Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Color My World...


Sometimes I just need to get out of town...the older I get I think I just might be a country girl at heart!


I decided to visit a flower farmer that I know...I just need to fill my soul with this kind of place as the Summer season draws to a close...




17 acres of pure bliss....



 rows and rows of absolute stunners....






I took my girlfriend along because she is "bonkers for blooms" like me....


The property was fun to explore too...


A grove of my favorite trees rustled in the morning breeze...ahhh...


I even made some friends along the way....


"Archie" has the life I'll tell you....











I just love the quiet elegance of the way they get to work...in such a serene setting...


these push carts are wonderful for transporting buckets of flowers...


One of the largest "elephant ears" I have seen recently...


ready for market...


Driving away....but I will be back again...one of my favorite spots filled with such nice people!


                                Happy Wednesday! Hope this little visit brightened your day!

XO Emily









Thursday, September 4, 2014

urning for these...


Earlier this Summer I picked up these urns at an estate sale...they were slightly damaged from one too many Chicago Winters. They were also mismatched in color....and very large and very heavy!


I decided that before I determined if I would re purpose and sell them I need to give them a bit of a facelift...I sometimes live with a great "find" for a bit and then I'm ready to part with it/them...


I created a custom whitewashed soft blue/grey color made from outdoor paint .... 


I "sponged and ragged" the color until I got the desired results...pretty simple to do!


I loved the end result! Soft and still retaining the "antique" look...


I ended up putting them in front of our backyard "folly". I initially put salvia and then lavender in them...


but eventually settled on two rosemary topiaries for the fragrance and look...


I love a great "rescue" don't you?

XO Emily

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beach Ball Bonanza!


I love when creative inspiration strikes...it is one of life's best surprises!


My girlfriend was throwing a pool party for her twin daughters birthday recently...and I was on board to help....


We found these fabulous pink and white beach balls...and put them in mass in the pool as a decorative element....


The wind started creating the most amazing patterns and designs...


The overall graphic impact and color "pop" just got my photographic juices flowing.
I actually became a bit obsessed throughout the party...(shocking I know)!


I took so many pictures...I thought...I need to do something with these images...I LOVE them!


I am planning on producing a coffee table book but in the meantime I created a new gallery in my living room....


As with most design changes...one thing leads to another...my former chair fabrics and pillows had to change with the new artwork as well... so this is the "before"...


and this is the ' after"...


The beach ball images add just the perfect color accents with the turquoise, white, pink and black....since those are the accent colors in the room...plus they are just FUN!




They are also fresh and modern...


I added a few other images that made sense in the scheme as well...


on the other side of my "gallery" space...


                                to complete the visual narrative...



"Before" with the old chair coverings...things were a bit too busy...


and "now"...simple changes can make all the difference...right?


I LOVE making my own Art... I also love changing it out again and again as my mood dictates! As we head into Fall looking at these lovely Summery images as the weather turns chillier will make me very happy...
remembering a perfect poolside Summer day celebrating friends and the loveliness of something as simple as floating beach balls.
XO Emily







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