Lining Your Nest

I have been busy the last several weeks working on decorating and updating my home. I have been having a wonderful time, and I have to say that when I walk into my house now, it truly feels like coming home. I know that probably sounds cliche, but let me elaborate.

Years ago, I decorated my bedroom based upon some fabric that I really loved. I’m a red girl, but very much aware that red is not the color choice for when you want to relax and go to sleep. So, I chose one of the other colors in the fabric … a smoky dark blue to paint my walls. In theory, it was absolutely beautiful. I had two very large windows that brought plenty of light into the room, so I knew I could pull it off without feeling like I was entering a cave.

Well, folks … it didn’t work. It was beautiful. It was coordinated. It worked with the fabric I had used on the drapes and the red cornice boards. But, I realized after several months, that I NEVER spent time in my bedroom. I’d leave it as soon as the day started and never return until the end of the day. It really wasn’t “Me!”

At the time, however, I was younger (around 28) and didn’t really know yet exactly what was me. So, I started reading the “Simple Abundance” book by Sarah Ban Breathnach that was so popular at the time. One of the prompts in the book was to start a scrapbook and whenever something “spoke” to you, you put a picture of that in your scrapbook. So, that is what I did, and “Voila!” Over time, I realized what truly was me. So, I painted over those blue walls, they became a soft creamy ivory and then I sponged a soft sage green very delicately on the walls. I kept the red cornice boards, and then changed my bedding to a creamy ivory background with red and yellow toile style flowers and, you guessed it probably … sage green leaves. At the time I don’t think anyone knew the phrase “Shabby Chic” but that is what my bedroom became.

Afterwards, I couldn’t stay out of that room! I wanted to be in my room all day long, every day … but alas my children and husband needed me to function outside of my bedroom.

So, here I am, once again, making my house uniquely mine. I’m having a ball, and … when I come into my home, I once again have that feeling of “Aaaahhhhhhhh,” I’m really home now. This space is “ME!”

So, my brag Monday entry is actually some placemats that I’ve designed to use on my new dining table (I’ll post picks after I finish a few things so that you can see). And they are … you guessed it … red!! But, I promise … there is no dark steel blue, as pretty as that color may be, on the walls of my home!

So, my challenge to you is … how do you feel in each space of your home? Is there a room that you love, and why? Is there a room that you don’t spend any time in? I know why! It isn’t you. And, if it isn’t you, and you don’t know what is … I promise that if you start making a scrapbook (you could even update that by using a Pinterest board) of anything that “speaks” to you, you’ll start to see some patterns, and you’ll realize what you need to do to make your living spaces create that feeling of “AAaaaaaHhhhhhhh” I’m finally home.

So, here is my brag Monday entry (Many thanks to the Graphic Fairy for her generous use of the nest graphic). Let me know what you think!!

If you click on the picture, it will take you to my Zazzle store, where you’ll see some of my other designs. Maybe it will give you food for thought for your journaling to find out what is “YOU!”

Have a wonderful week Mes Amies!!

Lorraine

Freebie Friday: To Hat or not to Hat?

I LOVE FALL. So, in order to get ready, I’m already looking at my sweaters longingly. I’m pulling out my scarves, and … of course, thinking about my hats. Hats? you might ask. I LOVE hats!!

I never thought of myself as a hat person, until I started looking at wedding dresses. Now, this was in the mid 80’s where everyone had a huge poof ball on the back of their heads. So, of course I wanted to have a huge poof ball on mine. But, as I started trying on veils, something just wasn’t right. I then, tried on a hat. Voila!! I couldn’t believe it … I was a hat person. So, instead of the traditional 80’s wedding dress and poof … I wore a vintage style dress with an 1890’s style hat. I loved my hat … it was my favorite part of the whole outfit.

So, now, I’m always excited when I see a beautiful hat. Over the years it has been difficult to find great hats. I don’t know why, but for some reason they went out with Jackie O. But, I’m on a personal mission to see the hat make a comeback. I think there is a hat for every woman, and a special place for her to wear that hat. So, I’ve created today’s Freebie Friday printable about hats. Have a peak:

Feel free to download your own personal copy. Again, it’s not for profit, only for personal use. You may not mass produce, but you are more than welcome to send anyone my way to download their own personal copy. Just click on the picture to get the full size, and you can then right click to save it to your computer.
So, what kind of hats do you like to wear? I have to admit I must have been born in the wrong time period, because I love cloche hats. I was able to find a gorgeous one at Charming Charlie’s this last winter. I now wear it all fall and winter long. If you’re aren’t sure what a cloche hat is, here’s a really cool picture of some:

This is actually a designer’s sketch from 1923.
So, do tell … what kind of hats do you wear? What are your favorite? I’d love to hear your comments.
And, as a suggestion, I’ve decided to have a “Mad Hatter” party with my girlfriends. as I said, I’m on a mission to get the hat back!! Maybe we’d be a kinder, gentler nation if we wore hats and returned to feeling like a lady when we wore one!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Bisou Bisou,
Lorraine

Our First Freebie Friday!

