Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Romantic Reflections

"I'm so glad I live in a world
where there are Octobers."
         ~L. M. Montgomery
               Anne of Green Gables

  What is that expression? - 'The hurrieder I go the behinder I get!' That has definitely been me for the last couple weeks! I think there needs to be two of me (or three or four!). At some point I suppose you have to decide to just run with the chaos and find some calm from within instead of without. I am pretty sure that with the Christmas season looming (in a good way of course) that things are going to get busier instead of quieter so let's just take a moment to relax and admire something pretty. As promised I have photographed a few of my recent finds. I am somewhat addicted to antique mirrors. I know that they aren't terribly feng shui but I can't live without them! To me they are the jewelry of a room and I have found a couple lately that are truly unique and gorgeous! 

Sunday, October 9, 2016


"I am grateful for what I am
and have. My thanksgiving
is perpetual." 
           ~Henry David Thoreau

   Here in Canada it is Thanksgiving weekend and I am looking forward to time with family and friends! I am not really one for Fall decor largely because I spend the first month of Autumn clinging to summer with all my willpower! Once October rolls around though I am generally resigned to the change in season and ready to celebrate it a little. This year I bought some tiny pumpkins and spent an afternoon "playing" with them. My efforts resulted in a lot of paint drips and spilt glitter but I managed to make something whimsical to display for Thanksgiving. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen the tiny pumpkin coach I made for my niece. :) I also came across a lovely vintage basket at an antique mall recently and decorated it with silk ribbons, pearls, and handmade flowers. I am not an orange girl so everything is pastel and pretty (well what else would you expect from me really??). I hope you are all having a marvellous weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pink Treasures

"I must have flowers,
always, and always."
         ~Claude Monet

   October is upon us but my head is still filled with roses! I love them year round for every season and occasion. I love fresh roses, silk roses, velvet, buds, and painted. They are spilled around my house softening nearly every corner and cupboard. I was lucky during my California trip to find a plethora of pink treasures and I thought today that I would give you the first little peek at what came home with me from paintings and antique china to the tiniest pink pin cushion. I hope you are all having a beautiful fall day! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Vignettes Antiques San Diego

"I promptly said that life was a
random series of beautifully composed
vignettes, loosely tied together by a 
string of characters and time." 
                 ~Mahbod Seraji 

   If you ever peruse my Pinterest boards, particularly the one dedicated to dream shopping destinations, you will probably discover that about 75% of the pictures are of the same store. This is because I have been dreaming about this particular shop since I first saw photos of it years ago and it has become something of a fantasy for me. I had placed it at the top of my daydream shopping scenarios - right up there with Paris in fact! I told myself that one day I would get to see it and by complete chance and happy circumstances my dream came true! The shop is called VIGNETTES and it is just one of the beautiful antique stores to be found in the Ocean Beach antique district of San Diego California. It sits two blocks from the ocean under an elegant black and white striped awning and is home to a paradise of treasures. I have never been so excited to step through a door and I was definitely not disappointed!  Layered ornate frames, draping lace and chandeliers, French curio cabinets filled with vintage tiaras, entire rooms glinting gold with Italian tole ware and Florentine - I was in immediate heaven! The trouble as always is choosing what special treasures to bring home and because I was travelling I was limited to smaller items. I will definitely have to return to this dream spot again one day but for now here is a little glimpse of my visit!