Friday, July 7, 2017

Mirror in the Bathroom

Hello, friends!!  I hope you are all having a fabulous Summer!




A little bit ago, while on one of my infamous jaunts through antiquity and curiosity via locality, I came upon a wonderful gilded mirror.



I was immediately attracted by its ornate detail and impressive heft.  It was definitely a statement piece.



So gorgeous!!




ALAS...



There was but one wee problem. 

I am typically not a huge fan of gilded gold.  I usually prefer the understated elegance and calm of cool silver, and when I want something exuding warmth, it is usually a beautiful oil-rubbed bronze.


Our little casita is a Spanish Colonial Revival, or at least that is how we have styled it; yet the aesthetic inside is what I like to refer to as European Hodgepodge.  There are Spanish, French, Italian, and English Country elements, all of which lend to a home that is comfortable and cozy with a sort of old world charm.



A while ago I shared in this post how to add fabric to your walls using starch.



Well, while I was on hiatus last year, I repeated the process in another powder room, which is the guest powder room.  This time, I decided to go with a warm damask which incorporated all of the colors in the home.  Here is a look at the fabric.  Isn't it fab!?  I had 'interviewed' several, and none of them spoke to me until this one.



When the walls were barren, Mr. Parsimonious picked up a mirror.  While the color was fine, this mirror looked much more African Safari or British Colonial than Old World.  It wouldn't work with the new damask fabric.  Quel dommage!!



When I started blogging, I shared in this post how I made over another thrifted mirror.



Utilizing the same process, I stained the new mirror, but this time, I used an oil rubbed bronze antiquing glaze by Valspar sold by Lowe's.



I decided I didn't want to deplete all of the gold completely, but have it act as an accent of the piece.  Therefore, I didn't cover the mirror in an opaque fashion as I had done previously, and I used a much lighter hand. 


I made sure to apply glaze into the little crevices, and on the higher points, I wiped the glaze back off.



Here is a side-by-side comparison.  This mirror now is much more to my liking.  It doesn't shout, "HELLLLLOOOO, NOTICE ME!!! I'M GOOOOOLLLLLD!!!"  Now, it is much more elegant and less gaudy; it doesn't look like inexpensive faux plastic, and the gold is instead a fine detail of what now looks like something much older.


Doesn't this look like it has always belonged in this powder room!!?



Alongside dainty dancers,



the beautiful damask,



an antique stone toothbrush receptacle, a (DARLING!) monogrammed towel, and lavender;



it is now also much more complimentary to the stone architectural elements,



oil rubbed lighting, sink, 



and other elements of the powder room.  It becomes a perfect melding of Old World rustic charm and pretty.


What is your style aesthetic? 

Until next we meet...









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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cottage Style Indoor Herb Garden




Hello, friends! 


If you have read my blog (or seen my pinterest boards, for that matter), you know that I am a self-proclaimed epicurean.  While I am nowhere near a professional cuisinère, I love cooking, and I love exploring different types of culinary delights. 


Summertime is a great time for entertaining, and when cooking, there's nothing better than having fresh herbs on-hand and ready for use.  Today I will be sharing how to make a simple cottage-style herb garden for the kitchen countertop or windowsill for less than $20.  I hope you enjoy the post!


You will need:
1 Set three galvanized buckets (flower pots) and tray, I found mine at The 99¢ Store
Modpodge
Burlap fabric or extra-wide burlap ribbon
Spray adhesive
Printer paper
Printer and printer ink
Scissors
Paint brush
Living herbs from the local grocer
Garden soil












First, using a free photo-editing software, create the graphic you want.  I chose to write the names for my herbs in French for a little cottage-y appeal.  I used Picmonkey to create this simple graphic.  Once you have designed your graphic, print. 



Cut the names of the herbs out.




Size the names of the herbs on your piece of burlap or burlap ribbon, and trim to size, leaving the burlap a bit bigger than the name.  If you are using burlap ribbon like I did, you may want to remove the welted edges and unravel a few rows for a bit more rustic appeal.




Spray a minimal amount of the spray adhesive onto your mini bucket, enough for the burlap to adhere to the surface. 



Shown here.



Using the paintbrush, brush a small amount of Modpodge onto the burlap.




Place the paper with the wording centered in the middle of the strip of burlap.  Paint over with the Modpodge.  Allow to dry.  I set mine outside in the 100+ degrees California sun, so they dried quite fast!




Once they have completely dried, Modpodge them again.




So cute.
 



Now, these are ready for fresh herbs.



Add a small amount of enriched soil to each of your mini buckets, and water the soil.







Gently break apart the roots of your herbs to promote growth. 



