Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chelsea Textiles

Let's talk about a wonderful fabric and furniture company called Chelsea Textiles.  I was first introduced to them when I was in the Seattle Design Center in the early 2000s when I stumbled into a beautiful wall of fabrics. Love at first sight!  
Chelsea textiles produces hand embroidered fabrics.  They reproduce designs from the 17th and 18th century in addition to more modern patterns. Let's enjoy:

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Console table re-do

I have this console table in my dining/living room.  I've become bored with it.  It has looked like this for the past 5 years.  A month ago I put the Staffordshire cats on it. But I am still bored.  The table is quite lovely, with its marble top.  The candlesticks are from an antique store (although likely not antique) which then I pained creme and blue.  The beehive pitcher is by Juliska.

BEFORE:

 Above the table sits my favorite piece, a repro antique French mirror. More on that later.

Here is my AFTER:

 The lamp is from Restoration Hardware.  I purchased it at their outlet for $80 including the lampshade.  The little candleholders are Irish crystal... a wedding present.
I love this antique staffordshire pair! Here's a close up.

  My antique Staffordshire figurines of little girls riding goats!  I purchased them from eBay.

I like the change.  It's nice.

I'm renting the place I'm in right now...  I *HATE* the wall color.  It doesn't go with my furniture.  The brown walls have too much pink in them.

What do you think? Before? After? Any other suggestions?

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Tablescape Styling

A Summer Tablescape

I had fun making this table scape on my custom made French farm house table.  It was made to my dimensions by a local carpenter to fit the tiny apartment that I had been living in.  While some day I hope to upgrade to a larger living space and purchase a much larger table, I think I'll keep this one for now.  The biggest problem with this table is how narrow it is.  For family-style dining, the serving dishes have to be set out on the buffet.  


The placemats and napkins are a country hen and chicken toile pattern which I purchased from One King's Lane.  I love the faux lemon trees!
 The china pattern is Villeroy and Boch in the "Basket" pattern.  Didn't think the pattern was that big of deal until dinner was served on it at a five-star hotel in Paris! ooh-la-la!  The napkin rings are from Williams-Sonoma.

The candles are in anduze pots, olive scented, from the long-gone Pierre Deux stores.  Who misses them?!  I sure do.

Linked up with Tablescape Thursdays  at "between naps on the porch"


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Nursery Decorating Ideas and first blog post!

Welcome to my new blog!

Hello!  I've decided to create a blog about fashion, antiques, decorating, food, and whatever else is on my mind.  After countless hours of deciding on a name, I've decided to go with Peonies and Orange Blossoms.  Why? Well, peonies are my absolute favorite flower, and orange blossom is the scent of perfume that I wear!  So, what's on my mind today? The future new King of England!  

I'm sure you are all aware that the Duchess of Cambridge, nee Kate Middleton, gave birth to Prince *he who does not yet have a name*.  She came out of the hospital today, looking wonderful, of course.  How would you like to just have a baby and come out of the hospital 30 hours later to have the whole world staring you down?  No thanks.  Her hair stylist was seen entering the hospital the night before.  Who can blame her for that?  Any guesses on the new name?  I'm betting either George or Philip. 

I wonder what the royal nursery will look like?  Here are some nurseries worthy of a royal baby:
Mariah Carey's Nursery, from Life & style magazine



And below, the actual nursery for Queen Victoria's children in the Isle of Wight
DROOL. My favorite is the one above!



Restoration Hardware makes some beautiful cribs worthy of a royal baby
Roselle Crib


Which nursery is your favorite? 

Alright, that should do it for now.  Thank you for visiting and come again!

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