The colorful life of Eddie Ross, Here comes the sunshine take 2

Eddie Ross… where to start?!  The talented East Coast editor of Home and Gardens Magazine brightens any space he enters with his sweet personality, down to earth demeanor, boyish smile and tremendous talent.  He can bring light and color in a masterful way to any room using things we own in combination with family treasures and some very affordable Salvation Army or Goodwill pieces.  His spaces are definitely unique, bright and so darned positive that they can chase the blues away out of any heart in the world.

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And now, with his new book, written in collaboration with his handsome partner Jaithan Kochar, he is on a mission to help us do just that on our own.

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I find myself looking at old images of his work and realizing it has a certain timeless quality to it!

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There was no chance in hell I wasn’t going to include next picture, a tablescape he did in collaboration with Bunny Williams for Christmas!  People at this point might be sick of Christmas Decor, but this is so fresh and creative that nobody could tired of it, even after the holidays.  What an honor to work with Ms. Williams, she is one of the best and most respected decorators in the world and a wonderful and down to earth person as well. I can only imagine how Eddie must have felt working with her, I would have cried. Yes, right there and then, burst into tears!  Not just because of how talented she is but because she is a very real and classy lady who is unaffected and unimpressed with all the fluffies (is that even a word, or I just invented one?!) and pretentious stuff that comes often with the lifestyle of famous and top interior designers.   I could spend hours and hours listening and talking to her, it must have been a rare and delicious treat!  Nothing more on Bunny because of course, I’m going to have a post on her, and even if I try very hard,  I won’t be able to begin to scratch the surface of her contribution to the world of design and her fabulous work. These posts are such a treat to me, to revisit the work of all those incredible people… Priceless.

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What a joyful table…. I can’t stop staring.  Tabletop fabric by Bunny Williams for Lee Jofa, the inspiration for the whole tablescape.

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Eddie used his own antique English salad plates with  Bunny’s Gold Star collection  and his French Opaline Goblets. I love those who are not afraid of change and experimentation, opening new ways in any field and widening our horizons!

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Notice how nicely combined the flatware is with Eddie’s own vintage silver and Bunny’s Paris Flea Market collection

How gorgeous those salt cellars and shakers are as well as that pepper mill?!  It is in the little details, I’m telling you… I always say the same thing! Well, not just me, everybody. 

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I believe this is from the book and makes me just so happy to look at it, you must order the book!  After so many years of whites, browns and grays -which I ADORE-  we really need help to bring color back into our lives and this book will do it. Imagine this: Bunny Williams did the foreword. It means the book is smashing beautiful and perfectly illustrated! Every review I read is calling it: The BEST.   You can order it here:   eddieross.com/modern-mix

This is my first time including links!!! hooray !  Go me!  I hope they work because they make me feel so professional and stuff….  I apologize for any infringements with the authors of anything. If I need to remove something I sadly…not gladly… would do so!  I know, but I’m not going to lie, I love everything here and don’t want to take anything away…

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What a marvelous and happy combination! I hear Pharrel singing!

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The colors and textures, the patterns and all the eclectic goodness going on here is such a treat, it has that collected through time look, that natural and effortless feel, so hard to obtain and it’s so unassuming that will make anybody want to stay forever…

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I believe this is their guest room. I’m surprised of how restrained this room is in regards to color… that means they either compromised or Eddie can do neutrals with an accent color beautifully as well.  Of course he can!  I wouldn’t be surprised though if we find this room changed very soon, I can see orange curtains or at least the natural grasses roman shade painted orange or something like that!

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I am not a fan of the tablecloth colors and pattern but I can still enjoy the whole thing, I think the brass candleholders are lovely, and I am in love with that mirror!

That shows everybody that even things we think we don’t like can look beautiful with the right combination of elements. Very english garden and Art Deco vibes at the same time! Eddie Ross can make anything work but it takes an immense amount of skills and talent to do it so perfectly, and of course great taste and instincts.  I’m a big fan!

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I love the cutlery, those beautiful white, crisp, embroidered linen napkins and fabulous plates!

