30 August 2013

Take A Little Time...

...to smell the roses


this last official weekend of summer.


Enjoy!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

28 August 2013

Endless Summer Hydrangeas & Heavenly Vintage Gardenias

I've got the summer blues...


...in my garden.  

Earlier this season my Endless Summer Mophead Hydrangeas were bursting with beautiful bold blue blooms ~ almost lavender in hue.  These are the prettiest hydrangeas we have had in our summer garden in several years.  I was so happy!  {In previous years, they have been pale green.}


I had to have these inside up close, so I got my snippers and plucked almost all of them out of the garden before they wilted in the heat, along with some of our heavenly scented vintage gardenias, which have been growing in these gardens for decades and are close to the age of this house.


I made several arrangements throughout our home, but my favorite were placed in our dining room where the afternoon sunshine pours in.


The vintage hand painted ceramic pitcher I used for some of the flowers in is a Norwegian piece, which I found it at a thrift shop in the Bay Area years ago.  I love the delicate silk screen illustration of the blue and green flowers and flower girls.  {Some of you may recognize this as a Turi Design Lotte creation.}


This Italian cobalt blue ceramic planter is also one of my favorite containers and is a perfect pot for posies.


But most of all, the flowers with their gorgeous blues and creamy whites, filled the room with the colour of our endless summer blues, and a heavenly scent reminiscent of the Old South!

Thank you as always for your visit and enjoy the last days of your summer.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

12 August 2013

Spanish Style Sunshine

  Sinuous curves, stucco architecture, sunshine, sand...



and the essence of the West Indies.


Our week at Rosemary Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida was reminiscent of a trip to the islands or the Spanish Riviera.


The rustic almost primitive architectural wood details on the buildings throughout the village, striped awnings sheltering balconies and lanais, shuttered windows, al fresco dining, the soft and muted palette of sandy colours, villas, and driftwood bicycle paths are this town's signature.


As always, if we were not in the pool or at the beach, we were on our beach cruisers...cruising.


{Butterfly Bike}



Stopping often to snap photographs of the details...


Arched portals, outdoor showers, soft stone walls...



Gorgeous wrought iron gates opening into courtyards,


forged hinges


and scrolled wall sconces.


The neutral palette throughout Rosemary Beach is shown in almost every detail.


Love, love, these high gloss black plantation chairs perched on a Carrara marble terrace.


The beautiful tropical green foliage is striking against the black and white backdrop.


This simple rustic white door shimmers in the shadows of the canopy of olive trees above.





Then...some cabana colour surprised us with this colourful facade...


and I think, my favorite door of all ~ this cheerful kiwi green and white striped door at the end of a sandy path.


When we finally arrived at our destination of the day, it was perfect.


The Emerald Sea is named just that for a reason.


Waiting for the perfect wave.



This is what it is all about.

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Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer, wherever you may be.  Thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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