Friday, November 28, 2014

~Eucalyptus~

I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving day with family and friends.  There is so much to be thankful for and we went to the beach for a few days and had a wonderful relaxing time.  I cherish these moments with my kids as I know having them all together is becoming less common .  I didn't serve a big dinner this year, but did want to share a simple centerpiece on my table.  Enjoy! xoxo K.

The last time I went to the grocery store as I was browsing through the floral department a bouquet of greenery caught my eye.  It had a couple different kinds of Eucalyptus with that perfect green color and suttle aroma, so in the cart it went. 

Placed in white pitchers set among antlers and pine cones all sitting on an old French grain sack seemed to create a perfect centerpiece for my table. 
Now I can start to figure out how I'll be decorating for Christmas this year and since I use real trees and greenery I can't put it all up too soon, but look forward to sharing with you as I go.  You can see photos of past Christmases at my house on Instagram and Facebook these next couple weeks and you can also get inspired with my "Christmas Board" on Pinterest where I get my inspiration from. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 24, 2014

~Fleurs Vintage Charm~


An amazing new store has just opened up in West Linn, Oregon called Fleurs Vintage Charm and my friend Kathy has asked me to add some of my vintage treasures with hers.  It is located in a very large two story building filled with wonderful merchandise residing in the quaint historic area of Willamette in West Linn just south of Portland.  Enjoy!  xoxo K
This is an area where you will find many of my vintage, garden, French farmhouse and architectural items.

I'm very excited about this new venture and look forward to continue adding even more wonderful pieces to share with you.

The whole store is decorated for Christmas right now and will be open next weekend with their Grand Opening being held on December 6, 2014 along with many other activities going on in the area.

You can check out Kathy's blog HERE where she will be posting more photos of the whole store and any info you might need as in location, days and hours she will be open or any upcoming events. 

So get your girlfriends together and come have a look.  There are many great restaurants close by so after you are done shopping you can get a bite to eat. Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

~Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays~

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and I don't start decorating for Christmas until the week after, but I do plant bulbs to force inside about this time each year. Since it finally got above freezing at my house I thought I'd take some photos outside.  I've been wanting to share this great primitive table I got last Summer that is a wonderful faded green color with you also. It's a little short for a potting table, but looks great with gardening items, don't you think?   Enjoy! xoxo K.

You will always find paper whites and hyacinth bulbs in my home during the Holidays.  They can be placed in any non draining container you'd like just by adding gravel, placing the bulb on top and filling with water to the top of the gravel.  It's best to sit them in a cold dark place for at least a week before you bring them in to sit in a sunny window.  As the roots grow continue to add more water. 

Can you see faint areas of the green paint that is still on the worn top of the table....♥

I get the white gravel at Home Depot in the gardening section or you can buy glass bulb jars also and I usually add a couple hyacinths to mine.  Tie a festive ribbon around it and you have an easy addition to your Holiday decor.

Since paper whites will get pretty tall when grown, I put them in a larger container like this ironstone bowl with quite a few bulbs so they can be tied together and hold each other up.  I'll hopefully be able to show you where I put these in my home later in the season. 

The rose hips growing on and around our property are ready to be brought indoors and are always a lovely touch.


I also bought my first tree when I was at my local garden center buying the bulbs.  It's a lavender and I love it!  Now let's hope I can keep it alive:-)

I've been busy this past week taking some items up to a new shop my friend Kathy is opening in West Linn called Fleurs.  It's in an amazing building in a quaint historic area of Willamette that she has filled with some amazing pieces! I'm really excited about this new venture.  You can get more info HERE on her blog and I'll be adding photos and keeping you up to date on upcoming events on my blog, Facebook page and Instagram as well.

Enjoy your week and stay warm!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

~Open Shelving~

I've recently been spending some time going through my kitchen and dining room trying to simplify a little bit before the holidays. Open shelving has always appealed to me in the kitchen, so I removed my large corbels from this wall and added some simpler shelves to hold many of my French finds.  Enjoy! xoxo K. 

I now have a place to display some of my vintage French breadboards, this canister set, cafe au lait bowls and a few of my galvanized pitchers. 

I like the addition of some dried lavender to all these French items.  I get mine from our niece who is also our neighbor.  She grows it on her property and sells it on Etsy.

I had originally wanted to put a plate rack on this wall, but since my husband would have had to build one without having time to do so, I remembered some metal brackets I had and all we did was add them to the wall and put weathered boards on top of them.  The don't match, but I kind of like it that way.  This was much easier and I'm hoping I might still get the plate rack in another area someday:-)

Crockery bottles have found a home in this French galvanized bottle carrier along with other bottles and some small crocks added to this shelf as well.  I can't wait to decorate these shelves during Christmas with greens.

Have a nice week.  It looks like the weather is changing around here and we might be dipping below freezing with our first frost of the year.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

~Berries~

I hope everyone is having a nice week so far.  Mine has been busy, but I wanted to do a quick post sharing some French lovelies along with berries from my yard.  Enjoy! xoxo K.

I've been liking green glass bottles lately and especially these French ones with their hazed coloring that fit perfectly into this galvanized bottle carrier.

I'm always trying to add greenery from nature since most of my flowers are done blooming for the year.  These berries are from a Cottoneaster.  I have two different varieties planted on our property.  One kind has small leaves and is more of a low growing ground cover while this one has larger leaves and is an upright shrub that the leaves will turn yellow and eventually fall off.  The berries are an orangish red that works well with this time of year.

Look around your surroundings or out in nature, you never know what you might be able to find to add character to your home. 

      

Thursday, October 30, 2014

~Pots & Pumpkins~

On the nicer days you can find me either working outside cutting back shrubs and perrenials, raking leaves or in the Garden House planting pots for the Fall and Winter months.
This year I added a few pumpkins to my potting table and love the look.  Enjoy!  xoxo K.
When not in use all my pots will get stored here and in a large metal basket underneath the sink in this room.
This potting table was such a great buy with the price being very reasonable and it fit the wall in this building perfectly.  The grey color and galvanized top were huge selling points as well.
Succulents are a favorite of mine and this time of year are great to have in pots on the porch.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!