Decorating For Fall ~ Entrance Urn and backyard half Whiskey Barrels

It is hard to let go of Summer’s long, sunny days, specially when here, in Wisconsin,  Winters are so long and cold.  Spring and Autumn are my absolute favorite seasons, sadly they never last long enough!

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The flowers in my living room’s coffee table are still summer blooms and look as lovely as ever, but even though we are getting a few more beautiful sunny days here in this corner of the world, it is soon and almost suddenly going to change..

These come from my backyard

– These came from my backyard

For a peruvian girl like me, who gets the Winter Blues bad, it doesn’t help if those darker, colder, shorter days… would find me still with a few tired summer planters looking sad and old… this week I decided to take action and start my Autumn decorations even little by little so I won’t feel sad when the cold gloomier days arrive…

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This year I will keep it very simple, there are no kids at home any more and I still get emotional thinking about it.  It is a mixture of feelings, the sadness of letting go of spring’s fresh air, green grasses, soft rains and happy blooms … Summer’s long, bright, lazy days, full of bike rides, picnics, lake swims, bonfires, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores  … my kids’ childhoods and teenage years! … and the wonder and excitement of this new season to come with all the beauty and discovery it brings!  Gorgeous crisp, intensely colorful days full of magic, where you can walk endlessly admiring nature exploding on fire!  So much passion… so powerful … Just like summer’s colossal  thunderstorms!   New lives starting for my boys and myself… I have to work on Not letting the tears obstruct the view of all the blessings around me and all the fantastic things to come….

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring breaks and every special occasion just aquired a new brighter feeling about them and became more exciting and joyful than ever! The promise of the boys coming home makes everything wonderful and special!  Now I can just enjoy them and NOT clean after them! at least I don’t mind it anymore!   When they were still living at home, it was an absolute joy when my daughter and my two older boys, who live in Pennsylvania and Florida respectively at the time (everybody is moving now a days!) came home for the holidays, birthdays and graduations !!!  We were crazy excited and overjoyed for days before it happened!  but, being so far away made it difficult to make it home more often, therefore there were many sad moments and endless hours spent on the phone trying to fill in the blanks that their presence would have filled otherwise….

CHANGE … life sometimes doesn’t prepare us for THAT kind of change…. it’s wonderful, it’s good, it’s right… and like the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives, IT’S ALWAYS GOING TO HAPPEN!  All seasons have their own beauty and purpose and definitely they bring their own JOY… It’s just taking me a little bit longer to adjust….

Oh, yes! I was writing this to share my attempts to start my Fall decorations with my entrance urn and the two half whiskey barrels I have in the backyard, even though they are not finish yet!  I still need to go find some branches to add!

I decided to spray paint my urn black, it was a cement color before and it was looking very bla, specially with the white outside my house
I decided to spray paint the urn black, it was a greyish cement color before and was looking rather bla, specially against all the white outside my house. There is no need to buy a new planter each time, sometimes a little bit of elbow grease is all you need and some paint  goes a long way! Ahhhhh! the joys of spray paint!
I bought a few plants, it was hard to decide among all the pretty kale available but it had to be done
I bought a few plants, it was hard to decide among all the pretty Kales available but it had to be done.   Doesn’t that grass look a lot like Cousin Itt in the Addam’s Family?!  Just buy something that makes you happy or all cozy and fluffy inside! Trust your instincts, doesn’t have to be perfect.

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It’s not even necessary to use flowers, sometimes a combination of plants with pretty leaves, grasses in different heights, colors and textures,( vegetables are a beautiful thing to use too!) and some gourds and pumpkins make a gorgeous combination for your planters.

I love the hint of purple in the grass playing with the deep purple of the Kale
I love the hint of purple in the grass playing with the deep purple of the Kale
It was kind of hard to move it to the front of the house but I managed! I need to clean so much around the house, I spent three months in Perú this summer and haven't catch up yet
It was kind of hard to move it to the front of the house but I managed!   I really need to clean a lot around the house after spending three months in Perú this summer! Haven’t been able to catch up yet… In this case I did use mums in my arrangement.

