When I was traveling with my hubby in California,
I had the opportunity to visit a couple of Pottery Barn stores
while he was attending a conference. It was then when I came across their great sale
and as a result of this, I went plum crazy for early Fall in the Sunroom.
Literally crazy for the pillow covers in the shades of plum.
Seeing these shades of plum reminds of colors that I used to wear in high school.
Yes, back in the days of strict dress codes . . . We girls had to wear skirts and dresses.
No slacks allowed, let alone jeans or shorts!
I remember having a dress that was plum and apple green.
So when I saw these beautiful pillows in shades of plum, I said,
“why not have pretty plum pillows in the sunroom?”
Flowers of pinks and purples coordinating well with the plum pillows.
A beautiful weaved bouquet of lavender from Lidy’s French Garden House shop,
sits on the brass tray beneath the flowers.
I also remember having a dress way back when in the colors of plum and blue.
Yes, waay back when . . . when the only device we had in our purse
was a transistor radio!
So adding the plum with my blue and white was a great choice.
When I placed the new pillows in the sunroom, there seemed to be something missing.
So off to Pottery Barn I go while the sale was still going on
and I purchased a throw. Wishing that the days will turn a little cooler soon!
My signed book, “Vintage by Nina” that I won years ago from French Country Cottage
had wonderful colors of lavender on the cover. So off into the reading basket it went.
I gained more appreciation for succulents while I was in California.
I saw so many of these low maintenance plants in beautiful containers,
that I had to add more succulents to my home when I returned.
A trip to Trader Joe’s yielded a pretty grouping of succulents
and I placed them in a blue and white bowl that I had on hand.
I had a few dollars left on my Pottery Barn gift card,
so this lovely faux succulent in the terra cotta pot came home with me.
You cannot tell the real from the faux!
Isn’t this ceramic urn beautiful? It was a gift from my lifelong friends.
We do not call ourselves “old friends”, as we no longer use “old” to describe ourselves.
JoAnn purchased this from my fav shop on St. Simons Island.
We dubbed the color of the urn “chameleon” as it seemed to take on the color
in whatever room we placed it in!
I took a leap of faith in trying out the plum colors in this room.
I am glad that I did, as I love the look.
It reminds of of the colors of an olive branch.
I have seen great faux olive branches and just being patient
to see if they go on sale. They would look great in my new urn …
which reminds me of my olive jars.
Our “lifelong” friends were here for a short visit.
They had to get home so that he could do more painting.
Not the house, but wonderful works of art for an upcoming show.
After retirement Jerry pursued his passion of painting with watercolors.
Here they are at his exclusive show on Jeckyll Island a couple of years ago.
We were talking about how you never know how life will take you.
Who knew back then as we sat on the bleachers cheering on the kids as they played
baseball and soccer together,
that JoAnn and I would have our homes featured in the same magazine,
French Country Style . . . and she lands the cover!!
What a blessing it is that we can laugh at the things
that made us happy in the past, like buying our first pair of designer jeans,
(Gloria Vanderbilt to be exact), seeing our kids grow up to be fine young men,
the joy of being grandparents,
and now giving each other great advice on how to cure our aches and pains!
What a blessing to have lifelong friends and also to have made new friends
who you know will also be your lifelong friends!
Have a most beautiful day and hope you were in a part of the country in which
you were able to experience the Great Solar Eclipse. We were and did!