Tuesday, October 27, 2009

White Wednesday~ Remembering Summer

Lately I've been feeling a bit nostalgic. I guess that's what this time of year makes me feel like. Maybe it's only because we're approaching the holidays.
Maybe it's because I now have more time to myself,
to think,
to reflect on what has happened in the last months.

During our growing season and then proceeding with our " selling" season there isn't often time to think of anything but work! Staying focused on the task at hand and multi tasking all the same time. Maybe why I like blogging so much. [Not good for my work schedule but a nice diversion!] This Summer we had record breaking rain but there was still plenty of sunshine to let the flowers bloom!
I often find myself saying....
"It rains a lot in England
so it must be ok for us here too!"
Flowers love the rain.

I realized that I had never shown you all of my friend Paula's house.
Perfect for a "White" post!

Some of these I had posted last Spring but remember this is my "Nostalgic" post. So indulge me just a little more.

Paula pointing out the lace around the coffee table to hide the cat scratches.
Clever idea.....Table socks!!!!
too bad Nigella only likes to claw up our upholstery!

There's the little culprit right there...Midnight! Little cutie! To be fair we can't just blame him.... Paula has 2 other cats..... they're very shy. I never see them except as they're scooting by to get away from company.

Paula's a big doll collector.....some are made by Evi's, Cathy and Nicol.

She decorates with white but brings in warm tones that envelopes you like your favorite blanket.
a page from Jeanne d'Arc Living. We were commenting at how much of Paula's house resembled what is in this book.

An old Irish pine sideboard...

The prints are antique botanicals from a booth in an antique mall that she and Laura once sold at years ago.

And we end with a delicate airy flower display in her dining room.

Hope you've enjoyed revisiting Paula's house.

I know I did!

For more White go on over to Kathleen's

@ Faded Charm and visit the wonderful participants.

Happy Wednesday!



Laura said...

Wow! Talk about sensory overload! Your pictures seem to be getting bigger all the time! Now you have made me feel nostalgic for Paula's lovely home but even more for a good long visit with her and with you! Perhaps in a few weeks I will take a road trip!
Have a great Wednesday!
Take care, Laura

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Carole, Thanks so much for sharing these photos again. I had not seen them and this room is just wonderful!! It's so cozy and comfortable, and I had to laugh at the little culprit standing there. Ooooohhh, he's a cutie. I just LOVE those ornery little critters!
Those botanicals are just incredible. LOVE them. Hope you have some time now to relax and enjoy the holidays!

Mermaid Queen said...

Love all the beautiful photos, the birdhouse and the flowers indoors. Gorgeous. I know white is my favorite color to decorate with. :) Take care Carole, Martha

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Carole, thanks for sharing more pics of Paula's home. I adore her home, it's like a dream! Love, love, love it all. Also thanks for explaining the 'socks' on the coffee table legs! I 'was' wondering about them! I would love to meet up with you and Laura to visit Paula....Oh, yea, I'm only a thousand or so miles away! Take your camera!
Have a great White Wednesday,

Sammy Girl said...

Hi, Carole!
Mmmm ... so much to digest. Kinda like Thanksgiving all ready. Too much for one sitting, so I'll be back to have a bit of everything again!
Betty :)
ps what is the "4 leaf clover/heart shaped thingy"? sorry, can't tell ...

Weißer Vintagezauber said...

Hello Carole,
my God what you have for a nice sitting room.
There is so much and to see the miraculous.
And from your black cat I am so sweet totally enthusiastically....!!!!
Lots of love sends you,

Rostrose said...

A wonderful nostalgic post, dear Carole (and I always love to visit Paulas house!)
Today I'm also joining the WW (the 2nd time), perhaps you want to see my old Augarten-china?
Hugs and warm autumn-regards Traude

The White Bench said...

OMG! This is totally amazing!

Jacqueline said...

