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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Who Is This Mystic Gardener?

Who is this mystic gardener, the one who grows the ten foot Trumpet Lilies, year after year? 

The sower that sows the Jewel Weed in with the Hostas, under the shade of the Maple trees.  

The ferns follow his instructions to move here and over there,  filling in the empty spots.

A choir of floral display meandering down the slope of lawn.

The birds and the chipmunks plant the garden seeds together, from the sky and under the ground, they work side by side.  

At one time this was a ruly planting. Then the city Daisy invited his country Daisy, the Black Eyed Susan, for a visit.

"Come, meet your distant cousin the Rudbeckia!" 

The Delphiniums grow tall, with all the rain and humidity in the woods. The orange Lilies contrast against the blue stalks.

This is my view, when I step in the dog do. Not looking where I am walking, distracted by the beauty of the natural garden scene. 

It is a riot of colors, all spectrum of Cynthia's rainbow!

Good to come home from work, in the evening, and be greeted by such loveliness as this.

Thank you my silent sower. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Anchor Cottage In The Middle Of July!

The second order of Emma Bridgewater pottery came in this week. So, of course, I had to reset the table!

I have been bringing in the "vintage" crystal candlesticks and Waterford biscuit jars to use in the mix. Or, on the marble counter tops, filled with dog treats! 

The faux Geraniums are really smashing! The color is so rich against the color of the iron urns. Would make a nice display on the sideboard. 

Terra Firma pottery, out of New York, mixes with the Emma Bridgewater dishes and the "sir madame" crockery. 

Some days it amazes me how many different "lines" it takes to create a vignette. 

When I think of every piece, for resale in the store, is hand picked I just shake my head. What a lot of thought, plus impulse, goes into creating the whole look.  

I just keep layering it on! By the way, this acrylic glassware is the is the "bee's knees", it comes in wine, water, highball and rocks sizes, clear, green, pink, orange and yellow colors. 

Art is what makes home decor sing! 

The pillows just keep piling through. 

Ah, this bed says it all. Crisp, clean and comfortable. 

I have Money's folk art all over the shop. 

Ben Zaricor's billboard art.

Mary Blocksma's prints, worked in, around every corner. 

The sunset colors. 

Emma and Big Tomato from Stoke-On-Trent, England.

Before I know it, August will be knocking at my door, and the table will have to be set for Autumn and the bed changed into cozy comforters and sheets.

But, until then, enjoy the fabulous July weather we are having! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

If I Had A New Kitchen...

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Important Baltimore, Maryland
After living in the studio cottage for a week, it was great to be back in the Holler! Walking in felt like home. Made me think that I would like to redesign/redecorate the kitchen.

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Not this one. Too earthy for my taste. I can't see my antique indigo pottery on the counter tops! 

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chesterfield och kista.
I have connected living space from my kitchen into the living room. The look needs to flow. Really like the refinished trunk in this sitting space. 

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The look needs to be compatible with blue and white crockery. 

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This is it! I want the feel of this kitchen with light colored beams and radiant floor heat under chunky tiles. My crockery and roosters on the island. 

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This can be the adjoining living area. Probably won't paint my logs, so I need to imagine this with walls the color of the trunk. Could paint the ceiling white, between the logs, to lighten up the room as a whole. Kitchen and living room have the same ceiling. 

Vintage Blue Majolica Butter Tub w/ Cow Lid "How the Cow Ate the Cabba
Nancy's Daily Dish

I think this covered butter dish will work in the new kitchen perfectly! 

So, in reality, I am working with several customers on various projects, one being a remodeled kitchen in a farm house and antique, family trunks in the attic for another client. Finding inspiration on pinterest  helps me find a visual that I can show my home owner where we can take this redo. 

On my way to the farmhouse appointment. Have a great start to your week and keep your toes in the lake! 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Moving To The Cottage

We were sitting on a beach, covered in flies, eating Cheese Shop you know whats!

The Virginians had left ninety degree, humid, rainy weather to come up north.

Only to find, no that's not sand in his sandwich!

Only to find that it is one of those rare times that we actually need air conditioning in the Leelanua Peninsula. 

So we moved to the cottage!

Morning sunrise out our back door.

Why did we not think of this before?

The water within walking distance. 

Moored out on the bay, I am just delighted by the inspiration. 

So we moored into the cottage, across the road from the village marina and park.  

To think, after ten years to discover our back yard!

Every morning, when I can, I am going out to catch the sunrise over the bay.

Absolutely wonderful!


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