Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Loving these Farmhouse Tables

Loving these farmhouse tables - they seat a nice large group of guests and depending on how you accessorize them with chairs and surrounding decor, fit nicely into a contemporary, classic, country or cottage look.

Melissa Wyndham

Pottery Barn

South Shore Decorating Blog

Muskoka Living

House of Turquoise

Elizabeth Schmidt Design

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rosecliff Cottage

Rosecliff Cottage in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is a cottage I have long admired.

A 1920's Gothic Revival cottage, it was owned by interior designer Cornelia Smithwick when I first came upon it a few years ago.  I believe it has since been sold.

The cottage began as a fisherman's shack and was added onto over the years.  However, once the Smithwick's took over the cottage (around 2000) they added the front veranda and surrounded the property with rugosa roses, lilacs, peonies and other cottage garden flowers. The front of the house faces the Atlantic ocean and the back yard was developed into a beautiful meandering path.

As their retirement home, Cornelia put her 30 years of design experience to work and filled the cottage with floral fabrics, lightening and brightening each room.  Surrounded by her favorite comforts and collections, it became their little haven by the sea.

Just love its charm!

This was the room that I fell in love with in a magazine 
(which I had to scan - hence, the faded look -
 it's really bright and cheerful in the magazine!)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moodboard Monday - Lilac Lovelies

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between lilac and lavender? Lilac is a pale purple with a pinkish tinge, while lavender is a pale purple with a bluish tinge.
Although they are often interchanged, I'm concentrating on lilac today - the perfect time of year, too, as the lilacs should be blooming soon!  Perhaps they already are in some areas - such a beautiful and fragrant flower!  
Hope you enjoy these images and ideas!
Have a wonderful day!

Ana-Rosa Tumblr

Elie Saab

Curated Style Tumblr

Kate Cordesen

Nicky Haslam


Traditional Home

Architectural Digest


Creating Vintage Charm


Stone Gable

Brett Design

Sharon Osbourne's chaise
Lilac cushions, lavender chaise

Verandah House


Traditional Home

Laura Ashley

Colette van den Thillart

McGeehan Design

Phoebe and James Howard

Fernando Botero

Laurence Amelie

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cottage Charm

These simple cottage rooms are cosy, colorful and inviting.  

Each of them has at least one or two of the following elements - open rafter ceilings, studded walls, painted floors or plain pine floors, floral cotton fabrics, slipcovers, quilts, painted and/or distressed furniture, area mats, wallpaper, beadboard walls, planked painted walls and fresh flowers in every room!

Just charming!

Libby Cameron


Kate Forman

Alexandra Stoddard