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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Some Rust Required

Give me something old and rusty any day above something shiny and new. When we were renovating our home a few years ago, I was a constant source of amusement to our builders. They installed a shiny metal balustrade of which they were very proud, and were horrified when the artisan arrived to apply his special technique to make it look rusted, weathered and worn.

 Nearer the end of the project, after looking around for a long time for a suitably aged and weathered surround for our letterbox, I resorted to buying  a new one. My builders, now used to my quirks, suggested I leave it in the swimming pool for a couple of weeks to get the desired look!

The patina of a rusty surface, has so much more character, i.m.h.o., than a shiny new one. 

I am particularly fond of rusted bits and pieces in the garden. They look perfect against a green backdrop.

Touches of rust inside the home also add interest and warmth.

So are you shiny and new, or old and rusty like me?

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: 1. Casa Decorada, 2. Roses and Rust, 3. Veranda, 4. Pinterest, 5. Moonlight Rainbow Tumblr, 6. Pinterest, 7. gardenworldimages. com, 8 & 9. Tumblr 10. Dying of Cute, 11. This Ivy House 12 & 13 Pinterest, 14. Rustic Crafts Chic Decor, 15. Pinterest, 16. The Bella Cottage, 17. Rustic Meets Vintage 18. 19. Etsy, 20. Source Unknown 21 & 22. Tumblr, 23 & 24. Casa Decorada 25 & 26. Tumblr, 27. Pinterest, 28. Simple Everyday Glamour

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Table for Two

Happy Valentine's day to all of you. My sweet husband has gone to Dubai for a few days so I am alone  : (      ( Alone as one can be in my household!)  I will console myself by drooling over some pretty tables for two. Here are some of my favourites.

If you are having a Valentine's celebration with your loved one - enjoy! I will be having a very romantic evening with 4 handsome men, aged 10 to 15. Aren't I blessed!!

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: 1. Desde my Ventana, 2. TG Interiors 3. Veranda Mag, 4. Provence Interiors, 5. Casa Decorada 6. Dying of Cute 7. La Dolce Vita de Coracao 8. Georgiana Design, 9. Toves Samesurium, 10. House of She, 11 & 12. Zsa Zsa Bellagio

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winning Window Seats

There is something about a window seat that conjures up images of lazy afternoons, good books, sitting doing nothing except gazing at the view, perhaps a nap in the sun, or curled up with a blanket while rain beats against the window. It sort of gives you permission to be a couch potato without actually being a couch potato!

I love the symmetry and the neutral colours.

Adds interest to a small window.

Pretty and feminine.

So inviting!

I love this idea for a beach house.

Lovely shades of grey. I might even start knitting too if I had a spot like this.

Works so well in a kitchen - a space for a friendly chat and cup of tea.

A clever way of accommodating a number of people in a small space.

This is not really a window seat, but a bed placed in the window alcove works just as well. 

What a lovely spot to recline.

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: 1. Pinterest 2. Interior Styles and Design 3. Simplypix 4. Minha vida de Campo 5 Dying of cute 6. Casa Decorada 7., 8, 9. Tumblr 10. space Plan Studio  11. Stephen Saint  12. Pinterest 13. Nine and Sixteen Blog 14. Matters of Style 15. Salome Gunther 16. Pinterest 17. Houzz 18. Classic Chic Home 19. Josie Hemingway  20. Dying of Cute 21. Casa Decorada