Living Room: The Latest

By Kate Riley July 8, 2010

cg roses in pitcher

I can’t quite put my finger on it.  I think my love affair with all things French may have begun when I was younger when I watched Gene Kelly in ‘An American in Paris’.  

Perhaps it was when I lost myself in Peter Mayle’s novel ‘A Year in Provence’ that I devoured many years ago. 

Most certainly, my l’amour was made permanent when I took my first trip to Paris in 1998. 

Whenever it happened, it happened, and my decorating style was forever altered.  I can’t help myself ~ I’m a self professed Francophile.


swirl snip

Despite my love of traditional French decor, I do like to inject a little modern flair, and the new mirror and trellis pattern rug in the living room certainly help.

cg liv room with rug


Here’s what the room looked like last year. 

cg living room fireplace

And now . . .

cg living room mantel and chair

Still a work in progress, but certainly lightened and brightened with the new paint, new wainscoting, and also a few new accessories. 

The paint color started out as Benjamin Moore’s ‘Tranquility’, but then I had the guys at BM pull two drops of blue out of the Affinity formula to arrive at ‘Tranquility Tweaked’ ~ my custom color ~ the perfect gray blue. 

The mirror was a lucky find . . . I was hunting for new light fixtures for my boy’s room a few weeks ago and found a floor sample of this Casbah mirror ~  I fell in love with the Moroccan shape and the 50% off price !   I was not  in love with the dark coppery bronze color, so what’s a girl to do ?   Spray paint in high gloss white baby !   


casbah before



mirror after

The candlesticks I found at a thrift store last year  ~  the textured raffia pillar candles are from Pottery Barn. 

These sandblasted manzanita branches are leftover from this project  ~  the shell ball I purchased in April at this antique faire.    

manzanita branches shell ball


I also replaced the twin light fixtures in the room, one hangs over the sitting area and the sister chandy hangs over the piano.   I ordered these inexpensive fixtures from Overstocks thinking they’d be golden, but when they arrived they were too dark bronze, so I spray painted them too, then accented the detail with a little Rub n Buff. 

chandy before and after  

Here are my new chandeliers, after a coat of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint, and some antique gold Rub-n-Buff accents.  

chandy detail trio

The black baby grand piano was a gift from our grandmother when our grandfather passed away.  It’s a family heirloom and classic piece, so there was no way it was leaving the room.  And call me sentimental, but I love to listen to my children learn to play on this incredibly gorgeous instrument  ~  there’s nothing that quite compares to the sounds of a home filled with music. 

cg piano in room


Who really cares that some of the keys are chipped  ~  it’s the imperfectly beautiful things that tell a story. 

piano keys living room


On the opposite wall, a few minor changes.  

cg new buffet

If you follow my tweets on Twitter, you know I found this antique buffet at the local thrift store last week.  I couldn’t pass it up at $300 at 50% off, so I picked it up for $150 dollars.  Solid wood antique with velvet lined drawers.  Love !

I had to slightly rearrange the gallery wall to make room for the new seaside oil painting we picked up on our visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea earlier this year.  We only buy fine art when it’s meaningful  ~  Mr. CG happened to love this painting because it reminded him of the the spot where we played on the beach as a family together.   How fortunate to actually meet the artist who painted it too !  

I love the subtle burled wood and art deco detailing on this antique buffet.  I can’t believe some of the pieces that I find in thrift stores !   This will suit me just fine until someday I save enough for the dream sofa to replace it.   P.S.  Pinch me, but my raspberry hydrangeas are insanely gorg this time of year.     

 buffet up close


With all the traditional style furniture, I definitely wanted a modern mirror and graphic patterned rug.   Originally, I was torn between these two patterns by Dash & Albert.  Aren’t they lovely? 

dash and albert samples


But then the kind folks over at Rugs USA sent me this wool rug for my foyer to review, and I couldn’t help but notice that the trellis pattern would look mega fabulous in the living room. 

trellis rug 

You can’t quite tell from the photo, but this particular rug is too small for the space -   it’s only 3.5’ x 5.5’.   The rug’s trellis pattern and large repeat is absolutely fantastic, and for the price, a great way to inject some modern style into your home.  But the rug itself is a little too thin for a high traffic area like the foyer – if I left it there, it would need a rug pad.  So I’m going to exchange it for the larger version in the living room ~ I think it will be the perfect pattern for this space.   

swirl snip

For now, there’s only a few things left to do:

cg living room to do

So far, the space feels much better than before.  I consulted with my future stylist-in-training ~ she thought her fluffy friends would enhance the space.


future room stylist

Give a girl some cred  ~  she happens to love soft texture and color!