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My backyard half whiskey barrel
One of my backyard’s half whiskey barrels. This time no flowers! It doesn’t mean it’s not going to change… I am always adding and switching things around and it is OK.
I have yet to bring back throws and pillows and all the stuff we decorate with around these days, so I decided to grab anything to take this picture...
I have yet to bring back, throws and pillows and all the stuff we decorate with around these days, so I decided to grab anything to take this picture… Actually most of the books I read now are e-books and I haven’t read Killing Lincoln yet. I’ve read Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus in my e-reader, this is a  book my husband read recently. Bill O’Reilly did an AMAZING JOB with this series!  So easy to read, so many things to learn… I think it’s gorgeous the way it is! those leaves are as pretty as it gets, all the colors of the fall in one convenient plant!
I added another pumpkin to the container for more color and layers
I added another pumpkin to the container for more color and layers, this is the other side planter… see what I meant about the leaves?  I can’t remember the name of the plant but I know I saved the plastic tag with it somewhere.

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– Added another pumpkin to the right side planter too and it’s looking a little better each time.

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– Look at the subtle changes in colors and textures! Perfection! That Kale is beyond pretty, can’t get over the hues!

I just love how much those little pumpkins look like swans ! (Are those called pumpkins too? )
I just love how much those little pumpkins look like swans ! (Are those called pumpkins too? Are they gourds?) I’ll google it sometime…
Now I just need to add some birch branches or anything I can find and grabs my attention!
Now I just need to add some birch branches or anything I can find … that “Cousin Itt” grass is looking a bit out of place in this vignette I think. but I don’t want to let go! It’s so awesome looking in person and makes me smile everytime I see it
I guess it's not going to be as hard to let go... of my flowers or my children's childhoods and youth if I decide to start focusing in this new season of their lives and mine and concentrate in all the beauty it is going to bring.... like Autumn
Is it just me or those flowers are  really ridiculously pretty?!    – I guess it’s not going to be as hard to let go of my flowers… or my children’s childhoods and teenage years if I decide to start focusing on this new season of our lives and concentrate in all the beauty it is going to bring…. Just like Autumn!

The Color Purple and It’s Fifty shades

Pantone’s Color of the year, RADIANT ORCHID is finally on it’s way out and I’ve put some pictures together to remember it’s kindom, even though most of  these photographs are older than 2014! … What brings me to the reason I am writing this post, classic Design is Timeless, either in Fashion, Architecture or Interior Design. Classic lines, impeccable taste and quality materials can make some pieces last almost forever or at least a really long time.

Pablo Paniagua
Pablo Paniagua

Accessories are the key to update a look. Use accent pieces to refresh your decor and wardrobe and to bring color and a little bit of an edge to your spaces and your closet. A few pillows, a throw, some books, flowers and pieces of art will be plenty if you feel the need to follow the “new” fad, the new trends … A belt, a Scarf, a piece of jewelry, a pair of shoes, even your make-up can bring a breath of fresh air to your wardrobe without looking overdone or like everybody else. Always use the new color sparingly, as an accent, never all over. We are talking about colors, not neutrals, a monochromatic color palette and an accent color is always a winning combination.

Elie Saab
Elie Saab, Fall 2014
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Karlie Kloss by Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany
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Jimmy Choo
Wall Street, Purple light
Wall Street in Purple light

Elegance feels effortless and natural and always should have your personal touch!. It’s something you create and develop throughout the years. Start small, add just a few pieces at a time, don’t get something you don’t absolutely love… or at least we should all aim at that!

For the sake of Harmony and Flow, I did not follow my own advice in this post while putting together all the images. You are in for a PURPLE RAIN overdose and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!   Thanks for stopping by.

– CAROLYNE ROEHM

Carolyne Roehm
Carolyne Roehm
Bottega Venetta
Bottega Veneta
Salvatore Ferragamo
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tory Burch
Tory Burch, Fall 2013
Dolce and Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana
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Heider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann

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– SALVATORE FERRAGAMO

L'hotel de Paris !
L’hotel de Paris !

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– wedding flowers! what a gorgeous palette!

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Lanvin

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– LANVIN JACQUARD

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– CHLOÉ

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– Exquisite and elegant table!  Purple is always such an elegant and sophisticated color.

