My study is like a comfortable slipper! It just fits! It is a soft place to land and a sanctuary from all the clamor of the day!
Come on in ...
And see where I create!
Please excuse the color and quality of these photos. The room has little natural light and it was an overcast day when these pictures were taken. I had to adjust my camera to get these photos without a flash and they are not up to my usual standards~sorry!
Every morning when I wake up, I pour myself a BIG cup of coffee and head to my small study for time with God. I am a Bible Study teacher and a speaker so this is where I do most of my studying and prepare for my speaking engagements.
It is also where I blog.
Just recently this room has become my study. Before that it was a craft room/ kids computer and homework room/sewing room/ overflow room. The walls were painted terracotta (I think it looked like pepto bismal pink, though) and the furniture was white. My sewing machine cabinet was in here. But since my children have left home, I felt I needed a space to read, study, and now blog. A more defined space.
I chose soft colors for my new space. Philadelphia Cream by Benjamin Moore is a very warm and neutral wall color.This is a truely beautiful wall color!!!!!
I was tired of white furniture (my kitchen is white) and wanted this room to be warm and old world-ish. I found this lovely french inspired chestnut desk at a local furniture store and it was love at first sight. It JUST fit in my study!
Using soft aquas and greens and butter in my study became a nice contrast to the wood. Aqua is such a popular color right now. But I wanted to really soften it up. No bright or in your face tones! And I did not want to buy any investment pieces in that color. When it falls out of vogue or I get tired of it I want to be able to change the color without any guilt!
My big investment was an unusual shade of green (the photo does not do it justice~sorry) persian rug. Perfect size, perfect color, perfect feel for the room. It was worth the investment!
This room is very much still a work in progress. I do not rush into decorating. It is a thoughtful process to me. And I am patient. I love the hunt of finding beautiful things that speak to me. The thrill of thinking about and finding a home for each element.
Adding to and editing things in the study is a slow and gratifying activity!
My desk, where I spend a good deal of time each day, always has flowers. Mostly from my garden now. And pictures of my family. Lots and lots of them. I have kept all my gilded frames- even though they are not so popular right now- they are still popular with me! I also have a small painted wire basket (GW) that holds note cards, a pen and some stickers. A pretty tile from the Biltmore waits for that cup of morning coffee. And where would I be without my reading glasses! They sit in a little silver bowl with legs. This bowl was a Good Will find and I am so wild about it!
Behind the closet doors are a good many of my dishes! And on the door knob hangs a flora dora holding fresh flowers. This was made by Jane at Flora Doora. Isn't it darling? It give me something so pretty to look at. I want to do SOMETHING with these doors... but what? Any ideas? Paint them to match the walls is what I have come up with so far.
I have been collecting things I love to display in the bookshelves. Not nearly done, I am taking away and adding often. I like a ballance of books and meaningful pieces. These are just a few of my decorating books. I have sooooo many books of all kinds! Books are an addiction!
I am a huge fan of Degas, and LOVE the ballet! A dear friend sent me this Degas card and I put it into a frame. I am captivated by this little work of art.
My study is a very tiny room. It sits right off of my kitchen. It feels confined (in a good way) and cozy! The only thing missing is a fireplace! I added this large comfy taupe and pale aqua chair to the corner by the door (Calico Corners). This chair and the porch swing are my favorite places to get away from it all!
I am reading a couple of wonderful books about the art of note writing for an upcoming post.
Here's the pink for Pink Saturday!
There is still much to do! My desk chair fell apart last month and is not able to be repaired. I am in search of a new one. I have a huge wall decal to hang that says "Faith... makes things possible, not easy" above my closet. And so much more. The next two pictures are visual aids to show you what I am planning to do. I feel like John Madden with the circles!
Beverly at How Sweet The Sound has asked us to post, "Where Do You Create" for Pink Saturday. She asked us to show off our craft rooms or studies. When my craft room is more organized, I'll show you that too... in about 2 years! Venture over to her blog and see where other bloggers create!
