Monday, January 28, 2013

Think Pink to cure the Winter Blues

For some crazy reason, I am in love with "pink" right now.  Especially, the blushy tan version of pink!  So I decided to re-do my pastry stand on the island with pink, especially perfect for upcoming Valentine's Day.  I layered it with some gold  vintage pieces from my stash of goodies.

Costco had these beautiful pink ranuculus bunches this weekend and I couldn't resist!

I love their little faces. So ruffled!  so very perfect!

Found these adorable pink lemonades at World Market last week!

Little gold sherbets just waiting for a splash of Strawberry Creme Liqueur.

These pink champagne biscuits are so pretty and fun to dip in champagne.

Gold ramekins just waiting to be filled with a delicious bread pudding.

I found this wonderful Pink Pamplemousse Rose from Cartron. It tastes like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.  I am thinking it will be delicious in a salt rimmed glass over ice.  Maybe I'll find pink salt!

Pink peppermint marshmallows from Butter.  Ready for hot chocolate.

The most amazing strawberry jam you will ever taste.


Strawberry Creme Liqueur-  chilled and garnished with fresh strawberries.  Could be very pretty!

Looks like I need to have a "pink" party.  Valentine's is coming soon- maybe I'll plan a dinner party.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kitchen Accessories Really Do Make a Difference

It's that  time of year- you take all your Christmas decorations down and your house looks like it's missing something.  Know what I mean?  So I am in the mood to re-do all the kitchen accessories and create a little change in my kitchen.  When Angela, the Parisienne Farmgirl, was  here last spring, we played around with a few new ideas. I was just reviewing those photos and decided I liked the little pops of color- especially for this deary time of year. 

I love the pop of green on the neutral tiles by the range.

And the pop of a little red in the flowers on the old tray placed behind the stove is good too!

The French pastry stand on the island is fun to change with the seasons and it seems to need a spot of color right now!

Todays view from the kitchen through the stone arch into the servery.
It does seem like it needs a little color??

While not practical for the normal home cook- I do love the way this looks.
An old silver tray is gathering a collection of vinegars in antique carafes, celery vases with old horn flatware,
silver plate sherbets filled with sea salt, and an Old Paris porcelain tureen. 
Maybe I'll re- create a version of this vignette in another spot!

Close up of the pastry stand- think I need to add a little Valentine's decor today to it!

Aged mirror refrigerator- will probably do this again in my next house.
It always reflects what is going on in the kitchen and makes the small space seem bigger.

another little spot of red on the kitchen table.
I found this old silver plate decanter holder that was missing its bottles.
 It is perfect for wine, candles and flowers
on the kitchen table.

So in the next few days, I am going to re-do my kitchen accessories. Let's see what I'll come up with.
 Yes, It is that time of year again-  time to "nest" and move things around!  Stay tuned!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Old Rhinestones and Vintage Handbags- Endless Possibilities

Yesterday morning, I spent several blissful hours with several friends at a local flea market. It is one of my favorite markets- Grayslake- held every month in the Chicago area.  I always find treasures and yesterday was no exception.  While I love to collect these special treasures, it simply isn't right to put them in a drawer and never enjoy them. So I try to be creative with how I use them.

Without fail, it seems I start a new story or collection during my monthly visit.

Yesterday's vision was a medley of soft pinks and rhinestones- perfect for the upcoming Valentines
Day celebrations.   I adore this soft blushy pink lady's beaded bag.
Adore this old paste rhinestone rose pin.  It will look fabulous on a silk pillow!

Old Cech rhinestone bracelet

Love these soft pink beaded bobeches made by one of the vendors- Suzy Fabulous!
What a great way to re-purpose old beads.

The grey and soft pink beads are so pretty together! And this vintage purse
even is big enough to hold a cell phone.

I love displaying all these new treasures on my statue.

Maybe I should move her up to my dresser so I can enjoy my new eye candy!

Another pair of fabulous bobeches by Suzy Fabulous!

Love all of this together.

another recently acquired bag looks awesome with this grouping.

 Look at the detail on the handle of this little bag- They just don't make them like this anymore.
I like to think of them as "art".  I am thinking of a grouping hung on pretty hooks in a ladies closet or over a dressing table.

Love this pretty little coin bag- also beaded with the same color scheme.

I adore this old bow pin.  Look how pretty it looks on a pillow.

Sterling bracelet found for a song.  I will wear this one!

Old rhinestone button earrings- maybe glued to a box lid or glued on to the fronts of
 plain knobs to dress up a chest.  The possibilities are endless.

A fabulous buckle- spotted by Julie- will look so pretty tied around a pillow with a pretty ribbon.
Or maybe used as a tie back for a taffeta curtain. Be still my heart!
The possibilities are simply endless!

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Final Four

For the past 17 years, I have been at the Gift Show in Atlanta on this day. Today I am in Chicago and it feels okay! I am so excited about our future plans and can't wait to fill you in on the details. But as most of you know, we are closing our retail location and we are in the final 4 weeks of being open .  We are trying to keep our standards and keep the store looking as good as possible during this sale.  We still have a lot of great merchandise to sell.   During the last couple of days, Katha, Penny, Julie and I have re-invented some of our displays!  As customers walk into the store, we  hear "is that new?" or "I haven't seen that before!".  That's what happens when you uncover layers and layers of "stuff" in our store displays. After all, we have never been accused of not having enough inventory!  Now you can just see most of it!  PS-We are adding a few new treasures daily as we discover things in storage or behind doors in cabinets!  And soon we will be pricing all the store fixtures.  Hope to see our local Chicago customers soon!

love this set of four burlap chairs

These jugs look great on a hearth or kitchen island

A set of sweet lavender dinner and dessert plates - a real steal!

Pots of hyacinths with white ironstone - love it

So spring like- weeping lavender in an umbrella stand.

The lanterns above the table are reproductions but are amazing!
The burlap suitcases look great stacked and are perfect for storing items.

Leather chair is the perfect size for a small area like a bedroom,

The menu board in the old frame is charming for a kitchen!  I have one behind my range.

Festive roses in a mosaic vase look pretty with the old French porcelain compotes.