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– OSCAR DE LA RENTA

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– KAZUO SHIRAGA

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– CHIHULY

PURPLE FLOWERS IN SILVER VASE

PURPLE SHOES

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– PORTERS CHAIR

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– NATALIA VODIANOVA FOR CALVIN KLEIN EUPHORIA

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– J MENDEL

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– OSCAR DE LA RENTA EARRINGS, NECKLACE AND CUFF

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Valentino

– VALENTINO

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– EDGAR DEGAS, “LA TOILETTE” I JUST ADORE THE HUES…

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– LAZARO

– LANVIN

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– DIOR

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– DALLAS FLORAL DESIGNER CAROL GARNER

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– MARIE CASSATT

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– HENRI DE TOULOUSE LAUTREC

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Carolyne Roehm

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– THE IRONER, PABLO PICASSO

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– THE CELLIST, BY AMADEO MODIGLIANI, 1909

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– LA TOILETTE, TOULOUSE LAUTREC

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– FIESTA EN FIGUERES  SALVADOR DALÍ

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– VINCENT VAN GOGH, UNDERGROWTH WITH TWO FIGURES, 1890

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Carolyne Roehm

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– CATERINA LEMAN

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– ATELIER VERSACE FALL AND WINTER 2013/14

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manolo blanic

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– CHRISTIAN DIOR

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Purple hearts
PURPLE HEARTS

Legends of the Fall

FITZGERALD SCOTT

AUTUMN …. What a magical season!  Everything feels calmer, kinder and softer.  There is a quiet feeling of reflexion and introspection in the air and in our souls. Despite the crispiness in the air, there is a warmth inside of us that grows every day with anticipation…  The leaves are falling, sign that all is going to be made anew again… what a promise!

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PUMPKINS AND MUMS…

WARM CLOTHES AND WALKS IN THE PARK WITH YOUR FAVORITE PERSON
WARM CLOTHES AND WALKS IN THE PARK WITH YOUR FAVORITE PERSON

Home becomes once more the center of our lives, we grow closer to our families, we  reconnect with our friends …. We feel more than ever the need of meaning and purpose in our lives … a nesting feeling comes back stronger than ever…. Books and blankets, boots, sweaters and scarves, go together perfectly with apple cider, hot cocoa, hearty soups and warm apple pies ….

There is a stillness in the air that reminds us of a time, when priorities were quite different and life made more sense!

SEEING THE WORLD IN AMAZEMENT
SEEING THE WORLD IN AMAZEMENT THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES…

We borrow nature’s colors to cover ourselves, inspired by the ever changing leaves of the Fall … we fill our homes with the intensity of Autumn and it’s jeweled and earthy palette and with the quietness and muted tones of golden fields of wheat or greyish heavy skies that often look like they are about to cry… we just don’t know why… Is it from sadness or joy?… or just to wash away our worries and doubts … I wonder… 

Hoping to inspire you to fill your homes with the glow that these Legends of the Fall will cast into our homes and into our lives!  After all change is always good, right? Change makes us grow because it challenges us.

MAGICAL MOMENTS FOREVER IN YOUR HEART...
MAGICAL MOMENTS FOREVER IN YOUR HEART…
THE RED DOOR...
THE RED DOOR…

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SWEATERS AND MITTENS, CHICKENS AND KITTENS…

Soft leather riding boots!
SOFT LEATHER BOOTS!
How something so small can be this beautiful?
HOW SOMETHING SO SMALL CAN BE THIS BEAUTIFUL?!

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HUNTER BOOTS!

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LONG WALKS WITH YOUR BEST FOUR LEGGED FRIEND, PRICELESS!

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PENDLETON BLANKETS!

A VIEW FROM THE TOP
A VIEW FROM THE TOP

 

COMFORT FOODS…

Pumpkin Soup with Sage and Bacon
serves 4

2 T butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 lb. floury white potatoes
2  1/4c of pumpkin flesh, diced
2  3/4c vegetable soup
1c cream, not low fat
2 t freshly grated ginger
1/2 t lemon juice
1 pinch grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 sliced bacon, diced
5 fresh sage leaves
1 T extra virgin olive oil
-Heat the butter in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic
-Add the potatoes and pumpkin, cook for a few minutes, stirring
-Stir in the vegetable stock and cook for 25 minutes until the vegetables are soft
-Puree all in a blender, return to pan and add the cream
-Add a bit more stock if desired
-Add the ginger, season with lemon juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg
-Fry the bacon in  small pan in the butter until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towel
-Add the sage to the pan and fry for 30 seconds
-Add the bacon and sage to the soup, drizzle with the olive oil and season with fresh pepper
FOUNDED THIS IN 5TH AND STATE BY DEBRA PHILLIPS, I still can’t figure it out how to link to other people’s websites or blogs. Sorry!

http://5thandstate.blogspot.com  I hope this works!

