Thursday, January 29, 2015

Somewhat Snowy

Nope, there's not a single flake falling from our southern skies.
So, today while dusting and straightening I decided to seek out a few snowy touches to be found indoors.
This little snowy watercolor called out to me while perusing an antique shop last year.  Something so peaceful about that little church nestled along the snowy riverbank.  Of course the yellow, blue and white color combo helped to cinch the deal :-).
The little bird was found at the Habitat ReStore and the wee pine cone picked up on a recent walk.
A pleasing little vignette sitting right outside the powder room.

This isn't really snowy at all except the blue/white combo reminds me a bit of what the landscape would look like if it were covered in snow and the sky was sparkling blue.
While we're here in the dining room, I have a question for you.
Do you keep a dining table set even if no company is coming to dine?
I usually don't.  However, this year after Christmas the long dining table seemed rather bare.  So just for fun I started playing with linens and dishes.

The runner makes me think of delicate snowflakes.

Sometimes I light the candle in the evenings just to cozy things up around here.

  Snow can be found in the bedroom on this pretty candleholder.
This was a thrift shop find.  A Lenox piece and one that I was happy to bring home.  It adds a touch of winter warmth and I think the candlelight looks so pretty through the little prism.

When our house was being built I envisioned two chairs and a table by the windows.  A place for Brett and I to find quiet respite from the raising of two teenage boys.  In our 15 years here we have sat here together maybe 4 times.  I'm not sure Brett's on the same page with the "quiet respiting"  :D

 I, on the other hand, have no trouble finding reasons to respite.
In fact I've already laid claim to that sunny seat for a little afternoon reading with a mug filled with something warm.
We may not have real snow, but it is cold.

Already have my reading material picked out.
Do you read Maeve Binchy?
She has been one of my favorite authors for years.
I was so sad to learn that she passed away a few years ago.
On a recent trip to the library I stumbled upon this book.
I thought I had read all of hers by now.

I was especially delighted to know that Chestnut Street has a connection to Minding Frankie which just might be my hands down favorite book she ever wrote.  Such a sweet story with such endearing characters.

Well, I guess I'd better stop chasing indoor snowflakes and finish up the housework. 
I feel a "respite" coming on.

If you are dealing with real snow, I hope you are staying safe and warm.

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  1. The little watercolour of the church is so pretty and a perfect touch to bring a winter feel to your home. I like the Lennox candle holder too. Your home is so lovely and cozy. I hope you had a nice 'respite' in your favourite spot. I think I'd enjoy that spot too. Funny how husbands find different places and ways to relax. Have a nice evening. Pam

  2. Love your blue and white table setting. Your home is so gorgeous. Maeve Binchy is one of my favorite authors, too. I will have to keep an eye out for that one.
    Enjoy your day, Kim~

  3. Lovely winter touches Kim. I am surrounded here with a foot of the white stuff, so not a flake to be found inside. :-)

  4. Wonderful watercolor with your colors! I am just noticing your dining room first, I thought it was a white birch forest on blue, which would be pretty I suppose, but that pattern is lovely. I like the idea of keeping the dining room table set, but have never done it.

  5. Everything looks just lovely Kim - I love the etched glass candle holder with the crisp white runner and beautiful blue and white china. I don't keep my table set for eating as I usually have large objects on it - right now my French dough bowl with piled up spools of linen yarn, and two large metal bowls, one piled up with French monogrammed tea towels. Yep, my decor is quite eclectic I guess………..

    Enjoy the chill of the weekend - will we get some snow?
    Hugs - Mary

  6. Everything is so pretty and I love your new blog look, too. I've read some of Maeve Binchy and actually have a couple here that I've yet to read. My husband and I have different ideas of what respite is so I can completely understand. :) Looks like a cozy spot to me. Enjoy, Tammy

  7. Such a sweet painting and pretty little nuthatch. I wouldn't have been able to pass that one up either. I've never read Maeve Binchy. I'll have to check it out.

  8. Kim, this post made me smile on so many levels...first, I too, miss a bit of snow - it's beauty and quiet for the soul. I love your little snowy picture as the focus in your sweet vignette. And how lovely that the pretty white doily underneath it has edges that echo the wavy snowy edges around the creek in the painting. Did I say that right?

    I also had to smile with your story about the two chairs and table you beautifully set up by the window. I too, had something very similar in my former home, and my husband at the time and I would sit there on weekend mornings and have some breakfast and read the paper ( I always read the inserts of course). But the lovely spot never got half of the attention I had hoped for, except from me. Your spot is precious and I'm glad you are enjoying it.

    Your table-scape is beautiful! I love the blue and the white, and yes, it reminds me, too, of a snow filled sunny day. I remember them from living in New Jersey my first 21 years of life. I love the 4 seasons and miss them.

    Have to run off to work now. Thank you for visiting me, Kim, and for your sweet comment. I look forward to more from your wonderful blog.

    Marianne xo

  9. I know I've said this many times before, but your home is beautiful. I love all that you show us.

    No, I don't keep the dining room table set but it has had quite a few puzzles on it lately. : )

    We too have two chairs by out front picture window and Ken and I sit in them every morning.

    Yes, I've read quite a few of Maeve Binchy book and like them too.

  10. So warm and cozy Kim, I go back and forth on keeping the table set, and will probably o so when I spring clean! You indeed have such a beautiful home. Enjoy your weekend, I think I will let you keep the snow up there in the mountains~smile~

  11. I would choose to sit on that chair by the window. It looks so cozy and inviting, snow or no snow. Your set table also looks so inviting! I like your touches of blue, and the delicate design on the glass lantern. My favorite though, is the embroidered piece that you have on the back of the chair. Really, you have such a lovely looking home!


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