Add to your mini buckets.  Top off with soil, and water once more.  Violà!!  It smells like a wonderful Italian restaurant as I am working...mmmm, so good!




This project was so easy, inexpensive, and the herbs taste lovely!  I buy these often, so I thought, why not keep them growing and easily accessible? You may pin if you like this tutorial:
 


I hope you are enjoying the beautiful summer weather!  Until next we meet...







 
Ruffled Apron with lace rosette, Jillie Willie, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Crocheted Tea Towels, Boutross Linens, Horchow/Neiman Marcus






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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Set Your Table with Flair--An Upscale Independence Day



Hello bloggy pals and beyond!




How do you celebrate our great nation's independence?  Do you like down-home country casualness, chock full of traditional fare such as BBQ, baked beans, and the like?


Usually at my home, we celebrate in a very casual way.  This year however, I thought, why not go with a more upscale setting which is aesthetically appealing without being too fussy?


Of course, no 4th of July tablescape would be complete without the tradition of red, white, and blue.  To heighten this year's setting, I chose to use a mix of patterns, including some of my favorite red transferware.  Mixing the patterns adds a little whimsy to the setting while not depleting the sophistication classic transferware brings.  I adore these little striped navy and white plates!







A mixture of glassware in blue, clear, and red....



blue and red candles in patriotic silver bugles of varying heights,


pair perfectly with an upscale tureen filled with casual bougainvillea clipped fresh from the garden.


Here is another look.


Tablescape. 


I added a combination of napkins in red, white, and blue adorned with a small bit of ribbon, and silver flatware completes the setting.



I hope you are enjoying the summer and Happy Independence Day!  Until next we meet...



The Details:

Plate Stack:
Navy chargers, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Red transferware, Stadffordshire Engravings, 17th Century; local antique
Simple white plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection/HomeGoods
Ruby glass plates, Antique
Navy and white striped saucers, Kate Spade New York "Charlotte Street" for Lennox/HomeGoods

Linen:
White topper, generic, local antique
Red and blue linen napkins, generic, HomeGoods
White crochet tea napkins, Boutross Fine Linens, Horchow/Neiman Marcus

Stemware and Flatware:
Crystal goblets, Godinger Dublin Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Blue flutes, generic
Ruby glass teacups, local antique
Silver flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus

Remaining Accoutrement:

Tureen, Spode Blue Italian, HomeGoods
Bugle candleholders, Joann Stores, found at a local thrift



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice and a Bounty of Bougainvillea







Hello, friends!!  How has your summer been thus far?  The marking of the Summer Solstice today (or yesterday depending on your time zone) means it's official!  Summer has arrived...not that I needed any reminder, it has been above 107 degrees all week, hot, hot hooooootttt!!!!


Typically, I post about little blossoms poking their faces out at the onset of the Spring, but in today's post, I am sharing some pictures of my bougainvillea.  The whole garden is practically bursting!





Bougainvillea, or paper flowers, are indigenous to South America. However, they are cultivated and grown all over Spain (as Buganvilla), Italy, and Greece, and numerous other areas.  There are approximately between four and eighteen different species in its genus, and they can vary in color from the fuchsia you see here to red, yellow, and even oranges, whites, and pinks!
Santorini



Although these plants appear as an abundance of blooms, they are quite the tricksters!!  The actual "flowers" are the teeny white flowers you see depicted here, while the colorful part are leaves. 




These lovelies adore heat, and with temperatures soaring here in Southern California, I am so glad I have found them.  Don't they make a pretty addition to this Spode Italian tureen?   I will be sharing more about that later in the week.  Until then, keep cool!




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Checking In




Hello, my dear friends!  Words cannot express how much I have truly missed the comradery that comes from blogging!  I hope that you are all doing well. 

Over the past year, I became more involved with my community theatre group and began working behind the scenes.  It has been very enjoyable.  I hope to share some of those projects and costumes soon either here or via my crafting blog, The Crafting Table

We have also transitioned our eldest son into adulthood, and as he left the nest, it was a bittersweet moment.  It is incredible how fast time goes!  It seems like just yesterday I held him for the first time as a young woman, and I can't believe he has finished culinary school and is now off to work at a Four-Diamond resort and restaurant.  We couldn't be prouder.

I hope this post finds you all in good spirits and health, and I will be back to blogging shortly, so please expect visits from me soon; when I don't blog I have the tendency to "unplug" completely, which means I have a lot of catching up with everyone and a good deal of what I know will be enjoyable reading. 

To all who have remained loyal subscribers to my silly little blog, I so appreciate it, and thank you from the bottom of my heart. 




See you very soon.


--Yavette









Extra-large hat, Ralph Lauren
Crystal goblet, Godinger Dublin Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus



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