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VELLUTATA DI ZUCCA E SPECK  La ricetta saporita

Deliziosa, dolce, gustosa, la vellutata di zucca è un ottimo primo piatto, ricco di vitamine e sapore. Questa portata si può facilmente personalizzare, a seconda dei gusti di ognuno, impreziosendola con dei Porcini, o ancora con formaggi come il Taleggio o il Pecorino, oppure optando per preparazioni più leggere e delicate con i porri, le patate, o lo zenzero. Oggi scopriamo una versione saporita: la vellutata di zucca e speck.

Gli ingredienti

200 g di polpa di zucca

un porro

150 g di speck a dadini

uno scalogno

500 ml do brodo vegetale naturale

sale marino integrale, pepe bianco

olio extravergine di oliva

20 ml di panna fresca

rosmarino & timo, q.b.

A piacere formaggio a scaglie

FOUNDED AT:   http://blog24x7.altervista.org   -postato in cucina

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HOMEMADE COOKIES AND MILK

I actually found the recipe a year later here:

Pumpkin Cookies- Hey, it’s fall!    

GLAZED PUMPKIN COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar (make sure this is all white sugar)
  • 1 small can pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups oat flour (blend oatmeal in a blender)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups crushed pecans (the original recipe called for 3c chocolate chips, but I thought it was too sweet with the glaze and I love pecans, so there you go.)

Mix wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients; mix well.

Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes.  While baking, make glaze:

 Glaze
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp. milk

Mix well and immediately frost warm cookies.  (If this seems thicker than a glaze, just add a little more milk- I can’t attest to the consistency if you’re somewhere drier than Dominica)

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– SHAKESPEARE COULD HAVE WRITTEN A NOBEL ABOUT HER BEAUTY! THOSE LOVELY COLORS! SKY AND FIRE…

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FAMILY PICNICS! LOTS OF BLANKETS, HOT CHOCOLATE, CRUSTY LOAVES OF  BREAD!

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CARAMEL APPLES!

LAVENDER, WHEAT AND PUMPKINGS
LAVENDER, WHEAT AND PUMPKINS

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FIRST FROST OF THE FALL….BREATHTAKING

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ROADS ON FIRE !

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PUMPKIN CINNAMON ANYTHING!

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HOT FREAKING CHOCOLATE!!!

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APPLE TARTS…

Gatherings around
Gatherings around the table, outside, enjoying this magic season

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GOLDEN BUNDLES OF WHEAT AND FIELD FLOWERS

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THERE IS A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING… TIME FOR CONTEMPLATION, TIME FOR INTROSPECTION..

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A PERFECT MOMENT FROZEN IN TIME..

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PRINCETON’S IVY

Mums on fire
GORGEOUS URNS WITH MUMS ON FIRE
SIMPLICITY, BACK TO BASICS
SIMPLICITY, BACK TO BASICS
WORN OUT MEMORIES
WORN OUT MEMORIES
ENCHANTED PARADISE..
ENCHANTED PARADISE..
A NEW SEASON, A BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE.
A NEW SEASON, A BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE.
CHILDHOOD REVISITED..
CHILDHOOD REVISITED..
BLESSINGS AND BOUNTY
BLESSINGS AND BOUNTY

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– THE NOTEBOOK

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A DEAR JOHN LETTER … THIS TIME WITH A TWIST…  I DO LOVE YOU!

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– THERE IS SOMETHING SO ENCHANTING ABOUT PENCILS AND PAPER…

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Beautiful Inspiration

SOMETIMES A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, SOMETIMES A FEW WORDS ARE WORTH A THOUSAND PICTURES…

HAVE AN INSPIRED AND GREAT WEEKEND!

Gratitud changes EVERYTHING
Gratitud changes EVERYTHING

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You are a LIVING magnet...
You are a LIVING magnet…

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Be happy for THIS moment..
Be happy for THIS moment..

