Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book Review: Portrait of a Woman in White

France 1940. Nazi forces march towards Paris. Lilli Rosenswig’s wealthy and eccentric family is ensconced in their country chateau with their sumptuous collection of arts and antiques. The beloved Matisse PORTRAIT OF Lilli’s mother has been brought from their Paris salon for safety. It is the day before young lovers, Lilli and Paul are to be married that they are forced to flee and their fortunes change irrevocably. Lilli and her family escape but Paul must stay behind to defend their country. In their struggle to adapt to changing circumstances in an unpredictable world, all are pushed to reinvent themselves. When top Nazi, Herman Goring loots their Matisse portrait, their story is intertwined with the fate of the painting Portrait of a Woman in White. This is a moving family saga, an obsessive search for lost love and lost art and how far we will go to survive.

Author, Susan Winkler
Susan is the author and has also written four editions of The Paris Shopping Companion. A former print journalist for Fairchild Publication in New York, she studied French literature at Bennington College (BA), Stanford University (MA),  L’Academine in Paris, and the University of Geneva, and has a lifelong interest in art. She lives in Portland Oregon with her family. You can also find Susan on Facebook and Goodreads.

My Review:
I loved this book. Even though this is historical fiction, it is a great look at how things must have occurred during WWII. I highly recommend this book to individuals or a book club. My book club, Book Chicks loved it. There was no one in our group that didn’t enjoy this book. Great questions for the group in the back of the book.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Foyer Light Fixture

Today I’m blogging about a new light fixture that we purchased last week from the Pottery Barn Outlet in Morrow, GA.  We have a new store outlet there and it seems to have a lot of furniture, but recently they bought in a lot of other items, such as lighting, rugs, lamps, and huge, huge boxes of other things such as bed linens, throws, down comforters, throw rugs, Christmas stockings, plates, dishes, etc.  

Anyway, my price was originally $249.00 and it was marked down to $149.97.  They had a sale and I got it 50% off of the lowest price for $59.00.  I was so excited because it's lead crystal. I called my hubby to come by and look at it with me.  I’ve learned a long time ago when it comes to electrical its best to have a set of eyes on it that know what they are looking at. 

This was the one he took down.  Look at the 1990 mess.

Here is the dining room light and I think the crystal matches the new hall way light very well.

The one below is in the living room and my foyer sits between the two rooms so I think the new one is a great blend of what I already have up.  Not that they always have to match, but I do like the cohesiveness of the three.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!  Go check out the Pottery Barn Outlet in Morrow!!! It's worth the trip.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dressmaker's Ham - My Estate Sale Find

Last weekend I went to an estate sales in my neighborhood and found the most adorable little ironing board.  I know if must have been used by a dressmaker and needed to press cuffs and collars in her finishing process.  I was so excited since it truly looks homemade and very old. It will be great in my sewing room!

The sticker price on it was $8.00  and I got it half price on the last day of the sale.  Not a bad price for $4.00, all in the eyes of the beholder.

In 1858 the first real ironing board was patented which was an iron table.  Later they also included a removable press board used for sleeves and cuffs.  After further looking these miniature ironing boards were called "Tailor's Hams".  A dressmakers ham was a tightly stuffed pillow in the shape of a ham used as a mold  when pressing curves such as sleeves or collars. 

Here are a few pics of what I discovered.

 Notice that the one I purchased has four little legs attached to the base.  In my searching I didn't find one like mine, so can only assume it may be homemade.  The wood looks pretty worn, so who knows how old it is. 

Someone must have recovered it at some point and time.  I thought about taking the cover off but then to use it would have to pad it again.  Think I'll just leave it alone.

I also have an old ironing board like the one below that was given to me by my husband's mother.  It was her first ironing board I believe when she started housekeeping.  I know some of you have seen this one.

Fun to find something amusing in estate sales isn't it?  Happy hunting!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kim, Kathy & The Edgy Rug

Several weeks back, I believe it was actually Martin Luther King Day, I went shopping with 2 of my good friends, Kathy and Kim.  We had such a great day and seemed like we so enjoyed each other's company as we always do. We went to Woodstock Market Place.  We had such a great time that we left there at 12:30 and went to lunch and came back to finish, finally leaving around 5:00. 

