Saturday, June 5, 2010

Owl Secrets

Whispering sweet nothings. Even owls have secrets, don't they? This pair is exceptionally beautiful.



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Pink Bicycle Tires


I hope you run over some pink petals while you pedal your bike this weekend. Doesn't the air smell delicious this time of year? My property smells like a perfume factory with the wild honeysuckle and multi-flora roses blooming all over.



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Chanel Perfume Illustration

Here is a humorous illustration to go with my previous post about Coco Chanel.



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Beautiful Cinematography :: Coco Before Chanel Movie



I haven't seen this movie about Coco Chanel have you? It looks pretty wonderful. Here's the official movie trailer.

Coco Before Chanel DVD



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Friday, June 4, 2010

Stone House and Cottage


Swoon. I just love it all.



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House and Garden Tour Continued






A few more photographs from yesterday's Garden Club of Somerset Hills House and Garden Tour. I once owned two benches with stork ends exactly like the one in picture #2. Oh well, you can't keep everything. The barn photo illustrates the picture-perfect day with so many feasts for the eyes. Don't you love the Johnny Jump-ups growing in the cracks of a terrace? I've always been fond of these little wild pansies. Have a great weekend, Rosemary.



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Amazing Views, Inside and Outside

Which view is your favorite? Inside or outside? Or inside looking outside? I feel calm just looking at the photo. Here's hoping you find beautiful views this weekend.



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Thursday, June 3, 2010

House Tour Today




Garden Club of Somerset Hills 2010 House and Garden Tour
Pictured Above: Dunwalke East, a magnificent Georgian manor designed by the architect Mott B. Schmidt in 1938 for C. Douglas Dillon, the son of Clarence and Anne Dillon. Oops, someone forgot to put away the broom. Click to enlarge each photo.

I was the guest of my friend Jill. This event is held every 2 years and after box lunches at the Essex Hunt Club we drove ourselves -- thankfully we weren't bussed. We had a great time touring 4 fabulous homes that weren't designer showcased. It was a hot day but I think we lucked out because rain is predicted for the next 4 days. I had my point and shoot and these shots are right out of the camera. I really wish I had lugged my trusty Nikon but decided to be just one of the girls today. I have some fabulous shots in my head and ran into a few old friends I hadn't seen in ages. Thanks, Jill. My treat in 2012.



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Compact Writing Studio + Library Adjacent To Main House





Compact Writing Studio and Library On The Adjacent To The Main House Site | DigsDigs: "This building is a private wrting studio and a library for a historian. It’s compact and located on the adjacent to the main home site. Only stand of trees separates these two buildings. The simple structure of the library is clad in copper and shifts color depending on the light of the day, the viewing angle and the seasons. The cooper can appear reflective and bright, as well as matte and dark. The interior is defined by douglas fir and books. Thanks to large windows and great position of the building it is filled with natural light. All that makes the interior comfy and great place to work and relax."

I wouldn't get any writing at all done here. I'd be too busy photographing birds and other wildlife through the windows, watching movies on the flat screen, or reading books. Great blogging studio too.



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Some Unusual + Quirky Lighting Fixtures To Make


These are awesome. We all have these elements hanging around the house. I've never even considered making a hanging light fixture using even one of these, have you? I love the blue canning jar -- wouldn't several look great in a pantry?

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Watch TOXIC AMERICA on CNN June 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. ET



Dirty dozen' produce carries more pesticide residue, group says - CNN.com:
Is enough being done to protect us from chemicals that could harm us? Watch 'Toxic America,' a special two-night investigative report with Sanjay Gupta, M.D., June 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.
This two-part TV show tonight and tomorrow night should be a good follow up to my recent post about the Dirty Dozen/Clean 15.



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Fabulous Cottage and Garden

Nice! Looks like spring, but it was summer! My kind of house and garden gone wild.



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1915 Architectural Design for The American Foursquare







The American Foursquare: Click to enlarge any photo.
The American Foursquare was built between 1890 and about 1935. After 1900, it was one of the most popular house styles in both rural settings and on small city lots. They were sensible two- to two-and-a-half-story homes that were economical to build, comfortable to live in, and aesthetically pleasing in their simplicity. The Foursquare takes its name from its simple, cubic shape and floor plan which is divided into quarters on each floor.

I predict that this post will be as popular as the 1917 Architectural Design for A Colonial Home to Cost $12,500. with house plans. Which is your favorite?



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