Thursday, May 23, 2013

Orange is a Jealous Color

Orange is truly a jealous color.
It needs balance.
It does not like competition.
Below is my new garden stool.
I have been coveting porcelain garden benches for about 20 years now, but had not yet indulged myself until this week.
This one was a bargain (some can be extremely pricey and in upwards of 300 dollars!)
I like using bright red and orange in our tiny backyard, because it pairs so well with all the greenery and adds a punch of color.  To see orange and red in the tiny yard from a previous summer please click HERE.

I could use a few new pillows (the bike pillow is a fairly recent addition, however, thanks to ONE KINGS LANE.). 

I will be donating some of my old pillows and cushions and adding new ones as I find them.
Not to rush.  :)

The rose above is from a very old bush in our yard that I am guessing is about 30 years old!  It's my favorite of all our roses-super old fashioned.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Flowers

My family knows me well enough to know that for special occasions I will always prefer a flowering or even a simple green plant that will last for months over a floral arrangement that may last only a week. 
Here are my Mother's Day flowers, already hung on the patio cover!  When the flowers are spent, I can replant new flowers in the container as well.  :)

We also had a fabulous dinner last night at the Chart House in Dana Point with a lovely view of the harbor. 
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, including my own awesome mom!!!!  :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Carrot Love

One of the things I love most about my CSA box is the regular inclusion of organic carrots!  I have never tasted carrots so amazing in my life and this fact alone would make the CSA box worth ordering every other week!  We eat them raw, use them in soups or stews as part of a Mirepoix, or slice them in salads.  However, my absolute favorite way to serve these jewels of nature is to roast them!
To roast these amazing organic carrots, simply wash (I compost the tops or, more often, give them to my friend with the lop-eared bunny), peel (though this is not necessary particularly with these carrots), and cut as you'd like.   Pour some olive oil onto your clean hands and rub onto the carrots.  Sprinkle with sea salt.  Roast in a 450 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
Oh so good.


(on the antique entry table)

Hello!  I know it's been a while.  So busy with work and family...trying to coordinate my college boy's summer plans with the rest of the family's and all the while working on college plans for our next child.  It's been good, all good, but has not left me with much time for creative projects (which I do love!).
Today I thought I would share some images of orchids around the house.  Many are pretty spent and will need to go into hibernation mode soon, including the plants above and below this text.  Still, they are pretty and brighten up any room.

(on the piano in the living room)

(on the cocktail table in the living room)

 (in the kitchen)
(this is my newest plant and it is just stunning right now)

(on the fireplace mantle...this one is rather spent and I will be removing it soon)
(a non-blooming orchid in the living room atop a stack of French-themed books.  I still think the leaves are pretty and the plant still adds a touch of greenery in a gold urn here)
I will be honest...I used to be a bit intimidated by orchids and avoided them for the house.  However, I have found that they are easy to care for, often bloom for 3 months or more, and add a dramatic touch to a room.  I rarely buy cut flowers anymore....I either enjoy the orchids, the topiaries throughout the house, or I fill vases with cut roses from our TINY BACKYARD.   I find that this saves me money and it just feels more natural right now.
Did you know that orchids symbolize love and beauty?  How can you go wrong with that combo?

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