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I believe this an old photo but still, it’s so “Eddie talented”

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I absolutely adore this palette and the setting! Are those olive trees?! 

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Handsome treasure Hunter!

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Eddie’s vintage brass cart turned into a bar “fabuloso”!!!

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and a reminder that next on the list is Spring!  How can one avoid to fall in love with color with such a display of happiness and effervescent spirit?  Thank you Eddie Ross for taking the stiffness out of the Interior Design butt!

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Eddie and his partner Jaithan Kochar.  I think Eddie looks so much like Derek Hough, from “Dancing with the Stars”  What do you think?!

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Derek Hough…. WOW! right?!

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Eddie Ross … they look like twins separated at birth!

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And last but not least: Eddie and the fabulous and very smart Susanna Salk from quintessenceblog.com

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What do you think?  Are you loving all the color coming back in our lives? How do you feel about brass? Too much too soon or are you young enough that you never got sick of it?

Have a great rest of the week!

 

 

FALL AND WINTER WEDDING INSPIRATION

I LOVE THIS. IS MY FAVORITE RIGHT NOW!
I’M IN LOVE

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I get my inspiration from everywhere, either a dress, a painting or a sunset…. I hope any images here help you find yours, it only takes a little bit of imagination and always looking at things with the eyes of the soul instead of our physical, limited ones, limits that come from our minds and that are only  imposed to ourselves by us … Imagination is limitless.

Red Velvet Weddings, the Age of Love.

As I share the last centerpieces and bouquets I made, I want to wish a Happy Independence day to my beloved country Peru and to all Peruvians wherever in the world this day might find us. I’m so glad the flowers are mostly red, one of the two colors of our red and white flag.

In honor of our independence day I had included a few pictures of one of the most iconic and beautiful buildings in my hometown, Trujillo, the Palacio de Iturregui, now and for as long as I can remember the home of the traditional Club Central, the finest example of Neo-Classical architecture we have in Trujillo and a place I hold very dear to my heart.

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Simple red roses bouquet.
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Palacio de Iturregui, Club Central, Trujillo Peru. Simply magnificent.
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Drew Barrymore, timeless in Channel
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Feathers and pearls
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Anita Ekberg, 1950’s glamour
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Gorgeous!
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Old Hollywood Glamour with an unforgettable Oscar de la Renta!
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So delicate and elegant! I believe this one might be Karen Tran as well
So delicate and elegant! I believe this one might be Karen Tran as well
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Amazing photo!
First patio at the entrance of Palacio de Iturregui, Club Central. Trujillo, Peru.
First patio at the entrance of Palacio de Iturregui, Club Central. Trujillo, Peru.
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Bouquet: The Enchanted Garden, Flowers and Design
Gold and diamonds wedding shoes!
Gold and diamonds wedding shoes!
Manolo Blanik
Manolo Blanik
Fabulous!
Fabulous!
One small colorful bouquet for the bridesmaids
One small colourful bouquet for the bridesmaids

It’s Wedding Season, April Showers brought May Flowers

Little moments in life that take your breath away…

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The power of flowers…

There are some things in life that move me in a way that is hard to explain …Beauty in all it’s forms and expressions, like flowers and colors, textures and Nature, photography that captures moments of every day perfection, moments when art appears created by our souls…  Not just Piccasso or Bernini, Chopin or Renoir, Klimt or Chagal,  unattainable picks of perfection… but the simplest of things, like life itself …there is something to be said about when we strip down things and souls, we unleash so much beauty, power and truth… Like in a Symphony or an Opera, where there are moments of peace, calm, sweetness and reflection, and moments of intensity, picks of joy, sorrow, fear or elation…moments that take your breath away. Just like in life.

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A symphony of colors

If we pay attention we can discover those moments of beauty that happen not only during the picks of our lives but during the valleys, when we go quiet and open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us. Often we get distracted by stuff that interferes with the raw, honest, almost painfully beautiful reality of creation, the journey of so many geniuses has been one of desperately trying to capture and recreate it… Something we have in front and inside of us… we acclaim them, visit museums to witness their amazing work, their masterpieces, but we neglect to look around to experience it here, existing alongside us, inside of us,  in front of our very own eyes.

