Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Ghost?

With Halloween coming up, you might think this picture might be of a ghost....

Normally you don't see a white one of these...

It is a white squirrel.  They are rare but seen around here occasionally.  This one has been hanging around our house.  I was really happy to be able to get the picture above.  Normally every time I run and get the camera, he takes off or turns his back on me...lol.




I will miss seeing all of the wildlife around here, like this tiny baby bear, and this bear, these bluebirds, the baby turkeys, fawn and deer.

Some of you have asked we our moving date is.  We are closing in a few days and at this point the moving date is scheduled for Nov. 26.  We are looking forward to being in our own home again.

Hoping all of you are safe and sound after the wrath of Sandy.
xo
Penny

Monday, October 29, 2012

House Whispering and Packing

I am spending the next few weeks packing.  Rather than pack all at once, I am spreading it out a little, taking my time.  I am marking the boxes with the contents and room that it will go in.  That way, when moving day comes, I will be able to tell the movers where to put each box.

While I am packing I am day dreaming about what the new house will look like with all of my old familiar pieces.

At our previous home, we had this lion fountain in the middle of our back yard.  Here is my previous backyard and fountain, below.


We loved it, but it stayed with the house when we sold it.  So, I have been looking around the internet and found some ideas for a new lion fountain at the new house.  This time, since the yard is much smaller, we are thinking about having a wall mounted fountain.  Here are some inspiration photos.  All of the photos are from Houzz.com


I can hear the trickle of the water...can you?

Okay, back to reality.  Packing....

I hope all everyone in the path of Sandy, stays safe and warm!

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Perfect Day

Yesterday was a perfect day.

The weather was perfect.  The fall colors were perfect.  

I met my friend, "the other Penny" from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen, downtown Asheville for some antiquing and lunch.  She is heading back to her winter home this weekend, and I won't see her again until next spring.  I am going to miss her!

We had lunch at a wonderful little French restaurant called Bouchon.  The main restaurant is only open for dinner, but they have a creperie that is open for lunch in the courtyard beside their restaurant.


We both chose chicken pesto crepes with arugula and a side order of Pommes Frites.  While dining the leaves were gently falling off the trees and floating down around us.  


Love this metal capped string light that was in the courtyard.  I will be looking for that style when we built our pergola at our new home.

Speaking of home....I took the pictures below on my way to my current rental home, after a day with Penny.  The color has reached it's peak here and the leaves are falling like crazy.




To the left in the picture below, there is actually a road, but you can't see it because it is covered with so many leaves!




At the end of the perfect day, I had to capture the sun setting through the golden leaves from my deck.


Travel safe Penny!  See you next spring.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Outdoor Fireplaces

We are getting closer to our closing date on our new home.  So, I am doing some more researching and dreaming about what I would like to do to the small backyard.

We are thinking about having a fireplace off the back patio.  If you have been following for a while now, you will recognize the fireplace/courtyard in the picture below.  It is from one of our homes about 5 years ago.

See the fireplace behind the table and chairs?  I can't find a better picture of it.

At our last house, we had a fire pit.  Here is a picture of it.

Anyway, for this house I think we will have a fireplace very similar to the one in the first picture, above, because the cost is something we feel comfortable with.  But if the sky was the limit, look at a couple of these beauties!  They are all from Houzz.com

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My Fall

My sister and her husband just left.  I miss them already.

We spent 4 days hiking, antiquing, visiting the Biltmore Estate and more.

Here are some of the pictures I took on a day we hiked in Dupont Forest.






It is beautiful around this area year round, but in the fall it is breathtaking.

Are you getting out and about in this beautiful fall weather?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Little Break

One of my sisters is coming for a visit, so I am taking a little blog break.

See you in a few days!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Demijohn

I have wanted a wicker covered demijohn for a while now, but just didn't want to spend the $$$ for the ones I have been seeing online and in the antique stores.

Yesterday, while walking through one of my favorite antique malls, I spotted this....

I know...pretty ugly isn't it?  I have seen demijohns made into lamps before and they were actually lovely, but this one - not so much.

After looking at it more closely, I could see that the light socket was just stuck into the wine cork and could easily be removed.  So it came home with me.


Here it is below, on top of my wine cabinet next to my confit pot and olive jar.



I closer look below.


Want to know the best part?  It was only $25.00.  I got a 10% discount and I ended up paying $23.50.  Pretty good, huh?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, October 12, 2012

Furniture

Happily, we will be able to use the furniture we already have in our new house.  Some chairs that were in the living room in our old house, will move to a den.  Pieces that were in the great room, might end up in the guest room, etc.