This post was done the very first week I started blogging~ on September 15, 2009. I surely learned a lot since then!I know that the basil in many gardens is ready to be picked and made into pesto. This is a fabulous recipe! Pesto is a StoneGable staple! If you have never made pesto please give it a try! You will be glad you did.
As summer’s heat gives way to crisp autumn mornings, my garden is having its last hurrah. My veggies are quietly diminishing while my marigolds are riotous! And the pumpkins that grow in my compost bin, because they refuse to grow in my garden, are turning orange.
Tomatoes and peppers are presenting their late harvest offerings. My basil, the great summer standard of my garden, is full of flowery spikes and woody stalks telling me that I need to pick it today if I want to salvage it for pesto. I have really let it go too long. Ignoring it and only picking it when I needed it for culinary purposes. I did not pinch off it’s budding tops regularly, so that it would not flower. I did not make pesto like I have in years and years past as the summer goes along and the basil grows.
Now I am left with “bushes” of basil…with a lot of flowers. But I think I can redeem this green gold, as I like
to call it, and make a pesto to freeze so I can enjoy a taste of summer all year round.
I have made this recipe for many years. I love it! I use pesto liberally and often. I no longer measure, I can just eyeball it.
2 ½ c. fresh basil leaves, packed
¼ c. toasted pine nuts
½ c. parmesan cheese, chunked
½ c. Locatelli cheese, chunked or
¾ c. light olive oil
3 cloves garlic
2 TBS butter
dash of fresh ground pepper
In a dry pan, add pine nuts and toast over low heat. Be very careful, they easily burn. Put in food processor.
Wash and dry basil leaves and add to food processor. Put in all other ingredients with the pine nuts and basil and process until blended.
Refrigerate or freeze until you are ready to use it.
I freeze pesto in ice cube trays and then pop the pesto cubes out into a plastic container. Take it out of freezer 1 hr before use, or on low microwave it in 10 sec. intervals, stirring. Do not overheat!
I knew the minute I walked into Catherine's beautiful home that I was out of my element, over my head, bitten off more than I could chew and not on the same page!
But it was too late to turn back. I spotted Sean Connery , a secret crush from way back, schmoozing at the dessert table and I went a little weak in the knees!
This confusing tale of misfortune and mistaken woe started when I was so kindly invited to the Finale Party for the Design Challenged... or so I thought! And I am certainly designed challenged! Catherine from the Shiny Pebble had invited me herself!
I have the blessed fortune to hang out with some pretty impressive fashionistas in bloggland. I'm not quite sure what they see in me, but they have accepted me none the less and I am so thankful for their friendship. They are so fashion forward and glamorous! I was hoping that tonight I could learn from them and that their stunning style and panache would rub off onto me.
It had taken me over a week to pick out the perfect outfit. On wash day, Monday, I had scrubbed all of my best frocks and hung them on line to dry! It really helps to get the manure smell out of the fabric. Living in the heart of Amish country, this is a continual battle for me!
Catherine, in her most gracious way, answered the door herself! Never too busy to greet a guest! She looked stunning. As I entered I noticed that everyone was stunning! Dressed in the most beautiful and unique fashions. Her decor was upscale and elegent. The food and bubbly were the finest I had ever seen! Marsha and her entourage of Mom-Mom, Chanterel, and Chelsey were all gorgeous!
That's when I knew that I had certainly missed something! Rushing to the powder room I pulled my invitation out of my pocked and reread it by the light of a drop crystal candelier!
Then it hit me~ this was a party to mark the final interior designer challenge, NOT for the design challenged!!!
There was only one thing to do. Escape!
I shimmied out of the bathroom window, hitched up my horse and buggy and high tailed it back to Lancaster Pa!
