Friday, June 20, 2014

Garden Perspective

Just dropping in to give you a garden perspective.
It has been a busy month so far with parties and visitors

I do promise to get around for a visit real soon.
I wanted to share with you our latest addition to the garden.
It is a work in progress.... needs to be painted.
I think I might stain the bottom part brown.

The wood for the table was part of an old staircase that was not being used.
I need a few more dumps of pea gravel to be satisfied with the hard surface that I have chosen for this area.

But so far if the weather cooperates
we are hoping to enjoy some nice garden dinners out in this part of the yard.

Here's hoping......

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Before and After Updates

Finally the weather has started to cooperate
and agree to its terms of engagement.

June is supposed to mean sunshine  and  rapid growth of plants  and  foliage
and all things wonderful....right??

For me June plays the role of prep time for the big "partay" which in our case is July and August.

Last year we invested more time and money into the back garden area.
We had these horrible stairs that I never let anyone use
and now, we have a staircase that matches the front.... nice and wide.

It takes you right down to the back garden
which is still a work in progress but I am loving the process and not feeling any rush to have it all finished "overnight".

Oh how I love a good before and after photo.
Almost hard to look at the first one but we are happily now living with the after effect.

We picked up the cement pavers on the side of the road and they were a good temporary fix for one summer but I am so happy to now have these stairs that lead right down to the back door.

Jack seems to love them too!

We also added a roof over the back door which extends right across to the small balcony.

The shrubs are still not filled out yet and I have a lot of work before showing any garden photos but it is a work in progress
and one that I consider as a great source of relaxation right now.

More to come..... :)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hand Painted Walls

Hand painted walls have always intrigued me.
I don't see them that often but when I do I always find myself mesmerized by the work involved in creating them.

Traveling through Europe you get a sense, when walking through historical homes with beautifully elaborate rooms, that the walls are whispering stories to you of older years and the life lived within.

Perhaps painted walls simply reflect a time when the entire room was treated as a canvas such as the painted walls below that are over 100 years old. There was an expected permanency in these rooms. Something we don't necessarily value today.

Trends, if you could call them that, were longer-lasting.
The Handbook Authority

So when I see painted walls today I am curious.
Do the owners of those walls have a different relationship with their rooms
than the person who simply paints their room with their favourite wall colour?

A friend told me recently about a home that was sold in her neighbourhood.
The home was well known in the area due to the recent addition of elaborate hand-painted wallpaper on the dining room walls.
But obviously not everyone appreciates the effect of such a costly addition.

Apparently the new owners had that at the top of their "to remove" list.

Oh yes, the peeling of that paper created a buzz on the street and possibly some curiosity about the new homeowners as well.

This week I came upon what I consider as an amazingly effective way of creating illusion in a space that may otherwise be less appealing.
And might I add, not an easy task
and certainly one that requires the talents of a skilled artist that recognizes the art of painting walls.

Just Paint it White Blog

The type of art that tricks the viewer into believing that something is there
that in reality is not.
I had to look twice at the image above when I first visited the talented
Fiona at Paint it White.

Part of me was intrigued by the idea of a boiler room in a home
but the greater appeal was in what Fiona herself created in this room
to make it a more complete and finished space.

Just Paint it White Blog
Oh and whimsy.... lots of whimsy in this space.
I have seen wall murals before such as the one below...

Traditional Home

but this art work builds on what is already there in order to create an illusion of something more unified and complete.

Have a look for yourself.
I told Fiona that I was sending you over.

Paint it White Blog

Monday, May 26, 2014

Ice Cream Sundae Chairs

Am I crazy?
When you see these chairs, do you think of ice cream sundaes?

They have a metal back and a wooden seat
but the seat is slightly sculpted which allows it to be somewhat more comfortable.

And they remind me of a day when I was quite young
and we would go to Pott's Dairy for milkshakes
and ice cream sundaes.

And sometimes I was given a 50 cent allowance and allowed to walk there with a friend.

We would undoubtedly choose the stools at the counter
that were bolted to the floor.
The design of the stool permitted us to spin around in circles
as we waited impatiently for our dairy delights.
My friend always asked for a root beer float.
I was a bit more fickle with my decisions,
sometimes it was a hot fudge sundae type of day and on other occasions
it was a thick milkshake that caught my attention.

 I am not even sure that they had chairs like this at Pott's Dairy
but that is what I think of when I see these.

I pulled these out of a friend's junk pile
and brought them home knowing they belong here....

I have 2 more, 
they will probably be "extra" chairs for the back garden terrace.
But for now when I look at them I get a little glimmer of another time.
So I am calling them my Ice Cream Sundae Chairs.


Monday, May 12, 2014

The Kitchn.Com Feature

I know that those of you that follow along here from time to time
have seen more than your share of my kitchen.
I just had to let you know that it is featured right now over at
The (link)

Just sayin'.... and I promise I will say no more.....
I won't even tell you about a little project I have planned for my kitchen....nope.
No more kitchen talk. 

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