Friday, February 17, 2012

Living Room, Gordon Hill Flower Shop, Ornamental Kale, and a French Apple Basket


Hello!
I still haven't finished writing my living room post, so I thought I would share at least one image today....
Can you guess what is missing?


I will share a few more details about the changes I made on Monday....


I also wanted to share a link to my favorite flower shop.....
It is a family owned and operated flower shop....
They have the best selection of flowers and their flowers always last for a long time....
I have been being so good and not buying any fresh flowers.....
I had to run into their shop last week and couldn't resist....


I haven't ever used ornamental kale before and love it....
They last a long time....
This particular basket is a vintage french apple basket that I will be listing in my shop...
I wanted to show how it could also be used as a gathering basket in the garden by filling it with flowers.....
I love to use these baskets for storing many different odds and ends items such as linens and ribbon....


This little french pie safe that the basket sits on is one of my favorite pieces I have had for a number of years....
At the moment I use it to house my french ironstone collection, that I use on a regular basis....
I have used it as a vcr cabinet, coffee table, a night stand and well just about everything imaginable....
It sits in between my kitchen and dining area....
Sorry it looks a little awkward sitting right where the tile meets the laminate floor area....
I love it here though...
I do not normally have a basket filled with fresh flowers on it either....
I like to keep a collection of blue french canning jars on top for a splash of color....


Also there is still time to enter my Raw Materials Design French Waiter Giveaway......
: )


Enjoy your weekend!
Take Care,
Maria




52 comments:

Lilla Blanka said...

Lovely atmosphere in your living room!
Thanks for all the inspiration <3
Mia

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi Maria~~~~

Love the little cabinet--Yummy. I see Kale all the time in gardens, but never thought to use it in a bouquet. Great idea:)

As far as what is missing in your LR??? The mantle???? Just a guess.
Hope you have a great weekend and I hope all is well with you and your family.

xo~Cheryl

kerrie of sea cottage said...

My guess for what is missing is your faux fireplace mantel. The huge white chalkboard is in its place? Love it!

Fairfield House said...

Maria,

Where do I begin? I adore the chippy vintage robins egg blue cabinet, your basket full of blooms, the light that saturates your living space, the chalk board...Can't wait to see more!
(Be sure to stop by and see my bathroom renovation.)

Your Friend,
Deborah

Leah - The Inside Story said...

Your home images always make me smile. I love ornamental kale as well. I would love to grow it, do you know if it is easy to grow?? Leahx

Blondie's Journal said...

Your flowers are just lovely and look perfect in that basket!

XO,
Jane

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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

You must live by me girl..I live in Pioneer and always use Gordon Hill for my flowers..Love your cabinet..bet we shop at some of the same antique stores what's left of them here in our country sighs..So many great ones gone..I hated to see Home sweet home leave in Jackson..May you have the best weekend ever my friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Aleksandra said...

I love these photos!

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

Have you taken out your mantle and clock?? (I hope not! I love those!!. Love the chalkboard too though! :)

Sharon

ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! said...

Just darling little cupboard!*!*!
Jeanine Burkhardt

Sarah said...

absolutely beautiful. you are very, very talented.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

That little French pie safe is so cute! I love the color of it.

Deserae said...

Just gorgeous!!!! Have a great weekend :o)
~Des

PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

Rozmeen said...

Lovely pictures Maria. Looking forward to the changes you have made.

xoxo Rozmeen

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

White decor and fresh flowers...simply beautiful!

sheepyhollow said...

beautiful as ever... fresh flowers are a real indulgence! I love your shout-outs for 'family' owned shops too!

Lana @whatsthestorymorninglory said...

How Beautiful, I love the apple basket, and the flower.

kråke said...

just lovely....:)

Have a great weekend:)

smiles...

kråke

GirlRural.com said...

Really beautiful and inspiring space!

Leslie said...

New follower and loving your home! The chair is gorgeous and I like the idea of a big chalkboard up against the wall! Flowers are a must and that basket is perfect. All the white is so fresh - I just love it!

Elin / Draumesidene said...

My heart beats fast when I visit your blog... Lovely! Thank you for sharing all this inspiration!

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Michele said...

