envy (and inspiration)

Welcome, to my new dream home.

Oh my goodness! Have you seen the new Country Home? I am just in LOVE with one of the featured homes. It makes me want to just throw away everything I have and start over. I love the mostly white decor and faded old wood pieces mixed in. And the home owner has such amazing accessories. I am so envious of the blue and white ceramic piece in the kitchen and the large footed bowl… I love, love, love everything about this kitchen. The white bright cabinets and the dark solid counter top…. the white panelled hood, the dark wood floors. It’s perfect.

Have you ever seen a home that made you crazy like this? I mean I am fairly certain that this is supposed to be MY home. Just look at the dining room. I sooo want that chandelier. I love the buffet, and the white walls, the simple window shades, the grain sacks on the window seat, the white creamy bowls on the perfect dining table…

And now for my new living room… isn’t she pretty?

I want that large basket, and the wood piece next to the fireplace. The linen cushions… I want it all. (I have to admit though, as much as I like the sofa, it doesn’t look very comfortable. And now that I’m thinking about that, where is the t.v? I can’t just watch a fire every night…). Ok, I think I’m calming down, my reality is slowing setting in, and I may not actually throw away everything I currently own. Thank God for flea market Sunday tomorrow. I may be able to find a new piece that will make me just excited enough to lose some of my focus on this home.

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gillian - June 16, 2007 - 6:30 pm

I would chop off my arm for that kitchen… unfair!!! :)

~love - June 16, 2007 - 8:47 pm

love that kitchen and the wood piece next to the fireplace! my husband’s a builder so we build houses every couple years and i somehow always choose maple floors. i just might have to have that yummy chocolate-y floor next time! thanks for sharing!!

Jamie - June 17, 2007 - 2:46 am

Ok Sara. Put the magazine down slowly and back away! If your husband reads this post he may just break out in a cold sweat! LOL!! This house is gorgeous, but so is yours equally so. I hope you find some great finds at the Flea Market. Your pictures of the Santos are beautiful! Would you mind if I used one or more in an art piece I am thinking of? I sooo totally want one and when I get my most recent EBAY purchases caught up I am geting one. I saw a movie on Showtime this weekend called, “Happy Endings” and in one of the houses it looked like they had a Santos, but it was almost life size. Do they come that big? or was it something else. I was telling my husband about them and he likes them too. Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Love,Jamie

Junk 2 Jewels - June 17, 2007 - 6:23 am

Baaahhaaa, I thought I was the only one to get this stinkin crazy over a beautiful design. This is exactly why my house is still unfinished, Im like on decor #4 lolHappy hunting , hope you spot a FIND for your house. Tracy

Prairie Home-Sherry - June 17, 2007 - 6:26 am

I love the “Simplicity” of the decor! We like the same look! Hope to see you at the Barn!!!!Let me know what day you might be comming!!!

lucinda - June 17, 2007 - 10:54 am

I loved this piece in CL too. I’m actually about to remodel my kitchen w/black countertops and white subway tile!! I can’t wait.I’m with you on the couch thing. I love to look at magazines but you rarely see the TV’s it’s like the decorator doesn’t want them to exist. Maybe it’s a photography thing…I mean don’t we all get horizontal on the couch and watch TV???

Rosemary - June 17, 2007 - 3:01 pm

I know what you mean. I saw the magazine too.
Love that kitchen!
Hope you get some goodies at the flea market.

Amelia - June 17, 2007 - 9:35 pm

OMGosh the whites and creams are calling to me!!!!! I LOVE every picture!


Jen @ The Cottage Nest - June 18, 2007 - 5:05 am

Girl, I HEAR ya! I fell head over heels with that house too! My Friday inspiration post was also about white rooms and I think it was probably this house that got me thinking about it.

Lana - June 21, 2007 - 6:46 am

Oh yes! I drooled all over this issue! THAT IS my dream kitchen… and do you know, the June Country Living had a house plan called HONEYSUCKLE LANE??? Same name as my business, and it was a colonial with wrap-around porch and much like a floor plan my husband and I had discussed. I was so excited! NOT that we have plans to build, but how serendipitous is THAT?

You hit the jackpot at the flea market, too! Love all your finds!


tongue in cheek - June 22, 2007 - 12:16 pm

Come to France and you can find many of the same sorts of things here.

What a lovely home!!!!!!


If you throw anything away, throw it my way!

thriftingbliss - June 26, 2007 - 3:37 pm

I love the kitchen and I’m into the creams and whites lately!

six new santos

1. hands, 2. joan, 3. bust, 4. crown, 5. her, 6. angel, 7. tears, 8. hands, 9. mary

I just got in some pretty new Santos figures for the store. I will be working on getting them online this weekend. There are tons more photos of them in my flickr account, if you want to see more pictures. (You can click on one of the links above to get there.) I just love having them around in the meantime. They are so expressive I swear I can see emotion on their faces when I look at them. They also look amazing as a group. I received a wide variety of sizes, so it’s been fun getting to know each piece and picking my favorites. There is a total of six.

I’m not feeling very talkative at the moment, so you’ll have to forgive my brief post, I promise to catch up with you all later. Have a great weekend. :)

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BECKY - June 15, 2007 - 6:12 pm

Sara,I’m dying here. I just love them all. The one at the shop I work at sold today. I would love to know the smaller size height,and price. I don’t know why the two I have aren’t enough. Their faces are precious.
Thanks for sharing.

Gypsy Purple - June 15, 2007 - 6:42 pm

Oh wow…beautiful!!!!!!

dottie angel - June 15, 2007 - 9:44 pm

just stopped by to let you know that i love your website and blog…i added you to my ‘pretty things’ side bar on my blog…that way i’m hoping people will find your lovely online store and your charming blog…

Rosemary - June 15, 2007 - 9:50 pm

They are beautiful. I like them all.
Have a great weekend!

janet clare - June 15, 2007 - 11:56 pm

So glad to have found you – via Dottie Angel!Lovely, lovely things!

Jen @ The Cottage Nest - June 18, 2007 - 5:02 am

I am so, so coveting one of these. I just love the character of them. So special!

my friend

A friend of mine at work is setting out on a new adventure. She is following her dream of becoming a small business owner and starting a landscaping business. She is an amazing gardener and has received tons of recognition from friends, neighbors, and strangers for her own yard. Her new business “Floral Face Lift” will allow her to share her talents with the rest of us garden tards. (I speak mostly of myself on that one, I’m sure).

Anyway, I am helping her set up her website and blog. Please stop by to check it out and leave her a note to wish her good luck. If you happen to live in Orange County, and need a “floral face lift”, contact Sharon, I’m sure she would be happy to help!

Here are a few pictures of her handy work.

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Wendy - June 13, 2007 - 7:01 am

Wished she lived closer…I am a garden tard too!

Miz Smoochie Lips - June 13, 2007 - 11:12 am

Did you say garden tard? bwahahahahhahaha…. that is so me too. The queen of tard.

Rosemary - June 13, 2007 - 11:17 am

Very pretty!!
You are a good friend.
I will pass on the info to people I know that live that direction.

Southern Heart - June 13, 2007 - 6:55 pm

Beautiful! You are a dear friend to help her, too. I wish her all the best in her new endeavor!

xo, Andrea

PAT - June 14, 2007 - 11:59 am

I love the name, Floral Face Lift!

I’m going to visit her blog and website, right now!

Back Porch Musings

Raised In Cotton - June 15, 2007 - 5:32 am

How cute is that name! I will gladly stop and wish her good luck. What a wonderful friend you are to help her Sara!!!