For now, we’ll stick to the blue/white/gold color palette.    

cg liv room with rug

So that’s the tour so far !  I still need of some fantastic art for above the settee, I’m thinking a series of framed botanicals, and I’m sure in time I will find it somewhere. 

For now, the ‘new’ room is a breath of fresh air compared to what it was, but still a work in progress.  Thanks for following along ~ hope you like it too.  





  1. It looks stunning. What a beautiful room you have created. I love what the new color has done for your space. I think I need to get out my paintbrush and attempt some magic here too.
    Very nice job.

  2. I love the color palette and all the white you added to this space. As always, wonderful job, Kate! I can’t say what I like more of this room, the fab wall color, wall art or the golden against those light shades of white and blue. Well done and I love it! xoxo

  3. What a serene, soft and beautiful room! You really pulled together an althogether different look. It is so lovely.

    I am so encouraged and inspired by your work on the chandelier! What a transformation. The company you bought it from should have it made exactly as you re did it! Really perfect! I am now looking at chandies very differently. Spray paint can do wonders!

    I am so happy to see that you did not paint that exquisite art deco side board server! So many people are into painting EVERYTHING white. They loose the depth that a great case piece can bring to a room. You hit the perfect ballance!

    Please post what you are going to do with the space above the beautifully slipcovered sofa!
    Wonderful and so inspiring!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the room so far! I adore the paint color, tranquility “tweaked”. LOL My absolute favorite thing is the wainscoting, I’m just awaiting the right time to tell my hubby I’m going to start doing that to our dining room…maybe carry it into our foyer. :) I do it myself, so you’d think I wouldn’t have to tell him so quietly, but it usually means he has to eat pizza for dinner or sonic cheeseburgers for several nights in a row. :) Hee hee hee I have been knee deep in a project lately too, I’ve been building built-in cabinets in my sons room…they are turning out fanatastic so far..I’ll be doing a post soon on the finished products. I have a sneak peek on my blog now, but they are far from finished in those pics. :) ANYWAY!, back to your room…you did an amazing job and I can’t believe your luck finding that buffet! I HEART that buffet BIG TIME! I find things at thrift stores, but not usually on that grand a scale. Although, I must say I’ve had some great goodwill trips lately! :)
    Hope you have a great week, we’re leaving for vacation soon…can’t wait to stick my toes in some sand! woo hoo!
    Blessings & Hugs
    Missy :)

  5. It looks incredible! I am itching to work on some kind of gorgeous transformation myself… you’ve inspired me!

  6. I hove how you have transformed the living room. You have such a classic and beautiful style. Can you come to Louisiana and make my house look that good?…hehehe.

  7. Great job! The room is beautiful! I love that blue jar you have on the table in the tray. It gives a great pop of color. Was that a thrift store find?

  8. Looks fabulous so far! Love, LOVE the wall color! And, I think your slip-covered settee is one of the nicest slip-covering jobs I’ve seen on the web so far. (That pleat…..perfect!)

  9. i LOVE the light and airy feeling it has now. it looks so relaxing and inviting. i also am inlove with that rug- wow! and it is priced within my budget. i love the gray it comes in and may order that. thanks for posting and sharing and inspiring (as always!).

  10. LOVE the transformation, I am envious of the piano, chipped keys and all. I play the piano and don’t have room for a grand piano!!

  11. WOW!! It looks amazing!! So peaceful and calm yet welcoming…you did a great job! Can you do a how-to on spray painting mirrors or maybe give some tips?? Did you remove the mirror or just tape it off? Thanks to you I have totally fallen in love with spray paint and am looking for the perfect mirror for my basement but will no doubt have to paint it when I find the shape I want!

  12. So beautiful! Out of all of the home decor blogs I frequent, I love your style the best! Oh, how I wish you would sell your house fully furnished to me ;-)

  13. gorgeous! the color palate is soothing and chic. and I just LOVE your mirror!

  14. Amazing. I’m in complete awe and amazement of your ability to completely transform a space! I have a similar color pattern in my master bedroom and I was curious about your living room drapes. Can you give a few details about the color and brand?