So, this week I’ve had an ant problem.  I know, I know, it’s not really something to blog about, but while ants probably fulfill a wonderful purpose OUTSIDE of my house, I really don’t care to have them sharing my home with me.

So, I’ve been deep cleaning and making sure that there would be no “legitimate” reason for them to decide to move in with me.  In the process, I found some old Air Wick and Febreeze wall inserts that I forgot I had and decided to buy some more scented vials for them.  I was so excited because they have some of the fall scents out already and I absolutely adore fall!

Which reminds me … I know I’m rambling … but forgive me this side note.  I made a Treasury on Etsy called “I Love Paris in the Fall” that I’m pretty dang proud of.  Here is the picture of it, and if you click on the picture, you’ll go straight to the treasury.  It was such a joy to highlight the work of other wonderful artists and craftsmen/women, without expecting anything in return.
Okay, so let’s get this train back on track.

I immediately went home, plugged those babies into the wall, and I cannot tell you what a difference it has made to my spirits.  Which really made me start to think … hmmm …

How much joy and beauty are we missing out on when we don’t tap into all of our senses?  Not only around us, but on us as well.

So, I want to focus on the sense of smell today.  Think about the special memories in your life … are there smells attached?  I love fall, as it makes me think of crisp leaves falling, the smell of football games with hot dogs and peanuts.  I love the smell of leaves burning.  I love the smell of apple pie and cinnamon.  It reminds me of a homey warm feeling.  When I think about things that I adore, I often think about the smells that come with that thought or feeling.

Okay .. so let’s move on to your environment.  How does your home smell right now?  If it doesn’t smell inspiring, or beautiful, then how can you feel inspired or that you’re in a beautiful environment?  You might want to think about the smells that inspire you or relax you, enliven or invigorate you.  Do you have the appropriate smell in the appropriate room?  If you want to relax in your bedroom, you probably don’t want to potpourri in there with eucalyptus (known for its invigorating properties).  If you have a work out area, you don’t want to have chamomile and lavender in there, because you’ll go to sleep before you finish your push-ups.

As to smells and which ones do what, here’s a wonderful link for you to learn more, it is the <a href=”http://www.aromatherapy.com/”>Aromatherapy</a&gt; website and has a ton of information about which scents do what.

With that being said, I also read a very interesting article that stated that if you have a bad association with a smell, then it doesn’t matter what the properties of that scent is, it isn’t going to produce the effect that you want.  Because our memories of smells can overcome the effectiveness of a smell in and of itself.

So let’s go to the beauty aspect of smells.  Do you know what smells work best on you and your system?  Have you ever noticed that someone can be wearing the very same perfume as you, and it will smell completely different on them.  It is amazing how are body chemistry works with a perfume to create a unique blend or fragrance.

If you ever have the opportunity to go to a Perfume store where there is actually someone who truly knows what they are doing, it is quite an experience, and one that I think all women should do at least once in their lives.  You will learn so much, and at the same time, realize that you have probably wasted a lot of money on perfumes that really weren’t right for your body chemistry.

So, let’s get to the bottom line … do you have a special perfume that is just yours?  That is you … that is everything about you in a nutshell?  One that isn’t the hope that you’ll become like the model on the television commercial, but one that characterizes you and your own unique beauty?  If not, then I think it’s time that you took the time for yourself and found out what your perfume should be!

I’ve had several perfumes that I’ve loved over the years.  And, now that I’m in my late forties, I have found that some of the old favorites, don’t really “speak” to me like they used to.  I think that my life has evolved and so my perfume choices have evolved as well.

I found MY scent a year ago.  It is Angel by Thierry Mugler.
I wish I could say that it makes me look like Naomi Watts, but it doesn’t.  It does, however, make me feel beautiful when I wear it.  It is a very strong perfume, and I only need just a little, but man oh man … when my man smells it on me …

So, my challenge to you today, is to take the time to think about your perfume … does it reflect who you are, right here and now.  If possible, go to a perfume store, or at least a perfume counter where someone truly knows perfumes, their top, middle, and low notes.  Someone who will know what questions to ask you so that you can find “your” scent.  I promise you, you’ll feel so beautiful when you are wearing … well … you, in a scented form!

So, here’s today’s Freebie Friday.  I hope you enjoy.  I first found a quote by Coco Chanel that says:  “A woman that wears no perfume, has no future.”  However, I’m wanting to inspire, not tell you there’s no hope! So, I think this one is a little more promising!!

As always, it is not for mass production or to be used for profit in any way.  You may download your full copy by clicking on the picture and then right clicking to save to your computer.  Of course, you may send as many people as you want to my website to get their own copy.

Bonsoir Mes amies … Have a wonderful weekend!!

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