

Chester Thornless Blackberries

and these…

July Elberta Dwarf Peaches

and these!

Anne Yellow Raspberries

and these

North Star Cherries

North Star Cherries

and, well you get the idea  🙂

Meyeri Lemon Plant

Meyeri Lemon Plant

Kadota Figs

Kadota Figs

Starking Delicious Plum

Starking Delicious Plum

My Aunt turned me onto Stark Bro’s after I expressed interest in finding a good source for fruit and nut trees. They will ship all over the US, and was started way back in 1816! So I think they probably know a thing or two about gardens! In case you’re ready to give yourself up to more garden dreaming, go ahead and request that they ship you their free catalog here.

Happy continued January dreaming!