  15. Wow!! Beautiful! Love the blue jar, but then there isn’t anything that I don’t love. I think I need to start an importing business here in Australia because you just can’t buy gorgeous items like you have over here.

  16. Swoon! You’re right, it’s the perfect blend of classic and on-trend pieces (and you know me, of course I’m in love with the trellis rug, Moroccan mirror and pierced blue jar). Saving this one to the inspiration files, STAT!

  17. I think I’ll just move into your house and live in that room. I LOVE it!

  18. It’s funny that you say “blah” to your old living room when I wish my living room looked that good. LOL! But the new room looks fabulous!

  19. LOVE your new colors!! Similar to what I have in my home. Light and homey. :)

  20. I am LOVING this re-do! The wainscotting makes such a difference & the blue hues are to die for. Beautiful work! :-)

  21. Your new space looks so dreamy! I really love everything about the room…the wall color, the wainscotting, the furniture, the soft palette of everything together. The piano looks at home as well. Fantastic job Kate!

  22. I was just wondering what color you used on the trim, moulding and wainscotting? The home I purchased has an offwhite color on all the trim, doors and moulding and I think it looks too dingy and dull. I am thinking about going lighter(whiter) to freshen things up but I am scared about starting a project that will take weeks to finish as the home is 3400sq ft house. Anyway, I love how bright and fresh your trimwork looks. Great color on the walls as well!

  23. I didn’t think the “before” pic was blah…Either way, it’s very beautiful!!
    You have impeccable taste :-)

  24. C’est magnifique. Tres chic. Ooh la la.

    Okay, that exhausts my French.

    I’m an Anglophile, not a Francophile, but even a stodgy traditionalist such as I can love this room! It’s absolutely stunning, Kate. It’ll be fun to see what art you do find for over the settee. Meanwhile, it’s fun to look at all your other charming accessories.

    Have I already told you that your gallery wall is my favorite of all I’ve seen? Yours is fascinating without being tiring to my eyes. Love it.

    A wonderful job! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  25. Love the new look. I am so tempted to try some type of wall project-wainscotting or board & batten-still not sure. It truly does add to a room. I love the buffet and like all the others, wish that I could find such steals in my area. Sigh. I really do need to keep a better eye out for things. :)

    Great job. Can’t wait to see the rest of the decor completed.

  26. Your room is gorgeous! I am in love with the wall colour, and that mirror above the fireplace is oh so fine! It’s so light, airy and refreshing! So much better,and before wasn’t even bad… just now it’s so much fresher.

  27. Oh my goodness, it’s so fresh and clean! Great style, lady! I’m frustrated over curtains in my family room, just can’t find any. Cross your fingers – hopefully I can find something that really pops.

  28. Beautiful,Beautiful,Beautiful! I love it. The colors are so peaceful and calming. Amazing what paint can do. I would love a room like that.

  29. wow – what a fabulous change up! i think i’m partial b/c my living room is also a blue with LOTS of white. great deciision spray painting that gorgeous mirror! you do such a fantastic job. i could look at these pictures a thousand times =)

  30. Just beautiful. A breath of fresh air!! I adore the color palette you chose, very soothing.

  31. Love your redo! It`s so light and airy – perfect for summer!! I also love how you have managed to combine your love of all things french with some modern enhancements!! Great job!!

  32. It’s so pretty Kate! Very relaxing I could see you watching your kids play piano on your gorgeous chairs! Love all the woodwork as well! Fabulous!

  33. Absolutely gorgeous! Stunning, serene, calming, relaxing, an oasis….just beautiful! Everything you have done is so tasteful. What a transformation. The colors are perfect. I would like to transplant that room into my house! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work!

  34. Beautiful! As a musician, I love the piano there… no need to apologize for that instrument! :-)
    You have an incredible eye and I love what you have done in that room.

  35. I was looking for those Manzanita branches for a friend’s wedding who is doing a winter wonderland theme! I am might have to get a few extra to use in my house!

  36. I forgot to mention how I am seriuosly pining for your new mirror!!! It is DEElish!!!!

  37. OMG!!! Thank you so much, you have solved a mystery for me!!!

    I found your blog just a few months ago and have really enjoyed following it since then. But today, your post made my week, heck maybe even my whole summer! Let me explain….I saw a rug in BHG a few months ago and of course it was not listed in the “where to find” at the back of the mag. Well I put my super slooth hubby to work, searching the web endlessly but he had no luck, so we gave up, much to my dismay. Until today!!!! There it was (plain tin slate) in your pic of dash and albert options!!! I am soooo excited, this time I was the super slooth. I can’t wait to find a sample and test it out!