I was able to garner a few tidbits and beauty secrets as I breezed through the fabulous party~
1- sneekers, no matter how comfortable are NOT very becomming footwear
2- An amish cap and severly parted hair ages women and makes them eventually bald
3- red lipstick makes anyone look better (as long as you get your teeth whitened)
So if you are traveling in my neck of the woods and see a middle aged Amish women with kitten heels, tousled hair and red lips, wave and say Hi! It's probably me!
I want to thank our wonderful hostess Catherine for a lovely evening. And although it was not the party I expected I had a blast. And learned a few new fashion tips, tricks and trends too!
And thank you to my fashion friends who love me just the way I am. I am so happy to know all of you!You inspire me!
Please join the party. Click HERE to be amazed at this fashionable blog party!
Artichokes, such a funny vegetable! But absolutely delicious, and in a very unique way... beautiful. This week's tablescape pays homage to the... ARTICHOKE!
I wanted to capture the natural and organic feel of the Artichoke in this week's table. The patio table is set for al fresco dining and simple, clean and earthy elements were used.
Brown rattan chargers lay the groundwork for each place setting.
The plates are stacked in a white, green, white layer. The white plates (HomeGoods), have a deeply embossed band with just a hint of brown rubbing to enhance the detail.
The green salad plate (Marshall's) has a simplier band design, but mirrors the brown rubbed embossed look.
These fun faux artichokes hold votive candle glasses. They can be used to light up each place setting. Another whimsical use would be to fill them with dips, mayonaise, spreads, etc. and use them on the table or on a tray with veggies, chips, and other dippables!
I LOVE this easy breezy tablecloth and matching napkins! It is the lightest weight cotton. The stylized vine motif is enclosed by a complimenting green border. The linens are from Ridgefield Home and I bought them last winter at (of course) HomeGoods. Don't you think that HomeGood''s should sponsor my blog? I am almost their best advertisement!
Each napkin is tucked between the plates. This is a much more relaxed napkin placement that I don't use too often. But I think it is the perfect choice for this laid back table.
Brown marbleized handled flatware (HomeGoods) continues the earthy essence of the table.
Celadon green bowls stacked on white mismatched plates wait for dessert...homemade lime sorbet andkey lime shortbread cookies (look for these recipes in an upcoming post)! Even the spoons are ready! I love to display my dishes on the table. They not only look lovely, but are a little preview of what is to come.
A fresh set of napkins are ready for the dessert course.
Big fluffy white hydrangeas in a white ironstone vase makes a centerpiece that is as easy-going and crisp as the rest of the table.
Flanking the hydrangeas are large white artichoke globes. I borrowed them from my study where they are employed as bookends. They continue the artichoke theme and pick up the white color of the vase and large bowl.
A large white ironstone bowl (local antique shop) filled with REAL artichokes will be used later to make steamed artichoke with a lemon aioli dipping sauce. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water! But for now they are part of the tablescape!
Steamed Artichokes and Lemon Aoili Dipping Sauce
Balsamic Marinaded Flank Steak On Skewers
Grilled Corn On The Cob With Butter
Lime Sorbet With Key Lime Shortbread Cookies
I would love you to join us... there is always room for ONE ( or two ) more at StoneGable.
I am participating in the 95th Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch. Some very exciting news over there!!!! Susan is staritng an etsy and ebay shop called "The Butler's Pantry"... she is selling beautiful vintage pieces and other wonderful tablescape items in her new shops! Go visit her to see all the wonderful tablescapes put together for you!
Welcome to my blog... and my life. I'm Yvonne... the mother of 3 beautiful twenty-something children and a recent empty nester. I live with Bobby, my wonderful husband, Scamp our spoiled (so cute) dog and Hobbes our rascally cat. I love all things HOME... well...except cleaning the garage and maybe ironing! I am a life-long learner on a constant quest to learn and do something new... especially when it concerns anything domestic !
Living by grace, I strive to be positive and purposeful. I want to live large and love life and all those who cross my path! It is my hope to inspire creative living here at StoneGable!