Saturday, November 29, 2014

Let the holiday decorating begin...

I started pulling down Christmas decorations from the attic a couple of days ago ~ I simply love decorating for the holidays. The coffee table was an easy switch, so I went ahead and did that to give me something pretty to look at while the house changes seasons. I can’t wait to get it all done.
Wishing all of you a lovely weekend...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Autumn pathways...

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, my husband has managed to finish the second walkway he started earlier this summer and thus end our front yard renovation for this year. This pathway stretches from the driveway to the front path leading to the front door.

He also built a proper step and landing, since the driveway is higher than the rest of the front yard.
Here’s what the walkway looked like before:

It’s quite an improvement, isn’t it?

And below you can see the foundation for next year’s project ~ the pathway leading to the other side of the house. Those bricks will be rearranged, added to and put down properly to wind around that curved flowerbed and match the other two walkways.

All in all, a very successful year in our yard renovation and definitely something to be thankful for.
Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Café philosophy...

“The people that I liked and had not met went to the big cafés because they were lost in them and no one noticed them and they could be alone in them and be together.” 
~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Just wanted to share this evening snapshot I took in a quiet moment between crowds at one of my favorite places, a local French bakery and café. This is a place where you are meant to linger, to talk over a café au lait and indulge in a macaroon, all in beautiful surroundings ~ you know, life. It is not meant to be rushed through day in and day out, with barely a thought given to what makes you happy. Just a gentle reminder for all of us.
Wishing all of you a beautiful day...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dusk by candlelight...

As you know, I simply love autumn. My favorite time of day is dusk, when the light starts to dwindle. It’s the perfect time to light some candles and enjoy the fading glow of a chilly day. My living room is blessed with lovely light in the afternoon; the fireplace glowing with candles and a few other candles spread about make it even more wonderful and romantic. Even Miss Em enjoys it ~ you can see her in the reflection in the photo above.

Wishing all of you lovely autumn days...

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life
Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Monday, November 17, 2014

Simple fabric art...

I decided to switch the bedroom linens and drapes out a couple of weeks ago for the winter season and when I did that, I had to remove the art that hung on either side of the double window because it was bright teal and white flowers, which just did not go with a bedroom of taupe and beige neutrals. I really didn’t want to purchase new art so I decided to be creative with what I had on hand.
I took a couple of old frames a friend had given me and some black and cream toile fabric I had laying around and decided to make my own art. I used the remaining fabric to create a table runner for the dresser, so it all ties together nicely.
Here’s how I did it.

1. I cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside my frame.

2. I cut a piece of fabric and centered the cardboard the middle.

3. Pulling the fabric tightly around the cardboard, I secured it easily with duct tape. The fabric was very lightweight, so this was easy to do.

4. Once I finished wrapping the fabric, I popped the fabric-covered cardboard into the frame and secured it with more duct tape. Again, because this is all so lightweight, it was simple to do.

5. And here’s how it looks finished. I did a second the same way for a matching set.

I hung them on either side of this double window. They were easy to do and cost me absolutely nothing. Cute, don’t you think?

I am linking to:
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The beauty of autumn afternoons...

I do love autumn afternoons. Particularly chilly afternoons, where it feels much better to be inside puttering around the house, creating, enjoying a cup of hot tea. I have enjoyed a lovely day with my husband and am busy working on knitting a scarf. It’s wonderful to have some time to myself to catch up on blogging, too.
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Gift wrap for the interior design lovers...

As part of the interior design classes I took last year, we had to learn to draw furniture. (I wrote about that here.) Now I am not particularly gifted in this area so the drawing class had me worried, but my instructor assured me it would be fine and that he could teach me how to draw. Long story short, he was right.
One of my favorite drawings to come out of the class was this Louis XV chair. I kept thinking I should do something more with it and then it finally hit me ~ why not turn the drawing into a gift wrap pattern, perfect for those who love decorating and the like? So, that’s what I did.
Above, you can see the pattern and how it looks printed. Below is a simulation of a box wrapped in the paper. Isn’t it cool?

And here is my original drawing:

 The gift wrap is available from The Pink Home through Spoonflower. Click here for more.

Photos and design by The Pink Home

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A chilly November welcome...

November has arrived with a blast of cold air where I live. It’s rainy, windy and cold, but at least we didn’t get snow like they did in the mountains. It’s the sort of day that requires a good pot of tea ~ I’m going to indulge in some of this lovely autumn brew I brought back from a recent trip to Highlands, N.C. ~ and a good mystery (the latest Agatha Raisin book is out and I just can’t resist her adventures). I’m going to snuggle under a blanket for a few hours of reading and then I’m going to make a pot of my homemade chicken soup, some hot sandwiches and some apple crisp for dessert. A perfectly comforting day.
What are you up to today?

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully