Monday, May 31, 2010

Out With The Old and In With The New!



This is a picture of the front of my house right before we closed on it.  The inspector was inside looking for issues (he found many, if you remember).  To the left are our Realtors, Loretta and Fitz.  Center is Mr Comforts of Home.

I showed you this picture so you could see the landscaping - or lack there of.  The evergreens you see in the picture were neglected and half dead.  We were able to save one and move it to the back of the house.

Here is what I have been up to.  Removing dead evergreens, removing sod and planting some new plants...



Above you can see the 7 Nandina's I planted.  The grow about 2 feet high and 2 feet wide, so they will fill in and be just the right height. (edited to add...a couple of comments about Nandina getting HUGE...these are a DWARF variety - see the label in pics below.  In the second label pic you can see that it gets to be 2 feet tall and 1-1/2 - 2 feet wide.  Perfect for the space.)







I still have to add mulch.  I hope to plant spring bulbs in front of the Nandina this fall.

Below you can see the left side of the front porch.  I have been enlarging it and digging up sod (like I did here in the back of the house).


So as you can see, it is raining and work outside has come to a halt for a few days. 

Before I end this post, I wanted to show you a wonderful piece of garden art I have had for about 6 years.  I bought it at a local art fair in the area.  It is a copper hummingbird and it just keeps getting better with age.

Did you ever watch the gardening show on HGTV a few years back with Rebecca Koll?  I am going to borrow her saying, that she said at the end of each show.
"Get Those Hands Dirty"
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, May 30, 2010

In Memory






The Beaches and American Cemetary in Normandy, France.

Comments Are Turned Off Today.

Gardening

I am playing in the garden today.  Planting some more lavender and some Nandina.

Above is a picture from France.  I couldn't believe all of the beautiful outdoor flower markets there were. 

I have planted sunflowers next to my Potager and they are about 4 inches tall now.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, May 28, 2010

Maison Rose and Fleurs (Pink House and Flowers)

I promised to show you some more pictures of France.  Since today is the 2nd Birthday Celebration of How Sweet The Sound's Pink Saturday, I thought today would be the perfect time to do it!


I want to take a moment the thank Beverly for Hosting this wonderful event for the last 2 years!

All of these pictures were taken by me this past April while in Paris and Provence.
Fleurs...






Maisons...



If you love pink, then head over to How Sweet The Sound and see hundreds of pink posts!  Did you know that Pink Saturday was featured in the current issue of Artful Blogging!  Happy 2nd Birthday to Pink Saturday!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I love This Fabric!

I love this fabric!  It has all of the colors of my decor.  When I was antiquing with Gretchen earlier this week, I saw this fabric under a pile of stuff.  It is about a yard and a half and cost $8.00.

I have searched online for more of it, but can not find anymore.

Such a shame because it looks great with this couch...



This cheetah chair...



This red chair in the living room...


And it even looks good in the master bedroom!




I have loved this green chair for 10 years....but it really didn't go with my yellow toile.  It is comfy and a PETITE recliner - that somehow doesn't look like a recliner.  Somehow with this new fabric added to the room (curtains?) it looks good.  The prints on the floor ready to hang seem to match and the vintage oil painting over the chest looks good with it too.

Since I can't find any more of this fabric, I will probably use it for throw pillows in the great room.  But now I am keeping my eye out for something like this to make curtains for our bedroom.
(edited to add:  A few of you have suggested looking on the salvage edge for the name and then looking on line.  The salvage edge does give the manufacturer - Bloomcraft, but not the pattern name or number.  When I search Bloomcraft I find all kinds of fabric stores, but after looking at all of their patterns, I can't find it.)
(edited again to add:  I didn't want to recover the chair with the fabric, but make curtains with it, which would make the chair look like it belongs in the room.)
And now the project list has one more item added....
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Birds of a Feather


This past Saturday, Mr. Comforts of Home and I went to nearby Biltmore Estates for a day.  I did a post about it on Monday.

While shopping in on of the gift shops, we found some wonderful plates and napkins.  So I thought this would be the perfect post for Susan's Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday!


I used black place mats, but I could just have easily used yellow, red, blue or green place mats because, these plates each have a different color bird on it.  Under each plate is either a white dinner plate or a black and white harlequin checked dinner plate.

