Forcing Quince Branches

Our flowering quince bush has grown very large over the past 10 years.

The quince is trying to bloom during the few warm days in the middle of winter in Maryland.
In spring the quince is covered with pink flowers, in summer it’s covered with green leaves.

Before that I transplanted it a lot and it stayed relatively small.

It takes about a week for the blossoms to start blooming on a forced branch.
It takes about a week for the blossoms to start blooming on a forced branch.

I noticed that the unseasonably warm weather was causing a few flowers to open on the bush.

Quince branches are both sculptural and delicate.
Quince branches are both sculptural and delicate.

I decided to cut some branches to take in the house because they are interesting and sculptural.

The sticks blossom more each day.
The sticks blossom more each day.

After about a week the buds began to bloom.

The usually pink blossoms are white.
The usually pink blossoms seem to be whiter than normal.

So springlike.

Do you force flower bushes in the house? (Works with forsythia, pussy willow, etc.)

A Few Accessories for the Conservatory

I’m sure Charlie doesn’t understand my desire to lighten the conservatory.

We've been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.
We’ve been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.

When I told him I bought a rattan bench he looked bewildered.

The chair fit easily in my hatchback.
The chair fit easily in my hatchback.

Then I sent him a photo of a grey wicker chair and he said, “Ok!?” Later he asked where the chair is for.

The grey chair complements the grey door.
The grey chair complements the grey door.

I purchased the wicker chair from our local model home resale store.

This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
This chair is sturdy and comfortable.

I used a flat toile pillow from the living room for a seat cushion.

Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.
Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.

I also purchased 3 velvet pillows for $5 each.  I understand velvet is “in” now.

A large blue lacquer tray.
A large blue lacquer tray.

Finally, a blue enamel tray caught my eye.

I like how the colors are coming together.
I like how the colors are coming together.

For $8 I knew I’d find a spot for it.

Do you have a favorite shopping emporium?

Looking for a Looking Glass

Due to the position of the light switch and outlet near my dressing table I have been unable to find a suitable mirror.

The light is centered above the dressing table and a wall mirror should be centered under it.
The light is centered above the dressing table and a wall mirror should be centered under it.

From time to time I would check Craigslist, antique stores, resale shops, and catalogs.

 If centered under the light fixture above, the mirror covers the switch.
If centered under the light fixture above, the mirror shouldn’t cover the switch above my dressing table.

Usually the mirrors are too wide.  I need something just about 18 inches wide not made from plastic or resin or other cheap imitations.

Oak trimmed beveled mirror for $34.
Oak trimmed beveled mirror for $34.

Yesterday on Craigslist I saw a vintage 20″ by 38″ mirror at a reasonable price.  Charlie and I went for a drive to pick it up and decided for the price, $34, that I could definitely use it someplace.

I love the arched top and the mirror bevel.
I love the arched top and the mirror bevel.

It fits perfectly above my dressing table without covering  the light switch and plug.

This mirror weighs a lot -- at least 20 pounds.
This mirror weighs a lot — at least 20 pounds.

For now it’s just leaning against the wall, tomorrow we’ll hang it

Do you furnish a room all at once or collect just the right pieces?

Perfect Little Sofa Table

I spotted the Vittsjö laptop table on the Ikea website to be used in the Cottage.

The Vittsjo table is less than $30.
The Vittsjo table is less than $30.

The real selling point was that is comes in red. (Also comes in white and black-brown.)

Glass and metal table.
Glass and metal table.

We checked it out at the store and it looked as good as we thought it would.

The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.
The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.

We were home about half an hour when I got a text with the picture above.

A convenient place to put one's feet up and have a cup of coffee.
A convenient place to put up one’s feet and have a cup of coffee.

The Cottage tenant had already put it together and and put it to use.

Do you have a favorite nesting spot?

Ikea Shopping List

My tenant and I are headed to Ikea this afternoon to pick up a sofa for the offsite project.

We'll be replacing this sofa with an Ikea Ektorp.
We’ll be replacing this sofa with an Ikea Ektorp.

The shopping list has diminished but here it is.

Nordvalla light blue Ektorp sofa
Nordvalla light blue Ektorp sofa

One blue Ektorp sofa.

This bottle would be perfect to decant my gift of olive oil.
This bottle would be perfect to decant my gift of olive oil.

4 1-liter bottles for olive oil.

The Aina curtains are $59 a pair.
The Aina curtains are $59 a pair.

I’m going to look at Ingert curtains made from cotton and flax and Aina all-linen curtains.  Perhaps these would look great in the house.

The Linblomma duvet cover in linen comes in white and natural.
The Linblomma duvet cover in linen comes in white and natural.

Linblomma linen duvet cover.

Cotton and linen dish towels that match my kitchen.
Cotton and linen dish towels that match my kitchen.

Beskuren cotton/linen dish towel.

The Vittsjo table is less than $30.
The Vittsjo table is less than $30.

The Cottage needs a little sofa table and we’ve found this red metal and glass one.

What are you on the hunt for?

Looking for a Vintage-Style Lampshade

I went shopping for a new lampshade.

The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.
The vintage all-in-one table and lamp could use a new shade.

Unfortunately a suitable shade for the lamp in the photo above was not to be had.

The shades are only 10 inches tall.
The shades are only 10 inches tall.

My first stop was Home Goods which always has a good supply of attractive lamps but the 14-inch-tall barrel shade is just out of fashion right now.

So cute but not really what I'm after.
So cute but not really what I’m after.

I was also on the hunt for pink and burgundy items.  I’m sure, however, we wont need Lucite and pink fur vanity stools.

A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.
A traditional, attractive chair at Home Goods.

On my way out of the store I saw a great looking grey chair with upholstery tack detail. I might have to find a place for it.

A sturdy little bench with storage.
A sturdy little bench with storage.

Then, still looking for a lamp shade, I headed over to Ross. What lover of burgundy wouldn’t love this little red alligator storage chest — 14″ by  30″ — for only $40?

I went home empty-handed.  This time.

Are you searching for a special item?

Curtain Trio

I’m trying to decide on curtains for our current project.

These curtains have been well-appreciated and are now passé.
These curtains have been well-appreciated and are now ready to be updated.

We’ll be changing out blue silk tie backs and sheers for something lighter and in the burgundy family.

This romantic room is certainly the style of our friend.
This romantic room is certainly the style of our friend.

This photo is my inspiration.

The Ingmarie curtains will make charming shades peeking behind lace curtains.
The Ingmarie curtains will make charming shades peeking behind lace curtains.

The flowered curtains by Ikea are called Ingmarie.  I plan to use them to cover the roller shades.

Alvine Spets lace curtains from Ikea.
Alvine Spets lace curtains from Ikea.

Then a light layer of lace in place of sheers.

The light greige curtains are textured plisse.
The light greige curtains are textured plisse.

Finally I’m hoping the curtains I dyed for my living room will look better in this romantic, creamy room.

How do you decide on curtains?