Sunday, January 22, 2017

On a rainy sunday...

The rains are upon us.  It is the season of magic in a thousand silver liquid drop.  It is a lullaby sent from heaven, a singing pool on the birdbaths.  Rain—the little sleep song on my ear at night.  Do you love rain too?


Yesterday morning we drove to a neighboring little town for breakfast and on the way there a storm unfolded... the skies, laden with a heavy rain opened up its fountains and it turned our world gray and stormy.  Cloudy sheets blinded our vision in a thousand dream, and we followed the rain imagining the world being some ancient great cathedral where treasured pieces were displayed like holy relics. Trees, cars, the rivulets of rain on the windshield, the fathomed winding road ahead... everything was priceless in the enchantment of the moment...  


It has been another dark-gray rainy day today in the little white cottage.  Little lights are being turned on because it is so dark inside it feels like night, although it is only four o'clock.  Outside the windows the world unfolds dreamy and silent; except for the angry rumblings of thunder in the far horizon from time to time.  I am terrified by thunder and lighting, yet I find something magical and exciting in it.  My soul must share some hidden similarities with thunder? 



You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light...


Before it started raining this afternoon, there, in the garden, materialized a most lovely vision... a round, super big sorts of a furry vision that is!  One I'd never seen around here before, but it surely knew how to keep my heart skipping a happy bit and running around the house in search of my camera, whilst praying it will stay put for a little bit longer until I could get my lenses ready...


I was thrilled would you not!  Such big cat too!  Perfectly round and colored in a most lovely honey-vanilla fur.  What shall I name him, I wonder!


The Fisherman saw him first and at that first glance thought it was a dog. You should had heard him calling me ever so excitedly to come see 'another dog roaming your gardens... hahaha!  I adore him... both the man and the cat. 


I want to always be able to enjoy the little moments in my life; to never lose this zest for the usual and the everyday little things that are so important and awe-inspiring to me.  Life isn't easy for anyone, but we most purposefully seek out the beauty in the seemingly trivial if we want to be happy. So alas, go find your own rainbow my friend.  Look around you!  I know you'll find it.

Have a lovely week everyone!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Returning home...

A mockingbird told me the other day that the snows of the North decided to pay us a quick visit while I was away taking care of my parents... tumbling down came the magic... one, two, a thousand crystals made snowflakes. The little white cottage basked in a whiter white, and I heard it said that it felt cold and lonesome without me.  The handsome fisherman who leaves in the little white cottage called out my name every day, and asked for my return.  And thus, I just had to come back.  This is where I belong.    


...Now it is just cold when the sun sleeps, warm when it is out, but mostly cloudy, cloudy and gray for days and days, with a dancing fog in the evenings wrapping us up in dreams and tales upon last lights. 

The garden has nothing lovely to gift us and I only go out to it for a few minutes from time to time during my days.  But then again... listening to the woods murmuring, the sound of the wind among evergreens singing sad songs and enchanted tales.   Sometimes, I can't tell which moment, which cool gust of wind tousling my hair and my heart is real or just a dream.  And I'm reminded again and again that indeed there is beauty where one may had thought none.


I'm spending most of my hours in the house doing this and that. I light up all the little lights early every morning after waking up. The tea lights chasing shadows upon our mornings are my favorite kind of lights this time of the year. Every winter I'd search around the house for all the glassware I can find to use as candle holders.  I'd set them atop the large, square table and let them glow.  


I love the soft light of tea candles and glassware… I love how glass lets the light shine through ever so softly and romantic… I've been doing this since that first year we moved into our little white cottage. You can read more about it HERE if you wish. 


Ah yes, let flickering candlelight conjure up beautiful soft light and create the effect of imaginary angels standing in shadowy corners...


Clouds lingering over quieted woods, naked trees shivering under a cobalt blue sky, the music of Spanish guitars playing from my CD player, the scent of "Autumn Afternoon Stroll" –golden oak leaves and apples and acorns, imbuing each room, birds by the hundreds outside. Quiet. Calm.  My everyday magic...


I spent sometime raking leaves off the front yard the other day... 


Piles over piles of dead leaves that keep accumulating faster than fast under the slanted light of winter... 


But I won't complain. That's just what you get when you wish upon a little white cottage in the woods. And thus, my soul embraces it all... the amount of leaves, the work, the feeling of being part of Nature as you cohabits with it and become part of it.


There's so much to do in the garden, so much all-embracing, all-enduring love for Nature, and I want to be out there again, working the soil, prettying up the garden, saying pretty things to the fairies, the flowers and the birds as I remove debris and paint garden furniture.  But I must wait a little bit more. 


