Sunday, August 2, 2015

Another New Magazine! European Homes & Style

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Just when you think that magazines in paper form are extinct I’ve seen two new ones that caught my eye in the past month.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen some other new names on the magazine racks as well, but this one and the one I talked about in this post are right up my alley.

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This particular magazine, European Homes & Style, comes from Cottage Journal, which I am familiar with and have a subscription to.  I think I enjoyed this magazine more than the last one!  This magazine showcased homes with a French style, an English style, a Scandinavian style, and homes with a mixture of English and French.   I’m sharing some pictures that caught my eye.

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I would definitely recommend this beautiful magazine to pick up and linger over!  I look forward to seeing the next issue.

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I am glad that there are new magazines that are still “old school”.  Personally, while I like my Kindle for reading books every so often, I still prefer to hold a real book or magazine in my hands.

How about you?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Simple Pleasures

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I have been enjoying the simple pleasures lately ~ sewing baby gifts, hanging out at the pool on humid days, celebrating my granddaughter’s 5th birthday, patiently waiting for granddaughter #2 to arrive {6 more weeks}, doing a little gardening, a little purging, reading a cute mystery series I started but never finished {the Flavia de Luce books by Alan Bradley}, and cutting some hydrangea blooms.

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I have not been online much lately {except maybe Pinterest because it’s quick} and I apologize for not having commented on blogs recently, but I feel like I need this time to be disconnected from the internet. 

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I just can’t let these simple pleasures in life pass me by.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What The Dickens?

Just some news to share, especially with those local folks that found me after the last gift shop I participated in {two years ago} for the St. Anne’s Hill Holiday Home Tour - I am thrilled and honored to have been asked to participate again.

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I’ve got lots of ideas of what I want to make and send along for the gift shop.  Even though December seems a long way off at this point, I know I will be scrambling to finish up some projects.  I do need to get started, though, and I plan on sharing some of those creations right here!

Meanwhile, back to Summer!

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Guest Post ~ Wood Lighting

*The following is a guest post from my new sponsor Parrot Uncle Lighting.

Catch up with New Home Lighting Trend----Wooden Lighting

At a time surrounded by cold and lifeless technology, we may sometimes miss the past when life was simpler and greener, when family parties are about talking and sharing instead of scrolling smart phone screens, and when books are selected by going through row upon row of bookshelves, instead of inputting key words into a search bar. When it comes to lighting, nothing beats wooden lamps in arousing comfort and pleasure, which can be only experienced in nature.

Wood, dominating the making of tools for the better part of human civilization, can be shaped into an infinite number of shapes and sizes. Crafts associated with wood have ascended to a level that often goes beyond our wildest imagination. It is safe to say that they have broken people’s old, settled ideas. Toddlers to centenarians can find the magic of wooden items.

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A loyal lover of wooden lamps may start from a wooden chandelier. Going by appearance, it looks magnificent; going by function, it is highly practical. Typically, a wooden chandelier features sprawling branches, each of which holds a bulb. This allows it to brighten up a huge area. With a wooden chandelier overhead, it can really create a relaxing and comforting environment, which is ideal for having supper in the dining room or exchanging some chit-chat in the living room.

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The general supersize of wooden chandeliers may not fit every room in a house, say, a child’s room. On such occasions, a wooden pendant light in a cute shape may be helpful. With the wooden frame bearing the resemblance of a diamond, a pendant is able to create fanciful lighting effect. A child will fall asleep fast while lying on bed watching the magic shade on walls and ceilings.

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Considering ease in moving about, wooden table or floor lamps stand out. They can be placed wherever you want and then removed to a different spot if needed. These lighting devices are loyal companions whether you are reading by the table, dozing off in front of television, or having an informal chat with a friend on the sofa.

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But if you are living in a small apartment and wish to save as much space as possible, a wooden wall sconce is the optimum choice, especially one with a swing arm. It covers a wider area instead of wasting the brightness of glow.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

French Style ~ A New Magazine

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I found a new magazine a couple of weeks ago called French Style.  New to me, at least.  I thought I’d share some of the pictures that had me poring over each detail.

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Most of the homes shared in the magazine are not in the United States, except for one that was in New Jersey, but looked like it could have been in France. 

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Some lovely homes featured and I would have liked to see more of some of them.

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Have you seen this magazine?  If so, what did you think of it?   

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