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The creative adult is the child who SURVIVED!
The creative adult is the child who SURVIVED!

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I AM more than what you SEE..
I AM more than what you SEE..

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Tough times don't last; Tough people DO
Tough times don’t last; Tough people DO

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Imagination encircles the world….

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You
You have more to do than be weighed down by pretty or beautiful….
You
You 
you are
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The earth has music..
The earth has music..
Don't
Henri Cartier-Bresson 
Just three things...
Just three things…
There are
There is only one happiness in life…
There is only one
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

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She turned her can'ts...
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Crazy about Nancy Meyers’ Films!

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

My dream office, my dream bedroom..
My dream office, my dream bedroom….that view!

One of the strongest influences I had in my “DreamingDesign” life was the Amazing director Nancy Meyer and her films.  I know I’m not alone in this one, I read many years ago that the house in “Something’s gotta Give” was the most requested house in the history of Interior Design! No wonder!  It left me dreaming about it for years to come…It was like somebody entered my mind and soul and created the vision I had inside of all the things I love!

Something's Gotta Give
Something’s Gotta Give
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The incredible living room with that view… the rain, the soft and calming color palette… can you see how the outside colors are repeated seamlessly in the inside?! Talking about perfection! One the extension of the other…
I felt in love with ..
I fell in love with the beautiful slipcovered sofas and armchairs, all in a subtle variation of blues with grey undertones…
The kitchen that started it all
The kitchen that started it all! Decades later we are still trying to achieve it’s beautiful down to earth, homey appeal.
The beautiful, oversized area rug
The wonderfully oversized area rug, very unpretentious, fresh and perfect. The contrast between the dark and shiny sofa and side tables and the light slipcovered sofas, armchairs and accent pillows, all covered in such exquisite fabrics, we can almost feel their softness, just looking at them!
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The amazing Erika…
The dining room, that fabric that everybody tried so hard to find!
The dining room, that fabric everybody tried so hard to find!

EVEN THE PASTA SERVED BECAME A SUBJECT OF CONVERSATION! SISAL RUGS BECAME A MUST IN DECORATION EVERYWHERE LIKE NEVER BEFORE…. WHAT A POWERFUL WOMAN, SO TALENTED, SO INFLUENTIAL, THANK GOD FOR HER IMPECCABLE TASTE AND ABSOLUTE COMMITMENT TO DETAIL, HONESTY AND LOVE OF ART AND EVERYTHING HARMONIOUS AND NATURAL!…. OH, HOW I WISH I COULD WORK WITH HER IN ANYTHING, EVEN HOLDING HER COFFEE AND ENJOYING THE RIDE!

Preparing to film one of the scenes with the adorable Keanu Reeves. Look at the moving platform where the  dining room table and chairs are placed!
Preparing to film one of the scenes with the adorable Keanu Reeves. Look at the moving platform where the dining room table and chairs are placed! I think the “sisters” are asking him: “Can we REALLY kiss you a lot?!”
The one and only NANCY MEYERS with the great DIANE KEATON. What a pair of strong, crazy talented women.
The one and only NANCY MEYERS with the great DIANE KEATON. What a pair of strong, crazy talented women.
Jack without pants in the kitchen.... Priceless!
Jack without pants in the kitchen…. Priceless! Those soapstone countertops….
Attention to detail at it's best!
Attention to detail at it’s best!
Erika's marvelous bedroom/office
Erika’s marvelous bedroom/office

ERIKA’S WRITING NOOK…

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Found in HookedonHouses.net   -I LOVE THE BOOKS SO HANDY AND THE WALL OF FRENCH DOORS

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I always find my self recognizing her influence in my home decor

FROM THE PIPING ON THE SLIPCOVERS TO THE HYDRANGEAS, EVERY DETAIL BECAME A TREND THAT LASTED FOR DECADES AND IT’S STILL STRONG NOW. WHAT COULD WE ARGUE AGAINST A CLASSIC? NEVER OUT OF STYLE, FAMILIAR, UNDERSTATED AND VERY CHIC.. DID YOU NOTICE THAT THROW ON THE LEFT ARMCHAIR?  CAN YOU FEEL THE CASHMERE? I SURE CAN !

