There’s a snap in the air!

fall roses

This week a little cool front has moved in with some much needed rain so I couldn’t resist these roses at Trader Joe’s today.  I popped them in one of my favorite containers…a vintage patina-ed silver pitcher.   It’s such a forgiving vessel when I want to simply cut the stems without a lot of fussing/arranging.  The narrow neck keeps the stems in place, and a dozen roses fit perfectly.  Hope you’re enjoying a little break from the heat wherever you are and your dreams of fall!

fall roses in pitcher

I added a bit of purple statice leftovers from another arrangement.  I have loved this color combination since I was 9 years old and received some stationery with this theme.  It’s my go-to secret for making orange appear all the more vibrant.fall roses with purple.jpg

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A – to – Z Decor Tip

“…you could mind your Ps & Qs too!”

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So the store is out of your initials, but you love the item?  Think outside the cabinet!

I have cherished these homegrown mugs since they first appeared at Anthropologie years ago.  I’ve given them for gifts through the years, and sang their praises for being the perfect shape, weight and design.  I was sad to see my old friends on clearance today which I am assuming means (GASP) the store will no longer be carrying them?  I scanned the shelf of remnants, and of course, could not find any initials for my name or friend/family members’ names.  However, I did find the faithful few which are usually left behind in piles in undesirable monogram land.   I love to give these forlorn initials new life and incorporate some quirk in my cabinet at the same time…X-Y-Z…I’d say that just about covers it, wouldn’t you?  So rush out to your nearest Anthropologie before they’re all gone, forever.  Hey, if you’re in luck, you may find a set of ABCs just in time for school, or you could mind your Ps & Qs too!

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Colorado Inspired

My husband and I recently traveled to Colorado so he could participate in the Pike’s Peak Ascent Half Marathon. What a refreshing and inspiring way to end the summer. It has been a few years since I have spent any length of time in that area of Colorado, and it was so wonderfully peaceful. I wondered what had taken me so long to get back there. Here’s a snippet of some of the beauty we encountered. Enjoy and be inspired as well!

Door in Miramont Castle - I've always loved Gothic style windows and doors, and you can't beat the view from this one!
Door in Miramont Castle – I’ve always loved Gothic style windows and doors, and you can’t beat the view from this one!
Sunset over the rockies - ahhhh - true beauty!
Sunset over the rockies – ahhhh – true beauty!
Broadmoor Hotel on a beautiful Colorado day - www.broadmoor.com
Broadmoor Hotel on a beautiful Colorado day – http://www.broadmoor.com
Broadmoor Hotel - Stroll around the lake www.broadmoor.com
Broadmoor Hotel – Stroll around the lake
http://www.broadmoor.com
Glen Eyrie Carriage House - I have a love affair with carriage houses...brick floors, lanterns, arched doorways, barn doors...what's not to love?
Glen Eyrie Carriage House – I have a love affair with carriage houses…brick floors, lanterns, arched doorways, barn doors…what’s not to love?
Glen Eyrie Castle - This place is so peaceful!  Think about stopping by for a tour on your next visit to Colorado Springs. www.gleneyrie.org
Glen Eyrie Castle – This place is so peaceful! Think about stopping by for a tour on your next visit to Colorado Springs.
http://www.gleneyrie.org