Monday, July 12, 2010

Fancy House Stuff

Hi Everyone! First of all, I found this cute dress, worn by a happy elephant. It's a Richard Scary drawing. Isn't it a sweet print? As I told you before, dresses are a rarity around here. The closest I can get to this pretty color combo is the yellow print pants I wore yesterday. Really, I must work on the dress thing and I WILL, as soon as I finish my curtain work for baby Aria.

Speaking of yesterday, Kelli and I went to lunch (so fun!) and then to Ethan Allen because Kelli is working on her living room. Wow! This is fancy house stuff. I took along my little camera and nobody scolded me so I figured it was okay to take a few photos. You'll like these images.

First favorite thing: fine black chair

Kelli said, "Mom, that is NOT cute. It's OLD looking." She actually said this a lot and the decorator that was helping her (also, a granny) looked at me and smiled every time Kelli said it, but this velvet chair was COZY! The decorator said, "Oh, I don't like the way the skirt hangs." I guess I really liked it because it rocks and I like to rock.

I always like plaid and I always like blue.

Here's the fabric Kelli settled on, but the chair was a little hard.

She wasn't sure about the button tufts on this one, but then she sat in it and said, "Oh yeah, this is comfortable." So the fabric above on this chair will arrive in 6-8 weeks. FANCY!

I have always wondered about beds that look this good. I'm still sort of like the kid who says, "Why should I make my bed when I am going to get in it in such a short time?" I make the bed (most days) but I do like the way a slept in bed looks. So inviting. I remember when the kids were little and I was short on sleep. I'd make the bed and fight the urge to hop back into our cozy (and a tiny bit ratty) bed.

Isn't the one above pretty? Don't you love the pencil bed below? I do.

Another fancy bed here.

Even though Ethan Allen does a beautiful job creating fancy interiors, I do like the stone fireplace and the busyness of the photograph above. It's still just a tad fancy though.

I think I'd be happy in this little bakery created by our friend Beatrix, wouldn't you?

Living in the woods holds great appeal.

Or, even a beat-up old cottage. I've been watching Lark Rise and their little hamlet homes are so pretty. I especially like Queenie's house. She offers tea and hospitality beside her warm fire. She's my favorite.

Don't you wonder who lived in this house? Why did they leave it to fall into disrepair? I still like it.

But fancy homes aside (they ARE pretty) the best spot of all is YOUR home, right? I love this Garth Williams illustration of Ma tucking Laura and Mary into their bed in their little house in the Big Woods, don't you?

This Susan Branch illustration says it all. May your tea kettle sing today as you love your happy home.


Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Lovely fabric Kelli has chosen - it's a bit Kath Kidston or laura Ashley style... I love it - There is a theme park in the UK called Alton Towers and they have a little house like the Beatrix Potter bakery picture, it's part of the setting for the younger childrens rides. so pretty. Wouldn't it be fun to get an old garden shed and make it into a pretty room to sit and read in with pretty cushions and things (too cold in the UK to get much use of it though!), it's so fun to think about decorating a room all new isn't it. Betty x

Anonymous said...

Queenie is my fave character too Pom Pom, I love her gentle wisdom and love for others, although she can be quite stubborn too! Her house is wonderful, I love it too. xx

GretchenJoanna said...

Oh, Gordon Lightfoot! I stayed here long enough to hear his voice. He really takes me back. I rarely hear him anymore, but at one time he was my favorite singer. (sigh)

Patricia Torres said...

Lovely images... That sure looks like a fun evening...

I love the elephant image on top... :-)

Elizabethd said...

Such a pretty traditional fabric for the chair, I love it.

April said...

I like your yellow pants!

libbyquilter said...

oooohhhh~!!~ i LOVE Kelli's choice in fabric and chair~!~

just think of the delightful comfort if one moved that fabulous chair into snaps bakery~!?!~

and then a nice cup of tea with a scone . . . and maybe a good book or some stitching . . .


wayside wanderer said...

Love the chair Kelly picked! There is a lot to be said for a comfy chair, and they are not always easy to find.

Gumbo Lily said...

I haven't been out looking around at furniture in a long time. It was fun touring the Ethan Allen store with you. Lots of fancy things, I agree. The fabric Kelli chose was very pretty -- is it a French country? (I'm not sure)

I like the Bakery house too. In fact, the lady I buy fabrics from has her store in the old town bakery where I used to buy my favorite heart shaped sugar cookies, and she and her family live in the back of it. It's very charming and she's such a decorator.

Have a happy day!

Bradley Maston said...

Home...yes...I love my Home.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sweet Pom Pom ~

How nice to visit with you! Comfy chairs and the loveliness of home ~ ahhh! I love your pictures. Houses that are in disrepair like the one you shared ~ they always seem to tug at my heart.

May your day be filled with sunshine!

The dB family said...

Richard Scary books are very popular in this house. I love all the photos you took! It's pretty neat that they let you take them all. What a great way to get ideas. The beds look lucious! I especially love the quilt on the bed above the pencil bed. Such soft and warming colours! Looks like a fun day!


Kerri said...

I love the old derelict houses! You're making me want to read Lark Rise again, it's such a great book. So comforting and old fashioned and therefore full of real things.

Pom Pom said...

Better late than never! The "bakery" happens to be a Tasha Tudor drawing, not Beatrix. Ooooops!