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FARM SINKS AND INDUSTRIAL LIGHTS BECAME ALL THE RAGE AND ARE STILL ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR KITCHEN FEATURES.   I STARTED PREPARING PANCAKES WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE RECIPE SINCE I SAW ERIKA DO IT SO EFFORTLESSLY IN THIS FILM!   I LOVE THAT MOMENT, IT FEELS SO NATURAL AND REAL, EVEN THOUGH I ALWAYS MADE PANCAKES FOR MY CHILDREN, AFTER THE MOVIE I REALLY STOPPED LOOKING AT THE RECIPE AND PRETENDED TO BE AS COMFORTABLE AND EXTRAORDINARY AS ERIKA WAS. IT WORKED. I ENJOY MAKING PANCAKES NOW MORE THAN EVER AND IT TAKES ME JUST A MOMENT LIKE IT TOOK HER TO PREPARE THEM ! DO I SOUND A LITTLE CRAZY HERE OR ARE WE ALMOST ALL LIKE THAT?…

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Borrowed from Cote de Texas cotedetexas.blogspot.com/  I don’t know how to put the links yet….
Frances McDormand...Genius.  I love her!
Frances McDormand…Genius. I love her!

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THE EXTERIOR OF A REAL HAMPTONS’ HOUSE, THE ONLY REAL PART OF THE HOUSE ACTUALLY USED IN THE FILM.

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The delicious Keanu Reeves and the fabulous Diane Keaton in PARIS!  – What a dream…
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Le Grand Colbert… A bucket list kind of place!
Le Grand Colbert... serving dreams every day!
Le Grand Colbert Brasserie, serving dreams every day!
Le Grand Colbert, where the last scenes were filmed... I felt in love with the place!
Le Grand Colbert, where the last scenes were filmed… I felt in love with the place!

THE HOLIDAY

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Later on, I fell in love with “The Holiday” another incredible film directed by Nancy Meyers, who has impeccable taste, exquisite sensibility and a vision so clear of what she wants that she always achieves her goals, each one of her movies are a tour for the senses,  she makes the houses in her movies look so darn real!!!  They are always perfect for the characters, you REALLY believe those are their real houses, you feel they have lived there for a while, the houses have their personalities and their seal infused on them!

  I couldn’t imagine Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law or even Jack Nicholson,( whose apartment in the city was a work of art! and almost never gets mentioned..)  living somewhere else in those movies!  (or I should say their characters)  It was what I call design PERFECTION! Those houses were not just another character in the movies, they played a main role, they were the stars of the films, if you know what I mean, they were more than supporting actors for the characters, they were protagonists themselves and I can never get enough of them!

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– THE GORGEOUS FRESH AND SOPHISTICATED CAMERON DIAZ HOLLYWOOD HOUSE

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  It would be too hard in one post to try to describe the beauty of those houses and so many magical moments during those films… like the moment Jude Law and Cameron Diaz shared with his adorable daughters under that magical tent in the girls’ bedroom! …. What can I say? I am a grown woman and it still makes my heart skip a bit! (It doesn’t help that I fell in love with Jude’s character in this movie either!)

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– SOPHIE AND OLIVIA’S DREAM BEDROOM AND THE ADORABLE TENT EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT!

Director Nancy Meyers works closely with Beth Rubino and with her interior designer James Radin. It is a match made in design heaven!   Now I’ll leave you with  some images to enjoy and get inspired, like I did many years ago, perhaps the new generation isn’t aware of the films, they were just kids when they came out, nevertheless, everybody should watch these movies, it would be a shame to miss them. I know I’ll watch them again and again! 

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– IRIS’S ENGLISH COTTAGE! THE FABRICS ARE PRECIOUS, LOVE THE RUNNER GOING UPSTAIRS, AND THE TUFTED OTTOMAN REMINDS ME OF THE ONE IN “SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE”

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– I DON’T WANT TO BE REPETITIVE BUT I HAVE TO MENTION THE OUTSTANDING ATTENTION TO DETAIL PUT IN THESE HOUSES!15

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– JUDE’S HOME IN THE HOLIDAY!

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– THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION!

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THEY MADE ALL THE MAGIC HAPPEN! BUT IT WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT THE HOUSES CREATED FOR THE MOVIES BY THESE GENIUSES

Can you tell the influence in these next two old photos of my home at that time?!  Sorry for the mess and everything,  they were not intended to be shared,  I took them some time ago for no reason and wanted to show you!

