First of all, I would like to thank everyone for all of their kind words. I have been celebrating and working for the last few days and could not fit in a new post. At the present moment I am waiting for my 6 year old to fall asleep so my husband and I can play Santa.
Thank you for all the therapy, laughing and tears (tears from laughing mostly). This was the first year I did not want to run away from my store on a daily basis, I could escape into my blog world and what a FABULOUS one it is. Thanks to you all.
The image above is of the ice skating rink at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas. This is where I was with my husband and son on Monday, my birthday. It was wonderful! I shopped in my favorite stores while I talked with my BFF Janet on my cell phone. (It's just not as fun with out your girlfriend) and then we ate at Benihana's ,my favorite Japanese restaurant. Then topped it all off with Ice Skating at the Galleria around this giant Christmas Tree. We were exhausted but it was all worth it. I can't wait to see what will be in store for 2009 but one thing is for sure, if it has anything to do with you all, it will be great. Love you, HEIDI
Watching all of your blogs from the land down under has me thinking about Christmas in a different way this year. It is not hard to imagine what Christmas would be like in Australia since I live in Texas and it dose not snow and we rarely use our fireplaces. (Now this year is an exception because it snowed last week, but today it is hot and foggy. ?) I have picked out some fabulous images, all of which come from Country Living'sbook Merry and Bright. None of the images have snow or fireplaces a blaze. I also thought about the foliage, not so much cedar and pine but note in the beachy pic there is a garland of seeded eucalyptus.
Here we have a great house and product line all in one. Midwest of Cannon Falls, is a fun line of traditional Christmas with a twist. Cannon Falls is a small town in the heart of Minnesota and is the home of the company and of the entrepreneurs who started it with only an idea and a vision. It began with German nutcrackers and European handcrafted Christmas ornaments sold to shops all across America. In 2002 the Company decided to save one of the oldest and greatest homes in the town that was scheduled for demolition from years of neglect. This fabulous house, they call "The River House", has become a great showcase for their product line and a few years back they came out with a book "Celebrating Home" , which is one of my favorites. It takes you through the seasons of a year and demonstrates how you can achieve a beautiful traditional look by using elements of Midwest of Cannon Fall'sLine. Enjoy, Heidi
I know that it is a waste of space and not very energy efficient, but I love high ceilings with exposed beams. I will add some sky lights and solar panels to the roof and maybe then it will balance out nicely. These of course are going straight to my Dream House File. The neutrals and fireplace are added bonuses. Also love the furniture layout in images 4 and 5. Enjoy, Heidi
I came across this image last week via 1st Dibs and thought "how amazing, old jars re purposed into lighting." I get high off this kind of creativity. Then I found on another light fixture on a wonderful Swedish blog, Lilla Blanka, created from 3 pieces of depression glass. Oh My God! The possibilities are endless. Enjoy, Heidi
After last night's Therapy Session with the Seven things Challenge I feel the need to escape. Oh, thank you Architectural Digest, you are always providing me with emergency escape exits into decorating bliss when I need them. Escape with me if you like. Enjoy, Heidi
Yesterday I was inspired by a collage of botanicals I found on a totally fabulous site, called Dwellings and Decor. I decided that I would decoupage the walls in my bathroom in vintage botanicals. Now, just like the headboard in my last post, I cannot guarantee you all a time frame when this is going to be accomplished, I just wanted to share the creative idea with you while I am filled with enthusiasm. Enjoy, Heidi
Now I haven't done this yet, but I thought that I would share my find with you anyway. I am going to make my own upholstered headboard since I want one and times are tough, but like I always say, " when the going gets tough, the tough get clever." Growing up with not a lot of resources you learn to be keen of your surroundings and use what you got. Most of the times those projects turn out to be the best. So, here are some images that have inspired me to do such a crazy thing and perhaps you would like to make one yourself. Just click on this wonderful website called Be Jane and step by step you too can make your own upholstered headboard. I will post mine as soon as I get it done. (Don't hold your breath though, I'm a bit of a procrastinator.) Enjoy, Heidi
Everyone, I give you The Vintage Moth. A generous blog of the most beautiful vintage images that are provided daily and available for download for FREE! O.M.G. I'm in heaven. Thank you Vintage Moth, I love you. Enjoy, Heidi
Here is another Clever Woman that decorates with warmth, function and style. Fran Keenan is the Decorating Editor at Cottage Living Magazine. I am taking some notes from this gal, she utilizes space so well and comes up with some great ways to use family pieces of furniture. Enjoy, Heidi