  38. First off, I LOVE this room. This is what I want in the dining room! Right now it is painted to look like red leather…very dark. I loved it many years ago when I did it but now I’m wanting light and bright instead.

    Tell me more about the paint color. I’m wanting a blue/grey that can go throughout the house. Do you think this would work? Do you happen to have the formula handy so that I could get it duplicated at my BM dealer? I’ve been looking and looking for the perfect color.

    Love the room and the mirror looks so much better in white! The trim details stand out so much better don’t they?

  39. CUTE! Hey CS; just a quick question. I noticed on the mirror that it has a small scratch on the R side (at least I am assuming it’s a scratch in the paint…) I recently bought a mirror from Home Goods that has a (larger than yours) scratch on it and planned on spray painting the entire thing. I was curious if I should sand the existing paint down to the scratch level, paint over the scratch (to bring it to the same level as the existing paint), or just prime and spray paint it? How did you do yours? Did you prime it? Hopefully this doesn’t seem confusing. I just need some direction… thx!

  40. I love what you’ve done here, Kate! We were just “gifted” a baby grand from my parents and I’ve been trying to find the best arrangement around it. I think pianos are pretty just as objects so no complaints there. I think my favorite part of this room is the buffet and art wall (I’m so predictable!). I can’t believe you snagged that for just $150. Well done! Oh, and your little assistant is a doll! Thanks so much for your comment and support yesterday. It meant a lot to me to hear from you!

  41. I love your mantle!!!

    Did you and your hubby put it together yourself? I remember someone said they did (I apologize if I have the wrong person). If it is you, can you tell me the steps involved? I would love to finally get a mantle for my BORING living room. :) Thanks!!

  42. Oh, I just adore this room!!! I love everything about it. That mirror is on my wish list! I want it now, but only if I can paint it white like yours. Great job with the transformation.

  43. Love the mirror but love the rugs even more. I’ve been looking forever for a great long runner for my entry. I might need to hop on over to RugsUSA to check out if they have something long enough in a great soft buttery yellow (loved your pattern, my walls are all grays and darker grays and heirloom white accents so we’re doing the gray/yellow thing). Then the length thing… We never use our entry really (we always come in from downstairs or the garage) so I don’t think I’d have the high traffic issue. But I’m always scared to order rugs because after shipping for the size of rug I’d need…and I’m undecisive…it’s just tough (Smile).

    Enjoy your new room!

  44. That room looks fantastic! Such a great job and it seems like you finished it so quickly. I love the colors too, I think you should post the paint formula :) Great finds, looks amazing!!!

  45. Wow, your room is beautiful I love everything. I especially love the wainscoting, I was trying to convince my husband that we should add it to the bedroom, but as we are on the move maybe I can show him your room and have it in my next house.

  46. I love this room. The colors are to die for. My question…do you still have the 3 part mirror up? The one you took apart and painted white? That project is what got me totally hooked on trying a refinishing project of my own (which is still waiting in the garage, for cooler weather).

  47. I just discovered your blog and had to say thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos of your home! I love your style – everything in your home is gorgeous. I’m also impressed by your sewing skills – that slipcover looks fantastic! Great job : )

  48. BEEEEEE-U-TIFUL! Your former living room was lovely but I admit a huge bias toward blue, especially the lovely shades you used here. LOVE!

  49. Love! I’m in love! I rarely want to steal ideas from other places, but honestly I’m coveting that mirror and rug. I might just need to invest in one or the other myself. Beautiful job!

  50. Luuurve the whole room. Your stylist is just precious. ;) The rug is really really pretty. This room seems like “you.” :)

    PS. We tried your grilling marinade last night-YUUUUM! :) Two thumbs up!

  51. I really love the new look, it’s so fresh and crisp. Your “styling” is awesome-the mirror, candles, flowers. The buffet and gallery wall are just great- and your daughter is Adorable!

  52. it looks amazing in there. love that mirror. love that rug. love that paint color! i think i am going to use that in my bedroom redo, i am looking for a blue gray that is just like that. thanks for the tip about adding to tranquility.

