February 16, 2020

Want to get away?

Yes, it is that time again, when my British partner Sylvia and I ready our three European tours for 2020 to France, England or Scotland!

 Europe holds my heart, the varying cultures, the architecture, the music, food, histories.....so uniquely different. Isn't travel good for the soul?
These do book quickly since we take small groups, no more than 15 and for women only. These are boutique excursions with an emphasis on rubbing elbows and getting to know the locals, with access to private homes and gardens, to break bread together, all on a personal level

Paris and Provence
June 10 to June 18th, with a pre-tour opportunity, June 9th, for a tour of Monet's Giverney

I love this journey!

Highlights include........

Wine & Cheese pairing.....truffle hunt.....private gardens.....cooking lesson.....shopping.....
antique markets.....free time.....wineries.....perfumerie.....OOOOH LA LA!
(these are my photos of past trips)


September 15th to September 23rd

Our premiere journey.....and 25th year!

The countryside of England is magical, thatched cottages..... cream teas.....private homes and gardens
flower arranging course in a 15th c chapel.....antique markets.....free time.....
Prince Charles Highgrove..... and a renown UK Artists studio
(these are my photos of past trips)


October 8th to October 16th

Join us for our maiden voyage to glorious Scotland!

Based in Edinburgh be prepared to discover this magical and mystical region!

Tour Outlander filming sites.....castles & ruins.....autumn gardens.....antiquing.....whisky tour.....bagpipes & kilts.....royal yacht Britannia.....charming villages


For details email me for an itinerary, pricing, anything I can assist with. 


February 6, 2020

Simple ways to refresh your living room for Spring

What a treat awaits you today!

A very talented group of design bloggers share ideas for waking up your living room for Spring
My take is via my shop, let's take a look

Let's start with a vignette in it's current state
In a shop setting, an accent wall, especially black pops the product. This setting is current for a northern winter scene. 

Let's play as if it were your living room, where to start


To follow.....a future post about our upcoming PILLOW SLIPS, to easily change your look seasonally
Other than pillows, what else did we change here?
Changed out the large clock to an urban abstract scene, faux flowers, and the Spring-like green stool. With the pillows we just layered a lighter colored option onto the color coordinated tartan

What did we do here? Added the coral colored urn to coordinate and pop the art. Did you notice the change of the wooden bench/table versus the rug bench/ottoman? How about the moss in the urn?

In urns, nestled within a vignette and molded into a ball as an accent. Fresh moss screams 'SPRING!'

Here is another vignette.....another pillow, an outdoor ornament; a French Crane, our newly crafted drinks table
Crafted from original Hermes boxes. We enlisted our talented iron worker, ordered glass for the top, and viola!

A statue, urn......look around, instant Spring!

And of course #5 FLOWERS!  Fresh, faux, Sticks.......
Our floral designer extraordinaire, Gerrit, created these designs for this post
 Yes, all faux. A growing trend in the faux floral industry is REAL TOUCH. In this composition, the pink Tree Peonies, Purple and white Hellebore's, and the coral colored Ranunculus. Not only do they look real....when touched, they feel real, brilliant!
Look at this example of REAL TOUCH Peonies!

 REAL TOUCH Ranunculus. A simple and effective arrangement
 The sticks were gathered from outdoors,  small touches of chartreuse mood moss were added/glued, faux Muscari. See the netting to the far right? it is moss covered, flexible sheeting, and lastly a variety of fresh mosses

Look closely around your home, and play, adding Spring touches is a mood enhancer, really!

Please visit these talents for much inspiration, most of my favorites, plus they are ones to follow!

                                                        Cheers......43 days to Spring

PS......all items are available 😄
                                                             xo   Debra


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