Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Favorite Things

My favorite French centerpiece.
Open house at No Minimalist Here

Beautiful  pair of mirrored  sconses from a Baptist church.

My favorite plate given to me by my Mother after a trip to Canada.  Purchased from an antique dealers private collection.
I believe some pleading was involved.
1940's Gibson archtop guitar with great sound.

Flow Blue sugar bowls and the view of Redwood and Eucalyptus trees from my kitchen window.
The Mermaid House is a little bit of heaven.

I love the complimentary colors of parrot feathers and Hopi pots

Hopi pots and parrot feathers.  Looks like a painting!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Making It Pretty

Mermaid House in Autumn.  The link to Amaze Me Monday

The ceramic squashes are very convincing.
The link to Tuesdays At Our Home
Just a simple display of squash and persimmons.

Pretty glass pumpkin and a ceramic pumpkin doing a very good imitation.

Victorian claw footed candlestick.  Used for very dark hallways.  I think I would have owned a pair like these.

Fall table.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Anything Blue and Pink: Raising Awareness For Breast Cancer

Pink Murano bowl with beautifully shaped fruit.

I am in love with these elephants from India!

Very curious vintage angel figurine.

Murano blue cherries looking adorable!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Rainbow Hour

My favorite painting by Peggy Kroll-Roberts.

More views of the garden!

The totem pole in the backyard.  I gave it to my son his birthday!

I call this the rainbow hour when the late afternoon sun hits all the crystals.   My favorite time of day!

My favorite color combination is red and green.

The courtyard at the Mermaid House.  Giant carved pillars and the foo dog standing guard.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Mermaid House

The King Neptune Chair.

Carved Mermaids or Mermen?

Fabulous antique carved chest.

Late 18th century Napoleonic period carved blanket chest from Normandy, France.

Salvaged mermaid with giant clam shell.

Mermaid weathervane giving the house with a past a new persona.  Built in 1948, my house has a history of motorcycle gangs,  sex, drugs, rock 'n roll and life as a three story illegal apartment building.    Later, artists were in residence and there were art classes in the back yard.    

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Colors And The Peacock

Table chandelier and table squash.

Persimmons and peacocks.

Peacock colors and oranges.  I love to paint Flow Blue dishes.

Fall Bounty

Autumn Russian tree painting.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Laguna Canyon Blues

Colored glass and very small enameled Chinese opium pots.

Candelabras and me.


Peacock feather fan that I have to hide from my cats.

Small paintings of me by  Saim Caglayan.  Pink hand blown glass.  Blue tequila bottle.  Oh the trouble you can get into crossing the street with a bottle of tequila in your arms!

The single lustre, Murano peacock, carved gold leaf frame,  Hopi pots and baskets.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Persimmons And Squash

Purple, orange, cadmium red, viridian green and violet blue are my colors for Fall.

Assorted squash.

Eccentric Victorian candle stick.

Fall colors!   A beautiful Uzbekistan antique textile, Hopi pot with green parrot feathers and vintage Blue Willow bowl.

When the persimmons get very soft and super sweet, I make persimmon brandy.  Ready in 6 months!  The brandy has a delicate flavor.

Persimmons from the garden.  We are raccoon free this year!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Obsessed With Murano Dolphin Art Glass

Antique Murano dolphin art glass.

The dolphin shapes are so pleasing.

Antique Murano candle holders.   Surviving intact is a miracle.  I always look for signs of glue!

Yellow Murano dolphin figurine and  green dolphin goblet.  I found the goblet in Rome.

Exquisite antique Murano dolphin art glass

Vintage Murano Italian Venetian Salviati Dolphin  Wine Goblet with yellow figurine.