Monday, March 24, 2014

Shabby Chic Porch Featured at K Interiors And More Blog

I am honored to have my Shabby Chic Porch featured today at K Interiors And More blog.

She has an incredible blog with the most beautiful photography.

She is located in Greece and has some very unique posts.

Here is just one picture of my Shabby Chic Porch.
The other day Konstadina had a post on a cafe.

Hally’s Cafe in London

With the most gorgeous pictures.

K Interiors Cafe yellow stools

K Interiors Cafe gentlemen reading

K Interiors Cafe
To see more of this cafe go to K Interiors and More Hally's Cafe in London.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Will Book Covers Go Away Due To ebooks

I love books.

All kinds of books.

Novels, biographies, interior design books, positive thinking – self-help books.

Book Covers - Young House Love and Design Sponge at Home

How many times while reading a particular book, as you pick it up and put it down again, do you look at the cover?

Well you glance at it every time you pick it up

and perhaps you peruse it a couple of times,

and once or twice you probably really look at the cover

and read the description of the book and about the author.

Book Cover - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

However, when you buy an ebook, how many times do you see the cover?

I just finished reading an ebook and went to record it into my Goodreads account

and realized I didn’t know the name of the book or the author.

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Book Cover - Girl Missing

I saw the cover twice.

Before I bought it and when I opened the book to start reading.

The book was okay.

Will I remember the name of the book in a month from now?


Will I remember the author a month from now?


Book Cover - Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

If the book was great would I remember the name of it then?

I do think the chance of that would be much higher.

But that book would have to really be memorable.

Book Cover - Quiet by Susan Cain

And I miss placing the book on my bookshelf and

occasionally looking up and remembering that book.

I fully understand the qualities of ebooks,

but I always miss not having the actual book in my hands.

Book Cover - My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

Do you miss seeing the book cover?

I think of all the work that goes into creating a book cover 

and yet when reading an ebook I barely get to see it.

Will the art of creating book covers go away?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Positive Sayings and Quotes

Words mean a lot to me.

Perhaps sometimes words can mean too much.

They can cut us like a knife – make us bleed and hurt.

You know that is true don’t you.

So we must know the same is true about positive words.

I love surrounding myself with positive quotes and sayings.

Positive Sayings and Quotes - What will you do today that will make you proud in a year

I think most of us would happily do something today that would make us proud in the future.

I think the bigger problem is knowing what to do.

Do you want your life to be different?

Different how?

Personally I want to be productive.

Truly, I want to produce something.

At the end of the day I want to say to myself…

“This is what I accomplished today.”

I am not looking to save the world, or heal a sick child, although that would be incredible, and a miracle.

Okay, let’s get back to reality.

So the question remains.

What one thing could I do today that would make me proud in the future?

I simply must answer this question.

Answers don’t come easily, but they don’t need to be this difficult either.

Just choose something.

Today I choose……

What do you choose?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chairs, Chairs, Chairs!!

Why fall in love with a chair?

Why not a sofa?

A chair seems so personal.

A place just for me.

Loving the golden nail-heads

and the ever so soft tufting.
green nail-head chair

Careful sitting down.

deer chair

Go ahead – make a statement.

Wouldn’t this be gorgeous in a modern space!
artist chair

Details, details.

When you think of a wicker chair is this what you image?
wicker chair detail

This patchwork chair makes me instantly want to be at the beach.
seaside chair

I adore the chairs with back details.

It is such an unexpected surprise.
Plant Life Chair

I keep telling myself I am not a mid-century girl,

but then I spotted these!

Do you ever get a sense that your design aesthetic is changing?
mid-centurty chair

But then I see this angel of a French Chair

and I know it is all I need.

Well not all, but close.
french chair

Do you love chairs as much as I do?

Do you have a personal favorite?

Feel free to share a picture in the comments of your favorite chair.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Baguette Seating

When I was a little girl we would go to a restaurant in Wayson’s Corner,

and they had baguette seating and all four of us girls would have to scoot in.

I think this is where my love for baguette seating started.

Isn’t this a lovely space with all the throw pillows

and the individual chairs.

I love this little corner baguette and it is a place I would spend a great deal of time.

I have always loved small enclosed spaces.

Perhaps it is the illusion of being safe and secure

or cozy and enclosed.

You may have noticed in the Springhill Home Tour,

of a house I built a few years back

that there was a baguette in the dining room.

I love a free floating baguette just as much as a built-in one.

It is just a bit unexpected.

If you would like to see the whole house tour

then go to the link above.

3203 Springhill Dining Room

I also gave you a home tour of a home in Austin Texas,

built by GreenTex Builders.

You can see the window seating has been installed

and the table is ready and waiting for some chairs

to complete this baguette seating.

This house transformation from a 50’s ranch to an incredible

Austin Texas home can be seen by going to GreenTex Builders Crestview Home Tour.

Crestview Home Tour

Baguette seating can be used in any style of interior design.

I love the feel of this modern space and look at those

drawers below the seating for extra storage.

modern baguette

I love the French vibe from the farm table.

Farm Table Baguette

This is an elegant arrangement.

Check out all the details.

