It's All in the Family

I was looking around the Chalet and thinking about all our Art… if you follow along on IG than you know I’ve been working on the Upstairs Hall… All the Art came down, I selected new paint and the painting process is well at hand. I am also making decisions on what pieces will and will not stay and where they will go. I have been working to taking away Visual Clutter - since last summer - I started by restyling the Livingroom console table in August and it’s been a continuous process ever since.

But, I have Art by family and these pieces will always remain on display. These treasures I love so.

ODE TO KANDINSKY by Liam

ODE TO KANDINSKY by Liam

Liam has had the very good fortune to have the most wonderfully challenging Art Teacher. I love his take on Kandinsky and the beautiful Cherry Blossoms he created.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Liam

CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Liam

CHALET by your truly

CHALET by your truly

I’m a folk painter… neither very talented nor precise but, I do like to give it a whirl at times. I painted the Chalet years ago when our large American Beech tree took up most of the yard.

CHESS BOARD by Steven

CHESS BOARD by Steven

MUSING by your truly

MUSING by your truly

I always loved this image of a building that retained the outline of what was there - from the first time I saw it on my niece’s Christina’s IG feed.

WINDOW VIEW by Steven

WINDOW VIEW by Steven

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Steven painted the view from inside the livingroom looking out years ago.

I presented Steven with this written scene from our favorite movie - Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

COW WITH SHADES by Donnie Gallagher

COW WITH SHADES by Donnie Gallagher

I have always loved Cows - so when my cousin Donnie said I could have this I was delighted!

OVERLOOK by Paul P. Zetts Sr.

OVERLOOK by Paul P. Zetts Sr.

Uncle Paul with Steven and Liam August 9, 2014

Uncle Paul with Steven and Liam August 9, 2014

My Uncle was a renaissance man - he had the ability to do many things well and one of those talents was artistic. I love this colored pencil drawing he did for a few reasons.

The inspiration was of a photo my next door neighbor took from his back garden of our shared view. I shared it through Social Media and Uncle Paul saw it. Having only the use of his left hand (he was originally a righty) and not even all his fingers after his stroke - he created this wonderful drawing and presented it to me. It leans against the wall in the Diningroom - it’s in my sight line whenever I sit at the table and I love it there.

All art by Liam J. King

All art by Liam J. King

When Liam was younger we had a bulletin board in the Diningroom full of his Pre-School Art. While nary a toy was ever seen on the first floor of the Chalet I always displayed his Art! I have this grouping in the stairwell leading to the basement. We travel this space multiple times a day… I’m thinking of adding cork to the walls… but, that’s part of the basement re-do - or maybe its just part of the Marie Kondo-ing that needs to happen down there.. but, that’s a whole other story…

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Do you have Art displayed you created or that your loved ones have? I’d love to hear about it or please email me a picture I can share in a future post!

Til next time.

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2018 Top Nine

I was Intrigued by my Top Nine Instagram Images of 2018. It’s so interesting why some images get a lot of hearts… Ok let’s dive in!

NUMBER NINE

NUMBER NINE

Everyone loves a good Nutcracker and this grouping was a big hit! This image was posted on Friday November 30th. The only Friday of the group. We know the Gram is not usually in love with the small or angled but, #9 it is!

These two images show the before and after with our new Home Sense Coffee table! I had to share these in a grid image… a table change a different angle … a basket… Number eight was posted Monday October 22nd - I know a Monday right? Usually not a specifically high traffic day on the Gram. Number seven from Thursday August 23rd one of the three Thursdays that made the list.

number six

number six

My kiddo decorating the Tree was definitely a goody… and I will tell you I didn’t do anything but, grab a few snaps of him on Saturday December 1st. This was the first Christmas he was fully involved decorating the Tree and NO I did not move one thing he placed.