Here are some pictures I love, that show the beauty of everyday little moments, I hope they inspire you and brighten your day like they did mine.

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It wouldn’t be the same without the mismatched plates and the barn table!
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Downton Abbey Inspiration, Holiday table and a little help for my friend

LE ROUGE ET LE NOIR…. red and black

Downton Abbey influence
Downton Abbey influence
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Mixed patterns, gold and silver working together in this tablescape I created for a friend

Yesterday I was playing around with  tablescape designs, preparing ideas for a friend who asked me for help with a Christmas dinner party she was having at home.  She was a little nervous, it was going to be a semi-formal event and she couldn’t afford the time or the expenses to go shopping just for that. Even though I had to put together something with the few things I had, it shows once again that we can do a lot with what we have at hand, an example of that is the throw I brought from the livingroom to use as a tablecloth, at the moment I had red apples and that is what I used in addition to a leaf pulled from the mantel wreath. I know it’s not perfect or ideal, but I was trying to show her how to put together something pretty with a little imagination. The napkin was actually a hand towel….

Gold, red and silver, and the living room throw!
Gold, red and silver, and the living room throw!

It is amazing the way we can communicate with each other nowadays, instantaneously, with images and sound that rival those of cinema! We can even add enhancements or erase blemishes if we choose to do so, all this in the comfort of our homes and in our pajamas!

My friend was really happy with the results. We “toured”, or to use the interior design lingo, we “shopped” her house and put things together in a way she never had imagine possible, now I am sure, next time she’ll be able to do it by herself.

It is hard to know if all is good about this mind blowing technology but it sure has some unbelievable advantages. I don’t want to go into that now and talk about the problems associated with it either… Overall I believe it is like a dream come true, it brings us all together, makes the world even smaller, show us how alike we are, broaden our markets without limits, keep us connected to our families, helps us create new ones and rediscover old friends.   To me it is like if the Harry Potter’s books I used to read to my children at bedtime, had come to life, it appears that magic has sipped through the books’ pages and became one with reality…  just fascinating…

As always I talk and talk about everything!   Ok then! I was only going to share the first tablescape inspiration I made for my friend and I did. Tomorrow I might have another one if necessary. In the mean time I’ll include some gorgeous images that always inspire me and I hope they inspire you to have some fun and create one of your own.   Have a great friday night!

We can do the same thing in different scale, still keeping the beauty of it
We can do the same thing in different scale while keeping the beauty of it
How beautiful can this be? I almost never wear read anymore but I can appreciate it in other people
How beautiful can this be? I almost never wear red anymore but I can appreciate it in other people
I wish I had all this beautiful stuff to work with...
I wish I had all this beautiful stuff to work with…
Or this ...
My love for candles….
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Baccarat
More inspiration..
More inspiration..
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Le Rouge
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Scrumptious!
Napoleon's Dining Room, Le Louvre
Napoleon’s Dining Room, Le Louvre
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Sinful temptation, liquid inspiration
Valentino, beyond beautiful
Valentino, beyond beautiful
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Wow…
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A little Downton Abbey to put us in the mood!  So elegant..
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THE VICTORIAN TABLE! THEY NEEDED ALL THAT...
THE VICTORIAN TABLE! THEY ACTUALLY NEEDED ALL THAT INDEED.
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Lady in red, a princess dress
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I wonder if one day we’ll be able to travel in time…
HISTORY... WHAT CAN I SAY! IT ALWAYS SHOWS US WHERE WE CAME FROM AND HOW FAR WE HAVE GONE.... OR NOT
HISTORY… WHAT CAN I SAY! IT ALWAYS SHOWS US WHERE WE CAME FROM AND HOW FAR WE HAVE GONE…. OR NOT
THIS COLORS ARE SO RICH THAT MAKE THE TABLESCAPE FEEL REALLY WARM AND WELCOMING
THE COLORS ARE SO RICH THAT MAKE THE TABLESCAPE FEEL WARM AND WELCOMING
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HOW ROMANTIC! 1904  NOW WE KNOW WHY THEY ALWAYS PUT THAT WEIRD LOOKING FISH FORK! THEY NEEDED ALL THOSE FORKS AND KNIVES FOR ALL THE COURSES THEY SERVED, OF COURSE THAT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE ARMY OF MAIDS AND BUTLERS THEY USE TO HAVE…
Cristal Room, Baccarat. Paris
Cristal Room, Baccarat. Paris
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The Butlers… the wizards of all ! (That was good!)
What a table!
What a table! Cristal Room, Baccarat, Paris
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The table
The ladies
The ladies
more Downton Abbey
More Downton Abbey! Majestic..
R.M.S MAJESTIC MENU
R.M.S MAJESTIC MENU – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH 1890.   Broiled Kidney?!!!! Calves Liver?!!!! Somebody help me please! Disgusting.
The contrasts inevitably...
The contrasts inevitably…

