Sunday, February 28, 2010

le coq

le cog
Rooster

I love roosters.  They are soooo country French.  Here are some of the roosters I have in my home.

First, a rooster finial on top of a table lamp.


Next, an embroidered rooster pillow on a living room chair.


 This rooster fabric covers my kitchen chairs.



A rooster lamp.


My favorite rooster sitting on my dining room hutch.
A rooster, hen and chicks sitting on a vintage French wine barrel lid turned into a lazy susan, in my kitchen.
A white rooster teapot on my cookbook shelf.
Some rooster paintings, by Donna, on a wall in my kitchen.
A pair of rooster on my kitchen table.


An outdoor rooster, waiting for spring. 
I have purchased some of my roosters, and some were gifts.  I haven't showed all of them to you.  Do you think I have a problem? :-)
Do you have roosters?

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Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What To Do On A Winter Day

It's February.  We are all tired of snow.  So what to do?

Bake some Banana Bread and dream about faraway places.
I found this recipe about a year ago on Heather Bullard's blog.  Heather and I were both guest bloggers at Home Goods a while back.  She is also a contributing editor of the newly published Flea Market Style magazine, a writer for several decorating magazines and online boutique owner.  Heather calls it "The Best Banana Bread" and I agree.  You can find her recipe if you click on her name above.  Make sure to read the post, so you know the secret as to why it is the best.

As for the Paris map and Dining in Paris book....well that is what you do when you dream on a cold day, non?

P.S.  I have added a poll on the top right side bar.  If you have time, please take the poll.  Thanks!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Repeat...Repeat....Repeat

First, I had quite a few bloggers ask me about my area rugs.  Where they came from, name of pattern, name of company.  So in answer to all of the questions.  They were purchased from Rug and Home.  You can click on their name for a link to their website.  They are located in NC and SC, but they also sell from their website and shipping is Free.  We went to the local store here in Asheville, NC to purchase ours.  Some have asked the pattern or name of each one.  They are not on the label nor the receipt, so I can't answer those questions....

OK, on to the subject of today.  REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT

I have realized that I tend to repeat certain things while decorating.  Colors, of course, but also patterns.  In today's post for example, I am showing you pictures of a pattern that I have repeated through out my home.  It is the HARLEQUIN or DIAMOND pattern.

Here it is in the tile floor in the master bath.  See the black
tile?   

While we are in the master bath, take a closer look at the leaded glass window, below.  See the diamond shaped pattern in the window?


Recently I showed you this table below, that I painted a harlequin pattern on.

The quilt in my guest bedroom has a red harlequin pattern.

My studio floor....

The tile back splash in my kitchen.

Black and white harlequin pattern on my plates in the dining room.

This is the table in my great room.  It has a diamond shaped pattern under the glass top.

Both the trim on the pillow and the fabric on the chair have a harlequin or diamond pattern, below.

The tassel hanging on my clock key...

The fabric on my dining room chairs....
Repeating this particular pattern was not really on purpose.  It is something that just happened over time.  I find I also repeat scrolls, checks and paisley as well.

Look around your home.  Is there a pattern that you repeat?

Welcome Home
Penny

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Dining Room Rug

Ok, by now you are probably tired of pictures of area rugs - lol.  So here is the final post on them.  This time it is the formal dining room.  Here is the BEFORE picture without the rug.

And here is the AFTER below, with the new area rug.  This time we went with more red, since most of the room seemed to be green.  I wanted this room to tie into the house better colorwise, and I think the red in the rug does a good job for that.

Below the picture is taken standing in the living room, looking through the foyer into the dining room.
I love how all of the rugs are different, yet they still seem to "go" together.

Do you have area rugs, carpet, hardwood or tile?  Or a mixture?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Area Rug.....

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.

Earlier this month I showed you my small living room that we are using as our TV room.  Here is a picture I showed you here.
We have added an area rug to this room too.  See the picture below.
It is amazing to me how much warmer the room looks and feels with this rug.  Even without any art on the walls.
I love the little bit of blue in the rug. I have been trying to add a little blue, in with all of the red, green and yellow.  You can click on the pictures to enlarge and see the pattern better.

