Our flowering quince bush has grown very large over the past 10 years.
Before that I transplanted it a lot and it stayed relatively small.
I noticed that the unseasonably warm weather was causing a few flowers to open on the bush.
I decided to cut some branches to take in the house because they are interesting and sculptural.
After about a week the buds began to bloom.
Do you force flower bushes in the house? (Works with forsythia, pussy willow, etc.)
I’m sure Charlie doesn’t understand my desire to lighten the conservatory.
When I told him I bought a rattan bench he looked bewildered.
Then I sent him a photo of a grey wicker chair and he said, “Ok!?” Later he asked where the chair is for.
I purchased the wicker chair from our local model home resale store.
I used a flat toile pillow from the living room for a seat cushion.
I also purchased 3 velvet pillows for $5 each. I understand velvet is “in” now.
Finally, a blue enamel tray caught my eye.
For $8 I knew I’d find a spot for it.
Do you have a favorite shopping emporium?
Due to the position of the light switch and outlet near my dressing table I have been unable to find a suitable mirror.
From time to time I would check Craigslist, antique stores, resale shops, and catalogs.
Usually the mirrors are too wide. I need something just about 18 inches wide not made from plastic or resin or other cheap imitations.
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.
It fits perfectly above my dressing table without covering the light switch and plug.
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?
I spotted the Vittsjö laptop table on the Ikea website to be used in the Cottage.
The real selling point was that is comes in red. (Also comes in white and black-brown.)
We checked it out at the store and it looked as good as we thought it would.
We were home about half an hour when I got a text with the picture above.
The Cottage tenant had already put it together and and put it to use.
Do you have a favorite nesting spot?
My tenant and I are headed to Ikea this afternoon to pick up a sofa for the offsite project.
The shopping list has diminished but here it is.
One blue Ektorp sofa.
4 1-liter bottles for olive oil.
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.
Linblomma linen duvet cover.
Beskuren cotton/linen dish towel.
The Cottage needs a little sofa table and we’ve found this red metal and glass one.
What are you on the hunt for?
I went shopping for a new lampshade.
Unfortunately a suitable shade for the lamp in the photo above was not to be had.
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.
I was also on the hunt for pink and burgundy items. I’m sure, however, we wont need Lucite and pink fur vanity stools.
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.
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?
I’m trying to decide on curtains for our current project.
We’ll be changing out blue silk tie backs and sheers for something lighter and in the burgundy family.
This photo is my inspiration.
The flowered curtains by Ikea are called Ingmarie. I plan to use them to cover the roller shades.
Then a light layer of lace in place of sheers.
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?