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I FEEL SICK JUST READING THE MENU… I’M SO GLAD I WASN’T BORN DURING THE VICTORIAN ERA…

And with that I say good bye!  xx

AUTUMN CONFIDENTIAL – Fall Front Porch

I finished the front porch’s urn today.   Perhaps I should have waited to finish the door’s wreath to post this but I’m not sure I am going to make one.  The porch is kind of small and since I made the planter pretty big I don’t want it to look like too much for the space!

I'm not sure it's going to stay like that because it might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow. I always need to step back and relax, rest my eyes and then I am able to "edit" whatever I am doing.
I’m not sure it’s going to stay like that, it might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow. I always need to step back and relax, rest my eyes and then I’m able to “edit” whatever I am doing.
First I added a few branches I cut from the field behind my house
First I added a few branches I cut from the field behind my house ( the next day they started to die and look bad!) So far for pretending to be Martha! I was feeling so proud and decisive, resourceful and assertive!  I was playing the role of Martha Stewart in my own movie, fake it until you make it! like I knew what I was doing!… Ha! those branches showed me! They bursted my buble.  I didn’t want the neighbors to see!!!  the same ones that approached me the day before enchanted with my creation! I took the compliments graciously!  The next day I was exposed! I’m just a city girl (Girl?… oh well!  why not! you can’t see me from there anyways and that’s the way I feel almost everyday. Almost.) A city girl that ended up living in the midwest, who admires those wonderful master gardeners with their beautiful lush gardens, (they seem to be everywhere here with their additional organic vegetable gardens!)  but who doesn’t know a thing about plants!  I know how to play with them, decorate with them, combine them, create pretty things with  them but It seems I also know how to kill them….Enough said.
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I wish I had done something like this… When the kids were little I actually took the time and the money to do it, now I just want to be Martha or… why stop at that?! the amazing Carolyne Roehm! Walk graciously through my gardens selecting and picking, ( with no apparent effort and without breaking a sweat) the fruits of my crops and all nature’s bounty that appears to surround them at all times!
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My gourds, (or little pumpkins thingies) look like duckies or swans! so cute 😉    You see? playing already!
I'm not sure it's going to stay like that because it might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow. I always need to step back and relax, rest my eyes and then I am able to "edit" whatever I am doing.
This might look too busy or too crowded for me tomorrow.  It is important to always step back, take a moment or two to relax, rest your eyes, do something else and then you’ll be better able to edit and to judge what is working and what is not. At least that works for me.
Evergreen from the front yard added, check!
Evergreen from the front yard added, check!
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I didn’t wear gloves while cutting the evergreen … Oh boy, those needles are nasty and have a kind of glue that stick to your fingers and it’s difficult to clean… All worthy! I love the fresh smell of pine
So cute!
So cute!
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Close-up.  Ain’t that pretty? Not bad for a city girl 😉
I know, too many pictures of the same thing... my only excuse is that I've seen other bloggers doing the same thing! I happens when they love what they do and they do it for themselves, just for the pure pleasure of creating something, knowing we are simple people enjoying simple things...
I know ! too many pictures of the same thing… my only excuse is that I’ve seen other bloggers doing the same ! It happens when they love what they do and they do it for themselves, just for the pure pleasure of creating something, knowing we are simple people enjoying simple things… and then, there is the Pros, the ones that really know what they are talking about and are here to teach, I admire them, I love them, I am not one of them.  It takes a lot, I should recognize, to get over yourself and just go for it, accepting your limitations, accepting your imperfections, it is ok to sing out of tune! What the heck… if we don’t, we’ll be missing the pleasure of the experience…. Is it worth it? Who do we want to impress? The only ones worth  the effort is our own selves and our families. That is a universal and eternal truth.   I must say, I’m not completely over my self, I still am self conscious and uncomfortable at times but less than expected. The joys of growing up, growing wiser, growing older and LIKING yourself, doing stuff for the pure pleasure of doing, experiencing, living, just because we can and loving the ride!
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The big pumpkin on the left looks devastated! Like it had received the worst news and had gotten depressed… it looks like a flat tire, doesn’t it?! It has the same look my dog has when he knows I’m about to leave, a look of sadness beyond believe, all flat and deflated on the floor, a picture of devastation… he deserves an Oscar for breaking my heart everytime!     Have you noticed the more irregular a pumpkin is, the more imperfections it has, the more appreciated, coveted, sought after and expensive it is!…. I wonder… shouldn’t it be like that with humans too?!

