Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pink Saturday... Save the Pink Bathrooms!

Happy Pink Saturday, all! Today's post actually comes to you thanks to my dear friend, Julia, who stumbled across this most fabulous Web site in her search for authentic vintage fittings. Naturally, she had to pass it on to me.
There is an important movement afoot - one all lovers of pink should be aware of. Yes, ladies, a piece of our history here in the States is slowly but surely being destroyed: Pink bathrooms. Who knew?
Now, I'm sure there are some out there who would say good riddance to pink subway tile and tubs and toilets. But, once you visit this site – Save the Pink Bathrooms – and see how much history and character is being sledgehammered in the name of modernization, you might change your tune. If nothing else, check out the 10 facts about pink bathrooms section - it's quite interesting.
Just after seeing this Web site, my sweetie showed me pictures of the work our new neighbors are doing on their house. Lo and behold - they have a pink bathroom! I asked him if he knew if they were keeping it or ripping it out, and he didn't. I fear they might be, as they seem to be pretty much completely renovating, adding-on, etc. I then launched into 10 minutes about the Save the Pink Bathrooms movement and I can only say my man is grateful we do not have a vintage pink bathroom. Because much to his chagrin, I would totally keep it.
Is anyone out there lucky enough to have one of these pink beauties in their home? I'd love to hear about it if you do. Unless you ripped it out, of course. If that's the case, just lie to me. :)
As always, thanks to Beverly for hosting this lovely weekly event. Be sure to stop by How Sweet the Sound for a complete list of participating blogs.
Wishing everyone a weekend surrounded by beauty...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Candles and other indulgences...

All photos from Victoria Magazine

I sincerely hope all of you are having a much better day than I am. When days like today strike, I rely on some old favorites to get me through. Little indulgences like steaming cups of tea from one of my favorite teacups, soft music or ocean waves on the iPod and candles everywhere - both for their aromatherapy benefits and the beautiful glow.
There's something about being surrounded by burning candles, even in the daylight, that just makes me feel better. I'm sending these virtual candles out with good wishes for all and a little prayer that my little bits of beauty get me through today.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pink blooms...

Happy Pink Saturday, all! It's been a few weeks but it's nice to be back amongst my pink-loving friends. Today I thought I'd share a photo of this fabulous pink orchid a friend of mine gave me. I know next to nothing about orchids, but I followed the directions in caring for this one and I am amazed at how many months - yes months! - these blooms have lasted. Orchids are known for being quite particular, so I figured I'd be lucky to keep it alive for a few weeks. But this one has just thrived. Isn't it lovely?
As always, thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting this weekly tribute to pink. Stop by her place for a complete list of this week's participants (and be sure to leave her a get-well message while you're at it).
Wishing all of you a fabulously pink weekend!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ruffles, ruffles everywhere?

All photos from Country Living

Ruffles are very popular these days. They are everywhere - on home furnishings, clothes, you name it. There was a time when I really didn't care for ruffles - too frilly I thought (which I admit is odd considering how girly I am). But I am coming around, I have to admit. There is a softness and romance there that appeals - something simple and feminine and inherently pretty. I have started looking for ways to soften the hard edges that sort of plague me in my current home. We live in a rental house (I own a great old house on the other coast, which we'll be moving back into in about three years) and so I am limited in what I can do. Painting, for example, is fine - knocking out walls, not so much. The house - a little old beach bungalow with lots of charm - for some reason feels very masculine to me. It always has. (Whereas the house I own, which is my little dream house, is very feminine.) It's not a complaint, really, because I am very blessed to live where I do, but more of an observation. And while I'm not interested in trying to wrestle the house into something it's not, I wouldn't mind if I could get it to let go of just a little of its masculinity. I'm wondering if swapping some of my linens and pillows for a few of these oh-so-trendy ruffles wouldn't be an idea. What do you think?

All photos from Country Living

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Photo from Victoria Magazine

To my fabulous readers ~
I wish all of you a day filled with love. If you have a significant other, I hope they treat you with the romance and kindness you deserve. If not, I hope you treat yourself to a little romance and kindness. Self-love can sometimes be better than anything another can give.
Enjoy the day.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Favorite find... lavender sachets

I love lavender-filled sachets and these are too adorable, don't you think? These little postcard creations are from Visual Treats. They would make great gifts or a nice little indulgence for yourself. Tuck one in your dresser or linen cupboard for a little lavender loveliness. For more information, click here.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Breaking through the gloom...

Photo from abooth 202 via flickr

Finally! Like those bulbs breaking through the ground and growing toward the sunshine, I hope that I am (fingers crossed) leaving this awful cold that's besieged me for two weeks behind. I have spent a decent portion of the last couple of weeks in a miserable fog, stuck in the gloom that a sore throat, stuffy nose, inflamed sinuses, congested chest and endless bouts of coughing bring. And while I am still not 100 percent better, I have felt the fog of misery lift. I feel almost normal, on the mend - and I must say it's a wonderful feeling.
It's been a long time since I've been really, truly unwell. I get little bouts of being sick or feeling bad for a day or two, but that's it. These last couple weeks, as I steadily got worse and worse, I began to appreciate just how lucky I have been when it comes to my health. And it got me thinking that maybe it's time I start taking better care of myself and my body, which, frankly, I pretty much take for granted. You know, making an effort to actually exercise and eat more vegetables and cut down on the french fries and ice cream. I'm not interested in a quick fix, just a more healthy lifestyle that will lead to an even more beautiful life. Anyone with me?