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Monday, October 25, 2010

snapshot...


the Fall living room mantel











28 comments:

  1. Love your mantle and I have one of those white pumpkins on a sideboard in my dining room. Love those white pumpkins. Absolutely beautiful!!!

    Carolyn

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  2. Lovely, Joan, especially the log fire. Not quite ready for that in Atlanta, of course, as tomorrow the temperature will be in the upper seventies. I love your blue-and-white jars on the mantlepiece - together with the "blanc de chine" pumpkin.

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  3. Oh, it's lovely, and your pumpkin is just perfect!

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  4. ...Ok...Now you are pising me off.

    A fire?

    In October???

    Major jealousy issues here. Major.

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  5. hi joan,

    i dare say you are a woman after my own heart. understated elegance to the t. perfection. i so get you joan. i still hate you though, said lovingly.

    ~janet

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  6. HI Joan,

    Ah! Your fire is reminding me to have the flue cleaned! I love the Cinderella pumpkin on the mantel. And the distressed upholstery on the chair is so beautiful. Kudos for giving this reader the shivers.

    Daniel

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  7. So warm and welcoming.. and so elegant. A-M xx

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  8. Hi Joan - Gorgeous mantel and chair, especially with the fire going!
    Deborah

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  9. LOVE - all - and white pumpkins are the best!

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  10. Simplicity ... you're my kind of girl!

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  11. I would buy any magazine that this vignette on the cover. Just lovely...K

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  12. Elegance through simplicity...beautiful! Love your fireplace vignette Joan and those framed pressed flowers....I believe that is part of your favorite collection isn't it?! I hope you are having a wonderful day in your beautiful part of the world.
    Maura :)

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  13. Your pumpkin doesn't know if it wants to be green or white but I love it. That mirror is wonderful too!

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  14. Hi all! Thank you for your lovely comments on the mantel. It's funny... as the pumpkin is actuallly "blue"!! It's is jarrahdale. Mine is a very light, frenchy blue. It must be reading 'white' in the photos!
    Maura- yes, this is one;) of my collections of antique herbariums- they are American which is a little unusaul, as most are European!
    The chair is upholstered in antique French tapestry, and you're right Daniel... it is 'very' worn!

    The other items on the mantel are antique blue and celedon temple jars with a pair of antique mercury glass candlesticks and an Enlgish crystal-and-sterling matchstrike. An antique oil painting depicting a New Hampshire scene rests against an antique French mirror, and a small piece of white coral. Oh, and a small old ginger jar with light blue stripes on the far right side!

    No fire in the fireplace today..... we're having an Indian Summer and the high will be 70 degrees!

    joan

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  15. I love everything about it--including what is on it. And I love the four frames on either side.

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  16. Oh Joan...it all looks marvelous. I love your temple jars and that mirror is stunning. That fire looks awfully cozy. How wonderful!

    H.H.

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  17. So pretty..... and why am I not there having a glass of wine with you in front of that fire? The truth is, we have been in Maine, but visiting Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin, and no time for side trips! Do you think we will ever make it?!! Now we are stuck at JFK with tons of delays and I would so much rather be visiting with you!!! Maybe you will just have to come to Texas!xoAnn

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  18. How stunning! I too adore blue and white ginger jars and gold frames :) So nice to meet you, I'm a new follower, xo

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  19. Joan, It's beautiful! Very warm and inviting. I bought the jarrahdale pumpkins this year too. I love the soft gray/blue color.
    xo, Sherry

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  20. Joan,
    It's gorgeous. Love how the pumpkin color goes so well with the landscape. Everything you do is so beautiful.
    Hugs, Trina

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  21. OK...I've just spent the past two days reading your entire blog and I think you may be my :-) evil twin. Evil, because you are doing exactly what I would be doing if I could.

    Your taste is perfect and all of the choices you've made in restoring/preserving your beautiful place are exactly what I would do...not one thing would I change.

    AND, I'm a Southern girl from Virginia who adores Bunny Williams and her An Affair With a House. I just love a story of one woman's making a beautiful old house her own.

    In fact, I think you have a book here yourself, my dear!

    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area in a 130-year-old Queen Anne cottage that I adore...but I really want a farmhouse with a few acres. I'm working on the extended family (kids and grands) to do it with me, but I can't get them out of the area...we'll see.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your adventures. I eagerly await the interior reveals!

    warmly,

    Ann

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  22. Wonderful symmetry....smiles.

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  23. Beautiful...love the white pumpkin. Of course I have total pumpkin envy because I can't find a white pumpkin around here anywhere! LOL..Happy Halloween!
    Kristen

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  24. Hi Ann! Thank you for reading through the whole blog- wow!! And thank you for your sweet, wonderful comment! I hope, you too, get your farmhouse soon;)!

    joan

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  25. Last night at midnight I recieved an email from a friend directing me to your Dec 16, 2010 kitchen renovation blogpost. First thought, who needs magazines when you can view such wonderful photos and talent on a blog?

    Ann you are extremely talented, one could so easily be envious of your beauitul home and your talent. WOW, is all I can think to say and to also ask if you would share the paint color in your living room? :-)

    I have much reading to do to get through your whole blog, lucky me, it's going to be a lovely scrupteous treat and eye feast.

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  26. Queen Vee- Welcome!
    The living room color is: Benjamin Moore's "Ashwood" OC-47 in Eggshelll. All of my trim is BM White Dove.

    So happy you found me!
    joan

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  27. Hi there,
    I found your blog through a search for Benjamin Moore's "Ashwood"... and so happy I did. From this one post alone, I know I probably won't get as much work done today as I should because I'll be too busy searching through your blog. As a resident of DFW (work in Dallas, used to live there too - but now we're in Arlington), can I tell you how envious I am of your new lifestyle and locale??? Especially during the heatwave that we're enduring now.

    Rachel

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  28. hi Rachel-
    Happy you found me! The memory of the heat in Texas never goes away for me;) I remember one year we had 29 straight days over 100 :O! That was the year we decided we should move!!
    Welcome to the blog (and cooloer temps!)

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