Sunday, August 25, 2013


HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER...  Beach Cottage Bliss 
My next stop of the summer was at Tim's beach cottage.  It is the  perfect little beach cottage spot... sand as soft as powder, absolutely no internet or phone, family and friends everywhere, and plenty of Red Solo Cups.

This tiny little beach cottage is truly right in the sand. The women who owned it previously loved yellow and lavender.  
Take a peek inside our humble cottage.

Shadows from the blades of beach grass.

Stick your feet in the sand. I can still feel it. The sand here is soooo soft.

Turquoise and yellow. Time for a good book.

The neutral colors of the sand grains and the pebbles inspire my decorating for my own home. The sand grains remind me of the homespun in my antique French sheets and my French and German grainbags.

Nature's beautiful symmetry in the sand.

The beach inspires my indoor palette. Soft blue grays of the crystal clear water, and the deeper more dramatic hues of the sky in a thunderstorm.

 I am remembering the romantic sail, and loving every moment of it. A perfect  beginning to my "off the grid" summer.
I hope you have a serenely beautiful day...

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Well Hello There!
I have returned. I spent my summer taking pictures for you to enjoy, I hope. I started in Brooklyn.
Fabulous flea markets are not just limited to Paris (although, next summer....).

 One might think of this as a wonderful child's toy, but of course, I was thinking what a dynamite accent of red this would be on my French Country sun porch.
Doesn't this just scream "French Provinical!" Please hang me in your salon.

Even the setting seems to recall days of strolling along the Seine. For those of you who haven't yet been, Brooklyn is quite beautiful.

Every maison needs a little whimsy. I call him "Dude" after one of my favorite horses.

I even managed to stumble on some beautiful blue ticking. Since I traveled to the Western United States this summer, I couldn't make it to France. This made me feel so much better. Almost... almost like being there.

Bon Voyage!!! Wouldn't these suitcases make a great set piled high in a living room. What fabulous  looking storage bins.

My wonderful friend Barb and I stumbled upon this colorful set of bicycle wheels just around the corner from the flea market. I know someone will be inspired to  make a great garden display from this photo. If it's YOU, please be sure and send me photos! MERCI!!

Do you know that when you drive out of Brooklyn on the parkway, there is actually a sign that says, "Leaving Brooklyn. Fuggedaboutit!" Seriously, this is true. I pass it frequently (albeit at too fast a speed to get a photo for you.)

So, this is how I started my summer.  Of course I missed being able to post to all of you, but I hope by the time you read through my next few blogs, you will feel it was worth the wait. Many of my locations this summer didn't have internet. I can't wait to tell  you all about my travels off the grid. I hope they help you find inspiration for your home. In the meantime,
Till next time...