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We offer decorating services in the Leelanau Peninsula. Our studio has fabrics, bedding samples and rug swatches. We offer lamp repair, shades, harps and finials with access to over 1,000 lamps. Furniture painting and repair. Wall paper books are available. Reach out to us at

Monday, September 30, 2019

It Is That Time Of Year Again...

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Life is for taking a break and we take that break twice a year. We go down to Florida and sit on the beach and watch the Atlantic Ocean roll in. 

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We dream about living in a tiny house seven months out of the year. All cozy and laid back at our "winter" cottage. 

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A small and simple life with fresh produce and seafood. No hurry, plenty of time to walk the beach. Long conversations about our dreams and wishes.

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Not really looking for the bright blue and white beach theme. With so much sunshine we like the dark, jungle look. Rich, deep colors and lots of foliage to shade us from the hot sun. 

The world to ourselves. Paradise found. Until it gets too hot and then we jump in the car and come home to northern Michigan, where the summers are green and lush and the beaches are long and sandy. 

Torn between the two worlds. If we had to chose I don't think we could. We love both areas equally. And really, they both have beautiful sky and  huge bodies of water, long, sandy beaches. Someday we will find the Florida house and split the time into two seasons. The northern season and the southern season!!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

I Believe In One More Beach Day

Since Sunday I had been looking at the weather forecast for the week. Looked like Wednesday could be the day. Steve said, "ok", and I packed the beach bag, one more time! I did have to bribe him with Cheese Shop Sandwiches to get him home by noon so we could be at the beach by one! 

I pulled on my "fall" bathing suit and layered up with a long sleeve, chambray shirt and a sarong tied around my waist.

The sun was warm on the pines and it smelled so good! I followed down the fragrant, pine sap path.  

I knew the beauty that lie ahead, up and over the dunes.

First glimpse of Whale Back.

The dune flower of the hour!

I am almost to the top of the path following my guide. Like I need a guide! 

Look at the glacial remains from another time. 

Amazing land formations.

The light and water were crystal clear all afternoon. We sipped Gin & Tonics, ate Cheese Shop Sandwiches and took a long walk down the beach. 

I think I am "ok" about putting the beach bags away for the season. If I sound a little doubtful, we have been known to swim in October! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

I Need A New Computer With An Upgraded Graphics Card

For almost eight years I owned a dinosaur of a computer that had great graphics. I could cull through photos and see the correct colors just right. I also had a marvelous photo printer, ink jet, that printed my photos with the colors being right on. The printer has also gone obsolete, can't buy the ink cartridges. Both of these tools were not inexpensive for their time. The problem I have right now, on this computer, is that it does not see the colors as I see them. The red silk shade, above, looks faded, not rich like I see it in person. The Mad Cap Cottage swatch, above, is way more brilliant in color than what we can see on this computer screen. 

How does the color, above, appear to you, on your computer screen? Is it crisp, fresh, blue and white? Is the photo sharp? On my computer screen it appears sightly fuzzy. Not that anyone in their right mind would notice, but non the less that is what I see. So I have a difficult time going through my photographs, trying to balance color and light in the photo on this computer screen. 

I have been told that there are better photo apps that can be downloaded. But without the high quality graphic card I can't see that there would be much difference to what I have to work with now. By the way, I took some photos of "found" items, for sale in the studio, and sold them to two different customers! The owl was packaged up and out the door along with five lamp finials and a couple of packages of cocktail napkins. 

When I had a retail space and would move some of the pieces around, it seemed like, they were always the next items to sell!! The two eagle mirrors went out the door along with a pair of chair pads. The third eagle frame is on hold!

 Would appreciate some feed back on what you use for photography editing on the computer. I am leaning towards a gaming machine because they have such good graphics!! What photo printer would you recommend these days? 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A Peaceful Sunday

My sweet Peace Rose.

Once she gets started she blooms all summer and well into fall.

I have cut her blossoms for my Thanksgiving table.

Just wanted to share how pretty she is!


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