I’m so tired right now I can barely type. I went to sleep around 1:30 (pretty typical for me) and woke up at 6:30. That’s also typical but I usually go back to sleep for a bit, but today all I could think about was the huge amount of work we need to do outside, so the only logical thing to do was get up and get started.
The first order of the day was to dig a small ditch about 30′ long, 6″ wide and about 10″ deep. We need to extend the existing foundation drain pipe that is buried so that more of the yard will be usable. The dirt was completely water logged, as this isn’t water from rain, but from our very high water table, so it’s a constant flow.
After I showered and washed off all the mud, I took a much needed break and picked up some flowers and arranged them in hanging baskets and containers. While I was doing that FedEx came with the delivery of the dining area rug (I’ll show that to you next time) and a sweet and savory surprise for Mother’s Day from my daughter (see below).
On Wednesday I went on a fun house tour with some friends and I thought I’d share a few pictures with you. When we got to the house I realized I packed the wrong lens, so I wasn’t able to get good shots of an entire room, but I got some close up shots and I also took some pics with my phone so all was not lost.
The house is a traditional Tudor style built in 1930 and is approximately 7,000 square feet and sits on 5.3 park-like acres in a lovely area of Connecticut. The house was in disrepair, but was beautifully restored in preparation for this event and is now on the market.
When you enter, the room to your right is the living room. I love the ceilings and the huge fireplace, and although I do think the furnishings are perhaps a bit too modern for everyday living, I like the stylish and elegant feel of the space.
A close up of the living room floor lamps. Gold ‘twigs’…the perfect blend of elegant and rustic.
The green sofa in the background is what you see when you first enter the home. I love the beautiful color, which is even prettier in person. Oh, and you see those lamps flanking it? They were $18,000 each. Hand carved and covered in 14k gold plate.
Each room in the home was decorated by a different designer, and they all did a fabulous job. I’ve been on many home tours, and invariably there’s at least one room where you wonder, ‘what were they thinking?!’ But not in this home. I enjoyed every room, but my favorite was the master bedroom, where the designer combined classic, glamorous and trendy elements and the result was spectacular.
It was furnished like a movie set, just waiting for Lombard and Gable. (Strangely, this next picture sometimes looks wonky and other times it’s fine. If it looks weird on your computer, I’d love to know.)
The space consisted of a mix of antique and modern pieces, creating a visually appealing and calming retreat.
Another drop dead gorgeous room was the dining room, which was embellished in Robert Allen fabrics, china from Richard Ginori and a porcelain mirror from Lladro. That’s the designer in the picture. What do you think of the ceiling? I love it! All the furnishings in this home were for sale, and we did a quick calculation so if you’re interested in the table settings it will only cost you about $13,000.
The kitchen, while not large by today’s standards, had a very interesting stove which was installed in the 80’s. Although I didn’t take photos, just on the other side of the kitchen wall was a butler’s pantry that was nearly as large as the kitchen itself, with lovely glass-fronted cabinets and a huge double sink.
Moving on, there was a lovely little dressing room with so many pretty touches tucked away in the corner on the third floor.
One thing we noticed was a generous use of metallics in many of the rooms. It was highlighted in interesting ways, such as ceilings covered in unique, textured metallic cork wallpaper, aluminum foil cut into squares and given an interesting patina, or simply using Rustoleum metallic products to achieve a bit of glam.
We ended our tour outside in the charming garden.
Are these not the most gorgeous flowers you’ve ever seen??! We couldn’t remember their name. Anyone know?
In other news…
Remember my bear incident in my last post? Well, the next day we heard on the news that a bear in the same town was chasing two women. They were not harmed, but when they found the bear they euthanized it. That made me sad because I can’t help but wonder if the women were exaggerating and if they were, well, there should have been a better way. (I don’t think it was the same bear that I saw though.)
Now about that Mother’s Day gift…
It arrived in a cute little wooden box covered in corrugated cardboard…
and inside were six of the most delectable gourmet jams I’ve ever seen.
Flavors like Raspberry Chambord, Orange and Cardamon and Tipsy Peach (which has a touch of irish whiskey!). AND…they come in reusable Wick jars. 🙂
I had a hard time deciding which jam to have but I ended up with the meyer lemon and lavender which went really well with some apricot goat cheese I had on hand.
Notice that cute little vintage cup on the right? We took a quick trip to Vermont on Monday and came upon a building that houses tons of antique vendors and picked up six of these Stengl ‘Autumn Harvest’ cup and saucers. The colors are so pretty, I wish we could have gotten the entire set of dishes and serving pieces.
I’ve never heard of ‘Eat This’, but I think they’re certainly going to be hearing from me again!
If you’re a mom or have a mom, are you doing anything special for Mother’s Day? It will just be the two of us, so even though Fisherman made dinner reservations at one of our favorite places, I decided I’d rather spend the day at Elephant’s Trunk in Connecticut. Have you heard of it? It’s featured on Flea Market Flip a lot and I’ve always wanted to go. Maybe I’ll have some pics to share soon.