Rain rain go away! I’m expecting Noah and his ark to show up any time now. It rained here on and off all last week with a break during the day on Saturday. Then it started again Saturday night and has not stopped. Rain for a day or so? That is perfectly fine and cozy, but this kind of rain? It is depressing. I do not like dark and dreary.(And there is no way to take photos for the blog when it is this dark.)
I tried to write a Talk of the Weekend post for you yesterday, but it just wouldn’t come together. (I needed the photo above which I could not take in the dark.) So I have changed it to a Monday Morning Mention instead. Let’s start with a bright and cheery house. Do you remember Anthony Baratta and his over-the-top love of color and pattern? (I featured some of the homes he did with William Diamond here.)
He did this particular kitchen, and it really caught my eye…
Red gingham ceiling, white cabinetry, red countertops, and a very colorful painted floor. Here is another view of it:
Do you think it is too much for your eyes? The house is located in New Canaan, Connecticut, and it has been on the market for a while. I wanted you to take a look at what they have done to the kitchen since it has been for sale. I am wondering if they toned it down in order to appeal to more buyers.
Quite a change…right? Which version do you prefer? I actually like the new floors better, but I could have lived with the red gingham ceiling..although when you put that much red adjacent to white, it often gives the white a tint of pink. The price for the home is a little under $9,000,000 just in case you are interested in purchasing it.
While we are on the subject of red, have you seen Sugar Paper’s new line of holiday gift wrap at Target? It comes in 4 different colorways, and it has some great touches of gold on many pieces – including the gift boxes. Yes, you can purchase the gift boxes!
I was soooo excited to learn that our local store would be carrying it! My husband and I were in Target on Friday night. I rushed to the Christmas corner, and there it was in all its prettiness. I put 2 rolls of gift wrap, a package of tags, and a spool of ribbon in my cart, but after studying the paper items a bit, I realized the red would not go with the reds in our home. They were a little too coral in tone, so they went back on the shelf. But all is not lost…have you checked out the holiday goodies at Bullseye’s Playground (formerly the Dollar Spot)? It was filled with cute chalkboards, jars, and buffalo check items – all mostly under $3! The checked plates had to jump in my shopping cart for some reason.
Okay…enough shopping. Let’s talk about houses for a minute. Last week many of you, like me, seemed to adore the rustic cabins we were perusing. Have you seen the ones at Balsam Mountain Preserve?
Isn’t this gathering room at the Boarding House there a beautiful space?
Or perhaps you would prefer a cozy Cotswold cottage. Here is a precious one by Thurston/Boyd Interior Design. Is it just me, or does it remind you of Iris’cottage in The Holiday? (Or do all Cotswold cottages now remind you of that movie?)
And finally let’s go from a small and cozy cottage to a large but charming kitchen.
This one is full of wonderful details…from the walls to the copper in that cabinet.
Don’t forget to click on the sources below the photos to see more of each space.
And now to catch up. I turned the computer off for most of last week – no blog posts, no emails, nothing. I was trying to get things ready for a big all weekend party we were supposed to have here this past weekend. Unfortunately, a couple of our out-of-town guests had to cancel… so no party occurred. (We are rescheduling it though.)
Then I worked the rest of the week nonstop getting the house Thanksgiving ready since we are the back-up location for a big family reunion on that day if my in-laws are unable to host it. (Fingers crossed and prayers that my father in law keeps making progress. ) Sooo, if it will ever stop raining, I have a lot of November decorating to show you…and there is no red in any of it. (Did you faint?) I will be catching up on all your emails today and tomorrow.
And on this rainy Monday, in the month of giving thanks, my thankful heart is grateful for many things, but most especially for your visits and comments here. I appreciate all of your encouragement as we talk of houses, decorating, entertaining, and all sorts of other random things.
Until next time…
(when there will be Thanksgiving decorating!)