Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Antique Black Chinoiserie Mora Clock... Mora Clock Unveil!!

Remember last week when I talked about Antique Mora clocks???  Well, mine finally arrived!! I'm soooo excited to share it with you all!

First off, I was invited by Simone at Antique Style to share about antique mora clocks over at her blog. I am so excited to have been invited for my first ever guest post!  I just love her blog. She writes about decorating with antiques.  You need to go make sure you go check out her blog my guest post .

Okay, now for the unveil....
Antique Black Mora Clock at Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Monday, March 23, 2015

Table Decorations for Easter 2015

I have been busy decorating for Easter.  After Christmas, Easter is my next favorite holiday. Actually, besides Christmas and general Fall decor, it's the only holiday I decorate the house for.

The chocolate bunnies sit in the kitchen.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Splurge or Steal

Here are some of my favorite Splurges vs Steals that I've found while shopping around this Spring.  I don't normally write about this type of thing, but these copycats were so obvious they couldn't be missed!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weekend Whimsy #3

Welcome to this weekend's edition of Weekend Whimsy!  


You have got to check out these two fabulous houses in Texas. I am in love with the French doors, the steel doors and windows, and this beautiful courtyard.


Yes, it's TRUE.  Nintendo is finally coming out with their Super Mario games for the iPhone. *Children of the 80s cry in delight* 

Here are some tricks to creating a healthy, filling, and inexpensive lunch salad.

Yes, an owl cafe opened in London this week.  Only for 1 week. If you live in London and want to feel like Harry Potter... well, you know where to go.

Looking for some new tv shows to watch? Here are some foreign tv shows that are excellent to binge watch.  Although, Sherlock is missing from this list which is a must-watch!

Here is a homemade croissant recipe. Only problem is... apparently croissants take three days to make. I think I will buy them then, thank you.


A student designed this faucet the produces totally cool patterns in the water. Plus it saves water too.

Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Macaron Day 2015!

In honor of macaron day this year, I've rounded up my macaron recipes!

Lemon Raspberry Macarons
Orange Blossom Macaron Recipe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Antique Swedish Mora Clocks

I have been just dying for an antique Swedish Mora clock since I first laid eyes on one years ago.  I know they are trendy right now, but that's okay.  They were trendy in the 1790s, too!

Mora clocks were made in Mora, Sweden when the town came onto hard times.

Mora Clocks are often marked with the inscription "A A S Mora".  These are the initials from Krang Anders Andersson (1727-1799) from Oestnor.  He is traditionally known as the first clock maker in the town of Mora.  (A A S = Anders Anders Son).  AAS initials appeared on clocks in 1792.

Each area in the province of Darlana produced a different part of the clock.  The clocks were initially sold without a case, then buyer would then ask various locals to make a case.  That is why there is so much variety in these clocks!
Antique Mora clocks

Eventually however, the "Moraklockor" grew out of fashion.  A published manuscript from 1878 quotes, "In Mora clocks are being produced, but they are very old-fashioned models which cannot be compared to the more tasteful clocks which are being imported from North America and Germany".  HA! The clocks were produced for about 80 years and then fell out of style.

There are a few different types, all of which are usually made from local pine but sometimes oak.

Fryksdall: They have a pinched in waist, wide belly, and curly scroll.  These ones are most appealing to me. They are often painted in whites, cremes, and greys.

Bridal: These clocks are the most unusual and most expensive; they have fine carvings and paintings on them.  Often given to the bride on her wedding day.

Country:  Plainer in appearance with less decoration.  Simple hood crowns, may not have a face glass. They are often painted with folk art or in browns, yellows, and reds.

City: a catch-all phrase for all remaining clocks. These ones are often painted black.

a collection of "bridal" mora clocks!
Clocks made in the North of Sweden were thin and tall.
Clocks made in the South of Sweden were fatter with exaggerated curves.
Antique Mora clocks in beautiful blues
Mora clocks do come with original paint; however through the years they have been painted and repainted at times.  The original owners would have never had the "chippy" look; they would have had a new very finely painted clock.  The new "chippy" look is all the rage these days with the shabby-chic look.
antique Mora clocks in chipped down to original wood
They come in all shapes and colors... here are some beautiful blues...
Antique Mora Clocks
These ones are more ornate with finer hand painting...
Antique Mora Clocks
Antique mora clocks painted black and gold in the chinoiserie style...
Chinoiserie black and gold antique mora clocks
 Beauty in the simplicity of white and grey...

Beautifully decorated, highly ornate with fancy crowns and painted bodies, these are bridal clocks:
ornate bridal Mora clocks
They do come in all shades, I love these pink and green clocks...
pink and green antique Mora clocks
Want to know why I did all of this research?!
I bought one!! Yes, it is featured somewhere on this page... stay tuned for the reveal... whenever I receive it!

Where to purchase?? Check out all of these fine antique mora clock dealers from which I took the pictures from: GustavianLone Ranger Antiques, Bagatelle Antiques, Cupboards and Roses, A. Tyner Antiques, Eloquence Inc, Raymond Goins, Scandinavian Antiques & Living , M. Naeve, Maison and Co, C'est La Vie

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter 2015: The Easter Table

I am pretty excited about my Easter table this year.  Not a whole lot has changed, but I just love the bunny rabbits!

The little bunnies pulling the wagon are pulling Easter eggs and are a new addition this year from Pottery Barn....