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I think I should stop right now and clean up, it's starting to look like a mess here!
I think I should stop right now and clean up, it’s starting to look like a mess here!
I started to take things away....
I STARTED EDITING, TAKING THINGS AWAY…I WANT TO HAVE MY HOUSE READY SOON.
And a very sweet memory of a long time ago... he is 20 years old now!
SWEET MEMORIES FROM A LONG TIME AGO! HE IS 20 YEARS OLD NOW, ON HIS WAY TO BE AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER DOUBLE MAJOR IN MATH AND A MARINE CORPS OFFICER!

Have a great weekend and go somewhere you can admire nature’s ever changing colours….

NEXT DAY

As predicted I wasn’t happy with the end result, the problem is that having a small space and it feels crowded right away. Pictures were taken with my iPhone kind of late in the afternoon so I didn’t have much light to begin with. Today the branches I added from the field behind my house had started to wilt …. I had to take them out of the picture literally. I decided NOT to make a wreath for the front door this year. I went to the basement to find a simple one I could work with, adding real branches and stuff like that, you know, anything that looks and feels autumn, like pine cones, cinnamon sticks, fall foliage, olive branches…. only to realized I had donated most of the stuff to the local thrift stores…. what to do?… so it hit me.  I don’t have to make everything just because I’m trying to write a blog, it is ok Not to want to work and just curl up with a book and a cup of cocoa and read!  Sounds good, right?  Sadly it only sounded good to me, I have homework to do, MATH homework… I hate math… but I have to do it…

Right then I decided it wasn’t bad to use a wreath I found from when my kids were little, who is going to say anything? and if so… who cares?  Simple, keep it simple… that is something I have to remind myself sometimes… it isn’t that I don’t know it, it’s just that sometimes I feel that I have to do everything from scratch and now I don’t want to. And it is ok.

Here are some pictures of my simpler front door urn. I edited a lot and I feel more comfortable with it. My house is way too simple and small for the first one I made.

I love Eucalyptus, everything about it.
I love Eucalyptus, everything about it.
Another one of the same thing..
Another one of the same thing… the evergreen is coming back, I know, I need to fill those gaps.
How pretty does the little urn look like?
How pretty does that little urn look like?!  Those orange gourds, with long twisted necks and bumpy skin look like swans to me, don’t they?!!!  I feel like a proud mother…
I think I like it
I think I like it, it just needs more eucalyptus as a filler to bring the whole thing together… but that won’t be happening today! I’ll buy it when I get a chance!
Not to disappoint,  I'm adding a couple of pictures of really pretty fall planters!
Not to disappoint, I’m adding a couple of pictures of really pretty fall planters!
Why am I doing this to myself ?! This is gorgeous.
Why am I doing this to myself ?! This is gorgeous. Those master gardeners I was talking about… I’m telling you…
I hear the angels singing !
I hear the angels singing !
I'm done.
Awww!  Now my little display looks almost funny …. I’m done. Happy Harvest xx