Soft Surroundings

We recently got the new Soft Surroundings catalog in the mail.  It is full of beautiful things.  I’m not affiliated with them and I do not receive any compensation for mentioning them.  But there was so much in this last catalog that I have to share with you.

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This is the front of the catalog.  Love the finish on the chest.

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The wall treatment is really eye-catching and the writing desk very attractive.

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Wouldn’t you love to cuddle up on that bed with a good book and tasty beverage?

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All of the neutrals with pops of orange – lovely.

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Love the rug and the chairs with the slipcovers.  For more wonderful lusciousness, see their website at wwww.softsurroundings.com/Home_Decor

It’s the Little Things

I think we often fail to appreciate how very lucky are.  We take so many  things for granted and we’re not happy because our house isn’t big enough or new enough or the wrong style.  Our couch is old and needs replacing and oh how much we’d like a new kitchen.  But you know, regardless of how old or small your home is, you have so much that others don’t.  Like clean, running water.  Indoor toilets.  Electricity.  Transportation.  Food.  Clothing.  Things that many people don’t have.  I looked around my house at some of the material things that I have that make me really happy, and none of them are terribly expensive.  (Forgive the quality of the pictures – I took them with my phone).

20140706_195258My “Sanctuary” sign is one of those things.  Purchased many years ago from Dore’ at Burlap Luxe.  She makes many beautiful things and is so talented.  I have loved this sign and look at it often.  It’s deceptively simple looking but in person you can see the quality of workmanship and the talent required to make it.

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My handmade plaque with hooks.  My daughter-in-law has the most talented father.  He made her a plaque like this and I admired it so very much.  He was kind enough to make one for me.

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It is completely hand-carved and took hours of work.  I’ll always love it.

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My Rachel Ashwell candle.  I paid more for it than I normally do, but it instills a truly peaceful feeling in me.   I light it in my bedroom for about an hour before I go to bed and it releases a peaceful scent that helps lull me to sleep.

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My little jar of Robin’s egg soaps.   The eggs lend a splash of color in my mostly neutral bedroom and remind me of when the sweet mama robin hatched her babies in a nest in the middle of my rosebush.

nestIf you look hard, you can see the eggs.  She chattered unhappily every time I took pictures.

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There are actually 3 little robins in the nest.  They were waiting for me to feed them.

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The French inspired clock my daughter made me.  I love it’s slight imperfections and the knowledge that while we were away at the farm, she pulled out the drill, a tool she’d never used before and drilled a hole in the middle of it for the “hands”.

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The wonderful meal we enjoyed yesterday with The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potato salad, fresh corn on the cobb, and ribs that Farmboy and I made together.

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The metal angel wings I bought from Decor Steals.  They fit perfectly in a small space that was previously neglected.

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The hat my mother decorated for me 20 years ago.  I love the timeless appeal of it and keep it hanging on my bedroom wall.

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My vintage jar with it’s beautiful turquoise color, and the fact that I can afford to buy flowers at the grocery store.  There was a time when that would have been out of my reach.

More than anything, I’m so very grateful for Farm Boy, who married me in spite of the fact that I was a City Girl  (I’m not sure his mother ever forgave him for that), and my three beautiful, wonderful children – my son, my daughter-in-law (who fit into our family so well) and my daughter.  I’m grateful for a marriage that has lasted nearly 34 years, and a man who treats me so well (Love you Farm Boy).  I’m grateful for a job I enjoy and some wonderful co-workers.  And I’m grateful for a God who loves me in spite of my imperfections and a Savior who went to the cross for me.  And, although there are many wonderful places to live, I’m very happy to live in Texas.,

Miscellaneous

We’re getting a lot of rain which is so needed.   It let up enough for firecrackers last night.   Farmboy and I sat in the front  yard and watched for a little while.  We also finally found some new front porch furniture at Lowe’s.  We have to wait for it to come from the factory.  Lesson learned – do not wait until mid-summer to replace your outdoor furniture.  It will be sold out everywhere if you do.

