Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Joy....

Wishing all my dear readers a Happy Easter.....May this holy, joyous week, find you happy, healthy and anticipating the joys of Spring....N.xo

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fashion forward...or not?

I have never really, expressed or exercised my opinion here on the blog about fashion....it seems such a personal, individual thing for most women, but it seems so many if us are judged by how we look or what we wear....Annie Liebovitz, a preeminent photographer of our time is taking a different approach to her portrayal of women....

" I didn't want to let women down...One of the stereotypes I see breaking down is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful..."

It's ironic, how as time marches on and we see inevitable changes in our faces and bodies, in my mind, I still think like I did in my thirties! My list of to do things hasn't shortened, and I still have so many dreams to fulfill, both personally and professionally....but do younger women view us as the great contributors that we see ourselves as....

I find that in my particular field of wedding design, the majority of my clients are much younger than I am, so it is very important to me to stay current, and engaged in all aspects, so that these young women can view us as peers, or perhaps even better as mentors!

So of course, the best way to do this is keep current in how we look....

My fashion philosophy is the same as my approach to design, simple, classic and timeless...

What you will find me in during cool weather, during the day....I live in tights, wool sweaters and boots...

 

If I have a meeting or dinner in the evening, this is my outfit of choice...

Adding a beautiful blouse, or dressy jacket for more formal occasions...

....as dressy as it gets for me...

My hair cut...

Shoes with a sensible heel...

And some bling...for fun!

....and a bag to set everything off! There you have it......how I try to stay on top of things in this crazy fashion world!!

I just had to include this photo from my Pinterest board...I love it! The freedom that comes with age...devil may care, je ne sais quoi, thumbing your nose to fashion, convention and stereo types...I bet it feels good!

N.xo

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Terrace pots for the shade...

With Spring shuffling it's feet, and the weather still far from Spring like, I have been giving quite a bit of thought to the garden...right now, it looks pretty desolate, brown and dingy and still covered in winter debris...

This is a corner of our front porch several years ago, prior to the renovation...you can see the ivy growing up the grey pillar...and a wisp of wisteria vine hanging in the forefront of the photo, from the other pillar...

Those pillars were replaced with white, square ones, and of course, the vines were ripped down as well...I was not happy!

My Mom always said.." In order to gain something, something must be forfeited! ". So the beauty of a new front porch necessitated the loss of the vines...

The ivy growing up the brick wall in the background, took years to establish..it too met it's demise, when new, larger windows were added to the front bedrooms...

The front of the house, faces north, and receives very little, if no sun, so my plant options here for pots and urns is very limited....ferns, mosses, ivy...the limitations of gardening in the shade. But it has it's rewards...beautiful texture and depth can be achieved with the same results as sun loving plants...so, on this rainy, cool Spring day, I thought I would share some of my terrace pots...grown in the shade..

Maidenhair ferns with white morning glory vine on a crown trellis...

Maidenhair ferns, caladiums and white baucopa, a flowering filler which tolerates the shade well...

A grouping of shade loving companion planters...

 

Reindeer moss, one of my favourites...with moss growing on the planter..

Early Spring last year...

 

I prefer cast concrete or cast iron urns in my garden, the texture works well for the rustic woodland setting..this front door pedestal urn was planted with green calla lily, maidenhair ferns, moss and ivy.

Early Spring, last year..the pot in the foreground was originally terracotta, but I added a grey paint and wash to it....

 

 

The only southern exposure in the garden...filtered sun and dappled shade...taken in early afternoon..

A planter potted with jasmine topiary and variegated ivy, rounding a corner by the garage...

Ferns are a mainstay in the shade garden, and in this photo, late afternoon sun on the upper terrace, gives new dimension to the garden...

If you have shade to garden with, the possibilities for combining interesting elements in pots and beds is really not as limiting as you might think...

A great reference book for gardening in the shade, which has been a wonderful source of inspiration and information for me is..The Natural Shade Garden by Ken Druse...still available on Amazon...

N.xo

 

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Birding Life

One of the sure signs of Spring, is the return of the beautiful birds that inhabit our woods...

....although we have numerous Morning doves, I have never seen the likes of the beauties above...the photo, an uncredited source from Pinterest....

Birds, cages, aviaries...they all intrigue me, and I use these motifs from Nature in my home decor if I can, as well as outdoors in the garden...

....this is a plan I have for building a dovecote...sometime in the future...I think I can adapt it to work with a house we built for our last pup, Tukk...although he is gone his doggie abode is still in the garden...

It has weathered nicely, and the vintage tin roof tiles have acquired a very nice patina....Tukk, loved his house, and took to it as soon as we placed it in the garden...

...I think I can make this little "garden folly " work in my birding dreams !! My husband may have a different idea...he just isn't as interested as I am on this one!!

 

A few years ago, I was lucky to find this vintage aviary....and it has served another purpose...a white clematis, Huldine is winding it's way happily over it....

 

 

Birds, whether real, or otherwise, find their way to the garden....

 

Peonies, from last summer, sharing space with a rusted bird bath on my potting bench...

 

.....rusty birds.... patina in my garden....

....a weathered goose, standing watch over the lower terrace...

....a bird inspired vignette on the potting bench....

 

.....inspiring me indoors, as well...

 

 

.....a verdigris bird sconce on a small wall in the breakfast room....

 
These winged creatures of our world, are very inspirational to me...their birdsong I hear every morning during the spring and summer months, and can't help but make me feel happy and alive...

I just lugged a rather large, old birdcage in from the garden, and am planning on using it indoors to bring a touch of Spring to the house...it will fill the need to feather my nest whithin the next few weeks...

I hope that Spring will quicken it's pace, where ever you may be.....N.xo

For some fascinating reading, or just to soak up the beautiful photos, A Birding Life..A Passion for Birds..at Home and Afield authored by Larry and Carol Sheehan is available on Amazon..