Blue

Yellow

Green

Red


If you look back on the bakers rack, you can see a matching salad bowl.  The bowl has all 4 birds on it.

You can see from the picture above, they also look great with transferware!

Bird Plates - Traditions, Biltmore Estates
Harlequin Plates - Ebay
White Plates - Bed Bath and Beyond
Placemats - Bed Bath and Beyond
Rabbit Candlesticks - Sonoma, Ca (on vacation)
Silverware - Ebay
Silver Napkins Rings - Vera Wang
White Ceramic Fruit - Pier One
Napkins - Traditions, Biltmore Estates
Cement Urn - BB Barnes - Asheville, NC
Wine Glasses - Old World Market
Cordial Glasses - Antique Store, Jonesborough TN

Be sure to visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for all of the beautiful Tablescapes in blog land.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Antiquing With A Blog Friend



I spent Tuesday with a special blog friend that I met a while ago.  Gretchen from Bird Nest Cottage lives about an hour and a half from me in Greenville, SC.  We get together a few times a year.  This time I convinced Gretchen to come to Asheville, NC since she had not seen my new home. 

First we went to Sweeten Creek Antiques...

We saw some wonderful chandeliers.

This cool paper mache rooster, that I bought and have some great plans for (stay tuned!).

Didn't buy this book, but the title is my life - lol!

I am in love with these two English lanterns.  They were originally $475.  Now $285.  When they become $95 they are mine!  They are about 24 inches tall.  They would look amazing on a deck, porch, entry way.  Think of the possibilities.  In the fall surround by giant gourds and filled with burnt orange candles.  At Christmas surrounded by fresh evergreens with a red bow and white candles...

After Sweeten Creek Antiques, Gretchen and I (Gretchen on the left) went to Biltmore Village and had lunch at Chelsea's Tea Room.

We both had the Chelsea Sampler.  The quiche of the day, chicken salad, tarragon pasta salad and fruit salad. Yummy!

On to the Tobacco Barn.  Another favorite antique mall I love to go to.  Look at these great book covers.  These are vintage books with vintage fabric covers.  They are tattered, faded and worn.  They look great!

This is an amazing LAVENDER toile French settee.  It was beautiful!

I have had a few of you ask in the past about the McDonald's that is in Asheville near Biltmore Estates.  Yes, it does have a FIREPLACE and yes it does have a GRAND PIANO.  It has been featured on the Travel Channel.  Gretchen and I stopped there for drinks on the way home.  Here is the grand piano.  It is a player piano and classical tunes are playing all of the time.

Here is the fireplace.  In the fall and winter it is always lit.


I had a wonderful time today visiting with Gretchen.  If you ever have a chance to visit a blog friend, please don't hesitate!  It is so much fun!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Brocante With a Friend


Today I am off antiquing with a Blog Friend.  We will be sure to take pictures and show you tomorrow.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of Brocante shops in France.  Sadly, they were not open when we visited this village in Provence...

Look closely in the window above.  You can see me taking the picture of this shop. :-)



Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Let's Go Out to Lunch and Do Some Shopping!

On Saturday, Mr Comforts of Home and I went to the Biltmore Estate.  They just opened a new section called Antler Hill.  It is a quaint shopping village, that includes a village green with old fashioned bandstand and shops, museum and a restaurant.  The restaurant has indoor or outdoor seating.  We sat outside.

First we ordered an appetizer and a couple of local draft beers.

Guess what the appetizer is?

Fried Pickles!! I have never had fried pickles before.  They were delicious.  Mr. Comforts had fish and chips and I had a smoked beef brisket sandwich.  We ate them before I remember to take a picture.

After lunch we wandered around the little village.  This flower cart reminded me of France.

Next we went into one of the shops in Antler Hill.  It is called Traditions. 
 Look at this great lamp with a screened shade over a chandelier!  How about the wonderful red velvet chair?


Here are some more goodies in the shop.






Isn't this shop Divine?  I did buy something here.  I will show you on Thursday.  I plan on joining Susan at Between Naps on the porch for Tablescape Thursday.
Welcome Home,
Penny