Friday, January 23, 2015

Rustic Flair.


Some people like modern and pared down, some people like rustic and a more is more approach. However, just to be clear, not all interiors with a rustic flair touts a more is more mantra.  Here is a lovely round up of spaces with rustic flair.











So tell me is your decor all rustic or just rustic touches here and there? Have a lovely weekend everyone. xx

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Feng Shui and The Front Entrance.


      If you've been a long time reader of this blog, then you know about my love affair with Feng Shui.  Back in 2013, I wrote a couple of Feng Shui laden posts(sort of a series) and this post could be considered as an installment to that series. In Feng Shui, how we treat our front entrances can either stunt or enable the flow of positive energy, health, prosperity, abundance, and tranquility in our homes and lives. The book Feng Shui Your Life by Jayme Barrett offers enlightening information on how to "Feng Shui Your Front Entrance." It was my source for the 2013 series and will be for today's post.

       The first step is to create a clear, open, and beautiful entrance for energy to move through and to circulate in your home. Feng Shui promotes the belief that your golden opportunities come in through the front door. The entrance above is a lovely example. The architectural hard edges are softened with the ivy growing upwards. The flowers also provide a welcoming show of color. Abundant foliage in the front yard is a natural solution for diffusing negative energy coming towards the door. In all other instances, keep trees and shrubs well trimmed so they do not block positive energy entering the home.


If you have the space for it, Feng Shui expert Jayme Barrett advises that placing chairs on your front porch both symbolically and practically invites your guests to feel at home. 

Placing a wind chime outside your door promotes good luck and good fortune while redirecting negative energy.




Trees add stability, healing, and vibrant energy to the home. Keep plants and shrubs well manicured. Your entrance should offer a welcome embrace to you and beckon on in positive energy filled with unlimited opportunities.


     What kind of first impression does your front entrance give? xx


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Giveaway Winner!


Thank you to everyone who participated and for sharing the giveaway! Wow! Over 400 comments. A Big Congrats to Sweetsue, comment #216!  I am so excited for you! I will be sending you an email to the address you listed shortly.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Meet Our Newest Family Members!


Last weekend, we went to a friend's farm to collect the newest members of our family. Aren't their horses beautiful! They had goats, dogs, horses, ducks, geese, rabbits, chickens, and a cat! The boys had a fantastic time there! Click on images to view larger versions.

And here are the newest members of our family! Aren't they lovely?

We've named them and have decided to call the orange one Meg, the black and white one Piper, the black one Java(we named her after her breed), and the white one Roxie.

The hubby made their coop too and they seem right at home!

I am not sure if Ginger, our dog sees them as a meal or as playmates. We are not taking any chances,  so we supervise closely. However, we're hoping she will get used to having them around. Happy weekend everyone and stay warm. It's been so cold and dreary here all week. xx


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ethnic Flair in Barcelona.


Warm woods, splashes of color, vintage finds,  oak floors, ethnic accessories make this home not only a stylish space, but also very welcoming. Located in Barcelona, the apartment was completely renovated by its owner and architect, Barbara Appolloni.


I love the restrained approach used to decorate. Just lovely!






Fun fact: The table top and base are from the 50s and was found in the home of the architect's grandparents who live in Tuscany.  Hanging on the wall is an old wooden mold in Oriol Brocante. 



i love the mix of stainless steel and wood


 Becara ethnic cushions and that lovely Hermès blanket add the perfect touch of texture and color on that bed. Books are always a great idea too!



Such a lovely home! Happy Tuesday everyone! xx



Monday, January 12, 2015

Best Golden Globes Moment: "I Can and I Did."


This moment was undoubtedly the best moment for me while watching the Golden Globes last night. Gina Rodriguez, The Jane the Virgin star won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy.  Her acceptance speech was so moving! I am so thrilled for her and I have never even watched the show! Did you watch the Golden Globes yesterday? xx

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