Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mantel Dressing


 Mantel dressing is the quickest way to get a fresh feel to a room.
I change mine almost as often as I walk by...
I just can't seem to keep my hands off.  Re-decorating sure beats
dusting or vacuuming. Just move it all around instead.
Re-location is the key to staying away from boring.

I found these old books up in a closet and wondered why on earth I had tucked them away. 
Preservation maybe?
 I would so much rather enjoy them now instead of forgetting that I even had them. 

One can't go wrong with aqua bottles, tallow berry, chippy white and a sweet nest.


This will do until it is time to dust again...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A few faves around the house


 Roses
Flowers are easy to dry. When the flowers that your honey brought you start to bow their heads, just bundle the stems up with a rubber band and hang them in a dry, 
cool place like the garage.
(the rubber band stays tight as the stems shrink...)
Before you know it, you have a beautiful dried bouquet!

Good Bedding
Cozy linen sheets are a luxury I recently discovered.  
They are warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer.

 Early Seasonal Touches
 You know how your house always looks so bare after taking all of the 
Holiday decorations down?
My solution is bringing in a few early sprinkles of Spring. 
You just can't go wrong with an old ladder, washboard and lavender.

Nature
These are two of my favorite finds. 
I picked up the white coral while Island beach combing. 
The cactus skeleton was buried in the mud at my Dad's lake house at
 Ft. Phantom Lake near Abilene, TX.
Both had to be soaked in water and bleach, rinsed and
laid in the sun to get them clean.

Take time to enjoy the little things!




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sweetie Pie Time

 It's Valentine's Day shopping time at

Stop by and find those- 
heart fluttering
tickled pink
 hugs & kisses
love bug
forever & ever
love you to the moon and back
 unique gifts just meant for your one and only...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vintage Home at DMC



The Dallas Wholesale Market is in full swing and my favorite area is the 
Vintage Home Show. 

Seedbox Antiques
Vendors bring their time worn, rusty, crusty and chippy goods.
Items are cash and carry, so you don't have to do that order & wait game.
Open 8:30 - 6:00 through Sat., Jan. 17
8:30 Sun., Jan 18
Ella Elaine- Best of show Summer 2012

This is the event that I set up at in the past and my life has not been the same since I chose that door of opportunity to go through!!
The timing was terrible in my crazy life, but I just jumped in and went for it...

embrace opportunity

                         

Friday, January 9, 2015

Ella on the House Hunt

Mr. Ella and I have decided to find a farm.
 A place where we can go to slow down and escape all of 
the noises and rushing around that the city brings.
A Country Retreat...

I almost talked myself into making an offer on the first property we looked at because I fell in love with the old wallpaper. 
I don't even use much color in my decorating anymore, but the timeworn softness of the faded paper had me at hello.

Layers of the past revealed... 

This old farmhouse is out in the country in the middle of NO where. 
Not a fancy place, but I can just imagine old iron beds dressed in white chenille and cotton curtains blowing in the warm breeze.

A touch of aqua to tug at my heart...


  

 We had to pass on this one for reasons having absolutely nothing to do with my passion for pretty walls!