But the reason for my post was Kim bought a rug at a great price.  It was really cute and looked like a Ballard Design print.  She has put it in her den and we all are crazy about it.  Seems that Kim has had some company for a couple of weeks and just now got around to putting it down.  Received the pics today and I think it's fabulous!  Kathy said it was "edgy".  Great word for a great rug.  See what you think.

 It's not quite as large as the rug that she previously had in the room but she has such pretty hardwood floors it would be a shame to not show some of them.  I love the size and actually prefer this size to the previous rug. 

While I've camped out here in this room, take a moment to notice the two poofs that she has near the fireplace.  I love those especially against the leather ottoman.  Such texture!

She and I found the column against the wall several years ago at Scott's Antique Market, another favorite place we like to wander. 

I just love going to Kim's house, it's not cluttered but very well decorated and put together so nicely in all these beautiful neutral colors. 

Thanks Kim for letting me share your space with blog land!

Please leave a comment on how you love this space, we would both like to hear from you out there. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My Stash Decorating Closet

For the last week I've been working on a closet that is in my husband's art room where he paints, draws, etc.  (I would use the closet in my sewing room, however, it has my sewing machines in it.)  His closet is a walk in closet and he only hangs his sports coats and suits in there.  So this is where I put my decorating stash.  Yes, I said it "my stash".  Its actually been there for years, but every time you went in you would stumble over my stuff.  So its all organized.  Here is a picture of the finished closet.

I know it must still look cluttered but my look on this end is really organized.  I purchased from Walmart a black 4 shelf rack for 39.99 and pushed it in the outside wall along the back.  I put all my candle holders on the bottom.  Each shelf hold 250 lbs. so it works nicely.  I have a basket for plates and glassware. 

Don't look too closely as I should have painted the closet first.  But on the left wall I have always hung Ziploc bags on nails to contain things like: plate hangers: small easels: lamp parts, I also hang wreaths there that I use with other decorations.  My Christmas decorations have a closet all their own so I don't have to store any of that in here.

This is the top shelf on the back wall and holds a lot of glass ware that I can reach easily.

This is the right  side of the closet as you enter.  It houses his jackets/suite and on the top shelf holds the larger items that are safe on the top shelf.  The closed is angled on this right side so I had to be careful what to put on that shelf that would fit nicely in the eaves of the house roof.

I hope the new year has gotten you excited also about organizing your areas of your home.  It sure does feel a lot better to walk in the closet and create a table setting easier than finding what I was looking for in a box under a box, under a box, you know what I mean.

Happy Organizing!!!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Visit to Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors

My husband and his best friend went to Bainbridge, GA on Friday for the
Rattlesnake Roundup.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

So that was a big incentive to have a "Girls Weekend".  Several of us spent the night with my best friend and played cards to the wee hours.  We got up Saturday morning and went to Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Alpharetta and Buford.  Yes, two antique stores in one day!  Plus visited my daughter's new home in Cumming.  Followed by dinner at Cheeky's Mexican in Avalon.
It was a great day with a lot of shopping.  We dreamed of the chocolate brownies at the house, so cards and brownies were in our thoughts as we headed home.  We had such a grand time together. 
We'll have to make it a bigger party next time and invite more friends!

I thought I would share a few of my purchases of the day especially since I got such good buys.

This was a steal at $28.00 from Pottery Barn. I used it last evening for an appetizer
and put cheeses, pears, and grapes on it.  Beautiful! You can't really tell how long it is but I would say 16 inches approximately

This deal was a new little garden tray that was finished so nicely I had to have it for my
spring table in the kitchen.  I'll have fun filling it up.

These are both beautiful and useful.  I collect the creamy white dishes and these will go great with what I already have.  They were not marked as a cream and sugar, but I purchased them to us as a pitcher and just put spoons in them.  I loved them and they had to come home with me.

 These German plates are Royal Copenhagen and my friend paid $100.00 each for her set of 5 back in the 70s.  These were in a half price booth for $19.00 each, so my $8.00 each was a STEAL.

Here is one of our friends who traveled with us.  She is from Texas and we thought this old burlap bag from Texas was kind of funny!  Marty was a great sport.

Below is the card showing the stores and their locations. I know they would appreciate a visit to check them out.  It was a great time and all the ladies that traveled with us agreed.  We have the Marietta store in mind for our next trip.  Stay tuned to our travels to come!