Monday, December 31, 2018

Bordello Pinheiro Luncheon. . .

Nearly every Monday,
I join a friend for morning coffee or afternoon tea.

every once in a while, her schedule allows for us to meet for lunch.

. . . And,
every so often, I serve luncheon On Crooked Creek.

One of my favorite collections is my Bordello Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf Set.

I overlapped the cabbage leaf place mat
onto a brown quilted place mat to mimic the rimmed cabbage plate.

Ecru linen cloth napkins were freshly pressed 
then rolled and placed within a brown wooden napkin ring.

I place the teaspoon and the salad fork
atop the place setting as both would be used after our meal
of mixed greens, cauliflower and shaved Parmesan cheese
tossed in a Champagne vinegar and olive oil vinaigrette

served alongside of homemade Salmon patties.

A variety of mixed patterned serving pieces
from my Bordello Pinheiro Collection for lemon~lime flavored water,
my signature French Parmesan Bread and English Breakfast Tea were served.

One of my 1950's Restaurant Ware condiment jars held tartar sauce.

For the centerpiece,
I filled "Mr. Ed's" homemade gray box
with a variety of mixed flora in green and white.

I am ever so thankful for this friendship.
I adore that we meet within our home town for coffee, tea or lunch.

I also enjoy preparing a lovely tablescape and a luncheon
where we can visit the two ours away, unhurried
within On Crooked Creek's Dining Room.

Until next time. . .

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Winter's Nap

Winter Solstice has arrived. . .
               a time for slumber and sleep. . .
                                                       a Winter's Nap.

Especially after the hustle and busyness that the holiday season brings,
it's a comfort for one to take a long Winter's nap.

I can think of no finer space On Crooked Creek
for such a delightful Winter's nap, than within the Guest Room.

My vintage Jenny Lind full size bed 

graciously accommodates one for a luxurious Winter's nap.

The soft tranquil hue of Sherwin ~ Williams Agreeable Gray, 

combined with a monochromatic color palette,
sets the stage for relaxation within the petite perimeter
of On Crooked Creek's Guest Room.

I adore this petite French Provincial end table for its feminine detailing.

While the above table top vignette displays quite nicely for Spring's awakening,
I enjoy adding a few additional accessories for Winter's napping.

The same is true for the heirloom side table on the opposite side.

Again, with just a touch of  Winter's accessories,
a more serene mood evolves.

As with any napping room, comfort is of the essence.

Ample and comfortable decorative pillows
combined with caressing warm blankets enhance the napping experience.

Treasures to "capture the eye" offer visions of days gone by.

Subtle monochromatic hues,
as not to distract from one's slumbers,
offer tranquility to ones respite.

Crystal prisms perched above, reflect rays of illumination,

lighting the path upon arising from ones Winter Nap.

A Winter Nap. . .
                  a time for slumber and sleep. . .
                                     for Winter Solstice has arrived. . .

                                                                                       On Crooked Creek.

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Celebration of Christmas. . .

Oh, my goodness!

The journey of life's happenings On Crooked Creek
has been a whirlwind of activity since our return
from our Annual Trout Fishing Trip this Autumn.

Truly, I had planned to bring you several posts this Christmas,
but will settle for sharing some snippets
of our Celebration of Christmas On Crooked Creek, instead.

I chose red & white stripe table runner, ribbon and place mats
combined with some hues of blues for our Christmas color palette.

Last year,
I finally made the 'dive' and purchased a skinny
flocked Christmas Tree for On Crooked Creek's upper living level.

I still find that it is quite a challenge for me to style.
For our Celebration of Christmas On Crooked Creek,
I chose blue, red and white with touches of silver for my color palette.

This color palette continues into On Crooked Creek's Dining Room.

In keeping with a more simplistic style,
I tucked in a few vintage red figurines, plates and vintage ornaments
within my vintage swirl white ironstone collection in the built~in cabinet.

I set up a snacking spot for"Mr. Ed" and I to enjoy 
an afternoon snack and a cup of tea.

Our favorite spot within On Crooked Creek's Galley Style Kitchen
is definitely our make shift coffee bar (aka tray)!

One of the design features I enjoy On Crooked Creek
is the styling of my light fixtures and Dining Room Chandelier.

While up high on the ladder,
I also choose to adorn my chicken wire cabinet doors above our electric range.

During our Annual Trout Fishing Trip,
I always enjoy one day of shopping in Ozark, Missouri.

This year,
I had the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping.
I fell head over heels in love with this adorable elf!

Isn't he just the cutest thing e v e r?

Elfie takes 'the Elf~on~the~Shelf' to a whole other meaning
as he watches over the activities in On Crooked Creek's
Galley Style Kitchen and Dining Room!

Our Celebration of Christmas Tablescape 
is in keeping with a more simplistic style, as well.

In my wall pockets and on the garage door,
I kept the color palette and styling theme consistent throughout
our upper level living areas On Crooked Creek for our Christmas Celebration.

I hope that you are enjoying time with family and friends
during this Celebration of Christmas, as will "Mr. Ed" and I.

One last snippet of our Celebration of Christmas On Crooked Creek.

Gifted to me by my Director many years ago,
as I had worked through the evening
preparing personal gifts for each of my students.

Until next time. . .

Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!