Monday, April 30, 2012

Dreaming...

I'm always dreaming of Provence!
I'm leaving out of town for a week and will not have access to a computer.  So I thought I would leave you with some images of my favorite place in the whole world... Provence!



















Don't some of these images get you excited for long Summer days entertaining outdoors?!

Wishing you all a wonderful week!














Sunday, April 29, 2012

Armchair Reupholstery Reveal!




Remember when I was asking for advise for this wing back chair that I used to hate?


I mean look at her... she is UGLY! However, this is the last time that you see her like that!




Well it's time for the big reveal...


Are you ready?....



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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Funky Color!

Color is one of life's luxuries!  
I love finding my favorite colors in landscapes, food, art and nature.
Stephanie Hoppen says:  "Walking into a room where the color is right is akin to enjoying a perfectly balanced meal or listening to uplifting music - a sensory delight, mood-enhancing, and satisfying to linger in."
Amen!




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I guess we all choose colors that feel right for us individually!
Don't be afraid to express yourself more through color!

"Color is the simplest and most obvious defining element in the personality of a place.  It can subtly alter one's mood, so it should therefore be handled carefully, but that does not mean timidly.  Call upon your own deepest instincts for inspiration."
                                        ~Agnes Emery, Emery & Cie



Saturday's Inspiration



Steal the idea!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Perfection...

I'm sure you have come across so many different images that make you swoon!
These images do that for me; everything about them are perfection - the way they're styled and photographed!  


















all images via Pinterest

I'm a very right brained individual; I learn through spaces, pictures, colors, kinesthetic settings and anything that is visually stimulating.  I get people asking where I get specific ideas from - it's all from other genius minds who put together photos like these!

















Weekend decoration tips

As we do have a long weekend here in Belgium, I invited some friends to come over!

So I was browsing into my ‘decoration tips’ file. Since I started blogging I filed a lot of inspirational images which are very helpful whenever I have to create my tablesetting or if I want to redecorate my home bringing in only a few little changes. As I was printing some of the images, I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to share them with you.

 

First thing I always think about are flowers! I can’t imagine my house without flowers!

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5I love this silver bowl filled with flowers.  Source here

 

4Or this marble mortar filled with roses!  Source here

 

7Even in th kitchen I love to bring in flowers.  Source here

 

6A vase with flowers on the kitchen table.  Source here

 

Not only inside the home, but even outside I love to see decorations with flowers.

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2Love this way of decoration.  Source here

 

And the second thing I think about is ‘how to decorate the guests’ powderroom.

31With a touch of flowers and a some candle light. Picture by me

 

29Love this basket filled with soap lathers. Source here

 

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And after this, I love to decorate my bowls and plates with fruit. This is very inviting, isn’t it?

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13And I love to see pots and jars filled with herbs, on the kitchen shelves.  Source here

 

And then…the atmosphere bringer : lots of candles! In all variations.

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After all candles are given the right place, I start thinking about redecorating some room corners.

15Ceramic jars and table lamp, wooden spheres and flowers, brought together in a group.  Source unknown

 

16I am going to try to create a still as this here! Gorgeous!  Source here

 

The moment I am satisfied with all this, I start thinking about how to serve the food and how to set my table.

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One of the most important things to create a succesful tablescape, is the way you display the napkins. Don’t you agree?

What will I do?

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26Or this one with the key! Isn’ t this lovely? I found it at Jermaine’s blog French Kissed.  Source here

 

Die mit Rosenknospen bestickten Hohlsaumservietten werden mit Schleifenband umbunden. Wahlweise werden echte Rosen oder Kuchengabeln mit Rosenmotiv hineingesteckt.<br />Feine Gestecke Ohne Rosen oder Rosenstickerei kommen die Hohlsaumservietten nicht auf den Tisch. Ein hellblaues Schleifenband hält alles zusammen ? Kuchengabeln sind auch mit im BundOr should I go for the roses?  Source here

 

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And yes of course, candles on the table! Always!

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After dinner, dessert time.

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27Don’t forget candies for the children.  Source unknown

 

And now it’s time to start cooking!

 

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It promises to be a succesful evening ! Don’t you think?

 

I wish everyone a wonderful weekend!

xx

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