Breakfast in Bed?

Hello everyone,
        I am a little late posting, but I have been enjoying some bright sunny days, the outdoors has been calling me.Also, a friend and I went out for lunch and did a little thrift shopping. I got a few treasures that I will share with you later.
 Now on with my post! 

I bought this wicker breakfast tray at a thrift shop recently, just in case some lazy Sunday morning my husband wants to serve me breakfast in bed! I hope he reads this post so he will get the hint.

But for you, I have served a light breakfast in our little guest room. This green and white toile wallpaper has been on for several years and I still love it. Do you see the hand crochet bedspread on the end of the bed, that is one of my treasures from yesterday. I should have shown a closeup but don't worry you will see it again as it gets moved around the house.
Don't you love this sweet little spoon with the matching teacup?

when you are done of your breakfast you can enjoy looking through some of my magazines. 

I found this cute little egg cup at the thrift store as well.

these two shots of the room were taken last year.
Well, even through your breakfast was pretty skimpy, I hope you enjoyed breakfast in bed,- I know I would!!!
Today I am joining Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.
Thank you for visiting,

An Italian home in Umbria is restored with passion.

Italy just may be my favorite place in the world, particularly Rome. But as I start to plan my third trip back I am hoping to venture outside of the major cities (so far I've been to Venice, Florence, Verona, and Rome) and experience the smaller villages, in the Tuscan and Umbrian regions.

When I was reading this month's Elle Decor article about an Italian who restored and  meticulously furnished a 16th-century Umbrian palazzo I couldn't help but smile....he is sooooooo Italian!

"I have a passion for furnishings, design, antiques, architecture, and painting," Antonello Radi will tell you. He will then go on to tell you he also has a passion for carpets, he loves his native land of Umbria, and he loves the sea.

Oh and he loves the beautiful...and he loves living!

He might be passionate about many things, but he is also really talented. His home is absolutely beautiful.

Italians sure do know how to live. Radi says "The quality of life here is very high, simple but very beautiful." Sign me up!!!! A little more research on the Umbrian region...

(According to The region of Umbria, Italy, is known as the "green heart" of the country. On a map of Italy, you can find Umbria in the mid-calf area of its knee-high­ boot. To the northwest, Umbria borders ­Tuscany, which holds its own as a center for food, tourism and wine making. But if you're wary of tourists and want to avoid the mainstream, just head southeast to Umbria. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and scents of one of Italy's smallest regions.

Tea,Cupcakes and a Prize!

Hello everyone,
     I know it seems like everyday is tea day here, but until my garden comes into bloom, it is one of my favorite topics it seems. Anyway, I have a few things I wanted to share with you.

One of them is the lovely cupcakes my oldest daughter made at the cake decorating class she is in. I am always happy to have her stop in after class to share the goodies! I am wishing I had joined in on the class, but hopefully my girls can give me a lesson or two. Hey! wait, when did the times change-it used to be me teaching them .But, just a minute(my) girls if you are reading this, don't get too smug- I still have a trick or two up my sleeve!!!

My little spring collage. 
My geranium is covered with blooms, and made it into the post because it happened to be in the same room, and nothing is overlooked by my camera it seems.
Now for the lovely giveaway I won over at Jen's lovely blog, A Garden of Threads, a few weeks ago. I was really excited to find out I was the lucky winner.
Jen sent me this lovely plate -perfect for the gardener's soul with it's nature theme.

Also included in the parcel was a few seed packages, with the cutest packaging on them- photos she took of the flowers made into a little envelope.
And look at this-isn't it beautiful! Jen is a beautiful quilter, and I love this perfect little table topper.I appreciate the work that went into making this for me, the lucky winner! Jen, is a fellow Canadian blogger who loves quilting , photography, and gardening. I hope you can pop in to visit her at A Garden of Threads and say hello.

It even included a little teapot pin, to help hold on to your scissors.

Thank you Jen, for this lovely giveaway.

Now, I am hoping some one can help me identify this tea pot pattern. I bought a few pieces at a yard sale but there are no marking's on it at all, and a lovely lady emailed me to find info on it, as it was a pattern her grandmother had, and she would like to collect some of it. I know there are a lot of dish lovers out there so I would love it if would let me know any info on it.Someone, thought it might be Chelsea but I couldn't find any pics on a little search I did, so I am not sure. Thank you for help.

Take care,


Dorothy Draper continues to inspire--PS the Dwell Draper Rug is back!

Do you remember the Dwell Draper Rug (named after Dorothy Draper) I was crushing on back here and here that immediately sold out? Well I just got word from Dwell that it is back in stock!

$200 for a 5x8 Dwell rug...can't beat that.

If I wasn't saving up for a new basement floor, this love would be under my dining room table before Ryan could say "Heather please stop buying things online...we don't need another rug."
Check out Dwell's persimmon/cream rug in action here:


Just who is Dorothy Draper you ask?

(According to Born to a wealthy and privileged family in 1889, Dorothy Draper was the first to “professionalize” the interior design industry by establishing, in 1923, the first interior design company in the United States, something that until then was unheard of, and also at a time when it was considered daring for a woman to go into business for herself.

In her day, her name was synonymous with decorating. She gave decorating advice in her regular column for Good Housekeeping Magazine, designed fabric lines for Schumacher, furniture for Ficks Reed, Heritage and, other than her hotel and restaurant decors, she also designed theaters, department stores, commercial establishments, private corporate offices, the interiors of jet planes, and automobiles – on top of her residential designs for the houses and apartments of prominent and very wealthy society figures.

She used vibrant, “splashy” colors in never-before-seen combinations, such as aubergine and pink with a “splash” of chartreuse and a touch of turquoise blue, or, one of her favorite combinations - “dull” white and “shiny” black.

Much of her work survives to this day, in the lobbies of apartment buildings, hotels (The Carlyle in New York and Hampshire House until recently) and of course, the legendary Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, specifically in The Victorian Writing Room – once called the most photographed room in the United States).

The Garden Gallery
The Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Here is one of Dorothy Draper's designs from the 1940's from 1stDibs:

And as I was researching Dorothy Draper, I came across this magnificent DIY project where Nancy from Marcus design took this plain jane Ikea Rast dresser from drab to fab, in true Dorothy Draper form!



Genius! This might be one of the most amazing transformations I've ever seen! This dresser was $39.99 from Ikea!!! Read how Nancy created this Dorothy Draper-inspired DIY project here.

Tea Time

Hello everyone!
      Come in and have a cup of tea on this sunny but cool day. I am using my old china tea pot and tea cups that I got at Reid House antiques a couple of years ago. The teapot is large so we can enjoy a lot of tea!

The cups and saucers are a different pattern but they do go very well together.
I am really looking forward to the summer shops like Reid HouseAntiques and restaurants opening up again usually sometime in May when the weather is warmer.

This birdcage came from TJMAXX in Maine.
Some lovely hyacinths from our local Vanco growers.
.Well, that is my humble tea for Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage. You will enjoy lots more lovely teas there. Thank you Sandi for hosting again!

 Now, I mentioned yesterday about our wood pellet stove not working so we had the repair man out today and it needs more expensive parts put on it again so it can't be fixed for a few days. We have had a lot of problems with this Enviro Empress wood pellet stove and I have heard many others have as well so I just wanted to mention this in case any of you are thinking of buying one. I know there are other brands that do work well  just not the Empress.

Thankfully, the rest of the week the temperature is creeping up outdoors so our kitchen should be warmer even without the stove and I will be able to bake you something for our next tea!

Thank you for visiting me,



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