Orchids?

Not sure if these are orchids or what?  The picture does not do them justice.  They are an amazing, brilliant blue.  They were $35 each at Lowe’s so I didn’t get one.  I’m famous for killing healthy plants.

strawberry cake

I never have time to bake and have never really enjoyed it.  But this weekend I suddenly had the urge and made a strawberry cake from scratch.   It is not a thing of beauty but it tastes wonderful.  I also made some banana nut bread but I need a different recipe – I don’t like the texture of the one I used, and The Pioneer Womans Perfect Potato salad, which is really good.  I’m beginning to think I might actually enjoy staying at home and being a housewife.  Or maybe not.  I love my job, too.

Junk Street Market

Farm Boy and I love to peruse antique stores.  There’s a part of Katy proper (we live in the unincorporated part of Katy) downtown that has revived in the last few years and we visit the stores there about twice a month.  There was a store that had been there for a year that we’d never visited, because it was down the street from our favorites.

Junk Street Market

Junk Street Market

Their website is www.junkstreetmarket.com .  We walked in and I knew I’d found the shop I’d been looking for. 20140524_095203This is what greeted us just inside the door.  What to look at first?  Oh my, I suddenly wished I had a bigger house and bigger budget because there were so many things I would have liked to take home.  Do you see the gorgeous turquoise colored cabinet in back?

Blue cabinet

Blue cabinet

It’s hard to tell from the picture but this cabinet is painted in a soft blue.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  I didn’t have my camera with me and used my cell phone.

Painted chest

Painted chest

If I had a nursery this would have gone home with me.  It’s beautifully hand-painted, and good for either a boy or a girl.

Painted Chest Detail

Painted Chest Detail

Look at those precious little birds.

Coffee Table

Coffee Table

There was beautiful stenciling on the top of this coffee table. If you’re in west Houston, or the Katy area, I encourage to visit Junk Street Market, located at 5625 2nd Street, Katy, TX 77493, or call them to inquire about any pieces at 281-391-JUNK (5865).  Jannet runs the place and is great to talk with.

New pillow and sneaky dog

New Pillow

New Pillow

I have been craving some new Shabby Chic style in my bedroom and finally broke down and ordered the Petticoat Teal Euro Sham.  I love it!  It wasn’t cheap but so worth it.  It’s beautifully made and HUGE.  I love the muted color.  I want to slowly build my bedding so that it looks like some of the beds I see on other blogs.  I haven’t mastered the art of the messy bed yet, and yes, it is an art.  To have it unmade and look lovely is not easy.

Laurie's guest bed

Laurie’s guest bed

Notice the casual way the pillows are laid on Laurie’s guest bed?  The picture above is from her website, http://heavens-walk.blogspot.com/. Please go visit her site – she makes the most beautiful dream catchers and her home is such a peaceful, serene, beautiful country home.

Sneaky Dog

Sneaky Dog

Notice the little dog curled up between the pillows.  Pilar helps to “style” my pillow selection and make it a little less serious.

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Pilar

Pilar is an adorable Chihuahua who prefers my bed to her’s.  She feisty and fun and spoiled.

Messy bed and armoire

Messy bed and armoire

Amanda at notsoperfectmess.blogspot.com has mastered the art of the messy, casual bed. It makes me want to crawl in it and grab a good book and relax. And I love, love, love her armoire. We saw one like it at the antiques fair at Round Top but it was too tall for our ceilings.

Our bedroom

Our bedroom

I do love our bedroom, but I’ve grown tired of seeing the same old, same old.  I want to redo it in stages, beginning with collecting beautiful bedding and moving on to painting and replacing some furniture.  Although, in a shocking move, Farm Boy said he didn’t care if I painted our furniture white.  He’s been against it for years!!!