Our Cherry Blossom Tree from Saturday May 5th and this Chinoiserie Pumpkin posted Wednesday October 31st are both stunners and they got much love!

number three

number three

This image is tied to a Chaletmomma piece shared Wednesday December 12th; I tagged designers and friends in the image whom I wrote about in the piece Holiday Decor Round-Up.

number two

number two

Our twentieth wedding anniversary was cause for quite a celebration! I posted this image Thursday October 4th. It’s funny that although my IG feed ( both of them) is about Decor and this is my second most popular image. I wish I knew why this image resonated so. Was it because everyone loves a wedding? Or was it because there were people in it? Are faces missing from my feed? Or were people happy to see a couple reach this milestone? Please leave me a comment - I’d love to know what you think!

number one

number one

Well here it is! Number one is the porch I posted this Thursday May 24th. I invited friends to pop over to the Blog to read Galerie the post all about the transformation from outside galerie (what you call a porch in a Chalet) to our interior porch. I love this picture - the sun - all the lovely blue and white decor - the cow art and my fabulous Home Sense mid-century chair. This really is me from the ground up! I don’t follow any one point of view when it comes to decorating the Chalet!

In writing this piece I realized there was one Friday, one Monday, two Wednesdays, two Saturdays and three Thursday - posts are on the list. So obviously Thursday is an important day for me and the Gram! I don’t know if this will change what I post or not… only time will tell but, I didn’t post on Monday this week too busy with this and that and maybe if I was going to skip a day it would be a Tuesday going forward… My feed is still so small so I feel a lot of pressure to post everyday to not miss an opportunity to connect with someone. I’m pretty sure if you’re here reading this post than you follow me. Hopefully you follow both Chaletmomma and SayNoToEmptyWalls.

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So here’s to you! To the fabulous community of friends that click that heart and spread joy!

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Til next time!

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Hey 2019!

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Hey there friends! Happy Happy 2019! I was looking at the post I wrote entitled Hey 2018! and realizing that I still have many of the same goals this year… to exercise more… clear the clutter from the basement and always be ready with some Prosecco and a little yummy something on hand to welcome guests… so I guess what I’m saying is - I’m still me and I’m still trying to improve! HaHa!

I will continue to write and publish this blog weekly - I love the creative outlet it affords me. I know I’m a frustrated writer… (insert hand on chin emoji) would anyone care to hear the story of a little red haired girl from the burbs who always knew the life she wanted and was blessed enough to get it! With a bit of struggle thrown in?!?

Hey my life isn’t perfect - but, friends its all how you look at it. I have a wonderful husband and the most adorable very tall sweet boy in the planet - loving family and friends and an opportunity to chat with you all!

2018 was fun! I visited with far away friends. Met some lovely IG ladies IRL. Visited the Most Magical Place on Earth. I got into a groove with Chaletmomma, Instagram and Facebook. I increased my repertoire of meals. I expanded my role at church by joining groups and helping out with ministries and I even managed to do a little decorating around the chalet.

I feel good with the year that was; goals were accomplished. Redoing my son’s room replacing the french-doors with windows and the best part he loves it. I’m happy to report I played a lot of board games in 2018 - my son is a big fan of Pay Day and is very good at The Game of Life - recently had so many children they were falling out of his car!!!

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One of my top priority in 2019 is finishing the updates to the Livingroom - I started restyling the space in July, in August I ordered a new couch the Montclair Sofa and then purchased a new coffee table the next step is new floor coverings… I know I will be selling my three (two 8x5, one 8 x 10) Pottery Barn Wool Darby Rugs.

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I think the feel I’m going for is something similar to the Moroccan rug we have in the Dining room. The Ground is cream with color on the edges and a center medallion. I like this direction… I like having a direction but, you never know… I say this now but, I might find something completely different today or tomorrow that I fall completely in love with. I also took a moment for reflection and was looking at inspirational images and the one that still resonates with me as much today as it did when I included it in last years piece Style Love published 1/10/18. Is Erin Francois living room - the light walls and sofa married with the lovely pattern play in her gorgeous rug… the space is bright and welcoming and exactly what I want to encapsulate in the chalet. Wish me luck!

I’ve spent the last few days de-christmasing the Chalet and in the process I organized and purged a lot from my Son’s room, the Livingroom and the Porch… I will working over the next few weeks organizing these items for donation and sale at my local consignment shop.

So that’s where I’m at today Jan. 2nd 2019 … it’s only day two and I feel amazingly excited about this new year and I feel in a very good place! I hope you are too!

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Til next time!

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