Monday, April 21, 2014

New Additions


I have some new additions to our cottage.  In an effort to make this formal living
room a little less stiff and a lot more cozy, I searched for and found a couple of
new toile pillows for the antique camelback sofa.  




I wanted to repeat a form of toile in the room to accent the toile Chippendale
chairs on either side of the sofa.  I found these equestrian theme pillows.
You know me ~ any time there is a horse involved, there I am!  Trust me,
if I could find a tack room scented air freshener I would be all over it!





Oh and here is a new Roo for the breakfast room table.  Roos are running
wild in my breakfast room and kitchen.  Good thing they are not real
because you know who would be busy chasing them.





Do you remember when I said I was thinking of having some Audobon prints
framed for either side of the mirror over the sideboard in the dining room?
Well that was before I found these equestrian prints on ebay.   I have not hung
them yet because I want to change out the glass to an non-reflective one.





Can you see the script on the matting?  Love it and the crest down 
at the bottom too.





I was so thrilled to find these and knew they had to find there way
down here to Texas.  

David, Bentley and I spent the weekend in San Antonio.  We left on 
Thursday.   We stayed at the Hotel Contessa right on the river walk.
Our suite had a river view and was pet friendly.  Bentley got a little
bag full of treats and a ball from the management when he arrived.
Needless to say that was a big hit with the pup!  We did lots of 
walking along the miles of pathway along the river.  We ate way too
much delicious food, had lots of fun and returned home refreshed and
renewed.  It was just what we all needed!  I hope y'all had a
wonderful Easter weekend too.  

Metamorphosis Monday
Masterpiece Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Amaze Me Monday
Tweak It Tuesday
Inspire Me
Wow Us Wednesday
What's It Wednesday

When we arrived back home, I let Bentley out in the backyard so
he could explore a bit while we unloaded our luggage.  He
got quite a workout because he found a CAT!!! in the yard.
There was a lot of racing through the tropicals and barking
going on.  But he was successful and came back in with
a big huge smile on his face!  Then he plopped down on the
floor and let out a big sigh.  Mission accomplished!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Taking a Little Break


Bentley and I are taking a little break.  It's the first holiday we will be celebrating
since my Mom's passing and we will be finding a new way to celebrate Easter.

We wish you all a Blessed Easter and we will be back again next week.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, April 14, 2014

Forever Tweaking


I have finished a few more tweaks in Mom's old room.  I must admit, I 
have been being really lazy lately and have not done too much more
tweaking, but I managed to finish some minor tweaks.  I added a plaid
pillow to the chair.  The bedskirt is in this same plaid.  I will show you
that as soon as I finish tweaking the bed.




I painted the old foot stool white and recovered it with the ticking fabric
I found at the Texas Antique Week.  I have always been a huge fan of
ticking.  It is hard to tell from this photo, but the ticking perfectly matches
the other blues in the room.





I like the way the little chest turned out after I painted it with Annie Sloan
Provence Blue and waxed it with her soft wax.  I decided not to distress it.
Now this is a cozy little spot for reading a book or leafing through 
magazines on a rainy and cloudy afternoon like the one we are having
today.





I hung this portrait over the bed.  I am not sure if it will stay there or not.
I'll keep it there for a day or two and see if I change my mind.  I painted
the headboard in Provence and just accented the trim with Old White.
I think that I already showed you the headboard once before.





My next big project in this room is to paint the dresser.  It's a big one.
I have to get mentally prepared to tackle the job.  Do you ever feel
that way about a big project?  At the moment I am getting motivated
to get the job done soon.


Bentley is so cute, he always watches me paint and tweak.
He's my decorating assistant!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


Friday, April 11, 2014

A Little Over the Top But ...


A little over the top I know, but I am so drawn to this room and 
wish I could crawl into the photo and curl up in that cozy
looking chair by the fire with a good book.  Y'all know I have
a crush on Mario Buatta!

Okay girls ~ I have to get back to work.  I am working on my
new herb garden.  I took a short sweet tea break, hopped on my
Mac and started looking at decorating pics.  I think I may be
suffering from ADD!  I know ~ shocking revelation.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cabin Is Turning Into Beach Cottage


Remember the cabin we planned to build up in the mountains of 
Idaho?  Well although we still own the lot up there and have no 
intention of selling it, now that we are in Texas near the gulf coast
I am itching for a beach house.  I have fallen in love with the 
small coastal community of Rockport, Texas.  Now I just have to
figure out a way that I can have both ;-)


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Ah ~ sea breezes, seafood, beach combing, sand between your
toes ~ sheer bliss don't you agree?  So let's pretend that I can
find some cute little beach cottage and decorate it with salvaged
finds and treasures.


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Something modest and sweet that's my dream.  Every time I
mention beach house my husband David starts looking at beach
mini mansions.  For one thing we can't afford it and for another
even if we could, it's not what I want.  I want a little place that
is cute, fun, carefree and charming.


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Something like this.  Bright colors and lots of simple charm.
This is a cottage on Tybee Island.  That place has the corner on
charm.  Let's look at some more ...


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This just screams HAPPY!  I love it.  Okay, so now we have some
examples of the exterior we could create ~ now let's go inside our
pretend beach cottage and roll up our sleeves and get decorating!



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From the first time I saw pictures of Mary Kay Andrews'
beach cottage I knew I was in love.  It's warm and friendly and
has the kind of laid back lived in look I love.  Don't you just
love these colors???


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I love these lamps and shades.  Such fun.  It's hard to be
serious or sad in a place like this.  I could very easily
stretch out on this sofa with one of Mary Kay's books.


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A cute spot to hang your straw beach hat and a basket
of towels.  Imagine the possibilities for decorating.



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Of course now it's just a dream.  But we all have to start
somewhere don't we?  I hope y'all have sweet dreams tonight.
Dreams of places you long to be.  Happy dreams!

Nighty Night

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley











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