A new chapter in the life of this little garden awaits, and I am ready to ride off into all the magic awaiting me there!  Are you anxious for spring too?  What do you do to cope the blues of those long winter days of the North?  I am glad I don't have to suffer those cold, snowy days that seemed to never end any more.  Still, we do get our own taste of winter here too, but only for a short time... and I wait for spring filling up our little white cottage with potted plants that I don't know where else to place any more... hehe...  I just can't help it! 


Wishing you sunny days and blue birds!


Monday, January 16, 2017

My dream living room

If you are reading my blog for the first time, a very warm welcome! Hi, I’m Cielo, dweller of a tiny white cottage situated on a lot surrounded by woods in its entirety.  I believe that everyone deserves a home that is full of style and reflective of their own unique personality.  Thus, just because I live in a cottage that does not mean I have it decorated in the traditional cottage style...  

In fact, my home is a happy potpourri of styles.  I favorite the French Country Style.  I love the romantic touches and clean lines of whites and modern monochrome, but I also have such a soft spot for rich colors.  Moody charcoal, dark gray, navy and gold.  I think it is the contrast of rich dark colors with the glamorous metallic what captivates me.  Rich dark colors make for a cozy room and the gold adds that element of glamour that I love.  For me, it all comes to light surroundings, modernity, glamour, lots of patterns, painted furniture, animal prints, mirrors, and gold.  And since I love glitz, I couldn’t think of any more appropriate style than a little bit of Hollywood Regency thrown in the mix too.     A style that pretty much looks something like this...





The other day someone asked me what my dream living room would look like. Of course, it would have to be a totally different architecture, high ceilings, lots of dark hardwood floors and exposed beams, but based on what I have and some of the other work you’ve seen around here, the following images summarize what I love to see in my present living room.

First off, I want a velvet couch - something like this Wakefield Sectional - 2PC in Regal Smoke
...or this one in Regal Sapphire

...Or this Warwick 109" tufted upholstered sofa in Lourdes Fog – from Arhaus.  Love the softness of the color and composition of it.

But my favorite would have to be this stunning green tufted sofa in Arabella Ash, also from Arhaus. Truly gorgeous.  


I can already picture this stunning couch embellished with hips of decorative pillows inspired by antique carpets, like these Tapete plum Chloe velvet rectangle pillows.  Their rich jewel-like colors and designs remind me of old fairytales, of Aladdin and his magic carpet and beautiful princesses.



A velvet couch is bold, is modern, is classic.  Paired with gold and animal-print accents, the result is simply glamorous...




A dark gray accent wall for sophistication is a most... add a super beautiful velvet couch and it will make the room look even more glamorous.


A pop of lively green among the black/white geometric it simply spells glam to me...


Beautiful rugs, hides and sheepskin rugs are so important when designing a dreamy home... floors, walls and furniture acquire a different tone to it and the feel of your home becomes exactly what you want it to be with the right kind of rug. 



I love texture and pattern.  My style focuses on geometric shapes, angular patterns and bold curves. Carpets with geometric or animal prints are my favorite.  




Next is the coffee table... graceful, modern and refined.  Glass and metal design combination paired with geometric features.  These two first ones from the Brooke Collection, Zgallerie.  



Art Deco design coffee table in brass, from Arhaus... 

A dark gray or navy accent wall instantly ups the coziness of a room and it looks amazing with super white trims and dark woodwork.  I love layering a dark gray accent wall with lighter shades of furnishings and a pretty chandelier to create a warm and inviting space.


A beautiful vintage chandelier is a must in my dream living room... like this unique Spanish Brass & Crystal c1950 from Antique Lighting...


Our this Marie Antoinette Brass & Crystal Chandelier c1950


Mixing glamour with romance is pure awesomeness to me... 


And always lots of black and white paired with a pop of color to break down dullness


I also love big art pieces and bold geometric patterned accents.  Those quick pops of color and patterns in your eye line can make a huge difference to the energy of a room. 




You have to love patterns... 
Something about the combination of black and white patterns broken down by
the simplicity of a burst of color steals my heart every time!



I love the combination of the Hollywood Regency glam and the romance of vintage...
One or two large mirrors like these would do for me...



Abstracts and heaps of decorative pillows

  
Black and White and Gold... combining black, white and gold produces an elegant and glamorous look to a home. This color palette reminds me so much of Rita Hayworth.  I love how all those cold and sleek black elements go so well with the warm tones of gold.  Following I have chosen a few pieces that summarize what I love...





What's your decorating style?  So many choices, so much fun imagining, so rewarding making your home beautiful with what you have!

Have a lovely day my dears!

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