Monday, October 24, 2016

Late October in the Living Room

Even before we moved to Rattlebridge, I knew the living room would present design issues. In its former life, it was all cut up, with a 1970s sunken living room. At some point, a sun room was added. Our contribution was to open the space, allowing for unrestricted views of the distant mountains; but the remodel also created my biggest decorating challenge to date. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. This week, I've been busy painting my old wicker and re-doing the upper level screened porch. I had planned on neutrals, but the man cave's ambient beige has made me realize how much I love--and need--color (along with old fashioned comfort and simplicity). Though the wicker project hasn't been without mishaps, it's been interesting--and colorful. I still haven't painted the sofa (glossy black, maybe).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A Simple, Country Table

"She's gone Primitive and country on me," my formal-loving husband said when he walked into the room. He may think this is temporary, like a virus, but I've found my groove. It's comfortable, laid-back, un-trendy, and follows no logical design. I like that.

Monday, October 17, 2016

October on the Motel 6 Balcony

It was a magical October afternoon when I stepped onto the balcony to serve lunch. Dappled sunlight danced across the floor, and way up in a tree, I heard a cardinal singing. Only a few years ago, this second story balcony had made a different impression. We'd dubbed it the Motel 6 porch. It still looked rather homely after we added the cedar shake.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Halloween Cupboard

I'm enjoying the slow rhythm of decorating the house for autumn. It's been quite a few years since I've done this, and I've had such fun. I usually keep white ironstone in the wee pine cupboard, so the foundation was already there. I just added a few playful items. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I'm glad you're here. Have a seat at the table, and let's talk. I hope you're enjoying autumn.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ain't She Sweet

Here on the hilltop, I've embraced Halloween with a childlike enthusiasm. Maybe it's because I will turn 63 years young this week, or maybe I'm just out for the candy. Either way, whimsy is the word of the month, and I can't remember when I've had this much fun.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Nothing Wicked This Way Comes

Come if you dare to a place where spiders weave secrets and witches can't cast spells.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lunch in the Butterfly Garden

A few years ago, when we bought a 70s ranch house, I was charmed by a fenced rose garden. After the remodeling process, we made an alarming discovery: the bushes had every symptom of rose rosette disease.  Since there's no treatment, the bushes were removed and destroyed. I slowly began building a butterfly garden.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

60 Second Joy Lesson

What if joy was a rare event, occurring only once a year? Not only would we look forward to that day, we would also worry that something might steal it. Oh, Lord, what if we got food poisoning that day? What if we fell off a mountain or a mountain fell on us? We might string up imaginary barbed wire, hoping to snag trouble before it had a chance to creep up and steal our joy. The problem is, we could get tangled in our self-protection, sabotaging that one, magical day.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Happy Autumn!
And welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. It's time to put on your party shoes and dance your way from house to house, sipping cider, eating caramel cake, and jotting down ideas for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Last week's party had plenty of goodies.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Cozy, Colorful Autumn Table

Early October feels like a bridge between September's playful warmth and the frosty weather of deep autumn.  I love this journey. If only October could last a bit longer. With this feeling in mind, I reached for colorful linens that evoked the beauty of the month. For tabletop decorations, I added pumpkins, antlers, and sunflowers--and a lone, black crow figurine.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Pumpkins and Sunflowers: an Al Fresco Lunch

I love the bright, bold colors of autumn--a dash of paprika, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a pinch of saffron. Now that the weather is a bit cooler, I'm enjoying the porch. It's fun to switch around the furniture and make cozy dining areas.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

How to Be a Happy Blogger: Grace Notes

At times, blogging reminds me of a fast-moving river, its powerful current rushing downstream, washing away everything in its path. Rocks are eroded, creek beds are carved out, and debris is carried for many miles. Drop a penny into the water, and it disappears. Writing a blog post is like building a paper boat and setting it gently into a wave. The boat launches, scurrying into the tumultuous current. Will it stay afloat or get sucked to the bottom?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hello, October

Hello, October. I've been waiting for you. Waiting for a certain shift of the light, waiting for temperatures to drop just a little. But not too much. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 Goodbye, September. You were a warm, colorful month, bringing crisp, cool weather, the kind that matches the fantasy of a perfect autumn day. You taught me a few lessons. You reminded me that the changing seasons are beyond our control, but not beyond our longing, not beyond our imagination. The best part of fall is receiving gifts that each day holds. Sometimes these gifts are fleeting, just for us, for this moment. If this isn't magic, I don't know what is.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Finding Joy in the Potting Shed

The potting shed has a long and interesting history, dating back to 2013.  She began as an anniversary shed, a gift to my husband and myself, two intrepid gardeners with two different mindsets. I dreamed of a Country Living type space, and my husband envisioned something utilitarian, where grass seed was stored in twisted sacks and muddy tools could be hung on the wall.