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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Monday Musings - Serving Drinks with Style

With the festive season upon us, I thought it fitting to turn my thoughts to things entertaining and, naturally, the first thing that came to mind was drinks and where to serve them from (or should it be "from whence to serve them"??) 

I am not a big fan of home bars, although I have seen a few I could live with. I tend to be more of a "drinks cupboard" kind of girl.

This is my linen press turned drinks cupboard at home. 

I have seen this one a lot on the web, as probably have you, but it is so pretty it is worth showing again.

This purpose built cupboard features some clever details.

How about this stylish one filled with pretty glassware?

I think this is my favourite. I love the design and it is so practical with a small sink built in.

It doesn't have to be a grand looking cupboard. This quaint vintage one has much appeal. 

A secretary desk with handy fold out desk top makes an excellent drinks cabinet!

This looks like a similar idea. The books form a great backdrop to the drinks tray.

Or why not re-purpose a filing cabinet?

...or a workbench?

 ...Or a kitchen dresser?

If you don't have a cupboard that will work, a simple butlers tray is a stylish alternative.

Or a beautiful tray on top of a chest or table can perfectly serve the purpose.

It helps to have the tray beautifully arranged as Sarah Richardson has done above, or the perennially stylish Slim Paley, below.

So whatever your preference,  cheers to you (and don't let your guests drink and drive).

Till next time

Sharon x

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monday Musings - Tantalizing Turquoise

This beautiful colour derives its name from the opaque, blueish green gemstone that has been prized as an ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue.

The word turquoise, which dates to the 16th century, is derived from an Old French word for "Turkish", because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey.

In holistic medicine, the color turquoise purportedly has a calming effect on patients, and is particularly used to treat patients prone to panic attacks.

 Psychiatric hospitals apparently often use turquoise and other light tones of blue and green to calm patients by painting the walls in these colors....

... and nurses often wear turquoise colored clothing because of its calming nature.

Proponents of energy healing believe that turquoise dispels negative energy and can be worn to protect against outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere.

 They believe turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and instilling inner calm. (Me - mood swings - never!) (Although a little turquoise box like the one below could swing my mood!)

It is also supposed to be excellent for depression and exhaustion, and has the power to prevent anxiety.

In addition, turquoise is meant to promote self-realisation and assist creative problem solving. (Yes, please - I'll have some of that.)

Finally, it is supposed to be a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love.

Regardless of  whether we believe any of this or not, we could probably all do with a bit of turquoise in our lives.

And if you are born in December, you are lucky enough to have turquoise as your birthstone.

"If cold December gave you birth, 
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue; 
Success will bless whate'er you do"

Gregorian Birthstone Poem

Till next time

Sharon x

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