Your blog is so inspiring.
I would love for you to visit my blog.

Michele

Katherine said...

I have used ornamental kale for a long time. I like that no matter what the season or whatever greenery/flower you put it with the kale works perfectly. It really is like a rose.
I use it at Christmas with draped cedar and it looks spectacular with blue hydrangea.
I love your little blue cabinet - it could be used in any room.

Angela said...

I sure love your photography! Ornamental kale is surprisingly pretty, don't you think?

Debbie said...

The basket looks wonderful filled with the fresh flowers, Maria.
Your images are very pretty.
xxoo

Linda (A day full of ...) said...

Your images are so beautiful and inspiring. It reminds me of a beautiful spring day.

Have al nice sunday

Linda

Stella said...

It really looks GREAT !!
Have a nice day :)
X Stella
enjoyablethings-ster.blogspot.com

Burlap Luxe said...

Not seeing the sectional sofa in front of the black board and the angle of the room is not revealing enough, such a mistery at this point, can't wait to see the BIG REVEAL... Every peaceful inch of it :)

I am working on some French farmhouse pieces I am building them from scraps of this and that and salvage from the wood pile. I will soon be posting a euro chic piece here and there in my home.

Good and pure Sunday to you, a beautifully inspiring week to follow.
xx
Dore



xx
Dore

Wild Oak Designs said...

Love your blog!
Where in CA is your ranch?? We are in CA too...
Nancy
wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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Evi said...

what a pretty room from what I see so far. Looking forward to seeing it in all it's glory soon.
Evi

rossella said...

ohhhhh everything is really wonderful, but my favourite is the dishwater classic....I hope, hope, I hope

inredningsvis.se said...

I really like your blog:) Great pics and som much inspration...I wish you a lovely week
LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
(Sweden)

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

oh my goodness I am in love just with this tiny little peek - will you come do my home?!

Chris said...

Hi Maria, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Suzluvsflowers said...

Would love to win this apron! Love your blog!

Suzluvsflowers said...

I visited the website, and my favorite item would be one of the aprons!

Iiris said...

I love these bright photos! Such a beautiful home! <3 onecrafternoon.blogspot.com

hong kong property said...

it looks so relaxing~

jenzie said...

Ornamental kale is quite beautiful! I just learned about it the other day. Beautiful decor!

Anne said...

Just beautiful! I'm a new follower! ♥
Anne

Jody and Stan said...

We have the ornamental kale everywhere in our garden but I never have cut any to bring in the house. Great idea. Love your aprons.


Jody

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Maria,

Oh everything in your home is just beautiful and inspiring!!! Oh and I love your new profile pic - you are beautiful just as you are talented. :) By the way, thank you so muh for the vintage butcher's twin that you mailed and for the extra touches in the package. I wrote about what I did to your twin in a post that I did a few weeks back on my "February Mantel." :) Wishing you a most lovely day!


Hugs,
Jessie

acozycottageinthecity.blogspot.com

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love the woven basket with the flowers in it. A "dreamy" post - thanks for sharing!

Corrina said...

I love all the pieces we see in the first image. I have serious blackboard envy and would love one just like yours- am inspires to get hubby to knock one up out of our recycled antique skirting which is painted white. I love all the different chairs in that room too- very serene. xxCorrina.

Marielisa said...

Ciao Maria!
amo molto gli accessori bianchi
Se mi serve qualcosa per la mia nuova casa ti scrivo .......non siamo molto vicine!
Mari
I love the white accessories
if you need something for my new home, write you ........although we are not very close!!!!
Mari
http://bricieemicie.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Just received my package in the mail! Thank you so much, everything was wrapped so beautifully and the lavender smelled divine!! I will be ordering from you again SOON!! Love your home and surroundings, you are truly so talented! Heather from Montana

Letitia Linke - The White Shed said...

Oh I wish we could get fresh flowers here! Love the photos. xx

ShoeLady said...

Hello! I don't know how else to ask you questions. We are about to buy a new home, what shade of white should I choose to start. I need something general, just in case I have to paint several rooms. Thanks!

Layla

Kellie Collis said...

Such a divine space! The french bread looks delish! Enjoy the gorgeous day, Kellie xx

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