Monday, February 23, 2015

~Dreaming of a Courtyard~

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! We've had such crazy weather here. For the past few days, we have been in the upper 60's and 70's. This morning, everything is covered in ice, following a winter storm overnight. So, what am I doing? Dreaming of Spring! On Valentine's Day, Dear Hubby accompanied me to two of my favorite shops, Williams-Sonoma and ZGallerie. While we were out, we decided to pop into Restoration Hardware, as well. The courtyard was so serene and beautiful, that we started making plans for Spring! Dear Hubby snapped these pics with his phone as inspiration...

Isn't the courtyard lovely? The ivy covered walls, the mirror, and the water feature were so pretty. I loved the boxwoods and the potted succulents, as well. I think we'll be doing lots of these this year! With the water restrictions in place, we need things that are pretty drought tolerant. They also had several rosemary plants. The scent was awesome!

In another section of the courtyard, was this sitting area. I loved all of the lanterns scattered about.

We are determined to copy the tree decor. I love the lanterns hanging from the branches, with ropes. Can't you just imagine the white lights, on the tree, all lit up at night?

There was also another seating area that featured this amazing light fixture...

I love how beautifully it has weathered...

I'm so excited for Spring!

Have you started making plans for your outdoor areas yet?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

~An Unconventional Valentine's Tablescape~

Are you getting ready for Valentine's Day? Since it's only a few days away, I've been giving some thought to how I would like to celebrate with my hubby. I wanted something a little different from the traditional red and white. I envisioned a relaxed setting around the coffee table, in front of the fireplace.

When dressing a table, I love to start with a great tablecover. For this setting, I chose one of my faux zebra throws from ZGallerie.

I raided my stash of chargers and decided to go with the gold ones, especially since gold is so trendy right now. I've had these for years, but I see stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby selling them for a couple of bucks each.

I layered the chargers with some retro, black onyx, octagonal plates that I have had for years. Last year, ZGallerie had a plate that was almost identical. (I did a post about it that you can read here.)
It was so interesting to see that something I've had, since the late 80's, was suddenly trendy again.

The octagonal plates were layered with a trendy black and white salad/dessert plate, that I also got at ZGallerie last year. (Can you tell that I LOVE that store?) 

To coordinate with the black plates, I also pulled out some retro black wine goblets and champagne flutes. (I think they are an old Mikasa pattern.)  I saw a similar style of Onyx stemware on the ZGallerie website. 

I also used gold flatware to coordinate with the gold chargers. The plates are layered with gold, harlequin-patterned napkins. I love to mix lots of patterns and textures.

I simply finished the setting with a cluster of red roses, for a small pop of color and a little candlelight...perfect for a cozy evening together. 

The setting doesn't scream "Valentine's Day"; so, it's perfect for a quiet evening anytime!

That's it for today! Hope you've enjoyed your visit!