  53. WOW. This is just fresh, open and lovely. The previous was also very smart. Just shows at the most baseic….what a change of paint colour can do.

    I have very neat little light shades that just clip on over the bulb. Those are rather nice and can be dressed or undressed [cheeky] to match the decor as well. Just a brainstorm vs. a brain fart!

    Enjoy your lovely fam and room Kate.



  54. Great job! I still can’t believe you made the sofa slip cover. I think your new painting is lost over the buffet. I think you should put it over the sofa with perhaps the long rectangular painting with the gold frame and the gold framed picture that is on the little table to the right of the fire place. The new painting deserves a special place so it can be appreciated. Keep the sun off your piano. You might have to put that special film on the windows. Those old pianos had amazing, detailed, handrubbed finishes. I think you are a genius to cut out the cane on the armchair next to the fireplace. I grew up in the fifties and sixties and hated those chairs then, and am still not crazy about them, but they are a good buy and yours is the best “after” chair I have seen.

  55. im in love with this room! Something I noticed were the legs on the settee! they are pretty and they REALLY stand out in the new room…i dont know if it is the slip cover or the fact that everything is lighter & brighter but they kind of blended in before. NOW they pop. i heart them. :)

  56. I love how you have an “eye” to see potential in things. How did you train yourself? I’m studying your blog and House of Turquoise (I JUST discovered you, and then H.o.T. because of you!) I just can’t look at my same old rooms and imagine different!

  57. Beautiful room! I love the soft colors. What did you use for you curtains? I love the color and texture.

  58. So beautiful! I am in love with that mirror. It looks so gorgeous painted white. I, too, liked the before picture as well. It’s so nice and bright now.

  59. Your room was perfectly lovely before, but all of these fabulous changes really are stunning. The room has such a light, airy feel that is so summery. I’m wondering what you’ll do when autumn comes. Will you make any changes with the seasons?

  60. Loving this post. The Benjamin Moore Tranquility looks so wonderful – lightens that whole room up. I’ve seen Rub-n-Buff on so many blogs lately. Does it have the same effect as sanding does? Where can you purchase?

  61. I have the same rug in chocolate brown, I absolutely LOVE it! I bought carpet padding (large remnants from Lowe’s for about $20 for 8×10) to put underneath it which serves two purposes; it gives it some cushion (and looks richer) and it keeps the flat woven rug from slipping. I have gotten so many compliments on this rug and I saw the color you have in Southern Living magazine! Love your room colors, I plan to lighten my earth toned living room one of these days.
    Love your blog! You’re such an inspiration to us!
    Mom of 2 boys and 1 more boy on the way! I’m sooooo outnumbered.

  62. I love the lighter feel of the “after”. I’ll be the 108th (or so) person to tell you it’s FABULOUS! I love the color palate you chose and I think it turned out perfectly.

  63. It is amazing! I love the bright and happy feeling. The mirror is fab and I love the candle sticks too! The wall color is so pretty. I would be afraid to live in it it is so beautiful.

  64. I somehow missed this post so I am THRILLED that you linked up. Wow. Can you say gorgeous??? I’m inspired.

  65. Just fabulous! I LOVE that mirror. Great eye and such a wonderful blend of styles. I could just curl up with a book in there!

  66. I don’t think it would work for your living room, but I recently bought 6 canvas-framed prints for a seller on Etsy who specializes in a wonderful mixed-media collage technique of old pictures, newspapers, prints and postcards. They make my bedroom look so much more romanticky-Parisian, alternated with framed mirrors.

  67. I showed this to my hubby and we FINALLY found a look for our bedroom that we agree on! So I hope you don’t mind if I steal it. ;) Thing is, I checked out local fabric land for fabric the same gold as the curtains you have there (was going to sew my own) but I couldn’t find any. :( May I ask where you got your curtains from?

  68. Here are the links of a few I bought:

    This wonderfully creative Etsyist is (hopefully) going to be able to make a similar print, featuring my great-great-grandmother :)

    BTW, I have for months been working on re-creating your stairway (because some creative genius covered the walls of my new house with Stone Effects… hideous!), and I found that the same G&B wallpaper you picked looks fantastic in my halls! We’re just trying to figure out if it’s better to coat all the wainscoating area with plaster and sand it, or with 1/8″ drywall sheets, to cover up the horrible sanpapery texture.