Oh Carole, what a wonderful White Wednesday., jam-packed with photographs. I love your friend Paula's house. Packed full of interesting things and very shabby favourite look.......absolutely brilliant.
Oh, and by the DOESN'T rain THAT much here !!!! At this moment in time we are having the most wonderful Indian Summer with temperatures going into the 70' there. he he he he !!!!!!!!!! XXXX

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

This post is just absolutely beautiful and I am so loving your blog. I think her home is way better than a magazine, so much to see, just gorgeous!! Happy White Wednesday, Theresa

Anne Marie said...

looks like pages from a magazine......

Carole! how amazing to actually be IN someone's home that looks like that!!

erin said...

hi laura! your friends home is fabuloso!! i love it so much and her gardens too! i thought the socks on the table legs were decorative til i read about the cat. too funny. i am shopping around for a new kitty, but do fear the scratching (although that just adds to the distressed look!) i love all the painted paneling and those botanicals!! great house and post!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! So much beauty in just one post! Is that a Japanese fern in the second mosaic - very pretty? And what are the boxes above the mantel - bird cages? The terrirum, the antique botanical, and the flower display in the dining room - so, so very lovely! Yes, like Jeanne d'Arc Living only perhaps a little warmer with the wood tones. Please tell Paula how very much I (we!) enjoyed the tour. And thank you, Carole, for making it possible! :)


Faded Charm said...

I feel the same way. I never want Summer to end, bit I guess it gives us something to look forward to for next year. Loved seeing Paula's house. Thanks for sharing.


Sharon said...

Love all the photo's but was really taken by the botanicals on the wall. Lovely! I also have a cat (26lb.)named Midnight. LOL Sharon

June said...

Oh My Gosh Carole...Paula's house is beautiful. I want one just like it. To me she has such a great balance of the rustic with the elegant. I wonder if I could pull this off in my little 'shack'?! I love that arbor in the mosaic you did, with the tiered birdhouse on top. Actually there is so much awesome stuff here, that I'm going to have to go back over the post a couple of times just to see it all.
Oh and that white hibiscus is drop dead gorgeous!!!

Rita said...

Hi Carole,
this is my first visit to your blog and I'm simply astonished at its beauty and charm. Great WW's pics. Wow, Paula's house is a dream. Love every single nook and detail you showed.
If you have a chance come and visit me at
And... do not forget to let me know you were there!

Renee Finberg said...

the freaky dolls are for me!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

I love your white post ~ everything is so beautiful.
Paula's house is like from out of a glossy magazine.
So many interesting treasures about.
I especially love the white hibiscus and the bear, bunny and dolls. Also the birdhouse is lovely.


Diana Cohen said...

Thanks for the comment Sweety. I am sqeezing those lemons and getting lots of juice.

Bella Dreams said...

Hi Carole!
I think I may have seen some of these pics. this spring, but I enjoyed them just as much this time! It's like one of those favorite magazines that you keep at hand and wear out looking at over and over because you enjoy it so much!

trash talk said...

Love the arbor and the table socks! Beautiful home that is obviously well loved.

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Anne~fiona and twig said...

It's always hard to pick a favorite image in your photos, they're always so rich and vibrant. Guess I'd have to go with the angelic little black fella looking all innocent. Yeah, right!
Best of luck in my giveaway!

manon 21 said...

je me suis régalée de voir ces ambiance.



sweetpea said...

What a charming home! Did I see a Jeanette McVey fabric box in the vignette of smaller pics? I used to sell her boxes and pillows when I had a shop. I love her work--to die for...



Julie@beingRUBY said...

WOW Carole
Where to start... I missed the best whilst off in work mode

Your photos are Fabulous!!! and Paula's house! When can i move in??? hehe Love the black purdy cat also!! I wan't one just like him... would suit my mood!! hehehe

Fantastic post!!! so glad I had the chance to get back and enjoy it!!

xx Julie

maría cecilia said...

Hello Carole, the house of your friend is gorgeous, I really love it!!! Nice touch the socks of the coffee table!
I love your blog!!!!!
María Cecilia

Fancy Fodder said...

This home could be in a magazine~wow!
It looks so sweet.
Thank you for sharing it.