So even though most of the furniture will be the same, they will be rearranged for a whole new feeling.

There will be some exceptions.  I do want to find a special console or chest for the foyer, as I had mentioned in the last post.  So I will be scouting thrift stores and antique stores after we move.  I would love to find a piece that I can paint.  I am thinking something like this, from Ballard Design.
Antoinette Sideboard

Not necessarily this size or shape, but I am loving the red color.  But I am not loving the price.  $1399.  Yikes!  

So I will hunt around and find one for a lot less and paint it red.  And luckily for me, a few months back I won a giveaway on Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne for some Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in the color Tricycle, which is a red color.

  In fact Jeanne just painted a piece of furniture in the same color and posted it on her blog.  If you want to see it, click her link above.

I probably wont even hunt for a piece to paint until after we move, but I will keep you posted when I do.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What shall I Do With The Foyer?




While we think about what color to paint the front door on the new house, let's move into the foyer.

Here it is as it looks now.

I love how wide and bright it is.  I know we are going to change out the chandelier.  What?  You don't see the chandelier?  That is because it is hung WAY to high.  I will show you a before and after when we do change it out.

I know I want to have a runner on the floor.  I think I want a larger table/console/cabinet/something that is a little more substantial than the one that is in there now.  I have been looking around for inspirational ideas on Houzz.  Here are some pictures that inspired me and notes to why.

I like the idea of a floor runner.  A bench or chair are always a good thing in a foyer, if you have room.  Like that there are pictures on the wall too. It is being treated as a room, not just a space you walk through.



In the foyer below, I like the console and the vignette on top.  I love that there is a lamp there, that you can turn on low in the evenings to create a soft glow.


In the foyer below, I like that there is a mirror and a chest.  They chest would be great to store winter scarfs and gloves in.

Mirror, chest, umbrella stand....all good in a foyer.



The foyer below is my favorite.  Love the console and chairs on either side.  Great old oriental rug at the door.  A sconce on the wall.


We don't close on the house for a few more weeks, but I am having a ball decorating it in my mind.  What do you have in your foyer?  A mirror?  Chest? Rug?

Thanks for playing with me!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Last Tomato Of The Season

Today, we ate the last tomato of the season from our vine.  It was just as good as the first tomato of the season.

I made BLT's for lunch with the tomato.


I won't have another BLT until next summer.


By the way.  The bread for the sandwich was homemade by me.  If you want to learn how to make the tastiest, easiest, no knead, one pot bread ever, check out my From Harvest To Table blog.

This is not the bread made in a cast enamel pot.  This is 4 simple ingredients stirred into a non-stick pot.  Then the pot is put in the refrigerator over night, popped into the oven the next morning, baked, popped out of the pot and cooled.  Simple.  Easy. One pot. No knead.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Other Door Colors?

In my last post I talked about painting the front door of the house we are buying either red or black.  I have always had a red door on every house I have had.  It is good feng shui.

But, I just might think outside the box on this one.  How about a yellow front door?


Or an eggplant purple front door?


They both look great with gray and white.

Some of you mentioned what color your door is but not all of you.  Do you want to share?  I would love to know.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Moving" Right Along

Yesterday we got the appraisal on the house.  It was good :-).

So we are moving right along.  Remember when I bought my last house?  While waiting to close, I showed you pictures of what I wanted to do to some of the rooms?  For example, in my last house I showed you a before pic, an inspiration pic from a magazine and then finally the finished room.  Here is a link to one of those posts.

So I thought I would take you through my decorating thought process again.  Luckily this house doesn't need the extensive remodeling the last house did.  This one just needs painting, hardwood floors, landscaping and decorating, whew!

For now, until we close, I am just planning and dreaming.  Let's start with the front door, OK?

Here is the front door now.  I know some of you thought it was red, but it is actually a stained wood.


The house is light gray.  Right now the railings are a dark gray, but they need to be painted and we will paint them white to match the columns.  The house is a Cape Cod style house, and I like gray and crisp white for that style.

I am going back and forth on whether to paint the door red or black.  The wood just seems out of place for this house.

Here is a similar door in red.


And a similar door in black.


One other thought is, do I paint the whole door surround the same color like below?  Or trim it out in white, like the pictures above...decisions, decisions.


Looks like I am starting my house whispering :-).

p.s. there is a great Velvet Pumpkin give away going on at Art by Karena.