Urban Farmgirl's guest bedroom

Urban Farmgirl’s guest bedroom

I absolutely adore this guest bedroom at Urbanfarmgirlandco.blogspot.com. I love the planked wall, the finish on it, the Cabbages and Roses fabric, the light coming through the nearly sheer curtains, the white furniture…..because the Cabbages and Roses fabric can be pricey, I ordered some pillows off ebay. I ordered 3 of them in different colorways and played with them on my bed, but in truth, it just didn’t work for me. I knew I wasn’t going to plank the wall because we may decide to sell this house and that would be a whole lotta nail holes to patch. We keep blinds and curtains on our bedroom windows and don’t let the sun shine through too much because it’s so hot here in Texas. I could paint my furniture, but without the planked wall and the sun shining through it just didn’t work. My heart didn’t sing.

New Pillow

New Pillow

When I opened my euro pillow sham from Shabby Chic Couture, my heart sang, my eyes opened wide and I smiled.  And I knew this was the direction I was meant to go in.

And that’s the wonderful part of blog land.  You can see so many different ideas on the various blogs and pinterest until you find what works for you.  I have even ordered a dream catcher from Laurie because it feels right.  What about you?  Do you have a specific style that makes you happy, whether it’s “in” or “not”?

Who says there’s no Easter Bunny?

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

I realize that Easter was a month ago and I’m a little late with these pictures but this little bunny was just so cute.  We were at the farm Easter weekend and when we woke up Easter morning, there he was, at the edge of one of our pastures.  To some of you that might not seem remarkable, but it has been dry for so long that we have not had any wild animals at all, and finally, we’ve had some rain and they’re showing up again.

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

As you can see, he did not let us stop his munching.  He calmly ate as we snapped pictures.  We’ve also had jackrabbits, but they are scrawny and just plain ugly.  This little guy, or girl, was so cute.  Thanks for the visit, Mr. (or Ms.) Bunny.  We’re happy to share our farm with you.

A little bit of Springtime

It has been pouring down rain all weekend, so please forgive the quality of these pictures.  Are you one of those very creative people who comes up with all sorts of ideas for decorating and fluffing?

Bright, spring flowers

Bright, spring flowers

Well, I’m not.  But I’m very good at getting them from other blogs.    I’ve seen flowers stuck in vintage canning jars on lots of blogs but the most recent and the one that inspired me was The Essence of Home.  I really love her blog and would have a house just like her’s if I could.  So, Kelly, thanks for the inspiration.

Bright, spring flowers in bedroom

Bright, spring flowers in bedroom

I’m really enjoying the beautiful colors during these dark, stormy days. The framed picture above the flowers is one my son bought for me by Christy Repassy.  I love that picture and will never replace it.  The flowers are sitting on a very small, antique writing desk that my mother-in-law gave me thirty plus years ago.  The door drops down and it becomes a desk.  It’s in my bedroom and I keep all of my makeup, along with my makeup mirror in it.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  It was storming when they were taken and we tried several times to improve the lighting, but it just didn’t happen.

Hats

Lately my daughter and I have suddenly seemed to like hats. Maybe it’s the crazy weather we’ve had out here in Houston.  One day it’s freezing cold, wet and very windy, the next hot and super humid, and then back to freezing cold, windy and wet.  Those all equal bad hair days.

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Kathryn wore her hat for St. Patrick’s Day.  Her father is Irish so naturally she got all dressed up.  Her sorority shirt just happens to be green, too.

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Farmboy (the aforementioned father of Kathryn) and I went to Old Town Spring on Sunday and the wind was so fierce that there was no such thing as good hair any where around.  I’ve never worn hats but we purchased this one at the hat shop there and I happily wore it the rest of the day.

It’s almost Christmas

Warning:  Picture Heavy Post!!!  Christmas is pretty low key for us.  With a first responder in the family, we don’t necessarily celebrate Christmas on the 25th.  Plus, we have very little family still living, so our celebration is quite small.  But it works for us.  I’ll share pictures of our tree with you.  We do have some other decorations out, but I don’t have pictures of them.

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And posing in front of the Christmas tree is the world’s best Doberman ever, Bella Rose.

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