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You  can still see the influence in a later work
You can still see the influence in a later work

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I usually write in an impulse and come back later if possible, to try to correct my writing and make it better, the problem is that I do it after I publish it, don’t have the patience to wait…

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UNBELIEVABLE!  ELI WALLACH IS GONE! … LOVED HIS CHARACTER IN THE HOLIDAY… HE STOLE MY HEART…  HE WAS BRILLIANT IN THE GODFATHER TOO, MEAN BUT BRILLIANT….  MR. WALLACH, YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED…

IT’S COMPLICATED

With the incredibly talented Meryl Streep, another lesson in design genius and trendsetting power.  After this film we saw that the use of four or five armchairs instead or in addition to a sofa became very popular and in every magazine, window treatments made of natural grasses and black iron for window frames and doors became the craze! they are still going strong, just beautiful.

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MORE DREAM KITCHENS FROM NANCY’S MOVIES AND THE EXTREMELY TALENTED AND ADORABLE MERYL STREEP itscomplicated

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I LOVE HOW ECLECTIC THEY ARE, TIMELESS… THE VIEW, SO CALIFORNIA STYLE, WHAT A CONTRAST WITH “SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE”‘S CLASSIC EAST COAST, HAMPTONS’ STYLE, HERE WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC COAST WITH ALL THE SPANISH ELEMENTS AND CHARM… OPEN SHELVING, BLACK IRON WINDOW AND DOOR FRAMES… TRENDSETTERS DEFINITELY!

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IT WOULD BE HARD OR IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO PRETEND TO COVER EVERYTHING ABOUT THESE FILMS AND THE INTERIOR DESIGN OF THESE HOUSES, BUT AT LEAST THIS IS MY ATTEMPT TO HONOR A REMARKABLE WOMAN, DIRECTOR, DESIGNER AND ARTIST. WHAT A VISION, WHAT A WOMAN!

Entertaining and Tablescapes

We all know how important and fun it is to get together with our family and friends as often as we can.  Sharing a meal, cocktails or just a glass of wine is always a great time!  Gatherings around the table, either indoors or outdoors are where most of our best memories are created!   Now that the cozy season is coming, I just wanted to share some ideas for entertaining with you, hoping to inspire someone to give it a try and transform, perhaps a rather boring space, with only a few favorite things, repurposing them to create new memories in a beautiful setting of their own.

This is the perfect time of the year to celebrate being alive! Days are still warm, sunny and last longer than the ones soon to come … some people are squeezing everything they can from the last days of summer, throwing pool parties, barbecues and having fun with any excuse…Others are already preparing for the crisp days of Autumn and all the beauty and cuddling  they will bring, when the warmth of summer goes away only to be replaced, with the warmth inside of us and that of our homes… Which one would be you?

