Australia: indoor/outdoor living

This past weekend reminded me that I still have not posted my favorites from Brisbane visit this summer.  I guess, I needed a cooler weather to truly capture the feel of the city that seems to have perfected all season indoor-outdoor living.  Where the doors are always open (or gone altogether), where you warm up…

Wabi-sabi flower arrangements

Dahlias are such perfect wabi-sabi flowers…I am yet to bring home a big, bold bouquet of dahlias alone. But I also know the longer in season I wait, the better they get, richer, heavier, mellower. I spotted these recently and the pink-purple hues were just gorgeous. This past Saturday I literally brought home from farmers…

Simple wreath

There were many hours spent in the yard this weekend. The inventory is not looking so good, some English roses are not coming back after extremely snowy and soggy winter. Still, I am looking forward to the redesign. This year even more focus on vegetables, drought resistant plants and more comfortable outdoor dining space. While…

Pastel color dinnerware

Pastels usually make appearance on my table only once a year, around Easter, and for those few days they are delightful. This year I had fun staging them with wallpaper backdrop and candy colored flowers. Today is back to the basement, and white returns to our table.

Styling with pale yellow

It might also be called: desperately seeking sunshine. Today was the first day with temperatures above freezing in a long time…The warmth will not stick around, yet, but the sunshine is strong and encouraging. Usually about this time of the year I am drawn to color yellow, pale, meadow primrose type.  Here is a quick…

Styling with lilacs

Holiday…what’s not to love. I can trim redundant branches (clarification: basically ransack one of the late blooming lilacs in my parents’ garden between torrential May rain) and set up for photos. I have to say, it is so much easier to find props here. First, I don’t have to spend $$ on gorgeous lilacs. Second,…

Indoor hyacinths

I spotted this DIY idea on Pinterest recently (originally from a pair & a spare). Finally there was use for the bunch of empty Diptyque glass candle containers staring at me for the whole winter! Yes, we burned a few this winter…It was still a bit chilly to work in the garden this weekend, the…

Winter inspirations, continued

January is over but I am not ready to let my winter palette go, yet… And here is a large ceramic bowl I was given last weekend, all blending rather nicely with F&B Down Pipe in living room.