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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cedar Shake Shingle Houses

Perhaps it is the cedar shake shingles that give a home a cottage feel.  Maybe it is the texture I love so much.  What ever it is, I love the look.  There is a product out there called Enviroshake that is a shingle with the look of wood, only made from 95% recycled materials.  
I posted about a similar product once before, click here to see.  Enjoy, Heidi
                                                                        Elle Decor
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                                                          Polhemus Savery DaSilva 
                                  check out this site, it will blow you away with cape cod houses

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                                                                  Trumbull Architects

                                                         Paul Whicheole Photography

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                                                                      Found Here

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Polished Small Home.

Hard to believe this home is 640 square feet.  With carefully selected window treatment, moldings and ceiling color choices, Designer Barbara Pervier has mastered the art of  drawing the eye up to give a room a much grander feel.  I love the clean, polished, calm look she has created in her home.  Traditional with pretty collections and elegant antiques.  Did I mention that is feels so polished?  Enjoy, Heidi

                                                        All Images Via New England Home

Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gonna Make some pretties inspired by this.

Gonna bake and devour these.            Source

Gonna do some of this.

                                       Money Grabber -Fitz and the Tantrums
  Gonna add this to my iPod and Rock and Roll til I see you on Monday.  Enjoy, Heidi

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Black and White Veranda

If you have 3 of something, you can call it a collection.  Here is a collection of black and white verandas.  Veranda is Austalian for Porch. (Slowly but surly, I am catching on to this second language thing.)  Enjoy, Heidi

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                                          Pottery Barn
Found on Style me Pretty

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Charming Cottages

Shutters on windows, thatched or shingled roof tops, smoke stacks and vines climbing up walls.  I love it.  Enjoy, Heidi
Traditional Home

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Black and White with Color.

Black and white is so balanced, so simple, so sophisticated, but add small accents of color melodies and you create a clean, playful, energetic setting.  Here are some great images that capture this perfectly.  Some have the black and white and could use more color accents, you'll see what I mean.  This would be a great beach house, by the way.  Enjoy, Heidi

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Friday, March 18, 2011

For Japan with Love

For Japan with Love
I am joining my fellow bloggers in a day of silence this Friday, March 18 to honor the victims of last week’s earthquake, tsunami and aftermath that continues to plague Japan right now.
Donations are being accepted through and go directly to ShelterBox, an international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment in times of crisis.
ShelterBox were on the ground in Japan within less than 24 hours after the earthquake struck. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Get your Green On.

Today is all about the Green, since it is St. Patrick's Day.  If you are not wearing green today, guess what?  You get a pinch.  Enjoy, Heidi

Kate Spade's guest bath.  Found Here

                                                                        Found here

Found Here

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ebb and Flow of Life.

Yesterday, I kept pondering the quote, "Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should".  It helped, I also unglued myself from the news and spent some time with my son, potting up some new plants we recently purchased.  I bought my first Meyer Lemon tree and have had it in my home for the past few days, the fragrance from the blossoms is magnificent.  I cooked chicken and broccoli, a recipe I found over at Annie's Eats and it was delish.  So what I am trying to say is, "Keep calm and carry on".  I made a donation, said many prayers, added a link on my blog for Japan.  Now, I just need to be the best me I can be and do what I do, because that is what makes the world go round.  I spent some time (5 to 10 minuets) at the home of Sting and his wife, Trudie while I was pondering the Universe.  A beautiful Tuscan farm near Florence, that over looks the Valdarno Superiore valley.  Breath taking.  Enjoy, Heidi

 Wisteria vining up the arbors, star jasmine growing on the walls and agapanthus blooming all around, these plants are easy and beautiful.
 Italian cypress tress, box woods and lavender were everywhere. (easy plants for Texas as well)

                                                     List of things to do: Learn to play chess.
                                Check out the old olive trees in the back.  Olive trees grow very well in Texas too
and..... several hundreds perhaps thousands have been planted on the farms around Burton. (where I live)
                                        This view reminds me of the Claire Valley in South Australia. 
Oh yeah, this is Italy.
                                                        Dining Al Fresco.
The perfect pool, the perfect view.  I think all I need is a Sangria.
All images via Architectural Digest.