A crisp, white, freshly ironed, linen tablecloth
A crisp white, freshly ironed, linen or cotton tablecloth always looks perfect against the colors of nature, just add some fruits, flowers, a bottle of wine or iced tea, and your favorite dishes, prepared using fresh, local, seasonal produce and you’ll be on your way of having a great time, relaxing and enjoying life!
Mismatched chairs, a big part of the charm!
Mismatched chairs, old, old, tables, lots of candles … a big part of the charm!
Taking inspiration from Mindy Weiss
Taking inspiration from Mindy Weiss
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Magic, all we need is a little bit of magic in our lives…
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Sometimes, no tablecloth is even required! Add a few cozy pillows for  color and comfort and … Voilà! A party is on it’s way
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Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Tea Time, cocktails or dinner, either simple or sophisticated, there is no reason under the sun to deprive yourself of those moments that make life worth living!  All it takes is a little imagination and to run with it!
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Can you feel the love? If you don’t have flowers in your garden or time to go buy them…what about some lemons?! Limes? Oranges?! Fruits? Vegetables? Fruits and Vegetables? Bunches of Lavender? Rosemary and chamomile? Bowls full of sea shells? Sea shells right on the table, forming an ondulating runner? Pretty river stones? Some grass in a container?  Bulbs? Flowering Bulbs? …. A bunch of candles? A bunch of candles in mason jars? A bunch of candles under bottomless bottles of wine?!    Ok… I started to sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump! Sorry.
Girasoles à la table!
Girasoles à la table! Goooorgeous combination of Girasoles and Succulents resembling in shape the Girasoles!
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I rest my case! No excuses. A little corner of paradise, the simpler the prettier! If you don’t have a deck or patio, or the grass is not growing as nicely in some place of your backyard…. put some gravel on it!- It is one of my favorite things- and some pretty potted plants! …  If you think you don’t have a big enough tablecloth…even better! Grab that mismatched, almost unused, flat sheet from a long, long, time ago, the one you fell in love with during your honeymoon! You know what I’m talking about! We all have them, those high thread-count, lonely, flat sheets…We used the heck out of their partners, the fitted ones, but for some reason, flat ones always remain intact. (?)   But of course! if you are one of the lucky ones who had collected vintage, french linens, while traveling in Provence…. Well, you are all set! Now is the time to use them, take them out of the linen closet where they lay forgotten, so much beauty deserves to shine. You don’t want to die without using them, right? The time is here and now. It is all we have.
Simplicity! what a beautiful thing... I love how organic
Simplicity! what a beautiful thing… I love how organic and back to basics this feels
Never underestimate the power of a few
Never underestimate the power of a few humble candles… nothing like it!
I you could, do hire some waiters, that would aloud you
If you could, depending on the occasion, hire some waiters, that would allow you to have a more relaxing and joyful time. If it’s not in your possibilities, swap services with your friends’ or neighbors’ teenagers!
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Exquisite! – But never allow your centerpieces to interfere with conversation, that is a huge mistake, even some event and flower designers still make, I think perhaps most of them do it only for photoshoot purposes. There is no reason for it, just pay attention to details and you will find a way to avoid being limited to only talk to the people sitting besides you, without sacrificing beauty and design.
If you think about it
If you think about it, you can replicate the same feeling of a tablescape you love without spending a fortune, it doesn’t matter if your special occasion doesn’t require an elegant setting, just a pretty one, you only have to follow the concept and simplify!

This one for instance, you could use tea cups, soup or cereal bowls for your centerpieces and place only a few flowers on them, that would cut your cost and time preparing it greatly and the scale would be more adequate for a simpler, more casual and relaxing event. Don’t forget to introduce more texture and movement to your centerpieces by using different heights, mixing different flowers, foliage, branches, grasses, even vegetables or just using only one type of flower for a very classy, elegant look.

It is OK to mix and match your plates and glasses, it is actually desired to be original and unique…. just be careful to follow a color palette you really like and looks good all together. Finally, always try to use cloth napkins, long, linen or cotton ones. There is nothing like it, no replacements for this one! (What am I saying? I do use paper napkins a lot! – More like paper towels actually… I like to choose my size!- but never when you have guests…. unless you are having pizza, of course… or something messy, or… I better shush it, I know…)

To feel like a princess for a night is priceless!
To feel like a princess for a night … priceless!
Oh the possibilities!
Oh the possibilities!
Crimson passion and greek key
Crimson passion and greek key! exquisite.
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Nobody like Ralph! He’s got the touch.
Ralph Lauren, enough said!
Ralph Lauren, enough said!    – I adore Chandeliers…. ADORE them, they are made of Light, Crystal, Magic and Glamour…  You gather all those ingredients and put them in a huge martini shaker.  First the most beautiful light, then the finest of crystals, a little bit of magic and some oh, làlàs for the Glamour…. Shake it vigorously and throw it to the skies! …… Voilà! Can you see them? I sure can.
There is something about hot pink and orange that make us feel happy, like we were in a big colorful sherbet refreshing dream!
There is something about hot-pink or fuschia combined with orange that make people really happy, like if they  were in a big colorful and refreshing sorbet dream!
Those chairs have the X Factor!
Those X back chairs are quite beautiful, always and forever. xx
It feels like home..
It feels like home…doesn’t it?  Not my home, just HOME
Dreaming of Tuscany
Dreaming of Tuscany
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Enchanted night,  all your dreams might come true…
Oh la la!  you just need one friend for this one!
Oh là là!  You would only need one guest for this one…. and many, many candles!
We'll always have Paris
NOT FOR NOTHING WAS IT SAID:  “WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS”…

But, what about us?...

Did you like it? I had a blast! Photography transports me through space and time… What about you? What moves you? Good night 😉