Galt International makes very realistic preserved boxwood topiary trees and bushes. Some come already complete in blue and white pots that would mix beautifully with Chinoiserie. Continue reading
The Blue and White Kali Collection from Saturday Night Ltd. has window treatments, small rugs, shower curtains and hooks, towels and other bath items all in shades of blue with coordinating items in grey.
Succulents are really popular right now. You see them all over Pinterest and they are in every magazine. They are easy to grow and come in many variations.
Your friends might even be giving you little pieces of their succulents to poke in soil and grow your own.
So, if you have a sunny spot, all you need is a pot that provides good drainage and you can try growing a cactus, jade plant or sedum of your own. Continue reading
Ceramics have been made in the Russian villages southeast of Moscow around the small town of Gzhel since the 14th century. The pieces are beautiful, with a white background and detailed hand-painted patterns. They are usually blue and white, but may be in other colors. Continue reading
Vern Yip’s Koi Bath Collections are available in Gold or Silver. Or you could mix the two. The Gold Koi fabric has a rich blue background. The Silver Koi fabric has the metalic fish printed onto white for a more subtle look that would work with any colors or neutrals. Continue reading
We just got some Adirondack chairs and a fire pit to enjoy in back of our new house. Nothing as ambitious as this outdoor fireplace, but I want to do something a little more than the chairs on the grass we have now.
This time of year it stays light really late, but when it gets cool enough to really enjoy our fire pit, it’s going to be really dark back by the brook where I want it.
I am figuring out how to add some light that will look good day and night.
We had string lights for the porch of our log cabin. I used to have to replace them nearly every year until I bought Enbrighten cafe lights. They are still there and still working, but I can’t take them. The cabin is a vacation rental now and people use the lights. Continue reading
Vern Yip’s new Shangri La Oriental Bath Collection is primarily black and white, so you can use it with any colors or neutrals. The shower curtain has a large scene, like a detailed transferware landscape of a romanticized oriental scene.
The Shangri La Collection – Beauty of the Orient
Shangri La, a fantasy of the Western world, is known as a mystical, harmonious valley in the Kunlun Mountains of China.
The Laura Ashley Cassidy Collection has bedding, window valances and a coordinating shower curtain.
The fabric is 100% cotton with romantic roses in shades of blue, white and green printed on a pastel yellow background. Continue reading
This beautiful set of elegant disposable dinnerware from Kate Aspen is designed to make entertaining simple and beautiful.
The pattern is called Blue Willow. It is blue on white and perhaps these are willow flowers and leaves, but it isn’t the chinoiserie inspired Blue Willow. The site says it is French country and I can see that. Continue reading
Repurposed old glass insulators are all over Etsy. People turn them into candle holders and book ends. I have about a dozen of them that I put over inexpensive solar lights. They mostly block both the light and the solar panel, but I don’t care.
A number of lighting manufacturers make lighting collections that use reproduction glass insulators or are inspired by them. They range from rustic and farmhouse to modern or industrial. Continue reading