Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's All Coming Up Sunflowers

I had the honor of making 50 centerpieces for a gala at the historic round barn at the Red Mile Race Track here in Lexington Ky that had its opening race in 1875. The gala being held is a fund raiser for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital of Lexington and although I do not have finished photos of everything completely set up, I thought that you might enjoy some of the beauty of the wonderful state that I am blessed to live in.

I received a phone call tonight during dinner from Dana, one of the event coordinators that hired me for the event telling me how happy she and the rest of the staff were. Sometimes simplicity is best. I am super big on lots of frills and pretty, but when they told me the setting and what their linens looked like, I knew it had to have a more "south of France" feel of simple elegance, and luckily they agreed. I was promised pictures of the event with everything completely set up, so when I receive them, I will post them as well.

I remember the days when a couple of my favorite magazines used to devote entire issues to blue and white, and even though my passion is pink, there is something clean and fresh about that color combination and when you throw in the yellow I realize why I love it so much, blue for the ocean and sky, white for the puffy clouds and yellow for the sun that lights our days.

Au revoir!


Monday, August 27, 2007

Treasures on Display

I just love displaying my favorite things, and often I get questions for suggestions as to how and where to place your most loved pieces. Wall curios are deffinately one of my most favorite ways to display the smaller pieces I have collected and they are perfect for antiques such as cups and saucers, small figurines, bone dishes and dessert plates. As you can see, I have a mixture of pieces in this curio which gives it a bit of whimsy and keeps the eye looking. I also think it is important to take everything out of your cabinets now and again to rearrange them and give your home a breath of fresh air, especially if you entertain on a regular basis, your guests will really enjoy seeing something new the next time they come over to your lovely home.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Creating Romance with Touches of Old

When I saw these prints, I knew instantly that they would create a sense of romance in any home, and that those of us who love all things old and pretty, especially when they include roses, would fall in love as I did with these lovely framed prints. There is such a difference when you walk into the home of someone who decorates with treasures from the past than when you enter the home of someone who had "the decorator from Ethan Allen" help them with their home. Both are lovely I admit, and I do so admire many of the "new" pieces, but there is just something that pieces like this add to a home; warmth, a sense of history, and most definitely romance!

I am so grateful that I have a husband that enjoys my sense of style and appreciates treasures from the past. Our home is a haven for all things old, and from time to time, we joke and say that our home is "where 200 year old pieces of china come to die" since with three little ones things get broken now and again, but they are never thrown away. I have a VERY LARGE box full of broken china, just waiting to be used to create something splendid that can be passed on to our daughters, and maybe someday their daughters too!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My Baby Turns 10!

It is hard for me to believe that my oldest "baby" Vicotria just turned 10 on Monday, August 20th. It honestly feels like yesterday that I held her in my arms for the first time looking into her wide open eyes that seemed to be looking at me as if she had known me forever. We are blessed that she is so good, quite a little lady, and talented to boot with 2 younger sisters that think she hung the moon.
If you are a regular to In The Pink Antiques, you know that I have been a bit preoccupied since the beginning of August with visiting relatives, school starting and being PTA preisident for the first time, so I thought I would share this bit of a very precious moment with you.