Oh my…spring seems to be arriving early at Chestnut cottage… hellebores by the dozens, early spring daffodils, the heavenly scent of daphne, sweet little purple crocus, tiny white snow drops, and flowering cherry trees! The “early birds” are always the beautiful hellebores and oh how I love hellebores!
I love the way the hellebores surround my little garden cottage.
I made an arrangement for the weekend with the hellebores from the garden and some “super green” roses. The roses made a nice textural combination with the hellebores and they had a casual look in the flow blue cachepot.
A few weeks ago, I made this arrangement in a silver container with some heather from the garden and hydrangea from the flower market, which looked a bit more formal.
A variety of colors in hellebores give lots of options for cut flower arrangements. Again, I used the green roses and hellebores in a sweet little ribbed glass vase.
All I can do now is hope that everything that is blooming and will soon be blooming doesn’t get wiped out by a March freeze! What’s in your garden in the middle of February?!
I feel a closeness to the readers of The Collected Room through their lovely comments. I recently sent a copy of The Collected Tabletop to a special blog reader, Kelley Dibble, who lives in Guam. I love how I can connect with readers around the world and feel very grateful for this blessing. Not long after Kelley received her book, I received a beautiful handmade card from her, which I have framed! I am fascinated with her work…especially the “shades of blue” on the card.
Gratitude is a very important aspect of my life. I believe that gratitude takes so little time and can change not only the receiver, but also the giver!
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
I love this quote by Marcel Proust (perhaps because it speaks of gardeners!) and do believe that gratitude makes our souls blossom. I was so touched by Kelley’s time and effort spent making this very personal thank you card. I write in a prayer journal each day and at the end of each entry, I try to write several things that I can be grateful for that day. How do you practice gratitude?
What an honor it was to be featured on Million Dollar Decorating Podcast this past Sunday! I met James Swan at the High Point Market in October and he asked me if he might interview me for his podcast. I was delighted to be included and had lots of fun thinking about the questions he planned to ask. They were indeed “food for thought”!
The link below will take you to my interview.
Here’s to making our lives and our world a more beautiful place!
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Last post I shared my hibernation of last weekend and reading by the fire. I was reading a book that I simply could not put down! A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore is a book filled with history, family secrets and the allure of Paris. It is a story of mother and daughter living in two very different worlds who share more than their passion for music. This book reveals the heartbreaking history of WWII Paris and the devastation brought to the City of Lights by Hilter and his army. I constantly read historical novels and I found this book one that I HIGHLY recommend!
I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the start of a new year! This past weekend eight inches of beautiful snow blanketed Chestnut Cottage. Oh how I love snow and the fact that it often causes us to “hibernate”. I was needing a day of reading by the fire and a nice little afternoon tea.
As I have said so many times, my library is my favorite room at Chestnut Cottage. That is particularly true on a snow day. This room is so cozy with its wormy chestnut paneling and old stone fireplace. Not to mention, that I am surrounded by my books!
Saturday afternoon I decided that a bit of tea was in order, so I pulled one of my favorite antique pieces close to the fire. I have had this little antique gate leg table for many years and it continues to make its home in the Chestnut Cottage library.
When not in use as a table by the fire, it holds books or sometimes part of my English barley twist candlestick collection.
Duncan MacDuff feels that the chair beside this table belongs to him!
I couldn’t resist using my Leighton Spray breakfast set for a bit of leftover pound cake from the Christmas Trifle and these adorable “Westie and Scottie” shortbread biscuits.
These were a Christmas gift from friends and I am not sure which I like best…the shortbread biscuits or the tin they came in!
Hope you will find time to relax by the fire, read a good book, and enjoy winter “hibernating”!