Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas circa 2000-Sunday Favorites

I love the cottage look and almost a decade ago I had a light and  bright combination dining /hearth room that featured blue and white.   These are pictures from that room..during the Christmas season  all I had to do was add a  pop of red to give it the holiday look.   I get nostalgic about this room because I miss all the wonderful memories of watching movies and family meals we enjoyed there when my three sons were still living at home.   We still live in the same home, but I have totally redecorated this room with a darker color scheme and the dining area is no longer a part of the family room.... but that's for a later post.  Hope you enjoy one of my favorite rooms.

The cabinets are from my parents home and enclose some of my mother's collection of blue and white porcelain dishes she collected in the orient. 

Our family dining room was used extensively when my boys were all home.  Many wonderful family meals were served here. I always enjoyed  decorating this chandlier. 

A closeup of a simple mantle vignette

Wow ...even my hubbie looks a decade younger!  Hope everyone enjoys your favorite family memories.

Merry Christmas !

Thanks Chari for being our wonderful hostess for Sunday Favorites! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pacific Grove-Monarch Butterflies

Pacific Grove, California  is one of my favorite places to visit. It is known for the being a Monarch butterfly sanctuary. These winged beauties migrate in the fall and spend the winter months in this lovely coastal town.  Monarch butterflies are seen on homes, signs and buildings throughout the area .  This house is known as the Butterfly house and was a couple blocks away from where we stayed. It makes me smile!

The entrance sign to Pacific Grove or Butterfly Town U.S.A.

Decorated old fashioned lamp posts

Streetside gardens include monarchs too!

If you look closely this historic building's stained glass windows are adorned with monarchs!

Pacific Grove is delightful town with a very pretty mascot.

Hope you enjoy Outdoor Wednesdays, make sure to check out Susan this week at A Southern Daydreamer.  She is always the sweetest hostess!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pink Saturday and The Pink Elephant

While on vacation and driving from Napa Valley out to the coast to Bodega Bay, we found ourselves in some cute little towns.   I saw this sign I knew we had to turn around and get a picture of this one of a kind neon sign for a Pink Saturday post....It's just the cutest!

It's always fun to see what everyone has posted for Pink Saturday at Beverly's How Sweet the Sound!  Hope everyone has a great and fun Saturday!