Monday, July 23, 2012

My Boys. They Fly

A repurposed paper weight and abandoned desk clock hold moments frozen in time from a summer's day at the lake.

Leaps of faith and feats of bravery from  12 year old boys .

The third generation to free fall twenty feet from a high diving board that has been sunk into a lake bed for over 50 years. Their grandfather was one of the original lifeguards. Climb, jump, swim, repeat. 

Even mid air, their personalities are evident and true. Two different varieties of bravery.

A disposable waterproof camera and a mom floating in an inner tube. Art is everywhere.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Casual Summer Pool Party

When I made my spring trip to Round Top this year, my mission was to collect some simple vintage classics for casual outdoor entertaining that I could use over and over. One of my favorite deals were these vintage tablecloths. Their soft cool colors are the perfect bottom layer for a summer table setting.

Even though the cloths are vintage, they're still in great shape and clean up easy.  They've been washed over and over and are so soft and summery. 

Next...I wanted some mason and clear. They all work well together for holding utensils and flowers.

Here's how it all came together:
The vintage black music stand is from Round Top, too.

Summer classic~ mason jars and daisies.

Small ironstone everywhere.

Happy Summer!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Change Will Do You Good

Don't adjust your screen. It's still me. The boys are at camp this week and I had time to make a new blog header. Hope you like it!

And, because a blog post needs a pretty picture:

                                                       Source: via Curious Details on Pinterest

Found Images

During my latest trip to Round Top, I ran across the colorful booth of Found Images at Margurger Farm:

Shop owner, Catherine Niles, creates beautiful hand stitched and hand printed lampshades from old postcards, calendars and vintage pictures, matched with custom or vintage bases with new wiring. The shop also offers custom shades if you would like to use one of your own images.

I love the playfulness and whimsy of these shades. I believe we shouldn't be serious all the time in our decorating and adding a fun element like these lampshades lets a little of ones personality come through. The shop also carries pillows, apparel items and home furnishings and gifts all handmade in their Texas studio. 

Love that BINGO shade up there!
Catherine also carries vintage art such as the education chart above. This would be great in my boys game room. They would love it!

Love the image of the water skiing girls above!

Found Images is located in Wichita Falls, Texas, however, Houston retailers Kuhl-Linscomb and The Arrangement carry some of her pieces. You can also find them set up under the white tents during Antique Week at Marburger Farm. You can  read more about the shows at Round Top and Antiques Week in the summer issue of Souvenir Magazine.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Souvenir Magazine Summer Issue 2012

The summer issue of Souvenir Magazine is available today! It's 122 ad free pages full of beautiful features and photos from a team of inspiring and talented contributors. I am so honored to be part of Heather Bullard's team! 
In this issue, I visited the antique shows in Round Top. If you've ever wanted to go, you will enjoy a close up look at some of my favorite dealers and deals. There are also resources to help you plan your next trip this fall.

Souvenir Magazine Summer Issue

Enjoy a free preview of features and photographs below (click the "expand" button to view):

Souvenir is a seasonal lifestyle magazine featuring gorgeous homes, beautiful ideas for entertaining, delicious recipes, simple crafts, lifestyle and travel stories and amazing shops and collectibles.  

Click here to purchase your copy.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

Period Living

I just discovered the UK's Period Living magazine. Seems like the perfect rabbit hole to be lost in this weekend. Here are a few of my favorite images so far:
Looks like an ikea dining table sharing a room with a primitive console table. And it works.

Tarnished metals

Curious little table

Linen in shades of sea glass

Love this cheerful mint green dresser. The black knobs are perfect!

You just gasped, right?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

With a Fur on Top

HAWAII BECOMES 50th STATE…51 years ago today!
These two allegorical bathing beauties represent Alaska and Hawaii, with their stars added to the American flag.

Happy 4th of July!
Don't these girls look fun? We'll be in the pool all day...minus our furs. This time.
Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Souvenir Sneak Peek

It's almost time! The Summer issue of Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine comes out July 10th and here's a peek of what's to come:

I'm so excited to be a contributor to the summer issue and can't wait to see the rest of this beautiful online magazine.
You can follow Souvenir on Facebook and sign up to be notified when the latest issue becomes available. You will love this beautifully edited online magazine that's ad free and ipad friendly.