  69. Hello, nice to meet you I came via Beth…Love what you did…

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  70. Hi Centsational Girl,
    Your room is lovely! I have been checking out your other blue rooms, and I must admit I’ve been going through a blue phase lately as well. love it. My only suggestion would be regarding your grand piano. When I was getting my BA degree in interior design, in one of my rooms I had a grand piano in our mock clients floor plan. The correct way to place the piano would be turned around, that way the person playing it would be facing the rest of the room, rather than the wall or corner, so you can see the pianist. Anyhoo, just wanted to pass what I learned along (as I am a pianist/mom/interior designer). Can’t wait to see what more great projects you do, and congrats on getting on the tru value blog squad!
    take care,

  71. Hi, Kate,

    This is another gorgeous room! I am trying to convince my mom to let me redo her den/kitchen, and I want to paint the walls a pale blue gray. I love your “Tranquility Tweaked” – it looks so pretty against the white trim. My mom’s cabinets are already white, but they need freshening up. What white did you use for the wainscotting/trim? These pictures are definitely going into my “white and blue room” design inspiration files!


    P. S. I have been searching everywhere for a round white tray like the one you have on the side table. Do you remember where you got it (knowing you, you probably found it at a flea market and spray painted it white, right???) I cannot find anything like it, and I want a round tray to place on top of a square bunching table I have in front of my sofa.

  72. Hi Kate,

    How did you spray paint the mirror? Were you able to remove the mirror piece by opening up the back? Or did you just tape it up?



  73. What a gorgeous room. Funny, I am about to paint the walls in my livingroom beige like in your “before” pictures but have a similar blue in my master bedroom and bath. Love your style!

  74. I really love the transformation. It was beautiful before, but its definitely a lot brighter and cheerier now! It’s amazing what a little paint and some wainscotting can do for a space.

  75. Hi,

    I absolutely adore the paint color in this room (and the entire room for that matter!). Would it be possible to get the formula for Tranquility Tweaked? I know I’ve come across someone on another blog who got it, but was unable to track it down. Thank you so much!! Beautiful style.

  76. You are amazingly talented! I’m so inspired and motivated to revamp my home. I love the crisp, clean look of your home. Great job!

  77. Oooohhhhh this is so beautiful!! are so talented…..where did your drapes come from??? I love the color of them perfect for my living room redo!

  78. I have that same rug in an espresso colorway! I bought it for the living room at the townhouse I was living in between homes, so its too small for the living room I have now. I’m planning to repurpose it in my study.

  79. loved ur room…im kind of having same style for my new living room but instead of gold im having silver :))) love it and love ur style

  80. I’m so glad you didn’t get rid of or do anything to the piano. Things like that make your house yours and not something out of a magazine. And as a professional musician, the only real pianos are black. ;P

  81. Hi there, love your blog. Featured it yesterday on mine.

    Anyway, did you paint your ceiling this grey/blue as well?


  82. Do you happen to have the formula for this gray blue color, BM’s Tranquility with 2 drops of blue? I don’t even know what that means “from the affinity collection”. Sorry I’m so new to all of this. We’ve always rented, and have been in our first home about a month. Sadly I get little to zero natural light in our living room, dining room, and kitchen and am looking for a cool gray that will help me brighten things up without having to go to blank white walls!! Help!! I would love to sample your wall color… though it looks like you get a lot of natural light…

  83. I love the transformation! I am going to use your paint in my bedroom, it’s beautiful and the Moroccan mirror is just beautiful.

  84. Where did you get the brown velvet looking couch in your before photo?? I’m looking for one just like it!! If I have to look at my current sofa one more minute I’m going to scream!

  85. I’m looking for that exact rug. Went to rugs USA and didn’t see it.. can someone send me the link to it :) thank you

  86. I have stumbled across your website, I am soooooooo in love with your work! It is soo inspiring and beautiful.xx

  87. A femail co-worker of mine showed me your blog and I just HAD to visit. Regarding the framed botanical prints you want…you might try “Half Price Books” and pull pages you like. Then just frame and hang. I used some pages from my “Birds N Blooms” magazine, used old frames I found at a thrift store and now I love them!

  88. Where did you get the blue ceramic lattice jar? I had one that was used as an urn for my childhood dog, and I recently broke it (I swear-you can’t make something like this up LOL) and I would love to find a new one!!

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