Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hill Country Christmas Decorating Ideas


Last night while I was taking Bentley for his nightly walk, I noticed
that some of my neighbors had started putting up their Christmas
lights.  Thanksgiving is so late this year and I know there will be
a mad dash to start decorating this Friday.

So ….



I thought I would share some Texas Hill Country Decorating ideas
I spotted while I was in one of my favorite shops in Fredericksburg.
Love going to Smitten!  I always see something wonderful there.



The shop was awash in white and glitter.  Everything so sparkly and
festive. 



I am normally someone who loves red, but there is something so
magical in Christmas rooms decorated in silver and white and
shades of gray.  Makes me think of the snowbound country house
in Dr Zhivago.



Pretty



Wonderful Hoosier



Love the crosses on the white tree.



I can't believe I left my rattan reindeer up in my storage unit in Idaho!
Sure wish I had it down here.  My Friendly Village dishes too.
Maybe I will plan a ski trip and go visit my dishes ;-)





I promised myself I would not start any decorating until the day
after Thanksgiving, but it never hurts to start planning.
Right?



Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley







Monday, November 24, 2014

Tweaking in the Breakfast Room


I finally finished painting the wainscoting in the breakfast room.  I don't mind
painting, but am always so happy when it is finished.  As you may recall,
the wainscoting was painted a dark brown before and made an already
dark room that much darker.






I moved the deacon's bench back into the room too.



The whole area is now lighter and brighter.  Now onto the next
project :-)


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catalog Shopping on a Saturday Morning


It's a dark and rainy Saturday morning in our neighborhood.  I am still in my
pj's and am sitting at the breakfast bar listening to my favorite NPR Saturday 
line up of Click and Clack,  Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and What Do You Know.
I am drinking coffee out of my favorite cup that I use only for weekends to 
keep it special.  I love little rituals like that.  Do you have your own rituals
to keep life interesting?



Our postman has been delivering stacks of catalogs everyday.  I am going
through them this morning to see what gifts can be ordered and what
catalogs can be recycled.



I feel like a kid going through these catalogs.  Ear marking the pages of
items I long to own.  



A New York Jazz Christmas ~ hmm.  I love Christmas music.  I will start
putting on the Christmas CD's next weekend.  This is a tempting one for me.
I could order it to do my part to keep the music business alive.  I keep 
reading how it's suffering these days.





David has shown up because he thinks I am not contributing enough catalogs
to the  recycle pile.  Ha~ let's see how far he gets now that he found the
Filson catalog ;-)





He has a Filson briefcase and a garment bag too.  He loves the stuff!



Oh dear ~ this could be trouble ~ he found a Filson edition Jeep Wrangler.
We already have a Jeep Wrangler, but it's a two door.  He keeps 
pointing out the four doors when we are out and about.  Of course, he
keeps looking at Corvettes too.  I think it's a mid life crisis man thing.




On the other hand, I am always looking at things for the home.
No surprise here!



I am always finding something from the Monticello catalog that
catches my eye.   Y'all know I am a traditionalist.

So far I have only eliminated three catalogs ~ not very good
progress!  Of course, David has not done a very good job of
whittling down the stack either ;-)

Happy Saturday everyone!

What's that Bentley?  Did you finally wake up from your
nap on the sofa and think it's time for a treat???

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, November 21, 2014

Home


Home ~ a place where memories are made ….


and where memories are cherished.


Wishing everyone a memorable Friday.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley






Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wrapping Up Autumn Tablescapes



A week from today is Thanksgiving and the next day is Black Friday.
This time of the year flies by so quickly.  It's hard to believe that 
within a week the fall decor will be packed away and out will come
the Christmas decorations.  




Autumn is so different in south Texas.  No fall color other
than the mums and pumpkins on the porches.  We only started
wearing our sweaters a couple of weeks ago.  Last week it was
so cold (at least for here) and today we are expecting a high of
71 degrees and thunderstorms.  



It's a different lifestyle, yet we honor the seasons.  



I do miss the sound of leaves crunching under my feet.  Our pecan tree 
drops it's leaves, but it is the only one in our yard that does.

I still have such fond memories of fall back home on the
North Shore of Chicago.  I watched Home Alone again the other
night for the thousandth time because Kevin's neighborhood is
one I know so well. Raking leaves, crisp fall afternoons, college
football, riding my horse through the forest preserve under a 
canopy of softly falling red and golden leaves.




Fall is the time when I want the whole house to smell of 
apples and cinnamon.  Now that we are back to standard time,
I love the soft glow of the lights in the house starting at 
about 5 PM.  Dinners are mostly comfy foods.  Casseroles,
soups and stews on the menu so often these days.  




Lots of meals with baked squash.  David tolerates this, but I love it!
Acorn and butternut are two of my favorites.  



Stacks of catalogs arriving at our doorstep daily.  Frontgate, Grandin Road,
Gumps and the Vermont Country Store.  The holiday additions of
Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn.  The heavy Christmas issue of 
Restoration Hardware.  All so enticing and what David and I grab
to peruse after dinner each night.  




It's such a nesting time of the year, especially in the evening.  Once the
sun goes down we mostly want to stay at home and be cozy.  




Have a wonderful autumn afternoon!


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

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