Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Front Door Part II


Recently I painted the door trim Slate to get an idea of what it might look like on the house.  I finally came to the conclusion Slate didn't complement our roof well enough.  So I repainted the trim Flint.  Once I painted the trim the same color as the door it made our tiny entry look larger. 

Surprise! The current shutter color in the running is not Black or Slate. 
Hhhmmm now I need to find just the "right" lantern.  BLAH!

I wish you all a great weekend!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cote de Texas - entitled "Incredible Renovation" Part II

If you haven't already you must click to Joni's blog Cote de Texas and view this 20 year old foreclosed home located in Sugarland, Texas.  The homeowner has done an "incredible renovation".



The landscape has been cleaned up and refreshed by a row of boxwood bushes.  The house trim was repainted with a darker khaki color from the previous beige. 

What a difference!  These two photos illustrate what a good curb appeal can truly accomplish.

We continue to have a tied vote at our house, will we paint our shutters Black or Slate?  Yikes, they arrive next week and we haven't finalized our decision.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Inspired 19 C French Empire Crystal Chandelier

Here is our original ceiling fan in the office.

A closer night shot (note: one light burned out, nice).

For those of you who follow Sunday Loft know that
I have been wanting a chandelier for our office.
I found just the right one during our Round Top trip. 


  Ooh lala. It looks amazing with the black/blue walls.

The room is so small it's impossible to get a good shot. 

I love the way the crystals sparkle through the upper windows at night.

This light looks similar don't you think?
This is newly featured in the Restoration Hardware catalog.
It's one of their new French chandeliers offered!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Lantern

As you may recall during our trip to Marburger Farms I fell in love
and purchased this lovely lantern from Acanthus Studios. My plan was to hang
it on our front porch.  

Once I returned home I quickly realized it
was not the correct size for the planned area.

Here's another photo to put in perspective of how large the light is. 
It's 33 inches high and 15 inches around. 

Instead we decided to have our friend Pablo hang the lantern in our dinning room. 
  Oh no!  Now I need to repaint the ceiling!


 I immediately dream of all new furniture to complement the light fixture.

Until then we start rearranging. The silver framed mirror is replaced with a
wooden mirror from another room.

We tried the pear from the kitchen.

Finally we moved the twin lamps from the bedroom and a
lithograph from the kitchen.  We added a touch of fall decorations with
pinecones and pomegranates. This might work for the time being.

 I recovered the bug gut green fabric on the chairs to an off white.

The ever changing before and afters of the dinning room.

The lantern has found a new home for now.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary

This week Gary and I revisted the La MansiĆ³n del Rio where we spent our honeymoon.
This hotel is nestled along the historic River Walk among the banks of the
Paseo del Rio in downtown San Antonio. 

Here is our view from the hotel room. 
We had front row seats to watch the world float by.

I relished our time exploring the River Walk.


 Gary stopped to read every menu.


We found our hiden gem directly located across the river at the hotel Mokara
Guest of each hotel could take advantage of these first-class amenities.
Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis provided a
full-service spa, gym and a roof top pool.
The state of art equipment made the morning run seem effortless.

The iced lemon water and cold fresh apples after
our work out were a winning combination.

We soaked up the hot Texas sun one more time
on the roof top reading and relaxing by the pool.

As the night fell over the river we had a truly memorable dining
 experience under the stars at the famous Las Canarias.  Over our heads the
tiny lights filled the trees before dancing across the water.   

We shared a romantic dinner that let us reflect on 32 years of marriage!
We truly celebrated our love and life.
Happy Anniversary Gary!

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Monday, October 10, 2011


Gary and I went to Franks for lunch. 

It's located downtown at 4th & Colorado.

Gary ordered a chili cheese hotdog.

I ordered grilled corn served off the cob with chili mayonesa, lime juice,
cilantro and cotija cheese.  It was so good.

And Texas Caviar - Black eyed peas, red onion, green bell pepper, cilantro,
red wine vinegar, lemon zest, olive oil.

We enjoyed our lunch!

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