June 23, 2011

Restoration in the Limousin: Dining Room

The dining room for me conjures up memories of dinners and simple
suppers with family and friends and I want to create the same feel in
the house in the Limousin. It's an old Farmhouse and has a lovely
beamed ceiling throughout and oaks floors. Right now they're rather
shabby but with some restoration, polish and lots of elbow grease
they will look splendid and dare I say it... chic!

I have a large light sandy coloured sisal rug that will protect the
flooring and act as an anchor for the dining table and chairs. The
dining table, preferably old and in oak, will have that slightly
make-do and mend air to it with a set of ladderback chairs sharing
a similar rustic patina. With a love of old linens, the table would be
draped in white and ivory table runners in beautiful antique
French damask. To soften the chairs, I would place small
lumber pillows in linen.

Lighting is important throughout a house and in the dining room it
can be the 'piece de la resistance'. With this in mind, I shall place a
wonderfully over the top antique crystal chandelier above the dining
table to add some sparkle and light to the space.

I've spent weeks looking at an array of buffet's but I think I like the
open style. It offers up lots of options and storage. Another much
needed piece of furniture will be a large armoire or French country
cupboard to house all my antique and vintage china, glassware and cutlery.

Either side of the buffet, I would love a pair of crystal candelabra's
to create some soft mood lighting.

With the honey hues from all the wood, I think more light may be
a necessary factor so a beautiful antique mirror would be an excellent
addition without having to fuss with electrics; will also look
rather spectacular.

the final touch comes direct from Mother Nature -
beautiful floral displays -
hopefully from one's own garden...

Dining should never be rushed. It is a time to slow down and
enjoy the simple pleasures of life with friends and family

Bon appetit

Jo xx

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June 15, 2011

Masquerade Reception: Time to Celebrate...

At the Londoner
it's time to celebrate

Dad playing the Harlequin; no surprises there!!!!

And then there were four... Farmers
Jonathan, Jared, Dad and Ben

Mimi, Dad and Great Aunt Cookie (who flew in from California)

Jo with Paw who is sporting a lovely Peacock blue number with feathers, tres chic...

Uncle Keith and Aunt Betsy (seems Paw borrowed Aunt Betsy's mask
for a quick photo opportunity)

Aunt Betsy with Morgan (Brooke's fiance) and Brooke

Aunt Cindy with Sarah Katherine

Just a few family members...

and a final farewell from dad before Tara heads off with her
lovely husband, Kevin, for their honeymoon in Jamaica.

It was quite a weekend but one filled with happiness and love

Jo xx

Summer Wedding in Texas

The big day was outside in the Ladies Pavilion at the Arboretum in Dallas. The venue was exquisite but with temperatures in the low 100's it was a little hot!

The pathway leads to a loving embrace located just before
the entrance to the Ladies Pavilion

Step inside and you are greeted by a little rush of water to gently
cool you down

just for a brief moment

As we ventured up towards one of the tea rooms we were welcomed
by a cool breeze coming in from White Rock Lake
which you can just see in the background

Taking a leisurely stroll to the end of the Pavilion we were captivated
by the beautiful infinity pool that appears to cascade into the Lake

Completely taken over by the vista, we hadn't noticed that
everything was in place and it was time to take our seats

Musicians played the most soft and melodic music which added
to the ambiance

Time for Father and daughter to take that long walk up the aisle.
She was breathtakingly beautiful and he was so very proud

Pastor Don - who has known the family for years -
was perfect for the ceremony. He had chosen to keep things
a little shorter than he would normally due to the high temperatures
but I'm not so sure...

The Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, who all looked splendid, were
wilting just a little but it was all so magical that no one seemed to care...

You may kiss the bride...

Towards the end of the ceremony, they poured black and white
sand into a glass vase which will then be sealed with wax; I believe
representing their joining together in marriage.

Presenting Mr & Mrs Robinson

A perfect ceremony for a perfect couple.
Wishing them both a lifetime of love, happiness and prosperity

Dad & Jo xx

Time for Brunch

With gifts and packages wrapped and ready for presentation, my husband and I head off to Dallas for the wedding of his daughter Tara. First stop was Brunch for her and and her bridesmaids over at her Aunt Betsy's; a gift from her grandma, Mimi.

Aunt Betsy, Aunt Cindy, Great Aunt Cookie (who flew in from California) and I helped Mimi with preparation and display.

Around 11.00am the girls and Tara arrive so we helped ourselves to the goodies and sat around sharing experiences and stories of growing up and weddings.

After much laughing, joking and, of course, eating, the girls head out to the pool

followed by the rest of us

Dad arrives to share one last moment with his daughter

It was a wonderful opportunity to sit back and relax just for a moment before her Big Day!

Jo x