Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I wanted the TV/Exercise room to have a den-like atmosphere and to reflect who we are and places we have been.  I love maps and always have an atlas close to my chair.  I have seen sheets of wrapping paper that depict maps of Paris, the   New York Subway system or some popular tourist destination.  The paper seemed to be good quality so I set out on a Google search.  $4.50 per sheet, one a map of Italy and one a map of France by Cavalini Papers.  Cheap standard size frames and for less than $50. we have two substantial prints over the couch.  Please note that the colors of the room are not as intense as they seem to be in the camera's eye.  Really quite soothing and cozy!

Tell me, what do you think of my idea... really I want to know


Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010


Gloomy, gloomy, cold, gloomy...did I mention gloomy? day today.  What do you do on a gloomy, yes, gloomy day?  I putter..rearrange, rearrange again and just putter to my heart's content.  Here are some examples....

Removed large black tray/ replaced with footbath w/ hydrangeas

Model display case with WWII display ( this would be a compromise!)

New TV/ exercise room in progress

Living room bookcases

New shade

Old shade

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 14, 1940

Today is my parents' 70th Wedding Anniversary.  Quite a feat in todays world of instant gratification and throwaway relationships, wouldn't you say?  They have weathered many serious storms over the decades, but have survived with grace and love and maybe most importantly, open hearts that are always willing to give!


Friday, April 9, 2010


A lovely day on Wednesday...gasp...90 degrees.  Thank Goodness for a lovely breeze. 50 and drizzling today, such is spring in New England!  Concord is a beautiful town full of reminders of our quest for freedom.  Also the host of some lovely shops.  The following pictures were quickly snapped about town and in 3 of the 4 antiques shops we visited.

Hmm...looking at these I am thinking the post should be labeled "A Study in Blue and White", it is certainly where my eye lands and no, I didn't buy a thing!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"They" seem to think we are operating a Bed and Breakfast for their comfort and convenience.  At night they are required to sleep elsewhere in the house.  In the morning they eat, go about their business ( a lovely euphemism, don't you think?) and then settle in for a lovely nap.  They sometimes take turns on the down comforter leaving their divots.

It's going to be 85 degrees today and 55 degrees tomorrow and the rest of the week/weekend.  Seems like a good day to open the sunroof and head to Concord to check out a couple of antique shops.  I'll take my camera!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010


  This is the fabric in my dining room...Saison de Printemps  ( Spring Season) by Waverly.  It has all the colors that I have incorporated in my whole house.  The blue is a theme in almost every room.  The reds appear in many room in either walls, fabrics or accents, the yellow walls in the dr, lr and foyer, the green of the couch in the soon to be decorated den/exercise room.  And it has a toile medallion and roosters!! Perfect or as they say in Paris...parfait!!



Saturday, April 3, 2010


Just in time for Easter Dinner...
the Grand Re-opening of the newly named and newly fabulous
Bistro du Soleil.....reservations anyone?