That ceiling,

the black painted double doors,

the brick at backsplash.

Seriously I could go on and on about this room.

elegant baguette

Do you have baguette seating in your home?

I would love to see a picture if you do,

so in the comment section please include a picture or

a link so I can come and take a look.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Architectural Fragments on Lucite

Yesterday I stopped in an antique store here in Dallas and found

this little booth with this gold architectural fragment

attached to a clear lucite base.

The price is $345.00

Cherub on lucite stand

They are gorgeous and expensive.

I wished I had my camera with me,

but I only had my iphone.

wood putti on lucite stand

They appear to be a wood or a wood composite.

Below is a lamp made of a wooden urn placed on a lucite base.

Notice the bust on the lower left side.

Lamp on lucite base

Here is another putti that is the opposite of the one above.

putti on lucite base

I love the juxtaposition of the old world wood carved putti

placed upon a modern day lucite base.

These would work well in a traditionally decorated home

or in a modern home.

Now, if I only had $345.00

So, I am wondering if I had the materials

if I could make these myself?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Feedburner Stopped Working

So I am blogging and posting and sharing.

You know all the things we bloggers love to do,

and then out of the blue I receive an email from another blogger who says,

“Hey! My blogroll says your blog hasn’t written a post in 3 weeks,

and you might have a problem with feedburner.”


Where does it say that?

I have posted 15 times in the last three weeks!
cat - Home and Lifestyle Design

So I start looking around.

I go to her blog and there I am on the sidebar of the list of blogs she follows

and I am all the way at the bottom of her list

and it says my last post was three weeks ago.

But that’s not right.

As a matter a fact I published a post today.

I look some more.

I go to Bloglovin and the last post they are showing for me is three weeks old.

All of the 15+ posts I have published are nowhere to be found.

I go to Networked blogs – nothing since three weeks ago.

Linky – the same!

They all say I stopped blogging three weeks ago.


What The Hell?
modern art - Home and Lifestyle Design

What is this feedburner thing?

Oh, I remember that – when I first start blogging I set that up.

What happened?

Now I start thinking and I was rearranging my buttons on the sidebar a few weeks back

and was trying to use a different RSS feed button and I couldn’t get it to work

and so I just went back and kept the one I had from feedburner.

Well I think I must have messed something up when I did that.

It is the only thing I can think of .

The other blogger that was kind enough to inform me about my problem

was also kind enough to hook me up with the person who fixed her feedburner problem also.

But they couldn’t get to me for a week.

It seemed I would have to wait.

She tried this,

she tried that,

she emailed me

with the question,

“Is that working?”

No it is not working.

We were obviously both getting frustrated.

Two weeks have passed and it still isn’t working.

It is now five weeks plus since my last published post is showing anywhere.

I felt like those three weeks of posting in the dark were for nothing,

and then two more weeks of posting but feeling like I was shoving

my posts under the sofa so no one could see them.

modern artwork - Home and Lifestyle Design

I was doing my own investigation and found that on my blogger

one thing was suppose to be different than what it was.

It was in the settings, under other,

post feed redirect URL.

It didn’t have feedburner in there at all,

but instead had my blog address.

I had never changed this.

I didn’t want to interfere with anything the lady I had hired to fix my blog was doing,

so I contacted her and told her what I had found.

She said, no that couldn’t be it,

that she had checked that right at the beginning,

but she would look at it.

It was wrong.

She changed that and put the feedburner address in there and….

my blog starting breathing again.
sunlight - Home and Lifestyle Design
My blog posted when she received a post.

My blog feed it to feedburner and feedburner feed it to

all the places they feed it to.

My blog was back up and breathing.

But in the process I feel like I got knocked down

and kicked around.

It knocked the wind out of me.

It frustrated me.

It aggravated me.

But hey I am back up and running. 
walking trail

Now write.

But I have been having trouble writing again…

and wondering why.

It is as if someone took my writings and hid them.

I felt like a runner feels when her breathing is perfect and

she is running, heart pumping, totally in synch with the run

and then she stumbles on a rock

and barely catches herself and then has to stop

and she goes to the doctor and he says..

no running.
rainy day - Home and Lifestyle Design


What do you mean?

After several weeks of recovery she tries running

but it just isn’t feeling right

she can’t find her stride just yet.

She decides she will try again tomorrow.

I go to twitter and start tweeting.

And low and behold the next morning I get up and I have a tweet sent to me,

that says,

“blogroll is back up and running, I need you back on the blog.”


Someone is encouraging me?

It brought tears to my eyes.

Isn’t incredible what a helping hand can do for the spirit.
helping each other - Home and Lifestyle Design

I thanked her and told her it was just the encouragement I needed.

Then I realized she was telling me that her blog was back up

and running and she needed me back reading her blog.

She never let me know I had misinterpreted

her tweet and that’s okay.
a smile - Home and Lifestyle Design

We all get knocked down in life.

What is important is that we get back up again..

even if it takes us awhile.

Thank you Kim from Savvy Southern Style for letting me know I had a feedburner problem!

You didn’t have to take the time to let me know,

but you did

and that means everything.

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