I'm hearing that so many of you are sprucing up your homes and gardens right now, and Spring seems the perfect time to do so. Same here....we just took a truck load of great things over to the Goodwill for donation and have so much more room to move around! I've done lots of garage sales over the years, but with the economy as it is right now I felt that a giving mood was more apropos....and there will be some happy peeps who eventually find what we donated.
Our door and window remodel is close to being finished! Between the new roof and the new windows and French doors we will be "vacation free" this year and skip what lately has been our yearly trek overseas. I just found this photo on my computer the other day of me in Paris a couple years back. Crazy short hair (what was I thinking!).
Speaking of French.....decorating with "all things French" seems so trendy right now. Every shop from Marshalls to Restoration Hardware has the Burlap look....Pillows with French text etc, and it's becoming overwhelming! A trend alas.......I have seen many come and go over my years in design and this one too shall pass.
One timeless trend seems to be decorating in white. I have my own little White House here and have favored white decor since I had my very first apt in my senior year of college! Furniture has always been painted white and/or upholstered white wherever I have lived.......and then depending on season accessories are changed out. It's so easy to move things from room to room and accessorize and edit this way.
Mr Fufu is a true "less is more" guy......and he was in favor BIG TIME of this redo.
We decided to move the china cabinet in the dining room into a little corner of the large living room, corner bookcase into a spare bedroom and take everything off the walls. I had this BIG A_S mirror that I recently acquired and repainted it white over the original very dark grey and gilt finish. It's now the centerpiece of the room behind my favorite vintage beaded chandelier. A vintage French caned sofa table now holds just a few accent pieces that can be easily changed out. Our dining table is glass.....which I love because it allows the swimming pool to reflect and be seen in the late afternoon sun. Chairs.....not super crazy about them, but until I find the right ones I plan on doing some new slips soon.
Less is more sometimes
Photo of my Dining Room from Romantic Country Magazine, by Dan Meyers
Photos are not "styled" and I don't have my new camera yet....so they are not the best, but you "get the picture"!
Have an inspiring week.....