We bought one more rug, for the dining room and I will show you that next time.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Little More Layering

We are adding a little more layering to our home.  The first picture below is the great room, I showed you this last month.
We found a wonderful area rug to go in this room.  In the picture below you can see how it just makes this space cozier.
Here is another shot taken from upstairs in the mezzanine area looking down into the great room.

Every little layer just adds more warmth.  Next comes curtains.

I hope you are staying warm this weekend.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Laundry Days

I have been thinking about how to decorate my laundry room.  The first picture below is a BEFORE how the laundry room looked the day we bought it. (You can click any picture to enlarge.)
Below is how the laundry room looks now.  We didn't do much to it.  We removed the wire shelf on the wall to the right.  We removed a couple of the cabinets because they didn't match the original ones.
I painted the wall Steamed Milk from Sherwin Williams and we added tumbled limestone tile as a back spash above the laundry sink and counter.
Below are some inspiration photos from BH&G.  I like the first one because I like the glass door fronts.  I have enough closed door storage for cleaning supplies, so a couple of glass doors would open up the room.

This next one, I just like the decorative part of it.  Not really practical, but cute!

Because I have cream colored walls I like the look of the black and white prints in the laudry below.

This last one is my favorite.  It looks Country French to me.  I will be using my laundry tub as a cutting station for flowers too.
Right now I am in the dreaming and planning stages.  It might be a while before I do anything to the laundry room.  When I do, I will make sure to post about it.

Have you decorated your laundry room?  Have you done anything special with it you would like to share?  I would love to know!

Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, February 15, 2010

Potager ~ A French Kitchen Garden


Potager....A French Kitchen Garden.   I have had one for years.  Sometimes successful.  Sometimes not.  In my last home, I was in the middle of a forest.  I really didn't get a lot of sunshine for my potager.  So I coaxed tomatoes, green beans and lettuce, along with a few herbs into growing.  My yield was always small, but to bite into a home grown tomato was worth the effort.

I puchased this book recently.  It is called, "In The French Kitchen Garden" by Georgeanne Brennan.It is a wonderful book, filled with information on how to have a true Potager. 


It is illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and has the most wonderful water color illustrations throughout the pages, as well as some great recipes.


In France, the garden is used year round.  Not just in the summer.  Some areas in the far north here in the states can't sustain a year round garden, but if you live in a climate that doesn't drop below freezing for several days in a row, you might acutally be able to have a year round garden.

So for now even though my backyard looks like this...

I am planning and dreaming about a day when I can have a Potager that looks like this....
Courtesy BHG.com

What are you dreaming about?

Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The "Formal" Living Room ~Before and After~

Here is another Before and After post.  This is the "Formal" living room. 

BEFORE
This room was painted the darkest color in the house when we bought it. 
And here is the AFTER
As you can see, we are NOT "formal" people.  So keeping this small room just for company didn't make any sense.  So we turned it into a TV room.  It is usually just Mr. Comforts of Home and me watching TV.  But if we have another couple, we can always move the two red chairs around.  The ottomans are on rollers, so they can be moved out of the way, or turned into a coffee table with a tray on top if needed.
The room is quite small and has openings of some sort on three sides, so furniture arrangement is difficult.  In the view above I am standing in front of the TV.  You can see how close the room is to the front door and dining room.
In the picture above I am standing by the front door.  See the great room to the very right of the picture?  These rooms are right next to each other and there are two openings into the great room.
The front wall has a bay area with windows that go right to the floor.  So the arrangement we have is probably the best we can do.  We are planning on possibly hanging the TV on the wall to free up some space.  We can then set a table between the two red chairs.  The TV equipment would go into a closet.

We have only put one painting up.  We are waiting to decide whether the TV gets hung on the wall or not.  And eventually we will get an area rug to cozy up the space.  Right now the rooms have just the bare bones....nothing personal, yet....As time goes on I am looking forward to adding the layers that will make this house a home.

Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope your Valentines Weekend is filled with Love.
Welcome Home,
Penny