Spring

Spring has taken forever to arrive…. If I wait one more day, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me!  It’s been said that you create your own reality… so here we go!  Spring has sprung and I am happy beyond myself. Spread the Joy!

Keukenhof
Keukenhof, the prettiest gardens!
Naeem Khan Spring and Summer 2015
Naeem Khan Spring and Summer 2015
Holland
Holland, wonder of the world !
Spring in life
Spring in life
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Pierre Auguste Renoir
The colors of Provençe
The colors of Provençe
Flower market
Flower market
DC
Dazzling DC
Fresh and beautiful
A season for gardening!
A piece of heaven on the roof
A piece of heaven on the roof
Two of my favorite things
Two of my favorite things
Dreaming awake...
Dreaming while awake with Flowers and Florence!
The new Spring of life!
The new Spring !  Yes… who would have thought only 30 years ago!
delicious
delicious freshness!
Blooming Branches and chinoiserie vases
Blooming Branches and chinoiserie vases
ranunculous
Ranunculus, aren’t they pretty?!
A swing bed in the garden..
A swing bed in the garden..
Prosciutto wrapped pears with spicy arugula leaves
Prosciutto wrapped pears with spicy arugula leaves
Romantique, vintage, depression glass
Romantique, vintage, depression glass
I can see it, I can feel it !
I can almost see it, almost touch it,  I can feel it !
Chilled avocado and cucumber soup
Chilled avocado and cucumber soup, served with a light and airy parmesan cheese chip
Washington DC Spring Cherry Blossoms
Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms
Pear, pancetta and feta salad with pomegranate dressing
Pear, pancetta and feta salad with pomegranate dressing
Naeem Khan SS 2015
Naeem Khan SS 2015
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Italian Feast, Carolyne Roehm
Italian Feast, Carolyne Roehm. I can definitely see myself doing this often!
Can this get any better?!
Can this get any better?!
Gingham Pink
Gingham Pink
I would totally  feel like a southerner bell here..
I would totally feel like a southern belle here..
Lemony cucumber cream cheese sandwiches
Lemony cucumber cream cheese sandwiches
Dreamy!
Dreamy pink canopy
Woman at the Garden, Renoir
Woman at the Garden, Renoir
Spring table
Spring table in the city
I'm feeling the blues!
I’m feeling the blues!
A little piece of heaven
A little piece of heaven
I can't wait for those tomatoes
I can’t wait for those tomatoes…. Tomato, Tomato? Potato, Potato?
Sunshine through the flowers
Sunshine through the flowers! Peonies, my favorite!
Mimosas
Mimosa Bar….
If life gives you lemons...
If life gives you lemons… Yep, that’s what I’m doing right now.
There is something special about Spring and children,  both represent hope and a new beginning, a fresh start....
There is something so special about Spring and children, both represent hope and new beginnings, always a fresh start….
Wheelbarrow of fun
Wheelbarrow of fun
pretty in orange
Pretty in orange
chinoiserie influences
Chinoiserie influences
bring
Bringing the outdoor inside always helps!
Gazpacho
Gazpacho
Bouquet
Bouquet bedazzle
blues
Blues from Provence
Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields
Too much beauty...
Such beauty…
Van Gogh
Van Gogh, I wanted so bad for him to be happy… he seems happy here..
Freckles
Fantastic Freckles,
Greens
Nature’s perfection
Spring,  Pierre Auguste Renoir
Spring, Pierre Auguste Renoir
Emilio Pucci, Spring 2015
Emilio Pucci, Spring 2015
Hyacinth and pink tulips inspiration
Hyacinth and pink tulips inspiration
Oh my gosh...
Oh my gosh… those colors ! Only in nature …
Blueberry beauty
Blueberry beauty
Smithsonian Gardens in DC
Smithsonian Gardens in DC
Spring
Spring mold… of course, I couldn’t just put a regular cake mold or pan here, right? It had to be a SPRING ONE!
gorgeous
Orange pretty!
Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Garden dinner
Patio rendez-vous ! Hound’s Tooth table cloth…
birch cones
Birch cones
table dream
Organic green table
Gorgeous
Gorgeous woman at her best!
family
Family…. who else could sit at this table if not family, or friends who you consider a part of it?!  Freshly picked berries in grandma’s heirloom purple goblets…. long, neatly pressed linen napkins, bought together during a family vacation in Provençe… gorgeous flowers, warm and bright, still infused with Spring’s rays of sun…
lovely bar
Lovely colors and textures awaken my taste buds!
In the city
Peaceful and fun in the city, after you create your own, little paradise…
More bars
How pretty is this bar created with an antique silver tray and an old wicker table?! The Pellegrino cans and  fragrant oranges give this vignette a Tuscan vibe!  (Yes, I can smell the oranges… we have more senses than we realize!)
Tea time... I wish we could bring it back!
Tea time… I wish we could bring it back!
The beach, the perfect place for everything...
The beach, the perfect place for everything…
orange glow
Orange glow…
place to set
A place to set…
night dream
Magical nights begin!
barn lemonade
Barn lemonade, tea and Mason jars
love
Love is in the air, have you seen those velvety peaches behind the flower centerpieces?!… and everything else?!
detail
Wedding confidential..Those candelabras are exquisite!   Can I have a glass of that p-l-e-a-s-e ?! It’s almost too pretty to drink.  Almost.
glorious
Glorious blooms in Holland
chocolate
Chocolate and Berries! match made in heaven
Spring brunch
La vie en rose…
Time to start to create my dream...
Time to start to create my dream… Enjoy your Spring !

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!